Students of merit will be honored at Student Scholars' Day

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Lacey, Wash. - Some of the finest work of Saint Martin’s College students will be honored April 30 at the second annual Student Scholars’ Day. The event begins with a luncheon for student presenters and their faculty sponsors, followed by student presentations starting at 2:45 p.m. in the college’s Old Main building, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.

“Student Scholars’ Day celebrates and honors our students’ significant scholarly or artistic accomplishments here at Saint Martin’s,” said Doug Ford, academic affairs liaison. Ford founded the day last year in memory of his mother, Grace Riddell Ford, a talented research metallurgist, chemist and teacher who died in 2000. “My mother’s life was dedicated to scientific research, education, political and social justice, all guided by her deep faith and compassion.”

Student Scholars’ Day participants are selected based on the overall quality of their work as communicated through an abstract that summarizes their goals and accomplishments. They are required to have the sponsorship of a faculty member who was involved in the work or whose class the work was completed for.

The event is part of a day of accolades that begins with the college’s annual Honors Convocation, which begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Worthington Conference Center.

Student Scholars’ Day Presentation Schedule

Old Main 349
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. “The Enlightenment’s Protégé: America’s Realization of Enlightenment Ideals”
Andrea Watts, McCleary
(Completed for Dr. Rex Casillas’ History 356 class)
Watts will present a paper discussing the influence of writers of the Enlightenment on documents of the American Revolution.
2:55 - 3:15 p.m. “Adolescent Aggression: Treatment from a Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective”
Kelly Kimbel, Shelton
(Completed for Dr. Jeanette Munn’s Psychology 499 class)
Kimbel will discuss specific therapies found effective in the treatment of violent teens.
3:20 - 3:40 p.m. “The Mark of a Hero”
David Ellis, Lacey
(Completed for Dr. Stephen Mead’s English 292 class)
Ellis will read from his science fiction short story that he hopes to grow into a published novel.
3:45 - 4:05 p.m. “They Fought for our Freedom: A History of the Aberdeen Free Speech Fight”
Aaron Goings, Aberdeen
(Completed for Dr. Roger Snider’s Political Science 499 class)
Goings will present a research paper that documents a free speech confrontation between the City of Aberdeen and the International Workers of the World in 1911.
4:10 - 4:30 p.m. “News Media: An Interdisciplinary Thematic Unit”
Robyn Fisher, Olympia
(Faculty sponsor: Dr. Belinda Hill)
Fisher will present an interdisciplinary thematic learning unit with displays and music created and used in the Field-based Education Program.
4:35 - 4:55 p.m. “Floating Concrete”
Aaron Kulp, Onalaska
(Faculty sponsor: Dr. Chun Seong,)
Kulp will present his research techniques and results used to create this year’s concrete canoe for the annual American Society of Civil Engineers competition. ( Note: This presentation will take place in the Engineering Building lab, room 1501.
Old Main 351
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. “Design and Build a Heat Exchanger”
Lisa Roth, Lacey; L.J. Black, Olympia; Tom Black, Fort Lewis; David Moore, Lacey; Rex Santillan, Lacey; Jenifer Takase, Puyallup; Robert Case, Olympia; Buntheon Sok, Tacoma; and Roberto Aparicio, Puyallup.
(Completed for Dr. Amanie Abdelmessih’s Mechanical Engineering 436 class)
This group of engineering students will present a redesign and conversion of an existing steam heat exchanger to use hot water.
2:55 - 3:15 p.m. “Boiling, Plate, and Tubular Heat Exchangers Animations”
Erik Osborne, Olympia; Dan Fox, Olympia; Erick Sjoblom, Shelton
(Faculty sponsor: Dr. Amanie Abdelmessih)
Using a variety of computer graphics tools, these engineering students created animated graphics depicting heat exchange processes. (Boeing Grant Project)
3:20 - 3:40 p.m. “Tummy Troubles: A Look into Causes, Detectors, and Treatment of Upper G.I. Disorders”
Mary Phelps, Lacey
(Completed for Dr. Candace Winstead’s Biology 402 class)
Phelps will present her senior project display and video tape of endoscopic images. Her presentation includes an overview of common drug therapies.
3:45 - 4:05 p.m. “Spreading the Wings of Research-based Education”
Rachel Green, Olympia
(Faculty sponsor: Dr. Belinda Hill)
Green created an interactive instructional science unit based on birds of prey, which coincides with the state’s science EALRs. She will have a display and overview of her work. (Field-based Education Project)
4:10 - 4:30 p.m. “Desalination Unit Design and Construction”
Lon Perplies, Lacey; Buntheon Sok, Tacoma; Roberto Aparicio, Puyallup; Robert Case, Olympia; Talal Al-Faqan, Kuwait; Abdullah Al-Meshan, Kuwait
(Completed for Dr. Isaac Jung’s Mechanical Engineering 499 class)
Students of mechanical engineering constructed a desalination unit for their senior project. At this session, they will discuss their process and product.
4:35 - 4:55 p.m. Design and Development of PLibrary32
Zac Vawter, Mossyrock
(Completed for Dr. Thomas Morrin’s Computer Science 490 class)
Vawter, a computer science major, will demonstrate software he developed and discuss technical attributes (C++). Vawter’s work was done during an internship with Engineered Software.
Old Main 354
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. “Digging up Herod the Great: Participation in the First Century Archaeological Dig at Omrit, Israel”
Patricia Rutledge, Chehalis
(Completed for Dr. David Suter’s Religious Studies 397 class)
Rutledge spent five weeks in Israel digging and studying the architecture of Herod the Great. She will present her photos, insights and findings.
2:55 - 3:15 p.m. “Forensic DNA Profiling”
Kate Kneeland, Oakville
(Completed for Dr. Candace Winstead’s Biology 402 class)
Kneeland will present her findings comparing the DNA of siblings. Charts and posters will help explain the terms and processes involved in her senior project.
3:20 - 3:40 p.m. “Synthesis of Sequoiaton A”
T.J. Underwood, Chehalis; Lynn Tu, Olympia; Jake Heck, Centralia; Yuliza Davila, Lacey; Peter Kirbach, Olympia
(Completed for Dr. Nick Drapela’s Chemistry 399 class)
These undergraduate researchers are working to synthesize a rare compound found only in the bark of Sequoia trees. Evidence strongly suggests that this substance can slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. The team will present and discuss their plan, process and findings to date.
3:45  - 4:05 p.m. “Synthesis of Sequoiaton A” continued
4:10  - 4:30 p.m. “Whale Acoustics”
Kate Kneeland, Oakville
(Completed for Prof. Mary Lou Peltier’s Biology 310 class)
Kneeland will discuss the language and culture of whales from her study of marine mammal acoustics.
4:35 - 4:55 p.m. “Mainstream Media Representation of Foreign Policy: Hegemony Vs. Terrorism”
Aaron Bonifield, Olympia
(Completed for Dr. David Price’s Social and Cultural Anthropology 450 class)
Bonifield has studied periodical and newspaper coverage of terrorism since September 11. Using quantitative textual analysis of “America’s corporate media”, he will present his conclusions.

For more information:
Doug Ford, academic affairs liaison
360-438-4351 or

Holly Harmon, director of communication
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4332 or