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With just a few weeks left in the Spring semester, the Capitol community has its sights set on Commencement. Save the date for the upcoming Alumni Weekend and join the rest of the Capitol community in congratulating students on their exceptional work!

To find out what's happening at Capitol, keep reading!

Alumni Weekend: Mark Your Calendars! 

Capitol's brand new Alumni Association is proud to be hosting this year's Alumni Weekend from May 13-14. In addition to touring campus and meeting up with old friends, alumni have the following activities to look forward to:

Capitol SignAlumni Reception: Friday, May 13, 6 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the Graduates' Reception, alumni are welcomed to the William G. McGowan Academic Center for this free reception. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Jason Copley by May 6.

Metro Area Tours: Saturday, May 14
Join fellow alumni at one of three metro area tours taking place on Saturday. You can choose between attending an open house and brunch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, viewing the largest collection of historic space and aircraft at The National Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, or touring the world famous Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

For more information about Alumni Weekend, or to learn more about the new Alumni Association, follow these links.
Alumnus Ed Coyle Speaks at
Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast

Ed CoyleFamily members, alumni, faculty and staff joined the generous scholarship benefactors in congratulating dozens of Capitol scholarship recipients on their hard work throughout the year.

Ed Coyle, '97, spoke to those in attendance concerning the importance of scholarships to the Capitol community. Coyle also detailed how instrumental Capitol has been throughout his career both from an educational and a networking standpoint. Senior Justin Gensel warmly thanked the scholarship benefactors who have helped make a hands-on education possible for so many Capitol students. 

Joining Ed in offering their remarks was Dr. Michael Wood, president; Dr. Michael Gibbs, vice president for advancement; and Nick Greene, associate director of corporate relations/graduate recruiter.

Learn more about Capitol's scholarship opportunities.
President's Forum Welcomes Esteemed Citizen Science Speaker

President's ForumOn Wednesday, April 13, renowned speaker Dr. Pamela Gay visited Capitol to teach students, faculty and staff about citizen science. Gay noted how ordinary people have been making incredible scientific discoveries, without having a science degree, throughout history.

Gay detailed several examples of citizen scientists, including John Audubon, who started painting North American birds, and later cataloged more bird species than anyone previously had. The astronomer, educator, writer and podcaster used several examples to demonstrate that anyone can be a citizen scientist without having a science degree or profession. All you need is a curiosity of what is unknown.

The President's Forum was sponsored by the Innovation and Leadership Institute, which brings dignified government and business leaders to campus to mentor and teach students. Learn more about the President's Forum.
Honors Convocation Recognizes Scholars

ConvocationLast month, members of the Capitol community gathered to congratulate outstanding student achievement at the annual Honors Convocation.

The convocation was highlighted by keynote speaker Nolan Clifford, CEO of Information Solutions LLC. Clifford spoke to the importance of taking advantage of opportunities and noted how the scholars in attendance were already taking advantage of the opportunities provided by Capitol. By striving for excellence, these students are taking the right steps to ensure professional success.

In addition to Dean's List recipients, those receiving scholarships and SOI awards were also honored. Special announcements were made for the inductees of several honor societies as well, including: Alpha Chi, Sigma Beta Delta and Tau Alpha Pi.

Click here for more information about the Capitol Honors Convocation.
ILI Presents "Value Engineering" Speaker
This month, the Innovation and Leadership Institute's Speaker Series presented Larry W. Zimmerman, vice president of Black and Veatch. Zimmerman discussed the process of value engineering, and how fostering creativity is extremely important in all fields. Larry Zimmerman

"Everybody is creative of sorts; they just express their creativity in different ways," Zimmerman said. "Instead of just saying 'no, that won't work' to an employee, say 'yes, if.' Now you have a mechanism for building a team."

For more information, follow this link.
Issue: 27
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Alumni Weekend
Scholarship Breakfast
President's Forum
Honors Convocation
Speaker Series
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