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C.W. Post Honors Conference on 'Passion' October 28

Thirty-two lectures and workshops on passion, from volunteerism and math to theatre and poetry; events are free and open to the public


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – What makes you passionate? For some it's a hike in the rain (complete with bears) on the Appalachian Trail. For others, it's the art that is hidden within complex math formulas. Passion can inspire us to change careers, compose music and even make a difference in the world through philanthropic endeavors.

"Follow Your Passion" will be the theme of the annual Honors Conference at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on Friday, Oct. 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 6:10 p.m. Workshops and discussions will cover issues ranging from the academic and philosophical to the practical and be presented by members of the C.W. Post faculty, alumni and respected professionals. A luncheon for the participants is being sponsored by Paul Forestell, provost of the C.W. Post Campus. 

“We hope to generate a lot of excitement and thoughtful reflections as presenters open students to strange and wonderful ideas that might never have crossed their minds before,” said Dr. Joan Digby, director of the Honors Program.

The keynote presentation, "The Passion of Music," will feature faculty and students from the C.W. Post Department of Music sharing their fervency for music while performing their talents. It will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Hillwood Recital/Lecture Hall.

The Honors Conference will feature a wide spectrum of thought-provoking topics of interest, ranging from the zeal some have for math to a spirited look at forensic science. Jennifer Collins Ritter, the company manager for "Avenue Q" and a former management associate at the producing office of the hit Broadway show, "In the Heights," will share her perspective on how various theater productions make the transition from script to stage.

Finance professor Dr. Carol Boyer will examine evidence from the Chicago Climate Exchange to determine, “Do Sustainable Business Practices Help or Harm Firm Performance?” Manju Prasad-Rao, head of the Instructional Media Center at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, will discuss rhythms in the dance and music of India, and Dr. Glynis Pereya and Joan Ruckel from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will talk about Fulbright Grants, a program of the U.S. government that allows students to follow their passion abroad.

The conference will close on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. with a performance of the Broadway musical "In the Heights."

For further information contact Dr. Digby at (516) 299-2840 or e-mail or visit A full schedule of lectures and events is available on the website. Admission to all events is free and the public is invited to attend. The conference takes places in various buildings on the C.W. Post Campus, located at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville, New York.

Posted 10/21/2011

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