Four SNC Honors students were among the 1500 honors students from across the nation who attended the 51st Annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference in Seattle, WA on October 13-16. Tyler Butts, Alex Gruber, Sarah Jensen, and Jessica Tooley presented their research at the conference and attended several forums and discussions regarding a variety of topics. Tyler Butts ’18 was one of fourteen presenters in the field of Environmental Science, Conservation, and Green Technology. His presentation, titled Unintended Consequences of Dredging Activity in the Lower Fox River on Zooplankton Density and Biomass, focused on PCB contamination in water bodies adjacent to industries and the types of remediation that can be used to reduce consequences on zooplankton density and water clarity.
Alex Gruber, Sarah Jensen and Jessica Tooley were among 71 students who presented in the Social and Behavioral Sciences field. The Second Order: The History and Importance of Premonstratensian Women, presented by Alex Gruber ’18, focused on the role of women in the Premonstratensian Order in the Middle Ages. His presentation also offered insight into the overall history of Premonstratensian women, which can help the SNC community understand its own heritage. Jessica Tooley ’17 presented Differences in Reaction Time of Female Athletes and Non-Athletes During Exercise, in which she analyzed reaction times of female athletes and non-athletes before, during, and after exercise. Sarah Jensen ’18 presented her cognitive psychology research, titled Memory Recall and Forgetting, which explored the concept of inhibited recall and its influence on forgetting.
This year’s plenary speaker was author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie, who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. He shared stories of American Indian life and connected these experiences to contemporary issues such as modern racism and white privilege. Alexie has won numerous awards, including Publishers Weekly’s Book of the Year, and has been featured on The New York Times and NPR’s lists of best books in 2012. Additionally, Smoke Signals, a film he wrote and produced in 1998, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at that year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The 52nd Annual NCHC Conference will be held on November 8-12, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Submissions for presentations will be open in January. Contact Stacey Wanta or Dr. Paul with any questions.