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Students Present Research, Music and Dance Productions for Honors Day

April 16, 2014

Research and creativity are essence of Honor Day for over 130 students

Over 130 Alma College students participated in Alma College’s 18th annual Kapp Honors Day program on Thursday, April 3, 2014. This day provides a forum when traditional classes are canceled and students share their original research, creativity and talents with an audience of their peers.

In sessions spanning nearly eight hours, students perform in music and dance productions, give oral presentations of scholarly research, and lead poster discussions. With nearly 10 percent of the student body participating, other students are encouraged to attend as many presentations as possible both to support their fellow students and to learn from them.

Students are listed alphabetically by their hometown, along with the titles of their presentations.

  • Julio Cesar Gomes de Sousa Filho, Sao Carlos, Brazil, Exchange Student

“Screening Botanical Extracts for Binding to Bovine Serum Albumin Using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance”

  • Joonas Kotka, Tallinn, Estonia, Junior

“Designing a Multirotor System”

  • Kaitlin Henderson, Mesa, AZ, Senior

“Chronic Orbital Lymphangioma in a Collegiate Wrestler: A Case Study”

  • Emily Myers, Bakersfield, CA, Senior

“Asthma, Air and Location”

  • Natalie McNeill, El Dorado Hills, CA, Senior

“The Effects of Caffeine-Containing Supplements on Strength Output”

  • Cassie Haley, Weston, FL, Senior

“True Colors: Inner Beauty Revealed Through Dance and Sign Language”

  • Andrea Aguilera, Minooka, IL, Senior

“Uncaged Truth: A Collection of Difficult Poems”

  • Erin Self, Park Ridge, IL, Senior

“Nicest Thing”

  • Irene Ward, Tinley Park, IL, Junior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

  • Katia Hamamouche, Carmel, IN, Freshman

“True Colors: Inner Beauty Revealed Through Dance and Sign Language”

  • Emily Hollenberg, Fort Wayne, IN, Senior

A Thousand Glass Stories

  • Mallory Simon, Ada, MI, Sophomore

“Using the HESPAN Starch Method to Measure Plasma Volume in an Artificial Circulation”

  • Joshua Spratt, Ada, MI, Senior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Jacob Hammer, Allegan, MI, Senior

“I Was Hungry, This Came to Me”

  • Kyle Aho, Alma, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Tattoos on Active Sweat Glands and Sweat Function”

  • Jaycee Cole, Alma, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Macronutrient Meal Proportions During Breakfast on Respiratory Exchange Ratio”

  • Matthew DesRochers, Alma, MI, Junior

“Quantifying the Length and Shape of the Reduced Tenth Primary of Selected North American Thrushes in Order to Determine Age”

  • Amanda Gatlin, Alma, MI, Senior

“Synthesis of Pendant-Arm Azacrown Heterocycles”

  • William Germain, Alma, MI, Junior

“3D Scanner”

  • Alyssa Harris, Alma, MI, Senior

“The Effects of a Lifestyle and Exercise Intervention Program on Body Composition and Body Image Perception in College Students”

  • Christina Snoblen, Alma, MI, Senior

“Ocular Muscle Patterns in Athletic Activities”

  • Derek Stefanovsky, Alma, MI, Sophomore

“War Stories: Elder Memoir”

  • Marissa Sheffield, Almont, MI, Senior

“No Ordinary Love”

“True Colors: Inner Beauty Revealed Through Dance and Sign Language”

  • Heather Kane, Alpena, MI, Junior

“The Importance of Multimodal Courtship Cues for Male Eavesdropping in the Wolf Spider, Schizocosa ocreata

  • Alexander Kravat, Auburn, MI, Senior

“Group-1 Neuraminidase Enzyme Inhibitors”

  • Jessica McLeod, Bad Axe, MI, Senior

“Stains of a Stigma: Mental Illness in Literature and Beyond”

