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May 2017 Faculty and Student Report, C3

C3, Expand and Deepen the Development of the Whole Person:

Student Highlights

Joshua Albert B.A. '15 started Pegasus Percussion, a business that provides instrument rental, repair, sales, percussion lessons, and music publication in Winter Park, FL. The company hosted a booth at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in January.

Melissa Basso, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling student, Sarah Brow B.A. '14, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling student, Dayna Chaname-Matos, class of 2018, Athena Jeanne Hale B.A. '16, Joseph Kemmerling, first-year law student, Rebecca Luke, class of 2017, Linda Nigro, Educational Leadership student, presented at the Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition Conference in DeLand, FL.

  • Basso, M. and Brow, S., "Campus Climate: What Next? Using Cultural Humility to Improve LGBTQ+ Individuals' Experience of Inclusion at Stetson University"

  • Luke, R., "How Biological is Sex?"

  • Luke, R., and Hale, A.J., "Little Things Everyone Can Do to Promote Gender Inclusivity on Campuses and in Workplaces"

  • Nigro, L., Kemmerling, J., Chaname-Matos, D., Mundy, J., and Eskenazi, M., "Inclusive Schools for LGBTQ Students: A Discussion on Achieving Equity in a Complex and Divided Time"

Lauren Baucum, class of 2020, formed the organization Instruments of Healing during the fall semester. This organization offers Stetson music students the opportunity to use their artistic talents in bringing live music (combined with verbal presentations) to residents within the community. A partnership has been formed with The Duvall Home (group home for developmentally disabled), and our music students performed for the Duvall Home residents and staff on March 3, 2017. As a result of Instruments of Healing's collaboration with the Duvall Home, Lauren will accept the 2017 Inspiration Award from the Duvall Home on September 29, 2017. 

Jacob Beasley, Justin Dalisay, both class of 2019, Marc Velazco, class 2018, and Lyndall Vickers, class of 2017, performed as a guitar quartet as the featured guest artists at the Florida State Music Teachers Association Annual Conference in October 2016. The following quote from Rose Grace, 2016 FSMTA Conference Chair, sums up the response to their performance: "On behalf of the FSMTA Conference, I would like to extend our warmest gratitude and appreciation for bringing the members of the Stetson Guitar Quartet to our conference this past weekend. Your quartet was just amazing!"

Amara Benitez, second-year law student, Haley Coet, second-year law student, Colby Connell, third-year law student, Kaitlyn Dugas, third-year law student, Ethan Dunn,second-year law student, Christopher Hallett, second-year law student, Christian Romaguera, third-year law student, Joseph Sise, second-year law student, competed as two teams in the regional qualifying round of American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 9-12 in Miami, Florida. The team of Benitez, Dunn, Hallett, and Romaguera beat the other Stetson team of Coet, Connell, Dugas, and Sise in the final round of the AAJ regional. The winning Stetson team heads to the national AAJ competition in Cleveland, Ohio, in April. 

Amber Biron, class of 2019, represented the United States in competing for the title of Queen of Spring in the International Spring Festival in Trujillo, Peru.

Chandler Blount, class of 2017, participated in the Music Theory Southeast regional conference at Florida Gulf Coast University as part of the Graduate Student Workshop on "Public Music Theory."

Alexandria Bocco, class of 2018 music major with an outside field in finance, was accepted to the Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Luxembourg. As a member of the Symphonic Band, she performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference. She has been a FOCUS orientation leader and a finance and sponsorship executive committee member for Stetson's first Children's Miracle Network dance marathon.

Anne Boyle, Evan Dix, Jeff Keller, Felicia Kitzmiller, and Taylor Ryan competed as two teams at the Boston Regional of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition on March 4. The team of Kitzmiller and Ryan won one of the final rounds of the competition as well as the second-best brief, which qualifies them to advance to the national finals of the competition in April. The team of Boyle, Dix, and Keller were co-finalists, where Dix won the sixth best oralist award.

