Daemen College will celebrate academic and creative achievements of students with a variety of presentations, performances, and other activities at its 19th annual Academic Festival scheduled for April 17.
Activities will begin with student poster sessions at 9 a.m. in the college’s Lumsden Gymnasium. Posters will cover a wide range of unique topics, including Buddhist belief and health; effectiveness of line dancing to reduce the risk of falls among older adults; conservation of the polar bear; effects of exercise on mood; London in the 1960s; pollinator house design for bees, and many additional topics.
Among several other activities scheduled throughout the day will be:
- “Waste: An Installation” exhibit from 11:30 a.m. to noon will use typography and materials to help raise awareness on the impact of waste on future generations.
- “Introduction to Mindfulness Training: Perceptions of Individuals Residing at a Homeless Shelter” presentation at noon will discuss a project that explored the perceptions of mindfulness practices in adults suffering from homelessness, a mental illness, and/or a substance use disorder.
- Daemen Pre-Law Student Association’s Mock Trial Simulation from noon to 2 p.m. will focus on criminal charges in a shooting death.
- “CG Animation Demonstration” scheduled for noon will demonstrate the tools and software used in making computer animation.
- “47,600 Fragments of the Opioid Crisis” will be performed at 1 p.m. The student performance piece, which is named for the more than 47,000 fatal opioid overdoses that occur each year, is based on fragments of interviews of those affected by the opioid crisis.Daemen’s popular Festival Musicale and Campus Open Mic from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. will feature the music talents of students, faculty, and staff, and also spoken word and slam poetry pieces on student perspectives on diversity, social issues, and other topics.
Additional information on events, times, and locations may be found on Daemen’s website. All activities for Academic Festival, which is sponsored by the Daemen Office of Academic Affairs, are free and open to the public.