  • Jacob Blazejewski, Bay City, MI, Junior

“Euler’s Polygonal Division Formula”

  • Joseph Hanisko, Bay City, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Tattoos on Active Sweat Glands and Sweat Function”

  • Brittney Wichert, Beal City, MI, Junior

“Sustainable Economic Development”

  • Talon Morris, Beulah, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Macronutrient Meal Proportions During Breakfast on Respiratory Exchange Ratio”

  • Connor Welsh, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Senior

“Protease Footprinting of bSULT1A1”

  • Wesley Hoyle, Breckenridge, MI, Junior

“DIY Media and Hobbyable Activity: Producing 14 Tracks in 28 Days for Album Writing Month”

  • Taylor Payne, Brownstown Township, MI, Junior

“Muscle Oxygenation During Dynamic and Isometric Exercise in High Altitude Resident Guides, Climbers and Tourists at 4900 Meters”

  • Sarah Jack, Caledonia, MI, Sophomore

“Using Porous Material to Simulate Asteroid Disruption”

  • Chelsie Myers, Canton, MI, Senior

“The Effects of a Six-Week Aqua Aerobics Training Program on Aerobic Power in Relatively Inactive College-Age Women”

  • Lindsey Schmidt, Canton, MI, Senior

“Protecting Masculinity Through the Second Amendment: The Importance of Militias and the Right to Bear Arms in Early American History”

  • Haley Schriber, Caro, MI, Senior

“Freemasonry’s Impact on Alma: A Study and Restoration of Alma’s Opera House Materials”

  • Kelsey Blades, Cedar Springs, MI, Senior

“The Decay of Double Mirroring in The Picture of Dorian Gray

“How We Still Do Things With Words”

  • Sha’Quice Mullany, Cheboygan, MI, Senior

“The Effects Quality of Sleep has on Reaction Time, Balance, and Cognitive Functioning in Undergraduate College Students”

  • Amanda Craig, Chelsea, MI, Senior

“Henry Ford and the Evolution of How We Remember Our Past”

  • Katherine Keaton, Clarkston, MI, Senior

Pine River Anthology 2014: Alloy”

“Where New Media Meets the Pine River: Designing an Inclusive Website for Student Work”

  • Shalyn Stack, Clinton Township, MI, Senior

“Oil Extraction: A Review of Indigenous Health Implications and Economic Growth in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador”

  • Emily Johnson, Commerce, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Cordyceps sinensis Supplementation on Anaerobic Muscle Power Output”

  • Morgan Gibson, Davisburg, MI, Sophomore

“Effects of Arterial Occlusion Prior to Isometric, Concentric, and Eccentric Exercise on Muscle Tissue Oxygenation and Recovery Time”

“Effects of Muscle Contraction Type on Muscle Tissue Oxygenation Responses in the Arm and Leg”

  • Chelsea Martin, Delton, MI, Sophomore

“Body Temperature Variation and Movements in Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in a Central Michigan Lake”

  • Kily Buta, DeWitt, MI, Junior

“The Effects of Alma Water on Lab Rats”

  • Anna Leonard, Dexter, MI, Senior

“An Analysis of the Formation of State Policies With Special Attention to the Variable of Environmental Events”

  • Caroline Croom, East Lansing, MI, Freshman

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

  • Mackensie Garlow, Farmington Hills, MI, Junior

“True Colors: Inner Beauty Revealed Through Dance and Sign Language”

  • Olivia Horton, Fenton, MI, Senior

“Movement Patterns of Blanding’s Turtle (Emys blandingii) in Two Habitat Types in Central Michigan”

  • Hannah Stone, Ferndale, MI, Senior

“Relationship of BMI on the Performance of a Six-Minute Step Test in Sixth-Grade Gratiot County Students”

  • Carolyn Kujawa, Fowlerville, MI, Senior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Krystle Reiss, Freshmaneeland, MI, Sophomore

