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The showcase returns to the main campus on April 24


The liberal arts go on trial and more at the sixth annual Student Showcase

Colorado Mesa University’s Student Showcase has been enabling students at CMU and Western Colorado Community College to demonstrate their academic and creative achievements to the university and Grand Junction community for six years. The showcase returns to the main campus on April 24.

The benefits of the showcase for its participants are numerous. Students work closely with each other on their projects, developing key interpersonal abilities. Their work is occasionally interdisciplinary in nature, establishing new collaborations. Participation in the showcase can also boost a resume and augment a graduate school application.

Each project in the showcase is sponsored by a faculty advisor who reviews an abstract written by the student presenter or presenters, which is published in a professional-quality booklet. Throughout the day, judges will evaluate presentations based on a rubric with specific criteria for each category.

This year, the showcase features more than 230 artistic exhibits, paper presentations, posters, readings, demonstrations and performances. The range of topics is diverse, covering everything from how people choose their computer passwords to the stereotype of the “crazy ex-girlfriend” in pop culture (explored through dance).

Other projects study large-scale issues. One particular project is entitled “The Liberal Arts on Trial” and involves National College Honor Society students majoring in theatre arts, psychology, biology and political science. With the help of their sponsor, assistant history professor Adam Rosenbaum, the students will hold a mock trial that aims to address the value of a liberal arts education and an understanding of a specific field of study within a broader, interdisciplinary education.

To answer these questions, the students will call three expert witnesses to the stand: history professor Doug O’Roark, biology professor Aparna Palmer and Valerie Dobbs, director of CMU’s Teacher Education Center. The mock trial will take place in the University Center’s west ballroom at 1pm.

The rest of the Student Showcase sessions begin at 2pm, with presentations taking place across campus. The event is open to the community and culminates in a program at 4:30pm announcing the winners. For more information, please

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