Double check when your presentation begins, and be there 10 minutes before your time starts.

The forms you will need to complete for your evaluation of the other presentations will be available at the tables outside of the Ballrooms. Presentations will take place on Thursday, November 30, from 9 am to 3 pm, and Friday, December 1, from 9 am to 3 pm.

We are assigned to be at tables 27, 28, 29, and 30.

Pictures from previous First-Year Symposiums

FYS Grade:

  • Presentation = 125 points
  • Evaluation of self and other team members = 25 points
  • Visiting 3 other presentations = 50 points
  • Total = 200 points
  • You will use the same presentation material and teams as the persuasive presentation developed for COMM.
  • All citations will need to be changed to APA format.
    • This includes pictures! All pictures must be cited in APA format as well.
  • Time slots will run in 30 minute increments between 10 am and 3 pm. (e.g., 10-10:30 am, 10:30-11 am, etc.)
    • Two teams will present during each time slot.
    • Signup for time slots will take place on Monday, November 20. You should not have COMM on this day, so that will not conflict. Please come to a consensus as a group of your first, second, and third choices so that on signup day you will hopefully get one time slot that works.
    • If you need an excuse for class on the day of FYS, let me know in advance, por favor!
  • Monday, November 20, your team will submit a draft of your PowerPoint slides in BlackBoard for feedback.
    • Only one member has to upload this for the entire team to receive credit.
  • Your team will be provided with feedback and corrections to make. These corrections will need to be made with final versions of the PowerPoint due on Wednesday, November 29, by 11:59 pm.
    • Only one team member has to upload this.
  • Wednesday, November 29, we will have a practice run during seminar for FYS.
  • Wednesday, November 29, a final draft of your presentation needs to be submitted in BlackBoard by 11:59 pm.
    • Only one person has to submit it for the whole team.

The day of First-Year Symposium:

  • Please be in the UC Anchor Ballroom no less than 10 minutes before your time slot begins (the entire team!).
  • As a team, you will utilize a laptop or tablet and PowerPoint or Prezi to present at FYS.
  • The team must provide their own laptop or tablet. Please make sure it is fully charged on the day of FYS as outlets are not guaranteed.
  • Dress business casual!
    • No ripped jeans, short, or revealing clothing.
    • Wear comfortable shoes!
  • First-Year Symposium (your presentation and visits to at least 3 other presentations) is worth 20% of your overall grade in seminar for the semester.
    • At any time during First-Year Symposium (Thursday, November 30 or Friday, December 1), you will need to visit a total of 3 other presentations. When you decide to complete this is up to you. Plan ahead as the day ends at 3 pm and all of your forms must be turned in by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 3.
    • Forms will be available at the information table at FYS.
    • One presentation may be from within the triad.
    • Two must be from presentations outside the triad.

FYS Calendar:

  • November 20 - Draft of FYS presentation due in Seminar BlackBoard by 11:59 pm
  • November 20 - Signup for FYS presentation time slot
  • November 29 - In-class practice for FYS
  • November 29 - Final draft of FYS presentation due in Seminar BlackBoard by 11:59 pm
  • November 30 - Day 1 of FYS: There are presentations which you may attend from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • December 1 - Day 2 of FYS: The day you will actually present! You must attend a minimum of 3 presentations total from either of the two days of the FYS.
  • December 3 - Review forms of 3 presentations due by 11:59 pm
  • December 3 - Evaluation of self and other team members due by 11:59 pm