Academic Symposium April 2014


Welcome to the 2015 Rochester College Academic Symposium

Schedule [PDF]

April 21, 2015 – A Celebration of the Liberal Arts

Welcome to Rochester College’s 12th annual Academic Symposium, where we join together to celebrate our vibrant academic community. We are especially honored to present the academic achievements and capstone projects of 91 Rochester College students.

This year’s program boasts a diversity of subject matter and a display of critical thinking as reflected in our students’ scholarly papers, executive simulations, public relations campaigns for real world clients, theatrical performances, and musical recitals. Our Symposium events include four performances of The Taming of the Shrew, one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and endearing comedies. These performances and all of our students’ presentations are exciting indicators of our mission to “prepare students for a life of study and service” by developing in them increasing abilities to perform scholarly research, to communicate with excellence, and to think critically and creatively.

In addition to our student presentations, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Haja Razafinjatovo, who will deliver our keynote address. Dr. Razafinjatovo’s presentation, entitled “A Professional and Spiritual Journey,” will motivate and inspire our community. He also will be the guest of honor at a luncheon with faculty and students from Rochester College’s Department of Mass Communication.

We welcome your participation in this wonderful event, and we congratulate our student scholars for their achievements.

Program Overview

Monday, April 20

Academic Awards Ceremony and Music Department Honors Recital – RC Theatre, 7 p.m.

The Academic Awards Ceremony features academic departments honoring their outstanding students, and the college presents the Distinguished Faculty Award. The Music Department’s Honors Recital is presented in conjunction with the awards ceremony and features the music department’s best students in voice, piano, and other instruments. The music performed ranges from classic to contemporary and is presented by individuals who represent the highest levels of performance ability. A dessert reception hosted by Student Government follows.

Tuesday, April 21

Student Presentations, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Haja Razafinjatovo, 10:30 – 11:15
Click the Presentation Schedule tab above for more details.

Concert Band Concert – RC Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Rochester College Concert Band will perform composer Jerry Bilik’s “Civil War Fantasy” in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Also included in the program is “Incantation and Dance,” “America the Beautiful,” and the music of Alford and Puccini.

Thursday, April 23

Music Department Senior Recitals: Sarah Snyder and Jannah Garback – RC Thetre

At 7:30 p.m., pianist Sarah Snyder presents a recital that includes pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Debussy.
At 8:00 p.m., soprano Jannah Garback presents a voice recital that includes arias by Mozart; songs by Chausson, Debussy, Schumann, Head, and Quilter; and musical theatre excerpts by Hamlisch, Sondheim, and Lloyd-Webber.

Friday, April 24

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare – RC Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Rochester College Theatre Department presents a special production of Shakespeare’s immortal comedy The Taming of the Shrew, perhaps the most popular incarnation of the notorious battle of the sexes. It is a tale of true love and the clashes that such love often begets. This modern, zany, energetic, abridged production mirrors Shakespeare’s originally intended performance style and features Rochester College’s ensemble acting class as it takes on multiple roles and remains onstage throughout the entire show.
Performances will also be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 21

Session A: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Business 1 – Auditorium East
Best Buy: Maria Banou, Kaylee DeAnn Khoshaba, Nicholas A. Fredric Mikeska, Nicholas V. Rossetti, Brooke Watts

Nursing – Auditorium West
Kara Bonk, Michael Patrico, Christina Rastelli, Emily Serrano, Jessica Tingey: A Comparative Analysis of Nurses’ Perceptions of Massage Therapy for Oncology Patients

Psychology 1 – Ham Library 115
Rayenne Kaiser: Effects of Music on Memory
Scott Lloyd: Substance Use and Cognitive Ability: Are Smarter People More Likely to Use Drugs?

Interdisciplinary Studies 1 – Gold Room
Brittany Alexander: Physical and Psychological Consequences of Being a Student Athlete
Katrina Enciso: Rabies: A Scientific Analysis and Social Overview

Public Relations 1 – Ham Library 112
Kaylee Anderson: Public Relations for On the Avenue Salon
Lindsay Baslock: Public Relations Plan for Larry Hamilton Golf

Elementary Mathematics Education – Richardson Center 117
Kayla Brewer: Dyscalculia: What Is It and How Can Teachers Effectively Teach to It?
Felicia Hamel: Learning Styles in the Mathematics Classroom

Plenary Session: 10:30 – 11:15

Dr. Haja Razafinjatovo
RC Theatre

Special Session: 11:30-12:30

Department of Mass Communication Luncheon
Administration and Mass Communication Faculty and Students with Dr. Razafinjatovo
Center Auditorium

Session B: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Business 2 – Auditorium East
Buffalo Wild Wings: Kelly Peper, Angela Stabel, Alex Storm, Evan Walker, Josie Wiltse

Nursing 2 – Auditorium West
Tina Brockway, Ashley Delaney, Toyika Heard-Milliner, Annalise O’Meara, Victoria Schoenherr, Sharilynn Sweet: Mirror Therapy as Treatment for Phantom Limb Pain

Psychology 2 – Ham Library 115
Max Stratton: Psychological Differences between Communities of Different Socioeconomics
Troy Wilkinson: The Effects of Training Methods on Experienced Stress When Performing a Mental Rotation Task

