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Seniors present research papers, electronic portfolios

Senior Amy Bumatai presents her research project about “Diversity in Student Handbooks in Small Oregon Colleges.” The presentation was given Nov. 27 in Ford Hall.
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Senior Amy Bumatai presents her research project about “Diversity in Student Handbooks in Small Oregon Colleges.” The presentation was given Nov. 27 in Ford Hall.
Kate Straube/Photo editor

The Theatre and Communication Arts Department hosted evening presentations for its senior students Nov. 27 through Nov. 29.

On Nov. 27 the seniors focused on communication arts shared their presentations. Seniors Elie Wiese, Takahiro Ishizawa, Stephanie Raso, Axel Cederberg and Alayna Martin gave professional conference-style presentations, displaying their senior seminar research projects.

Raso presented her research paper titled “An Examination of Gender and Race in Newspaper Coverage of Olympian Gabby Douglas.”

“I found it beneficial to take part in the presentations because it allowed me to have an opportunity to understand what a formal presentation is like,” Raso said. “The presentations were also a great way for me to share what I had worked on throughout the semester and show the implications of my research.”

On Nov. 28, theater students shared their portfolios. This year’s portfolios were made in an electronic format, so they could be easily presented for jobs or during an interview. Seniors Christopher Forrer, Megan Gear, Laura Haspel, Stephanie Mulligan, Paige Keith and McKenna Peterson all shared their portfolios.

“It is a digital portfolio that represents the culmination of my work as a theatre arts major, including course work, productions and other theatrical work outside of the department,” Forrer said. “We presented them in a public setting in the lobby of Ford Hall, trying to simulate a job interview environment or another type of professional presentation.”

The portfolios will be something each student will have for future jobs and interviews.

“This portfolio will be my lifeblood as an aspiring theatre artist, as will the ability to sell myself to theatre companies and graduate schools,” Forrer said. “Having an opportunity in a safe environment to practice this style of presentation and market my work is invaluable to me as a young theatre artist.”

The Nov. 29 presentations featured communication arts and intercultural communication majors. Seniors Crystal Galarza, Xiao Liu, Amy Bumatai, Maria Shwarz and Janelle Davis all presented their research projects in a similar style to the Nov. 27 presentations.

Chris Haddeland

Culture editor

Library features student thesis research projects

Student thesis research projects are on display in the Nicholson Library through May 16. They will be judged May 13 at 3 p.m.

A broad collection of student research projects for the Linfield College Science and Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposia will be featured at 3 p.m. on May 13 in the Nicholson Library. There are 47 submissions.

The categories of submission for the Science Symposium are sociology and anthropology, psychology, political science, physics, mathematics, economics, chemistry and biology.

Junior Andrew Carpenter did his research in the chemistry field. The title of his presentation is ”Electrochemical Characterization of Novel Alkyl Substituted Polyoxotungstates.”

“I decided to talk to the professors after I took a Jan[uary] Term chemistry class my sophomore year,” Carpenter said. “I started talking to them about different research projects they were working on, but no one needed any help. The professor I worked with for this project, Elizabeth Atkinson, had no students working with her so I shadowed her research and decided to work with her over the summer.”

The categories of submission for the Creative Projects Symposium are theater and communication arts, sociology and anthropology and environmental studies.

Junior Grace Beckett submitted a presentation for theater. The title of her poster is “Medea and Lady Macbeth; Control in Madness and Strengths.”

“My thesis is that it is detrimental for people to define themselves through relationships with others,” she said.

Beckett’s presentation illustrates two strong female leads in literature that go mad or seem insane as a result of the influences of their husbands.

“Medea is insane and defines herself purely through her relationship with her husband. She harnesses the insanity and commits terrible acts of violence,” Beckett said. “Lady Macbeth also defines herself through her relationship with her husband. She tries to control him and therefore feels guilty for the horrible acts that he commits.”

Beckett said she initially wrote the paper for her theatre history class.

“I started the term out researching just Medea, and then I started building on it,” she said. “I wanted to take a feminist perspective to it. The female leads are so strong that they are portrayed as completely mad. I thought that was a good commentary on feminist power.”

Sophomore Zachary Davis presented a mathematical approach to snowboarding which reinvents the design on the half pipe. Senior Craig Geffre presented a discussion on gluten intolerant communities which presents multiple diagnosis narratives.

A prediction of box office revenues for comedy and science fiction movies affected by certain factors like sequels or media attention is also on display, presented by senior Hung Vu.

Submissions will be judged from 3-4:30 p.m.  on May 13. The presentations will remain on display through May 16.


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