Research Symposium Showcase

The 2022 UMO Research Symposium and Showcase will spotlight the research interests and talents of faculty and students. There will be a variety of presentations across campus to include posters, platform presentations, art show, and choral performances. The event is interactive, allowing presenters from various disciplines to hold discussions with the audience. While this event is hosted by UMO, the event is open to the public. The event will take place on Friday, April 22 from 9am-1pm in various locations on the campus of the University of Mount Olive.

School of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Session A (9:00 am-10:50 am)

Poster Presentations – Raper 2nd Floor Hallway

  • Mary Taylor Jones – Waylin Animal Clinic Internship

During this presentation I will be describing my experience while working at Waylin animal clinic. I will be talking about how to properly restrain animals and set up heartworm and fecal tests. I will talk about my duties and how I accomplished them every day I worked.

  • Jordyn Raiford – Exploring the World of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine

I did my internship at a small animal veterinary practice to learn more about what vets in this practice do. This practice only does dogs and cats. I watched many different procedures and learned about what comes with owning and running a practice.

  • Tristan Schraudner, Blake Hosic, Jakson Bowran, and Rileigh Kucera – Effects of Caffeine on Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen Levels

Our goal is to test the effects of caffeine from the energy drink Celsius. We will be testing heart rate and blood oxygen levels. We will test in different increments of caffeine; 100mg, 200mg, and 300mg. We will be testing for 1 hour and gathering results every 15 minutes.

  • Meaghan Michaud – Internship at Emery Eye Center

Knowledge gained during my experience from working as an optometric technician under eye doctors for my internship. Understanding proper patient care, protocol, use of special machines, and overall hands on learning experience.

  • Annefluer Moerkerken, Harley Parker, Alanna Barrett, and Caroline Bryan – How Does Sleep Affect Testing?

Using a survey and a cognition test we will assess how student’s sleep influences their testing ability. The main goal is to review if students receive average, less, or more sleep how they all do on the same test.

  • Amelia Denning – Growth rates of Salanova Red Butter and Salanova Green Butter Lettuce grown in an aquaponic system

Amelia will present a poster discussing aquaponics and the role of pH, temperature, and conductivity on the growth or red lettuce and butter crisp lettuce.  The data will be compared with that of another aquaponics system of the same manufacturer at Anson High School.

  • Haley Grady and Dr. Andrew Pais – Assessing the effects of dental hygiene treatments on quantity and quality of DNA yielded from organic extraction of teeth

DNA that can be found inside teeth is useful to study in variety of fields, spanning from dental hygiene to forensics. I will discuss the methods used to extract teeth DNA and if different cleaning methods affect the DNA samples to be applied to the portable DNA Sequencer, recently acquired by the University of Mount Olive. I will also discuss if different cleaning agents change the composition of the DNA in various teeth, focusing on my proposed work to discover and characterize bacterial genes in the human oral microbiome.

  • Olivia Olsen and Dr. Sara Lahman – Get “Chewsy”: Gum flavors and their effect on your teeth.

Tooth enamel is often corroded by acidic substances, like sodas, fruits, and juices, but can also be affected by chewing gum. Avid gum-chewers most often choose sugar-free gum, which contains aspartame. Aspartame is used to keep the sweetness of the gum without the presence of sugar. This research takes a look at how different gum flavors (specifically Spearmint, Peppermint, Watermelon, Classic Bubble, and Cinnamon), containing aspartame, mix with saliva during mastication to affect and decay tooth enamel.

  • Katarina Locke – Highland Animal Hospital Internship

Description of Presentation: Present the three learning objectives of my internship. Provide information on how I completed my three learning objectives. Describe what was expected of me at my internship and my overall experience at Highland Animal Hospital.

  • Kyle Bullock – Aviculture Internship at Avian Empire

This poster will illustrate my time with Avian Empire, the things that I did and the knowledge I obtained from the internship. I will have a brief introduction followed by some background of the organization, skills and knowledge gained as well as thoughts on how I would have done things differently. It will also include many pictures of species I helped successfully breed as well as some of the things I did to nurse injured waterfowl back to good health.

