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Busy times in the week ahead

Molly Melin and her muse, Helios, study hard.With the 2012-13 academic year winding down, the last day of classes is May 1. Commencement Day, May 11, is just over one month away, and Stetson’s DeLand campus is buzzing with end of year activities that will complete this academic year in fine style. (Molly Melin and her muse, Helios, pictured at right, study hard.)

Today, Friday, April 5, Stetson’s duPont-Ball Library will celebrate 125 years as a federal depository library. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities from 3-5 p.m.

The School of Music has many exceptional programs scheduled throughout the month of April. This upcoming week alone features a concert tonight, Friday evening, April 5, highlighting the works of Stetson’s student composers, and Stetson will host Saturday’s Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion on April 6, followed up with a percussion ensembles concert next Saturday, April 13. The University Symphony Orchestra will perform next Friday evening, April 12. And, this Sunday, April 7, Piano Professor and Steinway Artist Michael Rickman will perform in a celebratory concert commemorating his 30th anniversary at Stetson. Check out Stetson’s full cultural calendar for this semester here.

Sunday evening, April 7, everyone is invited to Movie Night at the Ballpark. Come join in the outdoors fun and bring a chair or blanket to claim your spot in the outfield at Melching Field at Conrad Park to watch the award-winning film, “Angels in the Outfield.” The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted and will go toward Stetson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

Speaking of films scheduled next week, “The Music Never Stopped” about the health/memory benefits of music therapy. Psychology professor Camille King and students, Susan Moore and Molly Moses, will answer questions about how the human brain responds to music therapy.

Students are reminded to register on Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9, for summer session and the fall semester.

Religious freedom is the topic of the Shurden Lectures, scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9-10. Brent Walker, special guest speaker, will speak on “First Principles: God-given, but government protected” on Tuesday. Wednesday’s lectures include “First Freedoms: Accommodate religion, but don’t advance it” at 3 p.m., and  “Religion and Politics: How did we do in 2012?” at 5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

Transaction Day, Thursday, April 11, is a day of engaged dialogue between students, faculty, staff, and community members on gender, gender roles and a full range of gender identity issues.

Taco Bar is open to students on Thursday, April 11 at 11 p.m. in the Commons. Support Zeta Tau Alpha’s Philanthropy Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Catered by Moe’s.

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite professor for Stetson’s McEniry Teaching Award by going to the online nomination form. The deadline has been extended to April 11. This award will be presented at Commencement.

On Saturday, April 13, Stetson will welcome approximately 1,200 special guests, including 385 potential Hatters and their families to Hatter Saturday.

Earth Day at Stetson will be celebrated Saturday, April 20. Everyone is invited to the “Keeping it Green” Earth-friendly activities and environmental education for all ages planned for the day.

Be sure to check out all Stetson University events on the online calendar on Stetson Today. Keep up with all Hatter Athletic schedules at GOHATTERS.COM.