Unity College Poised to Host Historically Large Incoming Class, New Student Experience on Saturday, April 19

By Unity College | Apr 18, 2014

Unity, Maine – April, 2014 –  In the wake of several high-profile initiatives and campus upgrades, Unity College is now poised to continue an historic expansion that began several years ago.

     On Saturday, April 19, new students and their families will attend a day of events designed to ease the transition to college life.  Events will take place both at the Unity College campus, 90 Quaker Hill Road, and at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), both in Unity, Maine.  For more information contact Unity College Admissions Office at 1-800-624-1024.

      New Student experience begins with registration from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Tozier Gymnasium.  Concurrently, a free pancake breakfast will be available in the Student Center.

     The morning activities for students and parents continue with a 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. campus tour leaving from Tozier Gymnasium.  A second campus tour will leave from the same location at 9:15 a.m.

     A day of activities entitled “Dirty Hands, Open Minds” starts with a welcome address by Dr. Michael Evans, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Joe Saltalamachia, Director of Admissions, in Tozier Gymnasium at 10:00 a.m.  They will speak about Unity College’s first-in-the-nation focus on Sustainability Science, the leading-edge of 21st century transdisciplinary (collaborative) environmental problem solving, as a framework for teaching and learning.

     “Insights and Outcomes,” a variety of presentations for parents, family members and friends, will take place at the UCCPA beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Transportation to the UCCPA will be available in the Student Activities building parking lot at 10:15 a.m.  Events at the UCCPA include an 11:15 a.m. alumni panel featuring Franki (Dalton) Delaney ’08, Conservation Law Enforcement, Aaron Cross ’09 (a Maine State Game Warden and North Woods Law reality show cast member), and David Yates ’99, Wildlife Biology and Management.

     Team building games with current Unity College students will be held in Tozier Gymnasium, from 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  There will be residence life presentations with resident advisors in Wood Hall, Eastview and Westview, from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  A question and answer session with current students will take place in Tozier Gymnasium from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noontime.  Brunch will be served from 12:00 noontime – 12:30 p.m. in Wyman Commons.

     “Experience Your Major” will offer insights about academics from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Koons Hall and the Thomashow Learning Labs.

     A 2 p.m. honors program presentation will take place at Unity House, the home of Unity College President Stephen Mulkey and his spouse Michele Leavitt.

       Key elements that are helping Unity College to differentiate itself in a crowded higher education marketplace include: a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to increasing capacity; infrastructure improvements; and a hard-working, dedicated faculty and staff who bring distinction to the College.  Current and prospective students praise the College’s environmental mission and focus on experiential learning tied to real world relevancy.

     Unity College President Stephen Mulkey is confident that his institution is effectively educating students to address the environmental problems of the 21st century.

     “We are training students to gain the skills that are relevant not just for their first job after graduation, but for their fifth,” Mulkey said.  “Our approach represents a sea change in higher education, addressing education in an expansive, comprehensive way that is turning the outdated lecture models that still plague higher education upside down.”

     In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including its focus on sustainability science, the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change.  Other ground-breaking “green” innovations include the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world, and its first-in-the-nation decision to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.

     Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources.  Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.

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