Hundreds of students, college employees, alumni and residents from the broader community attended events associated with Ampersand Day April 27 at Emory & Henry College.
The event, which is expected to become an annual event, celebrated the accomplishments of students engaged in projects intended to solve problems and lead to human gain.
Some 400 spectators attended presentations given by students earlier in the day related to topics that ranged from DNA sampling using skin swabs to raising awareness about the Holocaust to weighing the local atmosphere. Later in the evening, an even larger crowd gathered to participate in a “barbecue bash” that included food, music and games.
Ampersand Day is the culmination of work done throughout the year by students as part of the Ampersand program, which encourages students to apply their E&H experience to the solving of problems.
The projects represent work done by students from every academic discipline on campus. The work includes undergraduate research, creative endeavors, internships and entrepreneurial projects.
“The attendance surpassed our expectations and the student excitement over the presentations was rewarding to observe,” said Dr. Tracy Lauder, the director of the Ampersand program.
Student work under Ampersand is distinctive, Lauder said, because all students are personally connected to their work. “They tackle issues and questions that they care about.”
All of their projects in some way contribute to our local, regional or global community, raising awareness, solving problems and making us better citizens of the world.Dr. Tracy LauderDirector of the Ampersand Program
“Ampersand Day accomplished what we had hoped—a showcase and celebration of the good work that our students do,” Lauder said.