Mentor: Stan McGahey
Second Reader: John da Viola
My project's aim is to provide a premium All Inclusive and Ultra
Exclusive Networking Event, for Caribbean and American Business
Professionals within the Tampa Bay Area. This event will be second
to none as the ambiance will set the tone for affable relationship
and profitable business development. This first class event is
aimed at uniting, re-establishing, cultivating, and enhancing the
affiliations of the diverse executive community of Tampa Bay. With
my project I hope to promote continued growth within Tampa Bay’s
corporate arena and encourage the expansion of the commercial
network of all whom desire to remain competitive and well-connected
within their markets.
My resources will be: sponsorship, involvement of major
Caribbean/American executives within the Tampa Bay area, outside
groups and organizations that cater to such individuals, businesses
and organizations that cater for this audience.
My inspiration is my love for event planning, promotions and
coordinating is what has inspired me to take my personal project to
another level. By actually using this phenomenal idea that I
created as a spring board into corporate Tampa is a strategic move
that I have orchestrated as there is an immense need for this
networking opportunity within the Tampa Bay Area. Hence I have
capitalized on a lacking/and or needs of the business/executive
community and will be using this to harness my event planning and
promoting skills, whereby establishing a reputation and repertoire
for myself within the industry. I AM SO EXCITED! The study of this
will be the basis of my project. My goal is to provide a premium
and one of a kind networking environment for Caribbean
professionals within Tampa Bay
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creative idea belonging solely to Shari Oliver. Replication and or
use of any form will result in legal action.
Mentor: R.W. Robertson
Second Reader: John Pantzalis
The purpose of this project is twofold: first to provide an
overview of the history and evolution of the vitamin water
business; and second to explore in detail the case of VitaZest. The
vitamin water industry only started in the last few years, and it
has a current value in excess of xxx. Vitazest is a local company
which is a recent entrant to the market. The paper will describe
the challenges and opportunities faced by Vitazest as they enter
this fast growth market.
Mentor: Dave McGinnis
There are many facets to cultivating a well-choreographed action
scene. While this project is not meant in any fashion to teach,
idolize, illustrate the correct or incorrect methods to completion,
or to promote a viewpoint on one body or another. There are many
perspectives and influences which can be attributed to the success
of a fight scene.
From martial arts styles to consider, to music and whether its
inclusion would benefit or hinder the production, where to place
the camera angles, who to incorporate in the scene, props,
severity, at which point in time a technique will make contact, or
whether or not to place it at a point later in the routine, even
special effects like pyrotechnics, smoke and fog, as well as other
environmental enhancers come into play. This differs in many
lights, however from stage and theatrical productions. More often
than not, many entities available to movie productions can not be
applicable to the main stage performance.
With this in mind, there will be varying aspects examined with
the exception of various stages of production. While they will be
included due to their role in the selection of certain elements,
they will not be examined in great detail. The role of martial arts
on screen and on stage will explore differing philosophies (though
I daresay not in great detail either) when choosing an appropriate
setting and sequence for a scene, in order to show not only
applicability but also, to add an air of believability.
While to many the mind, or rather to say fear instilled or
naturally bred into the mind, acts as the puppeteer to its often
blind, unknowing and consequently, metaphorically Pinocchio-esque
physique, to say that by actions and the exchange thereof enslaves
the human race in mechanistic probability that determines the lack
of variability in motion, the predictability of that motion, and
the leading to a deepening sense of procedure, is flawed. For in
the absence or removal of “Gepetto’s” hand, the puppet is
irreversibly free to move, act, and grow, enhancing with it the
stage presence on silver screen and in lime light, of martial arts
and the accompanying stunt work forever, setting a plateau with
which new tiers can be conquered.
Second Reader: Paige Ramsey-Hamacher
The aims and purposes of this honors project are to provide a
valid method of orientation into the study abroad programs at Saint
Leo University, to make study abroad students knowledgeable in the
subject matter of culture shock and cultural diversity, and to aid
students in the processes associated with obtaining a student visa
in an unfamiliar country.
