iSchool Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

iSchool Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

The University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, kicked off the celebration of its 50th anniversary year in 2015 with a celebration held Friday, February 27 in the Riggs Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus. Approximately 300 people attended the event.

Centered on the theme, "Remember, Learn, Engage," the event began with a welcome from Dean Jennifer Preece, followed by a panel presentation Doug Oard, professor, Jimmy Lin, associate professor and associate dean for research, and Jennifer Golbeck, associate professor, highlighting the past, present and future of the iSchool. This presentation highlighted the iSchool's unique position as an interdisciplinary scholarly community interested in leveraging technology within the information professions from the beginning of its history.

Attendees then had the opportunity to learn more about the iSchool's four degree programs and new professional certificate program, as well as talk with students and faculty about their research, capstone project and field study/internship experiences and view photos and other memorabilia from throughout the College's history. The program ended with closing remarks featuring University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and Provost Mary Ann Rankin before being serenaded by campus a cappella group PandemoniUM.

"The event was a great celebration of all that the iSchool has become over the last 50 years," says Preece. "It was a tremendous opportunity to show our alumni, the campus community and our other guests what today's iSchool is all about. We hope that everyone will continue engaging with us as we observe this important anniversary throughout the year and look forward to our next 50 years."

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