In January 2016, nine students from NAC&U campuses will participate in panel discussions in Washington, D.C., to discuss how the consortium’s mission to integrate liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement has improved the quality of their college experience while preparing them with real-world skills. The panels will take place prior to and during the AAC&U Annual Meeting, one of the largest gatherings in higher education.
“Our members have amazing stories of work that their students are doing, including undergraduate research, digital humanities projects, high-level internships, and multidisciplinary team projects for the real world,” said Nancy Hensel, NAC&U president. “Sharing this knowledge allows others to see what is possible when we integrate learning to include both liberal arts and professional studies with a focus on being a contributing global citizen.”
The selected students are listed below:
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Samantha Hubner, Belmont University
Project: Research on “Commodification of Culture in China’s New Cultural Industry”
Peter May, University of Evansville
Project: GAP team project consulting for Berry Plastics
Evan Melgren, Drury University
Project: Solar Decathlon team
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
National Press Club Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Jack Ryan, North Central College
Project: Undergraduate research “Betting on Broadway”
Daniela Gutierrez de la Garza, Wagner College
Project: Research on “Understanding the Impact of Government-Indigenous Community Relations in Durango, Mexico”
Dylan Gray, Manhattan College
Project: Internship at CERN in Switzerland
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Panel discussion at AAC&U Meeting
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Victoria Ochoa, St. Edward’s University
Project: Research on “The Impact of Female Legislators on the Medicaid Family Planning Debate”
Taylor O’Connor, Widener University
Project: The Nat Turner Project: A Digital Archive of Historical Sources Related to the Nat Turner Slave Revolt of 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia
Brian Rosiek, Nazareth College
Project: Preparation for Work and Life
Students from additional NAC&U campuses will also attend these events to present posters on their unique experiences. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges, will moderate the Congressional Briefing panel. Author William Sullivan will moderate the National Press Club panel and AAC&U panel. Sullivan’s book on NAC&U members’ approach to higher education and student learning, “The Power of Integrated Learning” will be published in Spring 2016.