First-Year Seminar Symposium 2015

Hartwick Presents 2017 First-Year Seminar Symposium

November 21, 2017

Hartwick College will host its First-Year Seminar (FYS) Symposium on Friday, December 1 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Stevens-German Library, Yager Hall, on the College campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide the opportunity for first-year students to show off their work, ranging from research carried out in the area of political change to displays of visual or performing arts. Appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be available for all participants and guests.

Students from 17 different FYS classes have submitted their work and are slated to participate in the symposium. Presentations will include scholarly lectures, posters, works of art, videos, and short monologues.

“Our First-Year Symposium highlights the College’s commitment to melding experiential learning with the liberal arts from the very first time students take our classes,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Tannenbaum. “Students, their classmates, and their instructors have been working diligently on these projects, and look forward to the opportunity to share their work not only with other first-year students, but the entire Hartwick community.”

Sample presentations during the FYS Symposium include:

  • “Art of Cinema” – Dr. Marc Shaw
    Students will present a series of individual three-minute films for a mini film festival.
  • “Plants and People” – Dr. Douglas Hamilton
    Students in this course will perform experiments on plants. Each group will have a scientific poster-style presentation about their experiments and results and will be available to answer any questions.
  • “Computer Game Programming” – Dr. Robert Gann
    Students will demonstrate computer games they programmed in the Java language.
  • “Exoplanets: The Search for Life in the Universe” – Dr. Parker Troischt
    This class will present posters assessing the likelihood of finding life on a number of extra-solar plants (exoplanets), which are planets orbiting other stars. Each student in the class will focus on a different exoplanet, and discuss the astronomical conditions and possibilities of finding life there.
  • “Foundations in Nursing Science” – Lorena Marra, Mary Louise Silber, and Amy Weaver
    Students in this introductory course learned fundamental nursing skills, and engaged in observation and actual practice. Students will present poster displays of what they have learned in the course.

For more information, please contact First-Year Seminar Symposium Coordinator Kathleen Carlson, Office of Academic Affairs, at 607-431-4136 or at