Richard Leakey Delivers Honors Day Keynote Address
Honors Day Celebrates Liberal Arts
More than 109 Alma College students share their original research, creativity and talent with an audience of their peers during the ninth annual Kapp Honors Day, Thursday, April 7, 2005.
Dr. Leakey's address, sponsored by the Craig-Thorn Lecture Fund, takes place in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall, at 8 p.m. The speech is free and open to the public.
In sessions spanning eight hours at various locations around campus, students perform music, stage dance productions, deliver oral presentations of scholarly research and lead poster discussions. Some of the presentations are outgrowths of senior theses; some are presented by juniors and sophomores and still others result from Alma’s McGregor Institute for Engaged Learning for first year students.
Student abstracts can be found at http://www.alma.edu/academics/honors/abstracts
The $1000 Ronald O. Kapp Honors Prize will be awarded to a team of three or more students who collaborate to produce the most innovative approach to "Raise Your Voice: Simple, Inexpensive Ways to Improve the Quality of Life at Alma College."
Teams present solutions based on the promotion of community wellness through new programs, physical plant investments and/or changes in current policies and/or existing ways of doing things. All aspects of the plan should be designed to improve the overall quality of life on campus for students, faculty and staff by enhancing/promoting community wellness, civility, the intellectual climate, the collective sense of community and belonging, the quality of the local environment and opportunities available to community members. The presentations take place prior to Leakey’s speech with the prize awarded immediately after the last session of Honors Day.
Honors Day Schedule
Wednesday, April 6
4:00-5:15 p.m. Kapp Honors Day Prize Presentations, Dow Science Center Room L1
8:00 p.m. Honors Day Keynote Address, Richard Leakey, Remick Heritage Center
Thursday, April 7
8:00–9:00 a.m. Session I
9:30-11:00 a.m. Honors Convocation, Cappaert Gymnasium
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Luncheons
12:30-1:00 p.m. Wright Hall Dedication
1:00–2:00 p.m. Session II
2:10–3:10 p.m. Session III
3:20–4:20 p.m. Session IV
4:30–5:30 p.m. Session V
5:40 p.m. Awarding of the Kapp Honors Day Prize, Remick Heritage Center
The Barlow Trophy, Alma’s most prestigious academic honor, tops the college life of one graduating senior. Bethany Doran of Ithaca, Shabnam Mirsaeedi Farahani of Midland and Mary Pietsch of Rogers City have been nominated as most representative of the Liberal Arts philosophy, successfully blending academics with an active role in campus life.
Honors Day sessions resume at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. Topics run the gamut of liberal arts education. Studies of terrorism and political conflicts, constitutional and governmental issues and literary examinations share the spotlight with scientific research on turtle color determination, spider habitat selection and altitude effects on the human body.
Abstracts explore various human conditions such as relationship issues, computer communication and reality TV. Research delves deeply into historical and current events to explain the world community.
Posted: Thu, March 17th, 2005 at 4:46PM