Discovery Week Marked by Academic Endeavors

  • Friday, April 13, 2012

In addition to its traditional Discovery Day on Wednesday, April 18, Benedictine College has expanded the event to Discovery Week with a wealth of academic endeavors.  The events begin on Tuesday afternoon, April 17, with a presentation by Henry S. Kim, director of the University Engagement Programme at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford.  Tuesday night, Catholic authors and publishers Andrew and Regina Doman will give a presentation on their endeavors.  Discovery Day on Wednesday, April 18, features pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch.  On Thursday, April 19, the College English Department will unveil the 2012 edition of Loomings, the art and literary magazine of the college.  All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 17, 1 p.m., McAllister Board Room on the 4th floor of  Ferrell Academic Center
Henry Kim, an expert on classical Greek coins and European medals, will give a presentation on “Using Objects to Connect Cultures in History.”  The presentation will include pieces from the private collection of Jim Ferrell, a well-known benefactor of the college who is an avid collector of antiquities.  Kim was educated at Harvard and Oxford and has been a curator at the Ashmolean Museum and university lecturer in Greek numismatics at the University of Oxford since 1994.  His publications include a number of articles on early money, particularly regarding the development of small change in Greece, on the development of numismatics in the 17th century, and on the use of classical coins as sources for Renaissance medals. 

As director of the Engagement Programme, a three year project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kim is working to expand the use of the museum’s collections as teaching tools.  He has also served as the project director for the Ashmolean Redevelopment Project, completed in November, 2009, as well as the redevelopment of the Egypt Galleries, completed in November, 2011.

Founded in 1683, The Ashmolean is the oldest museum in Britain and the greatest university museum in the world. It holds the richest collections of art and archaeology in any museum in England outside London. The museum has just undergone a $100 million redevelopment that involved the demolition of a large part of the museum and its replacement by a new building (attached to the original 1845 museum) of 33,000 square feet which provides 32 new permanent exhibition galleries, large temporary exhibition galleries, conservation studios, an education center and other facilities.

Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium in the Student Union
The School of Business' Institute for Professional Ethics and Research (IPEAR) will host noted Catholic children's author Regina Doman and her husband and editor, Andrew, who will talk about their various efforts to publish quality Catholic books and websites.

Regina Doman is a Catholic wife, mother, author and editor. Currently she runs her own company, Chesterton Press, which publishes and distributes quality Catholic fiction.  When she worked as the editor of Sophia Institute Press' fiction line, Rachel's Contrition became a #1 Best Seller in Amazon's Women's Fiction category, and winner of the 2011 Catholic Arts and Letters Award for best adult fiction. As an author, she has written the Fairy Tale Novels, a series of books for teens and adults that places fairy tales in modern settings with Christian themes interwoven. The fifth book in that series, Alex O'Donnell and the 40 Cyber Thieves, won the 2011 Catholic Arts and Letters Award for best young adult fiction. Her only picture book Angel in the Waters has sold over 100,000 copies. Regina and her husband live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley where they home school their children.

Andrew is a Catholic husband, father, editor, small business owner, and homesteader. As the editor of his wife's books, Regina calls him "the secret of my success."  He and his brother, Mike, along with their business partner, Matthew, own and operate Veraprise, a web development company which hosts all of Regina's websites. In 1999, he and Regina produced and directed an audio drama of The Shadow of the Bear, which won the Sonic Society's 2009 award for "Best Audio Drama Show." Together with Regina, he edits fiction for Chesterton Press and helps raise and home school their children at Shirefeld, their homestead in Virginia.

Wednesday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. throughout campus.
Discovery Day student presentations.  See the full schedule.

More than 2000 students have participated in Benedictine’s Discovery Day events since its inception in 1996.  In that time, most faculty members and academic departments have taken an active role in sponsoring student projects.  This year’s event includes more than 60 presentations featuring the works of 145 students.  Projects include such things as construction of a rail gun, mentoring Atchison high school students, investigating which residence hall gets the sickest during cold and flu season, and studying the biodiversity of the Amazon River basin.

Wednesday, April 18, 1:30 p.m., O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium
Performance by Stanislav Ioudenitch, a gold medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, along with his wife, Tatiana, another award-winning pianist, and their daughter, Maria, an accomplished violinist. 

Stanislav Ioudenitch is widely regarded for his strong individuality and musical conviction. His artistry won him the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he also took home the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music. Born in 1971 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ioudenitch has netted prizes at the Busoni, Kapell, Maria Callas, and New Orleans competitions, among others.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Gasteig in Munich, the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, the International Performing Arts Center in Moscow, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, the Orange County Performing Arts Center in California and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

He was the youngest teacher ever invited to give master classes at the International Piano Academy at Lake Como in Italy.  Since then, he has led master classes at the Cliburn-TCU Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Stanford University, Cornell University, the National University in Seoul and Miami's International Institute for Young Musicians.  Currently, he is teaching at the International Center for Music at Park University in the Kansas City area.

Thursday, April 19, 4 p.m., Legacy Lounge
Benedictine College will celebrate the release of Loomings, the school’s arts and literary magazine.  The event will feature the unveiling of the latest edition while the editors share stories about its production, thank contributors and congratulate this year’s award winners in art, prose, and poetry.