Festival of Student Achievement 2015

The annual Festival of Student Achievement (FOSA) which will be held on April 23, 2015, recognizes and celebrates students, staff, and faculty who exemplify academic excellence and leadership. FOSA showcases significant achievements of students who have created, written, or performed a work recognized for its excellence by instructors or a campus organization. Students who have exemplified excellent leadership over the past academic year through student organizations, service, community outreach and a commitment to the Rockhurst mission are also recognized.

Creative work that has been noticed - DISPLAY IT!

Poster presentation recognized or displayed at a conference - SHOW IT!

Poetry reading, singing, reading of a dramatic scene -PERFORM IT!

Critical essay, summary of your research –PRESENT IT!

Submissions will be accepted starting Feb. 15, until 5 p.m., April 1. All submissions will require a brief abstract describing the work to be presented.

Student Development and Leadership Awards Submission Form  (submissions for Student Development and Leadership Awards will be accepted through Friday, April 10th at noon)

Student Development and Leadership Awards

Living the Mission Emerging Student Leader Award (2 Awards Presented)– Given to one Freshman and one sophomore that has shown exemplary leadership skills over the last academic year through student organizations, service, or a commitment to the Rockhurst Mission. 
Living the Mission Advanced Leadership Award (2 Awards Presented)– Given to two students who are either a junior or senior on campus that have shown exemplary leadership skills over the last academic year through student organizations, service, or a commitment to the Rockhurst Mission.
Outstanding Student Leader (1 Award Given)
presented to one officer (chairperson, vice-chairperson or their equivalent) of officially recognized clubs and organizations at Rockhurst University.  Exceptions: Student Senate President and SAB President
Outstanding Student Grouppresented to one student organization that has shown exemplary leadership in the areas of student programming, service, community outreach, the improvement of the quality of life on campus, or a commitment to the Rockhurst Mission.
Outstanding Support for Diversity –presented to one student or student organization that has shown continued commitment to diversity programming, promotion, and education.
Outstanding Community Service – presented to one student or student organization that has shown continued commitment to the campus or the surrounding community. 
Rising Star Award is presented to one student or organization that has shown above and beyond improvements, and has transformed and impacted the Rockhurst community in a positive manner.

Event Descriptions

Rockhurst Outstanding Research Seminar (RORS)

(Nominations will be accepted until March 15, and the winners will be announced by April 1.)

RORS was created in 2010 as a forum for students of all disciplines to present outstanding work in research. Under a faculty recommendation, RORS speakers are selected by the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Committee. The chosen talks reflect the diversity and excellence of student research at Rockhurst.

RORS nominations will be requested from faculty early in the spring semester and this nomination is separate from the FOSA submission form.

Interactive Demonstrations

Students present their creative projects and research findings through live, interactive demonstrations.  This hour long session provides a public forum for students to interact with visitors and provide brief demonstrations and explanations of their work.

Art Exhibition

The art exhibit includes creative works from students in all disciplines.

Oral Presentations

Poems, short stories, presentations of scientific projects, results of undergraduate research, essays and dramatic scenes are presented live through this session. The sessions are 15 minutes long, with extra 5 minutes assigned to questions.

Poster Sessions

Two 1-hour-long sessions in which students stand by their posters displaying presentations of creative work, scientific projects, results of undergraduate research or other academic endeavors. Students have the opportunity to engage passersby in discussion related to their work. Standard poster size is 3 feet by 4 feet, though special large formats may be accommodated if needed. Please specify in the submission form if your poster is oversized.

 Schedule

Massman Hall Fishbowl
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Music
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony Speaker: Pasquale Trozzolo
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Academic, Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony
Sedgwick Hall - 3rd Floor
4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Art Exhibition
St. Ignatius Science Center
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Celebration Reception Outside SC 115
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Poster Presentations Session 1 SC Street
5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Interactive Demonstrations SC Street
4:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Oral Presentations 1
SC 207
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Rockhurst Outstanding Research Seminar (RORS)
SC 115
5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Poster Presentations Session 2 SC Street
5:35 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Oral Presentations 2
SC 207
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Celebration Reception Outside SC 115
Mabee Theater
6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Celebration Reception
7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. FOSA Closing Ceremony
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Performance of "You can't take it with you"