Two early class registration time slots and free popcorn will be up for grabs at Wednesday’s Major/Minor Fair.The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton Student Center Ballroom, and the registration times will be presented at the awards ceremony, which begins at 1:45 p.m.
The early registration times are door prizes that will allow students to register for classes on the first day possible – no matter their classification. Students do not have to be present at the awards ceremony to claim their prize.
Each academic department will have a table set up that will be operated by faculty members who will advise students about the offerings of their respective departments, said Marsha Ramsey, director of academic services.
“The fair is a great opportunity for students to talk with faculty members about different fields of study,” Ramsey said.
Academic adviser Pat Murrey said, “Sometimes faculty members can answer the questions that kids don’t even know to ask – like what careers match what degrees.”
Before students walk in the door, they can fill out brief aptitude forms that will tell them what careers and areas of study might fit them according to their interests, Murrey said.
The aptitude forms are color-coded with the department displays, so students won’t just be wandering around, Murrey said.
Academic departments will be competing for the heart, soul and spirit of the fair awards that will be presented by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nowell Donovan.
“We usually have some pretty outrageous displays,” Murrey said. “We’ve had faculty members dress up as grapes, and some have worn togas in years past. So I think both students and faculty always have a lot of fun.”
Ramsey said, “We traditionally have 100 to 120 students attend the fair, but we would always like to have more.