Fall 2004
Honors Colloquium Students'
Abstracts and Autobiographies


Rachel Arterbrun
National Mathematics Standards Authentic Assessment:
Learning Style Specific Measurements

Instructor: Tamara Worner

Presentation: Monday, December 13, 2004; 3:00 p.m.; Carhart Science Building, Room 121


This study presents an objective look at testing styles used to assess the mastery of National Mathematics Standards. Attitudes and student performance were studied for both traditional testing and activity based authentic testing. Fourth grade students were pre-tested using both styles of tests, instructed in the material, and post-tested using the same measurements as the pretest. The students’ primary learning styles were also determined through the use of a learning style inventory. These results were correlated with attitudes and testing scores. The presentation will report the correlation between learning styles, academic performance, testing preference, and attitudes toward both testing styles. Student generated reasons for preferences and test score discrepancies will also be presented. This presentation will highlight classroom applicable methods and techniques to collect accurate mastery levels for all students.


Rachel Arterbrun is a senior majoring in Special Education and minoring in Math. She is currently conducting her student teaching in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Corrales Elementary and Desert Ridge Middle School. She will graduate in December 2004 and plans to teach in the Albuquerque Public School District after graduation. While at Wayne State College, Rachel was an active member and officer in the Rotaract Club and Student Activities Board. She was also a member of Student Counsel for Exceptional Children, KME (Mathematics Honor Society), Cardinal Key, and Student Senate. Last year she served as the WSC student representative on the Board of Trustees.



Mary Bartak
"Rural Northeast Nebraska Communities: Still Viable in the New Millennium?"

Instructor: Randy Bertolas

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 4:00 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131


This research project examines the viability of rural Northeast Nebraska towns in the new millennium. Literary research, surveys, and personal interviews were used for data collection. Rural population is declining in Nebraska, and there are now fewer but larger agricultural producers. Most small towns are extremely dependant on their school systems and today’s small school is dealing with a financial crisis. The relationship the small town has with the rural patrons, who in past generations supported the town, is compared to the relationship that exists today. These issues were researched to discover if small towns will be able to continue to grow and develop.


Mary Bartak is currently in her senior year at Wayne State College and plans on graduating in May 2005 with a field endorsement in Social Sciences. She received an Associates Degree from Northeast Community College in Norfolk and has commuted to Wayne for the past three semesters to finish her bachelor’s degree. She and her husband farm and finish feeder calves. They have five children who range in age from two to fifteen. She has enjoyed this honors project because it deals with a subject that is near and dear to her heart.



Poems 2004: Bildungsroman 38

Instructor: J.V. Brummels

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 3:30 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge


Bildungsroman 38 is a chapbook of original poetry written by Bonnie Sue Johnson-Haddix. The title word, bildungsroman, is a genre of self-development and formation. The title reflects this process during the 38th year of her life. The poems mirror her challenges, goals, and achievements. Subject matter includes her parents, children, and divorce, as well as her search for individuality, self-identity and sexuality. Most of the poems were written during 2003 and 2004. The largest percentage was edited and revised in Advanced Poetry (ENG 402), under the guidance of J.V. Brummels, during the Fall 2004 semester.


Bonnie Sue Johnson-Haddix attended Elgin Public Schools and was active in track, volleyball, FFA, FHA, and the speech and drama teams. She graduated as the class salutatorian in 1985. Following high school, Bonnie raised two children and worked various part time jobs. Once her children were in high school, Bonnie began college at NECC. She graduated in 2003, and currently attends WSC. She will graduate with a BA in English Literature and Writing in December 2004. Bonnie currently works for NECC teaching GED in Wakefield, NE and as a bartender at Riley’s Café and Pub. During her “free” time, she enjoys reading, writing, jogging and spending time with friends and family.



