Celebration of Scholarship to be Held April 16, 2015

Laura Fox, News Editor

Lewis University’s annual Celebration of Scholarship program has set the date, and will be held on April 16, 2015. Applications for students to participate and present scholarly work are now available.

The Celebration of Scholarship is a program that gives students the opportunity to present creative endeavors, research and scholarly work.

This year’s program co-chairs are Dr. Nan Russell Yancey and Dr. Joyce Hayward.

“The idea [for the event] originated with the Provost, Dr. Stephany Schlachter. She had envisioned an annual scholarly event to focus on the research and scholarly work of our students,” Hayward said.

The program is a great way for students to show off their talents and creativity in a highly academic environment.

“The Celebration of Scholarship provides students with an opportunity to experience an academic conference either as an attendee or presenter,” Hayward said. “Those who choose to present engage in the same process of proposal writing and review found at professional conferences.”

The program is a great way for students to gain the experience of presenting research, and is also a great aspect to include on a resume.

Some students are currently being encouraged or obligated to present scholarly work in the event through their classes, but the applications are open to all students who are interested.

Students who are not presenting during the event are being encouraged to attend and learn from all of the projects on display.

There will also be a keynote speaker during the event, and students can receive culture and civilization points for attending the session.

“We are very excited and privileged that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Margaret M. Mitchell, dean of the Divinity school [at] the University of Chicago,” Hayward said. “The focus of her presentation will be on rigor in scholarship and research.”

Mitchell will be speaking at 11 a.m. on the day of the event, followed by four concurrent sessions, the poster presentations and the creative works presentations. The program will end with a president’s reception for the participants.

The Celebration of Scholarship program grows with each passing year, and is a great way to display the academic success that is ongoing at Lewis.

“It is a rich opportunity for students to present scholarly work to a student, faculty and staff audience to celebrate the academic excellence that is central to the mission of the University,” Hayward said.

Submissions for the program are due Feb. 27. To apply, visit the Celebration of Scholarship page on the Lewis University website, or for more information, contact Dr. Joyce Hayward at haywarjo@lewisu.edu or Dr. Nan Yancey at yanceyna@lewisu.edu.

Laura Fox is a senior double majoring in journalism and public relations/advertising, with a minor in social media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer. She has her own fashion blog, The Fashionable Fox, and is also Corey Crawford’s biggest fan. She dreams of someday working in community relations for the NHL.

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