Student presentations on survival film production, judicial reform during the Great Depression, the effects of attachment on classroom behavior, and school health promotion were selected for recognition at Alma College’s annual Honors Day.
Jonathan Clark, Jacob Fox, Kara Giles and Sara Schneider are the 2016 recipients of the Ronald O. Kapp Honors Day Prize for their outstanding Honors Day presentations in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
The prize is named for the late Ronald O. Kapp, who was an Alma College biology professor for 32 years and vice president of academic affairs for 20 years.
A panel of judges from each division selected the prizewinners after assessing the presentations for quality of scholarship as well as how well the materials were presented. The prize is open to all students and groups.
Clark, a senior from Cheboygan, presented “Surviving a Survival Film.” In his study, Clark analyzed the process of creating a physically immersive film about a man’s survival in the elements. His presentation focused on both the challenging aspects of cinema production in the wilderness and the realistic nature of long takes in cinematography for the purpose of creating an engaging survival film.
Fox, a senior from Marysville, presented “The Political Professor: How Non-Government Intellectuals Influenced Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘Court Packing’ Plan.” In his study, Fox reviewed archival evidence to show how U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt used confidants, appointees and a number of politicized professors to formulate the “Court Packing” plan to expand the number of Supreme Court justices to save New Deal legislation.
Giles, a senior from Ithaca, presented “The Teacher as a Secure Base in the Classroom.” In her study, Giles studied how different types of human attachment affect classroom behavior. She identified how educators can identify and help support students who are insecurely attached in the classroom. Her presentation included the sharing of results from her study on attachment in her second-grade classroom.
Schneider, a senior from Carson City, presented “Health Promotion in Schools.” In her study, Schneider developed a school-based intervention that educates fifth-grade students at a local elementary school on how to engage in healthy eating and exercise habits in order to maintain health. The program includes a pre-testing evaluation, health lessons and a survey to assess student knowledge and attitudes regarding nutrition and physical activity.