First-Year Seminar Symposium Presented at Hartwick

First-Year Seminar Symposium Presented at Hartwick

November 7, 2013

On November 25, 2013, Hartwick College will host a First-Year Seminar Symposium from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts building on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide the opportunity for first-year students to show off their work completed and progress made to date within their First-Year Seminar classes. Appetizers, desserts and beverages will be made available for all participants and guests.

Having previously been established, the First-Year Seminar Symposium has returned to celebrate student accomplishments and to serve as inspiration to student peers, faculty and staff, and the broader public. Students from 16 different First-Year Seminar classes have submitted their work and are slated to participate in the Symposium. Presentations will range from the displaying of handmade ceramic bowls to short plays and monologues being performed on stage.

"Like its model from three years ago, [the Symposium] will include theatrical and other presentations (including posters), video and live presentations, and even some roaming gadflies," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Tannenbaum. "Students and their FYS instructors have been working diligently on these projects, and they are eager to share their work not only with other first-year students, but with the entire Hartwick community."

A few classes that attendees can expect to learn more about during the Symposium include:

· Ceramics I: Hand Building - Stephanie Rozene - This course introduces students to hand building techniques used in forming clay and its various applications (including wedging, slab building, coil building, carving, etc.). Students will display bowls that they have made for the fourth annual "Empty Bowls" event - a grass roots movement which aims to help raise awareness of hunger and poverty in local communities.

· Computer Game Programming - Dr. Robert Gann - This course is an introductory course in computer programming with an emphasis on game programming. Students create and program computer games and apps. During the symposium, students will be demonstrating the apps they have created or modified for use on Android devices, iPhones, or iPads.

· Introduction to Comparative Politics - Dr. Amy Forster Rothbart - This course is an exploration of how history, culture, institutions, economics and interests shape politics in other lands. Students will demonstrate the results of their simulations: where the students take on roles negotiating a new constitution for post-apartheid South Africa (circa 1993).

· Playwriting & Performance - Malissa Kano-White - This workshop is designed as an introduction to the writing and performance of theatrical works. During the symposium, students will present a short play or monologue of 1 minute per person.

For more information on the Symposium, please contact Administrative Assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs Kathleen Carlson at 607-431-4136 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031