Welcome to the 2016 Rochester College Academic Symposium

April 19, 2016 – A Celebration of the Liberal Arts

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Welcome to Rochester College’s 13th 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 89 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 include performances of The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s final works as well as Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. These performances 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 talks, this year we are holding our first annual poster session. Student and faculty posters will be displayed throughout the halls of the Ennis and Nancy Ham Library and Richardson Academic Center. During the session, students, employees, and guests are encouraged to meet one-on-one with the presenters to learn more about their work in this “meeting of the minds.”
We welcome your participation in this wonderful event, and we congratulate our student scholars for their achievements.

Program Overview

Monday, April 18

Academic Awards Ceremony and Music Department Honors Recital – RC Theatre, 7 p.m.

The Academic Awards Ceremony features academic departments honoring their outstanding students, and the college presents the Distinguished Faculty Award. The Music Department’s Honors Recital is presented in conjunction with the awards ceremony and features the music department’s best students in voice, piano, and other instruments. The music performed ranges from classic to contemporary and is presented by individuals who represent the highest levels of performance ability. A dessert reception hosted by Student Government follows.

Tuesday, April 19

  • 9:00- 10:15 AM Student Session A
  • 10:30- 11:45 AM Student Session B
  • 12:40- 1:20 PM Poster Session I
  • 1:20-2:00 PM Poster Session II
  • 2:15-3:30 PM Student Session C
  • 3:45-5:00 PM Student Session D
  • Concert Band Concert – RC Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
    The Rochester College Concert Band will give their final performance of the term.

Thursday April 21 through Saturday April 23

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare  RC Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
One of the last plays Shakespeare wrote, The Winter’s Tale tells the story of King Leontes of Bohemia, who suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. Polixenes flees for his life and Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that explores issues of death and rebirth, jealousy, the redemptive world of nature, and the magical power of art. The abridged adaptation of this play is performed in conjunction with musical theatre performances that showcase the best of Rochester College theatre. The show runs until April 24th.

Tuesday April 26, 7:30 p.m.

  • Senior Recital: Ryan Woods – RC Theatre

Thursday April 28, 7:30 p.m.

  • Senior Recital: Morganne Bentley  RC Theatre

Friday April 29, 7:30 p.m.

  • Senior Recital: A.J. Siedhoff  Auditorium
Students can receive 1 chapel credit for up to 2 Sessions as well as 2 points for completing the Poster Session Scavenger Hunt.
To complete the Poster Session Scavenger Hunt, go to HAM lobby between 12:40 and 2:00 pm, and pick up the notes form and map of the posters. Go listen to the presentation of at least 3 poster presenters, get their signature, and take notes on what you learned. Be sure to give yourself at least 30 minutes to get 3 in.