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People and Perspectives of the Plains

2009 GPHC Conference

April 3-5, 2009

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Friday, April 3:

1:00-6:30 pm: Registration, Neihardt Residence Center Blue TV Lounge

2:00 pm: CAT exploration begins (meet in the Neihardt Blue TV Lounge)

4:30 pm: CAT exploration de-briefing, Neihardt Blue TV Lounge

5:00 pm: tour of Neihardt, NCHC offices (tentative)

6:30 pm: “Good Fresh Local”, by the Cather-Pound-Neihardt Dining Staff

7:30 pm: Speaker: Sandi Zellmer, UNL Law School faculty member, on water usage, policy and law

8:30-10:30 pm: Student party, Neihardt

Saturday, April 4

All sessions will be held in Andrews Hall

8:00 – 8:50 am

Paper Sessions
Session 1A

Room 103

Trisha Yarbrough, Shayla Sams

East Central University

Is a Summer Reading Program Worth it?

Our Honors Program began an optional summer reading and online discussion program in 2008. Our panel will discuss the relative merits of participating in the summer or waiting until the fall to read and discuss the required Honors seminar book.

Session 1B

Room 120

Ann Koopmann

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Round Table: Advising the Honors Student Effectively

As we all know, Honors students require special advising. A discussion of some of the challenges and rewards will ensue.

Session 1C

Room 121

Julian Lawson

Lone Star College-North Harris

Conducting a Comprehensive Field Inspection Report

This project will demonstrate three circumstances of building codes compliance using Lone Star College – North Harris as the subject matter. In my application of the codes, I addressed the issues of user safety, universal access and potential property loss.

Laura Cuesta

Lone Star College-North Harris

Application of Building Codes and Inspection Standards

For this architectural engineering project, I performed a code inspection of a large urban college campus. I will present the importance of implementing and considering the building codes and standards from the beginning of the design process.

Amber Cannon

East Central University

The GreenStar Ag Management System from John Deere

This article is an in depth summary of the benefits as well as technical specifications of the new GreenStar and Apex technology developed by John Deere Co. for precision farming and agricultural management that provides for a more ecological and economical approach to farming.

Session 1D

Room 122

Katherine Daniel

Lone Star College-Montgomery

Hi: My Name is Nietzsche and I’m an Addict’

This presentation demonstrates how history repeats itself through philosophy using the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the 12 step program of Narcotics Anonymous. This will include a discussion about the two as well as a dramatic enactment of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

Lawson Hembree

John Brown University

A New Approach to At-Risk Youth: The Challenge Course Experience

The number of “at-risk” youth is on the rise. One way to approach helping these youths is using experiential education programs such as challenge courses to teach them teamwork, obedience, and other valuable life skills. Challenge course settings provide opportunities to overcome physical obstacles, and the lessons learned can be taken and applied to the youths’ everyday lives.

Mona Easterling

Tulsa Community College

Awareness of Emotions and their Expression

Scientists have studied correlations between facial expression and emotion. Seven universal facial expressions transcend language and culture: anger, sadness, fear, surprise, disgust, contempt, and happiness. This presentation focuses on improving communication in a variety of situations. Evidence suggests understanding emotional attitude can benefit your health and help you reach your goals.

Session 1E

Room 146

Kelsey Balzer

John Brown University

Boe Award Winner

When the Telegram Arrives: Idealism and Disillusionment in the Great War

Word came by a telephone call, family and friends, or a telegram, and it came many times. Countless British citizens experienced a single moment acknowledging the death of a loved one. When the dreaded news arrived, three main groups of Britain were challenged in their philosophy and loyalty to the Great War: the soldier, the civilian, and the nation as a whole. The following rigorous study will analyze numerous primary sources in order to gain a firsthand perspective of the British transformation from unyielding patriotism to destructive disillusionment.

Gang Chen

Oklahoma City University


The research paper focuses on current issues in the Kingdom of Denmark, including topics such as Islam, terrorism, immigration and so on. The paper is personally supported by the head of the communication

Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Sarah Minott

Southwest Baptist University

Hero’s Honor”: The Battle of Hastings, A.D. 1066

“Hero’s Honor” follows the fictional lives of three young people caught up in a violent world of greed. My extensive research reflects the causes, effects, and rationale behind one of the defining moments of the Middle Ages—the Norman invasion of England. The invasion changed the English way of life, which therefore changed the world we know today. This new work, including many documented occurrences and people, is written for middle level readers to extend their historical concept of the Middle Ages and provide a literary framework for a time historical authors often overlook.

Session 1F

Room 102

Ben Klar

John Brown University

Focusing on the Middle: Examining the Chiastic Structure of Lamentations in Search of God's Faithfulness

Although an Old Testament work written during Israel’s darkest hours, the structure of the book of Lamentations reveals God to be our source of hope. Even where God may seem absent, we can have assurance that he is present.