  • Sid Gray – Propagation Research 

By studying the effects of various rooting hormones, germination additives, and home-remedy solutions on cuttings from Juniperus conferta and Coleus scutellarioides over a period of 8 weeks, the most efficient and effective of these chemicals and solutions can be deduced for use on these two horticultural staples. Starting at 4 weeks after treatment, a cutting from each chemical solution was pulled and studied for root length and quantity weekly. This study will help seasoned commercial horticulturalists and even D-I-Y landscape enthusiasts to propagate to the highest degree.

  • Kali Kasulis – Effect of Variations in Time and Temperature of the Efficacy of the IDEXX Rapid Alert Pregnancy Test

Blood samples collected for pregnancy tests are sometimes treated improperly with respect to temperature and shipping times.  Therefore, this study sought to determine if the IDEXX Rapid Alert Pregnancy Test was effective at detecting pregnancies using mistreated samples.  Blood was collected from pregnant goats between 60 and 90 days of gestation and subjected to either 40, 70, or 90 F for 24, 48, or 72 hours.  There was no effect of temperature or time on the efficacy of the IDEXX Rapid Alert Pregnancy Test to detect positive samples after mistreatment.

  • Sarah Spicer – Davie County Extension Internship

During the summer of 2021 I had the opportunity to intern with the Davie County Extension Office. During the course of my internship, I worked with all the agents in Davie County to understand how they provide education and research to the communities within the county. I also got to help assist and teach during 4-H day camps. This internship has taught me many things and had a positive impact on me.

  • Alan Farrior – Swine and Poultry Internship

Over the summer of 2021 I had the opportunity to work at Keith Butler Farms. My objectives included learning the everyday tasks, business aspects and waste management practices of maintaining 10 chicken houses and 4 pig nurseries. I also helped repair and maintain tractors, water lines, and other equipment.

  • Brooke Davis – Clifton Seed Company Internship

This spring I completed an internship at Clifton Seed Company in Faison, NC. There I gained knowledge on vegetable seeds that customers across the United States ordered from Clifton. I filled seed orders, provided service to walk-in customers, used office logistics such as invoicing, and communicated with customers over the phone about their orders.

  • Alicia Westfall – Eastern 4-H Center Camp Internship

During the summer of 2021 I had the opportunity to work at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC. I directed groups of kids around the camp grounds to different activities. Not only did I learn a lot and step outside my comfort zone, but I led young minds to learning and doing great things as well.

  • Jonathan Blais, Wesley Langdon, Wyatt Raynor, and Kale Patterson

Sleep Before Exams vs Test Scores

We investigated the role of sleep on academic success and exam scores.


Poster Presentations – Raper 239

  • Biotech Students (AGE 345 / BIO 212) – Developing DNA Sequencing Services at University of Mount Olive for Research.

Innovations in DNA sequencing technology are advancing the fields of agriculture, medicine, and environmental science by lowering the cost barriers to organizations with limited budgets for research and development. Given the lowering costs of such technology and the need for addressing important questions with DNA, Dr. Pais is planning to establish a DNA sequencing service at the University of Mount Olive, which will provide avenues of collaboration with other academic institutions in eastern Carolina and partners in the green industry. Through course-based research experiences (CUREs), students at the University of Mount Olive are conducting a pilot study to demonstrate the feasibility for preparing and sequencing high quality DNA libraries for next generation sequencing using the portable MinION DNA Sequencer developed by Oxford Nanopore.

  • Hailey Kessinger, Breanna Voelker, Pedro Franca, Dejare Cumberbatch, Gabrielle Cole, Mary Taylor Jones, Isaac Wuotila and Hannah Burress – Comparing the Efficacy of Oil Pulling, Essential Oil, and Chlorhexidine-based Treatments on Gingivitis-associated Bacteria 

This project compares the bacterial inhibition levels that various treatment types pose on various bacteria. These treatments include coconut oil, cassia essential oil, goldenseal extract, and chlorhexidine oral rinse with respect to the following bacteria: S. aureus, S. pyrogenes, and F. nucleatum. In addition to bacterial inhibition, this project aims to compare the reduction in inflammation as well as tooth decay. The goal of this research study is to not only compare various dental techniques, but also seek out an ideal treatment for periodontal diseases, such as plaque-induced gingivitis.


