Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement Day, November 13

November 8, 2013


Wells' Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement Series provides a day each semester when classes are canceled and the Wells community comes together to share educational experiences, research specialties, class projects, and other topics in presentations throughout the day. This semester's CSE Day is scheduled for November 13. See the schedule and partial descriptions of the day's events below (descriptions supplied by the presenters).


November 13, 2013
Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement


9:00-10:00 a.m.

Disability as Diversity Panel (Sommer Center, Smith Hall)
Too often, when we talk about diversity, disabilities get left out of the conversation. A panel of students will discuss what life is like as a person with a disability, with focus on life at Wells. This panel will be specifically targeted for faculty, to change the mind-set from "students with special needs" to "students with diversity." The panel discussion is moderated by Megan Riedl, Coordinator of Student Achievement.

Student Presentations (Stratton Hall 209)

Pamela Badian-Pessot '14, “Modeling a Baseball Game”
Pamela will be presenting on the model she developed for an independent study in mathematics this semester which simulates one team’s offense during a baseball game. She will talk about the process of modeling using the computer language MATLAB, how her model works and what it includes.

Keegan Evans '15, “Phlearning: Creating a Photoshop Video Tutorial”
The world of online learning has exploded. Before people look to a book, we now look to google. 'Phlearn,' a website dedicated to photography and photoshop tutorials has helped Keegan exponentially grow as an artist. In 'Phlearning: Creating a Photoshop Video Tutorial,' he will discuss the art of Photoshopping, how often it is used, and give a live demonstration of what it's like to record yourself creating a video while working on an image in real time.

Andrew Judson '15, “Zoological Gardens: Exhibit Design and Species Conservation”
This is a presentation of Andrew's biology independent study, in which he built a model of his ideal zoo. He will present the model with associated write-ups, slideshows and spoken components.


10:15-11:15 a.m.

Public Service: A U.S. Senator’s Staff (Stratton Hall 209)
This is a round table discussion by members of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's regional staff regarding what it is like to work for a U.S. Senator, what work the office does, how it can serve constituents and how students can be involved in their own government. Members of Senator Gillibrand's staff who will be in attendance include Colleen Deacon, Regional Director for Syracuse/Finger Lakes Region, Jarred Jones, Regional Assistant for Syracuse/Finger Lakes Region, and Bryant Sanders, Regional Assistant for Rochester/Finger Lakes Region (and Wells alumnus, class of 2012). The discussion will be facilitated by Susan Tabrizi, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Senior Thesis Presentations (Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall)

Elisabeth Pittman '14, “The Effects of Digitization on Libraries and Librarians” Elisabeth will present her senior thesis work. The main purpose of this project will be to explore the changes necessitated by the growing trend towards digital media and what that means for the profession of librarian. She will outline the history of digital media and digitization in regards to libraries, gather oral histories of several librarians' experience of the digital revolution, and offer some predictions as to what the future of libraries and librarians might be.

Maria Coleman '14, Theatre and Dance Process: Performance as a Mode of Inquiry -- "Jean Brodie: A Teacher or a Leader?" The character of Jean Brodie is the driving force behind all the action in Jay Presson Allen's play, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." This presentation will explore early inspirations and the process of researching and preparing the character for Maria's senior thesis performance. She will also discuss challenges met and discoveries made along the way.

Ryanne Sims '14, Theatre and Dance Process: Performance as a Mode of Inquiry -- "Reflections on Praise Dance." Ryanne's thesis choreography, "Praise In Motion," is not merely a showcase for talent; it is a Christian-based prophetic showcase, designed to present the gospel through music and dance. This presentation will reflect upon her vision for pieces danced to familiar gospel songs and will trace the choreographic process from inspiration to performance.                       


11:30-12:30 p.m.

Mariam Raqib '97, The Afghan Tree Project (Stratton Hall 209)
Mariam Raqib, Wells class of 1997, is the founder and director of Afghanistan Samsortya, an organization that does important environmental rehabilitation work in Afghanistan. The group's current focus is on reforesting sections of Afghanistan that have been deforested during the last three decades of war and political instability. In particular, this organization has already planted more than seven acres of orchards that will soon provide families in rural Afghanistan with fruit trees, an important resource for many people, especially children, who suffer from malnutrition.


1:00-2:00 p.m.

Poster Session (Stratton Hall)

Internships (2nd Floor):

  • Brennen Dooley '14, Ways of Learning: My Time at David Clark Learning Center
  • Allison Martin '15, Psychology Academy
  • Avary McKinney '14, PSY 290 Summer Internship
  • Elisabeth Pittman '14, Summer Camp Internship

Political Science Senior Projects (3rd Floor):

  • Chuck Barnard '14, Campaign Finance and Its Effect on Political Corruption
  • Sam Browne '14, The Supreme Court and Media
  • Theresa Hernandez '14, The How and Why of School Budget Appropriation
  • Rebekah Kosier '14, The Food Sovereignty Movement

SOC 294 Research Methods for the Social Sciences (3rd Floor):

  • Alyssa Acquaviva '14 (Psychology), The Happiest Place on Earth? The Emotional Toll on Disney World Employees
  • Caroline Clabaugh '14 (Psychology), Technology as a Catalyst for Language Processing Changes
  • Valerie Provenza '14 (Psychology), Concealment and Disclosure: Exploring Secret Keeping Decisions
  • Alissa Toner '15, (Sociology), You Have Hair Where? Hair Grooming and Identity Construction