Brianna Knott

John Brown University

Sovereignty of God in Daniel

Sovereignty is a key attribute of God. The following result was found after carefully studying the overarching theme of the Sovereignty of God in Daniel. God is sovereign over human history and the lives of individuals. This concept is crucial to the theme of the Bible.

Christa Packard

John Brown University

Daniel and Joseph: Striking Parallels of God's Sovereignty

The purpose of this paper is to show the striking comparisons between the narratives of Joseph and Daniel in the Old Testament. The audience ought to become aware how the two stories support their claim of God's sovereignty

Saturday, April 4

9:00 – 9:50 am

Paper Sessions
Session 2A

Room 103

Patrice Berger

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Round Table discussion: Preserving the Integrity of an Honors Program in Times of Budgetary Crisis

This timely topic will, we hope, generate a good deal of discussion and perhaps some suggestions for all of us as we cope collectively with budget restrictions and cuts.

Session 2B

Room 120

Daisy Vagas

Lee College

Seeking Humanity in the Divine

Traditional works of art have depicted Mary as a perfect and chaste being. However, this leads society to valued women for their purity, not their humanity. The paintings addressed in this presentation recognize Mary’s humanity and eliminate expectations held for women by establishing human connections through human value.

Mallory Beyer

Oral Roberts University

Redemptive Art: An Empowering Approach to Art

This paper examines the redemptive value of art programs implemented into long-term care facilities for elderly residents. As a result of a service learning project rooted in aesthetics and social work values, I show art creatively put into action to improve the lives of others.

Alan Garcia

Lee College

Jack Johnson, The Great Black Hope: Fiction versus Reality

In the early 1900s Jack Johnson, an African-American prize fighter from Galveston, Texas, thumbed his nose at white America by violating every possible law, tradition and custom of the Jim Crow society. This paper examines the controversial life of Jack Johnson and compares the reality of the man with his portrayal in the Lawrence Turman-Martin Ritt film, The Great White Hope.

Session 2C

Room 121

James Washington

Lone Star College-North Harris

Dinosaur Evolution and Diversity of the Mesozoic

This study correlates vertebrate paleontology with the continental locations and Geologic Time. Plots of species, locations and time, indicate the expansion and diversity of dinosaurs has been greatly affected by the dramatic change in plants.

Richard Roper

Lubbock Christian University

A Study of the Effects of Escherichia coli Introduced into West Texas Playa Lakes through Migratory Birds on the Quality of Regional Well Water

This paper includes the initial literature research results along with the subsequent field and laboratory testing results that were performed on environmental samples taken from multiple West Texas playa lakes and several wells surrounding them. Results, findings and conclusions will be presented.

Session 2D

Room 122

Danielle Wilson

John Brown University

A Linguistic Revolution: How Technospeak Will Revolutionize the English Language

Research shows that Technospeak, the language of technology, has positively affected the English language. Items of technology, such as the cell phone, have become a part of the everyday life of society. As a result, people are becoming more exposed than ever to the English language.

James Prochaska

Lee College

Stop Thinking! You'll Get Us All Killed! Anti-Intellectualism In the 1950's and Its Influence on

Literature of the Time

This work is a research paper that details the antiintellectualism of the 1950's and its effects on contemporary literature of the time through an in-depth analysis of Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz and the works of New Left Historians Eric Goldman and Howard Zinn.

Benjamin Nicolls

East Central University

Fictional Representations of Criminal Minds

This paper focuses primarily on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and explores the psychology of the criminal mind. It compares Raskolnikov to Poe’s frenzied narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart and Camus’ calmer Meursault from The Stranger.

Session 2E

Room 146

Daniel McEndarfer

Tulsa Community College

The Benefits of Oral History Relating to the Honors Scholar

An ordinary humanities assignment to interview an elderly individual inspired the presenter and transformed his perspective on the value of the oral history process. A renewed connection with the past, an enlarged perspective on the present, and better understanding of the future are a few of the benefits attained.

Katy Taylor

Texas Tech

Community as a Foundation of the Texas Tech University Honors College First Year Experience Program

This presentation offers a discussion of the incorporation of a Communication, Civility, and Ethics course as a paradigm for the goals of the Texas Tech University Honors College First Year Experience program. The pedagogy of this course will be explored as a foundation of a dedicated Honors College community.

Session 2F

Room 102

Emily Nuss

John Brown University

St. Cyprian and the Unity of the Church

St. Cyprian, bishop in Carthage in the mid-3rd century, was the first to the first to define clearly the structure and role of the church. In my paper, I discuss his theory of unity according to its historical context, while exploring the theory’s modern implications.

