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           First Annual
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     Undergraduate Symposium
                                                                                The First Annual Wilkes University Undergraduate Symposium
                                                                             is a full-day event sponsored by the Wilkes University Mentoring
             Celebrating Student Excellence                                  Task Force in order to recognize and honor the wealth of
              Achieved Through Mentoring                                     undergraduate research and creative projects in which faculty-to-
                                                                             student mentoring has played a significant role. The Symposium is
                                                                             an opportunity for selected students to share the results of their
                       Sponsored by the
                                                                             scholarly and creative accomplishments with the Wilkes
             Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force
                                                                             community.

                                                                               Presentations offered at this First Annual Wilkes University
                PROGRAM AND ABSTRACTS                                        Symposium include both formal paper and poster presentations as
                                                                             well as “in progress” creative projects, readings, and live
                                                                             performances.

                                                                                Events will take place in various locations on campus including
                                                                             the Henry Student Center Old Bookstore, First Floor Lobby, and
                                                                             Ballroom, Gies Recital Hall in Darte Hall, and the campus
                    FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007                                   Greenway. The Symposium will conclude with a celebratory
                                                                             reception to honor today’s presenters and their faculty and staff
                      8:00 AM – 7:00 PM                                      mentors. The reception will be held in the Old Bookstore on the
                    HENRY STUDENT CENTER                                     first floor of the Student Center.
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           2006-07 Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force                                                      Program
PAUL ADAMS, Vice President for Student Affairs, Co-chair                   7:45 – 10:00 AM            CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
BERNARD GRAHAM, Interim Provost, Co-Chair                                                          Old Bookstore, Henry Student Center
ANN ZANZIG, Special Consultant to the Task Force                           8:00 – 10:00 AM                 POSTER SESSION
ANNE HEINEMAN BATORY, Professor of Marketing                                                       Old Bookstore, Henry Student Center
SANDRA CARROLL, Director, Alumni Relations                                 10:00 AM (START)            CONTINUOUS EVENTS
DARIN FIELDS, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences                                     BANNED BOOK READINGS
ELLEN FLINT, Associate Professor of Music & Coordinator for the                                       MEMBERS OF SIGMA TAU DELTA
    Undergraduate Experience                                                                   Dr. Thomas Hamill, Faculty Advisor & Mentor
EDWARD FOOTE, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice &                                                       Greenway
    Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
MICHAEL FRANTZ, Vice President for Enrollment Services                                        STITCH-A-THON FOR THE PEOPLE OF SUDAN
                                                                               JACLYN BUTWINSKI, SHANNON CURTIN, SIMONE CASTRO, AND RACHEL TRETIAK,
VIRGINIA MEROLA, Student Representative
                                                                                                            COORDINATORS
MARY BETH MULLEN, Advising Coordinator, College of Science &                           Drs. Mischelle Anthony, Marcia K. Farrell & Janet Starner,
    Engineering, University College                                                                        Faculty Mentors
ANNE PELAK, Director of Grant Support                                                          First Floor Lobby, Henry Student Center
PHILIP RUTHKOSKY, Director of Student Development
MATTHEW SOWCIK, Director of Leadership Education, Jay S. Sidhu School of                      GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION BOOTH
    Business & Leadership                                                                        ANNE PELAK, DIRECTOR OF GRANT SUPPORT
                                                                                                  First Floor Lobby, Henry Student Center
DEBORAH TINDELL, Associate Professor of Psychology
BRIAN WHITMAN, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering & Earth    10:00 – 10:45 AM             OPEN POETRY READINGS
    Sciences                                                                                         STAFF MEMBERS, 2006-07 MANUSCRIPT
                                                                                              Dr. Mischelle Anthony, Faculty Advisor & Mentor
                                                                                                 Ballroom, Henry Student Center

