The Verna Miller Case Research and Creative Works Symposium is named for Beverly F. Dolan Professor Emerita of Biology, founding director of the John Crosland Jr., Center for Teaching and Learning, and Davidson’s first Associate Dean of Faculty, Verna Miller Case. She retired in July, 2019.
The gift was made possible by her children – Jeff Case ’99, his wife, Lisa Green Case ’99, Jordan Case ’03 and his wife Johana Soto Case – to honor her 45 years of service to Davidson. Her career has touched many, including students who traveled to Mwandi, Zambia with her over 18 years, Davidson’s first Posse cohort whom she mentored, the Posse 6 students she presently mentors, plus more than four decades of students who entered her classroom for advice, counsel, and friendship.
This symposium was a dream of Dr. Case’s for many years, and Davidson is honored that it will carry her name for years to come.
The symposium began in 2017 as the Alenda Lux: Symposium with 350 participants.
In 2018, the event grew to more than 600 student presentations, posters, and performances and the faculty elected to dedicate the last day of spring semester classes to the symposium.
The 2019 event featured more than 900 students across all disciplines. Regrettably, the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 775 students are participating in the 2021 Symposium, presenting more than 470 projects. The 2021 Verna Miller Case Research and Creative Works Symposium will be a day-long hybrid celebration of student research, community projects, and creative works through virtual poster sessions, short film and digital presentations, visual, literary and performing arts (online and outdoors following COVID-19 guidelines).