Lunch Meet-and-Greet Next Monday

lunch2The Honors Program will host a lunchtime meet-and-greet to give students a chance to meet others in the program, especially those new to Judson. We’ll also have a Q&A with program director Dr. Craig Kaplowitz as the first installment of this year’s Lunch-With-A-Professor series.

Come join us next Monday, November 14 anytime between 11:00-1:00. Grab your lunch and meet us in the Reed Room (the small meeting room at the north end of the cafeteria) — enter from the corner of the cafeteria near the windows. Feel free to come as go as your schedule allows.

Hope to see you there!

Special World Leaders Forum Event

mary-lou-retton-1Honors Students are invited to attend a meet & greet reception right after the main event of the World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series on October 10. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of both Mary Lou Retton and Nancy Theis Marshall (former Olympic champion, our chapel speaker and emcee that day). Contact Kristen Egan in the Development Office for more information and to RSVP.

Constitution Day at Judson

united-states-constitutionJudson’s Constitution Day events will include an afternoon talk exclusively for Honors students and World Leaders Forum scholars in Chapel 6 from 12:30-2:00pm on Wednesday, September 21. This talk, entitled “Leadership in a Time of Crisis,” will follow talks in Chapel and at a special luncheon for community and business leaders. Honors students will be hosting tables at the luncheon as well. See Judson’s website for additional details.

Honoring Our Honors Graduates

Honors Ceremony 2016

We honored our Honors Program graduates last night in a short ceremony before the Graduate Reception. Pictured are Eva Bishop, Serena Ching, Will Morris, Lauren Price, Brad Schaefer, Kira Spears, and program director Dr. Craig Kaplowitz. Unable to attend were graduating seniors Cayla Cerny, Rebecca Fiesler, Jon Richardson, and Jarod Schieler.

This is the largest class of graduates we have had in The Honors Program to date, beating last year’s class by one.

Congratulations!

 

Dog Days

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We had another successful Puppy Stress Relief study break event on campus today.

For the third consecutive exam week The Honors Program has coordinated with the Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin to bring puppies to campus, to the delight of dogs and students alike.

Faculty, students, and friends were encouraged to bring their own dogs as well, so we had a full contingent of both dogs and people to enjoy some play time.

 

We had dogs large . . .

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And small . . .

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And, of course, refreshments…

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Many thanks to Crystal Barker,  Jon Richardson, Nate Rozanski, and Kimmy Blake for putting it all together.

Students Being Awesome

We’ve had two different student presentation events at Judson in the past couple of weeks, and The Honors Program has been well represented.

Judson University Student Research Day

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First was Judson’s Student Research Day, where faculty nominate students to share their work with a campus-wide audience. Senior science major Jarod Schieler shared his work on “Treating a Dysregulated JAK/STAT Pathway in Cancer Cells.” From the abstract:

 

 

This presentation will elucidate the key tenets of the JAK/STAT pathway and how oncogenesis transpires as a result of dysregulation. It also surveys current treatments used for an aberrant biochemical pathway and an introduction into the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has the potential to rewrite the genome with precision, leading to cures for genetic diseases (e.g. cancer) and to the controversial creation of designer babies.

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Senior Lauren Price, also a science major, described her work on “The Role of ADAM 17 in Colon Cancer”:

 

 

 

ADAM 17 is known to play a role in the release of growth factors that contribute to rapid tumor growth. ADAM 17 is predicted to act upstream in the pathway that initiates the release of these growth factors. Therefore, inhibition of ADAM 17 is predicted to lower the levels of these growth factors. To test this hypothesis, human colon cancer cell lines such as HT-29 and HCT116 were cultured then treated with an agonist and an ADAM 17 inhibitor at different time points. The results were analyzed using Western Blotting and the preliminary data supports the hypothesis.

 

IMG_4998Senior Jon Richardson, a major in the School of Art, Design, and Architecture, gave a presentation on “Time, Beauty, and Landscape in Video Art,” his large-scale video installation piece. The presentation provided an overview of how the romantic landscape painting tradition and time-based, generative design were combined to create a piece that explores the changeable, illusive nature of time, memory, and place.

 

Conference on Faith and History

Chicagoland Regional Student Conference

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The second event was the Chicagoland Regional meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. Hosted this year at Judson, the conference is an annual meeting for top history students at region schools to present their work. Senior Secondary Education/History major Cayla Cerny presented her research on “Operation Assassination: The Impact of Assassination Attempts on Hitler during World War II.”

 

It’s been a great couple of weeks!