                                                                           11:00 – 11:50 AM            PAPER SESSION I:
                                                                                               RECENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE & HEALTH
                                                                                                      Ballroom, Henry Student Center
                        2007 Program Committee:                                                 USING AN FPGA TO SENSE MOTOR SPEED
ELLEN FLINT, Chair                                                                                  STEVEN GOLDSMITH & SETH PEASLEY
                                                                                                      Dr. John Gilmer, Faculty Mentor
NANDITA DAS, Assistant Professor of Business
ANDREA BREEMER FRANTZ, Associate Professor of Communications Studies                 PLANKTON AND CHEMICAL ANALYSES OF LAKE SILKWORTH
BRIAN WHITMAN, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering & Earth                            SHEENA MERWINE & JUSTIN MROCZKA
                                                                                                  Dr. James Michael Case, Faculty Mentor
    Sciences
DEBORAH ZBEGNER, Associate Professor of Nursing                                 EFFECTS OF THROMBOSPONDIN 1 AND ITS MIMETIC PEPTIDE ABT-510
                                                                                 IN EPITHELIAL HEALING AND LEUKOCYTE CLEARANCE IN A MODEL
                                                                                               OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
                          SAMANTHA ZAK & ARCHANA BHATT                      THE ROLE OF EXTERNALITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHNIC CONFLICT:
                          Dr. Linda Gutierrez, Faculty Mentor                     A CASE STUDY OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
                                                                                                          ZACHARY BREMMER
                                                                                             Dr. Andrew Miller, Faculty Mentor

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12:00 NOON – 1:00 PM      PERFORMANCES AT MID-DAY                        3:15 – 4:30 PM               PAPER SESSION IV:
                             Gies Recital Hall, Darte Hall
                                                                                              CURRENT ISSUES IN BUSINESS & FINANCE
    NOTES BEYOND THE PAGE OF CLAUDE DEBUSSY’S “FIRST ARABESQUE”                                       BUSINESS PLAN: BA INC
                                      AMY SEKOL                                  ERIN SWEET, MATTHEW MCGOVERN, MATTHEW SMYTH, PARAKH DANI,
                           Mr. Philip Simon, Faculty Mentor                             JENNIFER KEEGAN, TIM LOMBREGLIA, TRACY GARCIA
                                                                                                 Dr. Nandita Das, Faculty Mentor
                 EXCERPTS FROM SENIOR CAPSTONES IN DANCE
                          ORIGINAL DANCE PIECES                                             BUYING STOCKS AND MUTUAL FUNDS THROUGH
            VALERIE CHILCOTT, SAMANTHA DANISEVICH, & LAURA DUNBAR                                 ONLINE BROKERAGE ACCOUNTS
                        Ms. Lynne Mariani, Faculty Mentor                                           ASHLEY DEEMIE & PAUL CHIMEL
                                                                                                    Dr. Nandita Das, Faculty Mentor
                                  MOCK AUDITION
        VALERIE CHILCOTT, LAURA DUNDAR, ASHLEY FIRESTINE, STACEY GOGO,                           EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS:
        MAUREEN HOZEMPA, CHRIS LUCAS, DEIRDRE LYNCH, ADRIEN RUGGIERO,                THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE INVESTMENT CATALOGUE
                JESSIE TEEVAN, CAROLINE URSILLO, BRANDON WOOD                                                JOHN BOTCH
                     Ms. Naomi Hatsfelt Baker, Faculty Mentor                                       Dr. Nandita Das, Faculty Mentor
         IRENE RYAN AUDITION PACKAGE FOR THE KENNEDY CENTER/                                  BENEFITS OF INVESTMENT DIVERSIFICATION
                  AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL                                           GEORGE T. WASEF & EDWARD J. MANDERFIELD
                       KAITLIN TABER-MILLER & CASEY LYNCH                                          Dr. Nandita Das, Faculty Mentor
                       Ms. Naomi Hatsfelt Baker, Faculty Mentor
                                                                         IMPLICATIONS FOLLOWING THE RULING AGAINST RIBA IN THE GOVERNANCE OF
1:15 – 1:45 PM               OPEN POETRY READING                                                 ISLAMIC ECONOMICS
                        STAFF MEMBERS, 2006-07 MANUSCRIPT                                                 SALMAN R. PUNEKAR
                 Dr. Mischelle Anthony, Faculty Advisor & Mentor                                    Dr. Robert Seeley, Faculty Mentor
                          Ballroom, Henry Student Center
                                                                         4:30 – 5:30 PM     PAPER SESSION V & PANEL DISCUSSIONS:
2:00 – 2:30 PM             PAPER SESSION II:
                                                                                          CURRENT & FUTURE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY:
                  PERSPECTIVES ON TAXATION & WELFARE
                                                                                                   DIVERSITY & MENTORING
           INEFFICIENCIES OF TAXATION CREATED BY PUBLIC CHOICE                                    DIVERSITY AT WILKES UNIVERSITY
                                SALMAN R. PUNEKAR                                                        SALMAN R. PUNEKAR
                          Dr. Robert Seeley, Faculty Mentor                     Dr. Richard Raspen, Faculty Mentor and Mr. Alberto Prado, Staff Mentor
