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ONLINE: Brockport students share their best at Scholars Day

by Jaymi Gooden- Campus Talk Editor
Sat, Apr 15th 2017 02:00 pm
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A picture of our copy editor, reciting a personal experience story at Scholar's Day.
Emma Misiaszek/ PHOTO EDITOR A picture of our copy editor, reciting a personal experience story at Scholar's Day.
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The College at Brockport held its annual Scholars Day event on Wednesday, April 12, at 8:30 am in various locations on campus.


Scholars Day is an annual celebration that features undergraduate and graduate student presentations, involving faculty and staff from across all departments.This renowned campus event is aimed to provide students with intellectual enrichment and professional development, as well as illustrate the range of academic excellence at Brockport.


More than 270 presentations took place, ranging in topics from marketing in the media to trade in the Bronze Age Mediterranean. More than 400 students participated in presentations, and faculty and staff showcased their work as well.


Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Communication Virginia Orzel, showcased two films to students concerning dyslexia and scleroderma. She was later joined by Associate Professor Carvin Eison who presented a storyboard to students on an upcoming documentary film about a racially-motivated mass shooting.


"I saw a few of my students out today," Eison said. "They don't have to be here, but they are. That makes me happy."


Classes were cancelled so students would have the freedom to attend any session they wanted. The first two sessions, the two special sessions and "Poster Palooza" began before the traditional Scholars Day luncheon in which all presenters were invited to dine with President Heidi Macpherson and other campus leaders. All five sessions were an hour and 20 minutes long including time left for the presenters to engage in questions with the audience.


More than a handful of presentations reached a maximum capacity including  "Heartbreak, Courage & Resiliency: Personal Experience Stories," organized by Associate Professor Mary McCrank and her Teaching Assistant, Marc Hefferan.


McCrank and Hefferan chose five students from their feature writing course to share a paper they wrote earlier in the year concerning a hardship that each had undergone.


"I think we often see academia as being structured with little wiggle room," one student commented after the presentation. "But I think it's important to show academia's unorthodox side as well."


Other unique presentations included Modern Languages department presentation, "Testimonials of survivors of the Argentinian dictatorship," presented in Spanish by sophomore Lilia Hutchinson and the "Puppeteers are Here!", a puppet show organized by a group of students from the Arts for Children department.


Scholars Day concluded at 4:45 pm and classes resumed at 5:00 pm.