Students prepare for honors presentations

Clarion, Pa.- Clarion University will host its Honors Program senior presentations next Wednesday, April 20 starting with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Carlson Library.

On April 13, the 24 students presenting their research practiced in Founders Hall to get feedback from faculty to capstone their projects.

Lauren Titley will be presenting her project centered around “The negative perception of the religion of Vodou in Haiti and in the U.S.” created through gender, race and Christianity by negative misconceptions or negative attitudes.

For Titley’s project, many different sources were used, including primary sources consisting of newspaper articles, documented laws, court trials, books, television, film and many secondary sources including histories of Haiti and the traditions associated with Vodou.

Titley stated that she was happy with the amount of sources she found and is very happy with the contents of her paper and oral presentation.

She will be attending graduate school at the University of Georgia in the fall with a focus on Atlantic World History and plans to write her master’s thesis on the French Caribbean.

“Hopefully, this paper will be something that I can expand on later after I learn more about it, which is what I was hoping would be the result when I first started,” said Titley before the Wednesday rehearsals.

Eric Zavinski / The Clarion Call Compared to the seven presenters in the fall 2015 semester, the Honors Program has even more to offer April 20 with 24 presentations.
Eric Zavinski / The Clarion Call
Compared to the seven presenters in the fall 2015 semester, the Honors Program has even more to offer April 20 with 24 presentations.

Nicholas Rhoades will be presenting “Applications of the Roosevelt-Taft Quarrel Analysis in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom.” He based his project around the question of how he could apply his own case study research paper that was paired with Common Core instructional strategies in the secondary social studies classroom to encourage more engaged learning.

The research focuses on the relationship between Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft which led from a friendship to a feud, in turn dividing the Republican Party and leading to the victory of Democrat Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 presidential election.

Rhoades used a variety of sources in his project as well including the political history and analysis of the time period in question.

Rhoades wanted to use this paper as a way to encourage the use of the Common Core instructional strategy “compare and contrast” to help heighten student achievement in the classroom.

Rhoades also expressed that he “…enjoyed the process…” and that he “…truly believes it will help me teach high school social studies!”

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