Exploring The World Of Pirates: Grace O'Malley and Cheng I Sao

Instructor: Kent Blaser

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 3:30 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131


Piracy has existed worldwide for many centuries, however, as a result of literature and cinema, people often have many misconceptions about pirates. One of these misconceptions is that all pirates were male. The seas have been considered part of men’s territory throughout most of history, but females have also sailed the seas under a variety of occupations. Grace O’Malley and Cheng I Sao were two female pirates who used their intelligence, the lessons they learned during their pre-pirate years, their political insight, and their overall personalities to claim the respect of their crews and influential government officials. The combination of these factors allowed both women to be successful pirates.


Camy Havlick is from Moville, Iowa. She is majoring in History/Geography Secondary Education. While at Wayne State College, she has been active in a variety of activities. These include Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha Theta (President), Gamma Theta Upsilon (Vice President), NENA, Cardinal Key, Zeta Tau Omega (Vice President), and Wayne State Colorguard.



College Student Alcohol Issues: A Comparative Analysis of Wayne State College and Peer Institutions

Instructor: Jason Karsky

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 4:30 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131


Like many academic institutions, Wayne State College has long been noted for the drinking habits of its students. Wayne State College has chosen to measure the amount of alcohol (and drug use) among its students by participating in the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey. The survey was developed to measure alcohol and other drug usage, attitudes, and perceptions among college students at two and four-year institutions. Wayne State College has utilized this survey for fifteen years. The college’s national comparison group, while interesting, may not fully explore the issue. It is reasonable to assume that schools in the averaging of national statistics may include private institutions, single gender institutions, etc. In the interest of looking for a more effective comparison group to evaluate Wayne State College’s results, this paper will attempt to compare Wayne State College to its peer institutions who have also participated in the Core survey.


Cassandra Johnson is from Omaha, Nebraska. Her parents are Doug and Mary Johnson and she has one sister, Monica, who graduated from UNL in May. Cassandra has been involved in many activities on campus the past three years, including the Criminal Justice Association, Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honors Fraternity, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Lambda Delta, Campus Navigators, Women’s Rugby Team, a Resident Assistant and Theta Phi Alpha Sorority. She will be graduating Summa Cum Laude in December with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a concentration in law enforcement. After graduation she plans to work in a police department in the Omaha area.



Early Reading Habits of Successful College Students

Instructor: Marilyn Mudge

Presentation: Thursday, December 9, 2004; 3:30 p.m.; Brandenburg Education, Room 101


Reading is something that is undeniably important in a society which is increasingly focused on higher education and demanding jobs. The purpose of this study is to examine the importance of the connection between early reading habits and college success. This study examines national statistics on reading ability, the current trends in remedial college classes, and the teaching practices that focus on reading and comprehension skills. Also incorporated in this research are case studies from each of the four schools at Wayne State College. These case studies examine the early reading habits of students with a GPA of 3.5 or above who are involved in the Honors Program studies. The goal of this study is to raise awareness of parents and educators of the importance of early reading and comprehension efficiency.


Whitney Erin Julian is the oldest child of Mark and Terry Wallerstedt of Oakland, Nebraska, and graduated from Oakland-Craig High School in 2000. She was married to Joe Julian in May of 2004. Whitney will graduate from Wayne State College in May of 2005. Some of her activities in college have included Campus Crusade for Christ leadership, Wayne State Woman’s Rugby Club, intramural sports, WSEAN membership, and participation as a musician in various praise and worship bands. Some of her passions include the Spanish language, the arts, good coffee and developing the lives of young people. Whitney hopes to spend the rest of her life learning new things and imparting knowledge to others.



Interpersonal Skills and Management: Dealing
With Challenges in the Workplace

Instructor: Deborah Whitt

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 3:00 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge


This study focuses on how managers use interpersonal skills in the workplace and how they use interpersonal communication to overcome the challenges and diversities that occur among employees at work. This study lets people see how different managers, ranging in power from a small-town grocery store owner to the district manager of a large company in Southern California, are similar or different in their communication techniques. Ten management interviews, along with outside research, strive to help individuals who are interested in the management field learn from others who are successful with communication tactics in their work setting.


