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Student Academic Symposium 2017

April 20 2017 - April 21 2017

Student Academic Symposium 2017

Ninth Annual Student Academic Symposium

April 20-21, 2017

As students and faculty alike wrap up the academic year, graduating seniors rally every lesson and experience from their academic career in preparation of a final culminating presentation. Each discipline showcases the talents and knowledge soon to be alumni have amassed over the years before sending graduates off on the next life journey.

About Student Academic Symposium

SAS Beginnings 

  • 2007 reaffirmation of accreditation 
  • One component of TLU’s Quality Enhancement Plan 
  • Goals 
    • Provide a venue for presentation of the best research and performance skills of our upper division students 
    • Celebrate excellent student research 
    • Feature role models for lower division students


  • SAS 2017 begins the evening of Thursday, April 20 and runs all day on Friday, April 21. 
  • There are no classes on SAS day, so students can participate – either as presenters or spectators. 
  • Sessions are presented concurrently. 
  • Students may also present posters displayed during lunchtime on campus.

Posters at Jackson Park Student Activity Center


Kaycee Camou 

Brittanie Cervantes 

Jacob Chapa 

Teesha Frey 

Madalynne Gatto 

Cierra Jordan 

Corley Ann Parker 

Caralyne Sandquist 

Brandon Stephens 

Kody Windecker 

Rebecca Woodward

Geremy Lerma


Madison Berger and Patricia Snow 

Carly Miller and Ramiro Nava

Joyce Nawara, Nick Simpson, and Kaylyn Stork

Colton Kubena

Environmental Studies



Emily M. Braun

Hannah L. Spears

Sean A. Bogle Jr.

Julian Gomez

Jarret Thompson

Christine Jaecks


Brittanie N. Cervantes

Samantha K. Yenne


Jennifer Whittier

Renee Schneider

Kirsten Potts

Tara Armstrong

Courtney Dees

Juan Fernando Melgoza Jr.

Amanda Lochte

Cagen Chaney

Erin Rose

Courtney Mica

Isabella Mitchell

Amanda Shoemaker

Brooke Taylor

Hannah Patrick

William Cook

Aaron Ball

Sociology 232 Social Problems

Carly Barnes

Sam Yenne

Danny Perkins

Rene Villarreal

Emily Solis

Joshua Oliver

A.J. Mason

Devin Taylor

Nwankwo Nwankwo

Brenden Williams

Adelaide Wenzel

Study Abroad Photo Show

SAS 2017 Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 20

Student Conductor Showcase
4/20/2017 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wupperman Little Theatre, Schuech Fine Arts Center

Flight of the Thunderbird

Gus Gaines, conductor

On an Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss

Courtney Avina, conductor

Selections from Wicked

Robert Tschoepe, conductor

Colliding Visions

Zachary Ayers, conductor

Songs of Old Kentucky, mvt. I

Austin Snuggs, conductor

Under an Irish Sky

Allie Wittman, conductor

Rites of Tamburo

Lacey Peschel, conductor

Student Teachers  

4/20/2017 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Springing Forward: Expert Teachers in the Making

Grace A. Alvarado

Melissa L. Anderson

Daisy L. Bippert

Moises E. Cerezo

Kathrynn E. Chabot

Natalie D. Dietert

Adrian A. Esquivel

Tyler S. Harrison-Schmidt

Brianna L. Hinson

Kourtney R. Knesek

Emily R. Luther

Christina A. Nutting

Elizabeth R. Roddy

Carolyn J. Rozell

Bianca M. Salazar

Sabrina R. Seiler

Benjamin C. Swaner

Jacob W.Tingle

Lauren K. Wolfe

Veronica Zapata

Visual Art Senior Exhibit

4/20/17 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Location:  Annetta Kraushaar Gallery, Schuech Fine Arts Center

Jazz Band Concert
4/20/2017 7:30 p.m.

