Fall 2003
Honors Colloquium Students'
Abstracts and Autobiographies

 

Kristin Brudigam
INVESTIGATING CAREERS INVOLVING MATHEMATICS

Advisor: Dr. Tamara Worner

 

Abstract
This project was designed to allow students to explore careers involving mathematics. A curriculum was developed which is intended to be implemented in a high school math classroom. Each unit of the curriculum focuses on a different career, complete with lesson plans and guided worksheets. Each unit challenges the student to become a professional of the given career, completing tasks and mathematical calculations that would be found in the given profession.

 

Autobiography
Kristin Brudigam is from Wakefield, Nebraska. She is majoring in Mathematics Education and will be student teaching in the spring at the Elkhorn Middle School. Throughout her college career, some of her activities have included the following: Campus Crusade for Christ, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Cardinal Key, and The Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy. Kristin has also been active in her local church leading the praise team and other musical ministries. She has also enjoyed accompanying the high school choir in Wakefield as well as other events on and off campus. Kristin has worked the last two summers in Texas at a Christian Youth Camp, and she plans on obtaining a teaching job in Texas upon graduation in May.

 

 

KATARZYNA BUDZYNSKA
Studies on the Japanese Traditional Management Style, It’s Main Features and Theories, as
Well as Challenges it Faces Today

Advisor: Dr. Gerald Conway

 

Abstract
In the 1980s, management practices in Japan and in overseas subsidiaries of Japanese enterprises attracted a great deal of interest. They were often seen as models of best approaches to be emulated in other countries. Hundreds of books were published as a result, and management techniques such as “just-in-time” and “total quality” were introduced to increase factory quality and productivity in both Europe and the United States. In recent years, however, the economic situation in Japan changed rapidly and the country has entered into its longest recession since the end of World War II. As organizations faced more and more challenges, industrial leaders have begun to reevaluate their beliefs and practices to adjust to the challenges of today’s market.

The aim of this paper is to examine Japanese management practices in relation to four main categories: the key pillars of Japanese management, organizational features, human resource management, and quality systems. It concludes with an analysis of the transitional stage of Japanese management as it is today, and discusses current trends forced by the present economic downturn.

 

Autobiography
Kasia Bundzynska is from Lublin, a city in the eastern part of Poland. While in High School, she took part in an exchange program, which brought her to Wayne, Nebraska. She graduated from Wayne High School in 1998 and from Marie Curie Skolodowska High School in Lublin in 1999. One of her many achievements while in high school in Poland was to earn two certificates of English proficiency from Cambridge University in England. In 2000, she returned to America to pursue her undergraduate degree from Wayne State College. She is currently a senior majoring in two business fields: Finance and International Business. She has been involved in several campus organizations: the International Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Peer Educator Network, and the German Club. She has also been awarded membership in Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Beta Delta.

Some of her interests include: learning foreign languages, traveling, sports, reading, and music. Her long-term goals involve obtaining a graduate degree in America and pursuing a career in business. Eventually, she hopes to apply the knowledge and experience gained here in working towards economic improvement of developing countries such as her own.

 

 


TRACI COOVER
IMMIGRATION ATTITUDES: A STUDY OF STUDENT PERCEPTIONS DUE TO EXPOSURE

Advisor: Dr. Alan Bruflat

 

Abstract
Immigration and attitudes towards it have long been a national issue of debate and controversy. The current number of 37.4 million Americans of Latino descent make the topic one that cannot and should not be ignored. A review of current literature on the topic of immigration attitudes holds firm in the respect that little if any research has been directed towards secondary school students. This study focuses on the attitudes of 242 students enrolled in a level one Spanish class at a secondary school located in either a high-immigrated area or a low-immigrated area in northeast Nebraska. The following hypotheses were created and studied for validity:


1. Students in less immigrated areas will have a more negative attitude toward immigration than those in very immigrated areas.


2. Students in more immigrated areas will be more knowledgeable about immigration issues.


3. Students in more immigrated areas will be more knowledgeable about Central American culture and language.


4. Students in both areas will share their parents’ ideas about immigration.
The hypothesis most clearly proven true is number four, followed by number one, and number three. The third hypothesis, while true, was not definitive and number two was not statistically sound.

 

Autobiography
Traci Michele Coover is the middle child of Todd and Nancy Coover of rural Norfolk. She graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1999 and entered Wayne State College in the fall of 1999 with the major of Spanish Education. On December 19th, she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with endorsements in both Spanish and Speech Communication. During her time at Wayne State, she has participated in a variety of activities from CrossPoint Campus Ministries to WSC Speech Team to Peer Tutoring. She was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 2002 and was selected to serve as the Student Representative to the Nebraska State College Board of Trustees for one year. She has been studying Spanish for over seven years and is particularly interested in immigration issues and cultures of Latin America.

 

 

JENNIFER DENNY
Trademark Laws: A Case Study of Moseley Secret Catalogues, Inc.

