Beacons Shine During Academic Creativity and Excellence (ACE) Day

Eugene, Ore.—- Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Bushnell celebrated the end of the semester with Academic Creativity and Excellence Day, better known around campus as ACE Day. ACE Day is a time where students get to present topics from research they have done throughout the school year and include topics they are passionate about sharing with peers and the broader community. This year over 40 different presentations were given across various classes. ACE Day was founded by Dr. Tim Bergquist to encourage students to share their passions with the Beacon community. This semi-annual event is one our campus community looks forward to every year because of the hard work and efforts of student presenters.

Dr. Reed Mueller, Vice President for Academic Affairs commented about the significance of ACE Day for Bushnell University. “ACE Day is a powerful expression of our conviction that excellence in Christian higher education matters. It matters not only to these students as they grow into bourgeoning scholars but also to the communities they thoughtfully serve both now and in the future.”

Many of the presentations are done via posters with the student sharing a short overview of their project or research and then attendees ask students questions about their research. A panel of judges comprised from the Bushnell faculty and staff reviewed each research project presented in a variety of formats, that included: lectures, posters, panel discussions, research talks, and others. Students participating in Bushnell’s Song Nai Rhee Honors program reported on their honors contracts.

One of the highlights of this semesters presentations was through the History 210 class who did a deep dive into the history of race and gender of Bushnell University utilizing research from yearbooks and other archive resources on the 127 year history.

Senior capstone projects included Payton Jones “An Analysis of Alzheimer’s”, Grace Brown “The God We Fear: The Leonine Imagery in Hosea and Amos”, Alessia Righi “Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity”, and many more.

Other presentations included products for Marketing 330, different analyses of the Bible, and a review of those who went on mission trips this past year.

View abstracts of the presentations here.

Photo gallery here.

About Bushnell University

Bushnell University transforms lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment since its founding over 125 years ago, Bushnell encourages students to pursue wisdom, nurture faith, and champion service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded in 1895 by pastor-educator Eugene C. Sanderson and pioneer businessman and church leader James A. Bushnell. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional undergraduate, adult degree, and graduate program formats, as well as online programs for MBA, MA in Leadership, and M.Ed. More information about the University is available at