Internship Presentations (Stratton Hall 209)

Courtney Fesko '15, Alex Lamphear '15, Nina Daniels '16, Emily Guzman '16, Marisa Smith '16, and Luisa Suarez '14, Rural Healthcare Immersion Program
You’ve seen them on posters, on the TV in the Dining Hall, and maybe even on the news! These students are the six pre-health students who participated in the Rural Healthcare Immersion Program at Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake, NY. This is the smallest hospital in New York State with only twenty beds, though they are responsible for several counties as the next closest facility is over an hour way. Over four days, they shadowed health professionals and interviewed both community members and visiting healthcare providers. The major goals for this program were to help the students understand healthcare in a rural area, to encourage their pursuit of careers in rural medicine (a high need area in healthcare), to expose them to a variety of different healthcare professions, and for them to gain experiences that will help on their journey to professional school. At the conclusion of the program, they presented their findings to the community. Now, the students would like to share their experience with the Wells Community and to explain the information collected regarding the healthcare needs of the Star Lake region. This program was made possible by Clifton-Fine Hospital, CNYAHEC, Wells College, NAHEC, and the people of Star Lake, Cranberry Lake, and Wanakena.

Turan Sidky '15 and Julia Knecht '15, “I Can Show You The World! Completing a Cross-Cultural Internship”
In this presentation Turan Sidky '15 and Julia Knecht '15, anthropology majors who have completed multiple internships abroad, will give a brief presentation on their experiences in Belize, Thailand, India and Vanuatu, and will facilitate a how-to session on finding and completing a cross-cultural internship.


2:15-3:15 p.m.

Mike Green, “The Four Stages of Drinking” (Chapel, Main Building)
This presentation considers the mental and physical damage substance abuse can cause with the health and overall well-being of students. With the reality that drug and alcohol use and abuse exist on every campus, the actual challenges that students face involve recognizing personal accountability and making responsible decisions. Sponsored by the Department of Athletics in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Student Presentations
(Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall)

GRMN 101 Students, How (not?) to be German in 50 easy steps: A critical approach to aspects of current German culture”
The students of GRMN 101 will present aspects of current German culture, literature, politics, sports, etc. by examining Adam Flechter's current best-seller "How to become German in 50 easy steps" in a critical way. Their presentation will also give an overview of the history of the German national anthem and present the context in which it is relevant today.

Fahad Rahmat '14, “Dirty Jokes: First World War Poetry and the Popularization of Irony”
A brief look into the bitter irony made accessible to every reader by soldiers in the trenches during the First World War. The poetry looked at was written by both English and German authors offering a perspective into the worlds of soldiers on both sides of no-man's land.

Huda Rehman '14 and Naveed Haris '14, “The Arab Fall: Insight into Syria”
Wells College Muslim Student Association Students Huda Rehman '14 and Naveed Haris '14 discuss the structure of the Syrian government and the events that have led to the civil war. For more than two years the conflict has displaced millions of civilians and the United Nation estimates more than 120,000 dead. Their discussion will include the UN report on chemical attacks in Syria and the international intervention in dealing with the conflict. What will be the preferred intervention for the international community; what can we expect in the future for Syria's Ba'ath Government; and how can the United States understand Syria and help end this armed conflict?


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Melissa Tuckey, “Poetry and Social Engagement” (Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall)
Poetry and Social Engagement: Melissa Tuckey is a poet, translator, and literary activist living in Ithaca, New York. Her first full length book, Tenuous Chapel, was selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award. Coming from a background as a writer in the environmental movement, Tuckey brings social consciousness to her poetry. She’s a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national poetry organization in Washington, DC that celebrates poetry of witness and provocation. She’s also an editor, currently at work on Greenfire: Anthology of Environmental Justice Poetry for University of Georgia Press. While visiting Wells College, Tuckey will read some of her poems and talk about the connection between poetry and social engagement, the challenges of writing socially engaged poetry, and the social significance of poetry. She'll talk about her own journey as a writer and the ways in which activism has enriched her writing life, as well as the ways in which poetry is necessary to social change.

Kent Klitgaard, Professor of Economics, “Beyond the Fiscal Cliff” (Stratton Hall 209)
Congress battles almost continually about the fate of future economic policy. Both liberals and conservatives believe their strategies will be the most effective in promoting economic growth. Conservatives believe in a reduction in government participation in the economy, regulations, budget deficits and taxes. Liberals contend that the government is a vital part of the modern economy and call for a greater degree of stimulus in order to reduce unemployment. Both miss vital points. Economic growth rates have been in decline since the 1960s and neither liberal nor conservative policies can reverse this trend, as stagnation is built into the mechanisms of a globalized economy dominated by monopolies and financial interests. Furthermore, beyond the fiscal cliff lie other, and far more dangerous, cliffs: An energy cliff composed of declining energy returns on investment; a climate cliff driven by increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, a biodiversity cliff; a water cliff; a biogeochemical cliff, to name but a few. Attempting to solve the economic problems by increasing material consumption only makes the other problems worse. To solve our economic and environmental problems and live well within nature's limits we need a more equal society that uses far less energy than the one in which we currently live.


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