Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement: April 10, 2013

Day of community education will include student research, project presentations, and special guest speakers.




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Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement

April 2013


Tuesday, April 9

7:30 p.m.
Koresh Dance Company Concert
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall


Wednesday, April 10

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall
Liberal Arts and "Street Smarts": The Making of a Business
Julie Burnet '72, alumna-in-residence, with President Lisa Marsh Ryerson
Sponsored by the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship with support from the Class of 1961

Come hear how a Wells graduate with a degree in Romance Languages enters the male-dominated world of paper companies and then builds her own company (Yellow Dog Packaging), one chosen by Apple to create the box for one of its products and one she took from $2MM to $165MM in seven years. Julie will share her story of how she followed her talents to become an entrepreneur and continues to follow her passions in her work with Youth Homes and Guide Dogs for the Blind.


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Long Library
"The F Word"
Members of WGS 285

Feminism gets a bad rap these days. Fueled by misconception and myths of misandry and bra burning, the inclusive nature and academic and social breath of the feminist movement is constantly called into question. The WGS 285 class asks the Wells Community to join us as we deconstruct our own understanding of feminism and re-educate our selves and the community of the possibilities and benefits of an inclusive feminism. There will be interactive space in Long Library involving poetry, photography, and more. Come by at any time between 10 and 4.


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall
The Value of Playing Well with Others: What do diversity, inclusion, and equity mean in college athletics today?
Nancy Boutilier, Visiting Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Composition, Oberlin College
Sponsored by Wells Athletic Department, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the NEAC and NCAA

Most college mission statements include a claim like the one on the Wells College website: “We don't just respect differences, we celebrate them.” What does it mean to “celebrate differences” in the athletic world of set plays, training rules, and locker rooms? Obviously, sports can spark tremendous campus unity and pride. Teams share a common bond and work toward common goals. Big games bring fans together, and a championship run can rally a community. So, why does there seem to be such a divide, even in Division III, between the Fields of Study and the Field House? What is the relationship between how student-athletes see themselves and how others view them? When does a sports identity become exclusive? Why are some teams more—or less—diverse than the general student body? How do race, class, sexual orientation, and gender-conformity intersect in the world of sports? Is it significant that competitive sports have remained, largely, sex-segregated activities? What does that mean for transgender students who want to play?


1 – 1:30 p.m. Stratton Hall 104
False Friends and How to Avoid Them & German-Speaking Writers and Dancers
Students of German 102

The German 102 class will give a short presentation on misleading German expressions, followed by a presentation of main works of German-speaking writers and dancers of the 20th century including Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Thomas Bernhard, Marie Wiegmann, and Bertolt Brecht.


1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Stratton Hall 3rd Floor
Poster Session

  • Rose Chamberlin '13, Peer Leader Internship
  • Paige Fralick '15, An Activist’s Internship
  • Judith Lavelle '14, Independent Study in Science Writing
  • Tyler Paine '14, Designing for Activism Symposium SEJ 290
  • Political Activism at Wells, Highlights from CPAC 2013
  • Raymond Soriano '16, Orthopaedic Research in Tendon Regeneration
  • Sarah Allen ’13, Madeline Bass ’13, Dylan Bruce ’13, Mike DiCampli ’13, Matt Duffy ’13, Marilyn Gonnella ’13, Azra Rahman ’13, Sociology and Anthropology Senior Thesis


2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Mayra Bermeo '13, Stratton Hall 304
Why do Cedar waxwings eat so much?

Compared to most fruit-eating birds, like American Robins, wild Cedar Waxwings consume predominantly sugary fruits. This is interesting because sugary fruits are typically low in protein, leading to the question of how they survive on this kind of diet. Previous studies with captive birds fed sugary diets have shown that Cedar Waxwings consume relatively large quantities of food, have relatively low protein needs, and can maintain body mass. We wondered whether high ingestion rates permit waxwings to access sufficient protein from their protein-dilute fruit foods. We compared intake and assimilation of sugary diets with different protein content by Cedar Waxwings and American Robins to address this question. We assessed the fate of ingested energy by examining body mass changes and temperature profiles during feeding trials. Our results address dietary sensitivity to nutrient content and indicate that Cedar Waxwings over-ingest energy in order to access protein from sugary fruits. 

Emily Gottshall '13, Morgan Hall 21
Fashion Forecasting and Trend Analysis

An insider look into the world of fashion forecasting and trend analysis. How is fashion forecasting done? Who is responsible for forecasting trends? How do trends "become trends"? How are trends made known to the public?

Peter Johnsen '13, Theresa Mendez '13, and Megan Riedl, Coordinator of Student Achievement, Learning Commons, Long Library
Thesis Roundtable

A panel discussion to help underclassmen and rising seniors prepare for their theses. We hope this will help the students who attend understand the process in a range of disciplines and clear up any misconceptions or unnecessary anxieties they might have.

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science, Stratton Hall 209
What do the BRICS States (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) want in the Dynamics of Liberal Globalization?:  A Shift from the Existing Dominant Paradigms? Or a Liberal  Readjustment towards A Neo-Political Realism?

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have formed a new bloc called BRICS.  They are also members of G-20.  I intend to examine the origins, goals and ideology, and the structures of power of the BRICS as an organization and the nature of its relationship to the neo-liberal globalization. Using historical-structuralist approaches, I will raise the issues about how these countries define south-south relations and re-define politics; and how they deal with the old elements of the dominant social paradigms.

John W. White, Associate Professor of Music, Ithaca College and Jeanne Goddard, Professor of Dance, Dance Studio, Schwartz Center
It’s not "unstructured": Approaches to collaborative improvisational performance in music and dance

An interactive workshop in which participants will both observe and physically explore a range of improvisational structures. Movers, musicians, and other humans all welcome. No previous experience necessary, but if you have a portable instrument, please bring it! Please note that this session runs to 3:15pm.


3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall
Celebrating Student Employment Appreciation Day Tea Time


3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Stratton Hall 209
Tom Stiadle, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Sara Levy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
Why Should We Teach Children About the Holocaust?

The local school district is one of eleven sites in the entire country, including Ground Zero, the Holocaust Museum, and Little Rock Central School in Arkansas, to receive a sapling from the original "Anne Frank tree" in Holland.  Anne Frank was a young girl who was hidden in an attic from the Nazi persecution of the Jews during WW II.  Unfortunately, she died, but her diary left behind a legacy for all time.  As it turns out, despite the fact that our area's history of women's rights, abolitionism, and religious freedom has been honored among other such other prestigious sites, there is controversy about whether and how children should be educated about the Holocaust.  Some feel that it's too difficult for children to grasp.  Others believe that learning about past injustices is an obligation so that we can try to prevent them in the future.  Think of Bosnia, Rwanda, Armenia, and Cambodia.  Or think of how many Africans died in transit to or in servitude in the Americas.  This session will be an interactive discussion about these issues and the local and global history from which they derive. 

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Main Building 100B
Grand Opening of the Wells Multicultural Lounge
Student Committee for Inclusion and Intercultural Excellence (SCIIE)

Interactive exhibits will introduce the Wells community people to the space and its resources.