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Mount Union College to Host First Ever SCHOLAR Day April 24

April 17, 2008

Mount Union College will be hosting a Student Celebration Honoring Our Latest Academic Research (SCHOLAR) Day on Thursday, April 24 from 1-5 p.m. SCHOLAR Day is a campus-wide day to celebrate the outstanding scholarship of Mount Union students.

“An important objective of higher education is to encourage students to go beyond being passive learners and to become participants in their chosen fields of study,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “We want our students to utilize the theories and methods that they have mastered throughout their educational careers by applying them in a meaningful manner.”

SCHOLAR Day provides a campus-wide venue that gives Mount Union students a chance to share their scholarly accomplishments. It not only gives students the opportunity to display the fruits of their educational labors, but it also serves to increase the community’s awareness of the outstanding research conducted at Mount Union.

SCHOLAR Day is free and open to the public. A detailed schedule of all presentations as well as a campus map can be found on the Mount Union website at www.muc.edu/scholar_day. Programs will also be available the day of the event and guides will be stationed at all presentation facilities.

The afternoon will include three presentation sessions (1-2 p.m.; 2:15-3:15 p.m. and 4:15-5 p.m.) and poster presentations and a reception from 3:30-4 p.m. The schedule of presentations is as follows:

Session I – 1-2 p.m.
Tolerton and Hood Hall, Room 100

•    Sarah Cochran, Department of Sociology, Effects of Parenting Style on Children’s
     Socialization

•    Jason Prodonovich, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems,
     ISETLJ: A Java-Based Interpreter for Interactive Set Language

•    Aubrey Bowser, Department of English, D.H. Lawrence and the Rhetoric of Being
     Naughty
Bracy Hall, Room 02
•    Emily Boeckman, Department of English, Eliot’s Silas Marner and Daniel            
     Deronda: Adoption Narratives and Cultural Hybrids

•    Ashley Gaier, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Modern    
     Marriages and Church Doctrines: An Exploration of Three Traditions

•    Jon Niemi, Department of Chemistry, Neuroprotective Effects of Nicotine and
     Estrogen on 4-Hydroxynononeal (HNE) Induced Cell Death in Neuroblastoma
     Cells (SH-SY5Y)

Bracy Hall, Room 04
•    Keith Miller, Department of Chemistry, Elucidating the Effect of Structural
     Changes on the Selectivity of Horseradish Peroxidase

•    Jessica Riha, Department of Human Performance and Sport Management,
     Caffeine as an Ergogenic Aid on Endurance Exercise
•    Jennifer Ciszewski, Department of Sociology, Public Opinion of Juvenile Crime
     and Punishment Abstract

Bracy Hall, Room 06
•    Kelly Lammers, Daniel Luketic, Aimee Payne and Justin Shaub, Department of    
     Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, The Hotel-Casino Industry
     Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 202
Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 202
•    Heather Eichner, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, “What’s the
     Matter?” Christian Science, Medicine, the Law and Children

•    Maureen Hinton, Department of Biology, Identification and Analysis of Bacteria
     Isolated from the Skin of Atelopus varius

Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 13
•    Katie Seward and Lauren Thompson, Department of Human Performance and
     Sport Management, Dove Self-Esteem Workshop for Girls: Putting Confidence
     into Practice

•    Lauren Alexander,Amanda Kolanz and Jennifer Mendez, Department of
     Psychology, Hardiness and Involvement in First-Year College Students: A Study
     of Factors Related to Adjustment

•    Lauren Thompson, Department of Political Science, The Independent Voter and
     the Responsible Party Model

Cope Music Hall, Room 114
•    Kevin Kreighbaum, Department of Mathematics, Can You Spare a Square?
•    Allison Vogel, Department of Foreign Languages, Tezuka Osamu’s Translation of
     Buddhism

•    Brandon Slone, Department of Economics, Accounting and Business
     Administration, U.S. Hospitals: Mission vs. Market

Session II - 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Tolerton and Hood Hall, Room 100

•    Jason Prodonovich, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Escaping
     from the Chinese Room: Searle’s Misinterpretation of “Serious” AI

•    Kimberly Bernert, Department of Foreign Languages, Fruits Basket Volume 22, by
     Takaya Natsuki

Bracy Hall, Room 02
•    Joseph Rettig, Department of Chemistry, The Synthesis and Evaluation of a
     Possible Mechanistic Inhibitor

•    DJ (Derek) Selgo, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems,
     Compiler Optimizations for API Virtualized Systems at Microsoft Research
•    Don  Pohorence, Department of Human Performance and Sport Management,
     Effects of Glucosamine Sulfate on the Medial Tibiofemoral Joint in Osteoarthritis
     Patients

Bracy Hall, Room 04
•    Anna McClaugherty, Department of English, Truth and Mystery in the Short Fiction
     of William Trevor