Brandon Breslow J.D. '16 recently published an article in The Federal Lawyer, the official publication of the Federal Bar Association, which was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the case of John R. Turner v. U.S.

Cara Brisson B.S. '16, Daniela Malagon B.S. '16, and Lexus Walker, class of 2017, along with David Stock, Professor of Biology, attended the American Society of Microbiology - SE Branch in Florence, AL, where they presented their Senior Research projects.

  • Brisson, C., "Manipulation of Drosophila melanogaster Diet to Determine a Core Microbiota"

  • Walker, L., "The Effect of a Rotating Magnetic field on Magnetospirillum magneticum"

  • Malagon, D., "The Effect of Different Magnetic Field Gradients on the Velocity of Magnetospirillum magneticum"

Ashleigh Brooks, third-year law student, Daniel Christopher, Haley Coet, second-year law students, and Carlos Manresa, third-year law student, competed as a team in the Region 6 rounds of the National Trial Competition on February 3-5, at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater, Florida. The Stetson team defeated a team from Cumberland University in the final round of the competition. Brooks was also awarded the best advocate award for the semifinal round, identified as the best out of 16 individual advocates.

Madison Brown J.D. '16 recently launched her new television program, "Chasing Down Madison Brown" airing Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. EST.

Monika Chojnacka, Sara Greco, Alexis Korotasz, Samantha Pasko, Donna-Jael Paredes, Fatima Ramis, all class of 2017 Biology majors, and Anna Thorton B.S. '17 presented posters on their Senior Research projects at the Association of Southeastern Biologists meeting in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Chojnacka, M., "Verifying the Integration of Gene Construct in Transgenic Catharanthus roseus Hairy Root Lines for the Production of Pharmaceuticals"

  • Greco, S., "Electrical Stimulation of Gustatory Cortex Causes the Activation of Motor Neurons in Conscious Rats"

  • Korotasz, A., "The Effect of Prey Elevation on Caudal Luring in Neonate Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius)"

  • Pasko A. and Thorton, A., "Air Breathing Behavior in Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (Loricariidae) in Volusia Blue Spring, Florida"

  • Paredes, D. and Ramis, F., "The Effects of Arginine Vasotocin and Female Body Condition on Maternal Care Behavior in a Viviparous Snake, Sistrurus miliarius"

Sarah Coffey, class of 2018 Environmental Science major and Environmental Sustainability Fellow, was nominated for the 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. She was nominated by President Libby to become part of a national cohort of community-committed students. This nomination signals that Stetson values her work to address public problems and believe in her future as a civic leader. The Newman Civic Fellowship is named for Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to improving community life and to educating students for civic and social responsibility. The Newman Civic Fellowship is generously supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation.

Megan Christopher and Will Giberson, both class of 2018, represented the School of Business Administration at the 2016 Collegiate Case Competition at Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona on October 20-21, 2016. They analyzed a case entitled, "The Showdown: The Justice Department Versus Apple." While the team did not place among the top five in the event, they performed very well in a very high level of competition among 25 universities from across the U.S.

Avery D'Anna, Maya Ferdschneider, Aaliyah Gray, Sarah Hoffman, Trinity Johnson, Bailey Jones, Rebecca Luke, all class of 2017, Jennifer Mondelli B.A. '16, and Sarah Myers, class of 2017, all co-presented posters with Erin Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in March in Atlanta, GA.

  • D'Anna, A., & Moore, E., "Television viewing habits as predictors of physical and psychological health"

  • Ferdschneider, M., & Moore, E., "Predictors of typical and atypical depression symptoms in college students"

  • Gray, A., & Moore, E., "Understanding the relationship between sexual identity, life satisfaction, psychological well-being, and online community use"

  • Hoffman, S., & Moore, E., "Comparison of first-generation students and non-first generation students on competitiveness, anxiety, stress, and guilt: Does birth order matter?"

