The Celebration of Writing was held April 26 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Reeves Learning Commons. Students from Composition and Culture classes had presentations set up in the Reeves Learning Commons for faculty, staff and students to walk around observe.
Students had snacks, handouts and games involved in their presentations, which ranged from the amount of sleep students should get to one in five people having a mental illness and even chemotherapy with the effects both physically and economically.
Some of the presentations dealt with students’ majors while others studied an area of interest outside the major. There are a few professors who teach the Composition and Culture course, including Lynn Kuhn, adjunct instructor of liberal arts/core courses. There was a poll for faculty, students and staff to vote for the best presentation. Nathan Davis won the People’s Choice Award, and Tyron Wright won the Faculty/Staff Choice Award.
The Composition and Culture course is a liberal arts requirement, and is composed of two parts. The course replaced the previous Basic Composition and Seminar in Thinking and Writing courses.
Prior to the Celebration of Writing, the Undergraduate Research Conference was held on April 24, also in Reeves Learning Commons. Students from Jen Jones’ Special Topics in Communication Research class organized the conference.
“Students have been organizing the conference for the past two years and have made significant contribution to its growth,” said Jones, professor of communication at SHU. “The conference is a great way for the students to present their research and put to use event planning skills they have developed.”
Students in Jones’ class presented the research papers they had been developing all semester long. These students will also have an opportunity to submit their papers to the Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference, which promotes teaching, research, service and development in all areas of human communication.
“Getting to present and be recognized for my research and work was incredibly rewarding,” said Charlotte Cunningham, senior communication major at SHU.
Cunningham won second place against other college students in Pennsylvania for the research she conducted in the spring of 2016.