On Thursday, March 30th Dr. Temple Grandin was at Wilmington College. Throughout her time on campus, she was given a tour of our brand new Center for Sciences and Agriculture, our Equine Center, and our Academic Farm. During the farm tour Dr. Grandin said, “Wilmington College’s Academic Farm is a wonderful way for students to get a real feel of a hands-on learning experience.”
A lot of our agricultural students had the great opportunity of sitting down with her at either lunch or dinner to talk about her experience in the agricultural industry and the future concerns in the industry as well.
Dr. Grandin gave two presentations that were free and open the general public: one at 3:00 pm and one at 7:30 pm that took place in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center. Although the two presentations were similar, they did have their differences. The first session more directly covered animal welfare and livestock handling as the second presentation was set up more like a ‘Ted Talk’ and covered animal welfare and livestock handling and included her autistic thinking. Both presentations lasted around 45 minutes and then it was open for Q&A. Both presentations offered either before or after time to purchase her books, get them signed, and an opportunity for pictures.
Each presentation brought in a full house, of WC Students, Faculty, Staff, the general public, and even nearby high schools with around 850 in total attendance.
“This was a major moment in the lives of hundreds of people today” – Corey Cockerill, Professor
Having Dr. Grandin visit and speak at Wilmington College is such an eye opening experience for not only our students but also the future students and the community that supports the college. “This was a major moment in the lives of hundreds of people today,” stated Wilmington College Professor, Corey Cockerill.
If you were unable to see her presentations, you can see the recordings of the two presentations located in the Media Center in Watson Library on Wilmington College Campus.