Next week EKU will host an event to celebrate the scholarly works of its students and faculty.
Scholars Week was first started after a realization that there was a lot of amazing scholarly work happening across the university that was not being acknowledged or showcased, said Russell Carpenter, executive and program director of the Noel Studio. Today the event serves as an avenue for presenting research and creative projects.
“Scholars Week also promotes new conversations, questions and collaborations between all scholars on campus,” Carpenter said.
This year’s Scholars Week boasts a record number of scholarly posters, Carpenter said. The number of posters has steadily increased each year, and this year there will be well over 120 posters.
“The posters all outline research projects by students and faculty within their respective departments,” Carpenter said.
But there won’t just be research posters at the Poster Showcase and University Presentation Showcase. Some students will also have creative works on display in mediums ranging from sculpture to animation, Carpenter said. EKU Dance Theater will even perform a routine as part of their scholarship.
Other events will be held during Scholars Week as well. Phi Kappa Phi, EKU’s most prestigious honors society, will be holding its induction ceremony on Friday, and this year the Noel Studio will announce its first winner of the Dr. Jana Vice award for excellence in student scholarship, Carpenter said.
“What I am most excited for is the annual Alumni Spotlight,” Carpenter said, referring to the event in which highly successful alumni are welcomed back to EKU to talk about what they have experienced and learned.
“Students enjoy hearing what the alumni have done and what choices they have made,” Carpenter said.
Students can learn from Alumni experiences and put the lessons they learn from the Spotlight talks into practice in their own lives, Carpenter said.
There will also be an event called the University Fellows Showcase, in which EKU’s faculty form a panel and talk about their own scholarly processes. He explained that just like the Alumni Spotlight, students will have an opportunity to learn from faculty members’ scholarly pursuits.
Anyone involved in the University and the Richmond community are welcome to Scholars Week. Carpenter said he encourages everyone to take part in the events and help acknowledge the students and faculty being showcased. Anyone interested in attending Scholars Week can find the full schedule of events at ekuscholars.eku.edu
“Scholars Week is for everyone,” Carpenter said.