Each Year, the Ramapo College Honors Program takes several students to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference and the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference. Ramapo Honors students have the opportunity to propose a research abstract to the conference committees. If accepted, they join us at the conference to present their research to peers from around the country. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to earn presentation experience, attend educational and informative student presentations, and gain valuable knowledge about cities they otherwise may have never visited. Conference locations the last few years have included Chicago, New Orleans, Denver, Boston, and Washington D.C.
National Collegiate Honors Council
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is the professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges; honors directors and deans; and honors faculty, staff, and students. NCHC provides support for institutions and individuals developing, implementing, and expanding Honors education through curriculum development, program assessment, teaching innovation, national and international study opportunities, internships, service and leadership development, and mentored research. NCHC conferences take place during the Fall semester.
Northeast Regional Honors Council
The Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) is an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. The NRHC provides its memberswith opportunities for the exchange of information, ideas, and assistance through its annual conference, its newsletter, and its Sleeping Bag Seminars.The NRHC encompasses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Currently almost 200 different colleges and universities are members. NRHC is a regional affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).
The Ramapo College Honors Program attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference from April 6th-9th. We drove a van with 11 students who each presented independent research to peers from around the country. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new and vibrant city, network with faculty and students, and gain experience presenting in a prestigious academic setting. Seven students presented posters: Arjun Bastola, “Factoring Recent News and Events in Stock Market Prediction Models,” David Cifelli, “Use of Genome Editing to Delete the SIT Gene in Osteoblasts,” John DiStefano, “Income Inequality in the United States: The Gap that Keeps on Growing,” Achyut Gautam, “Technology and Inequality,” Meghann Herman, “Bridging the Past and the Present: Understanding the Catalytic Promiscuity Model for Protein Evolution,” Sara Catherine Lichon, “Victorian Marriage Reform: Small Steps towards Modernity,” and Vivek Pandey, “Automated Testing in Software Development.”
Three students presented papers: Andrew Herrera, “Applying Sustainability’s Triple Bottom Line to Ecotourism: A Look at Regional Issues and Successes,” Rachel Lubitz, “The Effects of the Controversy over the Gardasil Shot,” and Donald Irons, “Social Darwinism and Justifying Social Instituions and Discrimination in Modernity.” One student presented at a Roundtable, Mary Baldwin, “Bridging the Divide in the Working World.”
The Honors Program sent eight students to Seattle, Washington for the 2016 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Seven of the eight students presented posters. Keith Ellebracht presented a poster titled “The U.S.A. Tax System,” Aleksandar Goranov presented a poster titled “The Potential Impact of Ocean Acidification and Contamination to Seagrass Meadows,” Andrew Herrera presented a poster titled “The Sustainability of Ecotourism,” Sara Catherine Lichon presented a poster titled “Identity Crisis: The Cold War and Ukraine Crisis,” Vivek Pandey presented a poster titled “Artificial Intelligence in Personality Assessment,” and Kurt Suchman presented a poster titled “Pop Art: The Pervasiveness of Performance Art in Popular Music.” Kelsey Brentnall presented an original painting titled “Breakfast.”
The Honors Program sent eight students to Cambridge, Massachusetts for the 2016 Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference. Arjun Bastola presented a poster titled “Social Media Impact on Professor-Student Relationships,” Plamena Bletsova presented a poster titled “The Journey of the Sarakasani,” Rachel Lubitz presented a poster titled “The Relationship Between Anorexia Nervosa and Mexican Immigrant Adolescents,” Vivek Pandey presented a poster titled “Studying Simulator Sickness in Virtual Environments with Scaled Navigation,” and Sujil Maharjan presented a poster titled “3D Printers Shaping the Medical Industry.” Mindy Gorin gave a presentation titled “The Waves of Feminism,” Sara Catherine Lichon gave a presentation titled “Identity Crisis: The Cold War and Ukraine Crisis,” and Alexis Tine gave a presentation titled “Trigger Warnings and Their Effect on College Education.”