  • Johnson, T., & Moore, E., "The relationship between racial identity, enculturation, and dietary health"

  • Jones, B., & Moore, E., "Evaluating a measure of experiential avoidance in the context of self-harm"

  • Luke, R., Mondelli, J., & Moore, E., "College students' sexual behavior: What factors predict risky and protective actions?"

  • Mondelli, J., Luke, R., & Moore, E., "Attachment Styles: How Do They Relate to Relationship Satisfaction and Behavior?"

  • Myers, S., & Moore, E., "Evaluating the relationship between the five-factor personality traits and musical preferences"

Taylor Duguay and Kyle Maley, both class of 2017, presented, "Socializing Service: What Can We Learn from Fun and Games", February 2017, IMPACT National Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Steven Ersing, class of 2018, Alex Ferko B.B.A '16, Master of Business Administration student, and Justin Quigley, class of 2017, were all selected to officiate for the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) 2017 Regional Basketball Tournament.

Alex Ferko B.B.A '16, Master of Business Administration student, was selected to serve on the Planning Committee of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) 2017 Regional Basketball Tournament held at Middle Tennessee University.

Will Giberson, Leah Hauserman, Sarah Klass, all class of 2018, and Nate Smith, class of 2019, represented the Stetson School of Business Administration at the 2017 Milgard Invitational Case Competition on Social Responsibility at the University of Washington-Tacoma.The team had just 72 hours to analyze a case and prepare a presentation on the topic of: "T-Mobile: Ramping up Impact with Win-Win, Tri-Sector Strategies." The event was March 3, 2017, and the Stetson group competed against teams from 15 universities. 

Victoria Grupp, class of 2018 Digital Arts major, and Chet Udell B.M. '05 both participated in the Guthman Competition in Atlanta, GA in March. Grupp was one of very few undergraduates to participate in this international competition drawing artists from around the world. She presented her wearable digital arts musical instrument, a vest called "Track It :: Zip It." Udell, in his second trip to this competition, was named a finalist in the Musical Instrument Competition where he presented his Optron, an electronic instrument with colorful lights that is played like a guitar. Udell also received a People’s Choice Award for Best Performance. 

Mari Hanley, class of 2017, advanced to the semifinals of the Jeopardy! College Championship.

Liz Hartje and Patti Peace, graduate students in Counselor Education, spoke at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in March about the LGBTQIA+ support group they have in Volusia County and the work that their organization, TRANSformations, has done in the public schools. This organization began as a result of their capstone project completed while they were in the program.

Danny Haughn, John (Witt) Shoaf, Grizamaris Oliver, and Eric Patrick, M.B.A. students, placed first worldwide in the GLOBUS strategy simulation against teams from other universities all around the world. Four Stetson teams competed; all placed among the top 25 performing teams.

Marissa Hehli, class of 2017 finance major, was named the recipient of the Eugene M. Lynn Award, the highest honor given by the department to graduating seniors, for academics and contributions to the department of finance.

Miles Hickman and Marissa Marchena, third-year law students, each received the Nenezian-Jones-Cooley Scholarship in February. A committee established the scholarship in honor of the scholarship's namesakes Rich Nenezian J.D. '84, Jim Jones J.D. '84, and Pete Cooley J.D. '84, Stetson Law alumni.

Lindsay Kincaide, a graduate student in Counselor Education, presented an educational session on her involvement in the mental health response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA in March. Kincaide was an intern at Two Spirit Health Services when the shooting occurred in June 2016.

Patricia Medina, class of 2017, received the Cooke Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Emily Niederman, class of 2017 Environmental Science and Studies major, is co-presenting with Jason Evans, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies, at the American Association of Geographer's conference. The title of the poster is: Utilizing GIS-Based Models, Hazus-MH and Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM), to Identify Floodplain Conservation Areas for Coastal Hazards.

