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Academic Excellence Celebration 2021

AEC LogoWelcome to our virtual/electronic 2021 Academic Excellence Celebration. Below you will find the names of our outstanding students and the titles of their submissions. To find specific titles or names, you can search by pressing "Control (or Command on Macs)+F." 

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Honors Presentations

Presentations

Art Exhibits

Music Performances

Honor Society Inductions

 

 

Students in McKendree’s Honors Program work closely with faculty mentors to complete original research in their fields of study. These presentations represent the culmination of honors students’ projects and allow them to share their knowledge in a public forum.

Honors Presentations will be presented LIVE through Zoom.

 

 

Time: 8:30 AM

Title: Polarized: Why Are We So Divided?

Name: Brian Ahle

Mentor: Dr. Ann Collins

The presenter will analyze polarization in the United States today. He will explore the largest factors contributing to this political split, such as Donald Trump's presidency and social issues.

 

 

 

Time: 8:30 AM

Title: Exploration of Ceramic Glazes

Name: Summer Brooks

Mentor: Kevin Kao

Summer presents her experimentation and exploration of ceramic glazes. Methods of exploration will be presented.

 

 

 

Time: 9:00 AM

Title: Value Ethics and Political Dirty Hands

Name: Mitchell Deleel

Mentor: Dr. Kevin Zanelotti

The presenter will discuss the relationship between the implementation of Michael Walzer's concept of political dirty hands and whether or not it can be reasonably implemented within our political society. This discussion will provide a framework for the discussion via a discussion of virtue ethics as described by Alasdair MacIntyre and use this framework to look at potential criticisms of dirty hands as a concept, and how its implementation may be problematic at a pre-politics level.

 

 

 

Time: 9:00 AM

Title: Athlete Shutdown: Experiencing COVID-19 and Season-Ending Injuries

Name: Miranda Gajewski

Mentor: Dr. Tami Eggleston

The presenter will discuss the relationship between athletes experiencing the shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a season-ending injury. Background, methods, and analysis will be provided.

 

 

 

Time: 9:30 AM

Title: "We Have Nothing to Gain, and Everything to Lose...:" African Americans' Fight for Freedom During the Civil War

Name: Anna Gualdoni

Mentor: Dr. Lauren Thompson

The presenter will discuss how African Americans, both enslaved and freed, were treated during the Civil War and their reactions to those treatments. A historiography, argument, and research will be provided.

 

 

 

Time: 9:30 AM

Title: Doppelgänger Usage in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Name: Claire Jennings

Mentor: Dr. Jessica Campbell

The presenter will discuss Oscar Wilde's usage of doppelgängers in his novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Types of doppelgängers, the functions of them, and how the character Dorian Gray reflects the balance between good and evil will be addressed.

 

 

 

Time: The Live Session Has Been Canceled - Link to the Recording Available

Title: Physically, Mentally, and Environmentally Destructive: Environmental Racism and its Impact on Human Health

Name: Sarah Hardin

Mentor: Dr. Shelly Lemons

The presenter will discuss the impact environmental racism has on physical and mental health. A background of environmental racism is, how it came to be, and why it is important to understand will also be addressed.

 

  

 

Time: 10:00 AM

Title: Digital Disruption and Social Media Marketing in the Music Industry

Name: Andrew Yancik

Mentor: Dr. Jessica Campbell

The presenter will discuss the music industry and its evolution during the age of digitization and social media. Background, methods, and strategies will be explained.

 

 

 

Time: 10:30 AM

Title: The Cold Steel of the Cold War

Name: Nicholas Toennies

Mentor: Dr. Shelly Lemons

The presenter will introduce the two major small arms developed during the Cold War: the M16 and the AKM. Development, specifications, background, and modern descendants will also be discussed. Their service record, along with the similarities and differences in their developers and development, and the controversies that occurred during that time will also be discussed.

 

 

 

Time: 10:30 AM

Title: “Ar tonelico” and the Emotion of Diegetic Music

Name: Isaiah Mueller

Mentor: Dr. Nancy Ypma

Presenter will be discussing the use of various musical techniques and the emotional affect they can have upon listeners, how it can convey information, and the use of these techniques to both tell a story, and improve one. The case of diegetic music (or music that characters are capable of interacting with) will be the focus of this, and the music from the "Ar tonelico" series of RPG (role playing) video games will be the main subject of analysis on this front.