The Honors Program sent five students to Chicago, Illinois for the 2015 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. All five students presented at the poster session. Arjun Bastola presented “Reducing Bandwidth Consumption,” Adam Cohler presented “Police Brutality and the Law,” Emily Hutton presented “More than a Single Story: Ambiguity and Identity in Paisley Rekdal’s Intimate,” Sujil Maharjan presented “Young Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: Filling the Wallet Rather than Emptying It,” and Vivk Pandey presented Achieving Low-Simulation Sickness in Virtual Reality.”
The Honors Program sent nine students to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the 2015 Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference. Aleksander Goranov presented a poster on “Depletion of the Resources of the Earth: The Upcoming Battlefields,” Heather Landfield presented a poster on “How to Market a Low to No Budget Film,” Gabe Makar presented a poster on “The Evolution of the Human Diet and Its Effects on Our Daily Lives,” Vivek Pandey presented a poster on “Vi-Real : The Loopholes in Virtual Caves,” Sujil Maharjan presented a poster on “Big Data Analysis: Finding the Coffee Shop to Starting a Business,” and Alexis Tine presented a poster on “The Achievement Gap Leading to Social Inequality for African Americans.” Ashley Orlando presented a paper on Communicating Amidst Conformity: Effects of Online Communication in Virtual Teams,” and James Ticchio and Anisha Banerjee co-presented a paper on “The Changing Warfare of Today: Economics.”
The Honors Program sent eight students to Denver, Colorado for the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Danielle Corcione presented “Diversity in Higher Education: A Student Perspective” at the Forum on Diversity, Annie Arjarasumpun and Kym Lukacs presented a Film Study in the Master Class Showcase, Adam Cohler presented a poster titled “The Waiver of Miranda Rights,” Vivek Pandey presented a poster titled “Vi-Real: The Loopholes in Virtual Caves,” and Ashley Orlando presented a poster titled “Omnipresent Social Media: Stifling Progress or Facilitating Advancements?”
The Honors Program sent eleven students to Niagara Falls, New York for the 2014 Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference. Amber Smith presented a poster on “Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act: Which Would You Choose?,” Vivek Pandey presented a poster on “Impact of Internet Sensations on College Students,” Sujil Maharjan presented a poster on “A New Discovery in Prime Numbers,” and Gabe Makar presented a poster on “Free Will and the Human Machine.” Brianne Kennedy presented a paper on “Gender Relations, Vulnerability, and Violence in the Sudanese Conflict,”
Jacob Marks presented a paper on “How to Solve the World’s Problems While Making a Profit,” Emily Hutton presented a paper on “Being the “Other”: A Study of Social Discrimination in Hairspray,” Ashley Orlando presented a paper on “Omnipresent Social Media: Stifling Progress or Facilitating Advancement?” Amanda Skuriat presented a paper on “The Importance of Authentic Learning Activities in STEM Education,” Danielle Corcione presented a paper on “Workplace Hierarchy In House of Cards, According to Narrative Theory,” and Heather Landfield presented a paper on “Navigating the Asylum of American Horror Story Season 2.”
The Honors Program sent seven students to New Orleans, Louisiana for the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Mark Ellebracht presented a poster on “A Practical Analysis of Reducing American Military Spending.” Heather Landfield presented a paper on “Hurricane Katrina as an Apocalyptic Event,” Danielle Corcione presented a paper on “’Before the Law’ & ‘The Trial’ in Visual Context,” Alexandra Lehaf presented a paper on “Fashion Evolution in Louisiana, Late 18th Century to Present Day,” Thomas Colella presented a paper on “Painting the Present through the Past: Neoclassicism, Jacques-Louis David, and the French Revolution,” and Alicia Miller and Mike Samlall presented a paper on “Enriching the First-Year Experience: The Role of Peer Facilitation in Building an Honors Community.”
The Honors Program sent four students to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2013 Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference. Thomas Colella presented a poster on “Lady Liberties: The Goddess Representations of Liberty in America, Great Britain, and France.” Danielle Corcione presented a paper on “Guy Debord’s Dérive in Manhattan Context,” Thomas Smolinski presented a paper on “Blending Realities: Analyzing Historical Fiction in Film,” and Camille Menendez presented a paper on “Advancing Biotechnology Rate of Adoption: A Diffusion Theory Approach.”