•    Robert Holub,     Department of Physics and Astronomy, Photometry of the
     Eclipsing Binary W UMa

•    Rory Tiedemann, Department of Mathematics, Win Probabilities of California
Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 202
•    Brittany Cook and Ashley Porter , Department of Economics, Accounting and
     Business Administration, Strategic Plan for Enrollment Increase at Archbishop
     Hoban High School

•    Lindsay Dacre, Department of Sociology, Perceptions of Domestic Abuse in the
     Community

•    Anthony Brewer, Department of Chemistry, Novel Molecular Therapeutics: 
     Harnessing Cancer through the Development of Artificial Transcriptional
     Activators

Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 13
•    Samantha Ball, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, A Japanese
     Cross
•    Tim Webb, Department of English, The Freelance Writer’s Struggle: Seeking
     Value While Professionalizing in the Canonical Field of English Studies

•    Matthew Onest, Department of Sociology, The Effects of Environmental Design of
     Mount Union Residence Halls and Fear of Crime

Cope Music Hall, Room 114
•    Dustin Brown, Department of Communication, PowerPoint’s Impact on Student
     Study Habits

•    Matthew Leahy, Department of Economics, Accounting and Business
     Administration, Medicare Challenge Within the Drug and Pharmaceutical Industry
•    Brian Corbin, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, A
     Virtual City    

Rodman Playhouse
•    Kelly MJ Andrews, David Jackson, Amanda McCarther and Benjamin Drazil,
     Department of Theatre, August Stridberg’s Miss Julie

Session III - 4:15-5 p.m.        
Tolerton and Hood Hall, Room 100

•    Sierah Smith, Department of Sociology, Relationship Between a Person’s Name
     and Job Employment

•    Kelly Croysdale and Katherine Sciortino, Department of Education, Connecting
     with Students and Families of Children with Disabilities

Bracy Hall, Room 02
•    Kayla Frank, Department of Biology, Effects of Substrate and Worm Density on
     Nutrient Concentrations in Vermiculture Compost

•    Darren Miller, Erin Morgart and Jon Niemi, Department of Psychology, The Effects
     of Environmental Enrichment on Spatial Learning and Memory Following
     Blockade of NMDA and VDCC Receptors

Bracy Hall, Room 04
•    Nicholas Cameron, Department of Economics, Accounting and Business
     Administration, The Vaccine Enterprise: The Infrastructure
•    Matt MarLett, Department of Political Science, Voter Turnout: The Effects of
     Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Measures in 2004

Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 202
•    Coleen Archer, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems,
     Virtual Gallery Tour
•    John Castronova, Department of English, Refer to User Manual:  Technical
     Writing, Rhetoric and Me

Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, Room 13
•    Lauren Brobeck, Department of Chemistry, Antioxidant Effects of Resveratrol and
     N-acetyl Cysteine Against Oxidative Stress

•    Jacey Jenkins, Department of Communication, Modern Communication and
     Misunderstanding

Cope Music Hall, Room 114
•    Kate Schoneman, Department of English, Continual Writing: A Re-envisioning of
     the High School Curriculum

•    Justin Brew, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, ISETLJ:
     Java-Based Graphing Capability


Poster Presentations - 3:30-4 p.m.
Crandall Art Gallery, Artwork Presentations
Bracy Hall, Poster Presentations

•    Morgan McKinnon, Department of Education, Little Hands, Big Hearts
•    Tim Mellish, Mike Zimmerman, Joey Pellett and Patrick James, Department of
     Computer Science and Information Systems, MUCEarth
•    Matthew Merlene, Jeremy Harper, Lori Wagner and Jenn Prosise, Department of
     Psychology, The Effect of Celebrity Status and Commercial Duration on
     Consumers’ Ability to Recall Brand Names

•    Margaret Morgan, Department of English, Becoming a Better Learner: The
     Medium is the Metaphor

•    Jason Nussbaum, B. J. Douglas and Kyle Lott, Department of Economics,
     Accounting and Business Administration, Investment Analysis (Finance SCE)
•    Mary Jo Osterman, Department of Art, Flower Paintings
•    Megan Pankuch, Department of Art, Painting Sound in Art
•    Nicholas Parr, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Robotic Arm
•    Julie Perkins, Department of Sociology, The Portrayal of Men in Popular    
     Magazines

•    Christopher Price, Jacob Jahnke and Brandon Frank, Department of Psychology,
     Personality Types and Willingness to Lie to Authority Figures
•    Michael Romano, Department of Economics, Accounting and Business
     Administration, Marketing Plan to Increase Enrollment at Archbishop Hoban High
     School, Akron, Ohio

•    Ashley Ross, Department of Sociology, Causes of Delinquency
•    Darren Ross, Department of Sociology, Body Image Concerns Among College
     Athletes