Poster Presentations – Raper 209

  • Dylan Stacy, Hunter Baker, Nicole Lorenz – Get Squashed!!! (Research Study)

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Matthew Johnson and Harley Parker – Squash Nitrogen Project 

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Peyton Lee, Robbie Cooley, Jay McKenzie – Squash out the Haters

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Andrew Ingram, Lillian VanHorn, Madison Morgan – Nitrogen Effects on Squash Research Project

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Lauren Brown, Jordan Lane, Taylor Glover – Squash Crop Report

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.


Session B (11:10 am-1:00 pm)

Poster Presentations – Raper 2nd Floor Hallway

  • Brittany N. Beasley – North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission Internship

The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission is in Benson, NC and its overall purpose is to promote North Carolina’s sweet potatoes. During my internship I completed several activities such as planning the NCSPC Annual Meeting of Membership and community givebacks through our 60th Anniversary Celebrations. I assisted at the FarmHER of NC Sweet Potatoes event and helped to promote North Carolina sweet potatoes across the world. Through the NCSPC I have been able to meet many industry leaders, political leaders, and national advocates for the agriculture industry as well as develop leadership and communication skills.

  • Shelby Carroll – Cabarrus County Extension Internship

During the summer of 2021, I had the opportunity to intern with the Cabarrus County Extension Office. During the course of my internship, I was able to organize, plan and evaluate five 4-H summer fling programs, teach a 4-H poultry judging team and assist in field trials and farm visits in Rowan and Cabarrus County. I gained experience in classroom management, strategic planning and adaptability.

  • Brooke Davis – Effects of liquid seaweed fertilizer on radish (Raphanus sativus) growth under greenhouse conditions

The effects of liquid seaweed fertilizer on the growth of radish were studied to identify possible benefits of using seaweed fertilizer on vegetable plants. The radishes were grown inside a greenhouse located on the UMO student farm. Shoot length, number of leaves per plant, root diameter, fresh weight, and dry weight of the radishes were measured and compared to a control.

  • Julie Gore – Comparison of lamb weight gain and ewe parasitism level at the UMO Farm.

This research project, conducted at the University of Mount Olive’s Kornegay Student Farm, analyzed the productivity of ewes of different ages. Lamb growth, ewe health status and level of parasitism were measured over an 8-week period following lambing in early February. The effectiveness of certain dewormers on the animals was also measured. This data will be used to help manage the livestock in the future.

  • Cameron Starnes – Pilgrim’s Pride Internship

I completed an internship with Pilgrim’s Pride during the summer of 2021. My objectives were to learn all aspects of the live operation side of the poultry industry including performing inspections to ensure that chickens were in good health and met animal welfare requirements. I also conducted a research experiment to compare the chickens’ average daily gain to their genetic potential.

  • Jessy Kate Glenn – Veterinary Internships

Over the summer of 2021 I had the opportunity to work at the Foothills Large Animal Hospital and Small Animal Hospital of Marion. I had the opportunity to administer vaccines, prepare surgery rooms, take x-rays, bloodwork and assist the doctors with exams. I also got experience interacting with clients and other veterinary technicians.

  • Joshualyn Miller, Cody Miller, Qudre Joyner – Rye Forage Fertilizer Study

We will be talking about the implication of nitrogen sources and their effects on cover crop yield and weed suppression. Our experiment involved 30 plots that were each 10’ x 10’. We applied three different types of fertilizer at three rates in three replications. We also had a control plot that received no fertilizer. The nitrogen sources used were ESN, poultry litter and pelletized human waste. Each source was applied at a rate of 20, 40 and 60 lbs N/acre to see which one would yield the highest biomass and suppress the most weeds after 6 weeks.

  • Abby Kornegay and Jose Torres, Dr. Sara Lahman – Worm Muscle Regeneration Using Different Proteins

The purpose of this research is to look at muscle regeneration in worms when given different protein foods that contain different amino acids. There are 7 essential amino acids, whey protein has all 7 because it is made from animal by product whereas plant protein does not contain all 7. Whey, plant, magic worm food, and control are our different protein media groups.

  • Jonathan Blais, Kyle Bullock, Alden Cottle, Peyton Lee, and Zoe Nance – Water Quality in UMO Wetlands

Students will present a poster illustrating water quality measurements of wetlands in eastern North Carolina.

