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Capstone Projects Demonstrate Diverse Interests

UPDATE:MBC’s second annual Capstone Festival took place May 10, 2007. At the end of the day of diverse poster and paper presentations, as well as visual and audio-visual projects, several seniors were recognized in an awards presentation in Hunt West.

First Place, paper, Session A
Brecken Geiman
“Birds”: Fashion in Flight

First Place, paper, Session B
Melissa Hankee
Neuroendocrine Differentiation in a Cellular Model of Prostate Cancer Progression

Second Place, paper, Session A
McCall Carter
A Philosophical Argument for Genocide Intervention

Second Place, paper, Session B
Laura Hedrick
Fowl Convictions: The Phenomenon of Dietary Xenophobia Between Early Modern England and Scotland

First Place, poster presentation
Katherine Fenstermacher
Host-Guest Interactions between Conformational Isomers of Calix[4]arene and Carbon60 Fullerene

Second Place, poster presentation
Megan Jones
The Homogenization of the American Diet in the 1940s and 1950s

First Place, visual and audio-visual project
Brecken Geiman
Mystery Religion: Reinterpreting the Language and Spirit of an Abandoned House

Second Place, visual and audio-visual project
Cheyenne Crawford
The Booker T. Washington Homework Program

Honorable Mention, visual and audio-visual project
Allison Hasson
Experiments in Togetherness: A Study in Evolutionary Psychology
Original piece posted 5//1/07:

Brecken Geiman will tell the story behind her recent fashion show and how birds inspired it. McCall Carter will pose a philosophical argument for genocide intervention. A number of students will detail how food has made an impact historically on America. The public is invited to watch and listen.

On May 10, 30 Mary Baldwin College seniors will participate in the second Capstone Festival to highlight selected senior theses. The festival grew out of the college’s strategic plan, which emphasizes the senior experience. Students were nominated for participation by their academic advisors as the top projects in each discipline. Three $100 and three $50 awards and several certificates of recognition will be given to top presenters.

“This is what learning is about,” said Lydia Petersson, director of sponsored programs and research development. “Absorbing knowledge is a big part of it, but being able to convey that knowledge to others is the desired result of education.”

Reinvigorating a sense of communal ownership of knowledge within the Mary Baldwin family and its surrounding community is another aim of the Festival, which Petersson and others hope will grow in the years to come.

Schedule of Presentations
Managing the Needs and Desires of a Global Society
Papers A1: Miller Chapel, 1:45-3:15

  1. Lois Thatcher:Costco Wholesale’s Strategy for Success
  2. Teresa Bayes:A Strategic Analysis of Fairfield Language Technologies
  3. Alison Kaufmann:The Marketing Campaign of Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympics by the Beijing Olympic Committee
  4. Brecken Geiman:“Birds”: Fashion in Flight
  5. Laura Klentzman:Stage Manager as Performer: Stage Managing “The Pretty Perfume Maker”

Ethics and Political Engagement
Papers A2: Miller Chapel, 3:30-4:45

  1. Katherine Gregory:Slave Diet & Nutrition: Eating to Work or Working to Eat in Virginia, 1774-1865
  2. Delayne Baker:The Mighty over the Underlings: A Study of Power in Salisbury, Maryland
  3. McCall Carter:A Philosophical Argument for Genocide Intervention
  4. Jennifer Oliveri: Religiousness and Ethical Behavior

Feast & Famine Then and Now
Papers B1: Nuthouse, Hunt Hall, 1:45-3:15

  1. Kathryn Wallace:Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores: Consistent Growth Built on Old-Fashioned Values
  2. Katherine Alexis Conyers:Critical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Preventative Care and Obesity: An Evidence-Based Medical Approach
  3. Melissa Cobb:Dinner as the Weapon, Kitchen as the Battleground: Food Rationing in World War II and its Effect on Women
  4. Deborah Durbin:“Woman, where’s my dinner?” Innovations and Changes in the Kitchen in Early 20th-Century America
  5. Laura Hedrick:Fowl Convictions: The Phenomenon of Dietary Xenophobia Between Early Modern England and Scotland

Contemporary Issues in Health and Health Care
Papers B2, Nuthouse, Hunt Hall 3:30-4:45

  1. Melissa Hankee:Neuroendocrine Differentiation in a Cellular Model of Prostate Cancer Progression
  2. Marcela Posadas Turrubiarte:Disparities in the Utilization of Mammography Screening among Latina Women Age 40 and over in the Central Shenandoah Valley
  3. Shannon Foreman:Emergency Rooms in Crisis: Homelessness and Utilization of Mental Health Services
  4. Christina Hatcher: Near Universal Health Care Today:A Case Study of Health Care Reform in Massachusetts

Social Sciences & Humanities
Posters 1: Hunt West, 2-3:15

  1. Brittany Bledsoe:Has the South African State Made Adequate Policies Against the AIDS Epidemic?
  2. McCall Carter:Did the Death of Slobodan Milosevic Before a Conviction by the ICTY Hinder the Peace Process in the Balkans?
  3. Amanda Harmon:Redeeming the Crucifixion
  4. Megan Jones:The Homogenization of the American Diets in the 1940s and 1950s
  5. Candice Barnack:Meeting Housing Needs: An Analysis of Habitat for Humanity’s Role in the Residential Construction Industry in the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Area

Natural Sciences & Economics
Posters 2: Hunt West, 3:30-4:45

  1. Katherine Fenstermacher:Host-Guest Interactions between Conformational Isomers of Calix[4]arene and Carbon60 Fullerene
  2. Marissa Goldbeck:Thin-Film Inductors in Power Converters
  3. Patricia Grace:A Spectrophotometric and Thermodynamic Analysis of Cucurbituril 7 Inclusion Behavior
  4. Calissa Smith:Avian Malaria: Testing the Nest Height Hypothesis
  5. Dara Young:PCR-Based Analysis of the Prevalence of Avian Malaria in Eastern Red-Eyed Vireos at Differing Lattitudes
  6. Nicole Brenner:Can the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Time Use Survey be Used to Give a More Accurate Account of Gross Domestic Product?

Video/Audio-Visual: Hunt Gallery, 3:45-4:45

  1. Cheyenne Crawford:The Booker T. Washington Homework Program
  2. Brecken Geiman:Mystery Religion: Reinterpreting the Language and Spirit of an Abandoned House
  3. Allison Hasson:Experiments in Togetherness: A Study in Evolutionary Psychology

Celebration and Awards Presentation: Hunt West, 5-6:30

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