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Month-Long Showcase Celebrates Student Work

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Students at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh along with faculty members participate annually in Showcase, which has been expanded this year to the entire month of April.

"Showcase is an old tradition at Plattsburgh State where we highlight the academic successes of our students," said Dr. Kathy Lavoie, dean of Arts and Science.

"Showcase is important because it gives both faculty and students a forum to demonstrate and illustrate their work and projects," said Dr. Nancy Elwess, associate professor of biological sciences. "I feel oftentimes that both our faculty and students don't realize the talent found on this campus. It also benefits our students by giving them an opportunity to present their work in a public setting." 

Students and faculty from across campus are participating in Showcase. Activities range from visual art displays to student - faculty research.

"Showcase is a great way for the students to display their work and see the work of other students working on the same project," said Elwess

It is the culmination of student-faculty collaboration that makes Showcase special to Plattsburgh State. Many colleges are unable to offer students the one-on-one attention that SUNY Plattsburgh students are afforded.

"I think it is a very positive event," said Dr. Patrick Coppens, professor and chair of communication disorders and science. "The most beneficial aspects are that the students get to present and talk about their projects in a non-threatening atmosphere, and it promotes encounters between faculty and students - and faculty and faculty - that wouldn't otherwise take place."

Students participating in Showcase represent a wide variety of majors. Many events for Showcase will take place within a specific class while others will take place outside of the classroom.

"Showcase is important because it's an opportunity for students to present the results of their scholarly activity in a professional manner," said Dr. Kenneth Adams, distinguished teaching professor of earth and environmental science. "The career development of students is enhanced in many important ways when they get directly involved with the methodology of the discipline. Effective learning occurs when students apply theory through their own hands-on experience."

"I'm looking forward to Showcase this year," said President John Ettling. "Showcase is a great opportunity for our students and faculty to highlight the quality of work that is done on our campus." 

The following are a just a few Showcase events. For a comprehensive list of Showcase activities, please go to http://web.plattsburgh.edu/president/showcase2006.php

*  The Music Department Senior Seminar Presentation, Monday, April 17, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m., Myers Fine Arts Building, Room 112. "The Past, Present and Future of the Strand Theater?"

*  "Forensic Reconstruction of Human Faces from Skulls," Tuesday, April 18, 12 - 2 p.m. Second Floor Lobby, Angell College Center.

*  Alternative Spring Breaks Program Showcase Presentation, Thursday, April 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center.

*  "Learning on Location: Linking Experiences Within and Outside the Language Classroom, A Hemispheric Tour," Monday, April 24, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center.

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