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With the theme “Embrace the World,” SpearsFest highlighted this year’s student learning through presentations on various topics, including internships, travel, service learning, advocacy and dance.

A  student majoring in Child and Family Studies talks about her internship (640x427)

Students and faculty participated in the festival April 15. The event began at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast in Breed Leadership Center and lasted until 5:30 p.m., when buses left for downtown Columbia, S.C. to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” An annual community-wide event, “Walk a Mile” is sponsored by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and aims to raise awareness of sexual violence and local services provided to sexual assault survivors.

Two members of student service council present on their Iternative Spring Break trip to Bluffton, South Carolina.

Two members of student service council present on their Iternative Spring Break trip to Bluffton, South Carolina.

The SpearsFest opening ceremony at 9 a.m. included a video tribute to the Rev. Wright Spears, Ph.D., the 12th president of Columbia College who served for 26 years. Spears died Feb. 10, 2015 at 102 years old. Columbia College awarded him the Sesquicentennial Medallion in 2004. He was honored for “a lifetime of exceptional service to the College, the United Methodist Church, and the greater community,” according to the website, Honoring Dr. Spears.

President Dinndorf speaks at opening ceremony at SpearsFest.

President Dinndorf speaks at opening ceremony at SpearsFest.

“SpearsFest is a time to bring the campus community together and enjoy celebrating the great accomplishments of our student body,” Laura Maurer, a sophomore speech-language pathology major, said. Maurer is a member of the SpearsFest committee, who decided the theme, encouraged students to sign up for presentations and organized the schedule for presentations.

Senior Jennifer Stuck presents at panel about stereotypes and gender schemas presented in modern media.

Senior Jennifer Stuck presents at panel about stereotypes and gender schemas presented in modern media.

Special guest Marlene Roth spoke during chapel from 1-2 p.m. She is secretary of the Columbia Holocaust Education Commission and treasurer of the S.C. Council on the Holocaust Teacher Advisory Committee.

Dance students perform on stage during SpearsFest.

Dance students perform on stage during SpearsFest.

Caylee Antilley presented on her internship at Columbia Residential Reentry Center, which seeks to increase the likelihood that offenders will meet their financial obligations and community responsibilities

“It was really good to participate in the poster session and show people what I’ve been doing all semester,” Antilley said. She participated in the poster session from 2-3 p.m. in the Student Union.

Sophomore Caylee Antille shows her poster about her semester long internship.

Sophomore Caylee Antille shows her poster about her semester long internship.

“SpearsFest is important because it is an opportunity to connect students with the community. Presenters have a chance to showcase what they learned through their school year, and attendees have a chance to be inspired,” Maurer said.

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