Steven Pilato, class of 2017 Psychology major, and Camille Tessitore King, Professor of Psychology, applied for and received an Undergraduate Research Grant ($1500) from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, to help fund his Senior Research project, "The Impact of a High Fat Diet during Adolescence on Bodyweight, Exercise, and Nucleus Accumben's Activity in Obese-Prone Female Mice."

Dani Restrepo, class of 2017, was accepted through audition to the Miami Music Festival for Summer 2017.

Robert Schroyer B.M.E. '13 placed second in the Solo Marimba Competition at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Leia Schwartz, class of 2018, was selected to serve as the Women's Golf Ambassador for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA).

Simone Seales, class of 2018, was the recipient of the Sphinx foundation grant this past year. With that honor, she was able to attend the national conference in Detroit. Seales was also the Concerto Competition winner in September here at Stetson. She performed the last movement of the Elgar Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra.

Macie Thornhill, class of 2017 public health major and music minor, presented her senior research at Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. Currently, she is completing her internship at Florida Hospital. Macie has been accepted to UNF College of Health program to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. As a member of the Symphonic Band, she performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference.

Madison Wheeler, class of 2019 Environmental Science and Studies major, presented the research results of her Marine Science Center internship at the ShORE conference in Daytona Beach last fall. This conference was meant to engage scientists, students, and the general public in a discussion about the current and future health of the Indian River Lagoon. Madison won 1st place for her presentation. 

George Winsten, class of 2018 Environmental Science and Studies major, was featured on Yale Climate Connections discussing our Florida Sea Grant project in Satellite Beach.

Natalie Yello, a third-year law student, recently presented at the Ms. J.D.'s Ninth Annual Conference on Women in the Law in Chicago, Illinois, on March 2-3. Ms. Yello is Stetson University's first Ms. J.D. Fellow.

Recent Graduates in Graduate Programs and Industry Positions

Rebeca Baquerizo B.M. '16 was accepted into Graduate Program at the College of Fine Arts School of Music at Boston University.

Joshua Isacco, class of 2017, received a graduate assistantship through the University of North Florida's Health, Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Program.

Emilio Rosario B.M. '15 was the featured soloist with the Cleveland State Wind Ensemble in February.

Zach Rosson B.S. '16 accompanied the Union High School Marching Band on their competition trip to Bands of America in Indianapolis, IN, as an adjunct percussion instructor.

Nicholas Smith, class of 2017, received a full-tuition, joint graduate assistantship through the University of Memphis’ Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic and Biomechanics Labs.

Notable Work by Stetson Student Groups

The Stetson Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary in accounting, finance, and information systems, along with the Department of Accounting, sponsored the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, for low-income taxpayers. Professor Bonnie Holloway continues to coordinate this significant effort, which runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoon throughout tax season in the Lynn Business Center. Stetson students, primarily, but not exclusively accounting majors, volunteer their time to process returns. There is a benefit of this program to both students, who gain experiential learning and the satisfaction of volunteering to help others, and to the local community. This year, there are 40 students who have been certified as Advanced Preparers, 33 are preparing returns at the Stetson site and 7 are preparing returns at other sites, including the Chisholm Center. Four of these students completed training as Assistant Site Coordinators. Over the life of the VITA program at Stetson, volunteers have completed over 1,273 returns that have resulted in refunds totaling well over $1,391,492. Through March 17 of this year, volunteers have processed 200 federal returns that will result in refunds totaling $287,904 (and earned income credits of $63,644). Volunteers have also completed 12 state income tax returns for people needing to file in other states.

The Caribbean Student Association received the Most Dedicated Caribbean Student Association award and the district Caribbean Student Association award at the Florida Caribbean Student Association Conference.

Hatter Network, the Stetson student media platform, received two best-in-show awards (sixth place for Feature Magazine and eighth place for Website Small School) at the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National College Journalism Convention.