2009 Undergraduate Student Symposium

Students Sharing Creative Ideas, Research and Discoveries

Thursday - Saturday April 23-25, 2009
All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Symposium Keynote Presentation

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 PM

Ardrey Auditorium, Building 37A, Central Campus

Keynote Address:
Northern Arizona University Responding in a Time of Global Crisis
Dr. Romand Coles, McAllister Chair, Program in Community, Culture, and Environment


Dr. Romand Coles

After twenty years of teaching in the Political Science Department at Duke University, Dr. Coles joined Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2008 to direct the Program in Community, Culture, and Environment. Dr. Coles has taught and published widely in the areas of political philosophy, democratic theory, environmental ethics and politics, critical theory, social movements, and religious studies. His work focuses especially upon cultivating grassroots democracy, building dialogue and political community across different traditions, and the ethical and political dimensions of becoming stewards of place. He is currently working on practical and theoretical questions concerning desirable transformations of higher education in the 21st century, particularly in relation to the profound ecological and social crises we face. As Director of the Program for Community, Culture, and Environment, Dr. Coles has initiated numerous relationships with community partners, as well as multiple opportunities for students to participate in engaged learning around issues pertaining to the environment, culture, grassroots politics, and economics. Dr. Coles is NAUís representative for the Civic Engagement Initiative in the nationwide American Democracy Project. He is the author of Self/Power/Other: Political Theory and Dialogical Ethics, Rethinking Generosity: Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas, Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy, and Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations Between a Christian and a Radical Democrat (with Stanley Hauerwas). He has published dozens of essays in journals such as Political Theory, Polity, Theory Culture and Society, Modern Theology, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Economy of the Good Society, Nepantla, and numerous edited volumes.

Dr. Coles holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, a master's degree from Western Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science from Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University.

Dr. Colesís keynote address, Northern Arizona University Responding in a Time of Global Crisis, will focus on his current research; practical initiatives pertaining to desirable transformations of higher education in the face of profound environmental, social, political, and economic crises; and his work on institution building. In visionary and pragmatic fashion, he argues that we must shift the theory and practice of higher education toward far more interdisciplinary modes of knowledge; engaged learning, research, and action; critical inquiry at the intersection of deep differences; and the cultivation of ethical and political capacities for democratic stewardship and care for the places in which we live. He will discuss numerous exciting programs and partnerships that he and others at NAU have initiated in order to advance this vision.

Frances B. McAllister fostered the creation of the Community, Culture and Environment program and the McAllister Endowed Chair which is housed in the College of Social and Behavior Sciences. The program is an extension of McAllisterís commitment to civic life, to art and culture, and to the natural environment. It offers opportunities for collaborative, cross-disciplinary learning and civic engagement that goes beyond the university. Diverse stakeholders are encouraged to interact and work together in cooperative ways, including leaders of our community and cultural organizations, citizens, and students.

College Specific Events & Activities

College of Arts and Letters

Humanities Capstone Research Projects, 2009

Thursday, April 23

11:15 a.m.
Ardrey Auditorium, Building 37, Central Campus

  • School of Music Honor Recital

Friday, April 24

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Beasley Art Gallery, Building 37, Central Campus

  • School of Art: BFA student shows

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Riles 203, Building 15, North Campus

  • Department of History: Student Presentations

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Open Space, Riles, Building 15, North Campus

  • Arbor Day Garden Party. Reception for CAL students and celebration of our site-specific outdoor sculpture by Professor Shawn Skabelund and student, Morgan Treiber.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Riles 203, Building 15, North Campus

  • Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion: Student Presentations

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Ashurst Auditorium, Building 10, North Campus

  • Department of English: Student presentations and NAU/Flagstaff community acoustic concert. Service groups from around campus and the city of Flagstaff will talk about their valuable work within the community.

8:00 p.m.
Clifford E. White Theatre, Building 37, Central Campus

  • Department of Theatre Production: The Bald Soprano and The Lesson
    Students ‘talk back’ to audience before the show (for mature audiences only).
    For tickets, call NAU Central Ticket Office at 928-523-5661.

Saturday, April 18

11:00 a.m.
Ashurst Auditorium, Building 10, North Campus

  • School of Music Award Ceremony


College of Education

Research and Practice in Developing Learning Professionals

Friday, April 24
Eastburn Education Center, Building 27, North Campus

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Main Lobby

  • Student Posters

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Room 200

Oral Presentations


College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Celebrating Undergraduate Research & Design

Thursday, April 23
du Bois Center, Building 64, South Campus

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Design
    Student Posters and Student Oral Presentations

11:45 a.m.
du Bois Center Ballroom

  • Lunch for all participants and faculty sponsors
    Keynote Speaker: Andy Kruse, Southwest Wind Power

W. A. Franke College of Business / School of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Transformational Learning: Students as Generators of Knowledge

Friday, April 24
The W. A. Franke College of Business, Building 81, South Campus

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Student Poster Sessions

College of Health & Human Services

Honors Day

Thursday, April 23

1:00 p.m.

Health and Human Services, Building 66, South Campus

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Poster Presentations

2:15-4:00 p.m.

Gardner Auditorium, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Building 81, South Campus

  • Keynote Presentation
    CHHS Alumni Give Back to their Communities: How the NAU Experience has Shaped Their Practice
  • Presentation of Student and Faculty Awards

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Celebrating Student Achievement

Friday, April 24
Peaks Ballroom, High Country Conference Center, North Campus

  • 1:00 p.m.  Student Poster Presentations
  • 2:00 p.m.  College Awards
  • 2:30 p.m.  Individual Academic Department Activities

Please join us as we acknowledge the fine achievement of our students and present our awards and scholarships.


Students are encouraged to invite family and friends.


Mini Dessert Buffet will be served.

University Honors Program

Honors Symposium

Saturday, April 25
du Bois Center, Building 64, South Campus

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
du Bois Center Ballroom

  • Convocation and Awards Ceremony

12:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Fremont and Meadow rooms

  • Paper and Poster Presentations, Creative Performance

Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Ceremony

Saturday, April 25
Gardner Auditorium, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Building 81, South Campus

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

  • Initiation of student, faculty, and staff new members.
    Recognition of Phi Kappa Phi undergraduate symposium awards.

Public Parking

Parking is available for Symposium events at the following commuter lots:

North Campus Events: P2, P7A, High Country Conference Center Parking Garage*

Central Campus Events: P13

South Campus Events: P62, P62A, P64

*The High Country Conference Center parking garage will be available for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences event on Friday, April 24.

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