Events April 14-18 Will Celebrate Campus Culture of Scholarship, Research, Creativity

Eastern Kentucky University students, faculty and staff will come together April 14-18 to celebrate a campus culture of scholarship, research and creative endeavors.

Scholarship Week, which consolidates several previously stand-alone events in a “coherent, comprehensive way,” will “raise awareness of the outstanding scholarship by faculty, graduate students and undergraduates already taking place on campus and encourage even more interaction between faculty and students,” said Dr. Russell (Rusty) Carpenter, director of the University’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity.

The week includes various presentations, discussions and workshops; a research showcase; Honors thesis presentations; a public speaking competition for students; the University’s annual Scholars Assembly (8:30-11 a.m. April 18 in Grand Reading Room of John Grant Crabbe Main Library) and Undergraduate Presentation (UP) Showcase and Graduate Poster Presentation (1-4 p.m. April 18 in Crabbe Library); and a Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony. Also, works of art from EKU students and faculty will grace the Library and the Noel Studio. Sponsors are the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Teaching and Learning Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research and EKU Libraries. All events are open to the University community and public, and refreshments will be available.

A complete schedule of the week’s events as well as a registration link are available at studio.eku.edu/scholarshipweek2014. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for each event.

Carpenter encouraged faculty to “help us plan Scholarship Week activities” and provide time for their students to participate. “We believe this provides many opportunities for valuable interaction.”

Scholarship Week is an outgrowth of the University’s annual Assurance of Learning Day, which gives faculty the opportunity to share information and ideas about program strengths and weaknesses, learning outcomes and changes that might enhance learning. “We wanted to create a bookend event to Assurance of Learning Day,” Carpenter said.

Earlier this year, EKU was among only three institutions nationally to receive the 2014 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes, as presented by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The University’s Assurance of Learning Day was cited as a major factor in the honor.

Going forward, Carpenter said more EKU scholarship, whether involving faculty, students or both, will be preserved and made accessible through the University’s Encompass portal (encompass.eku.edu).

Published on March 20, 2014