 

 

 

Time: 11:00 AM

Title: The Association Between PER3 VNTR Polymorphisms and Morning/Night Sleep Preference

Name: Payton Price

Mentor: Dr. Robb Van Putte

The presenter will discuss the association between a specific variable number tandem repeat and morning/evening preference amongst individuals at McKendree University. Background, methodology, results and impact will be provided.

 

 

 

Time: 11:00 AM

Title: Eccentric and Concentric Strength Related Injuries in Baseball Players

Name: Jacob Reinkemeyer

Mentor: Dr. Dawn Hankins

The presenter will discuss eccentric and concentric strength as it relates to pitchers in baseball. The presenter will further address how lack of these strengths leads to injury, and finally, how to prevent it from happening.

 

 

 

Time: 11:30 AM

Title: "What's Next?" Career Coaching Strategies for Decision Making

Name: Evan Spears

Mentor: Donna Ulrich

The presenter will outline steps throughout the career coaching process that can enhance decision making for future career choices. These steps, which serve as guides for research, include personal competencies examined through self-assessments, practical knowledge and skill information gained from interviews, and market data based on geographic and economic factors.

 

 

 

Time: 11:30 AM

Title: Who Studies Abroad?

Name: C. Craig Tompkins

Mentor: Dr. Guy Boysen

The presenter will discuss how the personality of McKendree's student population correlates with how far they have traveled to study there. Past research, methods, statistical analyses, and implications will all be discussed.

 

 

 

Time: 11:30 AM

Title: Effects of Video Games on Students: An Analysis

Name: Justin Walters

Mentor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will be presenting an analysis of research data from over the past few decades on the effects of video games on students. The presenter will be discussing both the positive and negative effects of video games in regard to student performance.

 

 

These presenters aim to share their scholarly and creative work with the campus community and beyond. Students work individually or collaboratively to demonstrate their learning in these engaging presentations.

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Accrual Versus Cash Accounting for Taxation

Name: Nicholas Toennies

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - COVID Tax Provisions

Name: Nicole Meyer

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - COSO Internal Control Framework

Name: Brett Niedzwiecki

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Credit Loss Standard

Name: Zachary Odum

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Deferred Taxes

Name: Eddie Davis

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Should Companies be able to Report Non-GAAP Measures in their Annual Reports?

Name: Tommy McGrath

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - History of GAAP/IFRS Convergence in the United States

Name: Oliver Joensson

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - History of Goodwill

Name: Mackenzie Koester

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Inventory Write Downs and Reserves

Name: Charlotte Scott

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Lease Accounting

Name: Yasheria London

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - LIFO Inventory

Name: Makayla Golden

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Multinational Taxation

Name: Aleksejs Ivasenko

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting

Name: Jacob Donaldson

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Qualified Business Income Deduction

Name: Olivia Dreyer

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Revenue Recognition

Name: Courtney Flowers

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Sarbanes-Oxely Act Auditing and Governance

Name: Ryan Herrington

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Accounting Capstone Research Presentation - Utilization of Tax Losses from Rental Properties

Name: Jessica Manton

Sponsor: Terese Kasson

Accounting students in the Research in Accounting Theory capstone course present their research projects.

 

 

 

Title: Adolescent Obesity in the United States

Name: Blakely Robinson

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenter will discuss the growing obesity rates of adolescents (children age 12-19) in the United States using statistics. Causes of increased obesity rates will also be discussed.

 

 

 

Title: Aesthetics of Social Media Influencers

Name: Laurynn Davey

Sponsor: Dr. Richard Murphy

Due to the rise of popular social media platforms, marketers now have an opportunity to promote their products to a larger audience with the help of social media influencers. Understanding how influencers connect with their audience through their own personal brand is extremely relevant to the social media world, a powerful media outlet that continues to both grow and change. This presentation will dive further into the “mechanics” of influencer marketing with a focus on social media influencer aesthetics.

 

 

 

Title: Attitudes Toward Autism Related Emotional Outbursts

Name: Anna Tamburrino

Sponsor: Dr. Guy Boysen

The presenter will discuss the relationship between knowing someone with Autism and perceptions of emotional outbursts or tantrums. In the study, participants were exposed to one of two conditions when reading a description of a tantrum; these conditions were a control and Autism condition. The presenter will also discuss how knowledge about Autism may influence these attitudes.