Advisor: Dr. Mark Leeper

 

Abstract:
Trademark infringement is a major issue in today’s society. Corporations do not want their trademark to be copied or used in any way that would disgrace their company name. This paper begins with a look at what trademarks are and how the laws protect them. It then discusses past decisions dealing with trademark laws. Finally, it follows with one specific case, Moseley v. Secret Catalogues, Inc.

 

Autobiography:
Jennifer Denny is the daughter of Teri and Dan Daniels of Ainsworth, Nebraska and the late Chet Frederickson. She graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1999. Jennifer is majoring in Political Science and has a minor in Pre-law. She has been involved in the Wayne Political Union and Pi Gamma Mu. After graduation in December, she plans to work until attending law school in the fall of 2004.


BRIAN DIXON
GREEN CHEMISTRY: SOLID PHASE FORMATION OF ORGANOMETALLIC SANDWICH COMPLEXES

Advisor: Dr. David Peitz

 

Abstract:
Green chemistry is a set of principles used to reduce or eliminate the use or generation of substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products. Organometallic sandwich complexes are currently made by co-condensation techniques (the use of highly active metal atoms created by vaporizing metals under high vacuum with resistive heating and then condensing the atoms on low-temperature walls of a specially designed vessel). These procedures are very high in energy cost, as well as incorporate the need for specialized equipment. Using a simple system of mixing the arene and Cr(CO)6 several solvent-free techniques were investigated to determine the effectiveness of eliminating the use of co-condensation techniques to prepare these compounds. UV and IR spectroscopy were used to determine the effectiveness of our procedures.

 

Autobiography
Brian Dixon, son of Ivan and Elizabeth Dixon, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology in May 2004. Brian has been an active member of student senate for four years and has been involved in Wayne athletics participating in track and field for four years. He is also a member of Lambda Delta Lambda.

 

 

BETH JOHNSON
STRANGE BED PARTNERS: WEB PROGRAMMING, GRAPHICS, AND ASTROPHYSICS

Advisors: Ms. Patricia Lutt and Dr. Todd Young

 

Abstract:
Astrophysics, marketing, web programming, and graphic design are not usually common topics to directly associate with each other, yet they all coincide nicely together in one special project. This project is to create a website to showcase Wayne State College's involvement and participation in the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project, a high-energy astrophysics research project involving the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The purpose of the website is twofold: to create a promotional tool to use for recruiting current Wayne State College students to join research at Wayne State College and to create an information center targeted towards others interested in the project, providing a place where they can learn more about the project.

 

Autobiography
Beth Johnson is not a typical business student. While her major is marketing, she also has art and online media minors. Three years ago Beth joined in Cosmic Rays Observatory Project(CROP), an astrophysics project at the University Nebraska-Lincoln, researching ultra-high cosmic rays. In September, Beth was invited to UNL to present the website created through her senior honors project, which was specifically designed to combine her interests in her major, minors, and CROP. When not working on the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project, Beth is also active in the International club, Cardinal Key, Phi Beta Lambda, and the Wayne Community. She has also been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Beta Delta honor societies and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

 

 

JOSH MURTAUGH
The Battle of Iwo Jima: Analysis of a First-Hand Account

Advisor: Dr. Sharon Thomas

 

Abstract:
In a heroic, yet tragic battle, the United States sent its men—many barely out of high school or even younger—halfway around the world to fight for a desolate and isolated wasteland called Iwo Jima. This paper represents an analysis of a first-hand account of this battle, and the significance that luck played in survival. In this never-before examined personal journey, I parallel a veteran’s experiences with the recorded events of history in an effort to shed light on this event. The battle of Iwo Jima is considered one of the most costly battles, with the highest number of decorated individuals, in the 228-year history of the United States Marine Corps.

 

Autobiography
Josh Murtaugh is the son of John and Mary Murtaugh of Harlan, IA. He attended and graduated from Wayne High School in 1999. While attending Wayne State College, Josh has been a member of several organizations, including Alpha Lambda Delta, Blue Key, WSEAN, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Gamma Theta Upsilon, and NENTA. He has also done volunteer coaching of young athletes in the Wayne Community Schools. A senior Social Sciences Education major, Josh intends to pursue a career in secondary education.

 

 

MICHAEL SAMUELSON
WEB SITE PERFORMANCE: WHAT REALLY MATTERS

Advisor Dr. Kenneth Hallgren

 

Abstract:
My paper is entitled, “Web site performance: What really matters.” The paper is about finding ways to measure and increase site performance. My paper explores what is important from the analyst’s point of view. In addition, my paper also explores what is important to the consumer from features like reliability; download time, and easy-to-use navigation. My paper compares and contrasts the two viewpoints and offers additional information on the subject.

 

Autobiography:
Michael Samuelson is the son of David and Marilyn Samuelson of Madison, NE. He graduated from Madison High School in 2000 and is currently a senior at Wayne State College. Michael is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Delta Sigma Pi organizations. He is majoring in Business Management and plans to graduate in December.

 

 

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