Mentor: Valerie Wright
Second Reader: Lewis Gambill
Even though Elementary Education is the major of this student
education in general is still very important to her and she feels
like the basis of an education is attendance because you can only
teach those students who show up! Because this student feels so
strongly about attendance she plans to base her research project on
various attendance policies and how affective they are.
To get this information she will compare the attendance records
of various schools, K-12, to their policies for attendance. Since
attendance policies vary between districts she will narrow it down
to just a few school districts and get information for the entire
school instead of by grade, elementary, middle and high. After
acquiring sufficient information from local schools the student
plans to compare the information between the difference districts
to see which one seems to have a more affective plan. If time
permits and the information is available the student plans to
compare the policies of local school districts to those of other
states or other countries. The goal of her project is to assess
which policy seems the most affective but also provide background
information on the individual schools to see if the schools
themselves have any impact on the students’ interest in
Mentor: Phil Hatlem
Second Reader: Chuck Fisk
The interdisciplinary project I am working on is in the field of
sport management and marketing. My objective is to develop an
entire business plan to operate a new sports apparel company. I
want to acquire a patent for the apparel and create an entire new
line. I will develop the business plan to build a company and a
marketing plan to promote the product.
My intentions are to have something I can work on upon
graduation. I will get a good understanding of what it takes to
develop a business and market a new product in the sport industry.
This will also help me in my career in sport marketing, for which I
have developed an interest.
To assist me with my project as my mentor, I plan to work with
Professor Phil Hatlem (in the Sport Business Department) to learn
how a new product can be marketed in the sport industry. The
product will be something not yet introduced to the market. The new
sports apparel will be called Now and Then for its unique design.
The two-sided jersey will represent the players past (amateur) and
present (professional) team. I plan to market the apparel to the
avid professional and/or amateur sports fan. I plan to enter the
market with intentions of finding an up and coming athlete to enter
a draft to endorse it.
My inspiration comes from my passion for sports and the
industry. I have been involved in sports all my life. I actually
thought of this idea back in high school, but never followed it
through. With this I eventually want to be the President/CEO of the
Boston Red Sox. I know I have a long journey to get there and I
need acquire several resources and experience. This will be one of
my many accomplishments on the road to success.
Mentor: Tammy Zacchilli
Second Reader: Chris Cronin
The proposed project is a formal research paper which examines
incarceration and its effects on the individual and the family.
Within this general topic, some emphasis will be placed on
capturing improved methods of preparing the incarcerated for return
back to the family and society in general, as well as preparing
them for the incarcerated’s return. This is with the hope that
overall recidivism rates can be lowered.
This project would allow the exploration of the social issues
involved, which plague the very system that they should help. Also,
this project provides the opportunity to examine restorative
justice and its benefits, as well as to seek key areas in which
this can be effected. There must be ways that the effects of the
cycle of crime can be broken or minimized in families, and in
individuals’ lives, since punitive methods are not really working.
This can be seen through overcrowding in prisons, jails, and
detention centers, as well as high recidivism rates.
This student will be using the following resources: training in
Research Methods (took Research Methods I &II), current
literature pertaining to this topic, mainly found in EBSCO, and the
expertise of mentor, second reader, and other faculty members.
Incarceration affects not only those who are incarcerated, but
also innocent bystanders such as children. The effects, in many
cases are long-lasting, and they spiral into a perpetuation of
dysfunction. Many times the punitive measures extended to offenders
are indirectly passed to children and other family members, for
example, through ostracism or labeling. Family members who are not
responsible for the guilty party’s actions should not have to pay
for the latter’s mistakes. It is hoped that some form of impact can
be made to remove the stigma from affected families so that they
can actually function in society again.
Mentor: Linda Bergen-Losee
Second Reader: Thomas Arnold
"To investigate how smoking affects the education and health of
young people with particular emphasis on the perception of smoking
Smoking is one of the most prevalent issues that are very
detrimental to the lives of human beings. During the 1950’s, people
would buy cigarettes and smoke almost everywhere, and
advertisements were all over the place. In our modern society, many
people are more aware of the dangers of smoking and aware of how
injurious it is to our health. This is why smoking has been banned,
in all public areas, and cigarette or nicotine producing companies
are not even allowed to advertise over the mass media.
