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Honors Day is Culmination of Student Research

Students present the results of their research and projects in art and performance at the 22nd annual Kapp Honors Day, a celebration of the liberal arts.

Over 90 Alma College students participated in Alma College’s 22nd annual Kapp Honors Day program on Thursday, April 5, 2018. 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 dance productions, give oral presentations of scholarly research, and lead poster discussions. With a multitude 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:

Abigail Liebing, Palmer, AK
danced in “The Process of Restaging a Classical Ballet”

Fernanda Melo, Joinville, Brazil
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Ruochen Ding, Wuzhong, Ningxia, China
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Monica Kunovszky, Aurora, IL
“Framing the ‘Other’ in Media” and “Deadly C’s: The Corporatization and Commodification of Agriculture”

Bergen Jome, Bloomington, IL
“Detroit: Urban Housing Discrimination”

Zachary Baker, Naperville, IL
“Deconstruction and Uxorial Violence: Titus Andronicus, Othello and the ‘Rape of Lucrece’” and “The Student Film Festival as a Unique Pedagogical Space”

Mallory Yoder, Fort Wayne, IN
“Effect of Caffeine on Aversive Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal”

Spenser Congram, Indianapolis, IN
“Comparing Hydrated CV3 vs. L3-6 Chondrites for Carbonaceous Chondrite Analogs”

Sadie Gelb, Indianapolis, IN
danced in “The Process of Restaging a Classical Ballet” and “Interdisciplinary Choreography”

Ashley Sullivan, Adrian, MI
“The Myth of the Unteachable Student”

Janelle Christensen, Allendale, MI
“Utilizing the King-Devick Test to Assess Oculomotor Dysfunction in the Concussed Division III Collegiate Athlete”

Kaydee Hall, Alma, MI
“Beyond the Victim/Agent Dichotomy: A Discussion of Ecofeminism, Intersectionality and Climate Change”

Falynne Hudecz, Alma, MI
“Will Technology Make Accountants Obsolete?”

Domeshera Liddell, Alma, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Personal Identity as a Black American Woman”

Laura Lowe, Alma, MI
“The Business of the Arts,” “Student Directors Dance” and danced in “Interdisciplinary Choreography”

Monroe Molesky, Alma, MI
“Assessment of Activity Monitor Placement During Free-Living Conditions”

Hannah Wallace, Ann Arbor, MI
“Activity Monitoring of a Collegiate Color Guard”

Josi Denman, Ashley, MI
“Teaching and Infection Prevention: Urinary Tract Infections in Inpatient Elderly and Management of Teaching Protocol and Prevention”

Taylor Lutz, Bay City, MI
“On the Medusa and the Abyss: Archetypes and Éciture Féminine in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’”

Alyse Townsend, Bay City, MI
“Senior Show: Pop Culture and Art”

Samantha Anteau, Belleville, MI
“Wonder Woman: A Symbol of Feminist Ideology or Perpetuation of the Male Gaze?”

Haley Jerry, Breckenridge, MI
“Teaching and Infection Prevention: Urinary Tract Infections in Inpatient Elderly and Management of Teaching Protocol and Prevention”

Kathryn Todd, Brighton, MI
danced in “Interdisciplinary Choreography”

Kelsey Dennis, Carson City, MI
“Balance and Proprioception Comparisons of NCAA Division III Football Players: A Six Week Cross-Training Program” and “Student Directors Dance”

Elly Jauquet, Channing, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “My Death, My Illness”

Logan Rettell, Cheboygan, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Isaac Tessman, Chesaning, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Kapre Filhart, Clare, MI
“Teachers’ Perspectives on the Integration of Technology in K-8 Classrooms”

Jaclyn Roussel, Clyde, MI
“Effects of Estrogen on Statin-Induced Myotoxicity in vitro”

Brannon Roach, Columbiaville, MI
“Developing Chronic Water-Only Toxicity Testing Methods Using Hexagenia”

