Students to Present at Beacon Conference

May 03, 2012

Nine students from Northampton Community College (NCC) have been invited to participate in the 20th annual Beacon Conference, six with paper presentations and three with poster presentations. The event will take place on June 1, 2012, at Westchester Community College, in Valhalla, New York.

The Beacon Conference for Student Scholars at Two-Year Colleges was established in 1993 to recognize, celebrate, and showcase the achievements of outstanding two-year college students in academic research and writing. The conference creates an opportunity for faculty to mentor students as they begin their education at two-year colleges and showcases the work of outstanding students.

Northampton students whose work was selected for presentation by experts in their discipline are:

Written Presentations:

Student: William Snyder. Category: History. Topic: ""The Tuskegee Airmen."" Mentor: Sholomo Levy, associate professor of history.

Student: Gregory Schmidt. Category: Popular Culture. Topic: 1""Violent Video Games: A Mere Enjoyable Pass-Time or a Snake in the Grass to Modern Youth."" Mentor: Cyd Skinner, associate professor of psychology.

Student: Stacy Beaty. Category: Psychology. Topic: ""The Effect of Education and Stress Reduction on Feelings of Control and Positive Lifestyle Changes in Cancer Patients and Survivors."" Mentors: Sharon Lee-Bond, associate professor of biology, and Gina Turner, assistant professor of psychology.

Student: Melissa Puskar. Category: Nutrition Studies/Fitness/Public Health. Topic: ""The High Cost of Cheap Food."" Mentor: Beth Wheeler, associate professor of English.

Student: Kevin Bautista. Category: Social Sciences. Topic: ""One Discipline, Different Paths.1"" Mentor: Alison Diefenderfer, adjunct professor.

Student: Pamela M. Sutliff. Category: Social Sciences. Topic: ""The New Homeless: Economic Recession Hits the Middle Class: A Proposed Sociological Study."" Mentor: Alison Diefenderfer, adjunct professor.

Poster Presentations:

Student: Abigail Tjaden. Topic: ""The Mirror Image."" Mentor: Shauna Gobble, assistant professor of English

Student: Jacey Berger. Topic: ""Banking Cord Blood: One Step Closer to Saving Lives."" Mentor: Randy Boone, associate professor of English

Student: Christopher Doolittle. Topic: ""Rehabilitation and Incarceration: A National Problem."" Mentor: Jennifer Bradley, assistant professor, reading.

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