Spring 2005
Honors Colloquium Students'
Abstracts and Autobiographies

 

MEGAN COPELAND
THE EXAMINATION OF THE INFLUENCES OF FINE ART IN GRAPHIC DESIGN AND WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

Instructor: Mr. Jeff Piper

Presentation: Monday, May 2, 2005; 4:00 p.m.; Peterson Fine Arts Building, Room 19

 

Abstract
Currently, internet marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry. A modern, well presented website is expected for most businesses and organizations. Well-designed sites portray a professional image and provide an explanation of the services and products offered, as well as background and contact information. The purpose of this research is to examine how fine art influences the design of modern websites. By building my own personal website using Dreamweaver, I received a personal glimpse of the challenges faced by web designers. This research paper explores website development, minimalist art, and the symbolism of the circle. I tried to illustrate the effects of placement, color choice, and design.

 

Autobiography
Megan Copeland, a senior at Wayne State College, is the daughter of Byron and Kim Copeland of Fremont, Nebraska. Megan, a 2001 graduate of Fremont Senior High, is majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Computer Science. While at Wayne State College she has been on the Dean’s List each semester, the cheerleading squad, an Art Peer Tutor for the Learning Center, and was inducted in the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.

 

ANUJA GHIMIRE
THE LIFE AND WORKS OF POET LAXMI PRASAD DEVKOTA

Instructor: Ms. Lisa Sandlin

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005; 3:00 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge

 

Abstract
Laxmi Prasad Devkota, otherwise known as ‘the great poet’ of Nepal, was phenomenal, a prolific genius and a beloved author. In a short lifespan, Devkota established himself as the greatest poet of Nepal. This paper is an attempt to introduce poet Devkota to the Western audience, along with his masterpiece, Muna Madan, the Nepalese equivalent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to an interview with the poet’s living son, some translation of poet Devkota’s poems is presented in the paper.

 

Autobiography
Anuja Ghimire, a native of Kathmandu, Nepal, is a senior at Wayne State College. She is double majoring in English Writing and Psychology. She is the daughter of Bharat Prasad Ghimire and Saroja Ghimire. In her career at Wayne State College, Anuja has belonged to Who’s Who Among students in Colleges and Universities in America, 2004, Cardinal Key (President Spring 2005, Vice President Fall 2004), Sigma Tau Delta (Vice President 2004-05, Pi Gamma Mu, Psi Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Student Judicial Board, International Club (President 2003-04, Vice President 2002-03), Peer Educator Network and Explorer’s Club.

 

AARON HANSEN
THE PLATTSMOUTH CASE: THE CONSTITUTIONALITY
AND EFFECT OF A PUBLIC RELIGIOUS DISPLAY

Instructor: Dr. Mark Leeper

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005; 5:00 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131

 

Abstract
The Constitutionality of a Ten Commandments monument in a city park in Plattsmouth Nebraska has been challenged. The five foot tall monument is engraved with the Biblical Ten Commandments and emblazoned with two Stars of David, symbols of the Jewish faith. A suit filed against the city of Plattsmouth claimed that the monument violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and District and Federal judges ruled on behalf of the plaintiff ordering the City of Plattsmouth to remove the monument from the park. The City of Plattsmouth has appealed this decision and filed a friend-of-the-court brief which was reviewed by the Supreme Court of the United States in March 2005. A decision is expected in early summer.

 

The purpose of this research project is to provide the historical, legal, and social context of the case, and to anticipate the ultimate outcome. This task involves examining the judicial values of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the participants in the case, the legal precedent, and the cultural context. Does a stone tablet in a Plattsmouth public park constitute an improper “establishment” of religion? The answer depends on who is asked.

 

Autobiography
Aaron Hansen is the son of Tim and Yvonne Hansen of Laurel, Nebraska. Aaron graduated from Laurel-Concord High School in 2001 and is currently in his senior year at Wayne State College. He will receive his Bachelors degree in Political Science with a Minor in French upon his graduation in December of 2005. While at Wayne State College, Aaron has been on the Deans list for three years, a member of the Wayne Political Union, conducted Honors Research, participated in intramural football and basketball, and was inducted into the Blue Key National Honors Fraternity. Upon graduation Aaron plans to attend law school, focusing on international relations.


