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Friday, May 13, 2016

CAS Open House 2

Written by Rachel Mulholland '16; Photo by Jennifer Chin

UNCW held its very first College of Arts and Sciences Open House on April 16. The event allowed students and members of the community to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather while interacting with the various departments that are part of CAS.

Susan Tatum, executive assistant to the College of Arts and Sciences, said, “The community knows UNCW, but they don’t know there are numerous departments on the campus. Most people don’t realize there’s an entire college dedicated to the arts, humanities and sciences.” She explained that the event was created to open up UNCW to the public and shed light on everything CAS has to offer.

During the event, various departments set up stations along Chancellor’s Walk from Leutze Hall to Dobo Hall with activities representing their discipline. The Department of Anthropology held a dig led by Dr. Scott Simmons along Chancellor’s Walk with his Intro to Anthropology students. The Department of English set up a Lego building activity, and the Center for Marine Science created a marine touch tank to teach attendees about different freshwater fish in North Carolina. The Department of Communication Studies set up its broadcast studio in Leutze for mock news broadcasts allow all of those in attendance a chance to experience what a true broadcast feels like, both in front of the camera and behind it. The Department of Art and Art History created interactive art displays outside the Cultural Arts Building while student work was featured in the Senior Art Exhibition in the gallery.

Even though the event was created with the goal to incorporate the community into UNCW, current UNCW students also enjoyed learning about the various departments that fall under the College of Arts and Sciences. Taylor Moore, a senior recreation therapy major, said, “I didn’t know our school had so much to offer!”

Dr. Rick Olsen, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, said that he wants the community to feel as though UNCW is their university, too. “We want a greater appreciation for UNCW by the community and a better relationship between the two,” Olsen said. The hope is that with more events like this, that goal can be be accomplished.