Fall 2002
Honors Colloquium Students'
Abstracts and Autobiographies



"Matthew Hopkins, Witch Finder in Historical Context"

Advisor: Dr. Linda Taber


Matthew Hopkins was England's first and only Witch Finder General. He lived in the 17th century and while details concerning all but the last few years of his life are at best uncertain, much research exists about his career. Hopkins is to this day a controversial figure and he played an important, if devastating role in the history of English witchcraft. Hopkins' methods as a witch finder seem to have been greatly influenced by Continental ideas of witchcraft and although he was popular for a time, he was criticized by some, his most outspoken critic being an Anglican clergyman named John Gaule.


Nicole Hanjani is the daughter of Tammy Hanjani of Minatare, Nebraska, near Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She attended high school at Tehran International School in Tehran, Iran, where she lived for six years. A native of southern California, Nicole has lived in Nebraska for five years. While attending Wayne State College, Nicole has been a member of Phi Alpha Theta and the Honors Program. A history major and English minor, she is a senior and upon graduating from Wayne State College, intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies.





"Auditor Independence: Is It Time for Change"

Advisor: Dr. Gary Volk


Over the past few years, several nationally known companies have been drawing considerable amounts of media coverage due to controversial accounting issues. As a result, the accounting profession is receiving a lot of scrutiny concerning some of the regulations they follow. My presentation focuses on the controversy between auditor independence in the auditing and consulting concentrations. Although accountants realized the regulations for this area needed to be reexamined, little was done until the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was signed by President Bush in July. An additional aspect I will cover examines what accountants must do in order to regain the public's confidence in the profession.


Jennifer Hoffman is the daughter of Dale and Debbie Kuhlman of Creighton, Nebraska. Jennifer, a graduate of Creighton High School, is majoring in public accounting and finance. While attending Wayne State College, Jennifer has been involved in various residence hall and intramural activities. She has also been involved in Students in Free Enterprise, Alpha Lambda Delta, and served as the Phi Beta Lambda treasurer. She was a 2001 Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities Recipient and has been on the Dean's List. Jennifer will graduate in December of 2002.





"The Family Influence on Juvenile Delinquency"

Advisor: Dr. Keith Willis


For my honors project, I am studying the correlation between the family environment and juvenile delinquency. I will review the key elements involving family characteristics, which contribute to a juvenile delinquent's criminal behavior. I will hypothesize that the main factor influencing an adolescent breaking the law is factors of the nuclear family unit. In my research I have found that along with the environment, numerous other family characteristics are associated with this issue, such as the absence of a father in the child's life, a mother who holds a full-time job, which then affects the amount of supervision a child is given, deviant acts committed by other family members, neglect experienced by the child, the amount of family conflict the child is witnessing, a broken family unit, including abandonment or divorce, any physical abuse to the adolescent, and finally, the parent-child relationship. I will give an in-depth case study supporting the link between the family and juvenile delinquency from my own experiences as a Family Support Worker. Then, I will review and describe a survey I conducted with adolescents involved in counseling and their thoughts and experiences with their own families. This will further emphasize the point that most if not all juvenile delinquents are most influenced and lured into a criminal lifestyle through the direct experiences and relationships they receive in their closest environment, the family.


Jennie Lacey is the daughter of Dr. Steffan and Cathie Lacey of Norfolk, Nebraska. She is a graduate of Norfolk High School and is majoring in Human Service Counseling with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma. Jennie has previously been named as a Countess in the 2001 Ak-Sar-Ben Ball. She is currently employed at Good Life Counseling in Norfolk as a Family Support Worker. Upon graduation, she will begin graduate school here at Wayne State College to obtain her master's degree in Community Counseling. She has received extensive experience in the area of the family and juvenile delinquency due to her internship at Good Life Counseling. She also assists with a private therapist in the Norfolk area in co-leading a therapy group focusing on adolescent social skills. She has independently led another counseling group with adolescent girls for the purpose of music therapy.





"Women in Computing"

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Garvin


This study focuses on the diversification in the Information Technology field, with an emphasis on women in computing careers. Technology has helped many people both personally and professionally; numerous opportunities have been created. However, some people, women in particular, often consider information technology a burden, despite its many advantages. Some of the issues faced by women in the computing industry were analyzed through literature review and interviews. This history of women in computing was addressed, as well. Today's economy depends more and more on a diverse work group. A large portion of the U.S. workforce consists of women. Getting more women involved in the technical field is even more important. Oftentimes, women are faced with a number of challenges in the IT field; however, research indicates that sometimes these challenges encourage women to follow their goals. However, sometimes the challenges can have the adverse effect on females, too. My study focuses on the reasons women do not enter the IT field and why the gender gap is not good for the future of technology


A 1998 graduate of Osmond High School, Leah is the daughter of Steve and Beth Manzer from Osmond, Nebraska. She majored in Finance and Computer Information Systems and will graduate in December.
She has been on the National Dean's List as well as the Wayne State College Dean's List. Leah was the first place Telecommunications winner at the State Leadership Conference for Phi Beta Lambda in 2001. During the summer, she represented the State of Nebraska in Orlando, Florida, at the National Leadership Conference and competed in Telecommunications. She has been a recipient of Who's Who in America's College and Universities in both 2000 and 2001. In the fall of 2001, Leah submitted a version of her junior honor's project for the Nebraska Economics and Business Association competition. Her paper won her an award and was published in the Annual NEBA Conference Book. Her study focused on Internet Banking in Nebraska.

