Six SUNY Orange Students Selected for Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference April 3-6

PHOTO: Students attending 2014 NRHC ConferenceMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Six students from the SUNY Orange Honors Program have been selected to present research papers or lead poster discussions at the upcoming Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference slated for April 3-6 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

This year’s conference, a three-day student-centered event in which more than 200 student papers will be presented by honors students from across the Northeast United States and portions of Canada, will mark the second consecutive year that SUNY Orange has sent a sizeable contingent as presenters. Last year, seven SUNY Orange students comprised the College’s first appearance at the event.

Representing the College will be Joanna Dykeman (Montgomery), Anja Loughman (Glen Spey),Nathan Parker (Walden), William Perez (Middletown), Rebecca Schadt (Glen Spey) and Vivek Sood (Middletown). Schadt will be making a poster presentation while the other five will be presenting the findings of their research papers.

Following are the research topics each student will address: Dykeman; alternative forms of education for K-12 students that are currently challenging the boundaries of the typical education model; Loughman, the benefits that psychological androgyny might have on individuals, groups and society as a whole while providing relevant positive and negative examples of gender-roles today; Parker, the possibilities of a government restructuring as proposed by author Robert Heinlein; Perez, nuclear proliferation and whether it will create peace or push the world over the edge; Schadt, increases in the number of single-sex schools and arguments for and against single-sex versus coeducational classes; and Sood, the continued victimization of specific groups in the United States, based on their race, and how the country can become a more egalitarian nation.

The SUNY Orange Honors Program is designed to offer highly motivated and talented students opportunities to more fully develop their potential by challenging them to assume more control of their intellectual development, allowing opportunities for cross-curricular learning and providing more in-depth experience with issues and topics of global and societal importance. Exceptional students have increased opportunities for personal growth in areas of interdisciplinary academic inquiry, cultural awareness, community responsibility and transformational leadership.

The Northeast Regional Honors Council is an organization of students, faculty and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. NRHC membership encompasses nearly 200 colleges and universities from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

For more information on the SUNY Orange Honors Program, contact coordinator Elaine Torda at (845) 341-4004.

Photo caption: Representing the College at the upcoming Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Niagara Falls April 3-6 will be (front row from left) Rebecca Schadt and Anja Loughman, along with (back row, from left) William Perez and Vivek Sood. Not pictured are Joanna Dykeman and Nathan Parker.

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