In researching these aims, the student hopes to gain a better
understanding of cultures around the world as well as be able to
help other students understand the culture of the country they will
be visiting. The student wants to plan a program that will allow
students to gain important information as well as ask questions.
The student hopes such an orientation will help other study abroad
students enhance their study abroad experiences.
The student would like to interview past and present study
abroad students to gain an unbiased and widely varied impression of
experiences. Gaining suggestions for the future of the Saint Leo
University study abroad program and constructive criticism will be
helpful in this undertaking. The student would also like to look at
culture shock from a psychological point of view in order to fully
understand the workings of the mind when put under the stress of
the unfamiliar and uncomfortable.
The student feels that her experiences while studying abroad
were diverse and incomparable. The amount of culture, leadership,
and independence that has been gained has been a crucial step in
the advancement of the student’s education and an asset in her
life. The student wants other students to be able to better
experience these changes.
Mentor: Chuck Fisk
Second Reader: Phil Hatlem
The project will involve an analysis of the sport business
economy in comparison with the regular business economy in the
United States. At the completion of the project, the student
intends to identify as to whether or not the business cycle for
sport business is dependent or independent of the regular business
cycle. Even when the economy was at its lowest point in the cycle,
stadiums would still sell out and sporting events barely took a hit
if they took a hit at all. This idea was derived from a curiosity
about the future. How is the sport business cycle going to look
years from now, especially with a current decline in the business
cycle? Just a couple of weeks ago, these same concerns were express
in the local newspaper. A major professional football franchise
raised ticket prices 30% when the economy is lower than what it has
ever been in a while. Fans and owners are curious if the stadium
will remain a sold out stadium for the upcoming season.
In addition, the student will focus on professional sports.
Sport can be a variety of events. Sport includes leisure activities
such as hunting, fishing, recreational sports such as amateur
leagues, bowling, gambling, and then your professional sports
(which are most common). The student has the opportunity to look at
the increase on game licenses, increase in recreational leagues,
However, the student realizes that there will more than likely
be more information and research material available on professional
sports. It would be amazing to cover all of the aspects of sport,
but do to the length of the project; the student will only look at
The resources that will be used to carry out this project will
be the internet, the mentor, text books, and other miscellaneous
sources. The mentor suggested looking at the ideas of Alan
Greenspan, the website www.bls.gov, and GDP figures. These
resources will be influential to the project. Alan Greenspan is a
brilliant Economist that was chairman of the Board of Governors of
the Federal Reserve of the United States. He has a great insight
about the American economy. His theories will assist the student in
identifying dramatic or key points in the American business cycle.
The GDP figures will provide the student with a timeline of how the
economy is moving and will act as a correlation coefficient. The
project will look upon past population, past economic business
cycles, inflation, unemployment rates, and average household
incomes. The project will also consider attendance at sporting
events, price changes in ticket fees for sporting events, and any
other select information that the mentor and student both feel are
necessary for the completion and accuracy of the project.
The mentor also suggested that the student meet with Statistics
Professors on campus in order to run the data that is found. The
statistics programs and software will be an enormous enhancer to
the project and research in general, as it will allow the student
to pin-point the correlation between the business cycles, if any
exist. Due to the extent of the project, the resources might be
limited to within the past 100 years at most. The project might
even have to limit the research to a specific sport if we discover
that there is more specific information on one particular
The student hopes to gain a significant amount of knowledge
about a researched based study. Also, the student shall use this
information to help enhance her performance within post-graduate
education. Not to mention, the project will increase the student’s
professional skills when forced to present in front of a defense
panel. The student was inspired to work on this project because the
student wanted to challenge their self to do something dreaded. The
main goal that the student has is to not cheat the project and
experience, and to put forth 110% to conclude her learning
experience here at Saint Leo University.
