Welcome to the rich and varied world of academic scholarship!

Mount Mercy University showcases student research presentations and creative works during poster sessions, interdisciplinary panels, and creative performances at the Scholarship Festival on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Special events include a Paha Celebration, Concert in Stello, and Closing Reception.

These are just some of the subjects that Mount Mercy students and faculty delved into as they engaged in research projects spanning multiple disciplines and academic majors:

Panels

Posters

Panel 1: Economics, Gender
and Media

10–11:10 AM
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Panel 2: Using Data to Answer Questions
1–1:50 PM
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Poster Sessions
11 AM–1 PM
Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons
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Nursing Program, Senior Posters
11 AM–1 PM
Donnelly 2nd floor
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Special Events

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Panel 3: Thinking and
Acting Locally

2–2:50 PM
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Panel 4: Personal Histories and
Literary Analysis

3–3:50 PM
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Panel 1: Economics, Gender and Media

10–11:10 AM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Ron Feldt

The Uncertain Future of College Newspapers
Madison Coates
(Nursing)
Project adviser: Joe Sheller

Gender Pay Gap in the US and other Advanced Economies
Misong Jin
(Finance and Accounting)
Project adviser: Ayman Amer

A Comparison of Capitalism and Distributism
Evan Bowman
(Philosophy)
Project adviser: Bryan Cross


Panel 2: Using Data to Answer Questions

1–1:50 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Alesia Hruska

The Formation of a Liposome-Drug Delivery System
Addy First
(Biology)
Project adviser: Joseph Nguyen

Discovering Candidate Genes Causing Glaucoma by Identifying Proteins that Interact with SH3PXD2B
Ashley Kerslake
(Biology and Biochemistry) and Courtney Miller (Biology)
Project adviser: Alesia Hruska

Measuring Grit and its Correlation to Self-control, Resilience, Adverse Childhood Events, and the Big Five Personality Traits
Andrea Angerer
(Nursing) and Kaitlin Gregerson (Psychology)
Project adviser: Jen Lee


Posters

11 AM1 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center Commons

The Effectiveness of After School Programs for Children: An Institutional Ethnographic Study of the boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids
Danielle Ray
and Bobby Jo Salm (Social Work)
Project adviser: Mohammad Chaichian

Habitat Selection and Behavior of Hatchling, Juvenile, and Adult Ornate Box Turtles
Nakola Nyambe
(Biology)
Project adviser: Neil Bernstein

Growth Stages in Ornate Box Turtles: Non-linear Model Fitting
Meleah Baloch
(Biology)
Project adviser: Neil Bernstein and Robert Todd

Introduction to Random Boolean Networks
Quinn Jamrock
(Math)
Project adviser: Robert Todd

Development and Validation of the Running Identity Scale
Mady Roth
and Max Rieger (Psychology)
Project adviser: Matt Bejar

Kruskal’s Algorithm for MST
Alyson Schultz
(Computer Science)
Project adviser: Elizabeth Kleiman

Petri Nets in Modeling Gene Replication
Wyatt O’Connor
(Secondary Education and Mathematics)
Project adviser: Robert Todd

Creating an Online Pottery Database
Alivia Zubrod
(Psychology and Sociology)
Project adviser: Philip Drey

The Why Behind the Gender Wage Gap … Now What?
Ronetta Jenkins
(Management and Psychology)
Project adviser: Nate Klein

Emotional & Productivity Variances in Response to LMS Changes in Higher Education
Marie Hicks
and Alisse Diers (Nursing)
Project adviser: Kelly Siems

Wrap It Up!
Hang Nguyen
(Accounting)
Project adviser: Janelle Clymer

The Effects of a Holistic-Patient-Centered Approach on Breast Cancer Outcomes
Victoria Roe
(Psychology and Religious Studies)
Project adviser: Jen Lee

Word Count Analysis of Future Career Autobiographies: Associations Between Emotion Words and Measures of Career Identity and Adaptability
Alivia Zubrod
and Tyler Lerch (Psychology and Sociology)
Project adviser: Ron Feldt

The Mediating Role of Dispositional Mindfulness in Associations Between Negative Emotionality and Psychological Well-Being
Alivia Zubrod
, Tyler Lerch, and Skylar Hop (Psychology and Sociology)
Project adviser: Ron Feldt

The Nature and Nurture of Antisocial Behavior
Amy McGlynn
(Psychology)
Project adviser: Ron Feldt

Identifying Faunal Remains Recovered from the Middle to Late Woodland Bruggeman Cave Site in Jones County, Iowa: On Ongoing Analysis
Zachariah Devine
, Gabriela Kreinz, Joshua Turner (Biology)
Project adviser: Anna Waterman

