‘StarScapes’ event impresses, intrigues
By Sarah Barney
The aroma of food and the noise of students chattering weren’t the only things to fill the Gannon Building Commons and Highway on Dec. 6 and 7.
Presentations and posters lined the area as part of the fall 2017 “StarScapes” showcase.
The projects displayed included dance performances, the history of pizza, tracking Lyme Disease and showing the editing process for videos.
“It’s a great variety of different themes,” said student presenter Anteria Hernandez. “I wasn’t expecting half of the things I saw.”
Interim Provost and Senior VP of Academic Affairs Elaine Pogoncheff stopped by to admire the presentations.
“I am impressed by how smart the students are in terms of doing the studies,” Pogoncheff said as she checked out the exhibits. “Look at this one. This one is tracking Lyme Disease. How cool!
“They’re putting in the scientific process and following it through. Yesterday, I saw the dancers, and I was truly impressed with their creativity in terms of the music and the body movements; and they were all in sync.”
DMAC 232 student Dominic Natoli presented a movie trailer he made for his class, as well as a music video he entered into the Adobe “Make the Cut” editing contest.
While StarScapes allows students to present their work to peers, it can also be a way to advertise skills.
“Yesterday there was a potential employer that showed up and was looking for someone to make a music video,” Natoli said. “They already made the song, but they needed someone to edit and/or do the video shooting for the music video. I got their information.”
Students from Joe Esquibel’s Biology 121 class exhibited results from testing the effects of different soda pops on human teeth. They incubated teeth in different soda pops for three weeks and measured the changes.
Hernandez was one of the students who stayed by the poster to explain the project and its results.
“I feel like this is a good way for students to see what we did in class,” Hernandez said. “(After seeing it) they might want to take the classes we take.”
StarScapes has traditionally been held annually at the end of spring semester. This is the first year there was a fall semester StarScapes exhibit at LCC.