Kristy Kounovsky
AB Initio Computational Studies of Structure and Engergetics of Single Walled Armchair and ZigZag Carbon Nanotubes

Instructor: Dr. Paul Karr

Presentation: Tuesday, April 26, 2005; 3:00 p.m.; Carhart Science Building, Room 122

 

Abstract
Utilizing 3LYP model chemistry coupled with the 3-21G basis set as in Gaussian 03 software suit, we present the HOMO, LUMO and energies of armchair and zigzag nanotubes. The frontier molecular orbitals, visualized by Gaussview, were compared to the semiconductor/metallic characteristics of carbon nanotubes as described by Charlier. By varying the carbon nanotube structure, the following effects were involved: (1) the comparison of the HOMO-LUMO gap and the semiconductor/metal characteristics from the equation (n-m)/3, (2) the relationship of the number of atoms and the energies of the carbon nanotubes, (3) the fixed diameter energies of the SWNT compared to the length, and the (4) the energies verse the length to diameter ratio.

 

Autobiography
Kristy Kounosky is the daughter of David and Barb Kounovsky of Norfolk, Nebraska. Kristy, a graduate of Norfolk Senior High School, is majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics, obtaining a minor in Biology, and will graduate in May of 2005. While at Wayne State College Kristy has been involved in the following: Dean’s List, Peer Tutor for the Learning Center, President and Vice President of Theta Phi Alpha a social fraternity, President of Greek Council, Treasurer and Historian for Kappa Mu Epsilon a mathematics society, Treasurer of the Science Club, President of Anderson Hall, a member of Cardinal Key National Honors Fraternity and the on the Homecoming Court. Kristy has presented for the Nebraska Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society’s Regional Meeting, and has participated in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Wichita State University for Chemistry and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Biochemistry. Upon graduation, Kristy will participate in the Analytical Chemistry Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

 

JENNY KRIENS
AN ANALYSIS OF SUPER BOWL ADVERTISEMENTS: A
COMMUNICATION TOUCHDOWN OR MAYBE A FUMBLE?

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Whitt

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 2:00 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge

 

Abstract:
The Super Bowl has become the most widely watched sporting event in the United States and fans are increasingly tuning in for the commercials more than the love of the game. Despite having the highest advertising rates in television, the Super Bowl has become the prime game time for advertisers. This year’s average price of $2.4 million for a thirty-second advertisement is up 6 percent from 2004 and more than double the cost from a decade ago. Advertisers are spending significant resources on these ads, but are their communication efforts effective? In an effort to analyze and justify the purchase of these coveted advertising spots, this project evaluates selected commercials from a communication theory standpoint. Using the fundamental principles of communication theory, these ads will be deemed communication touchdowns or possibly fumbles.

 

Autobiography:
Jenny Kriens is the daughter of Jack and Rose Kriens of Omaha, Nebraska. Jenny is majoring in Speech Communication, with emphases in corporate, community, and public relations. She also has a minor in Advertising. While at Wayne State, Jenny has been involved in the following: Peer Tutor for the Learning Center, Vice-President of Lambda Pi Eta, Vice President of WSC Navigators, Orientation Coordinator/Ambassador, President and Committee Head for Zeta Tau Omega, Treasurer of Berry Hall, Cardinal Key, National Honor Society, GAMMA, Greek Council, Alpha Lambda Delta, Dean’s List, and two WSC children’s plays. Upon graduation, Jenny will be attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she will focus on Marketing, Communication, and Advertising.

 

TROXL MINER
FIGHTING BACK: AN ANALYAIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION IN RURAL NEBRASKA

Instructor: Dr. Randy Bertolas

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005; 4:30 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131

 

Abstract
Increasingly, the consequences of environmental degradation are affecting local geography and, particularly, the rural environment. Despite progress in education and awareness, the toll extracted by industrial and agricultural practices, contemporary or past, continues. Environmental law differs substantially across jurisdictional boundaries; industrial expansion and subsequent environmental impact are often dramatically affected by these variables. Enforcement by local, state, and federal authorities differs dramatically as well. As a result, average citizens of rural areas are increasingly organizing in their efforts to resist or gain compensation in what they perceive to be a disturbing progression. Prominent cases of such activity, as well as unique and successful methodology and organization, are the central focus of this research.

