Bridgewater College is recognizing academic achievement during a period of activities dedicated to showcasing excellence. ASPIRE (A Celebration of the Arts, Scholarship, Performance, Innovation and Research Excellence), will be held April 14 – 24.
ASPIRE opens Saturday, April 14, with the Showker Prize reveal from the Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership at 3 p.m. in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall in the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics. The Prize will be awarded to one of three interdisciplinary teams of students who use their expertise, creativity and passion to provide a solution to a challenging problem. The winning team will receive a $5,000 cash award to be divided among the members.
A communication studies student panel will present a discussion, “Preparing for the New Forrer Learning Commons,” on Tuesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Stone Prayer Chapel in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.
A cultural studies student panel discussion, “Cultural Concerns at BC & Beyond,” will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 223 of the McKinney Center. A second cultural studies student panel discussion, “Identity Politics on BC’s Campus,” will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Boitnott Room.
A history student panel discussion, “‘Unfolded’: Citizen Historians, Public History, and the Holocaust,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Room 126 of the McKinney Center.
Student research convocations sponsored by Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19. All three presentations will be at 4 p.m. in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall in the McKinney Center.
A family and consumer sciences student panel will present a discussion, “How Welfare Undermines Marriage and What to Do About It,” on Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Stone Prayer Chapel in the Carter Center.
Students and faculty will give poster presentations at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Nininger Hall.
Bridgewater College faculty research presentations will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Boitnott Room.
A choral concert will be presented by the Bridgewater College Concert Choir and Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Carter Center, under the direction of Dr. John McCarty, assistant professor of music and director of choral music.
Lungs by Duncan MacMillan will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Black Box Theater in Cole Hall. The production is a Senior Capstone Project completed by Emma Leweke, a senior theater major, from Blue Ridge, Va. The performance is for mature audiences and is being produced in partnership with Unreal City Theatre in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble will present a concert, “12th Street and Vine,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in Cole Hall, under the direction of Christine Carrillo, associate professor of music and director of instrumental music.
ASPIRE concludes with the Senior Art Thesis opening receptions on Monday, April 23, from 5–8 p.m. Artists’ talks will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Boitnott Room. Maps of the exhibition sites will be available at the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library.
All ASPIRE events are free and open to the public.