Interdisciplinary Studies 2 – Gold Room
Chris Forystek: The 2000 Presidential Election
Ethan West: The President’s War Powers

Public Relations 2 – Ham Library 112
Sara Beason: Mitch Carr Photograhpy
Joshlyn Marie Booth: Public Relations with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

English 1 – Richardson Center 117
Christian Carlisle: To the Concrete Jungle
Natalie Redmond: Critiquing the Critics: Shortcomings In and the Importance of Western Feminism

Theatre 1 – Ham Library 113
Danii Diehl: My Journey as an Actor/Performer . . . So Far
Sarah Snyder: My Journey of Theatre Design and Management

Concurrent Session C: 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Business 3 – Auditorium East
Microsoft: Joseph Paul Beshara, Nicolae Crisan, Justin Kane, Daniel Seargeant, Brandi West

Nursing 3 – Auditorium West
Dalina Brikho, Joesina Manalel, Daun Pensavecchia, Heather Sharrak: Effect of Napping on Nurse Fatigue Levels

Psychology 3 – Ham Library 115
Taylor McKenna: Facebook Persona: How We Perceive Ourselves and How They See Us
Emily Sherwin: “Trusting Your Gut”: A Demographical Comparison of Intuitive Processing

Interdisciplinary Studies 3 – Gold Room
Emily Guirey: The War in the Brazilian Amazon: A Synopsis of the Implications of Deforestation from Economic, Sociological, and Global Environmental Perspectives
Timothy Langer: Galileo and the Conflict Thesis

Public Relations 3 – Ham Library 112
Bradley Fecteau: Public Relations for Indie Musician, Poor Richard’s Almanac
Nicholas Simonis: Public Relations Campaign for Shield Media

English 2 – Richardson Center 117
Jonathan Fulton: To Boldly Go: Exploring Comic Book and Fan Fiction Writing Through Star Trek: The Tragedy of Khitomer
Philip Powell: Riding the Wave: The Meanings of Violence, Capitalism, and Paranoia in the Work of Hunter S. Thompson

Biblical Studies 1 – Ham Library 113
Joseph Eugene Brissette: Addressing the Sins of “Brothers”: A Pauline Ecclesiological Approach to Dealing with Sin within the Church Body
Sean Kick: The Xenophobia of the Modern Church

Concurrent Session D: 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Business 4– Auditorium East
Under Armour: Ryan Balazy, Travis Early, Jason Martens, Alexa St. Souver, Luke Strobl, Nick Tomilenko

Nursing 4 – Auditorium West
Cynthia Adamek, Stephanie Ochoa, Alyson Pinelli, Yvonne Kassab Tamou, Erika Wasson: Assessment of Neonatal Nurses’ Understanding of the Finnegan’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Tool

Psychology 4 – Ham Library 115
Kari Burton: Do You Hear What I Hear?: Handedness, Gender, and Ear Dominance in Dichotic Listening
Heather Reinke: Mental Health and Martial Arts: Effects of Self-Efficacy

Interdisciplinary Studies 4 – Gold Room
Moni Musial: Special Topics in International Studies: Transformational Development
Sarah Snyder: The Designing of Theatre Production Lighting and Sound

Secondary Mathematics Education – Richardson Center 117
Holly Hemmings: A Grade-to-Grade Progression of Algebraic Reasoning
Scott Kunert: Non-traditional Assessments in the Secondary Math Classroom

Social Work 1 – Ham Library 112
Andrew Cave, Meryl Cunningham, Patsy Hayter, Rachel Miller, Brittney Mosley, Brett Reister, Caleb Stinnett, Amy Whaley: Social Work Practicum Reports

Biblical Studies 2 – Ham Library 113
Roger Santini: Imperfectly Loved
Crystal Thomas: The Road Less Traveled

FEATURED SPEAKER – Dr. Haja Razafinjatovo

Dr. Haja Razafinjatovo

Dr. Razafinjatovo is an educator and government leader with extensive experience in effectively designing and implementing reform. After owning his own IT business and serving as IT Systems Manager at the United States Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Dr. Razafinjatovo served in the Cabinet of President Marc Ravalomanana of the Republic of Madagascar as Minister of Telecommunications (2002-2004), Minister of National Education and Scientific Research (2004-2007), and Minister of Finance and Budget (2007-2009). In these positions, he faced corruption and outdated practices, but his adaptive leadership skills resulted in substantive reform at the national level in finance, education, and telecommunications, including the privatization of the latter.

Dr. Razafinjatovo, who holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Harvard University, was the key partner in developing the Madagascar Presidential Scholars Program in which Malagasy students enrolled at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, with full funding from the government of Madagascar. During this program, Dr. Razafinjatovo became friends with Dr. John Tyson, who was eager to have his friend Haja speak at the 12th Annual Academic Symposium of Rochester College.

After a coup d’etat removed President Ravalomanana from office in March 2009, Dr. Razafinjatovo and his family went into hiding in Madagascar for two years. Through an amazing set of events, he was able to escape to the United States in 2011. In 2012, he served as a consultant with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and in 2013, he published an e-book entitled Reaching Goals: A Practical Guide for Chief Executives and Boards, available through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Currently, he lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife and three young sons and serves as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, teaching Calculus I and III, Statistics, Linear Algebra, and other math courses.