                 ON ZAKAT, THE ISLAMIC SYSTEM OF WELFARE                                         WRITING MENTORS AND ASSOCIATES
                                SALMAN R. PUNEKAR                                         PATRICK AUSTIN, SARAH DOMAN, & ANGELINA TEUTONICO
                          Dr. Robert Seeley, Faculty Mentor                                         Dr. Chad Stanley, Faculty Mentor
2:30 – 3:15 PM            PAPER SESSION III:                                                 WILKES UNIVERSITY E-MENTORING PROGRAM
            CONFLICT & REBELLION: CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES                                    MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY E-MENTORING TEAM
                                                                                      Ms. Sharon Castano and Mr. Philip Ruthkosky, Staff Mentors
           RISKS OF CIVIL CONFLICT AND REBELLION’S SUBSEQUENT
                       LIKENESS TO ORGANIZED CRIME                               A REPRESENTATIVE PILOT PROGRAM FOR STUDENT MENTORING:
                                SALMAN R. PUNEKAR                                                     PSYCHOLOGY
                          Dr. Robert Seeley, Faculty Mentor                                          DEPARTMENTAL PEER MENTORS
                                                                                                   Dr. Deborah Tindell, Faculty Mentor
                                                                                                           significantly lower density of E. coli (6 X 103 CFU/mg) than feces of wild-type mice (4 X 104
6:00 – 7:00 PM              CLOSING RECEPTION                                                              CFU/mg). Fecal density of lactobacilli did not differ significantly between host genotypes. All E. coli
                                  HOSTED BY                                                                examined were assigned to the commensal B1 or A phylogenetic groups. Availability of TSP as a
                  THE WILKES UNIVERSITY MENTORING TASK FORCE                                               binding ligand, or as an inflammatory regulator, may affect E. coli colonization and persistence in the
                              Old Bookstore, Henry Student Center                                          murine gastrointestinal tract.
                                                                                                                  Project funded by a mentorship grant from the Wilkes University Biology Department.

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                                       ABSTRACTS
                                                                                                                                                   ~~BUSINESS~~
                                      POSTER SESSION
                                        ~~BIOLOGY~~
                                                                                                                                                   F.I.T. MENTORS
                                                                                                                         SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS IN THE JAY S. SIDHU SCHOOL OF
         REGULATION OF SETTLEMENT AND METAMORPHOSIS OF                                                                               BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP
        METATROCHOPHORE LARVAE OF THE POLYCHAETE ANNELID                                                   DR. ANNE HEINEMAN BATORY, FACULTY MENTOR & MS. MEGAN BOONE, STAFF MENTOR
           CAPITELLA SP.L BY NITRIC OXIDE AND G-PROTEINS                                                        F.I.T. Mentors is an interactive and collaborative mentoring project partnering
                 THERESA BREWER, PRIYAM PATEL, AND JOHN POLSON                                             Wilkes undergraduate students with children in grades K-6. Its main focus is to fill the
                           DR. WILLIAM BIGGERS, FACULTY MENTOR                                             financial education gap in primary and intermediate education by helping young children
                                                                                                           in our community become more competent in the areas of money recognition, budgeting,
      G-proteins and nitric oxide (NO) are involved in the metamorphosis of invertebrates as divers as     and economic decisions. The student teams will facilitate the F.I.T. curriculum, or
gastropods, sea urchins, ascidians, and insects. We sought to determine if G-proteins and nitric oxide     teaching about financial independence through student developed activities and games.
signaling are also involved in regulating settlement and metamorphosis of the opportunistic                The F.I.T. teams design the activities, teach and mentor the young people, and evaluate
polychaete annelid Capitella sp. I. Nitric oxide was detected in Capitella larvae using the fluorogenic    the success of the program. Recent programs featured at today’s Poster Session include
substrate 4.5-diaminofluorescein diacetate (DAF-2DA). In support of a functional role for NO in            those designed and implemented by
metamorphosis of this species, settlement and metamorphosis was successfully induced by treatment               Team Rebuild @ McGlynn Learning Center          Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café
with two inhibitors of the inducible isoform of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), aminoguanidine                    Team Wild and Crazy Kids @ the Kids’ Café A Team @ the Girl Scouts
hemisulfate (AGH) and S-methylisothiourea sulfate (SMIS), in a concentration-dependent manner.
Settlement and metamorphosis was not, however, induced by G-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-                     Project funded by a grant from the Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force.
