FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  April 27, 2005
CONTACT:    Dr. Susan Wolff Murphy, Co-Director of the First Year Program, (361) 825-2640; Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337  

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WHO: Students participating in Texas A&M University-Corpus First-Year Learning Communities Program
WHAT: First-Year Learning Celebration  
WHEN: Thursday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE:   University Center, Lone Star Ballroom

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi First-Year Learning Communities Program to Showcase Student Research Projects     

Students in Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) will showcase their freshman research projects during the University’s “First-Year Celebration” on Thursday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom.

During the “First-Year Celebration,” students present their research projects in visual, multimedia and other creative formats. In the past, students have focused on issues such as political activism drug abuse, child abuse, diabetes prevention, the environment and an array of other social problems.

\The FYLCP, formed in 1994 to address the freshman retention rate, has been very successful in helping students make a successful academic and social transition from high school to the University. This year 1,200 students are participating in the program which consists of triads or tetrads where students and teachers form a learning community.