Thursday April 11, 2013

High "Standerds"

The university's annual Stander Symposium showcases students' excellence in research, academics and visual and performing arts.

The latest research at the University of Dayton will be on public display Wednesday, April 17. 

Here's a sample from the hundreds of research topics:

  • Evaluation of downtown Dayton community interest in a local foods market
  • Research on the conflict in Darfur
  • Modern day slavery and human trafficking
  • Competing Responsibly: Are businesses appropriately balancing the motive of profit with the social responsibility of upholding human rights?
  • Casualties of War: Iraq and the destruction of a culture
  • Refugees in Dayton: The job search and employment experience in their new home
  • Guns on campus; teachers and firearms
  • Using a fruit fly eye as a model to study a cause of Alzheimer's disease.

And that's just the undergraduate research.

The Stander Symposium is the University of Dayton's annual celebration of academic excellence. The University-wide symposium is an alternate day of learning where regularly scheduled undergraduate classes give way to poster sessions, hands-on activities, performances and art exhibits, all by students. More than 1,300 students and 200 faculty advisors are participating this year in oral presentations, panel discussions, visual arts displays and performances.

The Stander kicked off Monday, April 8, with Celebration of the Arts, an all-student performance arts showcase. Student research presentations are scheduled Wednesday, April 17. The Stander closes that evening with the Horvath Exhibit awards presentation, the annual juried exhibition of student artwork, on display since March 21 in Gallery 249 on the second floor of the College Park Center.

Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world's pre-eminent thought leaders on creativity, innovation and human potential, will offer a free, public address at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the RecPlex.

In a video message he prepared for the University community, Robinson said, "When I'm with you at the symposium, I want to talk to you about the nature of creativity, what it is, how it relates to innovation, why it's so important, and what education systems should do to promote it systematically." (View the message at the related link).

The symposium, now in its 25th year, is named for former University of Dayton provost Brother Joseph W. Stander, S.M., to honor his spirit of collaboration and education through community in the Marianist tradition.

The following is a complete schedule of events: 

Tuesday, April 16

12:05 p.m. Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, Immaculate Conception Chapel: The liturgical opening of the symposium, celebrating the gifts of wisdom, learning and creativity.

7:30 p.m. Keynote address by Sir Ken Robinson, RecPlex main gym: Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. He will hold a conversation titled "Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative," co-sponsored by the University of Dayton Speaker Series. Free and open to the public, tickets not required. A book signing will follow his talk. Parking available in lot C, on Evanston Avenue.

Wednesday, April 17

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day at the Stander, Kennedy Union, RecPlex and various campus locations: Presentations, panel discussions, visual arts displays, performances and poster sessions to showcase the scholarship of University of Dayton students.

1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Issue Forum, Roesch Library: Students and faculty discuss the topic "Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want."

5-7 p.m. Celebration of the Arts: Closing Visual Arts Exhibition and Reception, Gallery 249, College Park Center: The closing event of the Stander Symposium features an evening of open studios, and the visual arts department's annual Horvath Exhibition and awards ceremony celebrating student artwork. The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required. Parking is available after 4 p.m. in Lot D, which can be accessed via Stewart or Brown streets

For more information, contact Andrea Wade, Stander Symposium coordinator, at 937-229-1723 or