LORAS COLLEGE LEGACY SYMPOSIUM HELD APRIL 29, 2015

The 2nd Annual Loras College Legacy Symposium: Presentations of Research, Creativity and Service Accomplishments will be held on April 29, 2015 to celebrate interdisciplinary learning within the community and showcase student and faculty academic achievements, service learning and creative projects. During the symposium, 355 students and 23 faculty members representing every major at the College will describe their accomplishments through poster and oral presentations, art exhibits and film screenings. 
 
“The symposium is a day which celebrates Loras’ liberal arts tradition—where connections between disciplines are made, and to see things from different and new perspectives,” said Erin VanLaningham, Ph.D., associate professor of English. “It’s a day to honor what we do best across campus, and bring it together for everyone to see and experience.”
 
“The breadth of research, service and creative works showcased on this day are reflective of the diversity of educational experiences available at Loras,” said Aditi Sinha, Ph.D., associate professor of biology. “The Legacy Symposium truly speaks to the liberal arts tradition and interdisciplinary learning at Loras.”
 
“Loras isn’t just about the classroom experience.  It’s about how students use what they learn to create, to solve problems and to explore the world around them,” said Lisa Garoutte, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology. “By displaying what all our students do, we recognize that their efforts mean something, and remind them of the power they have to make positive change in the world, be it through research, service or creative works.”
 
For the past two years, the symposium has been coordinated by members of the Legacy Planning Committee: Kate Cooper, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Garoutte; Sinha; and VanLaningham. Student work will examine a breadth and depth of topics ranging from whether stress affects time perception and the antibacterial effects of essential oils on E. coli growth to young adult perceptions of Dubuque and a working firefighting robot. All Loras classes have been suspended Wednesday so students can gather to learn about their counterparts’ research.
 
“Having classes canceled for the day emphasizes the importance of research, service, and creative projects in the education of a Loras student. These are also valuable presentation experiences for our students before they go on to careers or graduate schools, said Cooper. “It is very rewarding to see a student put so much work into a project and presentation and then be so excited to share that with the community at the Legacy Symposium.”
 
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. 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.
 
“This is a vibrant day for the College community, sustained by Msgr. Barta’s continuing support,” said Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D., Loras College provost. “For students, it is an opportunity to present their best work in a professional conference. It is also an opportunity for students to support and congratulate their peers—and to be proud of the educational experiences Loras Colleges offers them. For faculty and staff, it is an opportunity to see the quality and diversity of the intellectual and creative work of the whole College, beyond what they already know of their individual students and classes. It is also an opportunity for them to model life-long engagement with learning and creative pursuits.”
 
 
LORAS COLLEGE LEGACY SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE:
 
Call to Community: Celebrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. | Alumni Campus Center, Concourse
 
Session I: Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations and Juried Art Exhibit
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center

  • Poster Topics: Perception, Art and Music; Psychology, Health and Economics; Science and Robots; Learning and Religion.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Happiness, Unhappiness and the Good Life; Challenges in Sports; Beauty; Death and Violence; Nature and Culture; Economic Ideology and Consequences; Language Matters.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.

 
Session II: Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations and Juried Art Exhibit
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center

  • Poster Topics: Technology; Music; Local Issues; Biology, Health and Chemistry; Work Place Issues and Opportunities.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Music; Romance and Reproduction; Religion, Faith and Implications; (Re)Building Dubuque; Identity, Individuality and The Arts; Treating and Mistreating Illness.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.

 
Session III: Concurrent Poster Session, Oral Presentations and Juried Art Exhibit
1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. | Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center

  • Poster Topics: International and Service; Education; Sports; Music; Science and Machines.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Travel; Dubuque Experiences; Cooperation and Problem Solving; Social Divides; Ways of Leading; Creative (Business) Solutions.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.

 
Session IV: Concurrent Poster Session and Oral Presentations
2:20 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Academic Resource Center, Wahlert Hall, Alumni Campus Center

  • Poster Topics: Sustainability and Science; Criminal Justice, Violence and Government; Society and History; Community Service.
  • Oral Presentation Topics: Education; Mind and Body; Time, Space and Other Oddities; Local Environments; Change in Community; Justice, Business and Service.
  • Juried Art Exhibit: Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Mixed Media, Collage, Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Graphic Design and Illustration.

 
Faculty Presentations I
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Academic Resource Center, Alumni Campus Center
            Topics Include: Race-Rhetoric-Religion; Campus and Student Cultures; Movements;
Poetry and Place in Music.
 
Faculty Presentations II
4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. | Academic Resource Center
            Topics Include: Mortality-Nature-War; Widening Poetic Voices; Academic Methods and
Trends; Diversity-Sexuality-Identity
 
Film Festival
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Alumni Campus Center, Marie Graber Ballroom
Student Films include:

  • “Jest, Episode 1:” Comedy. Jessica wants to be a jester. The only problem is that it’s 2015.
  • “Mick:” Documentary. A portrait of Loras College’s beloved security guard.
  • “No One’s Laughing:” Music Video. A rap video with a strong message.
  • “Tick:” Drama. Where does that mystery stranger go every day?
  • “The Walk:” Experimental. A walk in the woods seen with new eyes.
  • “God Given Talent:” Documentary. A Loras student uses her talent in extraordinary ways.
  • “The Pinkerton:” Western. A revisionist western—Loras style.
  • “Rose:” Experimental. The story of a rose.
  • “The Battle Continues:” Documentary. A vet with Alzheimer’s still remembers Iwo Jima.
  • “Destination: Europe:” Documentary. Bonjour from Paris.
  • “A Shoebox for Alex:” Drama. A man is on a mission—for Alex.

 
This event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events and the full symposium program with individual presentation information, please visit www.loras.edu/legacysymposium.