MMU Business Skills and Perceptions
Justin Atienza
(Psychology)
Project adviser: Kate O'Neill

Making Sense of the Arc of East Central Iowa: An Institutional Ethnographic Study
Lauren Graziano (International Studies and Business Management) and Ashley Burns (Social Work)
Project adviser: Mohammad Chaichian

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Project adviser: Ryan Bezy

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Project adviser: Ryan Bezy

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Project adviser: Ryan Bezy

Nursing Program, Senior Posters

11 AM–1 PM, Donnelly 2nd floor
Project advisers: Anne Hartman and Audrey Sheller

The Use of Capnography to Avoid Respiratory Depression in Ventilated Patients Receiving Opoids
Elizabeth Steffe

The Use of Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting
Carmen Rannfeldt

Benefits of Yoga on Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD
Lauren Chapman

The Use of Silicone Foam Dressings Prophylactically
Kami Dewar

Communication Advances to Improve Safer Patient Care
MacKenzie Johnson

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in Emergency and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Nurses
Stephanie Myers

Communication between Nurses Using SBAR
Chelsea Ratchford

Early Ambulation Following Heart Catheterization
Anna Hurley

Using Diaries to Help ICU Patients and Families with Recovery
Megan Mulholland

Improving Communication with Dementia Patients
Mickenna McFarland

External Auditory Cueing in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Rachel Jellings

Early Mobilization in Ventilated ICU Patients
Cori Peterzalek

Family Witnessed Resuscitation in the ICU
Jennifer Panos

Using Music Therapy with Cardiac Patients
Anna Weiland

Supervised Injection Sites for IV Drug Users to Decrease Rates of Addiction and HIV
Brittany Smith

Music Therapy with Post-operative Patients
Kate Hergert

Early Initiation of Milk Expression to Combat Low Milk supply for Mothers with Infants in the NICU
Arianne Waseen

Meditation in Prisons for Stress Reduction
Megan Zeimet 

Aromatherapy Use for Anxiety and Depression in High Risk Postpartum Women
Amber Morgan

Infant Massage for Mothers with Postpartum Depression
Shannon Stone

Early Peanut Introduction to Decrease Peanut Allergies in Children
Kelsey Feldman

Effects on the Siblings of a Pediatric Cancer Patient
Jordan Mellinger

Essential Oil Use for Postpartum Depression
Dana Suiter

Breastfeeding as a Pain Intervention When Immunizing Infants
Kaitlyn Spitzack

Music Therapy in Mental Health Patients
Annie Kersten

Implementing Skin-to-Skin Contact in the Operating Room Following a Cesarean
Kate Palmer

Use of Aromatherapy to Improve Behaviors of Children with Autism
Nicole McMahon

Massage Therapy for Premature Infants
Jessica Seibel

Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burn-out through Mindfulness Workshops
Jeannie Murphy

Decreasing Parental Distress in the NICU Using Family Centered Care
Dana Ukiri

Tele-health Care in Rural School-Age Children
Danielle Schroeder

Improving Nursing Satisfaction with End of Life Care in the NICU
Emily Mitchell

Increasing Awareness of Childhood Vaccines in Prenatal Classes
Olivia Leichty

Co-bedding Multiples in the NICU
Tori Reed

Aromatherapy for Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting
Hannah Reinhart


Panel 3: Thinking and Acting Locally

2–2:50 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Mohammad Chaichian

#Sandbags2Handbags
Miranda Hammes
(Human Resource Management)
Project adviser: Nate Klein

The Salvation Army and Its Impact on the Cedar Rapids Community
Cheyenne Coons
(Psychology, Sociology)
Project adviser: Mohammad Chaichian


Panel 4: Personal Histories and Literary Analysis 

3–3:50 PM, Sisters of Mercy University Center 110
Moderator: Norma Linda Mattingly

My Family’s Immigrant Past
Rylee Blood
(Nursing)
Project Adviser: Norma Linda Mattingly

My Family’s German Immigrant Past
Jessica Ertz
(Undeclared)
Project Adviser: Norma Linda Mattingly

Feminine Stereotypes in the Harry Potter Series
Kayla Hodgson
(Religious Studies)
Project Adviser: Christopher DeVault


Special Events

Photo Display: Mercy Concerns in Words and Pictures
11 AM–4 PM, University Center Commons

Jacey Rees (Nursing)
Project adviser: Audrey Sheller

 


 

Paha Release Party: Poems and Stories
11:30 AM–12:45 PM, University Center 110
Moderator: Mary Vermillion
Cake and Refreshments Served

Hannah Bott (English), Cassie Green (English and Secondary Education), Abby Herb (English), Marlon Pierre-Antoine (Elementary Education), Jessica Purgett (English and Marketing), Courtney Snodgrass (English), Tyus Thompson (English and Creative writing), Charles Uthe (English), Dori Whitlock (English), Logan “Scotti” Wilkes (English and Criminal Justice)

