UD to Host Sixth Annual Apex

Apr 20, 2018 | University Relations staff

 DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque will honor undergraduate student research, service learning, and creativity at the sixth annual Spring Apex: Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity throughout the day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Heritage Center. All events are free and open to the public.

The celebration has grown from 66 projects to around 150 projects this academic year. Over 200 students, including Joseph and Linda Chlapaty Summer Fellowship participants, will participate.

Jason Groth (C’07) will present a keynote titled “‘Those People’ and Their Stories: Knowing Others Through Narrative” at 10:45 a.m. May 1 in Babka Theatre, Heritage Center. Groth, the smart justice coordinator at the ACLU of Utah, works on criminal justice reform to reduce incarceration rates by 50 percent and combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. His keynote will share why people’s stories are important for understanding complex social and legal issues.

Groth earned a bachelor of arts in English and philosophy at UD, a master of arts in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a juris doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Law. He received the Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors for pro bono work in law school. Groth was an AmeriCorps member for two years and a legal observer with the Ferguson Legal Defense Committee. He recently led the ACLU’s legal observer team during the March for Our Lives protest in Salt Lake City.

Undergraduate students from all academic disciplines were invited to participate in Apex. In addition to class projects, it will feature students who have presented at conferences, published scholarly or creative work, been invited to exhibit or read art, acted in performances, or performed major service projects.

Apex schedule is as follows:

7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Posters and presentations (AY McDonald Lobby)

10:45 a.m. to noon – Alumni keynote presentation (Babka Theatre)

12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Posters and presentations (AY McDonald Lobby)

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Launch of “The EDGE,” the annual Digital Art and Design student art show (Charles and Elizabeth Bisignano Art Gallery)