By Liz Lebron
The end of the year academic year is a time to celebrate the end of finals, commencement, and  the start of summer. Here is a sample of how students are ringing in summer across campus.

Students and faculty at the Environmental Studies thesis showcase.
Students and faculty at the Environmental Studies thesis showcase.

The Environmental Studies AOC hosted a reception for its graduating students, who presented their thesis projects at the Carriage House on Monday, May 6. Projects ranged from sustainable clothing to religion and the environment. One graduating student, Iyanu Corniel, will continue her work at PLAN, the Post-Landfill Action Network, where she accepted a position as the organization’s director of partnerships.
Chinese Language and Literature AOC students who will study abroad next year
Chinese Language and Literature AOC students who will study abroad next year

The Chinese Language and Literature AOC held its end-of-the year celebration on Friday, May 10. Students gathered to enjoy a feast of traditional Chinese dishes while their classmates presented their final projects. The first-year cohort showed a film. Many of the students in attendance will travel to Asia to study abroad in the coming months. A group of seven students will attend the same university in Taiwan, while other students will study in mainland China and South Korea.
Professor of Mathematics Eirini Poimenidou held a different type of celebration for students in her Number Theory and Cryptography class. Poimenidou hosted a reception and poster session on Wednesday, May 8 to showcase her first-year students’ research projects. Students researched topics beyond what they learned in the classroom and created posters akin to those used in academic conferences. Although they did not conduct original research, the process of putting the posters together prepared students for presenting their own work in the future.
– Liz Lebron is associate director of communications and marketing at New College.

Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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