 


 

Concert: Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias Brought to Life in Song
12:30–2 PM, Stello Performance Hall, Warde Hall

Marlon Flores-Paniagua, Kyra Luksetich, and Eric Rowe (Music)
Project adviser: Daniel Kleinknecht

 


 

Scholarship Festival 2017 Closing Reception
4–6 PM, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery
Wine and Snacks Provided

Gallery Exhibit: Senior Thesis Show II by Bailey Frederick, Kyle Holderness, Mariah Kidd, Abbey Konzen, Morgan Ortmann, Nicole Petersen

Organizer | Dr. Anna Waterman, Honors Program Director | awaterman@mtmercy.edu

Event Art | Leslie Hoffman '17 

Event Promotion | Marketing & Communications

With Special Thanks to Mount Mercy Faculty Mentors

Dr. Ayman Amer
Dr. Bryan Cross
Dr. Audrey Sheller
Dr. Mohammad Chaichian
Dr. Neil Bernstein
Dr. Robert Todd
Dr. Matt Bejar
Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman
Dr. Philip Drey
Dr. Nate Klein
Dr. Kelly Siems
Janelle Clymer, M.B.A.
Dr. Jen Lee
Dr. Ron Feldt
Dr. Anna Waterman
Dr. Ryan Bezy
Dr. Mary Vermillion
Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht
Dr. Joseph Nguyen
Dr. Alesia Hruska
Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly
Kathryn Hagy, M.F.A.
Dr. Christopher DeVault
Joe Sheller, M.A.

Panel Moderators

Dr. Ron Feldt
Dr. Mary Vermillion
Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht
Dr. Alesia Hruska
Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly
Dr. Mohammad Chaichian

And to

Dr. Jen Lee, Pathways to Scholarship
Dr. Joy Ochs
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The Use of Capnography to Avoid Respiratory Depression in Ventilated Patients Receiving Opoids

Elizabeth Steffe

 

The Use of Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting

Carmen Rannfeldt

 

Benefits of Yoga on Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD

Lauren Chapman

 

The Use of Silicone Foam Dressings Prophylactically

Kami Dewar

 

Communication Advances to Improve Safer Patient Care

MacKenzie Johnson

 

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in Emergency and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Nurses

Stephanie Myers

 

Communication between Nurses Using SBAR

Chelsea Ratchford

 

Early Ambulation Following Heart Catheterization

Anna Hurley

 

Using Diaries to Help ICU Patients and Families with Recovery

Megan Mulholland

 

Improving Communication with Dementia Patients

Mickenna McFarland

 

External Auditory Cueing in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Rachel Jellings

 

Early Mobilization in Ventilated ICU Patients

Cori Peterzalek

 

Family Witnessed Resuscitation in the ICU

Jennifer Panos

 

Using Music Therapy with Cardiac Patients

Anna Weiland

 

Supervised Injection Sites for IV Drug Users to Decrease Rates of Addiction and HIV

Brittany Smith

 

Music Therapy with Post-operative Patients

Kate Hergert

 

Early Initiation of Milk Expression to Combat Low Milk supply for Mothers with Infants in the NICU

Arianne Waseen

 

Meditation in Prisons for Stress Reduction

Megan Zeimet

 

Aromatherapy Use for Anxiety and Depression in High Risk Postpartum Women

Amber Morgan

 

Infant Massage for Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Shannon Stone

 

Early Peanut Introduction to Decrease Peanut Allergies in Children

Kelsey Feldman

 

Effects on the Siblings of a Pediatric Cancer Patient

Jordan Mellinger

 

Essential Oil Use for Postpartum Depression

Dana Suiter

 

Breastfeeding as a Pain Intervention When Immunizing Infants

Kaitlyn Spitzack

 

Music Therapy in Mental Health Patients

Annie Kersten

 

Implementing Skin-to-Skin Contact in the Operating Room Following a Cesarean

Kate Palmer

 

Use of Aromatherapy to Improve Behaviors of Children with Autism

Nicole McMahon

 

Massage Therapy for Premature Infants

Jessica Seibel

 

Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burn-out through Mindfulness Workshops

Jeannie Murphy

 

Decreasing Parental Distress in the NICU Using Family Centered Care

Dana Ukiri

 

Tele-health Care in Rural School-Age Children

Danielle Schroeder

 

Improving Nursing Satisfaction with End of Life Care in the NICU

Emily Mitchell

 

Increasing Awareness of Childhood Vaccines in Prenatal Classes

Olivia Leichty

 

Co-bedding Multiples in the NICU

Tori Reed

 

Aromatherapy for Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting

Hannah Reinhart