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Scholars' Showcase 2017 Schedule


Scholars' Showcase 2017

Scholars' Showcase is . . . 

Every April, Graceland University student scholars from a variety of academic disciplines are selected to present their work to an audience of fellow students, faculty and visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the University’s emerging scholars.

Graceland students will have a chance to see the results of their hard work as they listen to and interact with scholar presenters. Area high school students, members of National Honor Society and their counselors will be in attendance. 

The project was started by Dan Pratt, Bill Norman, Sherri Kirkpatrick and Jeana Wilcox in 2009 and has been growing dramatically each year. The Scholars' Showcase now includes over 100 scholarly works and is an all-day event.  The goal is to develop a culture of high quality research, scholarship and creative activities. The showcase is an opportunity for students and professors to professionally demonstrate their scholarly works for the entire campus to see and enables all schools to see each other’s work in one place. Scholarly works are represented by posters, presentations, demonstrations, senior projects, art shows, musical instrument recitals and more.

Graceland University Professor of Chemistry Dr. Dan Pratt, one of the original founders of this event, commented that the original intent “was to incorporate undergraduate research back into the curriculum. This led to the formation of our Scholars’ Showcase which highlights our students' creative, scholarly and artistic work. To me, the importance of Graceland University’s Scholars’ Showcase comes down to providing an opportunity to show off who we are academically.”

Scholars' Showcase 2017

Thursday, April 6 
Applications due: March 24, 5 p.m.

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James M. AshKeynote Speaker - James M. Ash

James M. Ash is a Partner at the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP. He has served as Chair of the firm’s Food and Agribusiness Unit since 2013. For more than 30 years, his legal knowledge has guided some of the world’s most visible food and agriculture companies, along with their investors and financers. His engagements in the agribusiness industry cover a range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, international expansion, and corporate governance. Among Jim’s projects are Russell Stover Candies sale to Lindt & Sprüngli AG and Applebee’s $2.2 billion merger with IHOP.  In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Jim to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on issues of food insecurity in developing countries across the globe.

Jim has been connected to agribusiness all of his life, growing up in the small southern California farming community of Somis, and helping to pay for his education by working as a plant manager for the citrus cooperative Sunkist.  After attending Graceland University, Jim received both his Bachelor degree, with honors (1978), and Juris Doctor degree, with honors (1981), from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and the Board of Advisors for Graceland University ENACTUS.


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