Student Performers

Saxes: Courtney Avina Alberto Moreno Robert Andrade Jasmine Aranda Robin Scheffler 

Trombones: Marcos Cordova Tim Kappelmann Nicolas Cavallo Josh Johnson Austin Snuggs Zach Ayers 

Trumpets: Paul Jensen Matt Hester Ethan Renfro Jarrett Sczech 

Rhythm: Gus Gaines (Drums), Becky Thurston (Percussion), Danielle Gloria (Piano), Kevin Borgfeld (Bass), Seth Shaw (Guitar)

Friday, April 21

Business Capstone

4/21/2017 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Victoria Barski, Gender Role, Organizational Status, and Conflict Management Styles at TLU

Chase Dawkins, Jacline Gutierrez, Rudy Gonzales, Drew Studdard, Simulated Implementation of Business Strategy


4/21/2017 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Wupperman Little Theatre

Mary (Boley) Progue, Letters from Jenny: What a Modern Linguistic Analysis Tells Us About Jenny

Emily Braun, Thomas Snooks, Julian Gomez, Hannah Spears, Gays, God, and Guns: The Orlando Shooting Tragedy on YikYak

Corey Brooks, Jarret Thompson, Hannah Spears, Disability-Related Simulations and Student Perceptions

Sean Bogle, Emily Braun, Hannah Spears, Time to Huddle Up: Keeping Football Players in College

Caitlin Brennan, Kaitlin Hindes, Mary (Boley) Progue, Heather Ramirez, The Impact on Incentives and Risks on Frequency of Deception

Business Ethics Debate

4/21/2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Team 1:

Bailey Bowen, Jonathan Dietzel, Andrew Leal, Brittany Moore

Team 2:

Wyatt Blezinger, Trey Davila, Connor James, Garrett Losack, Matt McCullough


4/21/2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Tschoepe Hall room 245

Jamie Scherbeh, Jurisprudence of Religious Freedom in the United States

Sarah Lude, Freedom of Conscience with the Right to Act

Women's Studies & Mexican American Studies Panel

4/21/2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Valero Room 201, Tschoepe Hall


4/21/2017 10:00 a.m.
Location: Chapel of the Abiding Presence

Bulldog Investment Co.

4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Chase Dawkins, Stephanie Thompson, Zac Kelley

Mathematics & CSCI/IS
4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Tschoepe Hall room 103

Christian Cordy, Analysis of Biased and Unbiased Roulette: American and European

Football Kareem Christmas, A Probability Approach to a Proposed Stoppage Rule In College and Its effects on Reducing Injuries

Kennedy Dankert, Cyclic Rearrangements of the Digits of Fractions

Tony Penalver, Using Visual Basic for Applications to Create Charts in Microsoft Excel

Chris Larson, Collision Avoiding Remote-Controlled Car

Honors Capstone
4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Tschoepe Hall room 245

Engaging Hate and Hope

Madison Berger, Connor James, Christina Nutting, Amanda Handsbur, Mason Allenger, Brittany Pollok, JaKayla J. DaBera, Michael Wall, Jacob Chapa, Courtney Dees, Abigail Taylor, Miranda Taylor, Kristen Gastauer, & Hannah Spears.

English Composition  

4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Langner Hall room 120

Brennan Patterson, Mass Incarceration and Its Link to Poverty

Emma Taylor, Between the Universe and Me

Luke Garcia, Busted Bombshells: Analyzing the Male Gaze

World Languages & Cultures 
4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Wupperman Little Theatre, Schuech Fine Arts Center

Interdisciplinary/Mixed talks
4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Krost 209

4/21/2017 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Moody Science room 101

Cayenne Claassen-Luttner, Luis Rodriguez, Donniqua Sanders, Evaluating the Impact of the Viva más y mejor…con su diabetes bajo control Educational DVD on Glycemic Control

Derek Cantu, Jodi Rodriguez, Mackenzie Zamarripa, Identifying the Knowledge and Beliefs of Obstetric Providers Regarding Umbilical Cord Blood Donation in the Central Texas Area

Breana Hererra, Dafne Valdez, Josh Webb, Effect of a CDC Concussion Guidelines Educational Video on Retention of Concussion Information among School-Based Registered Nurses

Kenzie Cunningham, Maegan Taylor, What is the Relationship among Health Literacy, Education Level, and the Understanding of Medication Labels in Community-Dwelling Adults in Guadalupe County?

Vanessa Cuellar, RN, & Angelique Ibarra, RN, Does Additional Perioperative Teaching to Parents/Guardians of Pediatric Elective Surgery Patients Reduce Anxiety as Measured on the STAI?

