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More than a dozen Point Park Honors Program students are presenting their academic work at the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference in Baltimore April 12-15.

The 14 Point Park students will present a mix of papers and poster demonstrations. In addition, the students and accompanying faculty members will attend sessions such as "Developing in Honors" discussions, faculty and student-led interactive workshops, student and faculty caucuses, and state-level meetings. In other sessions, students from across the Northeast will present their work.

This year's conference theme is "Competing Claims: Divisions and Coalitions," pulling references from historic Baltimore. It calls for attendees to locate themselves amidst diversity and forge new and vibrant ways to connect and to sustain life through science, literature, social sciences, business, education, art and culture.

Point Park students presenting papers include:

  • Carleigh Dettore, "The Phenomenology of Disease: An Exploration in Breast Cancer Remission"

  • Ciera Onley, Rebecca Lessner and Cornelia Bianca McLellan, "Emerging Leaders Cross the Divide" (contributors not attending:Thaddeus Covaleski, Abigail Mathieu)

  • Adelyn Biedenbach, "Social Media - Connecting or Disengaging Universities?"

  • Flora Strange, "Exploring the Evolution of Alternative Spring Break"

Point Park students taking part in poster sessions include:

  • Katie Pflug and Andrea Karsesnick, "MTV-Now, Then and in the Future"

  • Keri Rouse, "Vegetarianism for the Carnivore"

  • Kalea Hall and Amanda Schutzman, "Effects of Genetically Modified Foods"

  • Sienna Hollows and James Katezulos, "Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Divides Within One's Self"

  • Lara McCann-Moran and Mary Eklund, "Men and Women in Comedy"

The Northeast Regional is a sub-section to the National Collegiate Honors Council, the organization that serves and counts as members the majority of Honors Programs at colleges and universities across the nation.

Point Park's Honors Program strives to enhance the academic experiences of qualified students who desire a challenge, take responsibility for learning, and seek intellectual and personal growth. The University also has an Honors Student Organization that coordinates events that reflect the interests of Honors Program students.