  • Beth McDonald, Jaleel Hamlett, Ashleigh Stafford, TJ Lyons – Influence of Rooster Presence on Egg Production and Quality

Once a week for three weeks we will grade eggs from two flocks, one with a rooster and one without a rooster. We will compare the results to see what the effect of a rooster is on the quality of the eggs.

  • Keyauna Joyner & Colin Radcliffe – Influence of Vitamin C Consumption on Vertical Jump Height

We will be giving athletes 3 different doses of vitamin c at random and measuring their standing vertical jumps.

  • Rachel Gray – Fair Oaks Farms

In the summer of 2021 I moved to Indiana to complete my internship at Fair Oaks Farms. This business is the largest agritourist attraction in the country. During my time there, I was able to work with the herdsmen, breeders, calf raisers, maternity specialists, and the veterinarians.

  • Kathryn Degear & Sierra Castellano – Influence of Music on Study Skills

We will be testing to see if using different types of music while studying influences test-taking ability.

  • Roberto Hernandez, Jaslyn Gott, Ailine Mikery, Walter Gomez – Influence of Covid-19 on Soccer Athlete Motivation And Preformance

Using surveys and interviews, we are testing to see if Covid-19 had a negative influence on UMO soccer player motivation and performance in the 2020 season.


Poster Presentations – Raper 238

  • Katarina Locke, Jordyn Raiford, Ethan Bunting, Oluwatobi Azeez, Denae Haeussler, Benjamin Howard, Meaghan Michaud, Victor Nunez Mendoza – Comparison of Natural Plant Oils and Chlorhexidine for Bacteria Inhibition in preventing Plague-induced Gingivitis

We compared treatments for inhibiting Gingivitis bacteria, Staphylococcus (S.) aures, Streptococcus (S.) pyrogens and Fusobacterium (F.) nucleatum by testing the efficiency of Coconut oil, Cassia oil Goldenseal oil and Chlorhexidine on inhibiting bacterial growth, preventing tooth erosion and inflammation. We first performed a Minimum Inhibitory Concentration test (MIC) of each bacterium. Then we used the microdilutions determined from the MIC test to determine the quantity of lipopolysaccharides, inflammation inducing molecule, of S. pyrogens and F. nucleatum. Then we used eggshells to measure the rate of erosion caused by each bacterium when mixed in with the MIC of each treatment and the microdilution of each bacterium.


Poster Presentations – Raper 239

  • Nikki Smith, Luke Hollingsworth, Zoe Nance – Fall Squash Study

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Sarah Spicer, Kenzie Stutts, and Dylan Benton – Nitrogen Effects on Squash

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Sydney Gainey and Faith McKoy – Nitrogen Squash Study

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Rachel Gray, Kayleigh Saunders, Molly Henley – Nitrogen Fertilization on Straight Neck Squash

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.

  • Kimberly Chapman and Mackinley Melby – Long Neck Yellow Squash Research

This poster highlights the research conducted on the Squash Nitrogen study that was conducted in the Fall 2021 Semester.


Oral Presentations – Raper 238

  • Rochelle Perez, Ashleigh Stafford, Jenna Thornton – AGE 316 Poultry Research Project

Our AGE 316 class “Animal Production and Management” conducted a poultry research project during the 2022 Spring semester. We incubated layer chicken and broiler chicken eggs and then raised them for 6 weeks. We weighed them every week to determine differences in average daily gain and feed conversion. All of the students took turns caring for the birds and then competed in a Chicken Show.  9:00-9:30 am

  • Stephen Edwards – Meeting a Community Need: 2021 UMO Summer Workshop Series

This presentation focuses on one of the key services that our school provides working professionals; professional development for teachers. The number of workshops offered rose every year, but then when Covid-19 hit, we were given two options; either cancel our workshops or move online. We decided to move online and this presentation is about the outcomes of the 2020 workshops and the brand new program that we offered in Summer 2021. The presentation also works a call to action as we are preparing for the Summer 2022 Workshop series.  10:00-10:30 am

Session A (9:00 am-10:50 am)

Poster Presentations – Henderson 1st Floor Hallway

  • Amanda Bullard-Maxwell, EDU 210 Students – Foundations of American Education

Students will present historical events and/or people who have shaped American Education from the Colonial Period to the present.

