Over 175 Students to Present at the UL System Academic Summit this Friday and Saturday on UL Lafayette’s Campus

Nine Universities to Showcase Art, Service-Learning, and Undergraduate Research

LAFAYETTE, LA. – Faculty, staff and students from the University of Louisiana System’s nine universities will come together Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus for the system’s third annual Academic Summit.   The two-day event will include service-learning and undergraduate research presentations, a performance art showcase, and a visual art exhibition and reception

“This is the premier event for our nine-university system that showcases the best of academic learning across multiple disciplines.  These co-curricular activities exemplify the core of our mission: excellence in teaching and student knowledge,” said UL System President Sandra Woodley.  


Forty-four service-learning presenters will showcase community impact projects in diverse areas such as sociology, music, literacy, marketing, radiology, disaster preparedness, teacher education, bio-diversity, and filmmaking.  Friday’s service-learning keynote presentation moderated by UL Lafayette Dean of Community Service David Yarbrough is titled “Campus Service from Stem to Stern: Making the Most of our Campus-Community Partnerships.”


Art will be the focus of Friday evening activities starting with a performance art showcase.  This exciting hour will feature 24 undergraduate student musicians and thespians with one performance from each university.  Following will be a reception and a visual art exhibition with 45 pieces of student artwork selected by each of the nine campuses.


This year, 105 students will present their undergraduate research during the two-day conference in both oral presentation and poster formats.  Saturday’s undergraduate keynote presentation, “Discovering Engineering,” will be given by UL Lafayette Assistant Professor Chris Carroll.  There will also be a “How to Stimulate Undergraduate Research” faculty development session on Saturday featuring the following faculty members:

  • Grambling State University Associate Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Danny Hubbard;
  • Nicholls State University Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Allyse Ferrara;
  • McNeese State University Assistant Professor of Biological Science Juliana Hinton;
  • Northwestern State University Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director Leslie Gruesbeck; and
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette University Honors Program Director Julia Frederick.

The last event of the summit will be a wrap up and recognition, where student presenters will get their Academic Summit medals, which they can wear when they graduate.

“It’s a pleasure to host the Academic Summit this year.  This two-day event is a chance for the UL System’s nine universities to share what we’re learning, to network with colleagues and fellow students, and to challenge each other intellectually,” said UL Lafayette President E. Joseph Savoie.

Included below is the schedule at-a-glance for the two-day event.  Click on the cover art to download the full Academic Summit program with the list of presenters  Attendees must register online and pay a registration fee.   However, the faculty development panel discussion on Saturday is free and open to all interested faculty members.

For more information, visit www.louisiana.edu/summit



April 11-12, 2014

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Friday, April 11, 2014

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Check-In

Hamilton Hall Lobby

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Catholic Student Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session A

Hamilton Hall Classrooms

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session B

Hamilton Hall Classrooms

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Hamilton Hall Auditorium

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium

in Angelle Hall

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


A. Hays Town Building


Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Registration Check-In

Hamilton Hall Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


Hamilton Hall Auditorium

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session C

Hamilton Hall Classrooms

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Angelle Hall Orchestra Room

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Catholic Student Center

12:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Catholic Student Center

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session D

Hamilton Hall Classrooms

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CUR Faculty Panel Discussion

Hamilton Hall 131

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Hamilton Hall Auditorium




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ABOUT THE UL SYSTEM: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in Louisiana enrolling about 90,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.