Huntingdon Academic Programs Present Showcase

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February 24, 2020

For more information, contact: Su Ofe, (334) 833-4515;

Huntingdon Academic Programs Present Showcase

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College academic programs will present their second annual Academic Showcase, Thursday, February 27, on the Huntingdon campus. Students representing academic programs will present papers, posters, and other presentations throughout the morning. The College’s Forensic and Debate Team will showcase their competitive speeches at 7:00 p.m.

Following is the schedule for the day and evening:

February 27, 2020

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.—Presentations

English                                                                                   Scarlet and Grey Shop at the Stanaland House      

  •             Stacey Brand: “The Future is Female: Women in Science Fiction”
  •             Riley Szabo:  “Powerful Women Telling Their Stories and Making History”

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.—Paper Presentations

Religion                                                                                 Flowers Hall, Room 205                   

  •             Justala Simpson:  “Serving a God that is Present in Our Struggles:  The Theology of the Civil Rights Movement in the Black Church”
  •             Lauren Cowan:  “The Truth About Beauty”

10:30-11:30 a.m.—Posters

Biology                                                                                   Houghton Memorial Library

  •             Michael Denney:  “Stem cell proliferation as an alternative to in vivo prediction and discrimination of carcinogens:  A case study in Biology 101H”
  •             Donovan Lindo:  “A comparison of non-lethal techniques for assessment of Mammal abundance”
  •             Gabriel Pittman:  “Insightful Problem Solving in an Asian Elephant: A case study in Biology 101H”

Chemistry                                                                              Houghton Memorial Library

  •             Jeffrey Brown and Alexis Osteen:  “Binding site analysis and purification of the cI repressor from bacteriophage epsilon-34”
  •             John Cason:  “Using Chemistry to Understand Nature from the Waters of the Blue Lagoon to the Composition of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug”
  •             Mary-Elizabeth Whalum and Jordan McElroy:  “Analysis of Volcanic Ash from Mount St. Helens and Kilauea eruptions”
  •             Victoria Parks and Amber Shirley:  “Investigating the Breakdown of Cellulosic Materials in Environmentally Benign Conditions”
  •             Allison Welch and Graycee Williams:  “Analysis of Exotic Phalaenopsis Orchids: What is Nature Telling Us?”
  •             Sidney Ison, Annah MacKenzie Smelley and Alexandra Marchese:               “Analysis of the Elements and Radioactivity in Banana and Plantain Plants and Tobacco  Products”

Communication Studies                                                       Leo J. Drum, Jr. Theater       

  •             Preston Dixon:  “Investigating the Vulgar in Entertainment Media”
  •             Madison Vordenbaum:  “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl & the Case for Real Women in Media”
  •             Lavia Walker:  “Rap Music in the Era of Trumpism: How Does Rap Music Aim to Make America Great Again?”

Library                                                                                    Houghton Memorial Library

  •             Jessica Brunk:  “Huntingdon College Student – Harper Lee”
  •             Katie Cox:  “Panhellenic Conference and Panhellenic Council History at Huntingdon College”

Jessica and Katie are curatorial contest winners.

Psychology                                                                             Leo J. Drum, Jr. Theater

  •            Abigail Eike: “The Effects of Mental Health in Parent-Child Relationships”

Political Science                                                                    Leo J. Drum, Jr. Theater       

  •             J. Taylor Chestnutt:  “Analysis of the Soviet Intervention during the Vietnam War”
  •             Koby Townsend:  “The Decline of the State Department: An Attack Upon American Diplomacy”

Sport Science & Physical Ed                                              Leo J. Drum, Jr. Theater

  •             Autumn Allday, DeAnte Griffith, Holden Hawkins, Maggie Porter, and Tristan Powell:  Senior Capstone Research

Teacher Education                                                                Leo J. Drum, Jr. Theater

  •             Amanda Main, Emily McBrien, and Abigail Schuelke: “Behavior Modifications and Classroom Techniques”

7:00 p.m.—Speech and Forensic Event                          Smith Recital Hall

  •             Colleen Collins:  Dramatic Interpretation – “Nobody” by Dennis Bush
  •             Colleen Collins and Christopher Mayer:  Duo Interpretation –“The Von Hefflehorn Therapy” by David J. LeMaster
  •             Christopher Mayer:  Informative Speaking – “PFOA Water Contamination”
  •             Lavia Walker: Communication Analysis  – “Rhetoric of Rap Lyrics”, and “Persuasive Speaking – Misdiagnosis of Female Patients”



Huntingdon College continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church. For more information on Huntingdon College, see


— Suellen (Su) Ofe Vice President for Marketing and Communications Huntingdon College 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106 (334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
(334) 833-4515 |

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