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Fall 2022 Academic Symposium

Students share capstone academic experiences with the campus community

University News | November 30, 2022

Photo Gallery: Fall Academic Symposium

From premier speakers and deliberative dialog sessions to study away and internship spotlights, applied music recitals, capstone presentations and an academic fair and poster session, student work was center stage on November 29 during the Fall Academic Symposium.

Held near the end of each semester, the Academic Symposium is a signature VWU event coordinated by VWU’s Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. The day brings the campus community together to celebrate the academic achievement of students completing a variety of academic experiences, including research, internships, performance, and global engagement.

The fall symposium began with premier student speakers who presented their research and projects in Blocker Hall. Premier speakers included Hannah Carmona, Alison Coutu, Criofan Shaw and Abigail Peterson.

A deliberative dialog session on the topic, “A House Divided: What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?,” followed in Brock Commons. The student-moderated discussion was hosted by the Robert Nusbaum Center.

During the lunch hour, student vocalists and instrumentalists performed during applied music recitals in Hofheimer Theatre.

The afternoon included concurrent sessions by student presenters on internships in communications; innovative solutions to sustainable global development; collaborative theatre research in action; senior seminars and an anatomage table cadaver demonstration.

The Fall Academic Symposium concluded with an Academic Fair and Poster Session, where the community gathered to learn about students' research, projects, and internship experiences in the CMAC of the Jane P. Batten Student Center.

The spirit of the liberal arts was on display throughout this spring’s academic symposium, promoting advanced level thinking and intellectual discourse among various academic disciplines and the exchange of ideas and inspiration that results from the public presentation of exceptional student endeavors.

Learn more about the Academic Symposium and The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery.