Franklin Pierce University Hosts 14th Annual Academic Showcase Event
Apr 19, 2023
Despite grey skies, excitement was high at the University’s 14th Annual Academic Showcase on Tuesday, April 18 on the Rindge Campus.
Academic Showcase is a much-anticipated spring tradition that celebrates the entire University community with scholarly and creative presentations, panels, and performances by students, faculty, and staff. The theme of the 14th Annual Academic Showcase was “Healing,” reflected in a variety of forms throughout the presentations.
The day began with a reception in the Pioneer Lounge of the Emily Flint Campus Center to welcome and recognize corporate partners, emeriti faculty, and friends of the University, followed by a welcome from President Kim Mooney ’83 in Spagnuolo Hall. University Librarian and Academic Showcase Committee Chair Paul O. Jenkins thanked all students, faculty, and staff for their continued support and participation.
“It has been my privilege to attend every previous Academic Showcase, allowing me to witness the evolution of its content and format,” shared President Mooney. “Year over year, the participation of our students and faculty has been stellar, always encompassing a breadth of topics representing fascinating and global interests, and this year is no exception. Our community is fortunate to benefit from this work that not only educates and informs us, but also entertains and inspires.”
A robust schedule of events followed including two Poster Presentation Sessions in Spagnuolo Hall to accommodate the near 75 student and faculty research projects submitted to the 2023 Showcase event. The day also hosted a myriad of presentations across the Rindge Campus on topics ranging from the Global Water Crisis and Immigrant Identity since the 1900s to Designing A Sustainable Campus and Religion in Society. The DiPietro Library displayed a day-long Student Watercolors Painting Exhibition. The schedule also featured screenings in the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication Studio of a short film by Caitlin Agnew ’23 about the University’s Walk for Ukraine held last fall and “Innocent or Guilty”, a discussion of the RaDonda Vaught case and its implications for nurses presented by Diana Connors ’23 and Sophia Allen ’23.
The afternoon saw a series of musical performances by Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, and individual students. The day’s festivities were capped off by sweet treats and a performance by Franklin Pierce’s Diamond Steppers dance group.
On demand performances and more information on the 2023 Academic Showcase event can be found at franklinpierce.edu/academicshowcase.