ACU Honors students present ideas, win prestigious award at conference

Posted April 06, 2010

For four ACU Honors students, the Great Plains Honors Council's 2010 conference provided an opportunity to present original ideas, prepare for graduate school and win recognition.

"The ACU papers were among the best at the conference," said Dr. Joe Stephenson, interim dean of ACU's Honors College. "The Honors College is committed to providing opportunities like the GPHC conference at which Honors students can present their research."

Seniors Joshua Alkire, Megan Faver Hartline and Katherine Sinclair, and junior Margaret Moore joined honors students from colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma to present their research papers at the conference in Tulsa, Okla.

Alkire received the Boe Award for his work on "The Face of Man:Fumieand Christian art in Shusaku Endu'sSilence." The Boe Award recognizes outstanding scholarly work among undergraduate papers presented at the conference, and includes $200 prize money. Alkire is a senior English and family ministries major from Abilene.

Hartline exposed the commercialization of weddings in her paper, "The Most Important, and Now Commercialized, Day of Your Life." An English major from Lufkin, Texas, Hartline used her experiences from her wedding last summer as inspiration.

Moore, an education and youth ministry major from Houston, told the story of the captivity of Japanese-Americans in the 20thcentury, while Sinclair, an English major from Abilene, examinedOscar Wilde's popular novel of corruption in her paper, "The Monster Within: The Role of Roman Catholic Concepts of Sin inThe Picture of Dorian Gray."

"Compiling this scholarly presentation was the first time I felt my writing rose above a simple reiteration of something I had read before," says Sinclair. "I appreciated the opportunity to present my paper. The ability to think through and present one's own ideas is essential to any communicator."


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