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Waldorf College Students Will Present Inquirere

Anthony Cornealius

Informative, challenging and inspiring speeches will be delivered at the Waldorf College Student Inquirere on April 12-13 in the Nilssen-Boe Science Hall, according to organizer Suzanne Falck-Yi.

The event, which is a venue for juniors and seniors to present their thesis projects or research, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. both days in Room 116. Presenters will speak about projects ranging from the novels of the Bronte sisters to Nazi soldiers and the Holocaust to the No Child Left Behind education policy.The speakers will give a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute session for questions and answers.

“We are looking forward to two evenings of presentations that will showcase the strengths of Waldorf's academic majors,” said Falck-Yi, who is also an associate professor of English at Waldorf College. She added that the thesis projects are a requirement of the Honors College at Waldorf.

Presentation times, students and the topics for the free Student Inquirere are as follows:

Tuesday, April 12

6 p.m. - Corey Lange, “Midsummer Ground Surface Activity Patterns of American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) in North-Central Iowa”

6:30 p.m. - Adam Herrick and Ms. Alison March, “Studies of Mechanism of Two Novel Potential Cancer Therapeutics"

7 p.m. - Alicia Cristine Gibbs, “Why Do Good People Do Bad Things:  Inside Look at Holocaust Soldiers”

7:30 p.m. - Ashleigh Lorelle Betha, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:  The Undeniable Disease”

8 p.m. - Megan Jo Dobberstein, “Success or Distress:  The Increased Academic Demands on our Nation’s Youth”

8:30 p.m. - Laura Jean Follmann, “Facing the Realities of No Child Left Behind”

Wednesday, April 13

6 p.m. - Alicia Jo Danielson, “Death to the Male Deity: Mary Daly’s Journey of Exploring the Gender of God”

6:30 p.m. - Steven Pals, “Failure to Act: The Interim between the Hoover and Roosevelt Administrations”

7 p.m. - Bethanie Suzanne Farus, “Instance of Lost Identity:  The Rift in the Community of al-Andalus”

7:30 p.m. - Anna Eggebraaten, “Characters of the Brontë Novels:  A Comprehensive Guide”

8 p.m. - Psychology Research Methods Class:  Justin McKenzie and Adrian Mendoza, Presenters, “The Influence of Student Technology Use on Retention of Classroom Material“

8:30 p.m. - Jeremy Padilla, "Identification of the Source of Staphylococcus aureus Infections Contracted through Intercollegiate Wrestling, and Characterization of Antiseptic Resistance."

Falck-Yi added that the Student Inquirere offers “a great opportunity for younger students to hear about their peers' research before they begin Honors or senior thesis projects themselves.”

For more information about the Inquirere, contact Falck-Yi at or (641) 585-5311.

Waldorf, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs such as music, theater, psychology, physical education, fire science administration and criminal justice administration.