Honors Poster Sessions: Three Days!

Honors Poster Sessions Timetable 

Students will be on hand during the times specified. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, December 7


Kelli Buchanan: Nursing shortage continues to be an increasing issue in the U.S.

Ben Downing: NSA: The breach of our civil liberties

Lauren Edwards: Prevention and treatment of overuse injuries in athletes

Cami Lee: Gluten sensitivity: A recognized disease or a trending medical fad?

Hannah Mauck: The correlation between Black Live Matter and police brutality

Kirstyn Quandt: The rise of corporate social responsibility

Samantha Memmer: What are the effects of myofascial release on patients?

Emilee Pemberton: Decreasing nosocomial infections in hospitals

Makenzie Roe: Analyzing how the mental health system interacts with the legal system in the United States

Olivia Smith: Vaccination efficiency


Loren Baran: The Disability Rights Movement: A literature review

Marissa Clifford: Nonviolence: How the movers and shakers of the movement left a lingering impact

Kaelynn Cox: Technology and its impact on our youth

Taylor Flahive: The impact of the health illiterate in America: Addressing the issue

Lauren Karcher: A comparative analysis of the U.S. healthcare system

Yahzmine Rodriguez: Looking to the East: South Korean influences in the success of Hyundai’s branding in America and abroad

Alyssa Schultz: The debate on chronic Lyme Disease

Rhagen Smith: Medication administration errors: Causes, effects and prevention

Brittany Vancil: Indiana’s teacher shortage: An analysis


Kathleen Ash: TBA

Benjamin Baumgartner: Energy sustainability

Matthew Barley: Bioavailability of Pb in urban soils in Terre Haute, Indiana

Matt Bly: Ancient ocean environmental changes off the Costa Rican margin between 18,000 and 480,000 years ago based on benthic foraminiferal ecology and assemblages

Briana Dickinson: Does Mental Illness Have an Impact on Crime?

Natalie Lewis: How does the vocabulary development of severely to profoundly hearing impaired children differ from that of their typically hearing peers?

Kelsey Patrick: Women in mathematics

Samara Shackelton: Legalizing prostitution: Benefitting victims, law enforcement, clients, and sex workers themselves

Jamia Wallace: African-American males in the prison system and social factors

Thursday, December 8


Pierre Allen: Internet security

Leatha Dawson: A dose of optimism

Dana Hobbs: Neuroimaging techniques and their applications in trauma and mental illness

Shondalin Galloway: Bariatric surgeries: Issues with the bariatric system process

Luke Hollifield: The history and possible future of prosthetics

Devyn Mikell: #BlackLivesMatter: Unraveling the confusion

Terra Scharlach: Is exercise medicine?

Shane Varvil: Why is there a lack of minority coaches in both college and professional Football

Alexandria Whittington: How party affiliated news outlets use specific language to appeal to their viewers

Rheanna Wolfgang: Our system works, just doesn’t always work out


David Enteman: Replacement of fossil fuels with nuclear energy

Makenna Graham: The evolution of the female role in public accounting

Nicole Hostetter: Are there viable alternatives to chemotherapy?

Sarah Lindsay: The impact of music

Kyle Mullins: Heart and soul of the Bible: An analysis of Genesis and Matthew

Shannon Murphy: TBA

Alisha Pritchard: Standards-based grading

Mallory Reckerd: An evaluation of potential female performance in combat arms jobs and benefits of gender-integration

Leah Salmon: Connecting positive program evaluation results to increased nonprofit organizational efficacy to achieve fundraising goals

Madison Scott: Evolution in the portrayal of women in Spanish cinema

Bree Spangler: The troublesome R sound: An investigation into its complexity and treatment strategies

Friday, December 9


Kylie Adkins: Literary trends and suffering

Chelsey Bailey: Erin Oprea’s 4×4 Diet on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle for a Happier You

Kelsey Darin: Impact of promotion in the Daily Fantasy Sports industry

Haley Hale: Hand gestures as unspoken language: origins, contexts, and social consequences

Meghan Mattingly: Animal-Assisted Therapy in the hospital setting

Alicia Moss: Crime prevention: What is successful?