Candie Solis

Lee College

Man Overboard! Puritans and the History of Divine Providence

The literature of the period of early American settlement reveals the importance placed on The Bible as

a guide for making life decisions and as a source of explanation for life events. Through Puritan eyes,

history unfolded as the chronology of God’s willing intervention in everyday occurrences – both good

and bad.
Sarah Loewen

John Brown University

The Mennonite Faith: Over Four Centuries of Change

This paper will examine changes which have occurred in the Mennonite Churches since the beginning of the Anabaptist movement during the 1600s. The audience will understand the differences between the early Mennonite church and that of today, and the effects of returning to Menno’s original ideal.

Saturday, April 4

10:00 – 10:50 am

Paper Sessions
Session 3A

Room 103

Kathey Walker, Jessica Mallard

West Texas A & M

Great Plains Honors Council: Institutional Survey, Year Two

West Texas A&M University will host an open discussion with attendees concerning the GPHC Institutional Survey of Programs and Colleges. We hope to further refine the survey and discuss potential use of the dataset .

Session 3B

Room 120

Spencer Peterson

John Brown University

A Cauldron, Slowly Boiling: The Story of a German Foot Soldier at the Battle of Stalingrad

“A Cauldron, Slowly Boiling,” details the waning hours of the Battle of Stalingrad through the thoughts and words of a German foot soldier facing unavoidable death, or perhaps even worse, years of imprisonment in a Russian gulag.

Paul Yu

John Brown University

A Film Adaptation and Interpretation of Gail Godwin's A Sorrowful Woman”

The project details a student filmmaker’s creative experience of adapting Gail Godwin’s “A Sorrowful Woman” into a short film.  The presentation will include a discussion of the theory of film adaptation and the advantages of filmmaking as an effective medium of expression for young artists.  

Sheila Madonia

Park University

Etched Memories

This presentation is a compilation of mixed media and non-fiction memoir, including genealogical research. “Etched Memories” features short narrative, poetry, letter and journal entries. Each of the components supports the overall theme of love, loss and secrets, and highlights those moments of life which occur between the click of the shutter and the flash.

Session 3C

Room 121

Kale Regier

John Brown University

It's all 1's and 0's: Building the Perfect Lock

“It's all 1's and 0's”. That is the premise for digital systems. I created a four number (bit) digital lock. I would like to show you that understanding computer programming is not only for geniuses and geeks, but that you use it quite often.

Ryan Thomas

John Brown University

Cybernetics: Good or Evil?

Cybernetics—the merging of man and machine—is one of the most rapidly advancing technologies of our day. However, a problem occurs when crossing the line between human restoration and enhancement. How do these two areas of focus conflict with each other, and are there any possible resolutions?

Session 3D

Room 122

Elizabeth Jackson

Lone Star College-Montgomery

The Byronic Hero’

The project takes a look at Lord Byron's portrayal of the Byronic Hero in his work "Manfred". It shows Manfred as a flawed hero, and the idea that every hero, superhuman or not, is in every respect flawed or cursed. The paper also shows that Byron’s flawed hero did not stop with Romanticism, but is reflected in the superhero characters of today like Superman, Iron Man, and the Hulk.

Kayleigh Overman

Lone Star College Montgomery

Boe Award Winner

The Glorious Paradox: The Role of Free Will in Milton’s Paradise Lost

Shouldn’t the roles of hero and villain be plain in any text? It seems natural that the reader knows whom to hail as the “good guy” and whom to blame as the “bad guy.” However, many critics of Paradise Lost have spent much time and rhetorical energy in a debate concerning the real hero of this work. I contend that in order for the hero to be identified, one must find the villain. Through discovering the relationship between hero and villain in Paradise Lost, one can clearly see the logic of Milton’s justification of “the ways of God to man.”

Sarah Sadowsky

Boe Award Winner

Emporia State University

Marry Prudently and with Affection

The influence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Susan Ferrier’s Marriage (1818) transcended the common belief that the novels were simple commentaries of social behaviors to change the laws of marriage in England.

Session 3E

Room 146

Jennie Crall

John Brown University

Clashing Parties: Sources of Political Polarization in the US Congress

Congress has been slowly evolving into a highly polarized body. This presentation examines reasons for why this has occurred through the research and work of Nelson Polsby. Issues such as congressional workloads, social contexts, realignment, technology, and redistricting, as well as overall changes in institutionalism and partisanship will be discussed.

Bill Benda

Texas Tech

The Fireside Chats

As the America looks towards its new leader with hopes of reviving the economy and uniting the nation, it is necessary to analyze how a former president faced with the same challenges conquered this task. The Fireside Chats fortified the American spirit and garnered support for the revolutionary New Deal.

