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Albertson College of Idaho Gipson Scholars Present Senior Projects

2006. 05. 03.

CALDWELL (Idaho) – The Caldwell community is invited help celebrate the scholarship and creative work of Albertson College of Idaho students at the 2006 Lawrence Henry Gipson Scholars Presentations.

Six senior Gipson Scholars will present their senior projects on Saturday, May 6th at 1:30 in room 106 of the Kathryn Albertson International Center on the Albertson College campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Alan Barber will present his project entitled, A Body Building Itself: Exploring Biological Self-Assembly through Computational Modeling. His project discusses the process of creating and implementing the Research Computing Center on the Albertson College campus, as well as the results from two research projects dealing with self assembly conducted at CofI and at the Mayo Clinic.

In her project entitled The Therapeutic Value of Writing Workshops, Allison Blackman explores the concept that writing workshops have the potential to be healing and beneficial. Through research and designing and implementing writing workshops at social service facilities, Blackman has come to the conclusion that writing workshops do have therapeutic value.

Kristy Conrad will present her project The Lady Vanishes: The Evolution of Authoritative Heroines in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock. In her project, Conrad looks at how the depiction of women in Hitchcock's films changes from his early films of the 1930s and '40s, to the later films of the 1960s and '70s.

Erica Littlefield will present Reunited, an original one-act play that tells the story of Noel, Parker, and Madeline Lee, three siblings who struggle to overcome tragedy and become an emotionally close and supportive family. There will be a staged reading of selections from the play at the presentations.

Chris Sherman will present Manifest Destiny: The Transformation of the American Myth of Exceptionalism. His three part project looks at the origins and evolutions of the concepts of Manifest Destiny, the transformation of the idea of American exceptionalism, and detrimental effects of the language of American exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny.

Molly Wiebush will present Trails Not Maintained, a project in which she looks at the relationship between humans and our environment. The project consists of a piece of creative nonfiction that addresses her personal relationship with wilderness, and short fiction piece that explores the idea of becoming an integral part of the environment.

Gipson Scholars develop individual program contracts and work within the spirit of the college's liberal arts objective without the necessity of meeting general graduation requirements. High scholarship and senior honors papers or projects are expected of all participants.

The mission of the Gipson Honors Program is to give Albertson students an opportunity to direct their own educations. Honors curricula are shaped by student-designed projects which are interdisciplinary, experiential inquiries into the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, or the humanities. The program was established in 1972 and named it in honor of Lawrence Henry Gipson, a distinguished historian, Rhodes Scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner who began his academic career at Albertson in its early years.