Bridgewater College celebrates ASPIRE April 5-23

bridgewater collegeBridgewater College is recognizing academic achievement during a period of activities dedicated to showcasing excellence. ASPIRE (A Celebration of the Arts, Scholarship, Performance, Innovation and Research Excellence) will be held April 5-23.

ASPIRE opens Friday, April 5, with a choral concert presented by the Concert Choir, the Chorale and the Handbell Choir at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College. The Concert Choir and the Chorale are under the direction of Curtis Nolley, visiting director of choral music. The student-led Handbell Choir is under the co-direction of Jenna K. Hallock, a senior psychology and music double major, from Frederick, Md., and Noah Flint, a sophomore music major, from Rocky Mount, Va.

The Showker Prize reveal from the Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall in the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics. For several months, seven interdisciplinary teams of students have been using their expertise, creativity and passion to provide a solution to a challenging problem. The winning team will receive a $5,000 cash award to be divided among the members. If all seven teams reach the finals, a second-place prize of $2,000 will be awarded.

The Bridgewater College Symphonic Band will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Cole Hall, under the direction of Christine Carrillo, associate professor of music and director of instrumental music. The concert, “Unfamiliar Faces,” highlights music by brilliant but underrepresented composers.

Four student panel discussions will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

A communication studies student panel discussion, “Public Relations and Philanthropy,” will be held in the Boitnott Room.

A family and consumer sciences student panel discussion, “Gender Inequality,” will be held in the Stone Prayer Chapel in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.

A world languages and cultures student panel discussion, “Immigration through French Film,” will be held in Room 109 of Bowman Hall.

Another world languages and cultures student panel discussion, “El sueño de Bolivar para Latinoamérica (Bolivar’s Dream for Latin America),” will be held in Room 226 of the McKinney Center. This panel discussion will be in Spanish.

Four seniors will give oral research presentations at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall in the McKinney Center. Jenna M. Walmer, a global studies major, from Mount Joy, Pa., will present “Friends and Killers: Decision Makers at the Wannsee Conference.” Jazzmyn Y. Proctor, a psychology and English double major, from Upper Marlboro, Md., will present “Metacognition in First-Year Writers.” Abigail E. Ferson, a biology and environmental science double major, from Manassas, Va., will present “Drivers of Global Patterns in Forest Detrital Matter Stocks.” Courtney M. Hawkins, an art and philosophy and religion double major, from Collinsville, Va., will present “Assessing the Contributions of Interfaith Organizations in Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

Performances of A Document in Madness: Moving Toward Silence. Monologues and Scenes by William Shakespeare will be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10, in Cole Hall. The production is a senior capstone project completed by Julianna M. Brooks, a senior English and theatre double major, from Aspers, Pa.

A student panel discussion, “Gender and Me: Student Perspectives on How Social Constructions of Gender Affect Their Lives,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Boitnott Room.

A third world languages and cultures student panel discussion, “El sueño de Bolivar para Latinoamérica (Bolivar’s Dream for Latin America),” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Boitnott Room. This panel discussion will be in Spanish.

Students will give research poster presentations from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Kline Campus Center lobby.

Five seniors will give oral research presentations at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall in the McKinney Center. Joshua W. Stein, a history major, from Louisburg, N. C., will present “Memories of Love and War: John Stenger’s World War.” Carolina A. Edwards, a business administration and global studies double major, from Blandon, Pa., will present “Effects of FDI on Nutrition in Latin America.” Danielle M. Werner, a health and physical education major, from McGaheysville, Va., will present “Digital Internships & Motivation: Engagement with Western Expansion and 1920s Radio Broadcasts.” Madeline S. Carlson, a political science major, from Clayton, Del., will present “Conceptions of Property Under the Takings Clause.” Luke C. Morgan, a political science major, from Churchville, Va., will present “Vote Choice and Political Party Identification.”

Bridgewater College faculty research presentations will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Boitnott Room. Dr. Christopher M. James, assistant professor of world languages and cultures, will present “Mapping the Cathedral: Huysmans & Chartres.” Dr. Tracy L. Deem, associate professor of biology, will present “Assessment of IL-3 expression by CRISPR/Cas-generated fluorescent report mice.” Dr. Yi Zhang, assistant professor of economics and business administration, will present “Neurophysiological Effect of Exposure to Gossip on Product Endorsement.” Dr. Lori A. Gano-Overway, associate professor of health and human sciences, will present “The Mapp Way: Success Through Combining the Motivational and Caring Climates.”

The Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Cole Hall, under the direction of Christine Carrillo, associate professor of music and director of instrumental music.

ASPIRE concludes with the Senior Art Thesis opening receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at various locations on campus. Artists’ talks will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Boitnott Room.

All ASPIRE events are free and open to the public.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,900 undergraduate students.

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