Spring 2004
Honors Colloquium Students'
Abstracts and Autobiographies


Kelly Calder

Advisor: Dr. Max McElwain
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 2:30 p.m., Humanities Student Lounge


Women sportswriters have made huge advances in their field over time, specifically in the last 10 years. The roles women were traditionally restricted to, such as secretaries, in the newsrooms (especially the sports department) have been relaxed. Women are now seen on the sidelines, courtside and in locker rooms; that is, everywhere they were barred from in past years. Although women have made vast improvements in making their place on the sports pages, they have yet to tap into management positions, such as editor positions, and make a strong impact.

This paper will look at the advances of women sportswriters in the last 10 years and what strides are being taken for the next step to advance equality in the workplace and give women a chance to succeed in management.


Jonathan Carlson
The Sixth Amendment on Trial: Fellers v. United States.

Advisor: Dr. Mark Leeper
Presentation: Friday, April 30, 2004, 12:00 p.m., Connell Hall, Room 131


The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution gives each criminal defendant “the right to the assistance of counsel for his defense.” The Supreme Court has expanded this right over time to offer more protection to individuals than the Framers of the Constitution intended, yet certain Sixth Amendment questions remain unanswered. The case of John Fellers poses two pertinent legal questions: Firstly, when does the right to an attorney “attach” in criminal proceedings against a defendant? And secondly, can an indicted defendant from whom incriminating evidence was illicitly gained claim that a later confession given after a Miranda reading is “fruit of the poisonous tree?” The Supreme Court partly dealt with the issues of this case but avoided issuing a broader ruling by remanding Fellers v. United States back to the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. The Circuit Court now has a potentially landmark case pending before them and must decide how much protection the Sixth Amendment offers and what conduct is acceptable on the part of law enforcement in dealing with indicted suspects.


Janet Coco
Learning Mathematics: The Differences in Gender.

Advisor: Dr. Jeffery Bauer
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 3:30 p.m., Carhart Science, Room 122


From an early age, students are taught various techniques to solve specific math problems. Some students are receptive to the given algorithms and step-by-step procedures and continually use them throughout their education. Others tend to create their own techniques whether out of frustration or because they think in a different way. Is one gender more receptive to the given procedures than the other? Students at a rural grade school were asked to complete application problems to determine if one gender was more likely to use proven systematic algorithms or come up with creative problems solving strategies.


Jodie Dusel
Counseling Students’ Perceptions of the Inclusion of Spirituality in the Counseling Process and Counselor Education and Preparation.

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Conway
Presentation: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Connell Hall, Room 017


Spirituality and counseling are inherently intertwined. Countless researchers, theorists, practicing counselors, and counselor educators have documented that not only is spirituality a vital tool in the therapeutic process, but clients themselves have indicated that their spiritual and religious beliefs have a significant impact upon their lives as a whole. Despite this evidence, spirituality is largely excluded in both counseling and counselor training. This study aims to explore this contradiction between the plethora of research supporting spirituality and its scarcity both in therapy and in the classroom. Further, it investigates the attitudes and opinions of Wayne State College Human Service Counseling students regarding spirituality in counseling and the implications these findings have for the Wayne State College Counseling curriculum.



Christa Habrock
An Overview of the Economy of Argentina in the Twentieth Century.

Advisor: Dr. Alan Bruflat
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 3:00 p.m., Humanities Student Lounge


Argentina is a country with a rich heritage. Argentina has had a long and interesting history, which includes Spanish colonization, a struggle to gain independence, the rule of Juan Perón, and many political uprisings. In the middle of all this turmoil, it has been challenging for the economy of Argentina to reach stability. This paper discusses the economic history of Argentina, some theories behind past economic problems, and a look toward the future for the Argentinean economy.

Trisha Hansen
The Changing Face of American Agriculture: The Effects of the Mad Cow Scare on American Farmers

Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Hallgren
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 4:00 p.m. Gardner Hall, Room 208.


On December 23, 2003, the finding of a dairy cow infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopthy (BSE), otherwise know as Mad Cow disease, in Washington State created havoc in the American beef industry. In the months since the finding, much scrutiny has been focused on the safety of the beef supply as well as the future of the industry as a whole. By incorporating the results of a self performed two year livestock study, the effects of the BSE scare on beef marketability and production are detailed along with the measures being taken to prevent another scare in the United States.



Heather (Hein) Oltmer
Using a Social Norms Model to Aid in the Reduction of Substance Abuse on the Wayne State College Campus.

Advisor: Dr. Keith Willis
Presentation: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 9:30 a.m., Brandenburg Education, Room 326


Social norms are people’s beliefs about the behavior that is expected of them in a particular social context. People’s perceptions of social norms are often a good predictor of what they will say and do. Surveys of college students reveal that most students greatly overestimate the amount of high-risk drinking that occurs on their campus and on college campuses in general. Based on this misconception, students may conclude that high-risk drinking is the social norm, which in turn may lead them to increased alcohol consumption. A survey was designed to determine attitudes and behaviors about substance use among Wayne State College students. The purpose of this survey was to aid in the reduction of alcohol use among students attending Wayne State College. The survey was administered anonymously to approximately 550 students. The results were positive attitudes and behaviors regarding substance use. The topics that will be discussed include the background and effectiveness of social norms on college campuses, the current research regarding social norms and the method and results of the current survey developed specifically for Wayne State College.