  • Regina Stone-Edge; Breanna Hinnant; Alexis Futrell – 21st Century Instructional Technology

This is a showcase of the instructional technology projects prepared by UMO Division of Education students.  The students have prepared short films, virtual children’s books, virtual children’s stories, and flipped classroom instructional videos.  These are based on 21st instructional technology learning theories.


Oral Presentations – Henderson 209

  • Trevor Berk, Travis Pullan, Devin Mccorkle, Colby Teague, Jordan – Psychological effects on athletes in sports

This presentation is about how psychology can affect athletes. The importance of sports psychology and how it can affect in the positives and negatives of athletes. Having a good mindset is extremely positive in athletes in sports.  10:30-11:00 am


Oral Presentations – Henderson 211


This project evaluated the predictive quality of four factors in assessing first-semester academic risk. Students’ pre-college academic motivation, self-efficacy for learning, learner autonomy, and perceived social support were surveyed during the Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Program. First-semester academic outcomes were obtained at the end of the Fall 2021 semester and evaluated using discriminant analysis. Results indicated that the factors could predict first-semester academic outcomes, with perceived social support, learner autonomy, and self-efficacy for learning offering the greatest impact on the prediction equation. Potential impacts for academic assessment and intervention will be discussed.  9:00-9:30 am

  • Rayanna Koch, Jacqueline Thring, Michelle Stewart, Ele’sia Williams, Aliyah Jones – Delving into the differentiating factors that impact high school as well as collegiate athletes psychologically.

Description of Presentation: The topic of research we are planning on discussing is mental health in athletes, specifically high school to collegiate aged athletes. Along with the stress of their sport, such as injuries and performance standards, they all also deal with other stressors, such as school, work, and outside expectations.  All these factors take a toll on the athlete and ends up affecting them psychologically and physically. Athletes are in need of more outlets and resources to help them better talk about and deal with the different stressors that they face.  10:00-10:30 am


Oral Presentations – Henderson 213

  • Vasilica Pope, Skylier Cox, Ayonna Cotten, Raul Hernandez, Eric Macdonald – Should Professional Athletes Use Their Platform To Talk About Social Media.

We will be discussing the impact that professional athletes have on people today and how helpful it would be for a professional athlete to speak on their platform. We will also be discussing how discussing social issues will positively impact the professional athlete’s environment and communication. We will also explain and give examples of how other athletes in college/high school use their social platforms to bring light to social issues. Give a brief description of the presentation for use in the “passport” symposium program. This should not be the whole abstract. Please limit your description to 3-5 sentences.  9:30-10:00 am

  • Bryant Balentine and Gabrielle Johnson – Mock Trial: The Mysterious Case of John Ryan

CJC students are provided information that an adjunct professor has been the apparent victim of a homicide and they must figure out who killed the man.  The students identify potential suspects and witnesses, conduct interviews, create affidavits, and develop a theory of the case.  Students are then split into prosecution and defense teams where they take on the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, offender(s), investigators, lay and expert witnesses.  The exhibition takes the form of a trial before a judge with the audience serving as the jury.  This provides the students with practical application and insight into social issues, criminological theory, and trial procedure.


Session B (11:10 am-1:00 pm)

Poster Presentations – Henderson 1st Floor Hallway 

  • Montana Baysden, Madison Brinkley, Haley Dunn, Monique Whitman – Putting Agriculture and Art in STEM Education

As STEM has evolved, there is now a movement in education to include agriculture and arts.  This is allowing many STEM programs to transition into STEAMA programs, Science, Technology, Arts, Math and Agriculture.  Our research looks at the impact STEAMA is having in education.

  • Joselyn Cruz-Serrano, Noah Oakes, Morgan Prots, Kevin Surcy – Why Schools Do Not Offer STEM

Many schools do not offer STEM programs due to the lack of resources, whether it be funding, supplies, or teachers.  The majority of schools facing this issue are typically rural schools, which may receive extra funding, yet that funding does not go towards STEM programs.  As a result, minority groups, which make up the majority of the population in total schools, are underrepresented in STEM fields.

  • Abby Crawford, Madison Humphrey, Laney Smith, Daylan Wiggs – STEM in Elementary Education – What are the Benefits?

