2012 Symposium Spotlights Oglethorpe Students’ Academic Accomplishments

On Tuesday, the OU community gathered  for the 2012 Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium to celebrate the academic achievements of our students. The annual event provides OU students with a platform to present their own work—and fellow students, faculty, parents, and staff take the opportunity to learn more about the various topics, support the presenters, and engage in passionate discussions. Nearly 200 students presented during more than 30 sessions about topics drawn from a wide variety of disciplines.

We asked students Joscelyn Stein, Dayana Diaz, and Weston Manders to give us their thoughts about the Symposium:

This year’s topics ranged from “The Homeric Hero: What Winston Churchill and Odysseus have in common…or not” to “Mosquito in the Room: America’s Cuban Obsession and the Need for a New Era of Cuban-American Relations,” to “The Evolution of Fairies in Literature: From Oral Folk Tales to Peter Pan” and “The Benefits of Cooperative Interspecies Evolution: Why Would you have a Dog?”

A new addition to the day-long event was StoryCore, where students from the OU radio station video recorded students and faculty sharing “OUr Core moments,” reflections on the Core Curriculum. Oglethorpe’s Core Program helps shape our academic community and is regularly the focus of shared stories. Many of us have our “Core moments”—when something we encounter reminds us of something we learned in a Core course, when ideas are suddenly are connected. The collection of 90-second videos will be posted on the StoryCore page over the next few weeks. Here’s the first StoryCore video in the series, by Chelsea Reed ’13, a Communications and Rhetoric major.

Also new to the Symposium this year was an “Homage To OUr CORE in Poetry and Creative Verse.” The poetry slam/creative word jam took place in the Lupton Auditorium and gave a stage to students and faculty to share their poetry, spoken word and freestyle compositions, penned in honor of our Core Curriculum. The friendly competition chose winners in a few categories:

Judges’ Choice: Kaci Palmore
Most Creative: Chou Thao
Connection to Core: Will Carter

The day-long celebration of student achievements ended in the Conant Performing Arts Center with the annual Honors and Awards Convocation, which recognized individuals who had excelled during the academic year. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

View photos from the 2012 Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium!

“Twelfth Night” at Oglethorpe

The OU Playmakers’ performed the classic Shakespeare comedy, Twelfth Night in April of 2010. This Shakespearean comedy made many laugh, cry, and laugh until they cried.

Set in Illyria, the play uses mistaken identity as the source of its humor. Viola, the lead character, finds herself in a sticky situation after she shipwrecks on the shores of Illyria. She masquerades as Cesario and becomes a servant to Duke Orsino, who is in love with Lady Olivia. When Orsino sends Cesario to tell Olivia of his love for her, however, Lady Olivia falls in love with Cesario, believing he is a man. Meanwhile, Cesario begins to fall for Orsino, creating a classic love triangle. The story becomes even more complicated when Viola’s brother, Sebastian–whom she believes is dead–shows up and woos Olivia. The comical subplot of the play adds even more twists to this web of romantic adventure, intensifying this clever comedy.

The play was directed by Allen O’Reilly with Georgia Shakespeare, the professional theater-in-residence at Oglethorpe University.

Twelfth Night ran April 8-10 in the Conant Performing Arts Center, and was the last play of the 2010 season.

The House of Blue Leaves

I was very excited about the OU Playmakers’ production of The House of Blue Leaves, which ran Feb. 11-Feb. 13 at the Conant Performing Arts Center.  The play tells a tale of the day that Pope Paul VI visited New York City.  It’s a black comedy play that features nuns, a political bombing, a GI headed for Vietnam, a zookeeper that has dreams of making it in Hollywood, and his schizophrenic wife.  It was a wild ride!

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