Jessica LeMirand

Angelo State University

WASPS of World War II: Challenging the Traditional Gender Roles of America during Wartime

This research paper uses newspapers, letters, and interviews to determine how and to what extent the Women Airforce Service Pilots at Avenger Field challenged the traditional gender expectations of their time. By evaluating these women’s thoughts and considering their narratives, this research recognizes and validates the effect WWII WASPS had on broadening gender roles.

Session 3F

Room 102

Callie Buchholtz

John Brown University

C.S. Lewis and Creation: Unpacking The Nephew's Magician

In The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis writes a story to develop how Genesis’ creation account is interpreted. Lewis searches out the guilt of sin in man, the responsibilities man holds toward creation, and the gift of the image of God.

Kristen Vander-Plas

Lubbock Christian University

Is It God’s Fault?

This presentation confronts topics of unfair punishment of the righteous, “why bad things happen to good people,” and, specifically, God’s role in tragedies. Assisted by Scripture and the theories of C.S. Lewis and Boethius, God’s “side” is argued and He is justified in His responses and actions.

Taylor Stamps

John Brown University

Interpretations of Ezekiel's Temple Vision: Historic, Metaphoric, or Literal?

The Biblical text of Ezekiel 40-48 describes a heavenly vision of a Jewish temple. Several explanations exist as to the meaning of this temple vision, and this project will delve into these interpretations, illustrating the pros and cons of each.

Saturday, April 4

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Poster Session

Second floor hallway

Lindsay Griffith

John Brown University

Synthesis of Sclerophytim Analogs Displaying Cancer-Inhibiting Properties

Sclerophytins are molecules which display cancer-inhibiting properties. Synthesis of this molecule requires many steps, including the formation of anti-alcohol 3a. Studying the methods used to make anti-alcohol 3a, a molecule similar in structure was formed and analyzed to compare the properties of the new molecule and the anti-alcohol 3a.

Stephanie Ford

Tulsa Community College

Listen Up and Turn It Down: How Loud Noise Damages the Human Ear

With technological advancements from big-screen hi-def televisions to iPod nanos, our world is becoming louder than ever. Noise exposure, now the leading cause of hearing loss, often leads to irreparable nerve damage. This presentation will examine the causal link between loud noise and physiological damage to the delicate hearing mechanism.

Amie Lloyd

Tulsa Community College


Dyscalculia, a math-specific learning disability, bears many similarities to its better-known counterpart, dyslexia, and affects nearly as many people. The purpose of this study is to explore the latest dyscalculia research and to raise consciousness of this disability in educators, parents and students.

Molly Richardson

Tulsa Community College

Earthship Sweet Earthship: Early Construction Techniques Meet New Sustainable Technology to Create Self-sustaining Wonder Homes

Earthships, sustainable houses that use indigenous and recycled materials and rely on natural energy sources in order to be off the “grid,” are affordable and relatively easy for the average citizen to construct. This presentation explores their advantages and disadvantages, and identifies principles that can be incorporated into more traditional abodes.

Sasha Craig

Neosho County Community College


Genocide: Oops I said it. Why is this such a bad word? When committed acts are intended to destroy , in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group; call it what it is: genocide.

Britney Neubecker

Neosho County Community College

Web Labs versus Simulated Lab Experiments: Which One Yields the Greater Amount of Learning?

This project is about wet labs (traditional labs done in a laboratory), web simulations (lab experiments done on the computer), and the amount of learning gained from both of these. Tests will discover if web simulations allow a greater amount of learning than do the traditional wet labs.

Kelli Shay

Neosho County Community College

Beach Erosion

A short film of what beach erosion is, what causes beach erosion, how it affects the environment, and what can be done to prevent it.

Kelsey Eastman

Neosho County Community College

Horses: The Unsung Heroes of North America

Horses are more than just the four legged creatures of childhood dreams. They were, at one point, man’s greatest technological advancement. From the Native Americans to handicapped children, horses have helped people in many important ways,making them the unsung heroes of North America.

Nathan Slaughter

Neosho County Community College

Ancient Greek Influence on Our Modern Society

This poster presentation describes the power of the Ancient Greeks in their thoughts and methods. Though the centuries-old society has changed, it still manifests itself today and influences our present culture.

Paula Webb

Neosho County Community College

Nursing Students: Clinical Experience or Simulation Labs: Which is Better?

This research project is designed to determine whether clinical experience or simulation labs are better for developing critical thinking skills in student nurses. The methodology involved compiling information taken from surveys.

Sarah Crawford

Neosho County Community College

Honeybees: The Key To Life?

Honeybees are disappearing or dying off and the reason eludes scientists. Honeybees play an important part in life on Earth, and awareness of the problem is critical, so we can determine a solution.

