Annual Symposium Inside Page

Planning Process

The Symposium requires over six months of planning and draws upon the talents of all eleven Longwood Graduate Fellows. Topic, title, speakers, marketing strategies, and all other aspects of the day are determined and coordinated by the Fellows.

Responsibility for planning and executing the Symposium is divided among several committees. Below is a list of the Fellows serving on each committee as well as a few of their main responsibilities.

Lead Fellow: Ashby Leavell

Speakers Committee:

James Hearsum (Chair), Aubree Pack, Abby Johnson, Martin Smit

Researches and recommends potential speakers
Serves as primary contact for all speakers
Assists with travel arrangements for speakers
Produces proceedings

Marketing Committee:

Felicia Yu (Chair), Sara Levin, Wonsoon Park

Creates Symposium branding
Develops promotional strategies
Creates advertisements, save-the-date card, and brochure
Develops and maintains the Symposium website

Guest Relations Committee:

Quill Teal-Sullivan (Chair), Raakel Toppila (Sponsorship Chair), Nate Tschaenn

Coordinates the menu and the day-of logistics at Longwood Gardens
Secures sponsorship for the Symposium
Manages registrations and communications with registrants
Develops and processes the attendee evaluations

Green Efforts

Another aspect of the Longwood Graduate Program is our internal Environmental Impact Team. Fellows Felicia Yu and Abby Johnson coordinate implementation of environmentally-friendly practices for all Program activities. Here are some of the green initiatives for this year’s Symposium:

Paper Reduction:

Increasing electronic advertising
Posting speaker proceedings online rather than on CDs
Posting registrant list online (password-protected) rather than printing
Printing brochure on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper
Providing attendee materials in a compact booklet rather than using a folder


Requesting hybrid vehicles when using University of Delaware Motor Pool service.
Carpool as much as possible


Utilizing compostable tableware and cutlery for all catered meals
Requesting potted plants produced on-site at Longwood for table arrangements rather than cut flowers

2010 Longwood Graduate Program Symposium

Click here for information and pictures from previous Symposium, Plants, People, Collections: Making the Connection