Colloquium Series increases intellectual vibrancy Learning for the joy of it. Hear-
ing about new ideas to broaden one’s horizons. Bringing together scholars to increase the intellectual vibrancy on campus.
Those are the ideas behind the Colloquium Series at Central State University. Since April 2009, profes- sors, students, staff, and the general public have been invited to hear weekday presentations on research conducted by a professor.
The series began when Dr.
Lovette Chinwah-Adegbola, now Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CHAS), was talking with Associ- ate Professor of history, Dr. Carol Bargeron. The two were discussing how professors could share the prog- ress and results of their research with the greater campus, and the series was born.
Since then, there is a monthly Colloquium Series presentation dur-
ing the academic year. “Ordinarily, professors conduct research with a few of their students, and the results are published in some distant journal, but this series allows the researcher to share with others,” points out Assis- tant Professor Dr. Sharath Krishna. He not only attends the programs frequently but also presented his own research on snake ecology.
The first colloquia led by Dr. Asit
Saha explored combating HIV/AIDS more successfully with mathematical modeling. Other topics have involved everything from the role that genetics plays in race to a presentation from a Fulbright visiting specialist on cur- rent problems in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Every professor I have asked has been willing to share his or her work,” says Dr. Bargeron. “Some now respond to my open invitation; many even design assignments around upcoming presentations.”
Dr. Krishna found this to be true.
“Ever since my presentation, people have stopped me on campus to ask more questions about snakes,” he said.
The Colloquium Series kicked off
in September with Dr. Sterling Cole- man’s talk and continued in October with Dr. Jessica Johnson’s presenta- tion. Upcoming spring 2012 col- loquia topics include “U.S. Policy in the Muslim Middle East and Central Asia” and “Artistic Forgeries Detected through Scientific Techniques.”
Charles Wesley Presidential Scholarship recipients selected Central State University is
proud to announce the recipients of the Charles Wesley Presidential Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year are Justin Ivanski and Chidiobi Nwagu.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio,
Justin graduated from James F. Rhodes High School with a 3.85 grade point average. As a computer science major, Justin plans to continue to excel academically and is “truly grateful to Central State University and President Garland for this opportunity.”
Chidiobi is a graduate of Marvin
L. Winans High School located in Cedar Hill, Texas. He completed his high school career with a 3.71 grade point average. Chidiobi is also an NNSA scholar, and is majoring in Manufacturing Engineering.
The Charles Wesley Presidential Scholarship is awarded to two incoming freshmen students who excelled academically during their high school career. Charles Wesley Presidential Scholars receive a combined scholarship and financial aid package covering the total cost of the 2011-2012 academic year, including tuition, fees, room, board, and books. This scholarship is
Dr. Bargeron, Chairperson of the CHAS Colloquium Series Com- mittee since 2009, says the impact of the presentations is on many levels. “Besides all of us learning outside of our academic area, the students see us in our other role, as researchers, and what we say piques their interest,” she says. “We learn something about another field, and isn’t that the intel- lectual curiosity we should all have?”
renewable for four years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.
CSU President John W. Garland greets Wesley Scholars Justin Ivanski and Chidiobi Nwagu.
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