NAME), an inhibitor of constitutively produced forms of nitric oxide synthase. We also found that
spontaneous settlement and metamorphosis of Capitella larvae, which occurs eventually in the                                               WHEN I GROW UP—WOW!
absence of a chemical cue, was inhibited by the G-protein inhibitor guanosine 5'[&beta-                                  SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS IN THE JAY S. SIDHU SCHOOL OF
thio]diphosphate (GDP-&beta-S). Our results suggest that a form of NOS similar to that of iNOS                                       BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP
inhibits larval settlement of Capitella sp. I. We are now exploring the possibility that NO may inhibit    DR. ANNE HEINEMAN BATORY, FACULTY MENTOR & MS. MEGAN BOONE, STAFF MENTOR
settlement of these larvae through the activation of guanylate cyclase and inhibition of a G-protein
coupled receptor whose activation is required for settlement and metamorphosis.                                 When I Grow Up—Wow! is an interactive and collaborative mentoring project
                                                                                                           partnering Wilkes undergraduate students with children in grades PreK-4. The mentoring
            Project funded by a grant from the Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force.
                                                                                                           objective of this project is to provide a meaningful educational and mentoring experience
                 THROMBOSPONDIN GENETIC DEFICIENCY LIMITS                                                  for several levels of students including young community children mentored by second-
                                                                                                           year Wilkes students, who are, in turn, mentored by third-year Wilkes students, all of
                  FECAL COLIFORM DENSITY IN C57BL/6J MICE                                                  whom are mentored by a faculty member and a staff member at the University. The
                                          AMIT SHARMA                                                      project’s main focus is to help young children in our community see the connections
            DRS. LINDA GUTIERREZ AND KENNETH PIDCOCK, FACULTY MENTORS                                      among their current school activities and their future career opportunities. The programs
                                                                                                           are developed by teams of second-year business students (career teams) who design the
      The enteric microbiota is understood to play a role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel        activities, teach and mentor the young people, and evaluate the success of the program.
diseases (IBD). Knowledge of the effect of host genotype on the composition of the enteric                 The activities consist of readings, role-plays, games, and other active learning
microbiota is limited. Studying the role of Thrombospondin (TSP) in IBD, using a dextran sodium            experiences. Recent programs featured at today’s Poster Session include those designed
sulfate (DSS) induced colitis model, we were interested in whether expression of TSP influences            and implemented by
composition of the enteric microbiota. Feces isolated from C57BL/6J mice, and from a TSP-1                      Team Fivestar@ Mineral Springs                Team IRA
deficient strain in a similar genetic background, were assayed for density of Escherichia coli as colony        Team Jellybean @ the Kids’ Café               Team Case
forming units (CFU) on FC medium incubated at 44.5C, and for density of lactobacilli as CFU on                 Team Cinderella @ the YMCA                    Team Boogie
MRS agar incubated in candle jars at 37C. Randomly isolated E. coli were assigned to ECOR                                                Team Breakdown @ the YMCA
phylogenetic groups using the method of Clermont et al. (Appl Environ Microbio 66:4555, 2000).
Following exposure of mice to 2% DSS for five days, feces from TSP-1 deficient mice contained a                   Project funded by a grant from the Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force.
                                                                                             in mutual funds through our retirement portfolios. The students will discuss what an
                                                                                             investor should look for in deciding which mutual fund to invest in, the fee structure, and
                                                                                       the risk and tax implications of investing in mutual funds.

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                     STUDENT PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLAN                                              ~~ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING & EARTH SCIENCES~~
 THERESA CASTELLI, PAUL CHMIEL, ASHLEY DEEMIE, AND NICOLE ZANGARDI                                    ANALYSIS OF FLOW CONDITIONS THROUGH A RISER PIPE
                          DR. NANDITA DAS, FACULTY MENTOR
                                                                                                                                 JOSH GARDNER
      As students and parents, it is essential to obtain knowledge in areas concerning                               DR. BRIAN WHITMAN, FACULTY MENTOR
money. By creating a mock financial plan for Jennifer Jones, we plan to aid her in the
areas in which she is having financial difficulty. With a financial plan, she can begin to         In this experiment, the flow rate of a designed riser pipe was measured in order to
place money where it should be and learn how to manage it. When creating a financial         verify the models used for detention pond elevation control through the use of a riser
plan, one will learn where they need to cut down on spending and where more money is         pipe. After the collection times and volumes were recorded fro increasing water heights
required. We will also provide advice on how to invest and begin saving for retirement.      above the bottom of the orifice, the experimental results show that there is a direct
In addition to planning for the future, Jennifer has to acquire loans for purchases for      relationship between the water elevation within the tank and the discharge for the
which she does not have sufficient funds.                                                    designed riser pipe. This relationship is shown by the provided graphical representations
      When constructing a budget, a specific plan is set up for spending and tracking        in that, as the elevation of the detention pond increases, the discharge of the system also
income and expenses. The main purpose of creating a budget is to follow a consistent         increases. The riser pipe was determined to have four acting sections based on the
plan, which will help avoid financial binds. Since financial conditions are always           experimental data of the experiment. These four sections are: Notch: rectangular weir;
shifting, due to emergencies, the unexpected loss of a job, or even a drastic increase in    Notch: orifice; Top: circular weir; and Top: orifice. When the water elevation in the
income, a budget should be flexible and continuously monitored and revised as                tank is at a certain height above the notch in the riser pipe, the pipe has a choke that
necessary.                                                                                   occurs. This is when the discharged water from the system is controlled by the size of the
                                                                                             pipe and causes a period of minimal flow.