Erin Lee, Commerce Township, MI
“The Prevalence of Eating Disorders and Negative Body Image in Female Collegiate Athletes at the Division III Level”

Susan Doumont, Dearborn Heights, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Paige Bartkowiak, Dexter, MI
“Trump, Media and Democracy”

Holly Zuiderveen, Falmouth, MI
“Effect of Caffeine on Aversive Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal”

Elizabeth Putti, Farmington Hills, MI
“Short Sleep Duration and Caloric Consumption in Young Adults”

Allison Muenzer, Fenton, MI
choreographed “Interdisciplinary Choreography”

Ishijah Johnson, Flint, MI
“From Haydn to Shostakovich: The Evolution of the Viola in the String Quartet”

Elizabeth Bierlein, Frankenmuth, MI
“Effect of Caffeine on Aversive Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal”

Najelle Gilmore, Grand Blanc, MI
“Wonder Woman: A Symbol of Feminist Ideology or Perpetuation of the Male Gaze?” and “SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Gabrielle Alter, Grand Rapids, MI
“‘So Say We All:’ Gender Roles and Characteristics Defiance in ‘Battlestar Galactica’”

Catherine Raymond, Grand Rapids, MI
“Evaluating Accuracy of a Wrist-Worn Activity Monitor for Detecting Tennis Strokes” and “Investigation of Mechanisms for Greater Negative Plant-Soil Feedbacks of Tree Seedling in Low Light Soil Conditions”

Ashley Mattson, Gwinn, MI
“Association of Sleep Quality/Quantity, Obesity and Diabetes Status: Results From NHANES”

Austin Desmarais, Harbor Springs, MI
“Finding Meaning Through Agency in a World Without Free Will”

Hannah Jeffery, Highland, MI
“Using qRT-PCR to Investigate the Role of Chloroplast Hsp90 in Chloroplast-to-Nucleus Signaling”

Kira Reading, Holly, MI
“Differences in Reaction Time, Utilizing the Drop-Stick Reaction Test, Throughout the Concussion Recovery Process Among Division III Athletes Involved in Contact Sports”

Jackson Conner, Hopkins, MI
“Investigation of Accelerants in Arson”

Danielle Boss, Howell, MI
“Accuracy of the Atlas Activity Monitor for Resistance Training Exercises Performed at Different Speeds”

Ashten Stambersky, Ithaca, MI
“Effects of Estrogen on Statin-Induced Myotoxicity in vitro”

Bryan Schutte, Jenison, MI
“Bad Bacon: A Taphonomic Experiment in Central Michigan”

Chelse Van Spronsen, Jenison, MI
“Determination of Antioxidant Activity and Detection of Polyphenolic Compounds in Crude Extract Samples of Strawberry Cultivars”

Kaylynne Perian, Livonia, MI
“Business Ethics”

Michael Lumley-Orchard, Marine City, MI
“U.S. Involvement in the 1963 Assassination of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem”

Anissa Keeler, Marion, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Hannah Billig, Mason, MI
“The Perceptions of Depression in Gratiot County”

Libbey Jones, Mason, MI
“Creating and Sustaining Interest in STEM”

Hunter Wilson, Mayville, MI
“Investigation of the Potential Risk to Anglers Fishing in the Pine River”

Anthony Shock, Middleton, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Morgan Letzkus, Midland, MI
“Determining Bacterial Pollution Sources of the Pine River Using Quantitave PCR”

Jessica Morr, Monroe, MI
“You Would Be SO Pretty If…”

Lauren Sabuda, Mt Pleasant, MI
“Optimal Foraging and Learning Curve of the Leafcutter (Atta cephalotes) Ant”

Dylan Kennedy, Nashville, MI
“The Effect of One Night’s Sleep Deprivation and Extension on the Athletic Performance of Collegiate Athletes”

Maelin Wheeler, New Lothrop, MI
“Outward Symptoms of Energy Deficiency in Division III Female Track and Field Athletes”

