Campus excited to see research and more at All Scholars Day

The seventh annual All Scholars Day, a one-day celebration of undergraduate research at Marietta College, is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m., Friday, April 21st. Presentations, exhibitions and discussions will be held across campus the entire day. 

Started in 2011, All Scholars Day has become a signature event at Marietta. Each spring, no classes are held on this day in April as hundreds of students show research, discuss internship experiences, display art or make a dramatic presentation.

“All Scholars Day is a celebration of academic excellence at Marietta College,” said Dr. Alicia Doerflinger, Associate Professor of Psychology. “It is the only day of the academic year devoted solely to the academic work of our students.”

Eighteen different programs of study at Marietta College will be represented as the results of students’ research, scholarly and creative projects are showcased. 

Every student at Marietta College is required to complete a capstone project that culminates their Marietta experience and helps propel them into graduate school or a professional career, and for many students, All Scholars Day represents their chance to present and discuss their capstone projects to a wider audience.

Michael Bowen ’17 (Vineland, New Jersey) said he is excited to present his physics capstone research, which develops a model for atmospheric turbulence, to many of his peers, both within his major and throughout the campus community.

“The goal of the project is to produce data for wind velocities, which would resemble those of large scale storms,” he said. 

While Caroline Sigmon ’17 (Hickory, North Carolina) will be presenting for her Advertising & Public Relations and Graphic Design capstones, she will also fill her final All Scholars Day with a presentation discussing her marketing internship and one in collaboration with other students for the new on-campus consulting firm, Fifth Street Consulting, where she serves as the Advertising and Marketing Director. 

“For my Ad/PR capstone, I created a trade publication for advertisers and designers discussing the importance of typography in advertising,” she said. “The magazine contains how-tos, design guidelines, interviews with designers, print advertisements, etc.”

For Sigmon, her Advertising & Public Relations capstone project allowed her to enhance and showcase both her creative skills and acumen as well as her knowledge of guiding media strategies.

“I used the magazine as an opportunity to display my own typographic skills and create custom hand-lettering projects while implementing principles I have learned through my media degree to target the magazine’s content and audience,” she said.

For her Graphic Design capstone project, Sigmon ventured to develop work that could be used and viewed on global scale.

Titled “Games of the XXXIV Olympiad,” Sigmon spent the past year planning and designing the branding creative content and advertising and press materials for a set of Olympic Games, including custom illustrations, typography and patterns.

“The design work for this production included drafting a logo and writing a corporate standards manual,” she said. “A larger part of the process was establishing an overall ‘feel’ for the games that sends a message representative of the host country.”

Beginning on All Scholars Day, Sigmon’s work, along with the other Graphic Design capstone projects, will be on display in the form of an art exhibition in the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

While All Scholars Day offers Sigmon the chance to learn about the research and work being done in other departments she is not a part of, she also enjoys getting the opportunity to discuss and explain what it takes to complete her creative and artistic projects with members of the campus community.

“Oftentimes people don’t exactly understand the work I do or they see the final product with no knowledge of the research and drafting processes required to create my pieces,” she said. “Presenting at All Scholars Day gives me an opportunity to explain what all goes into the creative process behind design and advertising so the campus can have a larger appreciation of those departments and fields.”

For Bowen, he has come to recognize how his overall educational experience at Marietta has positively impacted his culminating project.

“My project has emphasized the necessity for a liberal arts education as it requires components of mathematics, physics, computer science, writing, and communication, and encourages me to be able to present my research to students of all fields of education,” he said.

Overall, whether student presenters perceive All Scholars Day as a form of gratification for all their hard work or they see it as a way to showcase their varied skills gained from a liberal arts education, this Friday in April is definitely a special occasion for the entire Marietta College community.

“All Scholars Day creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and highlights the academic achievements of our students,” Doerflinger said.