 

Autobiography
Troxl D. Miner began his education at Wayne State College in 1981. He resides with his wife and five children, (three boys and two girls), near Wakefield, Nebraska. Returning to college full-time in 2002, he is a Geography major with a minor in Social Sciences. He is a member of the International Club and the Explorers’ Club, as well as the honor societies of Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences), Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography), and Phi Alpha Theta (History). He is scheduled to graduate in May of 2005.


STACI PIERCE
AN ART ROOM WITHOUT WALLS: EXPLORING ACTIVE LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Instructor: Dr. Pearl Hansen

Presentation: Monday, May 2, 2005; 3:30 p.m.; Peterson Fine Arts, Room 19

 

Abstract
Educators are in constant search of new ways to engage students in active learning processes. For the art teacher in particular, finding ways to connect content and curriculum with real-life, relevant situations can create deeper understanding for students, and improve retention and transfer in education. In my research, I organized and conducted a field trip to Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE for Elementary Education majors. In addition, I studied the effects of various art out-reach programs in the United States on student learning, as well as the achievements of current teachers who implement such programs. This paper explores various options the classroom teacher and art specialist have in exploring creative active learning experiences outside the classroom. Included are ideas and strategies for implementing these activities into a curriculum which aligns with the National Standards for art.

 

Autobiography
Staci Pierce is the daughter of Dennis and Lori Pierce of Verdigre, Nebraska. A 2001 graduate of Verdigre High School, Staci is an Art Education Major and will graduate following student teaching in December 2005. While at Wayne State, Staci has been on the Dean’s List, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, WSC Art Club, and the Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association. She is currently serving as president of the Wayne State Chapter of the National Art Education Association. Staci is a five-time exhibitor of the WSC student juried show and her Senior Exhibition was recently featured in Nordstrand Art Gallery.

 

NORMAN SMALL, II
200 YEARS OF MAP MAKING IN THE UNITED
STATES: FROM LEWIS AND CLARK TO PRESENT DAY

Instructor: Dr. Randy Bertolas

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005; 4:00 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131

 

Abstract
The history of map making or cartography in the United States is an area of study which has not been documented as extensively as that of Europe or Asia. The literature reviewed and interviews conducted for this study indicate that American cartographers followed European standards until the last half of the 20th century, when the art and science of cartography in the United States began to create a fundamental style of its own. Like the Corps of Discovery 200 years ago, the United States is mapping out new future in cartography.

 

Autobiography
Norman Small is a senior at Wayne State College and hails from Hampton, Virginia. He will graduate in May 2005 with degrees in Geography and Psychology and a minor in History. Currently, he serves as Student Trustee to the Nebraska State College Systems Board of Trustees and Ex-Officio to the Wayne State College Student Senate. He is the President of the WSC Chapter of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, and has been inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, Psi Chi National Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society and Who’s Who Among students in Colleges and Universities in America. Norman is an active member of the Wayne State Concert Choir and the WSC Explorers Club; he also is a 4-H Leader and author of national 4-H of Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems curriculum to be published in the next year. Upon graduating he plans to begin a Masters of Organizational Leadership degree with a concentration and certification in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Denver.

 

SheiLa Vinson
DIRECTING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS/TECHNICAL DIRECTING

Instructor: Ms. Janet Roney

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005; 2:30 p.m.; Humanities Student Lounge

 

Abstract
Artistic development begins early in life. Rather than study textbooks and articles, I obtained a position as an assistant director in charge of costuming, lighting and set design for Laurel-Concord High School’s One Act. This position allowed me to study and be involved in the growth of the artistic abilities of students on a more personal level. I not only studied the progression of artistic talent but the various motivational techniques used by the director and myself to encourage the young actors as they struggled through the process of finding and developing their character roles. I am creating a video diary capturing the gradual progression of student into actor.

