Senior Studies: Students share projects at Inauguration symposium

A “Senior Study Student Symposium,” a presentation showcasing several exemplary Senior Studies, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., April 13, in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Inaugural events for Maryville College’s 11th president, Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, who will be inaugurated during a ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sat., April 16 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center.

One of the distinctive features of a Maryville education, the Senior Study requirement calls for students to complete a two-semester research and writing project that is guided by a faculty supervisor. According to the College’s catalog, the Senior Study program “facilitates the scholarship of discovery within the major field and integrates those methods with the educational goals fostered through the Maryville Curriculum.”

“The symposium will highlight what Maryville College faculty believe is one of the most unique things in the curriculum,” said Dr. Mark O’Gorman, associate professor of political science. “We always hear from alumni and students that this truly is a positive capstone event.”

Student presenters include:

Caroline Redmond, English Literature

“Shifting Mythology: The Transformation of Gender in Modern Arthurian Retellings”

Although most people think of mythology as a stable source of meaning for a given culture, legends are in fact quite fluid. The large-scale progression of modern Arthurian retellings has echoed the growing respect for women’s experiences and voices in recent history.

Jordan Sherrod, Sociology

“THIS COULD BE YOUR CHURCH: A Sociological Study of Church Signs”

This thesis examines roadside church signs’ impact on the religious landscape of the United States. Specifically it analyzes church signs with messages such as “GOT JESUS?” and “MY LIFEGUARD WALKS ON WATER” in terms of their advertising power within the religious marketplace.

Travis Donnell, Computer Science

“Application of OpenGL For Use in Munitions Testing”

Using modern graphical techniques, simulation of military training structures becomes possible. With the help of a computer, soldiers are kept safer when training to defend our country.

Ashley Vandevender, English Literature

“Singular ‘They:’ A Test for a Prescription Change”

This study utilizes a substitutive transformational method in order to test a grammatical prescription change from generic he and all its various forms to singular they, specifically in academic writing. After Chapter One which sets up the historical and current conversation regarding the issue of generic gender pronouns, the next two chapters examine the data and thus the results of such a prescription change by analyzing example sentences gathered from 180 sources in nine academic disciplines.

Nicole Sievers, Business and Organizational Management

“Integrating Viral Marketing: From Twitter Perches to Facebook Pages”

Companies and organizations alike can greatly benefit from Facebook and Twitter, along with countless other networking sites, because of the high level of efficiency, cost effectiveness, and reach, with minimal negative aspects. This thesis gives ground work for why social media is important, even crucial, for companies today to adopt, and gives advice on how to create, participate, and succeed in the cyber worlds of Facebook and Twitter.

Christian Lockhart, Philosophy

“Free Will and Determinism: Making Sense of Conflicting Beliefs”

This presentation will introduce two conflicting yet commonly held beliefs, free will and determinism, and outline some of most significant attempts by philosophers to reconcile them.

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