Daemen College Academic Festival
A Celebration of Academic Achievement, April 17, 2013.
The Daemen College Academic Festival 2013 brings us together on campus to celebrate the academic and creative achievements of Daemen students. This Festival Program Book contains the schedule, descriptive abstracts for all events and a student presenter index in the back section.
The Daemen College Academic Festival centers on student presentations to campus and community, providing a showcase for academic excellence and achievement through student and faculty presentations, exhibitions and performances. These presentations may reflect work done in a single discipline or be interdisciplinary in nature, and include posters, papers, panel discussions, exhibits, videos and artistic, musical or theatrical performances. In some disciplines, you will be viewing final capstone projects and/or research.
We are deeply appreciative of the level of student involvement in Academic Festival 2013. We are also appreciative of faculty support for this endeavor. Faculty sponsors have worked with students through teaching, research projects, Think Tank projects, study abroad experiences and by encouragement in the development of proposals.
Celebrating our 13th year, we thank President Gary Olson for his support of the Academic Festival. We also want to thank members of the Festival Planning Committee who have worked over the past year. Committee members are listed inside the back cover of this Program Book.
We hope you will enjoy the insightful and exciting ideas generated through student and faculty scholarship. Enjoy your day!
Veteran Correspondent and Best-Selling Author Rita Cosby
Rita Cosby is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition, and hosts her own program, The Rita Cosby Show, on WOR radio. A renowned Emmy winning TV host, veteran correspondent, and best-selling author, Cosby anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and NBC.
Cosby’s recent New York Times bestseller, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past, details her fascinating discovery about her Polish father, a Nazi prisoner of war, who was saved by American troops. Cosby has spoken at the United Nations, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon, and her critically acclaimed book has become required reading at many major U.S. colleges and universities. Quiet Hero also serves as a centerpiece for discussions on the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on veterans and their families.
Throughout her illustrious TV career, Cosby has secured some of the biggest interviews, including exclusives with more than 20 world leaders, conducting historic back-to-back interviews with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Cosby was also granted rare meetings with Pope Benedict XVI, and years earlier, with Pope John Paul II to discuss death penalty issues after receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy McVeigh, explaining why he carried out the Oklahoma City Bombing.
The first reporter to see prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and witness an actual interrogation, Cosby also interviewed Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, who called her from his prison cell at the Hague where he stood trial for war crimes. While broadcasting live from Belgrade during the NATO bombing, she broke the news that three American POWs were going to be released. During Hurricane Katrina, she provided extensive, live coverage, hosting shows from New Orleans, revealing the widespread devastation, and soon after reported live from the war zone in Afghanistan, and then along the U.S.- Mexico border.
Additionally, Cosby has conducted exclusive interviews – both behind bars – with Erik Menendez and Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Throughout her career she has, also, interviewed many celebrities and sports stars, including Michael Jackson, Simon Cowell, Mike Tyson, Bruce Willis, Matt Damon, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Hank Aaron, Dennis Rodman, and golfer John Daly.
Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller and was called “the most talked about book in America” by Extra. Her second book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past, is enjoying tremendous success, already hitting several bestseller lists, which include The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.
Honors for the three-time Emmy® winner include the Matrix Award, Headliner Award, and Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.” A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all U.S. military installations around the world. In recognition of Cosby’s “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11, 2010, was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in New York State. In 2011, she was recognized by Congress for her professional and charitable achievements.
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