According to the New York Times Magazine, the average number of
deaths from smoking each year is equivalent to two jumbo jets full
of people each day. As a result, I am aiming to work on studying
how the health of individuals is affected by smoking and what
should be done to curb this urgent problem.
The cases of smoking are much higher among young people because
they believe that it is a cool practice, or they either succumb to
peer pressures and develop an addiction to the drug. The main
purpose of this project is to investigate how smoking affects the
health and education of young adults. I will also test whether the
acceptability of smoking is influenced by a family member.
I will also investigate whether and how smoking affects
relationships with others. I believe that smoking affects the mind
and body of people, and it breaks down the systems of the body,
which places a huge burden on the education of the youth. An
unhealthy mind and body cannot function and produce great results.
Many people either love smoking or hate it. There is not really any
in between. Therefore, my mode of approach involves seeking
approval from the IRB (Institutional Review Board) to conduct a
survey. This survey will investigate the dangers of smoking on the
health and the education of young people as well as how smoking
affects relationships. I will distribute the surveys to a random
selection of persons on the Saint Leo University campus.I will
study the online documents through the use of ‘Proquest’, and
My family consists of two smokers who were diagnosed with cancer
two years ago, and this has encouraged me to pursue the topic.
According to a new study on smoking by the Adventist News Network,
the risk of smoking-related lung cancer is much higher than
previously thought. The benefit of quitting-even at age 50 or
later-is also higher than had been believed, say researchers at
Oxford University in England. The success of this project will be
to urge people to refrain from smoking because of the high risk of
cancer and negative effects of smoking on relationships.
Mentor: Donald Pharr
Second Reader: Margaret Ostrenko
Questions come in all shapes and sizes. They also vary in type.
This project will ask each candidate convergent questions,
evaluative questions, and questions that are convergent or
evaluative depending on gender, then observe the distinctive
reactions that the candidates will express.
The purpose of this documentary is to observe the different
responses the candidates will have to the different types of
questions. Convergent questions allow the guilt to be placed on the
question, not the responder. Evaluative questions place the guilt
on the responder, not the question. It is believed that people with
give more genuine answers to the convergent questions.
The candidates will vary in age, sex, race, and religion.
Resources shall include oral histories by Studs Terkel and
documentaries in the style of Errol Morris.
Every candidate will be asked at the beginning of the interview
their personal motto. At the end they will be asked if they have
any last remarks.
The convergent questions to be asked are as follows:
The evaluative questions to be asked are as follows:
Convergent or evaluative questions based on gender are as
Human beings are amazing creatures. We are beautifully
complicated beings who need to celebrate who we are. This is going
to be my venture into humanity and the way people think and react
to questions. I hope to gain insight into the creative minds of
various people. "Brilliance: When a collection of brilliant minds,
hearts, and talents come together . . . expect a masterpiece."
Mentor: John Pantzalis
Second Reader: Lynn Wilson
The main purpose of my honors project is to look at the
different business cultures. The main focus is to look as the
business practices in three countries: China, Russia and
Kazakhstan. The project will explore the practices, traditions and
rules (both formal and informal) at doing business in these
countries. The emphasis will be in providing key insights to U.S.
companies that are contemplating doing business there. This final
paper will have a description component of what and why happens in
these countries’ business environment as well as a normative
component with guidelines and advice for U.S. companies that are
interested in these markets.
The resources that will be used for this project will include
personal interviews, encyclopedias, journals, articles, and books.
The interviews will take place with people who have already been
engaged in business negotiations with other countries. The
encyclopedias, journals and articles will be found either online or
I have decided to do this project to help me out in my career.
In my life I have always loved business and traveling. I figured
that I would live by doing both. This particular project would help
me in my career after college. I will be able to learn and begin to
train myself for jobs I hope to have someday.
