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Spring, 2010

Article on Honors Conferences Featured in Longwood's The Link

The latest edition of The Link, Longwood University's Faculty & Staff eNewsletter, featured highlights of CHC members participation in local and regional honors conferences as well as Longwood's own Honors Poster Session. The full announcement can be found below.

The spring Honors conference season is upon us, and a number of Longwood's Honors students have taken up the challenge to present their research to Honors faculty and students outside the Longwood community.

  • The first of this year's spring conferences was the Southern Regional Honors Conference, held March 25-27 in Greenville, SC, where history majors Stephanie Skipp and Alyssa Foley presented "Convenience Food: Effects on American Family Dynamics and Health," which they developed as part of their requirements for Dr. Larissa Fergeson's Modern America class.
  • Psychology major Ashley Steadman will present "A Further Look into the Life of B.F. Skinner," which draws on her work in Dr. Jennifer Apperson's Theories of Personality course.
    Psychology major Kayla Dodson will present "Facial Perception Differences among Males and Females," drawn from her work in Dr. Stephanie Buchert's Cognitive Psychology offering. 
  • Cody Merkes, a sophomore physics major, will become the first Longwood student to present at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium, with his study "Bridging the Gap: Calculus to Physics," an outgrowth of his work in Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell's Calculus II class.  Coincidentally, Cody, as a member of Longwood's men's soccer team, has competed against Big South Conference student athletes on the athletic field. 
  • Two Liberal Studies majors from Dr. Lee Bidwell's Sociology of Education class, Carlisle Parker and LeighAnna Feeser, will present "Attitudes and Expectation of Future Teachers."
  • Over thirty students are expected to take part in the Honors Poster Session for the spring semester, to be held in the Lankford Ballroom on Wednesday, April 21st, from 3 to 5 p.m.  All faculty and staff are welcome to attend.


CHC Members Earn High Marks at COMAP

Team Pi: Nikole Varhegyi (Right)Team Alpha: Jeff Anway (Left), Ben Ryan (Center)

 Two teams of Longwood students recently earned high marks at the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) competition, a difficult and prestigious international contest in mathematical modeling. Team Pi, including Cormier Honors College member Nikole Varhegyi (Class of 2011), was a Meritous winner. Only 19% of the 2248 competing teams earned this high distinction. Team Alpha, including CHC members Jeff Anway (Class of 2013; Hometown: Greensboro, NC.) and Ben Ryan (Class of 2011; Hometown: Charlottsville, VA.) earned the title of Successful Participant. For more details on the competition, including participants, criteria, and scores, visit the COMAP website.


Crystal PeoplesCHC Member Chosen for Highly-Selective Research Program 

Crystal Peoples (Class of 2012; Hometown: Chesapeake, VA.), a Mathematics major with minors in Criminology and Sociology and member of the Cormier Honors College, has been selected for Research Experience for Undergraduates, a highly-selective program. This summer, she will be participating in the Carleton Summer Mathematics Program for Women. Peoples will be taking two seminars this summer, one in Topology and Knot Theory and one in Lie Theory. The program will run from June 20th to July 18th. For more information, go to the Carleton Summer Mathematics Program website. Also, for more details, read the full article on Peoples, featured on Longwood's homepage.


Catherine DanielsHonors Student Appointed as Hull Springs Farm Foundation Board Representative

Catherine Daniels (Class of 2012; Hometown: Chesapeake, VA.), a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Environmental Studies and member of the Cormier Honors College, has been selected as the student representative to the Hull Springs Farm Foundation Board. In addition to President Cormier and Vice President of Facilities Management and Real Property, Richard Bratcher, the Board roster includes two former Secretaries of Natural Resources (Mr. John Daniel and Mr. Taylor Murphy) and the Virginia director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.


Mary HooverHonors Student's Article featured in Lingua Franca

Mary Hoover (Class of 2011; Hometown: Altavista, VA.), a Modern Languages major and member of the Cormier Honors College, recently published an article in Lingua Franca, the newsletter of the Modern Languages Department at Longwood. She writes of her many experiences on her study abroad trip to Ñuñoa, Chile.


An article by Dr. Michael Lund and Dr. Geoff Orth will appear in a journal published by the National Collegiate Honors Council

March 23, 2010


An article by Dr. Michael Lund, Assistant Director of the Cormier Honors College, and Dr. Geoff Orth, Director of the Cormier Honors College, will appear in the 2010 issue of Honors in Practice, an annual journal published by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). The article, "From the White House to Our House: the Story of an Honors College Vegetable Garden," describes the sustainability project launched in fall 2009 by the Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars.

The garden, beside Wheeler parking lot near the corner of Griffin Boulevard and High Street, is roughly the same dimensions as, and was modeled on, Michelle Obama's White House garden. The Longwood garden "provides an opportunity to investigate local history, politics, agriculture, civil rights, and economics, all the while providing focus and creating community in the honors college," said Ada Long, co-editor of Honors in Practice, in an introduction to the upcoming issue. "Although new, this project provides a model that other administrators might well consider for their own programs." Honors in Practice, one of two major journals published by the NCHC, describes its mission as to "accommodate our members' need and desire for articles about nuts-and-bolts issues, innovative practices in individual Honors programs, and other Honors topics of concern to the membership."

The journal is due out in April or May, and after the hard copies have been distributed (to about 1,000 subscribers), the journal will be available online through national databases Gale, Ebsco, and H.W. Wilson. The article will appear on pages 177-87.