Ashwathi S. Mohan

Texas A & M

A Cell-Specific Approach for Targeted Therapy of Oral Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer is expected to cause 13,000 deaths this year due to the lack of

efficient treatment methods. Using the Squamous Cell Carcinoma-specific peptide, ASMP1 and

liposomes encapsulated with chemotherapeutic drugs, a cancer-specific treatment can be

developed. Calcein liposomes were developed in this study using the lipids DPPC, DMPG, and

mPEG. When tested in SCC Head and Neck Cancer cells, the internalization of the liposomes

was observed at all concentrations of liposomes tested. With the post-insertion of ASMP1, a cellspecific

treatment for Head and Neck cancer can be achieved.

Areeba Anam

West Texas A & M

Texas Lesser Sirens: Differentiation in Mitochondrial Sequences

The taxonomy of Lesser Sirens in Texas is in question and no consensus has been reached. We applied mitochondrial DNA sequencing to compare samples from South Texas with a reference sample from Eastern Texas.

Emily Herb

West Texas A & M

Mobil-Eyes Iris Scanner

This interactive presentation will demonstrate the ongoing research project being conducted on the Mobil-Eyes Iris Scanner. Researchers are testing the reliability and accuracy of the device as a means of identification. Observers are welcome to participate as test subjects in this ongoing research project.

Jesse Jones

West Texas A & M

International Piracy

This presentation examines the problem of international piracy from historical, analytical and legal perspectives. Current problems such as jurisdiction and current applicable international law as well as solutions to piracy will be addressed.

Rachel Ledbetter

West Texas A & M

Abandoned Teachers

This project examines how many teachers are leaving, why, what we can do to improve the quality of teachers, and how we can encourage them to stay.

Andrew McGuinnis

West Texas A & M

Evaluation of a Novel Fatigue Perception Instrument

Many people do not receive adequate sleep and suffer from fatigue. There is no accurate defining line or trusted standard test which identifies fatigue. The purpose of this research was to explore the possibility of developing a fatigue instrument which would correlate statistically with currently proposed tests for fatigue or be more accurate.

Brandli Stitzel

West Texas A & M

An Overview of Wind Energy Development in Texas

This research analyzes reports on wind energy development in Texas. It provides an overview of the current state of wind energy use and creation. The research concludes with an description of the potential impact of wind energy in the future.

Bianca Vasquez, Jessica Alvarado, Ryan Curiel, Flor Salas, Maya Maison, Arlene Carrillo, Loren Torres

Our Lady of the Lake University

Poster: The Sisters of Divine Providence and South Texas

A survey and study of the historical foundations of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, who arrived in South Texas in the late 19th century to found an academy for girls, which later expanded to Our Lady of the Lake University.

Alcides Amador, Lorena Reyna

University of Texas-Pan American

Novel diastereoselective synthesis of both (Z) and (E)-trisubstituted alkenes containing phenyl, thienyl and napthyl

Previous studies indicate migration of a phenyl group, allowing for diastereoselective synthesis of (E) and (Z) trisubstituted alkenes with phenyl and napthyl or thienyl moieties, was not possible. Yet, addition of selective reactants achieves migration of the phenyl group. The aromaticsubstituted stereodefined alkenes synthesized may likely exhibit anticancer activities.

Dana Barnes

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Stress-Induced Changes in Eating Behaviors in College Students: A Naturalistic Study of Hormonal Reactivity, Trait Influences and Gender Differences

Psychological stress has been shown to affect the way people eat, in terms of both overall caloric intake and shift in food choice. The present study investigated the role of hormone reactivity, trait eating behaviors and gender differences as possible determinants of changes in total calorie consumption.

Benjamin Hage

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Fluorescence Microscopic Studies of CdSe Nanoparticles in Thin Films

This research project involved studying how CdSe nanoparticles were distributed in thin films using a fluorescence microscope. Differences in intensity of fluorescence of the nanoparticles under ultraviolet light in different regions of the films were used to tell how the particles were distributed.

Robert Jacobberger

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Synthesis of Rare-Earth Hexaboride Nanowires by Chemical Vapor Deposition

We report a general chemical vapor deposition method to synthesize a variety of single crystalline nanowires of LaB6, NdB6, YB6, PrB6, SmB6, GdB6, CeB6, DyB6, HoB6 and TbB6 via the vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism

J. Travis Johnston

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sorting Signed Permutations via Cut-and-Paste Operations

We consider the problem of determining the maximum number of cut-and-paste operations required to transform a signed permutation of n elements into the identity. This question is motivated by its applications to evolutionary biology, where the problem becomes measuring evolutionary distance between genomes.

