by Heidi Butler
May 01, 2013
Several years ago Ruby Johnson stood at the podium at Northampton Community College (NCC) to deliver a presentation based on work she did in one of her honors courses. She exceled in her studies at Northampton, and she continues to excel. This spring she will complete a master's degree in history at Villanova University. She will continue her education at George Washington University where she has been accepted into a doctoral program.
On April 30 members of the latest "crop" of NCC honors students stood where Ruby stood four years ago- speaking about research they have done in honors courses in English, literature, philosophy, psychology and political science to an audience of their fellow students, NCC faculty, and guests from other colleges and universities.
"Today's presentations represent some of the finest work our students have done this year, during both the fall and spring semesters, and on both the Main and Monroe campuses," Cara McClintock-Walsh, the coordinator of the honors program.
"We are very proud of these students and eager to see what they will do next," McClintock-Walsh told the crowd, after listing the accomplishments of earlier graduates of the program like Ruby Johnson.
In describing NCC's honors students, the English professor quoted a poem in which Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney wrote: "Keep at a tangent./When they make the circle wide, it's time to swim/out on your own and fill the element/with signatures on your own frequency,/echo soundings, searches, probes, allurements,/ever-gleams in the dark of the whole sea."
"The students you see here today do just that," McClintock-Walsh said.,
The presenters at this year's Honors Conference, their topics and their professors were:
The presenters, their topics and their professors are:
"Shutter Island: A Case Study on Dissociative Identity Disorder"
Introduction to Psychology
Professor Gina Turner
Joseph Baldamente and Sarah Reichard
Major Authors in Irish Literature: W.B. Yeats and Emma Donoghue
Professor Cara McClintock-Walsh
Stacy Beaty and Rosa Javier
"The Upanishads" and Meditation
Professor Ken Burak
Creative Approaches to Literature and Composition: "Watch Over 'Em"
Professor Precie Schroyer
Perspectives on Social Justice: "Sexual Slavery Exposed"
Introduction to Political Science
Professor Vasiliki Anastasakos
Amanda Lott, Aaron Rosengarten and Charles Wallace
"The Fisherman and the Train," "The Fictional Reality of India's Partition," and "The Gibberish of Madness"
Professor Mary Mathis
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