Mentor: Chris Miller
Second Reader: Crystal Hernandez
The student is interested in global warming as it one of the
most discussed topics in science today. The student decided to
observe a couple plants at different temperatures and observe the
growth differences and also look at the difference in levels of
oxygen and carbon dioxide. This will provide a stimulation of
global warming effects and that will provide some sort of evidence
of the effects of "global warming".
Mentor: Thomas Arnold
Second Reader: Chris Miller
The aim of the student’s project is to discover whether or not
there is the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus more commonly known (MRSA) on the St Leo campus in the areas
where athletes frequent.
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of
bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics, including
methicillin, penicillin, amoxicillin, and cephalosporins. Although
once limited to hospitals and prisons, the bacteria are found to be
rampant among athletes especially professional and college sports
The project will be conducted in the form of an experiment
several areas in the university’s gym will be swabbed and cultures
shall be grown from each swab for an equal amount of time (48 hrs).
One control shall be used which will be a culture grown without
swabbing any areas. After the cultures have been grown they shall
be photographed and documented, descriptions of colonies and colony
morphology shall be documented as well as colonies counted. The
student will determine whether (MRSA) is present depending on
colony description and morphology. If the super bacteria is present
what quantities is it present in and in what areas it is most
The student’s hope is that this project will aid the athletes
and sports teams on campus as well as the athletic department on a
whole as well as raise the awareness of many persons who are not
well educated on (MRSA). The project will also aid the student in
developing more experience in the field of micro biology as the
student will perform techniques learnt in this course to grow the
culture of bacteria and she will also use various methods learnt in
micro biology to identify any bacteria found.
The student’s resources shall include the university’s Math and
sciences department, the Biology department to be more specific.
All materials will be sourced from this department. The Athletic
Department as well shall provide resources in terms of the places
to be tested.
The student’s inspiration comes from the absolute love and
interest in biology as well as the drive to make a difference. As
cliché as it sounds the student’s aim was to produce a project
which would not only impact and affect her but other’s as well and
this project will aid and educate many athletes as well as others.
The passion for performing experiments is also a contributing
factor to the choice of project.
Mentor: Jalika Waugh
Second Reader: Terry Danner
This is an interdisciplinary project involving the fields of
forensic science and photography. The purpose of my project is to
capture the story of a crime. A picture is worth a 1,000 words and
in this project I would like to use photography to do just that.
The goal of this project is to widen my photography skills and use
all of the different techniques used in forensic photography. With
the help of my mentor I would like to possibly capture one of her
mock criminal scenes and let my pictures tell the story of what my
life is going to be like in a few years.
Forensic photography is what I want to pursue after I graduate
from Saint Leo University and with this project I hope to showcase
the skills I have learned the last four years.
Mentor: Tammy Zachilli
Second Reader: Patrick Draves
Conduct a study of how group cohesion in a sport group can
affect overall performance. For example, if the team has a close
relationship does this have a positive effect on how they play, or
if there is discontent on the team, does this have a negative
effect on the team. A survey will be constructed that will measure
the cohesion on a team as well as performance and will be completed
by students at Saint Leo University. After being on a sports team
myself for over 12 years, I have seen how the bond within a group
can differ and have often wondered what the impact was on the
athlete’s performance. By completing this project, I hope to
determine whether or not the impact on the team’s performance is as
significant as many believe, and if so, what can be done to
increase the cohesion on the team.
Mentor: Mary Spoto
Second Reader: Kathryn Stasio
The main focus of my project will be the southern ghost story.
As a genre, the ghost story is a particularly powerful force for
southern literature to reflect its conflicted heritage. Through my
research I will write a paper that closely examines ghost stories
as a genre and its relationship to southern heritage. Possible
ghost story topics include civil war, slavery, or the ghost in the
modern south. My resources will include primary works of literature
where ghosts are main characters of the storyline, criticism
addressing the conflict and use of ghosts as subject and metaphor
in southern literature, and the southern summer course. I decided
on my topic because literature has always fascinated me, especially
works that contain an air of mystery. Through this project I hope
to become more competent in the field of American literature and to
expand my area of interests.