“DDT Extraction from Vascular Plants and Soil”

  • Olivia Crandell, Freshmanemont, MI, Junior

“Synthesis of Sulfur-Rich Azacrown Heterocycles”

  • Bailey Gooding, Gaylord, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Chronic Green Coffee Bean Supplementation on Fat Oxidation and Weight Loss in Untrained College-Aged Women”

  • Kamryn Kurtzner, Gaylord, MI, Senior

“New Conversations With Old Memories: A Collection of Poetry”

  • Zackery Manning, Gladwin, MI, Sophomore

“Investigations of the Reaction of Dimethylphenylphosphine with a Disulfur-Bridged Platinum-Rich Heterometallic Complex”

  • Brittney Roggow, Gladwin, MI, Sophomore

“Sierra Leone’s Health Care System”

  • Sandi Russell, Grand Blanc, MI, Junior

“Madrigals of the Renaissance: A Performance and Exploration of Vocal Chamber Music”

  • Taylor McLane, Grand Rapids, MI, Senior

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Mariah Nawrot, Grand Rapids, MI, Senior

“Thermoregulation of Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata) in a Central Michigan Farm Pond”

  • Shelby Schroeder, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, Senior

“Links Between CCNES and Secure Base Scripts”

  • Lydia Anderson, Gwinn, MI, Senior

“Toxicity of Mid-Michigan Plants in Microwell and Macrowell Versions of the Brine Shrimp Lethality Assay”

  • Tyler Braun, Hale, MI, Senior

“Madrigals of the Renaissance: A Performance and Exploration of Vocal Chamber Music”

  • Heidi Grekowicz, Harbor Beach, MI, Senior

“Effects of a Three-Week Lifestyle Program on Markers of Aerobic Fitness”

  • Christina Rann, Harrietta, MI, Senior

“The Blues Don’t Hurt Her, But the Black-Ass Do: Fragmentation of Black Female Identity in African American Drama”

  • Julee Campbell, Hastings, MI, Senior

“Risk Factors Affecting Functional Ovarian Cyst Development in Women of Reproductive Age in Detroit, Michigan”

  • Katherine Vaillancourt, Hillsdale, MI, Junior

“Operation Urgent Fury: A Constitutional Impasse”

“Brazilian Health Care: The Public/Private Divide Encountered in Goiania”

  • Mallory Otten, Holland, MI, Senior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Alesa Hughson, Holly, MI, Senior

“Stimulating Neural Plasticity and Functional Recovery After Motor Cortex Lesions in the Adult Rat”

  • Ashleigh Harkness, Holt, MI, Senior

“The Effects Quality of Sleep has on Reaction Time, Balance, and Cognitive Functioning in Undergraduate College Students”

  • Kaley Dixon, Horton, MI, Senior

“Modified Broström Procedure for Chronic Ankle Instability: A Case Study”

  • Neil Youngdahl, Jackson, MI, Junior

“From Collective to Individual Right: The Evolution of the Second Amendment”

  • Kristyn Park, Lake City, MI, Senior

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Danielle McCoy, Lake Orion, MI, Senior

“The Effects Quality of Sleep has on Reaction Time, Balance, and Cognitive Functioning in Undergraduate College Students”

  • Anne Bruce, Lansing, MI, Senior

“Islamic Geometric Patterns”

  • Santino Dalla-Vecchia, Lansing, MI, Sophomore

Beowulf: Examining the Unconscious Struggle of the Epic Poem”

  • Jocelyn Fenslau, Lapeer, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Macronutrient Meal Proportions During Breakfast on Respiratory Exchange Ratio”

  • Mary Schlicher, Lewiston, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Chronic Green Coffee Bean Supplementation on Fat Oxidation and Weight Loss in Untrained College-Aged Women”

  • Micaela Lacey, Linden, MI, Senior

“The Effects of a Lifestyle and Exercise Intervention Program on Body Composition and Body Image Perception in College Students”