Shayla Crawford, Oak Park, MI
“Unapologetically Political”

Erica Krol, Oxford, MI
“Percent Lignin and Cellulose Across Light Levels and Age of Quercus alba and Q. rubra

John Vusich, Perrinton, MI
“Assessment of Activity Monitor Placement During Free-Living Conditions” and “Heart Rate Alters But Does Not Improve Calorie Predictions in Fitbit Activity Monitors”

Madison DeLau, Perry, MI
“Teaching and Infection Prevention: Urinary Tract Infections in Inpatient Elderly and Management of Teaching Protocol and Prevention”

Dalia Barghouty, Rochester, MI
“Insta-Now: Temporality, Women and the Digital Image”

Elizabeth Blasius, Roscommon, MI
“Women in Advertisements: Empowered or Objectified?”

David Smith, Royal Oak, MI
“The Examination of Functional Movement Screening in NCAA Division III Soccer Athletes”

Cameron Schneider, Saginaw, MI
“A Probable Explanation for Altered Sweat Na+ Concentration in Locations of Ink Tattoos”

Matthew Wiersma, St. Johns, MI
“Do Tattoos Affect Active Sweat Glands and Sodium Concentration?” and “The Effectiveness of Different IASTM Tool Materials”

Annette Burns, Sanford, MI
“Caesar’s Comet and the Transfer of Empire in the Bayeux Embroidery”

Cameron Daniels, Shelby Township, MI
“Do Tattoos Affect Sweat Rate, Skin Temperature and Sweat Volume When Exercising”

Zachary Meyer, Shelby Township, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Art Senior Show”

Calum Clow, Shelby Township, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Cows in Industry: Perception Hiding Reality”

Seth Davis, Shepherd, MI
“Immigration and Clergy”

Bridget Flanery, Sparta, MI
“‘The Earth is Defiled by its People’: The Bible and Environmental Responsibility”

Whitney Miller, Sparta, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Brooke Tubbs, St. Louis, MI
“A Possible Explanation for the Altered Sweat Rate in the Location of a Tattoo”

Chloee King, Standish, MI
“Analysis of Quiet Eye Training With a Motor Control Task”

John Mitrzyk, Standish, MI
“Accuracy of Activity Monitors in Assessing Sleep”

Joseph Mitrzyk, Standish, MI
“Validity of the Blast Activity Monitor for Assessing Jump Height in Female Volleyball Players”

Deve Wishart, Troy, MI
“Opposites Attract: Queer Coding in Television”

Ryalee Dove, Vestaburg, MI
“Comparison of Gluteal Strengthening, Abdominal Strengthening, and Stretching on Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in Division III Collegiate Volleyball Players”

Cheyenne Kalfsbeek, Walkerville, MI
“Effect of Caffeine on Aversive Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal”

Paige Daniel, Waterford, MI
“A Fan, A Phony, A Fake…A Stan: Stan Activity and Popular Music Industry Mediation on Twitter”

Abigail Remchuk, Webberville, MI
“Determining Bacterial Pollution Sources of the Pine River Using Quantitave PCR”

Zachary Cahill, West Branch, MI
“McCarthy’s Town on the River: Class, the Acceptance of Tragedy, and the Constructed World of Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree

Christopher Nolan, West Branch, MI
“SWAY, the 2017-18 Edition of Pine River Anthology

Eric Rohde, White Lake, MI
“Explorations in Creative Writing”

Victoria Coykendall, Williamston, MI
choreographed “The Process of Restaging a Classical Ballet”

Madeline Pail, Williamston, MI
danced in “The Process of Restaging a Classical Ballet”

Margaret Rausch, Wyandotte, MI
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: A Rhetorically Successful Bridge Between Enlightened and Puritanical Ideas of Virtue”

Aline Batawi, Raleigh, NC
“Performed and Constructed Gender Identities in Nike Advertisements”

Story published on April 24, 2018