Megan Langford

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sexual Health Knowledge within the Latino Community of Lincoln, Nebraska

This project is an investigation of the misconceptions held by Latinos in the Lincoln, Nebraska area about sexual health. Based upon the results of questionnaires distributed through community organizations, the misconceptions have been assessed, and a learning tool has been proposed as a method to improve the sexual health knowledge of Latinos.

Stephanie Vander-Plas

Lubbock Christian University

Darkened Eyes: A Look into the Effects of Retinitis Pigmentosa

This presentation discusses the disease Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a rare disease of the retina, and will serve to explain the effects, population, and various strains of the disease. While the prognosis for this diagnosis is grim, there are many opportunities for individuals with RP to live independently.

Jordan Hearod

East Central University

Using the Debye-Sears Effect to Measure the Velocity of Sound in Saltwater at Varying Temperatures

This experiment will employ the use of ultrasound waves, which create a grating viewed as diffracted slits in water. Measurements will be taken from the diffraction patterns and used to calculate the wavelength of the ultrasound wave. The wavelength and frequency will be used to calculate the velocity of the sound wave at varying temperatures.

Joseph Jacobi

East Central University

Using the Debye-Sears Effect to Measure the Velocity of Sound in Varying Concentrations of Saltwater Held at Constant Temperature

This experiment uses ultrasound waves and lasers to determine whether the concentration of salt in water will affect the velocity of sound within a solution, and if so, how much variation in velocity occurs.

Morgan Sennett

East Central University

Experimental Verification of Light Intensity on Stopping Potential and Photoelectric Current while Demonstrating Malus’ Law.

The effect of light intensity on stopping potential and photoelectric current was tested using polarizers placed between a light filter and a light source. The results should demonstrate light intensity does not affect stopping potential or threshold frequency, and by plotting the intensity versus the angle, Malus’ law should be demonstrated.

Courtney Woodson

East Central University

Nurses’ Perception of Independence: Valuing Self-Governance in the Nursing Profession

Does working independently and interdependently in nursing help to improve patient care, or could it harm the image of professional nursing? Many nurses feel strongly about the need to be able to be a patient advocate while at the same time making critical patient decisions. However, some may argue that nurses are not competent enough to make vital judgments on the patients’ behalf.

Aniesa Slack

Emporia State University

Negligible Differences in Expression of Regulatory T-Cell Genes in the Small Intestine of Cystic Fibrosis Mice

Foxp3 plays a central role in Treg differentiation and/or function. Its gene expression and protein abundance in the small intestine of CF and wildtype mice were measured. Results indicate the rarity of Treg cells in the mouse small intestine and suggest that Foxp3 expression is altered only slightly in CF-mouse.

Saturday, April 4

11:00 – 11:50 am

GPHC Business Meeting

Bailey Library, second floor
Saturday, April 4

11:00 – 11:50 am

Paper Session
Session 4A

Room 102

Sarah Davis

John Brown University

Godly Play and Special Needs

Through researching the history and principles of Godly Play and guiding principles for teaching children with special needs in Christian settings and observing Godly Play lessons in various settings, this project aims to provide suggestions for how Godly Play can uniquely teach and minister to children with special needs.

Alexander Villalobos

Northeast Texas Community College

Modern Messiah: How Vernon W. Howell Became David Koresh

This look at Vernon W. Howell and how he became David Koresh examines how messianism develops in the modern context. The absence of a viable father and son relationship is central, and Koresh’s life confirms that. Howell also found in pop-culture a potent road to stardom. By becoming a pseudo- rock-star and a populist theologian, he created his own divinity while he destroyed other authorities in the minds of his followers.

Steffi Thames

John Brown University

Hidden for a Purpose: A Look at the Justification of the Canonicity of the Book of Esther

The spiritual implications of the book of Esther defend its canonicity, proving that spiritual truths within the book are hidden for a purpose.

Saturday, April 4

1:00 – 1:50 pm

Paper Sessions

Session 5A

Room 103

Laura Damuth

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation

Writing letters of recommendation is one of the “privileges” of Honors administrators and faculty. A good letter of recommendation is specific to the audience and topic, details student work and abilities clearly, and is often time-consuming and challenging to produce. Suggestions for writing effective letters and examples of helpful . . . and not helpful letters and strategies are offered.

Session 5B

Room 120

Brandon Knight

John Brown University

Overuse of a Miracle

Alexander Fleming, the creator of the very first antibiotic, once cautioned that the abuse of antibiotics could result in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Sadly, the medical community did not heed Fleming’s warning. This paper will talk about the ramifications of this decision along with possible solutions to the problem.

Jill Hulse

Emporia State University

Got Milk?