 

 

 

Title: AWS COVID Database Service

Name: Brian Baggette

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will discuss how he created a web application that catalogs student athlete quarantines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The application and database will be hosted on Amazon Web Services.

 

 

 

Title: The Beef Industry, the Environment, and the Economy - A Debate Presented by the McKendree Speech and Debate Team

Name: Jayden Touchette, Naya Busbea, Kyle Smith, Rebecca Postula, Kyle Garrett

Sponsor: Joe Blasdel

The McKendree Speech and Debate Team will present a debate on the following resolution: the United States federal government should ban the production and sale of beef in the United States. Speeches will alternate between the affirmative and negative teams, and will address issues such as climate change, runoff, and the economy, as well as international implications.

 

 

 

Title: The Benefits and Hardships of Being an International Student Athlete at McKendree University

Name: James Ding, Charles Thomalla, Edward Davis

Sponsor: Jennifer Miller

The presentation will examine the benefits and hardships of being an international student athlete at McKendree University. Each presenter will talk specifically about the following topics with regards to their experience at McKendree: sport, education, social life, and cultural change.

 

 

 

Title: Can Sport Specialization Be Detrimental to Athletes’ Health and Lead to Injury?

Name: Shayne Pluto, Xander Skinner

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenters will discuss if sport specialization during your youth can cause injury and be detrimental to athletes’ success. They will determine if playing multiple sports throughout your youth can actually be beneficial for athletic abilities and injury prevention.

 

 

 

Title: Creating a Culture of Ethical Computing in the IT Workplace

Name: Oliver Stephen

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney 

This project will show some processes that will create ethical computing in the work environment when it comes to IT.

 

  

 

Title: Design and Synthesis of Cytosine-Based Analogs for Antiviral Therapy Using a Viral Mutagenesis Approach

Name: Nigel Bennett

Sponsor: Dr. Vincent Dunlap

The presenter will describe the design and synthesis of nucleoside analogs to be used for anti-HIV treatment. The talk will focus on the theory behind viral mutagenesis in the design of antiviral agents, how the analogs are synthesized, and future aims for the project.

 

 

 

Title: Disliking Students: The Experiences and Perspectives of College Teachers

Name: Breanna L. Sampo, Erika L. Axtell, & Abigail G. Kishimoto

Sponsor: Dr. Guy A. Boysen

Management of difficult students is a basic teaching skill, but almost no research has examined the intense dislike college teachers can develop toward difficult students. Using a cross-disciplinary sample of instructors, the current research examined the prevalence of disliking students, its common causes, its effects, and strategies for its management.

 

 

 

Title: The Effect of Starting Gymnastics at a Young Age in Terms of Growth and Development

Name: Hannah Wright

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenter will explore the relationship between starting gymnastics at a young age, and growth and development in terms of if the sport affected the individual in a negative or positive manner. Background and analysis will be provided.

 

  

 

Title: Effects of Conditioning in Season

Name: Brendan Boles, Jaron Dishman

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenter will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of conditioning while in season. The presenters will cover the pros and cons of conditioning in season, discuss the risk of injury, and how conditioning affects performance in season.

 

 

Title: Efficacy of Hamstring Strengthening Exercises in Reducing ACL Injuries

Name: Dustin Logan, Tyler Manion

Sponsor: Dr. Katy Gayford

This presentation will highlight the efficacy of hamstring strengthening exercises in reducing ACL injuries and conclude proper implementation of hamstring strengthening exercises.

 

 

 

Title: Elements for Effective Time Management

Name: Dalton Wolfe, Cayden Brilley, Derek Northrop

Sponsor: Jennifer Miller

The presenters will discuss the skills necessary to effectively manage time in a college setting. The presenters will also discuss how having effective time management skills will be beneficial to being successful in and out of the classroom.

 

 

 

Title: Ethical Hacking Instructional Modules

Name: Timothy LeBlanc

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will elaborate on video instructional modules targeted toward beginners on common techniques used to hack vulnerable web applications. 

 

 

 

Title: Fear of Injury and Its Effects in Performance of Athletes and Factors That Contribute to Quitting Sport Programs

Name: Joao Baqueta

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

Athletes are at risk of injury every practice and game that can potentially end their athletic careers. The purpose of the presentation is to investigate and discuss how fear of injury may affect the athletes’ performance and what it takes to make athletes quit after injuries.