Mentor: Kim Higdon
Second Reader: Valerie Wright
For this project I will be working with my mentor Dr. Kimberly
Higdon, a professor in elementary education program here at Saint
Leo University. The objective is to demonstrate and offer teachers
new ideas and methods to use throughout the 90 minute reading block
In Pasco County, and many other schools throughout the nation,
there is a 90 minute reading block scheduled in every regular
school day. During this time, students are expected to do various
activities that center around reading. This could be puzzles,
games, computer programs, and other strategies. However, during
this time the teacher is also expected to meet individually with
small groups. To ensure that all the requirements are being met
during the 90 minutes, the most comment practice is literacy
centers. Throughout the school year teachers are also expected to
introduce new centers to maintain students’ interest and to relate
with the theme and other curriculum objectives. Because of this,
teachers are often struggling to create ideas. Although there are
resources out there that give ideas on Literacy Centers, there is
always room for new methods. Some people who have written
extensively include Debbie Diller. There are also many websites
that provide information.
To better prepare current teachers, specifically those at San
Antonio Elementary School, we plan to develop new ideas and train
the teachers through a series of three mini-workshops. After
training the teachers on our Literacy Center ideas, classrooms will
be observed for how and if the teachers are applying what they
learned. We hope to see that teachers are applying new and
effective strategies to improve the 90 minute reading block. The
summer will be used as a planning period to develop a way to
measure and observe the classrooms and teachers. The project will
be presented as a PowerPoint and will be presented at a
professional conference as well as Academic Excellence Day.
From this project I hope to gain a lot. In many of the education
classes that we take now there is a focus gaining ideas. The more
that we know going into teaching the better off we will be. This is
one of the reasons I see this project to be so beneficial. This
project will allow me to gain ideas as well as the experience in
preparing a study and professional conference.
The student intends to create and compile a series of poetry,
attempting to embody certain beliefs of the Romantic era of
literature. It is intended to portray the beauty and aesthetics of
the universe through observation and imagination. The poetry is
intended to express oneness of being and embody intrinsic Zen
ideals meshed with cosmic appreciation for the realm of possible
The features of Romantic literature that are meant to be
embodied are aspects such as appreciation and interconnectedness
with nature, along with the integral connectivity of the ethereal
spirit that binds the universe and its components. Romantics use
setting and nature to pervade and saturate the universe they create
through poetry. William Wordsworth, in his Preface to Lyrical
Ballads asserted that “poetry is a spontaneous overflow of powerful
feelings, recollected in tranquility.” Whereas, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge in his essay On Poesy or Art, professes that poetry is
the “mediatress between, and reconciler of nature and man.” Both of
these aspects are intended to be melded within this new composition
Many authors are integral components of the poetic vision that
is intended to be expressed by this project. Influences of the
greatest magnitude include such authors as William Blake, S. T.
Coleridge, William Wordsworth, E. A. Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily
Dickenson, John Keats, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Pablo Neruda, and
some others. The poets mentioned are the idyllic predecessors that
influence this project, and the student’s life.
Much like the poets mentioned, it is intended to construct a
preface to and an explanation of the pieces presented as an honors
Mentor: Margaret Ostrenko
Second Reader: Bruce Hammond
The subject of this Senior Honors Project is the study of
graduate students and their language use on a discussion board
during an 8 week semester of class for learning language as
supported by Bloom’s Taxonomy. To facilitate this, the technology
of NVivo 8 to separate the posts by levels of learning as coded for
in Bloom’s Taxonomy.
It is hoped for that this project will demonstrate the
usefulness of a tool that can be used to determine if students on
discussion boards are able to use them to effectively give voice to
their learning language over the course of the term. That this tool
could be demonstrated with ease of use for others to reproduce the
results and thus better observe individual progress and address any
issues that arise during the process.
The resources to be called into service during the course of
this project will include at least one copy of NVivo8, the wits of
Dr. Ostrenko, Dr. Hammond, and associated minds of the
communication field; the discussion boards for the graduate level
classes, the class members themselves, and at least one computer
for data processing and organization; the time and dedication of
the student whose project this is.
A lifetime of conversations which have led to misunderstanding
because of an inability to state what the student wanted in such a
way as to get it across without offense has led to a deep interest
in language and learning. It is the student’s hope that this would
be the first step into a deep understanding of learning and
communication of what has been learned so that the student might be
able to effectively communicate such without the ancillary details
that lead to misunderstanding.