Director tours classrooms, facilities
by: Hariette Palmer, ADVANCE associate director
NATCHITOCHES – Paris Andrew, director of Partnerships and Engagement for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), visited the Northwestern State University campus last week to experience the daily operation of the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars, a collaboration with DUKE TIP for 31 years.
Andrew joined staff and students in the cafeteria for lunch where she visited with several faculty members and learned of their professional backgrounds. She visited several classes and was impressed with academic programming and the number of ADVANCE Program courses included in an articulation agreement with Northwestern State. She then toured NSU’s campus including A. A. Fredericks Auditorium, the host site for the annual Louisiana Recognition Ceremony for 7th grade Duke TIP participants, and Magale Recital Hall, the venue for ceremonies and the talent show. According to Harriette Palmer, ADVANCE Program Associate Director, she was amazed with the modern functionality and cleanliness of University Place 2, and the residence hall’s amenities, including the pool, sand volleyball court and clubhouse available to ADVANCE students.
NSU’s ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars is a three-week academic summer program for gifted students ages 12 – 17. Student enroll in one course of intense and demanding study. The residential life portion of ADANCE is vital to the program, offering balanced recreational and social activities to complement the intensive academic curriculum. The ADVANCE Program has built up a host of traditions and a strong community of staff and students that keep ADVANCErs returning year after year. This year’s camp will run July 7-27.
For more information on ADVANCE, visit http://advance.nsula.edu, or call 318-357-4500.