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Graduate students are invited to present their research related to professional development and community services for Point Park University's Graduate Student Conference April 14, 2018 in West Penn Hall.

Important Date

The conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include a keynote speech by alumnus Billy Hartung on "Advancing Professions and Serving the Community" as well as technical and poster sessions.

There will also be networking opportunities related to a variety of fields in which Point Park offers graduate programs including:

  • Business administration
  • Education
  • Engineering management
  • Environmental sciences
  • Health care management
  • Psychology/community health

Please note that registration for this conference is open for all and is free, but mandatory. Since space is limited, reserve your spot soon.

Keynote Speaker

Pictured is Point Park alumnus Billy Hartung. Photo submitted by Hartung.Billy Hartung '93 '08, Executive Director of The Center for Theater Arts

Hartung received his B.F.A. in theatre arts from in 1993 and later returned for his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008; both from Point Park University. Hartung has written curriculum and taught acting and musical theater for the performing arts faculties of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), the Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. He is also an active member of the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) where he taught and created programs for high school teachers and district staff to further explore arts education curriculum in their classroom and school districts.

Conference Schedule

8:15-8:45 a.m.

Registration - West Penn Hall Lobby

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Welcome Reception - West Penn Hall Lobby

9:15-10 a.m.

Paper Session A - WP 301

Paper Session B - WP 306

Global Economic Inequality: Forces at work, and Policies to Reverse the Problem

Ourania Mining International Corp: A Self-Sustaining Facility on 1943 Anteros

Medical National Council

Death Experiences as Mortality Salience priming, personality traits, and Schizotypal Personalities

Negotiating Religio-Cultural Barriers in Psychotherapy with Female Arab-Muslim Victims of Sexual Violence: A Literature Review

The Empty Self and Addiction: Towards Alternative Approaches to Treatment

By: Ana C. Houser, Stephen Schuchert, Zachary Snowden

By: Rebecca Norton, Minodora Mihai, Gerald Ferguson

By: Thiago Siervo

By: William Harper, Brent Robbins, Ming Yuan

By: Carleigh Ann Mallah

By: Ashley Bobak

10:15-11 a.m.

Paper Session A - WP 301

Paper Session B - WP 306

Wave Energy Conversion Technology Feasibility Study for Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy Solutions for a Town in Need

Automate or Not to Automate

The Impact of Community Engaged Racialized Conversations on Educational Planning for African American Students

Freedom Dreams: Cultural Work as Resistance in the Hill District of Pittsburgh

Stories from the Yam: Centering Black Women Sexual Assault Survivors in Higher Education

By: Robert E. Bagwell

By: Lawrence J Keenan

By: Aike Okolo, Hung Nguyen

By: Trisha Gadson

By: Kendra Ross

By: Leatra Tate

11 a.m.-noon

Poster Session

Effectively Understanding Risk Management

Balancing the ongoing crisis of offline/ online e-commerce market utilizing smart supply chain management

Diversity Awareness Initiatives in 3 Western Pennsylvania School Districts

Do you ask for a receipt from your medical care provider? If not, don’t be ashamed to ask for it.

Opportunities and Barriers to Female Leadership in Secondary Education: A Qualitative Analysis


By: Brittany Bartel

By: Pratiksha Dixit

By: Robert Kartychak, Jason Olexa, Laura Ward

By: Thiago Siervo

By: Stephanie White


Solar Farm Planning for Alhassa City

Community Violence

Provider Scholarship Program: A Case Study of Student Access and Affordability

Social Innovation

Professional Development for Young Employees in the Nonprofit Sector, using Technology to Increase Funds and Decrease Administrative Time

By: Zyad Alshabat

By: Selena Marshall

By: Meggan Lloyd

By: David Gloss

By: Maria Montaro, Shannon Gregg

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch - West Penn Hall Lobby

12:30-1 p.m.

Keynote Speech - West Penn Hall Lobby

1-1:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony - West Penn Hall Lobby

Conference Proceedings

Download the conference proceedings.

For Authors

Download the oral presentation guidelines.

Download the poster preparation guidelines.

Learn More 

For questions or more information about the conference, contact Yaser Roshan, Ph.D., at 412-392-3879 or

More About: M.A. in media communication, graduate programs, M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting, M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching, M.S. in engineering management, M.A. in clinical-community psychology, M.S. in environmental studies, M.A. in communication technology, M.A./M.B.A., M.B.A.