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Four Wayne State Honors Students Present at National Honors Conference

Published: 11-26-2012 4:15 pm

Wayne State College Honors students Michelle Anderson, Seth Dallmann, Kimberly Garhart and Jill Stara presented their Honors projects at the 2012 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) convention held Nov. 14-18 in Boston, Mass. Anderson, Dallmann, Garhart and Stara were the only Nebraska Honors students presenting at the 2012 conference.

Approximately 150 Honors students nationwide were invited to present at the conference via a competitive process that included applications from the Honors Programs at the University of Alabama, Chapman University, Radford University, St. Norbert College, Virginia Polytechnic State University, Northeastern University, Missouri State University, Slippery Rock University, Utah State University, University of Rhode Island, and others. 

Michelle Anderson's Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Dr. Elise Hepworth, was titled “What All Music Educators Must Know Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs:  An Exploration of Instructional Strategies and Common Difficulties.”  Anderson is the daughter of Keith and Debra Anderson of Villisca, Iowa, and graduated from Corning Community High School. She is majoring in music education and while at Wayne State College has participated in the WSC marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, keyboard ensemble, woodwind ensemble, chorale, and choir. She is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, International Clarinet Association, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, Alpha Lamba Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi. 

Seth Dallmann's Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Dr. David Peitz, was titled “Developing Methods to Study Magnetically Controlled Molecular Motors.”  The son of Mike and Marti Dallmann of Wilber, Seth is a graduate of Wilber-Clatonia High School and is majoring in pre-pharmacy with a chemistry health science concentration.  Dallmann has participated in the Health Science Club, Intramural Council, Student Activities Board, Residence Hall Association, and Youth Group, and has also been a Resident Assistant for three semesters. He has also presented research projects at the National Academy of Science, Nebraska EPSCoR, and the American Chemical Society. He plans to attend pharmacy school where he will pursue a doctorate of pharmacy degree. Dallmann's poster was among a small handful of honorees at the conference, through being chosen as the winning poster nationally in the category of Business, Engineering, & Computer Science.

Kimberly Garhart's Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Dr. David Bohnert, was titled “Orchestral Works by Debussy and Respighi Transcribed for the Modern Wind Band.” The daughter of Rodney and Mary Garhart of York, Neb., Kimberly is a graduate of York High School and is majoring in instrumental music education. While at Wayne State College, she has participated in Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity), serving as historian and president; National Association for Music Education, serving as treasurer; German Club; and numerous music ensembles. She served as a section leader in the “Pride of Wayne State” Marching Band and as a Holland Success Center peer tutor for music. Upon graduation, Garhart will continue to transcribe and arrange music for the wind ensemble and small instrumental groups.

Jill Stara's Honors project, supervised by WSC professor Elise Hepworth, was titled “A Survey of Contemporary Disciplinary Strategies to Meet the Needs of Differentiated Learned in the Music Classroom.” Jill is the daughter of Kevin and Betsy Stara of David City, Neb., and is majoring in K-12 music education. Stara is involved in the WSC Black and Gold Show Choir, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary band fraternity), Cardinal Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Catholic Newman Center, and other organizations. Stara plans to begin her teaching career after her graduation in the spring of 2013.

Composed of approximately 900 institutional members, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is the primary organization supporting Honors programs at colleges and universities nationwide. NCHC supports and furthers Honors education through its publications, workshops, and conferences. The Honors Program at Wayne State College has been a member of NCHC since 2005, seeking to provide students an in-depth learning environment focusing on discussion, exploration, experimentation, and active learning.



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