Through STEM education, students are exposed to problem solving, research, experimentation, creative play, critical thinking and more.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide a history of STEM, demonstrate STEM’s impact on student character development, discuss the opportunities and experiences STEM provides and teacher testimonies of STEM in the elementary classroom.

  • Bailey Beasley, Samantha Hamrick, Kali Schindler, Caris Sutton – STEM in Special Education

Special education students can benefit from STEM lessons to express their own personal interests while providing these students with problem solving and self-efficiency skills in the classroom.

  • Andrew Cruse, Alexis Futrell, Jamelle Ingram, Olivia Oates – Why Elementary Education Majors Should Learn STEM Education

As future elementary educators, it is important to have a broad base of knowledge.  STEM combines the academic contents of science, technology, engineering and math in methods that enhance a student’s conceptual understanding of these subjects and encourages critical thinking. Teacher education programs need to include effective training in STEM practices to prepare their students for careers in these areas.


Poster Presentations – Raper 2nd Floor Hallway 

  • Uttam Sharma Phuyal – “Fabrication and Comparative Quantitative Analysis of Plasmonic-Polymer Nanocomposites as Optical Platforms”.

Plasmonic-polymer nanocomposites were prepared by incorporating Gold-nanostars (GNS) into agarose gel and chitosan hydrogels via embedding and surface deposition methods. The optical properties of the nanocomposites studied using Dark-field Spectroscopy (DFS), and surface enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS). We observed that the SERS detection efficiency of the novel composites depended on analyte accessibility of the GNS, Polymer-GNS interactions, and gel-matrix porosity.


Oral Presentations – Henderson 209

  • Ece Yuksel, Dr. Shields, Dr. Sheppard – Day One Matters: Students’ Success Begins with the Syllabus

The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of alternate ways of administering course syllabi. The results could perhaps alter how course syllabi are prepared and presented in higher education. The study identified that an additional video supplement to the course syllabus improves students’ understanding of course requirements. Therefore, professors might wish to utilize more audio-visual materials when presenting course material to students.  12:30-1:00 pm


Oral Presentations – Henderson 211

  • Nickolas Richardson, Michael Brown, JaQuon Armstrong, Dashawn Davis – How does participation in sport affect juvenile delinquency: analysis of cities in North Carolina?

We want to discover how sport participation can affect juvenile delinquency. Sports can shape and mold someone for the rest of their lives. We want to research how sports affect juvenile delinquency for the better or the worst. Being part of a team and around different coaching styles have a way to mold someone.  We plan on studying the different routes children take determined by if they play sports or not.  11:00-11:30 am

  • Emma Campbell – Am I Hindering My Success? Self-Induced Stress and Athletic Performance

The purpose of this study was to determine if differences existed in the severity and scope of anxiety experienced by student athletes in practice and competitive environments using a repeated measures procedure. Such endeavors will contribute to improved individual mental health and more successful athletes and athletic programs. In conclusion, our findings can shed light on the interaction between anxiety and athletics and how this may impact other areas of life such academics, and relationships.  12:00-12:30 pm


Spring Student Art Show – Laughinghouse Hall Student Gallery

  • Directed by Bob Murray

Art and visual communication majors at the University of Mount Olive are preparing to feature their finest work in the annual spring Student Art Show.  The exhibit will showcase the diversity of work by students in the Art and Visual Communication Department, including many first-time exhibitors.  This year’s show will feature more students than ever before. The exhibit will also showcase the work of six seniors.


Spring Choral Presentation – Assembly Hall

  • Directed by Dr. Jonathan Saeger

The UMO Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir will present a variety of music ranging from pop, to gospel, to contemporary music inspired, by video games, poetry, and musical theater. Choir students who are currently enrolled in both choir and MUS 329 Conducting II will conduct the Concert Choir as they sing four selections that were have performed with three other schools on our collaborative choir tour.  10:00 – 11:00 am


Oral Presentations – Henderson 213

  • Blake Gipson, Zach Zoltolski, Case Kermode, Dylan Jeffries, Jackson Anderson (Ashley Hayes) – The importance of nutrition in athletes at the collegiate level

Why nutrition is important in sports and in lifestyle.  11:30-12:30 am

Session A (9:00 am-10:50 am)

Poster Presentations – Raper 1st Floor Hallway

  • Khalid M. Dubas and Dr. Chiang-Nan Chao (St. John’s University) – What US Bank Managers Need to Know About Mobile Banking Users

This study investigates American bank customers’ perspectives of online banking by evaluating their preferences of eleven salient attributes of online banking and the underlying dimensions of these preferences to make recommendations to bank managers.

