Robb Thibault , Director of Hunt College Union participated in the 96th annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) conference in New Orleans, LA on March 19-24. He co-presented an educational session “The Slam- One Funky Gumbo of Poetry, Identity, and Transformation” with Brian Magee, University of Rochester. The session is based on ongoing research of college students involved in the college poetry slam movement since 2012-13. It examines the poetry slam movement on college campuses in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion, student learning outcomes, student engagement and the possible implications on retention.
Thibault currently serves on the 2017 ACUI Conference Planning Team for the 97th annual conference in Philadelphia. He assists with the selection of keynotes, entertainment and community building activities. To support the marketing of the 2017 conference Thibault appeared as Benjamin Franklin and addressed the New Orleans delegation and invited them to attend next year’s conference. See photo: Robb Thibault as Benjamin Franklin. Many heartfelt thanks to Marjean McCaslin-Doyle – Costume Shop Supervisor/ Resident Designer for her expertise and support to transform Thibault into Franklin.
Earlier this month Thibault provided tournament oversight for the 16th annual the ACUI College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) hosted by the University of Texas-Austin, April 6-9. Sixty seven college teams from Canada, U.S. and Scotland competed in a four day competition. Thibault established the tournament at the University of Michigan in April 2001. This is the fifteenth consecutive year SUNY Oneonta sent a team to this tournament. Our team of students included: Daniella Plunkett, Stefan Mirvil, Daija Russell, Marisa Tambasco, and Kimberly Kehr. See photo: SUNY Oneonta Poetry Slam Team. SUNY Oneonta finished thirty-sixth overall. (#RideTheDragonPoets). Attendance at the tournament was made by possible in part by a grant from the D’Antonio Travel for Excellence Fund and funding by the Student Association.