 

 

 

Title: The Game of American Football and Its Impact on Brain Development

Name: Mikayla Davis

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

This presentation will discuss the affects/impacts of American Football on brain development ranging from people just starting the sport and pro athletes. Different research studies of newer and older generations will be provided.

 

 

 

Title: Generalized Perceptions of People with Mental Illness as Exploitable

Name: Erika L. Axtell, Breanna L. Sampo, Abigail G. Kishimoto

Sponsor: Dr. Guy A. Boysen

According to evolutionary theory, exploitation is one method for acquiring resources. The current research shows that people see mental illness as a cue that a person can be exploited across various domains.

 

  

 

Title: The Health Benefits of Heat Therapy and Its Effects on the Cardiovascular System and Musculoskeletal Pain

Name: Brendan Hostettler and Ethan Schumaker

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenters will discuss how heat therapy can be used to improve an individual's overall health and decrease pain throughout the body. The presenters will do this by comparing the findings of two research articles and addressing their conclusions. A specific method of heat therapy will also be recommended to achieve this desired outcome.

 

  

 

Title: How Physical Activity and Exercise can Impact Mental Illnesses in College Students

Name: Natasha Ainsley-Thomas and Noah Brandon

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess 

The presenter will investigate and discuss how physical activity and the intensity of physical activity can have a positive impact on mental illness, with a focus on anxiety and depression.  

 

  

 

Title: How Physical Education Influences Students with ADHD Before and After Class

Name: Jennifer Eggert, Mackenzie Bemis

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess 

The presenters will investigate the correlation between Physical Education and students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Behavior, Cognitive Function, and Symptoms of ADHD in students ages 5-12 will be addressed.

 

  

 

Title: How to Be Successful When Going to College in a Rural Area Without a Car

Name: Andrew Johnson

Sponsor: Jennifer Miller 

Living in a rural area without a car is challenging. Limited access to grocery stores and restaurants and a lack of activities within walking distance pose difficulties, especially for athletes.

 

 

 

Title: Impact of Strength Training on Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Name: Joye Levendusky, Erin Stroberg

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

Obesity is a growing problem in America and impacts many of today's youth. The purpose of this investigation is to look at the impact of strength training on prevention and treatment of obesity in children and adolescents.

 

 

 

Title: The Impact of Stress on College Athletes

Name: Madison Jones

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenter will discuss the stress factors that college athletes experience in their everyday life and how the perception of stress can affect their well-being and sport performance.

 

  

 

Title: Marching to a New Beat: How Music Influenced the Social Movements of the 1960-70s

Name: Emilee Olinghouse

Sponsor: Dr. Lauren Thompson

The presenter will discuss how music influenced the social movements of the 1960-70s and began the counterculture era. Music of the anti-war movement, civil rights movements, lifestyle movements, and more will be analyzed.

  

 

 

Title: Mental Health in the McKendree Athlete

Name: Mitch Kuntz and MaKayla Rogers

Sponsor: Dr. Dawn Hankins and Dr. Katy Gayford

The presenters will discuss the mental health of McKendree student athletes along with the access to counseling services. Background, methods, and analysis will also be analyzed.

  

   

 

Title: Mental Health Stigma in Athletics

Name: Makenzie Carter and Chelsea Reinier

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The purpose of this research project is to analyze the stigma around mental health disorders among collegiate athletes. The presenters will discuss what influences the mental health gap, as well as why it often goes untreated by professionals, and why this information is important to our society.

  

  

 

Title: Montage Literary Magazine Reading

Name: Haley Moody, Lauren Wilk, and Landon Charlebois

Sponsor: Dr. Jenny Mueller

Students who have published work in the Montage will read selections of their original creative writing.

 

 

 

Title: Negative Effects of Eating Disorders Among Female Collegiate Track and Field Athletes

Name: Azlynn Sherrod-Butler, Ramon Jones

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenters will discuss the negative effects eating disorders can have on female collegiate track and field athletes.

 

 

 

Title: New System Release

Name: Alijah Thomas

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

For this presentation the presenter will be showing formal business documents and other procedures that go into the process of implementing a notification system. This notification will give the McKendree student body daily food service updates.

 

 

 

Title: Particle/Gravity Simulation

Name: Justin Walters

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will demonstrate a computer program that they have written over the course of their time in Senior Seminar.