  • Mary Chambers, Mackinac Island, MI, Junior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

  • Elizabeth Schoedel, Manistee, MI, Senior

“The Physiological Effects of Stress in Rats: Gastric Ulcers and Damaged Hippocampai Cells”

  • Katelyn Gentner, Marlette, MI, Senior

“The Speaker and the Vessel”

  • Ashley Esselink, Marshall, MI, Junior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

“Before it’s Too Late: A Documentary Project Investigating Gratiot County’s Environmental History and Future”

  • Jillian Thompson, Marshall, MI, Senior

“Relationship of BMI on the Performance of a Six-Minute Step Test in Sixth-Grade Gratiot County Students”

  • Erika VanHavel, Mason, MI, Senior

“The Grey Wolf Dilemma: Factors Controlling Current and Future Populations in Michigan”

  • Ellen Martin, Midland, MI, Junior

“Let Us Go Then, You and I”

“Le Tigre, la Guerre, et la ‘Pataphysique: The History Behind Jean Ferry’s Short Story, ‘Le Tigre Mondain’”

  • Michael Maxwell, Midland, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Cordyceps sinensis Supplementation on Anaerobic Muscle Power Output”

  • Alaina Richard, Midland, MI, Sophomore

“Synthesis of Substituted Aminododecaborates”

  • Lydia Prebeck, Mulliken, MI, Junior

“Sierra Leone’s Health Care System”

  • Chelsea Radgens, Novi, MI, Senior

“True Colors: Inner Beauty Revealed Through Dance and Sign Language”

  • A. Erin Chon, Okemos, MI, Junior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

  • Allie Nave, Onaway, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Supplemental Plasma Vitamin C Levels on Oxidative Stress and Exercise Efficiency in Females”

  • Chloe Grounds, Ortonville, MI, Senior

“Quantifying the Length and Shape of the Reduced Tenth Primary of Selected North American Thrushes in Order to Determine Age”

  • Amy Merriman, Ortonville, MI, Senior

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

“American Landscape Paintings: Nostalgia and Immersive Qualities”

  • Christy Robinson, Ortonville, MI, Senior

“Protease Footprinting of bSULT1A1”

  • Alexander Pollack, Oxford, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Macronutrient Meal Proportions During Breakfast on Respiratory Exchange Ratio”

  • Lauren Buhr, Pewamo, MI, Junior

“Effects of Arterial Occlusion Prior to Isometric, Concentric, and Eccentric Exercise on Muscle Tissue Oxygenation and Recovery Time”

“Effects of Muscle Contraction Type on Muscle Tissue Oxygenation Responses in the Arm and Leg”

  • Danielle Harm, Rochester, MI, Sophomore

“DNA Sequencing Confirms Presence of Tet-W Antibiotic Resistance Gene in Local Bacteria”

  • Hannah Korell, Romeo, MI, Senior

“Fraudulent Fashions: Dress and Identity in Volpone and The Roaring Girl

  • Carrie Berkompas, Rudyard, MI, Sophomore

“Toxicity of Mid-Michigan Plants in Microwell and Macrowell Versions of the Brine Shrimp Lethality Assay”

  • Anna Foltz, Saginaw, MI, Senior

Jaws: A Study of Fear Generated by Media and its Cultural and Environmental Impacts”

  • Mairi Clow, Shelby Township, MI, Freshman

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

  • Sara Day, Shelby Township, MI, Junior

Beowulf: Our Humanity”

  • Allison Bozung, Sheridan, MI, Junior

“Guinevere: Virtuous Queen or Deadly Whore”

  • Emma Patmore, Sidney, MI, Senior

“Compression Strength of Pumice”

“Investigation of Variable Particle Speeds in Impact Disruption Experiments”

  • Michayla Banning, St. Charles, MI, Sophomore

“DNA Sequencing Confirms Presence of Tet-W Antibiotic Resistance Gene in Local Bacteria”

