Lock Haven, Pa: How do you showcase an entire year of scholarly activity and achievement in just one day? At Lock Haven University, it requires months of preparation and planning, multiple venues across the entire campus, and the participation of hundreds of students and faculty. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the Lock Haven University community will come together for the fourth annual Celebration of Scholarship, the university’s signature exposition of research and accomplishment. All presentations are free and the public is warmly encouraged to attend.
“The Celebration of Scholarship is a wonderful initiative that integrates teaching, service, and scholarship,” stated LHU President Dr. Keith T. Miller. “It is becoming an anchor event as we strive to continuously improve the quality of the student experience a Lock Haven University."
To begin the day, faculty and students in the Arts and Humanities will exhibit artwork and perform dramatic interpretations, readings, and debates. Held in the PUB Multi-purpose Rooms, these performances will continue throughout the day as part of a full slate of demonstrations, presentations, exhibits and recitals at various locations across campus. The morning session features poster presentations in such areas as science, history, English, health science, recreation and physical education.
At 1:00 p.m., the campus will convene in Price Performance Center for the keynote speaker. Mr. Joseph Lucia, university librarian and director of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, will speak about how the dissemination and storage of intellectual record has quickly changed in this digital era. The discussion will give insights about the role of universities and libraries in providing access to intellectual and creative works. Dr. Cori Myers, assistant professor of management and chair of the 2010 Celebration of Scholarship, commented on the importance of Lucia’s talk in the light of recent LHU discussions. “Over this academic year,” she noted, “the university has pondered important questions about preserving and accessing notable literature and research.”
A reception will follow the keynote address outside Price Performance Center.
Another full slate of events will occur across campus from 2:30 – 5:00. The afternoon session features the 17th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Spring Student Symposium in the Hall of Flags and poster presentations in social work, business, communication, computer science, psychology, Spanish and teacher education. Student groups and classes will give oral presentations throughout the day. Events are scheduled in the Parsons Union Building until 9:00 p.m.
“In its fourth year, the Celebration of Scholarship will involve a record number of students presenting or performing,” said Myers. “This day-long event enables faculty and students to showcase their work and share insights from intellectual inquiry.” Nearly 100 faculty and 900 students will be participating in the 2010 Celebration of Scholarship as they share their research and achievements in all disciplines and fields of endeavor.
The Celebration of Scholarship was inaugurated in 2007. Dr. Roger Johnson, retired provost and vice president of academic affairs, played a pivotal role in institutionalizing the Celebration of Scholarship on the LHU campus. The first three Celebrations were chaired by Dr. Steve Marvel, professor of biology. Myers praised Marvel for his “astute leadership” and thanked him for “his vision and diligent effort in building such a strong foundation for the COS.”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Deborah Erickson stated, “Lock Haven University has a proud tradition and a culture of undergraduate research. Faculty members at LHU are generous with their time, their knowledge, and their enthusiasm for their discipline. Mentoring students to develop research projects allows learning to come alive for students.” She added, “Through the research process students construct new meanings, discover new truths, and contribute to the wealth of human knowledge and expression. We look forward to showcasing our student and faculty scholarly activity.”
The full schedule of events is available at http://www.lhup.edu/celebration/