Newman University students to present at third annual Scholar’s Day

May 07, 2015

On May 8 Newman juniors and seniors will perform presentations at the annual Scholar’s Day event on the university campus. The event will feature original research, projects and papers by each student. Scholar’s Day will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in Eck Hall on the Newman University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

In light of Scholar’s Day an ice cream social will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby inside of Eck Hall. The ice cream is free, though any donations will be given to the Lord’s Diner.

This is the third annual and largest Scholar’s Day to date with 115 students participating. Assistant Professor of Communications Suzanne Berg, who leads this year’s Scholar’s Day event, expressed that she is “…excited for all of the presentations.”

Here are just a few presentations that can be expected at the event:

Jarrod Flax and Brianna Rivera’s interactive museum exhibit “By the
People, For the People: A Museum of Social Justice” an informative, artistic and
political presentation. Their work comes from a course out of the Newman Studies Program by Director of the Academic Resource Center Bo Bonner about public beauty and justice. They are presenting at the 9 a.m. poster session in the lobby inside of Eck Hall.

There will be many nursing presentations, with at least one poster every hour. Topics will range from the usefulness of recess, pedagogy practices of nurses and by nurses, and sexual abuse support groups.

Kellie Lavelle, a Newman Communication student, will be presenting her essay on cycling paths in Wichita. Her work is focused on transforming our community by making it more accessible. Lavelle will present at Noon in room 136 inside of Eck Hall.

Katie Denning, a cancer survivor, will present how she turned her experiences into a service project. She will also speak on her theories about transformation. Denning will present at 11 a.m. in room 127 inside Eck Hall.

“Scholar’s Day is comes at the end of a student’s academic career for a reason. It is only
after years of working through the NSP program and their major that they can produce
this work. Going to college changes people in ways they like and do not notice. At the
end of their time students find that they know things that they did not know before, they
can make arguments that they did not know they could make, and they can perform
analytical feats where they learn the significance of scope.” Berg explained. “For many students it may be the last time they are asked to perform their education, so please come and watch their work. If only to serve as a benchmark of how much further your education can take you.”