Successful habits, video game genres, and tattooing are among the topics of this year’s Arcadia University Honors projects, to be presented Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8. Students will present the projects via Zoom from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, (meeting ID 962 8225 3526). An additional project will be presented in-person at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday in the Dining Hall, Room 107.
Tuesday, Dec. 7--Zoom presentation schedule:
3 p.m.: Joshua Muzljakovich ’24--Business Administration: “Successful Habits” (Mentor: Oliver Moe). “I read books, listen to podcasts, and look at online sources and studies to learn about habits and thought processes that successful people have.”
3:20 p.m.: Thalia Vega ’23--Bachelor of Arts/PreK-4/Special Education PreK-12: ”The Understanding of Serial Killers Through YouTube Videos” (Mentor: Alan Powell). “The mind of a serial killer is unique...Many killers come up with twisted ways to torture and kill their victims.”
3:40 p.m.: Marcus Gonzalez ’24--Computer Science: “Realizing My Mind Music” (Mentor: Valerie Levicoff). “In my project, I compose my first-ever piece of music.”
4 p.m.: Grace Kraft ’23--Education Studies--”SpikeKnight: Charity Spikeball Tournament” (Mentor: Ro Ramirez). “We wanted to spend time on something many people could actively participate in while raising awareness and donationations for the on-campus food pantry, Knights for Nutrition.”
4:20 p.m.: Morgan Glista ’23--Graphic Design: ”SpikeKnight: Charity Spikeball Tournament” (Mentor: Ro Ramirez). “We wanted to spend time on something many people could actively participate in while raising awareness and donationations for the on-campus food pantry, Knights for Nutrition.”
4:40 p.m.: Ally Beetle ’23--Early/Special Education: “Carving Out Time for Self Care” (Mentor: Becca Bubb). “Through this project I tried new habits to help with my mental, physical, and emotional health.”
5 p.m. Sara Boan ’23--Mathematics: “The Many Genres of Video Games: An Exploration Through a Blog” (Mentor: Tim Belloff). “I wanted to learn about the history of video games by taking a look through six different genres of video games.”
5:20 p.m. Shira Michel ’23--Mathematics and Computer Science: “A Psychological Distress Analysis on the AAPI Community During COVID-19” (Mentor: Dr. Yanxia Jia). “We investigated how the psychological distress levels of Asians developed during the 15 months of the pandemic period...and compared Asians’ psychological distress level with that of other groups.”
5:40: Kellie O’Brien ’23--Biology: “The Evolution of Female Heroines in Video Games” (Mentor: Frankie Mallis). “The evolution of female heroes in game narratives is to be explored along with comparisons to past and present existing characters in other video game universes.”
Wednesday, Dec. 8--in-person presentation:
Denise Glick ’23--Psychology: “Major Styles of Tattooing: A Personal Recreation” (Mentor: Maryann Worrell). “I examined 10 of the major styles of tattooing, learning about their history and what makes them distinct.”
In lieu of a traditional thesis, Honors students are required to complete a semester-long project outside their majors. At Arcadia, Honors students are encouraged to explore their passions with the idea that with the right support, they can accomplish anything they choose. The University provides the tools and support to help them realize their potential. Working with mentors, students use their tremendous talent, dedication, and vision to complete formidable projects.