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Spring officially began March 20, and after the requisite weeks of Clarion weather confusion, it seems the season is finally here to stay. With that joyful arrival comes a number of exciting campus events, all open to Clarion University students and the public.

  • Come Together Clarion Clarion University students and members of the Clarion community will gather for a day of collective activity and relation-building. Events will include family Olympics, contests, community advocacy tables, a 5K race hosted by Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the Neighborhood Star Awards ceremony. Come Together Clarion will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the intersection of Main and 6th streets.

  • CampusFest presents The Band Perry – The annual spring CampusFest returns with a concert performance by pop-country artist The Band Perry. Since 2009 the group has released seven singles from two albums, including its chart-topping hit “If I Die Young.” Public tickets for CampusFest are available for $30 and can be purchased from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays at the information desk in Gemmell Student Complex, or at The performance will take place at 8 p.m. April 20 in Tippin Gymnasium.

  • Last Lecture Series – Sponsored by the National Residence Hall Honorary, the Last Lecture Series gives professors the opportunity to answer the question, “What would you say to students if this were your last chance to address them?” The first two professors to answer this will be Drs. Todd Pfannestiel (department of history) and Phil Terman (department of English), whose lectures will be held at 7 p.m. April 24 in level A of Carlson Library. The Last Lecture Series will continue at 7 p.m. May 1 in level A of Carlson Library when Drs. Ralph Leary and Jamie Phillips will present their own addresses.

  • Seascape – The Clarion University Theatre Department will close its 2012-2013 season with “Seascape.” In Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Charles and Nancy are enjoying a day at the beach, contemplating their impending retirement, when they encounter another, quite unusual couple. The foursome proceed to explore life, marriage and the human condition in the very funny and highly thoughtful way that only one of America's greatest living playwrights can achieve. Tickets for Seascape, available by calling 814-303-ARTS, are $12 for adults, $9 for children, and free for students with a valid Clarion University ID. Seascape will run April 24-27 at 8 p.m. in the Marwick Boyd Little Theatre, with a final matinee performance April 28 at 2 p.m.

  • Spring Commencement – Dr. Patrick O’Toole, Clarion University alumnus and superintendent of Upper St. Clair School District near Pittsburgh, will oversee the commencement of the Golden Eagle Class of 2013. Voted as the 2012 Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, O’Toole will address the graduating seniors before they turn their tassels and become alumni themselves. The graduation ceremony for the Colleges of Business Administration and Arts and Sciences will be held at 10 a.m. May 18 in Tippin Gymnasium, with the ceremony for the College of Education and Human Services, the Division of Student Affairs, and the School of Nursing and Allied Health taking place at 2 p.m.

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4/12/2013 11:29 AM

Clarion University spring events calendar offers something for everyone