Thursday April 16, 2009

Showcase of Talent, Scholarship

Starting with Mass and then a crowd of 1,000 for the Celebration of the Arts, the Stander Symposium has been a clear and creative demonstration of UD's vibrant academic environment.

At a gathering of University alumni, friends, faculty and arts patrons Wednesday night at the region's premier venue for performing arts, President Daniel J. Curran shared his vision for the University Center for the Arts, and Arts and Sciences Dean Paul Benson articulated the University's passion for creativity and collaboration not just in music, dance and visual arts, but also the humanities.

Then, the guests joined a crowd of about 1,000 for the Stander Celebration of the Arts, a showcase of some of the University's finest instrumental, vocal and dramatic talent on the Schuster Center's main stage.

It was the first venture off campus for the performance, which helped kick off the University's Stander Symposium. Later in the evening, student teams gathered in the RecPlex to compete in athletic and intellectual contests for the coveted Stander Cup.

Today, Majora Carter, a nationally recognized advocate of green economic development, gave the keynote address in the RecPlex; students, staff and faculty discussed campus energy use at three moderated issue forums; presentations and posters all over campus illustrated the scholarship and collaboration of students and faculty; and some of the top artwork of University students was on view in the annual Horvath Exhibition in the Rike Center.

From 5 to 7 p.m. today, the symposium's closing reception takes place in the Rike Gallery, where best of show and other honors will be announced. All are welcome; admission is free.

For information, see the Stander Symposium Web site.

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