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The Life of the Mind: Alive and Well at Siena

August 23, 2013 by Editor in On Campus with 0 Comments

By Sarah Vistocco ’13

Academic Excellence 4As the spring semester drew to a close, Siena College recognized the academic achievement and hard work of its students with the annual Celebration of Academic Excellence. Throughout the day, students were inducted into various honor societies and some were recognized with awards for campus leadership and community involvement.

“Academic Celebration is a reminder of our mission and honors the success of our students,” said Joseph Fitzgerald, assistant to vice president of academic affairs. “This is our way of saying ‘well done’.”

Many undergraduates also shared the results of their research during a forum open to the entire Siena College community.

As part of her research methods class, Kathryn Hagen ’14 studied the effects of gender and military status on college students’ perceptions of post-traumatic stress disorder. She reported on her findings at the forum with her future career as a mental health professional in mind. “I want to present at psychological conferences, so I thought this would be good practice,” said Hagen.

Sociology major Lindsey Knowlden ’13 based her capstone project on her experiences abroad and volunteer efforts in the Capital Region. Knowlden spent six weeks in India last summer working in a foster home, which led her to the Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany when she returned to the states. Knowlden used her experiences in India to create a handbook designed to teach the foster children at Parsons about cultural diversity and the value of community involvement through service. “The kids actually asked if they could do a service project because they wanted to communicate with the children in India,” said Knowlden.

Jessica Reinhardt ’13 presented the software she helped to create for the Conference of the Northeast Region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, which was held at Siena last spring. Conference Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science Darren Lim, Ph.D., had asked Reinhardt and her fellow students to work on the project as part of their software engineering capstone course. The class split into teams and developed a system for conference scheduling, online registration and the submission of papers. The students spent a year on the project. The diversity in their final creations is a testament to their creative and technological abilities. “It was cool because the teams worked independently of each other,” said Reinhardt.

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