Welcome to Rochester College’s 10th annual Academic Symposium, where we join together to celebrate our vibrant academic community. We are especially honored to present the academic achievements and capstone projects of 65 Rochester College students.
This year’s program boasts a diversity of subject matter and a display of critical thinking as reflected in our students’ scholarly papers, executive simulations, public relations campaigns for real world clients, theatrical performances, and musical recitals. Our Symposium events kicked off on Thursday with a Symposium performance of The Crucible, one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre. This performance and all of our students’ presentations are exciting indicators of our mission to “prepare students for a life of study and service” by developing in them increasing abilities to perform scholarly research, to communicate with excellence, and to think critically and creatively.
In addition to our student presentations, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Andy Root, author and Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, who will deliver our keynote address. Dr. Root’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness about “first third issues” and sustain spiritual growth and development in young adults. Dr. Root also will be the guest of honor at a luncheon with faculty and students from RC’s School of Theology and Ministry.
Business 1 – Auditorium East
Biblical Studies 1 – Ham Library 112
Ministry/Theology 1 – Ham Library 115
Biology 1 – Ham Library 113
Psychology 1 – Auditorium West
Math 1 – Richardson Center 117
Dr. Andy Root – RC Theatre
Special Session: 11:30-12:30 – Gold Room
School of Theology and Ministry Luncheon
Administration and Theology & Ministry Faculty and Students with Dr. Andy Root
Business 2 – Auditorium East
Biblical Studies 2 – Ham 112
Minstry/Theology 2 – Ham 115
English 1/Theatre 1 – Richardson Center 117
Psychology 2 – Auditorium West
Biology 2 – Ham 113
Business 3 – Auditorium East
Biblical Studies 3 – Ham 112
Ministry/Theology 3 – Ham 115
Psychology 3 – Auditorium West
Mass Communication 1 – Ham 113
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 – Richardson Center 117
Interdisciplinary Studies/Pre-Law 1 – Ham 112
Ministry/Theology 4/ Psychology 4 – Auditorium West
Social Work 1 – Ham 113
Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. A former Young Life staff worker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor. He is the author of a new four-book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry). He is also the author of the 2012 Christianity Today Book of Merit award for The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011). His other books include The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007), and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009). Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs Kirby and Kimmel. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.