Social Entrepreneurship Senior Capstones 
4/21/2017 10:30 a.m.
Location: Krost room 209

Greta Carlson, Workshopping for Change

Raquel Garcia, Zia's Pizza Kitchen

Business: Accounting
4/21/2017 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall

Taylor Reichwein and Jennifer Gallagher, "Efficient Market Hypothesis"

Alex Olmedo, Stephanie Thompson, and Weston Wernecke, "Economic Impact of Accounting Standards"

Posters and All-School Picnic

4/21/2017 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Student Activity Center at Jackson Park

Political Science & Sociology
4/21/2017 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Langner Hall room 120

Jamie Scherbeh, “Comparing Rousseau's Emile and Plato's The Republic"

Sarah Neill, Texas Voter Turnout

Emily Braun, Xenophobia and Muslim Immigration

JaKayla DaBera, Recidivism and the Effects of the “Ban the Box” Movement on the African American Community

4/21/2017 1:00 p.m
Location: Krost room 209

Kennedy Dankert, Getting close to the Heisenberg uncertainty limit via the use of resolved-sideband cooling

4/21/2017 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall     

Jennifer Whittier, Observational Learning Model Selection

Tara Armstrong, Rudimentary Shoulder Rehabilitation Program on Perception of Pain/Soreness in D3 Female Collegiate Overhead Athletes

Amanda Lochte, The effect of text message reminders on physical therapy patients’ compliance with home exercise programs

Erin Rose,The Effect of Auditory and Visual Stimuli on Response Time of College Aged Students

Isabella Mitchell, Correlation Between Y-balance Scores and Lower Body Injury Rates in DIII Collegiate Volleyball Players

Amanda Shoemaker,Contact Sports Neurocognitive Deficits in Division III Football Athletes

William Cook, The Effect of Power vs Endurance Exercises Over a 400 Meter Run

Theology & Philosophy

4/21/2017 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Valero Room 201, Tschoepe Hall

Abby Taylor, Importing Injustice: Why We Need Counterpower in the Resource Industry

Kari Mast, The Changing Opinions of Homosexuality in the Christian Faith

Victoria Long, Celibacy and Singleness from Biblical Times to Today

Billy Roy, Unknowing God: From a Mystic's Perspective

4/21/2017 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Tschoepe Hall room 245

Moises Cerezo, The Young Lords Organization: Chicago’s Puerto Ricans resist the Police

Mason Allenger, Law as a Tool of Social Control in Colonial Virginia

4/21/2017 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Moody Science 101

Rebecca Woodward, DNA Sequencing of Weston Ranch Plant Specimens in 2015

Kaycee Camou, Correlation Between Lack of Pigment and Ocular and Otic Disorders in Dogs

Brittanie Cervantes, The Importance of Further Research of Leptospira interrogans

Madalynne Gatto, Using GIS Mapping to Visualize the Distribution of Plants Collected at the Weston Ranch in Guadalupe County


4/21/2017 1:30 p.m.
Location: Tschoepe Hall room 103

1:30 Vanessa Espinoza, Raman Spectroscopy of Polymer Materials used in 3D Printing Applications

 1:50 Maegan Idrogo, Synthesis and Properties of New RE3TX5-type Compounds

2:10 Caitlin Rendon, Design and Assembly of a Low-Cost Illumination Device for an Optical Trapping Microscope

2:30 Andres De La Garza, Fabrication and Characterization of Polymer-based Light Emitting Diodes

2:50 Justin Harshman, Calculations of Temperature Dependence of Photoluminescence from Strained Semiconductor Quantum Wells

3:10 Gunner Robison, Analyzing theoretical calculations for the results of electron and positron interactions

3:30 Michael Pokornik, Lift Analysis of Symmetric and Asymmetric Airfoils Using a Navier-Stokes Finite Difference Solver

Dramatic Media
4/21/2017 3:30 p.m.
Location: Tschoepe Hall room 245

Ring Ceremony
4/21/2017 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chapel of the Abiding Presence

XpressFest.17 Short Films
4/21/2017 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jackson Auditorium

Get details about XpressFest.17 on the event page.

April 20, 2017 12:00 AM Central Student Academic Symposium 2017

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