Jacob E. Petersen
Investing: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis.

Advisor: Dr. Jeryl Nelson
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 3:30 p.m., Gardner Hall, Room 208


Intelligent investing requires qualitative and quantitative analysis. This paper contains a brief history of investing, followed by the basic essentials required to understand how the stock market works. It then breaks down how to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze a company. Finally, it closes with a section that helps determine buy, hold, and sell criteria.


Lila Preston

The Power of Narrative in Everyday Life.

Advisor: Dr. Deborah Whitt
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 3:30 p.m., Humanities Student Lounge


This study focuses on how narratives affect individuals in their everyday life. Research is reviewed on narratives and story telling. Ten individuals will be interviewed and observations have been made throughout the research project. Narratives and the stories people tell may have a long lasting affect on oneself and other individuals that person may come in contact with. This research gives a better understanding of how narratives make changes in individuals’ lives and decisions.


Audry Prosterman
A Night in The Woods: Writing and Illustrating a Children's Book.

Advisor: Mr. Vic Reynolds
Presentation: Monday, May 3, 2004, 4:30 p.m., Peterson Fine Arts, Room 204


Graphic Design, studio art and creative writing merge in the imaginative process of storybook illustration. Most of us can fondly remember storybooks and their descriptive illustrations. This project entailed investigation of the processes used in writing and illustration of children’s books. These processes were applied in creating (writing and illustrating) a book, A Night in the Woods, directed at young children. This is a story of two girls and their experience during a camping trip.



Anna Stubblefield
A Descriptive Study of Secondary Math and Science Substitute Teachers.

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Sharer
Presentation: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 3:00 p.m., Connell Hall Room 131


With the rapid increase in demand for substitute teachers, many states are lowering their substitute certifications requirements. The typical student spends and average of five school months with a substitute teacher before they graduate. These facts have inspired a study focusing on the intrinsic and extrinsic qualities successful substitute teachers possess. A closer look examines qualities held by successful math and science substitutes, two content areas difficult to fill. Recommendations are given for the implementation of a substitute training or orientation program to ensure greater success for all substitutes.




Advisor: Dr. Randy Bertolas
Presentation: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 4:00 p.m., Connell Hall, Room 131


Nebraska has one of the largest supplies of fresh water in the world. It is located over the heart of the Ogallala or High Plains Aquifer. Water is Nebraska’s most important natural resource. This paper looks at where the water is located, why it is so valuable to the state, and with the ongoing droughts across the region, what the future holds for Nebraska’s groundwater.



Andrew Tonnies
Explaining Tribal Economic Development: Lessons from the Winnebago Tribe.

Advisor: Dr. Joe Blankenau
Presentation: Tuesday, April 27, 2004, 9:30 a.m., Connell Hall, Room 131


The purpose of this study is to identify factors, which have driven the recent economic growth on the Winnebago Reservation. This study will also look at whether the recent economic development is suggestive long-term growth or is ephemeral. Based on a review of the literature, three hypotheses will be explored. 1) A historically representative tribal governing structure that mimics the traditional governing structure of the tribe will be more stable and therefore encourage more economic development. 2) A tribally owned gaming operation generates initial revenue for the tribe, which can be reinvested into other economic development activities. 3) The “great person thesis” where a single person comes into a situation and through their own leadership and business savvy, directs the tribe toward economic growth. These hypotheses will be analyzed through the use of key informant interviews and an examination of existing statistical data.


Trista Vogt
Coming to Golden Mountain: Chinese Immigration to the United States, 1850-

Advisor: Dr. Linda Taber
Presentation: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 4:30 p.m., Connell Hall, Room 131


Chinese immigration to Golden Mountain, California, began in 1850 during the Gold Rush and continues to this day. This paper focuses on the first 50 years of Chinese immigration to the United States, concentrating on their movements into San Francisco. It begins with conditions and events in China and in the United States that lead to immigration. The paper then looks at how the Chinese migrated to the U. S. and their lives once they settled there. Finally, it discusses the reaction of white Americans at the local, state, and national levels to Chinese immigration and settlement.




Advisor: Dr. Joe Blankenau
Presentation: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 12:30 p.m., Connell Hall, Room 131


The purpose of this policy analysis was to determine which proposed health care plan to curb the problem of uninsurance is best for Americans. Three proposals were examined: The Health Insurance Certificate Act of 2003, H.R 2698; President Bush’s proposal; and presidential candidate Howard Dean’s proposal. Each proposal was evaluated according to economic factors, value acceptability, political feasibility, and technical feasibility. Each of the proposals lacks essential facets. However, it was determined that The Health Insurance Certificate Act of 2003, H.R 2698 was the only proposal that encompassed intangibles to become law.


Roy Zach
50/50 by 2050: Analyzing Trends Toward Pursuing Renewable Energy in Nebraska.

Advisor: Dr. Randy Bertolas
Presentation: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 3:30 p.m., Connell Hall, Room 131


The intensive use of energy drives the United States’ economy and lays the foundation for our complex array of technological infrastructure. The use of various fuel sources helps us to generate electricity, transport our possessions and ourselves, construct important buildings, and make our lives more comfortable. The sophistication of energy systems in the United States is incredible, and it takes the hard work of dedicated people to make it all come together and function efficiently. The geographic distribution of Nebraska’s energy endowment and infrastructure is of special interest in this research.


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