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Inaugural Loras College Legacy Symposium Held April 30, 2014; Public Invited to More Than 200 Student and Faculty Academic Presentations

4/16/2014
 
The inaugural Loras College Legacy Symposium: Presentations of Research, Creativity and Service Accomplishments will be held on April 30, 2014 to showcase student and faculty academic achievements. In one day the Symposium will feature 183 student presentations, 28 faculty presentations and conclude with an evening film festival screening nine student films.
 
"This is a celebration of the best of the liberal arts tradition at Loras College. The symposium allows people with all different interests to expand and share their knowledge together,” said Erin VanLaningham, Ph.D., associate professor of English.
 
“Loras College emphasizes active learning and contributing to the community; in many ways, this is what the Legacy Symposium is all about.  This is a day to showcase the many ways that Loras students, faculty and staff move knowledge out of the classroom and into the real world,” said Lisa Garoutte, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology.
 
The unique event was coordinated by members of the Loras Legacy Planning Committee:  Kate Cooper, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Aditi Sinha, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; VanLaningham; and Garoutte.
 
“Our students and faculty are doing amazing research projects and creative work and this event will give us a chance to share all of it,” said Cooper.  “The spring semester is a busy time, but we are taking an entire day to recognize and celebrate intellectual and academic achievements because this is the core of the Loras College community.”
 
The Legacy Symposium was made possible through a generous donation from  Rev. Msgr. James Barta (’52). Barta began teaching at Loras College in 1961 as an assistant professor in the psychology department. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and to professor in 1974; during this time he served as both chairperson of the psychology department and as a faculty chairperson. While continuing to teach, Barta was named academic dean in 1977 and became the President of Loras College in 1987. In 1994, the Archbishop appointed Barta regional vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and he was named vicar general in 1999. He has since retired the position of vicar general and serves as vice chancellor on the Loras College Board of Regents.
 
“Monsignor Barta’s support for the Legacy Symposium continues his life-long engagement with learning at Loras College.  Given his roles as educator, academic dean and president, he has been part of the dynamic tradition of scholarship, creativity, and service that make up the Loras legacy.  Through his gift, the Legacy Symposium affirms the quality and breadth of student and faculty achievement in the present and for the future.  We are very grateful for his generosity,” said Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D., provost and academic dean.  
 
 
LORAS COLLEGE LEGACY SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE:
Call to Community: Celebrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Alumni Campus Center Concourse | 8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
 
Session I: Student Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations, Juried Art Exhibit
Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Poster Topics: Aging and Health; Art, Music and Creativity; Psychology and the Mind; Astronomy, Chemistry and Robots; Learning and Business.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Catholic Social Teachings/Social Justice; Health and Technology; Government and Resistance; Education; Partnerships; and Sex and Gender.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.
 
Session II: Student Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations, Juried Art Exhibit
Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center | 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Poster Topics: Education and Learning; Happiness and Motivation; Service and Culture; Science, Religion and Technology.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Aesthetics and Beauty; Peace; Rebels and Rebellion; Ethics and Social Justice; Law and Justice; Loras College.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.
 
Session III: Student Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations, Juried Art Exhibit
Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center | 1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • Poster Topics: International Issues; Economics and Legislative Action; Gender, Class and Service; Science and Healthcare.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Problems-Solutions; Nature and the Environment; Race, Class and Social Justice; Problem Analysis.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.
 
Session IV: Student Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations, Juried Art Exhibit
Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center | 2:20 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Poster Topics: Sustainability and Science, Hispanic and Catholic Identities, Dubuque and Iowa Communities, Health and Technology.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Music and Society, Identity, Social Interaction and Emotion, Place and Space.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.
 
Session I: Faculty Presentations
Academic Resource Center | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Topics Include: Cultural Crossings: Health and Justice; Issues in Higher Education; Teaching and Learning; and Human-Nature-Animal Connections.
 
Session II: Faculty Presentations
Academic Resource Center | 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Topics Include: Innovative Teaching Methods; Cultural Crossings: New and Old Worlds; Human Conflict; and Science (Fiction).
 
Film Festival
Alumni Campus Center, Marie Graber Ballroom | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Student Films Include:
  • Alone: Drama. A man follows an elusive woman through the streets of Mobile, Alabama.
  • Pretty in Pink: Covered in Dirt: Documentary. A profile of a teen female stock-car driver.
  • Sojourn: Comedy. A businessman gets back to nature.
  • The Writer: Drama. A writer tries to get permission from an old friend to reveal secrets from their college days.
  • In Which I Wonder What Will Happen to Us: Experimental. A story about loneliness and learning to be okay with it.
  • Howl of Hope: Documentary. A look at a husky rescue operation in La Motte, Iowa.
  • Werner: Documentary. A portrait of one of Dubuque’s more unique residents.
  • Tough Cookie: Documentary. Profile of a cancer survivor.
  • If Only: Comedy. A look at the problems of keeping up with the other guy.
 
This event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events and the Symposium program with individual presentation information, please visit www.loras.edu/legacysymposium.
 
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