LWC Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement at Academic Conferences and Competitions
PICTURED: The LWC chapter of Alpha Kappa Phi is presented a plaque for 15 years as a chapter at the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. From left, Trevor Stonecypher, LWC Librarian Hannah Rogers, Caitlin Freeny, Kaitlyn Jackson, Assistant Professor of English Karolyn Steffens, Rebecca Sanders, Hope Poe and Jimmy Temples.
COLUMBIA, KY. -- Three groups of Lindsey Wilson College undergraduate students were recognized last week for outstanding achievement at academic conferences and competitions.
Four English majors present papers at the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors International Convention.
Held March 21- 24, the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Convention provides students from English and English-related disciplines the opportunity to share expertise and be recognized for achievements in language, literature, composition and creative writing.
English seniors Caitlin Freeny from Maryville, Tenn., and Hope Poe from Paris, Ky., History and English senior Kaitlyn Jackson from Eubank, Ky., and English junior Jimmy Temples from Smiths Grove, Ky., presented papers and poetry at the conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio where more than 900 people attended from around the world.
Assistant Professor of English Karolyn Steffens said the conference was a “resounding success.”
“Our LWC students not only presented clearly, effectively, and professionally, they also carried themselves exceptionally well during the question and answer session,” said Steffens. “They engaged insightfully with some difficult questions posed to their work and were able to draw connections between their papers and the other presenters on their panels.”
Chartered in 2002, Alpha Kappa Phi is LWC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.
LWC students sweep top three spots at the 40th-annual Southeast Recreation Research Conference in Athens, Ga.
A total of 20 students from LWC’s recreation, tourism and sports management program presented undergraduate research at the regional conference on March 26 in Athens, Ga.
The Southeastern Recreation Research Conference provides an opportunity for students and professionals within parks, tourism and recreation fields to present and discuss related research and regional needs. More than a dozen recreation departments throughout the southeast participated in the event.
Taking first place: Recreation, tourism and sports management juniors Allen Cooks from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Stephen Miller from Louisville, Ky., and sophomores Daniel Hook from Mt. Washington, Ky., and Jaysen Judd from Greensburg, Ky., with their research on “The Rise of Technological Advancements in Hunting.”
Taking second place: Recreation, tourism and sports management sophomore Sarah Hahn from Carmel, Ind., mathematics senior Alex VanWinkle from Clayton, Ind., and mathematics junior Courtney Vincent from Clarkson, Ky., with their research on “Recreational Drone Use in Protected Lands and National Parks.”
Taking third place: Recreation, tourism and sports management junior JeRon Thornton from Greensburg, Ky., and sophomores Emelie Liljered from Stenungsund, Sweden, and Gintare Mackeviciute from Jonava, Lithuania with their research on “Promoting Responsible Ecotourism amid Social and Environmental Impacts.”
Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management Instructor Jamie Thorn said the students represented LWC with grace and maturity.
“Chairs, department heads, and faculty members from more than a dozen institutions remarked about the aptitude of our students and the amazing things coming out of LWC,” said Thorn. “Many agreed LWC’s recreation program is promising for professional research.”
For the fourth consecutive year LWC students win at Idea State U Regional Competition.
A total of 22 students from LWC attended the competition held on March 27 at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. Idea State U is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding student teams from Kentucky’s college and universities.
LWC won two of the five possible awards in the Business Model Track. Communication junior Kathryn McFadden from Danville, Ky. won for her business model “Cheat Codes.” Also winning was the team of business administration seniors Brianne Coe from Jamestown, Ky., Tori Caudill from Franklin, Ind., and Colton Smith from Somerset, Ky. for their business model “Swim Safe.”
LWC Center for Entrepreneurship Director Linda Grider said she is proud of the teams, students and the supporting faculty.
“Lindsey Wilson College is known across this state for our fine students and their skills and abilities and their respectful behavior,” said Grider. “It is such a pleasure to work with them.”
The winning business teams will move on to compete at the state level in Lexington, Ky., on April 21.