Welcome to the 2017 Rochester College Academic Symposium

April 18, 2017 – A Celebration of the Liberal Arts


Welcome to Rochester College’s 14th 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 108 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 performances of Medea. 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 talks, this year we are holding our second annual poster session. Student and faculty posters will be displayed throughout the halls of the Ennis and Nancy Ham Library and Richardson Academic Center. During the session, students, employees, and guests are encouraged to meet one-on-one with the presenters to learn more about their work in this “meeting of the minds.”

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


Brian Stogner, Ph.D.


Monday, April 17

Academic Awards Ceremony

The Academic Awards Ceremony features academic departments honoring their outstanding students, and the college presents the Distinguished Faculty Award. A dessert reception hosted by Student Government follows.

RC Theatre, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18

Student Presentations, 7:35 a.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Poster Sessions, 1:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Expanded schedule below.  

Wednesday, April 19

Rochester College A Cappella Chorus

The Rochester A Cappella Chorus will give their final performance of the term.

RC Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday April 20-23

Medea by Eurpides- Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. Matinee,  Gold Room: Medea tells the story of the jealousy and revenge of a woman betrayed by her husband. She has left home and father for her husband who has forsaken her and betrothed himself to another. This modern production uses music and multimedia to delve into the psyche of the wronged woman. The play is written by Euripides, translated by Brandon Langeland, and directed by Robert Arbaugh.


Expanded Schedule – Tuesday, April 18

 Concurrent Session A: 7:35 – 8:50 a.m 

Business 1 – Auditorium East

  • Marriott International – Andrew C. Birchmeier, George A. Holt, Matthew C. Kadolph, Zakk C. Olvin, & Blake R. Wohlfeil

Nursing 1– Auditorium West

  • Kristina Audisho, Jessica L. Fecteau, Cathryn J. Mankiewicz, Betsie J. Mileski, & Lance M. Teeples: The Effects of Peer Support Groups on Nursing Students’ Stress Levels
  • Stacy N. Ahlstrom, Linda Brown-Twum, Rebecca C. Onyesohu, & Cora M. Shaw: The Impact of Uniform Color on an Individual’s Perception of Nurse Attributes

Concurrent Session B: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Business 2 – Auditorium East

  •  Ford Motor Company – Kristin A. Loiselle, Sarah G. Tomkowiak, Dimitris Pappas, Katie J. DeVries, & Angelica H. Weidman

Nursing 2– Auditorium West

  • Rebekah E. Carcamo, Kallee M. Knight, Lindsey L. Leppek, & Jena S. Popaj: Improving Self-Efficacy and Knowledge in Nurses Through a Web-Based PTSD Competency Training: A Pilot Study
  • Rodney Almeria, Shelbie Bowers, Kelcie Martin, Tatianna Smith, McKenzie Walch: Pawsitive Stress Therapy: A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Impact of Canine-Assisted Therapy in Oakland County

Ministry 1 –Ham Library 113

  • Hannah M. Brackney: Effective and Empowering Ways to Alleviate Poverty.
  • Meg R.G. Pollock: Pastoral Power: Where Do We Draw the Line? 

Psychology 1—Ham 115

  • Elise E Halterman: Extracurriculars, Emotional Intelligence, and Job Satisfaction
  • Codie L. Myers: Coping Mechanisms Inherent in Religion


Interdisciplinary Studies 1- Richardson Center 117

  • Jessica, F, Ollila: Dog Cognition

Concurrent Session C: 10:25 – 11:40 a.m.

Business 3 – Auditorium East

  • Krispy Kreme: Abigail L. Brueckner, Allison E. Freed, Amy L. Green, Collin D. Holman, & Troy A. Mannino

Psychology 2 – Auditorium West

  • Cassie A. L. Smith: Reflective Self-Esteem and the Effects of Positive Affirmations
  • Seth C. Lawson: Personality Type and Relaxation Method Response
  • Tamara R. Sturdivant: The Effects of Feedback and Locus of Control on Confidence in a Trivia Game

Mass Communication 1 – Ham Library 112

  • Trevor Harnden: Celebrity Reimagining
  • Kenjoshua M. Jones: Teacher Student Sexual Relationships
  • Irina A. Perederiy: Ethical Interpretation of PETA’s Ads and Campaigns
  • Alyssa Yakey: Glorifying Sexual Violence and Oppression Against Women Through Advertising

Ministry 2 – Ham Library 113

  • Breanna Lynn Mihalovich: Implications of Ministry in a Post-Colonial Era
  • Andrew R. Phillips: Achieving Unity in a Culturally Diverse Ministry Context

English 1 – Ham Library 115

  • Shiloh R. Covell: Being Shi
  • Madison L Kolke: It’s Not Weird if it’s Love
  • Meg R. G. Pollock:The Women of Canterbury: Defying Categorization in a Patriarchal World

Concurrent Session D: 12:30– 1:45 p.m. 

Business 4 – Auditorium East

  • GoPro – Brandon M. Dupuis, Kyle R. Hartwick, Sean M. Reinig, Jesse F. Rometty, Anthony J. Sarkis 

Psychology 3 – Auditorium West

  • Jeffrey J. Suma Jr.: Social Media Use and Mood
  • Jonathon V. Kocik: Phone Use, Nomophobia, and Separation Anxiety
  • Jennifer L. Toth: Hemispheric Dominance as it Relates to Positive or Negative Recall

Ministry 3 – Ham Library 113

  • Matthew J. Burrows: The Eucharistic Table of Hospitality as a Central Symbol of the Christian Faith
  • Alvin Thomas: Building a Church Leadership Team

Ecology I – Ham 115

  • Jenna M. Orr: Lunar Phobia in Bat Species in Oakland County, Michigan
  • Brenden G. Kruckenberg: Programmed Cell Death: An Overview and Medical Applications

Pre-Law & History 1– Richardson Center 117

  • Nicholas J. Tatu: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
  • Viktoras Merkevicius: “Savage Hunters” and “Red Children”: An Examination of the Sources of Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Policy

Poster Session I: 1:55– 2:35 p.m.

Hallways of the Ham Library & Richardson Center 

Poster Session II: 2:35– 3:05 p.m.

Hallways of the Ham Library & Richardson Center

Concurrent Session E: 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Business 5 – Auditorium East

  • Jet Blue: Cameron W. Adams, Morgan M. Edwards, Barbara B. Lazarini,& Paris K. Pereira

Psychology 4 – Auditorium West

  • Christopher Carcamo: A Comparison on Handwriting and Typing Notes and its Effects on Memory and Recall
  • Kirsten E. Thomason: Gender Reactions and Social Effects when Confronted with the Feeling of Fear: A Study in Horror

Psychology 5 – Ham Library 112

  • Kayla A. Bonkowski: Personality types and the motives behind online relationships
  • Sydney C. Monville Davison: Academic Success Based on Emotion and the Self-Concept of those that Participate in Extra Curricular activities

Ministry 4 – Ham Library 113

  • Dustin D. McMillan: Discipline in the Church

 Social Work 1 – Ham Library 115

  • Emma Alexander, Matthew Gold, Kevin Krawczyk, Kaitlyn M. Lawson, Matthew Maranian, Jason Pierce, and Kristina A. Sutherby: Social Work Field Practicum

Concurrent Session F: 4:40 – 5:40 p.m.

Psychology 6 – Auditorium West

  • Joseph M., Giordano: Schooling methods affect personality traits
  • Hana Margiljaj: A Relationship Between Yoga and Anxiety