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Diversity of Thoughts and Ideas at Spring Symposium

University Relations // 04.05.2017

Charleston Southern University hosted its annual Spring Symposium Wednesday in the Gold Room. The event provides students with an opportunity to share their course research projects across many disciplines.

“This is a chance to shine a spotlight on what our students and our colleagues are doing,” said Symposium chair, Dr. Jonathan Sircy. “Even on a small campus, we get in our own bubble.”

Sophomore graphic design student Brittany Boyd presented an original, creative logo concept for a cabinet company. Boyd’s presentation took those at the Symposium through her decisions on color, design and type style. She also designed a music poster for her favorite band, NeedtoBreathe. Boyd was sponsored by graphic design instructor, Professor Andrea Glover.

Angelina Williams undertook the subject of the Impact of Roller Derby on Self-Efficacy among Participants.  Williams particularly zeroed in on its impact on women, who at one point in our culture were excluded from fast-paced, contact sports. Through a survey and an examination of roller derby, Williams concluded that it created a liberating platform along with an atmosphere of empowerment.

Shelby Swangel

Shelby Swagel, pre-professional biology student, research included "A Creative Depiction of the Genetics of Osteosarcoma." The project is a highlight of the genetics of osteosarcoma in a creative manner. It contains a collage of facts and documents explaining the LSAMP gene and its effects on the progression of osteosarcoma. It also contains a 3D model of the third human chromosome where the LSAMP gene is encoded for. This project was created as a tribute to my father who passed of osteosarcoma in 1999.

Another student, Avery Vista, who came to CSU after serving in the military, presented the idea of Living with Less.  His primary message was why we buy stuff we can’t afford. Vista shared his own story about feeling a need to buy a fancy car, only to realize he was much happier riding a bike.  In the end, he feels that if we take inventory of our stuff we will find that the less you have, the more you have.  He encouraged those in the room to concentrate more on experiences than expenses. Vista was sponsored by Professor Maxwell Rollins of the School of Business.

In addition to these oral presentations, there were also visual displays in an adjoining area by students with poster sessions.  These topics included Parenting Styles as well as how Health Behavior Improves Academic Performance.

The annual Spring Symposium is sponsored by the Publications Committee.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.