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Lehigh Carbon Community College

By Suzy Alstrin

Outstanding work and achievements of Reinhardt University students filled the Hill Freeman Library and Falany Performing Arts Center this week during the annual Robert L. Driscoll Convocation of Artists and Scholars. Selected by professors and deans, students across all disciplines enthusiastically shared knowledge and talents at the two-day event.  

Christopher Walker’s (RU – 2024) presentation, “No Bridge Too Far,” explained how a donation became an engaging experience. A packed room listened intently as he explained his archival work during an internship with the Reinhardt Office of Advancement. Walker examined and organized the George Fitts Photograph Collection, a generous donation featuring Fitts’ photography that documents his research of covered bridges, mills, and water wheels. Walker explained how he experienced a multi-faceted learning experience about the lives of George and Jaye Fitts, the architecture and history of structures, and how to properly archive and record each photograph. He received a unique perspective into America’s past and is grateful to be a part of bringing the collection new life. 

Emma Ponkova (RU – 2026) and Caitlin Brown (RU – 2026) explained their involvement in a news-style multi-segment web series for a communications class. They detailed how they experimented with and perfected audio and video equipment techniques, as well as developed compelling topic ideas. Biology students Zurina Restrepo (RU – 2027), Gabriel Buchanan (RU – 2024), and Matthew Waldroop (RU – 2024) drew interest in their scientific research and testing of coastal Georgia dunes to determine proper restoration techniques.  

In all, dozens of music and theatre performances, nursing and science poster sessions, and research presentations provided an opportunity to witness the outstanding learning and development taking place at the University.