Ashley Peterson is the daughter of Brad & Mary Ann Petersen of rural Hooper, Nebraska. She graduated from Logan View Jr./Sr. High School in 2001. Ashley is majoring in Speech Communication/Corporate/Community/Public Relations, with a minor in Human Resource Management. She has been involved in Lambda Pi Eta, Cardinal Key, Rotaract, WSC Navigators, Student Ambassadors, Peer Education Network, TeamMates Mentoring, and is an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Communication Arts Department for this semester.



“The Effect of Various Weights on 1-RM Prediction Equations”

Instructor: Tammy Evetovich

Presentation: Thursday, December 9, 2004; 1:30 p.m.; Rice, Room 11


A previous investigation (Kim, et al., 2002) validated female equations designed to predict the maximal amount of weight that can be lifted (1RM) during bench press performance, using submaximal bench press lifts at 30 repetitions per minute and using a 35 lb dumbbell (YMCA Test of Muscular Endurance), to fatigue. The purpose of this study is to cross-validate the equation (1RM30 (kg)=0.31(MAXREPS)=19.2), and to possibly develop a more accurate equation using different amounts of weights. Twenty college-aged females will report to the laboratory to have their maximal bench press strength determined on the first day of testing. The subjects will then return to the laboratory 3 additional times (each separated by forty-eight to seventy-two hours) and will lift 25, 35, or 45 pounds (randomly ordered) at 30 repetitions per minute (30RPM). Subjects will perform submaximal bench press repetitions at their assigned cadence load to fatigue.


Brenna Schaaf is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Pribil and a 2002 graduate of West Holt High School in Atkinson, NE. She is a senior Exercise Science major. Her college activities include the Neihardt Scholars program, Wayne State College track team, and the S.H.A.P.E. club. In the spring, she will be doing an internship in cardiac rehabilitation.



TERRI SHARPE The History of the Minstrel Show

Instructor: Lisa Sandlin

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 4:00 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge,


Television and film are two of the most influential means of communication ever developed. These two mediums have contributed to the negative, stereotypical images of minorities, especially African Americans. I will explore how African Americans have been portrayed in film and to what extent the depiction has contributed to the perpetuation of certain stereotypes. I will discuss the representation of African Americans in the minstrel shows, the silent era of films, and then talking films. I will conclude with who I believe is currently responsible for the continuation of these offensive images.


Terri M. Sharpe is a senior at Wayne State College and will graduate in December 2004. She is an English Writing major and with a Pre-Law minor. She will be attending law school in August 2005. After graduating from law school, she plans to practice international or bankruptcy law. She is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and is the daughter of Jesse and Glenda Sharpe.



Fighting Fight Club: Analysis and A Rewrite of the Works of Chuck Palahniuk

Instructor: Lisa Sandlin

Presentation: Wednesday, December 8, 2004; 4:30 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge


In 1999, the movie Fight Club became an immediate cult hit through its witty portrayal of the modern man enslaved by what he is supposed to buy and how he is supposed to look. Less known is that before the movie, before Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, there was a book, written by Chuck Palahniuk, which was the first in a continuing series of brilliant novels by an author who is now on the forefront of American dark humor.
The aim of this project is to give insight into Mr. Palahniuk’s work. In addition, a rewrite of the last few chapters of Fight Club, which was allowed and approved by Mr. Palahniuk, will be introduced.


Cliff Starkey is from Schuyler, Nebraska. He is majoring in English (Creative Writing) and minoring in Journalism. Throughout his college career, some of his activities have included the following: Blue Key, Sigma Tau Delta (Vice President, President) and the Wayne Political Union (President). In addition, Cliff has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Wayne Stater for two years. Cliff plans to attend graduate school after he graduates in May.


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