Ovation Festival Event
11 a.m. - Various Locations
Baldwin Wallace's annual celebration of student achievement will feature over 100 student projects.

Ovation 2023: Day of Excellence

April 27, 2023
11:00 AM

Ovation 2023 Day of Excellence logo

This year's Day of Excellence will feature more than 100 student projects. This signature event highlights student achievements from every school of the university. Students demonstrate their achievements by:

  • performing original musical compositions or short plays
  • reading original essays, stories or poems
  • giving video or slide presentations
  • exhibiting artwork
  • presenting research posters

The campus community and general public are encouraged to attend any or all of the events.

Schedule of Events

Opening Ceremony

11 a.m.
Knowlton Center Atrium
Featuring the Yellow Jacket Marching Band and remarks by Dr. Rebecca Korwin '95, executive vice president of science and innovation at State Industrial Products and BW alumna with degrees in biology and chemistry.

Student Project Presentations

11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Knowlton Center and Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

User Experience Project Presentation

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Knowlton Center UX Lab, Room 241


Noon - 2 p.m.
Parking lot between the Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) and Knowlton Center
Lunch tickets will be distributed electronically to all BW students, faculty and staff. Visitors can obtain tickets from the table in the Knowlton Center lobby.

The Lauria STEM Research Competition

Noon - 2 p.m.
Telfer Hall, Room 330
Students will present their proposals in hopes of winning a $5,000 summer research fellowship, generously funded by Tony and Pat Lauria.

Ovation Soapbox

Noon - 1:45 p.m.
Knowlton Center Lobby
BW students advocate for the issues they are most passionate about.

12:00-12:15 p.m.: Lily Polen - "Tackling the Mental Health Stigma Within Student Athletes"
12:15-12:30 p.m.: Mia Basit - "I AM FIRST!"
12:30-12:45 p.m.: Emily Muench - "The Intersection of Food Allergies and Disordered Eating"
12:45-1:00 p.m.: Hannah Dodson - "A Call for Voter Friendly Classes"
1:00-1:15 p.m.: Sarah Pounder - "Active Athletes"
1:15-1:45 p.m.: Athena Pantoja - "Addressing Micro Aggressions in the Classroom"
1:30-1:45 p.m.: Emi Hathcock - "A Record Setting Year: The Rise in Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation Since the Beginning of 2023"

Coffee House

Noon - 3 p.m.
Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG)
Sponsored by the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Enjoy a good cup of coffee while BW students present original readings and musical performances.

Internet of Things (IoT) Demonstration

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Knowlton Center Robotics Lab

Spring Opera Workshop Production

3 p.m.
Fynette Kulas Music Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center
Students in the 100, 200 and 300 levels of Opera Workshop courses present their work from the semester.

Engineering Capstone Presentation: Elev8 Sit-to-Stand Walker

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Knowlton Center, Room 107
The five engineering seniors of Team Elev8 will present the design, fabrication and testing of a new mobility device aimed at assisting users with the sit-to-stand transition. The presentation is open to the public, and the team enthusiastically welcomes discussion of their work. Read more > >

BW Does Broadway

7 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
The BW Symphony Orchestra and members of BW's Music Theatre Class of 2024 will perform tunes from "Funny Girl," "West Side Story," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and more.

About The Ovation Festival

Ovation Festival bannerThe Ovation Festival is BW's annual celebration of student achievement, showcasing student success in research, scholarship, experiential learning, the arts and more. Full festival schedule >>