  • Dr. Khalid M. Dubas, Dr. Chiang-Nan Chao (St. John’s University), Dr. James T. Strong (California State University, Stanislaus), and Dr. Jennifer Barr (Stockton University) – A Visual Analysis of Automotive Brands on Several Attributes Using PCA Biplots and Cluster Analysis

This study evaluates thirty-two automotive brands on several characteristics and presents results of exploratory analyses. Techniques like correlation analysis, principal component analysis, and cluster analysis are utilized to evaluate the relationships among automotive brands and their characteristics.

  • Kayla Frazier and Mary Brigid Keck – Practice Operations Simulation

Practice Operations is a learning resource that brings operations management to life, while reinforcing key concepts in a way that promotes critical thinking and strategic decision making. Throughout the Practice Operations Simulation – a 3D, interactive, game-based simulation that allows students to manage operations of a clothing manufacturing and distribution company – students in charge of placing bids for contracts, managing physical and human resources, ordering raw materials, turning them into refined clothing, and shipping the final products to the client while dealing with the issues of production process, capacity, supply chain, JIT, labor management, order fulfillment, customer satisfaction, and quality control.

  • BUS 325 Students – United As One

“United As One” is the business project prepared by the students enrolled in the BUS 325: Business Practicum class.  The business proposal involves a clothing brand company aiming to bring people together from different sports, backgrounds, and different countries to feel a sense of unity together. The presentation will document the experience the students went through and the steps taken to start the business.

  • Zack Blackburn – Operations Management to Improve a Family Business

The production processes to produce “Southern Ladyfingers” cookies is examined using methodologies, tools, and techniques explored in the Tillman School of Business’ Operations and Supply Chain Management course. The presenter, an owner-operator member of the rapidly expanding Family-owned business (Ezzell’s LLC), shares insights gained and next-steps vis-à-vis the company’s growing enterprise.


Session B (11:10 am-1:00 pm)

Poster Presentations – Raper 1st Floor Hallway 

  • Colin Speer – Financial Analysis

Financial analysis of publicly traded company.

  • Macy Parkhurst – Challenges Small Business Continue to Face Due to Covid-19

Presentation will be focused on challenges small businesses continue to face due to Covid-19 and will include suggestions for future regulations, laws, or rules in relation to a pandemic. The suggestions will be based upon feedback that I will receive from surveying local entrepreneurs on their experience in doing business during a pandemic.

  • Khalid M. Dubas and Dr. Chiang-Nan Chao (St. John’s University) – Modeling the Covid-19 Epidemic Dynamics to Guide Decision Making

The purpose of this study is to introduce the basic terminology of infectious disease dynamics; to formulate an elementary epidemic model to analyze Covid-19 dynamics; and to utilize R code to solve this model to help with decision making.

  • Taylor Redman – O’Reilly Automotive Corporation

O’Reilly Automotive Corporation’s revenue, net income, and earnings per share for the prior three years’ quarterly data are examined. Based on the analysis, company history, competitors, recent company news, a preliminary determination of the investment opportunity is explored.

  • Ella Pierce, Ben Jenkins – The Economic History of Japan

In this presentation, we will focus on the country of Japan from the year 1100 to current. We will talk about the cultural changes and differences in Japan and connect those with their economic choices over the years. We will also describe differences between Japan and United States’ economy based on how different their cultures are.


Oral Presentations –  Raper 120

  • Karl Reimers, Pedro Gonzalez San Martin, and Lissette Wilson – How CIS Program Integrates Experiential Learning into Capstone Learning Environments

Assignments that focus on teaching and learning complement one of the core elements in higher education.  Furthermore, educational methodology that is student-centric can exhibit benefits that go beyond what is normally learned in the classroom environment. A project plan for creating and updating websites to enhance student learning is presented and experiential outcomes are discussed.  10:00-10:30AM