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17th Annual Petersheim Exposition Celebrates Academic Achievement
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Academic ExpoThe 17th Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition launches on Monday, April 22, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Chancellor's Suite of the University Center with a reception and keynote address on “Celebrating Curiosity” with Dr. Steven House, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, at Elon University.

The Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition 2013: Share, Honor, Unite is a university-wide event that celebrates the scholarly achievement of undergraduate and graduate students through the sights and sounds of academic knowledge and its application. The EXPO is aligned with Seton Hall University's mission in several ways, honoring the innovative spirit of its founder, Matthew Petersheim, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, who passed away in 1998. More than 40 Expo events, panel discussions, presentations, performances, and a student film festival take place throughout the week at the university and nearby location.

“In 1996, with the support of the Division of Student Affairs, Dr. Mathew Petersheim initiated and implemented an annual academic exposition dedicated to “Bringing Knowledge to Life” and celebrating the academic accomplishments of Seton Hall students and faculty. Two years later, Dr. Petersheim passed away, but his legacy remains. Seventeen years later, we continue to celebrate Dr. Petersheim’s vision and dedication to learning and research,” explained Professor Sulie L. Chang, Petersheim Academic Exposition co-chair.

This year's guest speaker encompasses the spirit of Dr. Matthew Petersheim. Before his tenure at Elon University, Dr. House was a colleague and friend of Dr. Petersheim. Dr. House joined Seton Hall as a professor in 1987, teaching biology, physiology, pharmacology and anatomy. He was named Director of Health Professions in 1994 and Associate Dean of Seton Hall's College of Arts and Sciences in 1997. During his time at Seton Hall, he received Seton Hall's Student Choice Award for outstanding teaching, the university's Outstanding Service Award, the Trustees' Scholarship Award and a Special Appreciation Award for teaching and advising.

Dr. House left Seton Hall in 2001 to become the founding Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. He was then promoted to Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2006 before assuming his current position in 2009. An active scientist and researcher, he has authored scores of articles and presentations on blood flow regulation during health and disease. He received a major National Institute of Health research award on microvascular cell dynamics, a visiting expert award from the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, Republic of China and the Grega-Zacharkow Young Investigator Award from the Microcirculatory Society.

“The Petersheim Academic Exposition is about honoring our students. This is interdisciplinary -- no matter what college -- undergraduate and graduate students will be participating and demonstrating their academic accomplishments all week. It is so important for the Seton Hall community to honor our students by participating. By doing so you are supporting them in their work and professional development, which unifies us as a culture,” said Vivienne B. Carr, Petersheim Academic Exposition co-chair. 

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