Eight of our students’ proposals were accepted by the National Collegiate Honors Council for presentation at the 2012 Conference “Challenging Structures” which took place in Boston Massachusetts November 14-18, 2012. Bravo! Brava! — Sarah McConkey (’13) – for her student research paper, Danielle Corcione (’15) , Antonio Regalado (’13) and Francesca Baratta (’13)– for their panel of papers, Alicia Miller (’14) on her paper, and posters by Nicole Rosenthal (’13), Stevie Lynn Rand (’13), and Will Feuss (’13), as well as an original performance piece by Sarah Galo (’13). For conference and presenter details see the NCHC website at: http://nchchonors.org/annual-conference/2012-conference/
To Danielle Mazza (’12) on her poster “From Brains to Beauty: The Science Behind Cosmetics” and Sarah Galo (’13) on her poster “By ‘Our’ Stripes We are Healed: An Examination of Cathartic Questions in Medieval Passion Plays and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ,” and the Roundtable discussion by Caitlin Vogel (’13) “Mark Twain Aboard the ‘Slippery Slope’ of Children’s Literature” as well as the Roundtable discussion of the Flash Mob initiated at the conference by Jacqueline Guhl (’14), Julie Truong (’12) and Amanda Skuriat (’14) who presented at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference “Competing Claims: Divisions and Coalitions” held in Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 2012. – To see a video of the Flash Mob, find us on Facebook at “Ramapo Honors.”
Student presenters & volunteer moderators: Antonio Regalado, Jacqui Guhl, Amanda Skuriat, Stevie Lynn Rand, Nicole Rosenthal, Sarah Galo, Francesca Baratta and Kelsey Williams.
To William Feuss (’13) who presented his poster “The History of Mining in the Franklin, New Jersey Area” and Danielle Mazza (’12) and Antonio Regalado (’13) presented as a panel “Form v. Function – Integrating the First Year Experience into an Honors Program” at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference, “Stewards of our Colliding Worlds: Rights, Wrongs and Responsibilities,” held in Phoenix Arizona, October 20-23, 2011. Appreciation to the HNRS First Course Seminar faculty who accompanied students: Dr. Larry D’Antonio and Dr. Tae Kwak, as well as HNRS 320 professor Dr. Peter Campbell. And Congrats to all of us!! – for winning the First Prize award in the Small College Website competition!
To Amanda Swanson (’11) for her poster “The Relationship between Personality Attributes and Facebook Activities,” and Sarah Galo (’13) for her Student-Faculty Roundtable discussion “Exploring the Integration of Contemporary Arts into the Honors Curriculum” with Dr. Marta Vides Saade, presented at the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference “Resurgam: To Rise Again” held March 31-April 3, 2011, in Portland, ME. And appreciation to the rest of Team Ramapo – Santiago Castro (’14), Emily Halter (’12) and Danielle Mazza (’12).
To Jackie Ostrander (’11) for her work on “Oratory Ability and Influence: The Art of Verbal Persuasion.” Pictured here during her presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference held in Kansas City, MO, on Oct 20-24, 2010. And, appreciation to Danielle Mazza (’12), Sarah Galo (’13) and Jackie Ostrander (’11) who joined “Team Ramapo” at NCHC as Moderators for conference sessions.
To “Team Ramapo” who represented us at the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference “Defining the Center” April 8-11, 2010.Spring 2010
Amanda served as a gracious Moderator at a conference session. Maritza Guanaga (’10) presented her paper “Technology as a Vital Element for a Globalized Economy” and her mentors Drs. Yeaton and Frech were there to guide her.
From left to right, Dr. Kathryn Yeaton – ASB, Maritza Guananga (’10) – ASB, Dr. Marta Vides S. – Director, Amanda Swanson ‘(11) – SSHS, and Dr. William Frech – ASB
To Maritza Guananga (’10), for her excellent paper contribution to the NRHC panel “Economy, Globalization and Harrisburg. Go Maritza!