“Got Milk?” is an informative research paper about osteoporosis. It includes the importance of calcium in the diet, a description of the disease and what it does to the body, possible outcomes of the disease,

and how it can affect people’s lives.
Theresa Uy, Jesus Garza

Lone Star College-North Harris

An Examination of Diabetes and the Role of the American Diabetes Association

The presentation will focus on the etiology, signs, symptoms, effects, and prevention of Type I and Type II Diabetes. Finally, the role of the American Diabetes Association along with an explanation of our experience with the American Diabetes Association during our 25 hours of community service will be discussed.

Session 5C

Room 121

Brooke Hale

Northeast Texas Community College

Boe Award Winner

Texas in the Civil War: Rewritten

The worst mistake Texas ever made was to join the Southern Confederacy. Texas’ unique minority profile, its tradition of abolishing slavery, and the patriotism of Governor Sam Houston all made secession less likely. The actual course of history is surprising, and shows what might have happened if Texas had stayed in the Union. I conclude that Jefferson Davis was wrong to have contemplated a defensible Confederacy without Texas.

Michael Alexander

West Texas A & M

Post-Civil War Economy

This presentation is an analysis of the changes that occurred in the Southern economy following the Civil War in the areas of agriculture, credit and infrastructures.

Lauren Stapley

John Brown University

The Tension between Self and Society

Which comes first, reformation of the individual or reformation of society, and does one proceed from the other? And can one coexist apart from the other one? Such are the questions to be explored within the context of 19th Century New England, specifically the ideologies of the Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, as he promotes the reformation of the self before societal reformation.

Session 5D

Room 122

Clara Ramirez

Northeast Texas Community College

Tejano Paradigm: A Story of Patriotic Integration

The Tejano Paradigm is a model of integration based on the experience of Texas-Mexicans. Unlike other models of Hispanic integration that have stressed racial assimilation, Chicano- styled resistance to Western narratives, or “cosmic- race” mixing, this paradigm stresses patriotic sacrifice as a means to national harmony and bicultural acceptance.

Amanda Miller

John Brown University

Kristy's Beauty Salon: An Ethnographic Study

In an ethnographical study, Kristy's Beauty Salon in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, is revealed to be a relaxed work place rented by professional, independent, 21st century women with a strong sense of community. This ethnographic exploration seeks to evaluate modern ideals for women and beauty and the importance of community.

Blaise Adams

West Texas A & M

The Spread of Japonism in Europe and North America

This presentation is an analysis of specific individuals in relation to their contributions to the proliferation of Japonism.

Session 5E

Room 146

Ryan Roemmich, Ashley Lowry, Katie Kidwell, Sarah Synovec

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Honors Peer Mentor Program

This panel will present the Honors Peer Mentor Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Current Honors Mentors will discuss selection process, training, and the eight-week curriculum of the mentoring program.

Session 5F

Room 102

James Cooke

John Brown University

Boe Award Winner

The phenomena of the Madhhab: The origins, practices and development of the Sunni Islamic legal system.

Islamic Law represents a fully developed system of legal interpretation, and arose from a

long history steeped in the Islamic tradition. In particular, the phenomenon of the ‘Madhhab’—

or legal school—represents an intricate system of legal understanding that encompasses all

aspects of life. Unlike a 'Western' perspective on law, where religious and secular law are

separate, Islamic law unifies the two spheres. The result is a complex system that integrates

everything from government to daily life. This paper specifically examines the origins of Sunni

Islamic Law, the creation of various 'madhhabs', and the broader implications to society.

Montana Carson

Neosho County Community College

Judaism, Christianity, Islam: One God? A Comparison of Modern Western Religions

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are three of the largest Western religions, yet they constantly war with each other. My work shows that they all worship the same God and that their fighting and violence is pointless.

Amanda Seeman

McMurry University

Religion of the Ancient Hopi

This paper explores the ancient beliefs, of the Native American tribe, the Hopi. It examaines the beliefs that have shaped the Hopis of past and present.

Saturday, April 4

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Paper Sessions
Session 6A

Room 103

Virginia McCoombs, Regina Bennett

Oklahoma City University

Honors Connections to Campus-Wide Reading Program

The Oklahoma City University Honors Program actively participates in the University’s campus-wide and new-student-orientation reading program to enhance the experience of Honors students and the campus at-large. Current Honors students research the texts in order to contextualize the readings for new students.

Session 6B

Room 120

Kathey Walker, Jessica Mallard
West Texas A & M

The Benefits of Using a Research Project and Poster Presentation Assignment in the Honors I Course

This presentation illustrates the importance of utilizing a research component culminating with student poster presentations in a first semester Honors I course. The research component walks students through specific assignments which ultimately provides participants with a foundational understanding of the research process and the importance of sharing the knowledge learned.

