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MayFest 2006 will feature some events, such as the Fashion Show (2005, above) and Chemistry Show, in the evening as well as during the day!
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MayFest will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006
It is free and open to the public.

Purpose: MayFest is a joint S. U.—SUNY- ESF, campus-wide, multi-venue event highlighting the wide diversity of student creative works on the campuses. The purpose of this event is:

  • to showcase student works of creativity, discovery, research, and innovation through performances, presentations, displays, demonstrations, screenings and other means
  • to promote the recognition and understanding of the breadth and depth of creative works being done University-wide by students and faculty together
  • to foster and encourage new collaborations across disciplines and academic boundaries
  • to encourage the broadest student engagement in future creative work and research by holding up successful student peer role models and to continue to foster a spirit of student academic involvement at the highest levels
  • to display for the community the nature and scope of creative works being done on campus.

The Plan: MayFest is a day-long, continuous and simultaneous series of student performances, presentations, displays, screenings and other activities in a “festival” atmosphere. The majority of these events occur around the academic quad and utilize lecture rooms, lobbies, classrooms, laboratories, quad and other space. The venues are arranged to encourage those in attendance to visit space unfamiliar to them around the quad and to allow them to explore, in a convenient fashion, the diversity of creative works being done across campus. As a brief sampling of the many possibilities, MayFest 2005 activities included:

  • performances by student musical, dance and dramatic groups
  • student poster and oral presentations on completed research in science, engineering, social science, and other fields
  • displays of student projects (such as fashion designs, architectural works, engineering projects, paintings and sculpture, mechanical and bioengineering devices, etc.)
  • public readings of student poetry, scripts and writings
  • screenings of video and film works
  • unique presentations and demonstrations (such as chemistry “magic shows”, puppet presentations, engineering demonstrations, mathematical challenges, free-hand artists at work, cooking demonstrations, pottery demonstrations, glassblowing, fashion shows, etc.)
  • presentations of exceptional class projects (such as culinary works, design projects, filmed works, engineering contests, etc.).

Syracuse University students, faculty and staff were encouraged to participate as fully as possible in the MayFest 2005 activities. In addition, area high school juniors and their teachers received special invitations to visit campus and participate in the activities. A variety of campus offices and programs also participated in MayFest to provide information, services, and activities.

The Process: Several committees (program, logistics and communication) were established to oversee various components of this large-scale event with representatives from all Schools and Colleges and appropriate service offices welcome. The overall work was sponsored and coordinated through the University Soling Program. Ideas for MayFest 2006 are very welcome. Potential participants and presenters are encouraged to contact the Soling Office, especially through faculty advisors.

Click Here to check out pictures of MayFest 2005.

Contact Us:

Laura Derr
Office Manager
Soling Program
113 Euclid Avenue
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100

Phone: (315) 443-3133
Fax: (315)-443-1196

E-mail: lwderr@syr.edu

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