Davidson College

Davidson College

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Davidson College

Davidson College

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Davidson College is a private liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina. The college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars.

In the past decade, Davidson has consistently been ranked in the top ten best liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. In 2012, Davidson was ranked the 3rd most rigorous school in the United States by Newsweek.

Both the town and college were named after Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a Revolutionary War commander. The land for the college came from General Davidson's estate, a large portion of which was donated by his son. The college was established by Presbyterians in 1837 and maintains a loose affiliation with the Presbyterian Church USA. According to its Statement of Purpose, "the ties that bind the college to its Presbyterian heritage . . . have remained close and strong" and "the loyalty of the college ... extends beyond the Christian community to the whole of humanity and necessarily includes openness to and respect for the world’s various religious traditions." Majors are offered in more than twenty fields; Davidson also offers several minors and self-designed interdisciplinary options.

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Step Afrika!, founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, performed last night in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. Ranked as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States, the company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms.

Wed, 05 Nov 2014

Claire Gutermuth ‘15 is frustrated. “Why won’t it process?” She mutters to herself, and begins to type. She sits on a stool at a worktable in Davidson’s Makerspace, Studio M, surrounded by technological gadgets and tools. On her computer screen is a digital rendering of a…well, it’s hard to say, exactly. It looks like a new-age blueprint of some sort – a 3D model of a curved structure that bends, expands and rotates at the stroke of a key.

It’s a forearm. That is, a soon-to-be forearm.

On her keyboard sits a palm and opisthenar (back of the hand). It’s a small, gray, plastic piece that will (hopefully) fit into the soon-to-print forearm and later-to-print thumb and fingers.

Gutermuth is using 3D modeling software and Davidson’s 3D printers to design a functioning prosthetic hand for a 4-year-old boy named Shane who lives in California.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014

Sponsored by a Friends of the Arts Spike! Grant, Davidson College studio art major Stewy Robertson ‘15 painted a mural in the Knobloch Campus Center. Watch the time lapse to see how the work progressed over Fall Break.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

At the age of 11, Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Art Liss LaFleur inherited 300 reel-to-reel recordings of famous interviews from her radio host grandfather. Until now they have been sitting untouched in a chest that he built.

She has launched a kickstarter campaign that will run until Nov. 22 with the goal of raising $10,000 – the cost to digitize all 300 tapes. Donors can choose to give a dollar, which digitizes a minute; $35 for one tape; or $70 for two tapes. The recordings include interviews with famous figures such as George Bush, Bill Archer, Kathy Whitmeir and Bishop James Pike. Learn more about the project.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Like thousands in her home country of Syria, artist Etab Hreib is intimately familiar with the consequences of violent conflict—her son was recently arrested and imprisoned by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and her house in Syria robbed. Hreib, who grew up in a peaceful household with a Christian mother and Muslim father, said she’s surprised by the current conflicts. “I want to show people that it hasn’t always been this way,” she added.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Anmar Jerjees ‘18 didn’t hear about Davidson from college counselors, relatives or friends, or read about the college in glossy brochures – Jerjees learned of Davidson after arriving in North Carolina as an Iraqi refugee and researching his new home state.

When it came time to consider college, Davidson was Jerjees’s first choice. He submitted an early decision application to Davidson through the QuestBridge program, which connects exceptionally talented low-income high school students to the nation’s best colleges and scholarship opportunities.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

Coleen José ’12, a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant recipient and award-winning multimedia journalist reports on Filipino youth outsourcing, part of GlobalPost.com’s “Generation TBD” series. http://bit.ly/1vj7DR5

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

Students of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society demonstrated their dry ice cannon during Common Hour this week. The students built the device using an empty soda bottle, dry ice, water and a plastic bin filled with hundreds of Ping-Pong balls.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

Today, to advance the goal of preventing sexual assault, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a new public awareness and education campaign: “It’s On Us.” The campaign seeks to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault.

The campaign is being launched in partnership with the Center for American Progress’ Generation Progress, along with student body leadership from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country – including Davidson College – collegiate sports organizations such as the NCAA and Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference, and private companies that have strong connections with students at colleges and universities.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

This summer, 20 students remained on campus to complete research projects of their own design through the Davidson Research Initiative (DRI). Under guidance from faculty mentors, students’ DRI projects covered topics across the humanities and sciences, ranging from a study of developing-world economics to the health effects of electronic cigarettes.

The DRI has grown tremendously since its inception in 2007, as more students apply for grants each summer and more resources are devoted to creating fellowship positions for them. The program is open to Davidson first years, sophomores and juniors. Participants should expect to spend five to 10 weeks on campus as part of a collaborative community of researchers.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014