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Senior Symposium Friday!

Approximately 90 seniors will showcase their creativity, passion, intellect and effort at the second annual Senior Symposium, presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning, on Friday, April 9. Students are presenting a wide range of topics, including the aesthetic value of the automobile, translations of Chinese poetry, the HWS winter greenhouse gardening project, medieval weddings, positive mood and social attention, the Iranian Revolution, pumpkinseed sunfish, learning cohorts, Pentecostal theological praxis, Project Eye-to-Eye, greenhouse gas inventory, and Rastafarianism.

Jennifer Crupnick ’10, an Environmental Studies major, discovered an interest in leachate regulations while working with her faculty sponsor, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee. “Leachate regulations deal with run-off from landfills,” Crupnick explains. “The city of Geneva is looking to make new regulations for chemicals that are not currently regulated. If they are regulated, they won’t end up in Seneca Lake or our drinking water.” Crupnick’s research stemmed from the Senior Integrated Experience (SIE), her Environmental Studies capstone project. This project allowed her to join forces with Geneva mayor Stu Einstein, Geneva City Council, and the HWS Campus Greens in order to conduct research into chemical regulations. “I’m excited to share my research with the community, to show it to other people interested in the topic,” she reflects.

Roger Arnold ’10, a double major in Art History and Africana Studies, will be presenting a portion of his honors project, an investigation in the representation of African art objects in United States museums. “I ask questions such as ‘how does the heterogeneity of multiculturalism intersect with the homogeneity implicit in nationalism?’ and ‘how is this seeming disjunction manifest around African art objects?'” explains Arnold. “The Senior Symposium is a venue for my intellectual interests to be taken seriously. The event provides the opportunity for me to showcase a project which I have become so invested in.”

Senior Symposium

“The Senior Symposium is a wonderful chance for seniors to showcase what they’ve done, especially if they’re able to do something that makes a difference and is beneficial to someone else,” says Francesca Antonucci ’10, a public policy major who will be presenting on Lyons Community Center programming research, a project she worked on with Professor of Sociology Jack Harris. “The presentations I sat in on last year were great. It was interesting to hear about new subjects or issues that aren’t discussed on an everyday basis.”

“The community should attend to hear the amazing work of the senior class over their career here at HWS,” encourages Susan Pliner, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; and Interim Director of the Centennial Center for Leadership. “The work students have done and what they are passionate about highlights how special an HWS education is, how connected the work is to students’ passion and how it represents their interdisciplinary thinking.  Many of the presentations are connected to the Geneva community as well and represent how involved students are both on and off campus.”

Presentations will be held throughout the day from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in Scandling Center’s Vandervort and Creedon Rooms. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Visit the Senior Symposium Web site for more information.



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