WEBVTT 00:00:01.000 --> 00:00:08.000 [music] 00:00:08.000 --> 00:00:13.000 DUTTON: Academic Excellence Showcase at Western Oregon University is an event 00:00:13.000 --> 00:00:17.000 that really focuses on student engagement in scholarly activities. 00:00:17.000 --> 00:00:26.000 The day's dedicated to students, giving them an opportunity to make presentations, engage in performances, present posters. 00:00:26.000 --> 00:00:35.000 OLSON: Our presentation is called "Shark Attack". Basically it is artificial intelligent native and invasive fish being targeted by a robotic shark. 00:00:35.000 --> 00:00:42.000 I learned a lot about artificial intelligence, how you can have the computer solve problems for you that you can't necessarily solve yourself. 00:00:42.000 --> 00:00:49.000 ROSSI: To be successful in this presentation for computer science, we had to get the navigation working for all the animals. 00:00:49.000 --> 00:00:56.000 Without the navigation, they wouldn't have been able to move around each other or navigate the world, and there just wouldn't have been a presentation at all. 00:00:56.000 --> 00:00:59.000 GEISSLER: The name of my presentation was simply "Megan Geissler: Printmaking", 00:00:59.000 --> 00:00:65.000 and the topic of my presentation was my prints and my experience here at WOU learning how to make them. 00:01:05.000 --> 00:01:11.000 I make a variety of kind of prints, particularly woodcuts like the one right here, or screen prints like the one behind me. 00:01:11.000 --> 00:01:18.000 EVANS: My presentation today is a digital portfolio of my work as a graduate student in the Masters of Science and Education Information Technology program. 00:01:18.000 --> 00:01:23.000 A digital portfolio, what it does is it showcases student work and professional work, 00:01:23.000 --> 00:01:26.000 and you can offer this to a future employer or a teacher or a parent. 00:01:26.000 --> 00:01:30.000 I really enjoyed the experience of creating a digital portfolio 00:01:30.000 --> 00:01:36.000 because it was a chance to reflect on my time as a graduate student in the program and to see what I've really learned. 00:01:36.000 --> 00:01:43.000 LISAC: The presentation was a paper that I wrote for my American Theatre History class, called "Trust Us" to the Theatrical Syndicate, 00:01:43.000 --> 00:01:49.000 which was a monopoly that held power between 1896 and 1910 00:01:49.000 --> 00:01:57.000 and created a virtual monopoly over all of the first-class theatres and performers throughout the entire country. 00:01:57.000 --> 00:01:63.000 SNOOK: My presentation was "Geology, Geomorphology, and Salmonid Distribution in the Upper Nehalem Watershed". 00:02:03.000 --> 00:02:10.000 Looking at the lighter data, I found that there was a high likelihood of landslide hazards in the area, 00:02:10.000 --> 00:02:15.000 and you can tell where there's hillslope failures occurring that could be affecting the salmon populations. 00:02:15.000 --> 00:02:21.000 HERROLD: My project was on Nevado del Ruiz, particularly the eruption of 1985. 00:02:21.000 --> 00:02:25.000 It produced massive lahars that swept down the sides of the mountains 00:02:25.000 --> 00:02:28.000 and it killed an estimated 23,000 people. 00:02:28.000 --> 00:02:32.000 For me, Academic Showcase has been a really cool experience because I feel privileged 00:02:32.000 --> 00:02:36.000 and I feel like people responded better. I feel like I'm grown up, almost. 00:02:36.000 --> 00:02:41.000 We couldn't be prouder of our students, and giving them an opportunity 00:02:41.000 --> 00:02:46.000 to share the really important work that they've been doing 00:02:46.000 --> 00:02:52.000 is both a tribute to them as well as, I think, a tribute to the institution and what it really stands for. 00:02:52.000 --> 00:02:58.000 [music] 00:02:58.000 --> 00:02:62.000 [music ends]