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OIL CITY, PA- The Honors Program at Clarion University-Venango Campus recognized students' academic achievements and faculty mentors' contributions to their scholarly growth and development at the semi-annual "Night of Excellence" on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. A reception with light refreshments provided by the Venango Campus Alumni Chapter was held following the presentations.

            The Honors Program is a learning community geared toward academic achievement and scholarly pursuits offering students the opportunity to expand intellectual capacities through stimulating coursework, field experiences such as lectures, films, and cultural events, hands-on involvement in community activities and projects, travel opportunities, and merit-based scholarships.

            Each semester, Venango Campus Honors Program students present their research findings based on projects completed within their Honors component courses. Each Honors Program student works closely with a faculty mentor in their chosen field to develop their presentations.

            Dr. Ellen Foster and Dr. David Lott are coordinators of the Venango Campus Honors Program.

            Nursing major Kathryn Goodwin of Oil City presented her research project, "The Effects of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus." Ms. Goodwin plans to work in an acute care setting following graduation and is also considering a career as a traveling nurse. Her faculty mentor was nursing instructor Virginia Seybold.

            In her presentation entitled "2012: Heaven and Earth," radiologic sciences major Jennifer Hallstrom of Tionesta explored the possibility of catastrophic natural events that could lead to human extinction, a phenomenon made timely by a recent popular science fiction motion picture.  Ms. Hallstrom plans to work in a hospital setting as a registered radiologic technologist. Her faculty mentor was physics professor Dr. Richard Wagner.

            Mary Hulse, nursing major from Brookville, presented her research entitled "Examining Dissociative Identity Disorder." Ms. Hulse plans to continue her education, earning a master's degree in nursing to become a nurse educator. Her faculty mentor was psychology professor Dr. Jeanne Slattery.

            Currently residing in Tionesta, Ireland native Doreen Lawton, who is majoring in nursing, presented her research about "Environmental Factors and Alzheimer's Disease." Ms. Lawton will go on to earn a master's degree in nursing. Her faculty mentor was also Dr. Slattery.

            Terry Leatherman, who is a pre-nursing student planning to begin the nursing program next fall, presented research on "Aging Globally: Meeting the Challenges of an Increasing Older Population." Terry is from Clarington, Pennsylvania, with a special interest in the geriatric field. Her plans also include becoming a nurse educator upon completion of a master's degree in nursing. Ms. Leatherman's faculty mentor was sociology professor Dr. Allan Hunchuk.

            Sarah Lewis, a criminal justice major from Rockland, researched "The Art of Criminal Profiling."  She plans to pursue a career as a federal agent upon completion of a master's degree. Her faculty mentor was criminal justice professor Dr. Paul Klenowski.

            Moderating panel discussions were faculty members Dr. Christina Chant and Dr. Jessica Crespo.

            Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.   The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed.  Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses.  The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences.  Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.


12/2/2009 12:00 AM

Clarion University–Venango Campus Honors Program Holds “Night of Excellence”