 

 

 

Title: The Relationship Between High Body Mass Index and Injuries Among NCAA Collegiate Athletes

Name: Thomas Whittaker

Sponsor: Dr. Dawn Hankins

The presenter will explore the relationship between high body mass index and Injuries among NCAA Collegiate Athletes. Background, methods, analysis, and impact will be provided.

  

 

 

Title: Return to Sport: How McKendree Athletes Are Tackling the Spring 2021 Season

Name: Elia Burbidge, Charles Thomalla, Anthony Albers

Sponsor: Dr. Tami Eggleston

The presenters will be sharing common trends and analyzing the responses of athletes as they return to sport amongst a global pandemic. The research survey, goals, hypotheses, methods and analysis will be discussed. Presenters will address the impact the COVID - 19 Pandemic has had on athletes academically, athletically, and personally, with a highlight on changes seen from last year's abrupt alterations.

  

 

 

Title: The Rise of Surrogate Warfare in Modern Conflict

Name: Michael Deleel

Sponsor: Dr. Brian Frederking

The presenter will discuss the decreased popularity of contemporary proxy conflict in favor of a new kind of surrogate warfare. The presentation will go through the background of surrogate warfare and proxy warfare and analyze its increased usage in modern conflicts. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of its effects on conflict and possible solutions to the problem.

 

 

 

Title: Salutary Stem Cells

Name: Sydney Rey

Sponsor: Dr. Dawn Hankins

This is a research presentation on the benefits of why more people should utilize stem cell therapy.

 

 

 

Title: Software Factory in a Box

Name: David McClurg

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will present a technology project that demonstrates a modern software factory i.e., a secure pipeline for developers to check in code and have it tested and stood up on Amazon cloud services (AWS). The project is using infrastructure as code to inform a cloud service how the cloud environment should look. Project is built in such a way to have a single web-based IDE that allows for the full creation/destruction of the factory in AWS. Project is hosted in a modern source version control platform called Gitlab. As code is checked into GitLab, it is tested when it passes the tests, the code is run, and the factory is created. Presentation will be in the form of a multimedia presentation where a video will be made showing the factory in operation to push a web app to production, along with a link to the project where someone can interact with the project and see how it works.

 

 

 

Title: Success as a First-Generation Student Athlete

Name: Dea'veon Harden-Smith

Sponsor: Jennifer Miller

The presenter will discuss the experiences, expectations, and reality that seems to follow First Gens as they take the next step in bettering themselves and furthering their educations. He will also discuss balancing both sports and education during college, and how they play on the student's mindset.

 

 

 

Title: Suggested Techniques to Prevent Knee Injuries for Prolonging Potential Athletic Performance

Name: Tim Neff

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenter will discuss how exercises are proven to help lengthen athletic performance. Exercise regimes will be discussed.

 

 

 

Title: Surface Hub Azure Alerts

Name: Steven Nguyen

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will discuss the Microsoft Azure applications such as Logs Analytics Workspace, Intune, and Azure Monitor. The presenter will demonstrate the uses of Kusto Query Language in Logs Analytics Workspace, the alert system based off of those scripts, and the final results an admin will receive.

 

 

 

Title: Synthesis of an o-benzylene-2,1-benzimidazole Dye Compound for Lymph Channel Tracing in Breast Cancer Surgery

Name: Kyle Garrett

Sponsor: Dr. Vincent Dunlap

The presenter will discuss the process of using qualitative analysis techniques for the isolation and purification of a compound of interest for the identification and tracing of malignant lymph nodes in patients undergoing surgery for breast cancer. Insights will be offered into the precedent, theory, and laboratory methods of the project. Avenues for future development will also be discussed.

 

 

 

Title: Using Water-Based Exercise Programs to Prevent Falls and Broken Bones in Older Adults

Name: Chase Seal

Sponsor: Dr. Deanne Riess

The presenter will explore the use of water-based exercise programs as a way to prevent bone-density loss in older adults. Information on the effects of water-resistance programs on overall balance will be discussed.

 

 

 

Title: Video Game Demo: PROTOLOGUE

Name: Isaiah Mueller

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

Presenter will be showcasing the results of their capstone project for the computing program, an RPG (role playing) video game demo. Demo will include art assets, music assets, and gameplay created by the presenter.

