Last month, members of the SPSU Honors Program attended the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Phoenix.
Dr. Nancy Reichert, an associate professor in the English, Technical Communication and Media Arts (ETCMA) Department and director of the Honors Program, presented information concerning retention practices used at SPSU to help students succeed in its Honors Program. Her presentation was part of the Developing in Honors sessions for administrators of honors programs.
Prof. Ann Parker, an ETCMA lecturer and assistant director of the Honors Program – along with students Joshua Gober, Alex Harrison and Lauren Tyus – presented on the topic of service learning. Their panel was titled “Honors Service Opportunities that Teach: Moving Beyond Service for the Sake of Service.”
Dr. William Griffiths, an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department and the instructor of the interdisciplinary course “Mathematics and Our World,” presented with students James DeGrood, Lin Guo and Thomas Munday on the topic of diversity issues within this class. Their panel was titled “American and Chinese: Two Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar with a Focus on Mathematics.”
Brothers and SPSU students Isaiah and Joshua Gober also presented a research assistant project that they conducted with Dr. Rajnish Singh, an associate professor of biology, concerning cell-to-cell adhesion in cancer. Their poster presentation was titled “To Adhere or Not to Adhere: Understanding the Molecular Mechanism of Inflammation and Cell-Cell Adhesion in Cancer.”
The SPSU presentations were well received at the conference, where the theme was “Stewards of our Colliding Worlds: Rights, Wrongs, and Responsibilities.”