Academic Week of Excellence to Showcase Student Research, Creativity

COLUMBUS, Ga. - CSU places student achievement from all disciplines in the spotlight from April 11-16, designated as an Academic Week of Excellence.

Beginning with CSU Tower Day, an exhibition of research and creative work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in the Schuster and Davidson centers, the week also includes:

• A Celebration of Student Writing, 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday
• Scholastic Honors Convocation 2 p.m. Friday
• Kaleidoscope, the Schwob School of Music’s epic concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

“Since undergraduate research represents the future of innovation, it’s critical that we recognize excellence in emerging scholarship through events such as this,” said Tom Hackett, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Now in its second year, Tower Day expands on the former Honors Colloquium. More than 150 students will display about 80 research or creative projects via poster and other forms.

The CSU Honors Program sponsors the event as Honors students help organize activities and will help judge presentations for 10 separate awards to be presented three days later, during the Scholastic Honors Convocation.

One of the presenters, senior English literature major Jarred Wiehe, will reveal his French-to-modern English translation and interpretation of Paris playwright Victor Séjour’s 1852 interpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Wiehe translated the first two acts of the five-act tragedy, but the key lesson lies in the term “translation.” “Séjour makes it clear his work is not a translation — that ‘to translate is to diminish,’” he said. “I learned through my exercises in translation what he means. My job was not to directly translate his work but rather mirror the same conversation he had with Shakespeare.”

CSU Honors Program Director Cindy Henning said Wiehe’s work illustrates the high level of undergraduate scholarship showcased by Tower Day. Wiehe, a Cusseta native, soon will choose from among as many as seven graduate programs that have accepted him for studying restoration and early 18th century literature.

A number of this year’s presenters, like last year, also received undergraduate research grants through the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. More than 40 proposals were selected this fall by a Faculty Senate panel for up to $300 to help purchase books, software and other materials, or fund necessary travel.

“Overall, we want our students to do more research, Henning said. “Last year’s projects showed this emphasis raised the level of academic quality along with quantity, and we expect more of the same this year.”

For more on the event, go to http://honors.colstate.edu/towerday.asp

Celebration of Student Writing

Thursday’s fourth annual Celebration of Student Writing will showcase writing-based projects from various disciplines in the Student Recreation Center’s multipurpose room.

Resembling a science fair, students and their faculty mentors will display their work and answer questions from guests to demonstrate the significance of writing across disciplines, well beyond required first-year composition classes.

The event also is part of CSU’s accreditation-mandated Quality Enhancement Plan, Writing the Solution.

The student displays culminate their work this year under QEP faculty fellows Greg Domin, political science; Mary Beth Hendricks, education; Andrée Martin, music; Gary Sprayberry, history; and Scott Wilkerson, English. These professors developed writing projects or enhanced existing ones that use writing to foster critical thinking and teach students how a given discipline defines itself.

“We have committed as an institution to improve writing at all levels across campus, and the work showcased at this event shows a unique view into writing,” said Angela Green, English professor, QEP specialist and director of the celebration.

“Last year, we had nursing, communication, theatre, English and computer science presentations,” Green said. “This year we hope to include some new disciplines to further dispel the idea that writing stops after first-year classes.”

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Green at 706-568-2054 or green_angela1@ColumbusState.edu.

Scholastic Honors

Friday’s Scholastic Honors Convocation in University Hall is Columbus State’s traditional ceremony to recognize its Educator of the Year, Faculty Cup winner (top student honor) and other outstanding faculty and students recognized by academic discipline. The convocation also honors faculty emeritus designees, Honors Program scholars and closes with a reception in the gallery space adjacent to the auditorium.

Kaleidoscope

The Kaleidoscope concert “is designed as a performance for every generation of concertgoer, from young child to adult,” said Ron Wirt, interim director of CSU’s Schwob School of Music. “Each performance selection is only about five minutes long … It keeps the concert fast-paced and exciting, and allows the audience to experience a multitude of musical genres in one, 70-minute performance.”

The event, in RiverCenter’s Heard Theatre, also is the only performance of the year involving all 240 Schwob school student musicians. The students include award-winning soloists and comprise award-winning chamber ensembles. They perform in both capacities for the concert.

Participating ensembles include the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Popular Music Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble. These groups will play from different locations throughout the theater, allowing one group to immediately begin performing after the preceding group finishes, creating a seamless musical experience for the audience.

For more information about the concert, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://www.ColumbusState.edu/music. General admission is $20, and two seats for the price of one can be purchased with a valid CSU ID. Contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612.