Symposium Day 2012 at Saint Joseph College on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Symposium Day will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon in various campus venues located in Lynch Hall and The Bruyette Athenaeum. A student art exhibition will also be on display in the Winifred E. Coleman Lobby of The Bruyette Athenaeum. A complete schedule for Symposium Day 2012 appears below. The community is cordially invited to attend!

 Symposium Day is a celebration of scholarship, designed to carry out the University’s mission “to develop the potential of women,” by offering our students the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their research and creative accomplishments. A wide array of academic and professional studies will be featured in panel discussions and poster presentations including biology, chemistry, history, ecology, art, women’s issues, health, and more. For more information, contact:

  • Hong Zhou, Ph.D., associate professor of Computer Science, at 860.231.5826 or [email protected]
  • Benjamin Peters, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious Studies, at 860.231.5299 or [email protected]


Symposium Day 2012 Schedule

April 18

Saint Joseph College

West Hartford, CT


Presentations: 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Teaching Students With Special Needs Lynch 107

  • Maggie Soucy (Dr. Whitbread) Calculating Educational Benefit of Special Education for Students with Disabilities
  • Amber White (Dr. Whitbread) The Academic Achievement of Students with Down Syndrome in Inclusive Classrooms

American and Connecticut History Lynch 125

  • Kathleen Durbois (Dr. Callahan) Perception and Realities: Gender and the Encounter Between European Settlers and the Iroquois Nation
  • Breana Vessichio (Dr. Callahan) The Ignoble Experiment: Alcohol, States’ Rights and Connecticut’s Campaign against the Eighteenth Amendment after World War I

Modern Art   Bruyette AV Room

  • Maria Heredia (Professor Keller) Translating Nature: Visual Representations of New World Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church
  • Alyssa McKeever (Professor Keller) Painting A New Road Ahead: The Artistic Journey of Mary Cassatt

Ramifications of the Abuse of Children Lynch 207

  • Nicole Williams (Dr. Kuntz) Child Abuse Effects Linger into Adulthood
  • Catherine Nesci (Professor Rondinone) Child Soldiers and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Learning to Read and Write (Better) Lynch 212

  • Jennifer Alfano and Sare Felker (Professor Scoppetta) Exploring the Writing Process through Fictional Narrative
  • Jillian Barry (Dr. Hoyser and Dr. Curry) Literary Criticism in Secondary Education: Making a Place for Theoretical Lenses in High School Classrooms

Biology and Your Health Lynch 225

  • Diana Costa, Gerald Shulman, Michael Jurczak (Dr. Marcucci) The Relationship Between Ectopic Lipid Accumulation, Insulin Resistance, and Loss of Mitochondrial Function
  • Michelle DiPinto (Professor Miller) Vitamin D Deficiency in Pediatric Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

Presentations: 10-10:50 a.m.

Shakespeare and the Other Lynch 107

  • Emila Lynch, Olivia Abare-Brown, Kelly Balanca, and Jillian Barry (Dr. Sierra) Shakespeare and the Other: A Comprehensive Panel Discussion of Two Plays

Advances in Chemistry Lynch 125

  • Sare Felker (Dr. Dean) Reactivity of Pancreatic Lipase in the Presence of Alli
  • Elena Khramtsova (Dr. Dean) The Effect of Acai Berry on Enzymatic Activity of Lipase

Disease and Immunology Lynch 212

  • Chelsea Leitao (Professor Miller) Clinical Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Modern Drug Therapies
  • Amanda Nadolny (Professor Miller) Human Immunological Responses to Infection with Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Christine Napiany (Professor Miller) The AIDS Pandemic: An Exploration of the History, the Virus and the Future of the Disease

Teaching in the Classroom and Beyond   Lynch 225

  • Jill Linkovich and Kathryn Lorentz (Dr. Carlson) Animal and Art Exposure in School Settings
  • Mary Kate Ross (Dr. Richard) Social Networking and Blogging: Taking the Conversation Beyond the Classroom
  • Kristina Torres, Alfredo Agsalud (Dr. Marcucci) An Exploration of Pedagogy for Teaching Biological Science Courses in Secondary Education

Art of the Ancient Greeks AV Room Bruyette

  • Eileen Leary (Professor Keller) The Caryatids: Classical Sculpture in the Age of Pericles
  • Ruth Steely (Professor Keller) Gone but Not Forgotten: A Study of the Work, “Grave Stele of a Little Girl”

Presentations: 11-11:50 a.m.

A Film, A Performance, and An Analysis   Lynch 107

  • Rebecca DiPinto (Dr. Hoyser) An Ecocritical Analysis of Virginia Woolf’s “Kew Gardens”
  • Hannah Watkins (Dr. Barone) Under the Oak Tree – An Experiment with Poetry
  • Katherine Vandrilla (Dr. Zelinsky) a short scene from the original screenplay,>I’ll Have Watch She’s Having

Family Studies   Lynch 125

  • Lindsay Dion, Kathryn Kononchik, Heather Lawrence (Dr. Carlson) The Role of Parent/ Guardian in Home Based Early Education
  • Erica Lombardi, Lauren Labbe, Krista Watts (Dr. Carlson) Intervention Programs for At-Risk Youth and Families
  • Andreanna McKinzie, Elizabeth McNamara, Gelly Segura (Dr. Carlson) Promoting Positive Parenting

Psychology of College Students Lynch 225

  • Melissa Lauretti (Dr. Whitney) Students’ Motivation for Attending Student-Planned and Facilitated On-Campus Events
  • Ashley Briglia (Dr. Whitney) The Efficacy of an Extended First Year Seminar Program on First Year College Students

Economics and Politics in the Modern World Lynch 207

  • Justine Hayes (Professor Chen and Dr. Curry) Equitable Taxation of Cash Dividends Paid to Individuals
  • Jessica Perez (Dr. Raman) The Concept of the Transnational Capitalist Class and its Role in Capital Globalization
  • Breana Vessichio (Dr. Callahan) Silvio Berlusconi: Personality, Politics and Media

New Ideas in Chemistry Lynch 212

  • Yen Le (Dr. Goldstein) Biodiesel: Coffee, Seeds, and Nuts
  • Nancy Juca (Dr. Goldstein) New Opportunities for Carroll Reaction


Posters: 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Lynch Hall First Floor Lobby

  • Biology 250 Poster Exhibit (Professor Millard)

Kimberly Buonaiuto
Megan Langford
Connie-Sue Larcher
Elizabeth Mikol
Rebecca Wolfe
Samantha Russo
Jen Vecchio
Nicole Vetica


Lynch Hall Second Floor Lobby

  • Biology 250 Poster Exhibit (Professor Millard)

Rachel Busuulwa
Jessalyn Corso
Daniela Cuppari
Joy Grekula

  • Katarzyna Kosciolek (Dr. Davis) Gengras Center: Nutrition Education with a Twist & Turn
  • Rubbab Chaudhry (Dr. Vozzola) The Faces of Muslim Women in America
  • Jennifer Boylan and Amy Bourgoin (Dr. Carlson) Guyana Immersion Experience
  • Jajai Quinn (Dr. Guttilla) Is Television Increasing the Risk of Scoliosis?


Student Art Exhibition: 9:00-11:30 a.m.

The Winifred E. Coleman Lobby of The Bruyette Athenaeum

Nina Candels, Jaleesa Carter, Rebecca Cavallo, Elizabeth Chan, Alassandra Giovannucci (Professor Weise) Learning to See: Exhibitions of Paintings and Drawings



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