 

Autobiography
Sheila Vinson is the daughter of Clark and Mary Vinson of Foster, Nebraska. She is obtaining a double major in Theater and Broadcasting. While at Wayne State College, Sheila has been involved in the following: WSC Theatre, Secretary and Treasurer of Drama Club, Independent Film Actress, Film Club, Wayne State’s Television Station KWSC-TV, Wayne State’s Student-run Radio Station KWSC-FM, Unit 148 American Legion, and NSAA Certified One-Act and Speech Judge. Sheila will graduate in December 2005.

 

MEGAN WEBER
HOW WIDESPREAD IS THE USE OF BACKGROUND AND/OR FOREGROUND MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Instructor: Dr. Timothy Sharer

Presentation: Monday, May 2, 2005; 5:30 p.m.; Brandenburg Education Building, Room 101

 

Abstract
The idea that music opens the door to endless opportunities and connections is not only present in society but can also apply to almost every classroom in Nebraska. Allowing students the opportunity to hear and use music during class can have many positive results such as helping to remember key ideas, creating a calm environment, and providing breaks where needed. This project was researched through the use of books and articles, the internet, and a survey of Nebraska teachers. It explores the use of background and foreground music in the regular classroom and demonstrates both the positive and negative aspects of this subject. It also provides possible suggestions as to how to incorporate music into the everyday classroom.

 

Autobiography
Megan Weber is the daughter of Brad and Deb Weber of Wayne, Nebraska. Megan, a graduate of Wayne High School, is majoring in Elementary Education with a subject endorsement in Early Childhood. While at Wayne State College, Megan has been a Neihardt Scholar, on the Dean’s List, a Learning Center peer tutor for Education, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Cardinal Key, the Aristocats, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been around music all of her life, which led to the interest of this project’s topic. Megan will graduate in December of 2005 after completing her student teaching.

 

MAGDALENA WILLIS
Samuel Barber: Examining HERMIT SONGS: Fusing Eight Century Texts with Twentieth Century Style Music

Instructor: Dr. Linda Christiansen

Presentation: Friday, April 29, 2005; 2:00 p.m.; Peterson Fine Arts, Room 33

 

Abstract
Samuel Barber is one of the most well-known American composers of the twentieth century. He is famous for an ability to take elements of nineteenth century music while adding twentieth century styles and sounds. Never is this more evident than in Hermit Songs. These eighth century texts, taken from the margins of books that monks of the time were copying or illuminating, are set to music that fuses the old with the new. This ten-movement piece ranges in style from recitative/aria style to lyric art song, to bombastic short furious pieces. The emotional range is as diverse.

In this research, I have found the elements of twentieth century music in conjunction with an almost impressionistic style of the nineteenth century. Barber was a master of taking the new and mixing it with the old to create a sound that was at once familiar and unique. I will be performing this piece in its entirety after pointing out points of interest and discussing what makes this piece as unique as it is.

 

Autobiography
Magdalena Willis is the daughter of Michael and Dawn Willis of Dakota City, NE. She is a senior Vocal Performance major with a minor in Psychology. While at Wayne State College, Magdalena has been involved in Choir, Madrigals, MENC, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. She was the president of both Choir and Madrigals. Magdalena will be graduating after five years of study.

 

Jill K. Zimmerman
THE GREAT AMERICAN DESERT: TAKING A
CLOSER LOOK AT THE NEBRASKA SANDHILLS

Instructor: Dr. Randy Bertolas

Presentation: Thursday, April 28, 2005; 4:00 p.m.; Connell Hall, Room 131

 

Abstract
The Nebraska Sandhills are more than a unique and beautiful landscape. They are covered in native prairie and are home to one of the premier cattle raising areas in the United States. The Sandhills is the largest area of recently active sand dunes in North America. This paper looks at opinions on how the Sandhills were formed, different plants and animals that call this region home, and finally at the variety of people who homesteaded the land and the obstacles they faced.

 

Autobiography
Jill Kinsley Zimmerman is the daughter of Leon and Debra Zimmerman of Broken Bow, Nebraska. She graduated from Broken Bow High School in 2001. Jill is majoring in Social Science Education with an endorsement in coaching. She is involved in Gamma Theta Upsilon, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Explorers Club, as well as a participant of many intramural activities. She is scheduled to graduate from Wayne State College in May 2005.

 

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