Session 6C

Room 121

Linda Hudson

Tulsa Community College

Women Who Led the Way

The social structure of sixteenth-century Europe allowed women limited opportunities; they served largely as managers of their households. Late 17th and early 18th century female writers challenged the conventional roles of women by questioning traditional marriage relationships, advocating equal access to education, and confronting the status quo of female subordination.

Haley Watkins

Texas A & M

Boe Award Winner

Constructing a “Sense of Place”: A Case Study in the Portraiture of Elite Jewish

Women in Colonial British America

This study focuses on the portraiture of Abigaill Levy Franks as representative of elite

Jewish women in colonial New York. The paper discusses various ways Jewish women maintained their religious identity and/or negotiated an equal social footing in a colony dominated by non-Jewish forces.

Encouraged by religious tolerance and physical proximity, Jewish émigrés intermingled with

Christians, and their American-born children sometimes intermarried, resulting in differing

generational modes of self-representation – i.e., of crafting a viable identity be it Jewish, Jewish-

American, or [Christian] American.
Chelsea Humphrey

Midwestern State Univeristy

A Woman’s Touch

By analyzing the paths of heroes such as Enkidu in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Odysseus in The Odyssey, and Yvain in Chrétien's Arthurian Romances, we find that there is not a more civilizing encounter than that of a woman's touch.

Session 6D

Room 122

Katherine Allin

Alvin Community College

The Hollywood Cowboy: Truth or Tall Tales?

This multimedia presentation was designed to teach secondary students about the American herdsmen using something familiar: images of the cowboy that Hollywood has created. By scrutinizing six common myths surrounding the cowboy, the audience will discover historical facts surrounding one of the most recognizable and popular icons of American culture.

Shqipe Dauti-Prather

Lone Star College-North Harris

Racial Ramifications of Obesity

According to extensive research, there is an increase in obesity among young adults due to inactivity, changes in eating behavior, and an increase in life stresses that occurs during young adulthood. My study looks at racial differences in responses to a questionnaire that investigates these issues.

Esther Francis

Park University

Discussion Group to Improve Communication between Head Start Family Advocates

Family Advocates is an 8-week test pilot discussion group for Mid-America Head Start in Kansas City, MO. The discussion is recorded, and a report will be compiled and presented to Mid-America Head Start consisting of general suggestions for improvement from the family advocates.

Session 6E

Room 146

Melinda Roberts

John Brown University

Obedient Martyrs or Innocent Victims: An Explication of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Eulogy for the Martyred Children”

Were the four young girls who died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama obedient martyrs to the cause of African American freedom or were they simply innocent victims of a heinous crime? This explication of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “Eulogy for the Martyred Children” examines his eulogy, and through analysis of King’s use of rhetoric and language, attempts to show that King believed that the girls willingly gave their lives for freedom.

Emily Germany

McMurry University

A Date With Destiny

The women of the Women’s Army Corps in World War II made significant contributions to the country. These strong women allowed the men of the armed forces to leave desk jobs and head for the front lines. Without these women, the war may have destroyed more lives or ended differently .

Johanna Merwin

John Brown University

The Church Subculture: An Ethnography

The American Church, with all its denominations, has become a subculture maintaining its own language, rituals, and personalities. It is no longer inviting to outsiders but estranging. However, there is hope for the church to break from the boundaries of its subculture and fulfill its purpose.

Session 6F

Room 102

Carolyn Jones

John Brown University

Sustainable Solutions for Clean Water in Uganda

Severe clean water shortages affect regions of the third-world country of Uganda, resulting in malnutrition, illness, and often death. This presentation incorporates facts and photographs to explain the problem, suggest a solution, and inform the audience about personal opportunities to aid and join the solution.

Michelle Lee

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

HIV/AIDS Knowledge in Tanzania, Africa – Is American Aid Helping?

This paper will examine HIV/AIDS knowledge in Tanzania, Africa through the results of questionnaires distributed in the Massai region of rural Tanzania, inspect the role of the US in educating people about and reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and address the areas which need improvement.

Jesse Jones

West Texas A & M

Christianity in the Third Reich

This paper examines the role of Christianity in the Third Reich, both the Protestant and Catholic perspectives and historical background, examining how the Nazi regime twisted Christian ideals and German Nationalism into a party platform that enabled them to establish a totalitarian regime.

Saturday, April 4

3:00 pm: board buses in front of Morrill Hall for East Campus and museums

5:30 pm: congregate in East Campus Union, Great Plains Room: Boe award presentations

6:30: Valentino’s pizza, UNL Dairy Store ice cream sundae bar

7:30 pm: Pippa White’s one woman performance Far As The Eye Can See

8:30 pm: board buses in East Campus Union parking lot to return to City Campus

Sunday, April 5:



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