She also participated in the Service Learning project for an Analysis and Design class she took. This project helped the Wayne Chamber of Commerce develop a Small Business Facts Book for the community. Also, for her Senior CIS Seminar project, Leah and her father donated their time to network the newly built Catholic school in her hometown for computer usage by the students, teachers, and staff.
While attending Wayne State College, Leah has been involved in a variety of activities. She served as Phi Beta Lambda's president for two years and secretary for one year. She also attended the State Leadership Conference for two years as a WSC representative. She was the president for the Association of Computing Machinery for one year, as well as the Vice President and Historian. Cardinal Key and Alpha Lambda Delta have also been a few of Leah's extra curricular activities. She has been a Resident Assistant in Morey Hall for five semesters and served as the Student Representative for the Computer Information System's Advisory Board for three years. Also, while at WSC, Leah participated in a variety of intramural activities.





"The My Lai Massacre"

Advisor: Dr. Kent Blaser


This paper that I have written deals with the event known as the My Lai Massacre and the cover-up that happened after the incident. This topic also involves the issue of war crimes and how many laws have been put into place to prevent such atrocities from occurring. Through the many books, articles, and interviews that I have read, I came to a conclusion on what I thought was one of the biggest war crimes in the history of all wars.


Chad Mattox is the son of Robert and Patricia Mattox of North Bend, Nebraska. Chad, a graduate of North Bend Central High School, is majoring in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Sciences and a minor in coaching. While attending Wayne State College, Chad has served as a Resident Assistant in Berry Hall, Vice President in Pi Gamma Mu, Vice President of Gamma Theta Upsilon, a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a member of the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy, and also Vice President of Berry Hall Council. Chad has also been on the Dean's List and has been involved with the Honors Program for two years. Chad will graduate in May of 2003.





"Women Studies Investigation on Wayne State College Campus"

Advisor: Dr. Deborah Whitt


Women's issues affect everyone on a college campus, from female to male, students to faculty to staff. Research began concerning body image and women on the Wayne State College campus and through surveys it was discovered that the majority of women develop negative body images around the age of 13. At college, women are more confident and comfortable with their body and have a higher self-esteem than when they were in their teens. However, they still voice concerns about body image, self-confidence, health issues, and development of themselves as individuals. Upon the realization of the importance of women's issues to all students the quest began to creat a women's center here on campus that would bring women's issues to the forefront of concern and educate everyone about women today at Wayne State College. Thus, the Women's Circle was established this semester and is committed to raising awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, breast cancer and other health issues, assertiveness, and of course self-esteem and body image through providing services and program, speakers, and fundraising events. A big event next semester will be the organization and promotion of Wayne State College's first annual Take Back the Night Event to increase awareness and sensitivity about sexual assault on campus.


Samantha Volquardsen is the daughter of Randall and Eileen Volquardsen of Norfolk, Nebraska. She is majoring in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Communication Studies. While attending Wayne State College, Samantha has served as vice president of the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She is currently assistant coach of the Wayne State College Forensics team. Samantha has also been on the Dean's List. Samantha will graduate Summa cum Laude in December 2002. She will begin graduate school at Wayne State College in January 2003.





"Number Recognition by Preschool Students"

Advisor: Dr. Judy Lindberg


I researched several sources to determine at what age children should be able to recognize printed numbers and count objects. Then I developed a variety of activities to assist the students in their learning process. I will present these activities, along with my own conclusions about the most successful methods of teaching preschool children about numbers.


Angie Wennekamp is the daugher of Doug and Mary Reid of Omaha, Nebraska. Angie, a graduate of Skutt Catholic High School, is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Angie resides in Omaha with her husband, Dave, and she currently is a full-time teacher at Little Lambs Preschool in Omaha. Angie will graduate in December 2002.



"Untapped: The Importance of English as a Second Language (ESL) Programming"

Advisor: Dr. Barbara Black


English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are growing at a rapid rate in northeast Nebraska schools. With the influx of Latino students in northeast Nebraska, many institutions may be unprepared to take on students whose native language is not English. I researched the ESL programs of three schools in northeast Nebraska and discovered similarities and differences as well as strengths and weaknesses among them. English as a Second Language programs affect not only our schools, but our communities as well. It is crucial that we, as a society, become aware of this and obtain knowledge about ESL programming.


Liana Whipking is the daughter of Jay and Leueen Whipking of Norfolk, Nebraska. Liana, a graduate of Norfolk Senior High School, is majoring in English with a minor in Secondary Education. Liana is currently President of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Vice President of Wayne State College-Peer Education Network (WSC-PEN), member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, member of Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA), and member of Wayne Student Education Association of Nebraska (WSEAN). She has also been Treasurer of Wayne State College International Club and member of Circle K. Liana was chosen for inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and is certified as a BACCHUS and GAMMA National Peer Educator. She has been on the Dean's List by maintaining a grade point average of 3.9 at Wayne State College. Liana will graduate in May of 2003.


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