It's S.H.O.W. time at Great Bay Community College
04/22/2014 by Suzanne Laurent
PORTSMOUTH — Students at Great Bay Community College’s campus at Pease International Tradeport had the chance Monday to show off their work to their peers and the public during the college’s second annual S.H.O.W. — Students Highlighting Outstanding Work — event.
During the day, posters outlining student research from a number of GBCC programs including nursing and hospitality to business management and life sciences were on display in the main lobby.
“Many of our students juggle school, work and sometimes families,” said Diane King, coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning and retired long-time vice president of academic affairs. “Our faculty encourages students to show their work.”
King said student participation doubled this year in the event with more than 30 students taking part. The event included posters, displays, live performances and a multimedia category.
Eric Cacciatore, a hospitality program student from Stratham, was showing a multimedia display that tracked the listeners he was getting for his podcast on his Website “Restaurant Unstoppable,” that can be heard on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
“I started here in the marketing program, but switched to hospitality,” Cacciatore said. He is combining both interests in promoting his podcasts in which he interviews successful restaurant professionals to help motivate, inspire and educate the next generation of restaurant professionals.
Cacciatore started tracking the number of listeners for his podcasts in January and by March 5 he was around 50 downloads a day. He is at 383 downloads so far in April, which will surpass his total of 391 in March. He promotes his Web site, http://restaurantunstoppable.com, and his podcasts by social media.
“We asked students to showcase the projects they are working on during the academic year,” King said. “In many courses, students are doing research projects.”
Biology majors Sarah Flynn of Rollinsford and Jacqueline Sullivan of Newmarket had a poster display of their work on photopigment analysis of phytoplankton in the Great Bay.
“There are toxins that can’t be seen under the microsope,” Sullivan said. “We are collecting water samples and this summer we will run them through a machine that does high performance liquid chromatography. No one has ever studied this in the Great Bay before.”
The project was funded by NH-Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and is one of several that will be presented at the organizations upcoming conference.
Flynn is planning to transfer to the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study molecular biology.
In addition to demonstrations and research projects, student artwork filled the college’s Gateway Gallery in the front lobby and live student performances took place in The Green Bean.
Natalie Landy of Portsmouth, a second-year teacher preparation student graduating this May performed two original songs at the event.
“The songs were written while I was a student here and express the emotional side of my student experience,” said Landy, who also serves as Student Government Association president. She recently accepted a position with AmeriCorps.
“S.H.O.W. is a really important event for students” Landy said. “So often we are in class wondering why we are doing the work we do and if it is appreciated. This gives us a chance to share what it’s like to be a student here and what we are capable of doing.”