  • Joshua Gove, St. Johns, MI, Senior

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Christine Wiersma, St. Johns, MI, Sophomore

“Screening Botanical Extracts for Binding to Bovine Serum Albumin Using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance”

“Screening Botanical Extracts for Estrogenic Activity Using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance Biosensor”

  • Maggie Donley, St. Joseph, MI, Senior

“Nicest Thing”

  • Holly Ross, St. Louis, MI, Senior

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

  • Lauren Morawski, Sterling Heights, MI, Junior

“Using the HESPAN Starch Method to Measure Plasma Volume in an Artificial Circulation”

  • Marie Bielman, Troy, MI, Senior

“Effect of Estrogen on Statin-Induced Myotoxicity”

  • Kaitlyn Squanda, Vassar, MI, Senior

“A Comparison of Sodium Chloride Content of Traditional Dishes from Thirteen Countries Prepared at Alma College”

  • Nicholas Wracan, Vernon, MI, Junior

“Visual Effects or How Drag-Racing Bedbugs Made Me Realize that Movie Magic Is More Than Just Keystrokes”

  • Mackenzie Kalisiewicz, Warren, MI, Freshman

“The Steunenberg Murder Trial”

  • Brendan Lodge, Washington, MI, Senior

“Madrigals of the Renaissance: A Performance and Exploration of Vocal Chamber Music”

  • Zakkary Hardyniec, Wayne, MI, Senior

“Efficacy of a Novel Strength and Conditioning Program”

  • Adam Karson, Wayne, MI, Senior

“Risky Courtship Behavior of the Male Wolf Spider, Schizocosa ocreata

  • Mallory Montgomery, West Bloomfield, MI, Senior

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show 2014”

“Learning Mechanisms and Stress”

“Analyzing ‘Returning from Extinction: A Creative Short Fiction Following Development of the Child’”

  • Frances Jackson, Westland, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Body Composition on Physical Activity and Heart Health in Fifth-Grade Students at Nikkari Elementary”

  • Allison Fields, White Lake, MI, Senior

“Reinventing the Old: Buchwald-Hartwig Reactions on Solid Support”

  • Samantha Coykendall, Williamston, MI, Senior

“True Colors: Inner Beauty Revealed Through Dance and Sign Language”

  • Raymond Visser, Wyoming, MI, Junior

“Crafting Creativity: From Limitations to Inspiration on Set”

Pine River Anthology 2014: ‘Alloy’”

  • Jon Bricker, Yale, MI, Senior

“Designing a Multirotor System”

  • Hilary Miller, Yale, MI, Senior

“The Effects of Competitive Swimming on Pulmonary Function in College Swimmers”

“The Effects Quality of Sleep has on Reaction Time, Balance, and Cognitive Functioning in Undergraduate College Students”

  • Barbara Otey, Billings, MT, Senior

“The Effects of Competitive Swimming on Pulmonary Function in College Swimmers”

  • Vivienne Walton, Greensboro, NC, Freshman

“Nicest Thing”

  • Isabelle Limondin, Milford, NH, Sophomore

“Nicest Thing”

  • John Urdiales, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Sophomore

“Finding God Through Agony and Devotion: An Examination of John Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnets’”

  • Angela Clayton, Houston, TX, Senior

“Disruption Experiments with an Artificially Hydrated Ordinary Chondrite”

  • Richard Dominguez, San Antonio, TX, Junior

“The Open Development Model for Innovation (or How Free Stuff is Shaping the World)”

  • David Case, McLean, VA, Senior

“The Mortgage Interest Deduction, The Great Recession, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act: A Look at Recent Events and an Analysis”

  • Jacqueline Kolb, Prairie Du Sac, WI, Senior

“Madrigals of the Renaissance: A Performance and Exploration of Vocal Chamber Music”

“Teaching Abroad: The Opportunity to Travel Post-Graduation”