LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2013) — UK students are spreading the QEP buzz on campus. Seniors Kody Little and Tessie Bertrams want their peers to know that the UK Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Presentation U, will make them "the ultimate presentation."
Presentation U aims to improve the student learning experience by focusing on developing integrated oral, written, visual and multimedia communication skills. As one of 12 core requirements the university takes on to reaffirm its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the QEP is being developed to receive SACS' evaluation during spring 2013. The students play a vital role in promoting this important initiative.
Little and Bertrams, along with several other students, began assisting with promotional strategies for Presentation U at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. With responsibilities ranging from social media efforts to explaining the initiative to their peers at campus events, they served as QEP peer ambassadors.
"It's important to help students improve their communication and presentation skills, because communication is used in every aspect of life," Little said. "While students will be graduating with the degrees and qualifications for an anticipated job, good presentation skills will help bridge the gap between college and career. It meant a lot to be part of such an important initiative for the university."
Little's main responsibility involved creating and facilitating the social media efforts for Presentation U.
"I created an entire spreadsheet of posts for both twitter and Facebook," Little said. "I received a list of 'presentation tips' from faculty members, and I enjoyed finding the tips that were appropriate for certain times of the semester. It was fun to watch the spreadsheet fill up for the rest of the year with social media outreach that will help our students enhance their communication skills."
Bertrams said she also found satisfaction in promoting an initiative that would help her peers succeed. Bertrams, along with other peer ambassadors, managed information tables at various UK events, explaining Presentation U to the campus community and distributing promotional materials.
"For me, this project means being a part of something bigger than myself," Bertrams said. "I am honored to be a point of contact for students and faculty to gain information on Presentation U, especially since this project brought to our attention that the majority of employers are looking for college graduates with strong communication skills."
With lots of hard work behind them, both students said they are excited to see the initiative continue to develop.
"It was such a great feeling to wake up and see that @universityofky had retweeted something that I scheduled for @UKPresentationU," Little said. "It will be great to see the campaign build off of what we've already done, and I look forward to seeing UK get even stronger because of this initiative."
Click here to view a video, produced by Wildcat Student TV, which demonstrates the importance of UK's Quality Enhancement Plan.
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