GBCC Students Participate in Third Annual S.H.O.W. Event

04/22/2015 by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - On Monday, April 20 and Tuesday April 21st, close to forty students had the opportunity to show off their work during Great Bay Community College’s third annual S. H. O.W. (Students Highlighting Outstanding Work) event.  Described as a forum beyond the classroom, each year, the event allows students enrolled in a wide spectrum of programs to gain experience presenting their work to the public and college community.  
Diane King, Center for Teacher and Learning Coordinator for Great Bay, has directed the S.H.O.W. program since 2013.  “Not only does the event showcase our students’ work quality” said King, “but students who elect to participate are stretched even further in their educational experience.   Developing brief presentations for the public is a step beyond the completion of the assignment that allows them to reflect on their work and practice presentation skills.  It’s professional development.”

Earlier this year, students were encouraged to submit long-term projects including art, computer program, graphic design, video or programming, research projects, papers, or presentations that resulted in individual analysis, interpretation, projects that involved troubleshooting or problem solving or an actual performance including music, dance, spoken word, performance art, or dramatic scene presentation. Presentations at S.H.O.W. this year represented both research requirements for specific courses and clinical rotation as well as internships and independent studies. 

Among the presentations, members of the College STEM club shared their research on current uses for 3-D printing and offered 3-D printing demonstrations.   Microbiology student Randi Gravelle shared her findings on researching Listeria bacterium.  Another student showed off her marketing and design plan for a skin-care line.  Massage Therapy students were also on hand to share stress relief techniques offering chair massages and while fulfilling their required program clinical hours.
According to Kim Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Chair,Life and Physical Sciences Department at Great Bay, most students needed to use techniques they learned throughout the semester for their research. “As a student in my Microbiology class, Randi had to find her bacterium, culture and identify through a lab process, compile her data and present in a formal scientific paper representative of a peer review journal article.  It was a good experience and research opportunity that she can take further.” Enrolled in the Liberal Arts Biological Science University Transfer Program at Great Bay, Gravelle plans to  transfer to UNH next Fall to study Microbiology.

Senior Nursing student Jeffrey Mitchell and Brianne Saltzer, presented their research on Diabetes outlining the Government initiative “Healthy People 20/20” designed to lower AC 1 levels, the measure of compliance with blood sugar regiment, to below 9%.    Done as part of their clinical rotation experience at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital their project took over six weeks and included research from medical journals, interviews with state Health and Human Service organizations, a diabetic educator and pharmacist.   “With diabetes affecting so many people, as nurses it will be a huge part of our practice, said Saltzer.  “As future nurses, we learned what we can do to better serve our patients and help reach the goal of 20/20.”
Business student Isaac Perrault, shared a PowerPoint presentation on the economics, application, technology and future of carbon fiber.   Employed at Albany Engineered Composites, the research enabled him to not only better understand the processes he sees each day at work, but also to better articulate their significance to others.    “For Isaac, this project was applied economics,” said Edward Raupp, Ph.D., Adjunct Economics Instructor at Great Bay.  “He chose a topic that was of interest and something that he wants to make a part of his future.   As an educator and someone who has worked in the business and manufacturing sector both nationally and internationally, I know how important it is to make sense out of Economics.”

GBCC Environmental Studies student Jennifer Halstead, currently an intern with the Hodgson Brook Watershed Project which operates out of the College, presented her research on chloride concentrations/salt use within the Hodgson brooks.  In October, she also presented the research as part of the NH EPSCOR Conference.  “Presenting this research was a very valuable experience,” said Halstead.  “I’ve learned about myself and my abilities.  I’ve made career decisions and learned that although we have global environmental issues, we also have issues at home to deal with.” Upon graduation, Haltstead plans to continue on to UNH to study Water & Soil Quality or Conservation.  
The second day of the S.H.O.W. featured student performances of original songs.   Over the two days, student work from the College’s Digital Design and Arts classes was also on display throughout the College’s Gateway Gallery including paintings and drawings, color studies, 2-dimensional work, travel brochures and typography studies.

“It’s so important to be able to have research, work and talent acknowledged,” said Raupp. “We have amazing students here!”

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