Honors Students Present at National Conference

By Caitlin Burns | October 19, 2016

Honors student Nicole Franiok ’19 presents her poster arguing against the death penalty.

Students in Arcadia University’s Honors Program traveled to Seattle to present at the 51st annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference this October. The 13 students presented research and fine arts and collaborative leadership projects to the thousands of participating schools and organizations in attendance.

“I’m particularly proud of, and impressed by, the students’ desire to pursue such a wide range of scholastic endeavors that they can present at this conference,” said Helene Klein, director of the Arcadia University Honors Program. “After four days spent with these amazing students who were recognized for their professionalism, contributions to their campuses, and outstanding research, I was feeling very Arcadia proud.”

With more than 1,200 total speakers listed, this conference serves as a major platform for student leaders and program coordinators to exchange innovative ideas and enhance their network of honors professionals.

“NCHC is an incredible opportunity to present your work to an academic audience,” Honors student Tessa Paige ’18 said. “From preparing materials to speaking about your work for conference attendees and judges, it’s an experience that puts your professional self to the test. The conference is also a petri dish for sharing ideas and meeting people with similar experiences.”

Student Presenters:

  • Dominic Bierwisch ’18: Poster presentation, “E-Sports: Why Do We Watch?,” and roundtables, “Know Your Alumni: Developing Honors Alumni Relations from the Ground Up,” and “Navigating the Realities of Student Leadership.”
  • Jessica Braun ’17: Ideas Exchange, “Exhibition of Academic Success,” and roundtable, “Know Your Alumni: Developing Honors Alumni Relations from the Ground Up.”
  • Greta Diem ’17: Poster presentation, “Priming Progressive Policy Change,” and roundtable, “Navigating the Realities of Student Leadership.” Her poster presentation won third place in the Social Studies category.
  • Nicole Franiok ’19: Poster presentation, “Argument to Repeal the Death Penalty,” and Ideas Exchange, “The Compass, a Student Run Scholarly Journal.” Her poster presentation won first place in the Humanities category.
  • Deb Gilmore ’19: Poster presentation, “Waste.EDu: A Culture Changing Initiative.”
  • Kyle Kammerle ’17: Roundtable, “Navigating the Realities of Student Leadership.”
  • Haley Keene ’19: Ideas Exchange, “The YMCA Youth and Government: The Experiences of the National Collegiate Youth in Government Conference.”
  • Danielle Marino ’17: Poster presentation, “Pati Hill: Photocopier.”
  • Ashley Mendez Ruiz ’18: Poster presentation, “The Effects the Amish Rule of Order has on the Amish Youth.”
  • Devon Miller ’17: Ideas Exchange, “Exhibition of Academic Success.”
  • Tessa Paige ’18: Poster presentation, “From Fine Art to Design.”
  • Erika Raskay ’19: Poster presentation, “What is the Role of the United States’ Judiciary?”
  • Jessica Watson ’17: Poster presentation, “Frost: An Original Musical.”