     

 

 

Title: The Virtual Cookbook

Name: Emily Williams

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will display their website that is a virtual cookbook. This website will be fully functional with real users, and it will be available for new users to sign up and utilize.

 

  

 

Title: Web App Development

Name: Jordan Kraljev

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will discuss developing and implementing a Web App for a client's gaming organization and displaying the final production of the Web App. The presenter will also demonstrate the applications used and if the applications would be recommended to other people for use, and the different programming techniques that ultimately created a fully functional web application.

 

 


Title: Web Page Update

Name: Jeffrey Peterson

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will give a brief overview of Web page creation, describing the different features and utilization of e-commerce to assist in marketing and selling of merchandise for the Web page owner.

 

 


Title: World of Warcraft Checker

Name: Victor Ly

Sponsor: Dr. CJ Dulaney

The presenter will present the created World of Warcraft Checker website and display its potential usages by entering character information.

 

 

McKendree University promotes a vibrant community of artistic expression. These exhibits reveal their creators’ intellectual and aesthetic engagement with a wide range of human experiences.

 

 

 

Artist Talk: Dea'Veon Harden-Smith

Virtual Exhibition: Big Man, Little World

Sponsor: Kevin Kao and Amy MacLennan

The presenter will give a brief behind-the-scenes look at his Senior Show.

 

 

 

Artist Talk: Summer Brooks

Virtual Exhibition: Black Magic

Sponsor: Kevin Kao and Amy MacLennan

Summer will be discussing her senior exhibition, “Black Magic,” where she creates figures that represent the beauty of Black women.

 

 

 

Artist Talk: Meina Rice

Virtual Exhibition: For Us, By Us

Sponsor: Kevin Kao and Amy MacLennan

The presenter will be showcasing digital illustrations in her solo art exhibition. The digital portraits display sisterhood amongst and the beauty within Black women.

 

 

 

Artist Talk: Shakayla Clark

Virtual Exhibition: Spirits and Haints

Sponsor: Amy MacLennan and Kevin Kao

The presenter will be talking about her solo exhibition and the inspirations that helped to form it. Her research focused on hoodoo, its themes, ideals, history and application in our everyday modern lives.

 

   

 

Title: Doom and Bloom: Spring 2021 Juried Student Art Exhibition

Name: Summer Brooks, Allison Carnell, Shakayla Clark, Dea'Veon Harden-Smith, Atticus Harris, Megan Jobe, Phoebe McCutcheon, Alexandria Petrus, Meina Rice, Maj Domen Sadic, Molly Smalley, Alexandra Tinnin, Salome Walker, Wes Werner, Shelbi Whitlock, Claire Wilke, Kendrick Wilkins

Sponsors: Kevin Kao, Amy MacLennan

The McKendree University Gallery of Art and Art Department presents: Doom and Bloom, the Spring 2021 Juried Student Art Exhibition, featuring art created by McKendree students. With the specter of the pandemic, this year's exhibition highlights the possibilities of growth, introspection and flourish. The exhibition will be on display in the new McKendree University Gallery of Art, as well as digitally through a virtual exhibition.

 

 

McKendree University supports students and their musical skills by nuturing their development and giving them opportunities to display their talents. These performances provide a glimpse into the exciting musical community at McKendree.

   

 

Title: McKendree University Bands and Choirs in Concert: Livestream

Name: Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jennifer Moder-Bell; Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr. John McDonald

Sponsors: Dr. Jennifer Moder-Bell and Dr. John McDonald

The bands and choirs will present an outdoor concert on the front lawn at 3:00 p.m. The performance will also be livestreamed.

 

 

McKendree University’s academic fraternities and honor societies have embraced the long standing mission of maintaining academic excellence and leadership. Students who have earned the opportunity to join these prestigious organizations increase their career potential with an ever expanding network of fellow hardworking and dedicated members.

 

   

 

Title: Phi Kappa Phi: Live Stream Induction, 4:30 at the Hett

Name: Honor Society

Sponsors: Michelle Magnussen

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi differs from most other honor societies because it draws its members from all academic disciplines and represents the best and brightest from the community of scholars. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by the local Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

 

   

 

Title: Pi Gamma Mu

Name: Social Science Honor Society

Sponsors: Dr. Michael Hahn

Pi Gamma Mu is the international social science honor society. The society recognizes good scholarship and promotes excellence by enriching service projects, publications, a scholarship program, and guest lecture grants to chapters.