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Supplemental Honors Day Event to be Held at Opera House

Student presentations will focus on topics relevant to the mid-Michigan area.

ALMA — Alma College is celebrating its 26th annual Kapp Honors Day event this year by reaching out into the community.

A special, supplemental Honors Day event will be held at the Wright Leppien Opera House from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in conjunction with the traditional Honors Day event being held earlier in the day at Alma College. The event, which is open to the public and free to attend, features student presentations with topics relevant to the mid-Michigan area.

“Included in the mission statement of our new Center for College and Community Engagement (3CE) is the intention to share knowledge and serve mid-Michigan together,” said Andrew Pomerville, director of the 3CE and senior chaplain at Alma College. “I can think of no way to better exemplify those ideals than Honors Day, which is one of our biggest annual celebrations of the liberal arts on campus.

“To be able to do so at the beautifully renovated Wright Leppien Opera House, which for many years functioned as a center for culture and understanding in downtown Alma, is a very exciting opportunity. We’re looking forward to seeing the public interact with our students and vice versa.”

Students presenting at the Opera House include the following:

  • Lansing junior Claire Hipps, “The Impact of Sector-Specific Interventions on Sustainable Energy Trends in Michigan (1998-2019),”
  • Grand Rapids senior Sean Pauley, “Framing Vaccination: Analyzing COVID-19 Vaccine Discourse on Twitter,” and
  • Marquette senior Rebecca Yates, “Evaluating the Ability of Activated Carbon to Reduce DDX Bioavailability Downstream from a Superfund Site.”

Honors Day at Alma College began in 1997. Traditionally, classes are canceled for the day, and students share their original research, creativity and talents with an audience of their peers. It’s a celebration of the liberal arts, and it typically draws in excess of 100 student participants, with many more in attendance.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, last year, students, faculty and staff did not celebrate Honors Day in-person; instead, students recorded video and made their presentations virtually during pre-scheduled sessions. This year’s Honors Day event is back to being fully in-person.

Story published on April 01, 2022