Philanthropy in Action: Great Problems Seminar Celebration

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

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Theory, practice, and making an impact are instilled into our students from day one. For many, it begins with the Great Problems Seminar (GPS), when first-year student teams work to develop solutions to real-world problems of consequence. 

Your philanthropy makes opportunities like GPS possible, and on December 14, we invite you to witness your gift in action. 

Join us on campus for a GPS Celebration. You’ll have the opportunity to see student poster presentations, which are focused on sustainable development this fall, and discuss projects with students one-on-one at a special reception. There will also be a keynote address from Emmy award-winning cinematographer, director, and television host Jonathan Bird '90.

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Event Schedule

3:30 PM *

Donors, alumni, and special guests will be welcomed to the Rubin Campus Center for GPS poster presentations.

4:30 PM

Keynote Address

Jonathan Bird '90 is an Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer and producer, president of the non-profit organization Oceanic Research Group as well as a widely published author, award-winning assignment cinematographer, photographer, and speaker. He is the author of 7 books, director of over 40 films, and a member of the Wyland Ocean Artist Society.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Donors, alumni, and special guests will gather for a reception in Alden Memorial featuring interactive activities and personal conversations with the faculty and students who benefit from philanthropic support.

* Poster presentations will be available starting at 2:30 PM. Members of the University Advancement team will be on-hand at 3:30 to welcome donors, alumni, and special guests.


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Contact Person
Aubrey Valley, Senior Director of Advancement Events