•    Jenny Runner, Department of Foreign Languages, Un Caldo de Religiones
•    Brandon Slone, Department of Economics, Accounting and Business
     Administration, Islamic Banking: Origins, Infrastructure, Effectiveness, and a
     Comparison to the Western Model

•    Amy Stilgenbauer, Department of English, The Rhetoric and Writing of Social
     Movements and the Effect of Public Relations

•    Jeremy Taylor , Department of Chemistry, The Synthesis of Capsaicin Derivatives
     for Evaluation as Antimicrobial Agents

•    Louise Thoma, Department of Human Performance and Sport Management, The
     Effects of Localized Vibration on Lower Extremity Flexibility Enhancement in an
     Older Population

•    Tiffany Topper-Ewing , Department of Chemistry, Reinforcing Resin Replacement
     in Tire Tread Formula

•    Brianne Towers, Department of Sociology, What Common Determinants Suggest
     Higher Divorce Rates?

•    Marissa Trevino, Department of English, Defining Innovation in the English
     Discipline

•    Neal Veverka, Department of Sociology, Do Violent Video Games Cause
     Aggression in the Adolescents Who Play Them?

•    Jenna Waid, Department of English, Shakespeare’s Mystique: The Dominant
     Female Identities of Cleopatra and Juliet

•    Amanda Warner, Department of Sociology, Do Certain Life Experiences Affect a
     Woman’s Attitude Toward Cohabitation?

•    Lindsey Whittlesey, Department of Education, Connect”ED” to Second Grade
•    Justin Wray, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Electronic Filters
•    Kim Wright, Department of English, Chinua Achebe and Aristotle: The Rhetorical
     Connection

•    Courtney Zwisler, Department of English, Writing Stories for Children
•    Sara Aull, Department of English, The Critic’s Role in Determining the Literary
     Canon

•    Ellen Avsec, Department of English, Libraries’ Responses to Technology
•    Stephanie Bartos, Brittany Smith, Evan Mace and Catherine Checkelsky,
     Department of Psychology, Priming Effects of School Violence on College
     Students’ Attitudes towards the Mentally Ill

•    Maria Becker, Department of Sociology, Family Variables That Contribute To
     Adolescent Substance Abuse

•    Danielle K. Boyer, Department of Chemistry, The Development of Methods to
     Semi-Synthetically Prepare Phospholipid Internal Standards for Lipidomic
     Analysis

•    Meghan Brammer, Department of Art, Fireworks Paintings
•    Stephanie Cain, Department of English, Why Teach English
•    Tim Campbell, Department of Human Performance and Sport Management, Jump
     For Your Heart

•    Kelly Croysdale, Department of Education, The Fabric of My Life
•    Bethann Fitch and Keith Hawkins, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The
     Proper Motions of Two Nearby Stars

•    John Gallo, Department of English, James Joyce, Bruce Springsteen and the V
     Virgin Mary Walk into a Bar: Roman Catholic Metaphor, Metonymy, and a Couple
     of Artists as Young Men

•    Ellie Geiger, Department of Sociology, College Students’ Attitudes Toward
     HIV/AIDS

•    Laurel Gibson, Department of Education, Elementary Education Experience
•    Keith Hawkins, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Correlation Between
     Intergalactic Light and Super Massive Black Holes Sheds Light on Galaxy
     Collisions in Compact Clusters

•    Brandi Hershey, Department of Art, Landscape and Nature Paintings
•    Cassaundra Hickman, Department of Foreign Languages, Hispanic Immigration
     in the United States: Cultural Aspects

•    Cara Jackson, Department of Education, NAEYC Standards for Initial Teacher
     Licensure

•    Amber Jaeb, Department of English and Department of Political Science, What
     Are We Fighting For?: A Closer Look at the United States’ Purpose in Iraq

•    Seana Kelly, Department Sociology, Onset of Early Sexual Activity
•    Emily Kirkpatrick, Department of English, Creating Connections: High Schools
     Lessons for College Bound Students

•    Rick Kountz, Jeffery Beck, Josh Van Sickle and Darren Paxson, Department of
     Computer Science and Information Systems, Un Buon Ristorante
•    T. J. Krumel, Department of Political Science, Revamping the International
     Studies Homepage: A More Effective Version Based on the Discourse

•    Alex Kubli, Department of English, What’s So Funny?: The Rhetoric of Humor in
     Society

•    Brittany Kugler, Department of Theatre, Stage Managing Absent Friends
•    Amanda Kusler, Department of Foreign Languages, Cultural Explorations: An
     American in France

•    Matt Lambert, Department of Sociology, How Physical Attractiveness Can Affect a
     Person’s Choice of a Study Partner

•    Virginia Landis, Department of English, Unity and Division Through Language
•    Jensen Lewis, Department of Biology, Effects of Dioxin on Limb Regeneration in
     the Mexican Axolotl

•    Jennifer Lozier, Department of English, Jane Eyre Meets Her Gothic Counterpart

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