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Students Display Scholarship Work in Annual Showcase

May 11, 2009

From cultural misunderstandings and the law of quadratic reciprocity to climate change and zombies, Hartwick students shared their best research of the 2008-09 academic year May 8 during the College’s Second Annual Community of Scholars Showcase.

In sessions across campus, nearly 250 students presented their research and discussed their work with their peers, faculty, staff, Trustees, and friends of the College. Doubling in size from last year’s inaugural event, the Showcase celebrates student scholarship and achievement across academic disciplines. It was developed last year as an opportunity for students to present their work to the Hartwick community.

Kathleen Button ’10 presented on two topics in vastly different fields. In the first, Weaving Transnational Solidarity With Community Members in Chiapas, Mexico, she joined her Sociology classmates in an overview discussion of their January Term 2009 program, focusing on Zapatistas. In the second, she discussed Perfect Numbers—what they are, how they were and are derived, and mathematical proofs.

“It’s important to share your research with your peers,” she said. “It’s really beneficial to educate people about other cultures and what is going on around the world. I’ve gotten positive feedback from my presentation; mainly, people are interested in the Zapatistas because they have never heard of them before. I hope my presentation can help people realize the struggle that is still going on in Chiapas for simple things that we take for granted.”

Like last year, the Showcase celebrated the sharing of ideas between students and their peers, faculty members, and the Hartwick community. The day was an opportunity for them to see what their classmates and those in different majors have been working on throughout the year. For Dillon Greenberg ’11, the Showcase was a chance to share the work he did during an internship with BAE Systems International in Santa Clara, CA, where he worked on the concept and preliminary design of a thermal test chamber. The Showcase challenged him to hone his presentation skills on a complicated topic.

“Most people are a little confused, then interested,” he said of his poster presentation in Golisano Hall. “The Showcase is showing people what’s out there. This is a very unique experience, letting students know that these things do exist, and if you’re interested, you can find a way into it.”

This year’s Freedman Prize recipients also were featured at different sites throughout the day, with Allen and Judy Freedman on campus to attend several of the discussions. Freedman Prize winners Kathryn Faria ’10 and Jaime Rodriquez ’10 presented their research on the isolation of bacteria from the Susquehanna River and determination of inhibitory antibiotic concentrations, work they undertook with faculty mentor Associate Professor of Biology Mary Allen.

“We’ve been able to see what other students are doing and to share our research with others,” Faria said. “It’s rewarding; it brings the whole school together.”

“Before the Showcase, you had to be within a major to see what they were doing,” Rodriquez added. “Now, I can go and see research being done by other majors. I’m not seeing work restrictive to one area.”

Students presented their work in several formats: oral presentations, readings and performances, poster presentations, table talks, panels, class demonstrations, and group discussions in Johnstone Science Center, Golisano Hall, Dewar Union, and Anderson Center for the Arts.

In Johnstone, panel discussions looked at identity in modern literature, connecting to the world, activism, ethnography, and the sociology of reality TV. A Biology symposium also featured presentations by more than a dozen Hartwick students.

In Golisano, students discussed cubism, U.S. decline, Kantian influence on John Hick’s religious pluralism, building a wind turbine using recycled material, and study-abroad experiences in France and Costa Rica.

After lunch, students headed to Dewar to present their poetry and short stories, as well as presentations on the role and rise of feminine productivity and pregnancy in Victorian to modern society and Henry Fielding’s Shamela.

The day wrapped up in Anderson with more than 100 students presenting on more than 60 topics, including corporate America, witches, meditation, gender differences, film and video, ceramics, glassblowing, African folk tale, theatre, and mathematics.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Jennifer Moritz
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