Ashley Renner: Language barriers and their effect on client access to social services

Laura Renner: Prescription drug abuse among medical professionals

Autumn Sowers: Childhood health in America

Erika Smith: Analyzing acid mine drainage on an Indiana lake Using diatom sediment records


Nicholas Amor: Youth sports complex

Heather Scott: Aaron Copland: The composer of America

Kayla LaVigne: America’s biggest health concern: Obesity on the rise

Abigail Layer: Music for all: Providing an inclusive music experience for students with disabilities

Patricia Claire Lovell: TBA

Kelsey Clayton: Barbie: An inspiration

Adam Hoff: Is Iraq a failed state?

Jasmine Ortega: Glamorizing gore: Serial killers’ portrayal in the media

Sabrina Pendola: TBA

Kristi Sanders: The downfalls of mediated communication

Joe Seyforth: CrossFit: The Sport of Fitness

Nathaniel Shanklin: Relativistic effects of spacecraft with circumnavigating observers

Librarian Presents at ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium


Reference/Instruction librarian, Shelley Arvin, attended the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)/New York 2016 Annual Symposium: Money and Power in New York City on Friday, December 2. She displayed a poster (poster abstracts) titled “Librarian Immersion in Shared Governance” which is largely about her involvement with AAUP and what it has taught her.

ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium: Money and Power https://acrlnysymp2016.wordpress.com/

Economic, social, and political power affect the choices we all make as individuals and as institutions, and academic libraries and archives are far from exempt. Power and money determine who and what is included or excluded, affect our conscious and unconscious agendas, and can be used to further or hinder changes of many kinds. Yet as ever-present as these forces are, they are often assumed and unspoken. At this one-day conference, presenters will address some of the undercurrents of money and power within academic libraries and archives, with the goal of moving forward together with productive analysis and action.

Abstract: Librarian Immersion in Shared Governance https://acrlnysymp2016.wordpress.com/posters/

At a time when academic institutions are under economic stress, university governance must make hard decisions regarding the prioritization of goals and distribution of resources. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) defends the ideals of academic freedom and shared governance under which higher education institutions aspire to operate. AAUP recommends that faculty become educated about the governance system under which their university functions and how decision-making occurs in order to more effectively influence policy. This poster illustrates the case study of a librarian’s involvement with the local chapter of the AAUP and library and university governance. AAUP training enabled her to contribute to the political conversation of the decision-making process to achieve positive outcomes that ultimately benefited both the library and the academic institution.

Thanksgiving Baskets Donated


The call went out from the Fundraising Committee to Library staff in early November to once again donate items for Thanksgiving baskets for the Foster Grandparents program.

“The Foster Grandparent Program is a nonprofit composed of low-income seniors who spend their weekdays at local schools and daycares.  They provide a positive influence on the children that they work with, oftentimes being rewarded with flowers by their classrooms as a “thank you” for doing such a good job.  These are not just normal volunteers.  These people want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They understand that some of these children do not have a role model at home, and these grandparents are there for them.  One of the biggest rewards these volunteers receive is just being called “Grandma” and “Grandpa.”  To someone who may not have grandchildren, this might just be the catalyst for them to keep helping out.” (Quote from the donation letter)

The standard basket list:

Item description Number needed
8 – 10 lb. Turkey 3
5 lb. Bag of potatoes 3
Box of Dressing 3
Can of Corn 6
Can of Green Beans 6
Packet of Gravy 6
Can of Cranberry Sauce 3
Package of Rolls or loaf of Bread 3
Jell-O Cheesecake Mix 3

Other items and cash were accepted as well. Our original goal was 3 baskets; however, we were able to fill and deliver 5 !  Included in the baskets were the baskets, turkey, rolls, potatoes, boxed dressing, green beans, corn, peas, cranberry sauce, carrots, gravy packets (turkey and Brown), cheese cake, sweet potatoes, pie crust, pumpkin, marshmallows, Swiss Miss, rice, mac & cheese, candy, and a tablecloth.