AOC Fair encourages student-faculty interaction

By Derek Devine

Students, faculty and a local food truck took over ACE Plaza last week as New College of Florida hosted its annual AOC Fair.

The AOC Fair attracted lots of students to ACE Plaza Jan. 22
The AOC Fair attracted lots of students to ACE Plaza Jan. 22

Geared toward first- and second-year students, the event presents an open environment where students are able to connect with faculty to ask questions to learn more about potential areas of concentration. With faculty representation from all areas of campus, students have the chance to discover possible pathways to completing their degree.

Julie Morris, associate vice president of academic affairs, says providing the AOC Fair is significant because the majority of first- and second-year students have not yet decided what their concentration is going to be.

“For some students, this the first time they have spoken face-to-face with a faculty member about a potential area of concentration.” said Morris, as she passed out taco tickets to the incoming students. “This environment is far less intimidating than having to track each faculty member down individually and scheduling a time to meet.”

Many AOCs had fourth-year students working alongside faculty to promote each field of study, so students had an opportunity to hear current examples of research. Of course, having beautiful weather and free food helped attract a flock of students.

“A big focus of the AOC fair is on retention,” says Morris. “It encourages early career students to make connections and discover what they want to do.”

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— Derek Devine is the social media manager at New College of Florida

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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