By Abbey Randall, Staff Writer
As the 2012-2013 school year comes to an end at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), the senior class of 2013 is switching gears away from classroom studies and into the graduation mode. During Senior Week, seniors are encouraged to attend the events and utilize the resources that are being made available through extended hours and workshops on campus.
“I’m mostly looking forward to enjoying the last few moments with the people I have grown closest to over the last four years to celebrate all of our accomplishments and memories,” said Catherine MacDonald, a senior elementary education major at UMF, in a recent email interview.
Senior Week is a chance for seniors to take full advantage of the campus resources before they leave and enter the world outside of the UMF community. Senior Week is full of opportunities and festivities including: senior workshops, marching practice, the last senior social, senior banquet and graduation day.
“Senior Week is a celebration of their accomplishments and achievements,” said Kate Baum, the senior class advisor.
On Monday and Tuesday of Senior Week, Career Services in Franklin Hall are extending their hours from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., for help with resumes, job searching, and mock interviews. Call 778-7034 to make an appointment.
On Wednesday senior workshops will be held in North Dining Hall for financial planning, job search, graduate school, and stress relief from 3:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.
This year a new Senior Week activity is being offered, Senior Send-off, which is when seniors will be given ticket(s) to give to their favorite professor(s). The ticket is an invitation to attend the reception and a great way for students to say thank you to someone who made a difference in their academic career at UMF.
The Senior Send-off Reception is a free event and will be held in the North Dining Hall on Wednesday, May 15th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., with light refreshments and informal conversation.
“Professors have been there for you [students] for the whole four years, especially advisors and people you are close with,” said Emilee McCallister, senior class president. “It is a good way to thank them.”
“I think this event [Senior Send-off Reception] is a great idea because it allows the students to show their appreciation to the professors who have had a great influence on them during their time at UMF,” said Katherine Doyle, a senior Elementary Education major at UMF, in a recent email interview.
“The UMF community is so closely-knit, that it allows for students to have special connections with many professors, whether they have had them in class or not,” said Doyle.
Career Services Office will be available on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Marching practice is also be on Thursday and will be held at the Fitness and Recreation Center at 6:00 p.m. Senior Social is Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in West Farmington.
Senior Banquet is going to be on Friday night with a social hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. The class raffle and the guest speakers will start at 7:00 p.m. Seniors will receive tickets for the banquet in their graduation packet if students need more tickets for family or friends be in contact with Kate Baum.
As many of you may already know graduation day is on May 18th and seniors are to gather at the Dearborn Gym or the FRC, depending on the weather, at 9:30 a.m. The 2013 Commencement will begin at 10:00 a.m.
“When you first arrived on campus, the University welcomed you with orientation to help you feel settled,” said Baum. “This is the bookend to that event – we want to give you an opportunity to reflect on your time spent here and consider how you’re preparing for life outside of UMF.”
Tickets for the free Senior Send-off Reception are available on request from Kate Baum (firstname.lastname@example.org). For a complete description of the events during Senior Week please visit the Career Services website at http://careers.umf.maine.edu/.