Office of the Provost

Festival of Excellence

Celebrating Academic and Creative Scholarship

Please join us on April 8, 2014, for the Festival of Excellence. The Festival will kick off with a Plenary Session beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Centrum Arena. Throughout the day, faculty, students, and staff will gather to celebrate and present scholarly and creative work conducted throughout the institution.

Please see the Daily Schedule of Events posted below, or view the Day at a Glance.The five major categories for presentation are: leadership, outdoor engagement, community engagement, creativity, and global engagement. Workshop types will include concurrent presentations, poster sessions, and creative work demonstrations/presentations.

The 2014 Program can be viewed at and the detailed abstracts are available at:

Opening Ceremony/Plenary Session Schedule
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Musical Performance (Steven Swift) 8:45-9:00 a.m.
Welcome (Peter Sham) 9:00-9:05 a.m.
Provost's Remarks (Brad Cook) 9:05-9:20 a.m.
President's Remarks (Scott Wyatt) 9:20-9:25 a.m.
Faculty Keynote: "Research & Prosperity" (David Berri) 9:25-9:40 a.m.
Student Keynote: "Comfort Zone" (Heidi Hertig) 9:40-9:50 a.m.
Door Prize Drawing  & Dismiss for Session 1 9:50-10:00 a.m.
Daily Schedule of Events
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Plenary Session (Opening Ceremony) - Centrum Arena 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Session 1 - Various Locations (see program for details) 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Session 2 - Various Locations (see program for details) 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Break for Lunch (On Your Own)
Session 3 - Various Locations (see program for details) 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Session 4 - Various Locations (see program for details) 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions: Faculty, students, and staff will prepare a 15-30 minute presentation on a research topic, publication, or paper. Additional Q&A time is included. Presenters can propose to present as an individual or as part of a panel. Venues will include classrooms and theatre style rooms on campus.

Poster Sessions: Faculty, students, and staff will create posters that feature research projects and presentations. Presenters will have 30 minutes to share information and answer questions about their posters which will be set-up all day in one of the campus venues.

Creative Works: Faculty, students, and staff who have projects which relate to the fields of fine arts, music, theatre, visual arts, poetry, etc. should apply within the Creative Works category. Artistic venues will include a variety of campus sites that are conducive to the specific activity or media. This includes Displays and Performances.

Call for Applicants & Abstracts Notice Friday, December 12, 2013
Online Submission Opens Friday, December 12, 2013
Deadline for Applicants & Abstracts Friday, February 21, 2014
Review of Submissions for Completeness February 21-28, 2014
Notification of Presentation Acceptance Monday, March 10, 2014
Notification of Presentation Location Friday, March 28, 2014

Work created during 2012-13 & 2013-14 academic year is eligible for presentation. Additional details can be found on the Festival of Excellence proposal application. All applications will be due February 21, 2014 by 5:00PM

All questions regarding this date can be directed to: McKennan Hansen,