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Students Showcase Hard Work at New Campus Pride Event

Brandywine students with poster
Penn State Brandywine Class Pride
12/1/2010 —

The campus hosted its first-ever Penn State Brandywine Class Pride fall event to recognize and acknowledge the variety of excellent class work students perform during the fall semester on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Interesting and thoughtful research and class projects were displayed, while some students made oral presentations in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103.

Two students in the Communications Arts and Science program presented 10-minute policy arguments for actions toward mitigating significant social issues. The first presenter, sophomore Katie Sheppard, who is pursuing a degree in education, addressed the issue of childhood obesity in the United States. She argued that this growing epidemic not only affects the physical and mental health of children all over the country, but also the taxpayers who have to pay for medical costs associated with the effects of obesity. Sheppard’s presentation explored the nutritional value of food served in U.S. public schools, as well as the trends in physical education and wellness classes. She proposed that the country reverse trends associated with childhood obesity through its public school system.

The second presenter, freshman Danielle Wilson, discussed the issue of decreasing educational quality in U.S. public schools. Although the No Child Left Behind Act was meant to improve the overall quality of education in U.S. public schools, she argued that the results are controversial and stated that the U.S. is in need of a national curriculum for public K-12 education. Wilson explored the various forms of national curricula implemented in other countries around the world. 

The event also featured 17 internship projects from students in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program, an independent research project from HDFS, three projects from students in the Information Systems and Technology program, three projects from students in the Engineering program, including nine dancing robots made out of Legos created by students in the Engineering First Year Seminar (or PSU 12), and a class research project for non-profits from students in Comm 494.

Thomas Yannuzzi, assistant professor of communications arts and sciences, and other members of the planning committee for this event and the spring Exhibition of Undergraduate Research, Enterprise, and Creative Accomplishments (EURECA) event, encouraged students to submit their projects from Brandywine Class Pride to be showcased at EURECA. Committee members include Associate Professor of Engineering Asad Azemi, Professor of English, Women’s Studies, and American Studies Phyllis Cole, Associate Professor of English Myra Goldschmidt, Associate Professor of Physics and Astrophysics Timothy Lawlor, Instructor in Chemistry and Physics Timothy Niiler, ITS Staff Assistant Theresa Walls, and Academic Affairs Staff Assistant Gail Wray.

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