NCHC Conference Recap: Nov. 8-12, 2018

December 6, 2018


Last month, eight representatives of the St. Norbert College Honors Program headed east for the annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference. During their extended weekend in Boston, six honors students, along with Program Coordinator, Stacey Wanta, and Program Director, Dr. Joel Mann, enjoyed various honors-themed speakers, sessions, and workshops. Additionally, they were lucky enough to squeeze in some time to see the city alongside the best possible tour guide -- honors alum Alex Gruber, a current Master of Theology student at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. From exploring the rich history of such a historic city to engaging with fellow honors programs from across the country, there was much to be gained from this experience.


In addition to attending conference sessions, the SNC Honors Program had several presentations of their own. Julia Novotny ‘19, a second-time NCHC student poster presenter, presented her research with Dr. King’s lab entitled “Planarians, Protonephridia, and PKD.” Teamed up, Migena Vula ‘20 and Anna Van Daalwyk ‘19 presented a project entitled “Saving the UN Peacekeeping Force: Using the Past to Improve the Future.” And last but certainly not least, Michelle Lobermeier ‘19, another second-time NCHC student poster presenter, showcased her work entitled “Individual Differences in Working Memory Predict the Effect of Music on Student Performance.” Student honors staff member Alexa Paleka ‘19, an editor for the NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UReCA), presented on a panel of fellow UReCA editors focused on their work and growth of the journal over the past few years. Additionally, Stacey Wanta and Elisha Jaeke ‘20 presented the Honors Center’s work over the past few years to build effective and meaningful platforms, primarily run by the student office staff.


This year’s conference was particularly special, as the Honors Program took home three prestigious awards. Michelle Lobermeier earned first place for her student poster presentation within the Social and Behavioral Sciences category, where she received immense praise from judges and fellow students alike. Elisha Jaeke won the John J. Hanigan Award, which is awarded each year to an NCHC student conference presenter demonstrating a history of community service and commitment to the spirit of volunteering. Finally, Stacey Wanta won the esteemed Award for Administrative Excellence, and was described by her nominator, Dr. Marcie Paul -- former director of the Honors Program, as the heart of the St. Norbert College Honors Center (read more about her award here: . We could not agree more, and are so proud of each of our award winners!


Interested in the specifics of the event or the presentations of our very own honors students? Check out and You are also encouraged to contact for more information regarding submissions for next fall’s conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.





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