The Student Research Council is pleased to highlight the creative works of undergraduate students from the Forensics Team, Potter College of Arts and Letters, and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The Spotlight on Creative Activity and Performance is scheduled for 1:00-2:15 pm in GRH 1074 and is open to the entire campus community. It is a swipeable event for WKU students.
The WKU Forensics Team is the oldest and most successful student organization on campus. Team member Kristina Medero, a health science major from Ft. Lauderdale who was a semifinalist at the national competition her freshman year, will present an informative speech entitled "Flame." The piece describes the creation and distribution of Flame, a computer virus with the capabilities to launch a full-scale digital arms race. Drawing comparisons with the Cold War to demonstrate the gravity of the situation, Medero discusses the origins of the virus, its structure and capabilities, and implications for the global community. The director of forensics is Dr. Jace Lux.
Three students from the Department of English will read short works or excerpts from original poems, fiction, and creative non-fiction pieces. Jarred Johnson will present his poem "Geography of a Family" during the Spotlight. Jarred is an English literature major and creative writing minor from Somerset. In Fall 2012 he was selected as one of four students to receive scholarships to the Winter Writing Workshop, where he studied under Gurney Norman and was awarded third place in Sarabande Books Flo Gault Poetry Contest. His faculty mentors are Prof. Mary Ellen Miller and Dr. Tom Hunley.
Jaclyn Melcher will read a short scene from her fiction story "Seeing Mount Rush-more." A Louisville resident, Jaclyn is majoring in creative writing and film. For the past two years, she has been a finalist for the Jim Wayne Miller writing contest, most recently placing third. Jaclyn won a scholarship to participate in WKUʼs Winter Writing Workshop with Gurney Norman in January. Jaclynʼs faculty mentor is Dr. Molly McCaffrey.
Rachel Hoge will read an original nonfiction essay entitled "Punch Line." Hailing from Springfield, Tennessee, Rachel is a junior majoring in creative writing with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Rachel was a finalist in the 2012 Jim Wayne Miller contest, has been published in Zephyrus, and is the current intern for the WKU English Majors' Weblog. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Dale Rigby.
Using Art to Promote Peace in Elementary Aged Students
Louisville junior and elementary education major Megan McDonald will display and describe a mural created by the fifth-grade class at Hartstern Elementary School in Louisville, where she is student teaching. Under her tutelage, the 60 students produced a 27 x 12.5 ft mural illustrating what the concept of peace looks like for the Kids' Guernica International Children's Peace Mural Project. The project was featured on several television news programs. Just as peace should travel through the community, the mural will travel to WKU in March and will be displayed at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in April and May.
Ensemble and Solo Performances
Students from the Department of Theatre and Dance will perform an original, one-act play from the department's Spring Ten-Minute Play Festival. The festival is organized by Dr. Michelle Dvoskin. "Hangman, Sing Me a Song" is written by playwright Nathan Gjerstad, a film major and creative writing minor from Bardstown. The director is Nick Hudson, a theatre major and English minor from Bowling Green. The cast includes Keifer Adkins, a performing arts-history major from Eubank, as the Hangman; Joshua San Miguel, a theatre-political science major from Owensboro, as the Traitor; and Caleb Pless, a performing arts major from Brentwood, Tennessee, as the General.
Erin Finn, a dance major from Louisville, will present a video of her choreography, "Full Circle," and discuss her artistic journey into the challenges and benefits she encountered while creating this dance. Her interest in choreography and anatomy led her to question how to best utilize dancers' differing physical capabilities. A dancer in the WKU dance company, Erin twice participated in the WKU Dance in Italy. She has attended intensive workshops with Alvin Ailey and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Erin's faculty mentor is Prof. Amanda Clark.
Two student ensembles from the Music Department will perform at the Student Spotlight. The TrebleMakers are a women's vocal ensemble coached by Dr. Paul Hondorp. Lauren French, a music major from Louisville, is student manager of the group. The TrebelMakers' a cappella repertoire includes classics like "Lollipop" and "Danny Boy," as well as recent hits such as "Always Be My Baby" and "Hit Me with Your Best Shot." The Pauli Quintet is an instrumental ensemble coached by Dr. Bill Scott. The student manager is Josh Bloecher, a music/conducting graduate student from Bowling Green. This scholarship string ensemble features cello, double bass, viola, and violin. Both ensembles regularly perform on campus and throughout the community at schools, churches, and parks, as well as abroad.