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Honors Program Students and Professor Plan Annual Conference, Present Work

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pictured are Point Park Honors Program students at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference, held April 3-6 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.Students and faculty at the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference, left to right: Thaddeus Covaleski, Nick Moran, Laura Frost, Ph.D., Casy Stelitano, Sara Payne, Laura Byko, Helen Fallon and Justin Karter.

Point Park Professor Helen Fallon and Honors Program students played a major role in the planning of the annual Northeast Regional Honors Council conference, held April 3-6 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Fallon — president-elect of the council and director of Point Park's Honors Program — served as the conference chair, and two students helped to plan the event for more than 550 attendees. Seven students presented academic work there.

The NRHC holds the conferences to share student academic work and connect honors programs. “I had a great time meeting other students with similar interests and bouncing ideas around to learn about their research,” said Casy Stelitano, Point Park's Honors Student Organization president and a junior global cultural studies major.

Justin Karter, graduate assistant for the Honors Program and a M.A. in journalism and mass communication student, served as a conference assistant and Sara Payne, a senior double majoring in journalism and global cultural studies, planned the student activities and events as one of two Northeast Region student representatives.

Freshman journalism major Kristin Snapp designed and laid out the conference program.

Keri Rouse, a senior interdisciplinary major, presents her poster at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Niagara Falls in April 2014.
Honors Student Keri Rouse presents her poster.

Students presenting academic posters at the conference included Christina Wisniewski, a senior psychology major, Keri Rouse, a senior interdisciplinary major, and Laura Byko, a sophomore journalism major.

Thaddeus Covaleski, a junior intelligence and national security major, Nick Moran, a junior psychology major, Payne and Stelitano led round-table discussions.

Through a unique program called "Place as Text," students had the opportunity to explore Niagara Falls through tours, community service, self-and-group exploration, hikes and art.

Next year’s conference will be in Gettysburg, Pa. Check out more photos and Point Park student work on the Honors Program Facebook page and additional conference information on the NRHC website.

The NRHC is an organization of students, faculty and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning.

Article by Justin Karter, graduate assistant, Honors Program

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