The Experience

View the Experience Events Calendar Here

Frequently Asked Questions About “The Experience”

A full-time day student is required to complete sixteen credits before the end of the sophomore year.
Transfers who come in as sophomores are required to complete eight credits by the end of the sophomore year.
Transfers who come in as juniors are not required to complete the experience (but we encourage you to attend events anyway!)

You must arrive at the event before it begins and get a card from an experience monitor. Experience monitors WILL NOT hand out cards after the event has begun. After the event is finished, you hand the filled-out card back to the monitor. Monitors will NOT accept cards before the end of the event.

You will NOT get credit for an event if you arrive after it begins or leave before it ends.

You will only receive experience for seeing a show or performance once, even if it is the next year.

Students MAY NOT get Experience Credit for events that they participate in (Domino Players cannot get credit for a performance in which they act, direct, or work, orchestra members cannot get credit for events in which they play, etc.).

Students who complete the events by the end of their sophomore year will receive a “Q” on their transcript.

Students who do NOT complete their Experience requirement by the end of the sophomore year will receive an “I” (incomplete) on their transcript.

Students who complete the Experience requirements by the end of their junior year will have the “I” replaced by a “Q.”

Students who do NOT complete the Experience by the end of the junior year will have the “I” replaced by an “F.” The “F” will not be calculated into the GPA, but will remain permanently on the student’s record.

Students who complete the Experience events by the end of their senior year will have Experience listed a second time (as if they took the course a second time) with a “Q.”

Students who do not complete the Experience events will not graduate.

Students are able to access a list of their completed Experience Events by logging into the Identity System and expanding the “Experience Events” section.”

Students are rarely (almost never) given exemptions from the experience. If for some reason you feel you must try, you must make a written request by email to the chair of the Experience Committee (Melissa Katz, explaining and justifying your request. The email must also be copied to your advisor or it will not be considered. Then, your letter will be distributed to the Experience Committee and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision of the committee within two weeks.

In order to become a monitor you must have completed the required number of experience events, then talk to the CFA secretary. It is a paid position.

Calendar of Events

*For tickets/prices, call the Box Office at 610-921-7547

Reading by the Bold Writers II – Beyond the Beyond

Members of The Bold Writers II will share short stories, chapter excerpts from novels-in-progress, and poetry. These literary works are classified as science fiction, apocalyptic, Gothic, and thriller / suspense, along with introspective nonfiction narratives and poems that reflect recovery from trauma. Comprising the second of two local writing groups facilitated by novelist and instructor Marian Wolbers, the authors meet monthly at Bold Cafe in West Reading. Recently, Wolbers was awarded a Berks Arts Council grant that supports the work of these writers, especially as their creative process serves to express and explore trauma through various genres.

December 5, 2018
6:30 – 8 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge – Fireside

Rationally Designed Coordination Complexes as Catalysts and Reagents for Small Molecule Transformations

Base metals or the abundant and inexpensive transition metals such as cobalt, copper, and nickel are prime candidates for use in catalysts that can transform hydrocarbons and other small molecules into value-added products. The relative abundance of these metals means that their mining and extraction is typically greener than that of conventional choices of precious metals such as palladium, rhodium, and iridium. The challenges to using these metals comes from being able to control and direct their reactivity. This talk will focus on Dr. Piro’s work with Albright students on the design and synthesis of organic ligands to hold base metal ions in a defined geometry, to direct their reactivity toward classically unreactive substrates while avoiding unwanted side-reactions, and to understand the pathways by which these reactions occur to allow for better design opportunities in the future.

December 6, 2018
4:30 p.m., Science 256

Computational and Experimental Gas Phase Studies of Carbenes

Carbenes are intriguing species that range from being quite stable to being extremely reactive.  They are of great utility as reactive intermediates for synthesis, as ligands for organometallic catalysts, and when protonated, can serve as ionic liquids.  This talk will review our recent advances in examining the properties of carbenes.  We will discuss N-heterocyclic carbenes, N,N’-diamidocarbenes, and diphenylcarbenes.  We utilize gas-phase methods, both computational and experimental, which allows us to probe intrinsic reactivity in the absence of solvent.

January 31, 2019
4:30 p.m., Science Hall, Room 256

V-day MMRP

The understanding of the female body and equality for all persons. Opening a conversation for taboo topics including sexual assault and abuse, rape, ignorance and many more experiences.

February 9, 2019
8-9:15 p.m., Wachovia Theater

Flying High, Aviation in Art from the Permanent Collection

Guest curated by Makenzie Witter ’14, education and public programs manager at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, NY, using a selection of prints focused on aviation from the Freedman’s permanent collection. This themed exhibit won’t be around long as it will fly off to be installed at the Curtiss after it shows at the Freedman Gallery.

Closing Reception & Curatorial Gallery Talk
Sun., Feb. 10
2-4 p.m., Freedman Gallery (PS)

Reading and Book Signing by poet Willie Perdomo

Puerto Rican poet Willie Perdomo shares his Latin-infused poetry and discusses his work on raising funds to assist post-Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

April 4, 2019
4:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall