2017 Academic Festival to follow university presidential inauguration

Category:  News
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Each year Edinboro University’s annual Academic Festival celebrates the academic research and advancements of students, faculty, staff and alumni, but this year the festival will also acknowledge the inauguration of Edinboro University’s new president.

“What’s exciting about this year’s academic festival is it’s directly tied to the inauguration of Dr. H. Fred Walker, who will be inaugurated on Thursday, March 23,” said co-chair for the academic festival committee Dr. Melissa Gibson.

“We decided as a way to celebrate everything that’s great at Edinboro that we would combine the Academic Festival with the inauguration this year, along with the celebration of scholarship.”

The president’s inauguration kicks off the eventful academic week on Thursday, at 1 p.m. in the Louis C. Cole Auditorium.

“I think that having the inauguration and the festival linked together will create more interest and buzz on campus. We hope that faculty, staff students and community members take advantage of the many interesting presentations and events that we have during that week,” said Gibson.

The Academic Festival begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Hendricks Hall 100, with Dr. Xin-Zhu Chen showing the film “Most Honorable Son” and hosting a discussion about the racist social climate Japanese- Americans faced during wartime.

Also on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., the DIVA Jazz Orchestra will be presenting an ensemble in Cole Auditorium, sponsored by the Woman’s History Month Committee.

The Academic Festival will continue throughout the week until Wednesday, March 29, in which the event will conclude with art education graduate research presentations in Doucette Hall G-5 at 7 p.m.

“One (presentation) I think is interesting is on Monday, March 27. We have a presentation by a retired FBI agent and newspaper reporter, who covered and wrote a book about the ‘Pizza Bomber’ incident that happened in 2003 in Erie. They will be on campus giving a presentation and they will sign books after the presentation,” said Gibson.

“Academic Festival is a way for students to hear presentations and attend events they might not normally get a chance to,” she said. “Some of the presentations involve faculty and students presenting together, and it’s just an opportunity to be able to see all the various academic departments and research areas in action at Edinboro University.”

For more information, or a full schedule of Academic Festival presentations, visit the events calendar on edinboro.edu.

Macala Leigey is a managing news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com. 

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