            A SHOPPING TOOL FOR SMALL BUSINESS ANALYSIS
                                                                                                  DETERMINATION OF LEAKAGE RATES IN WATER DISTRIBUTION
                                SANDRA NASILOWSKI                                                          SYSTEMS AS A FUNCTION OF PRESSURE
                    DR. ANNE HEINEMAN BATORY, FACULTY MENTOR
     Success in the marketplace today depends on the provision of excellent customer
                                                                                                                      FRED GERLOFF AND MARY BARON
                                                                                                                     DR. BRIAN WHITMAN, FACULTY MENTOR
service and a pleasant shopping experience. I will develop a critical analysis of the
customer service/shopping experience concepts as they apply to one small business in the          Across the globe, water distribution systems experience a large amount of water
Wilkes-Barre area. Consumer behavior is such a dynamic part of our way of interacting        loss. These losses a largely attributed to water leaking through cracks and holes found in
and thinking about not only purchases we make but also other life decisions. Small           water distribution system piping. The phenomenon of leaking pipes is almost impossible
business entrepreneurs must understand the overall effect of their business on consumer      to avoid because of aging, corrosion, and constant pressure stresses. Actions to reduce
perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Through an ethnographic study technique (secret       the amount of water loss and increase water efficiencies within a system can be
shopping), I will present a SWOT analysis with recommendations for improvement.              accomplished by optimizing pressure through valve control.
                                                                                                  This senior project investigates small-scaled leakages in a controlled laboratory
      Project funded by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center.
                                                                                             environment to ultimately aid in developing analytical methods to assist in reducing
                          MUTUAL FUNDS: THE BASICS                                           water losses. The experiment implements numerous pipe test sections with different size
                                                                                             and shape functions. The objectives of this project are to 1) be able to predict water loss
                          DAVID GREGA AND BETH SEPELA                                        through different size/shape fractures at different pressures, 2) graphically represent
                          DR. NANDITA DAS, FACULTY MENTOR                                    leakage flow rates as they relate to pressure, and 3) determine flow/pressure relationships
     Investment companies are financial services companies that sell shares of stock to      for different pipe materials.
the public and use the proceeds to invest in a portfolio of securities. Although each             Drinking water distribution systems and other water utilities will benefit from this
investor or shareholder may have a relatively small investment in total, the funds of all    project. Coefficients from the hydraulic analysis can be used as a reference to evaluate
shareholders pooled together allow the investment company to create a widely diversified     water flows through specific types of leaks when estimating losses throughout an entire
portfolio with certain economies of scale.                                                   system. Excess amounts of water leakage can result in poor water quality caused by
     The students will discuss the basics of investment companies and will research and      contamination and in major property damages, such as sinkholes and flooded lawns.
discuss in detail open-end mutual funds (a type of Investment Company). We all invest
   Project funded by a grant from the Wilkes University Environmental Engineering &
                               Earth Sciences Department.                                                                         
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    TREATMENT OF INORGANIC PHOSPHORUS CONTAMINATED WATER
                    USING IRON HYDROXIDES                                                                     WILKES UNIVERSITY PHARMACY STUDENT RECOVERY PROGRAM:
                                                                                                                   UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SCHOOL OF ALCOHOLISM AND
                               TIM NOLT AND SETH TRATTHEN                                                                    OTHER DRUG DEPENDENCIES
                            DR. BRIAN WHITMAN, FACULTY MENTOR
                                                                                                             JARED SHAYKA, STEPHANIE SEMIAN, ERYN BRIGGS, DARLENE CHAYKOSKY
      This study examines the use of granular ferric hydroxides, in the form of yellowboy
                                                                                                                                DR. DANIEL S. LONGYHORE, FACULTY MENTOR
from abandoned mine drainage (AMD), to treat phosphorus contaminated water. Studies
have shown that similar processes are effective for treatment of arsenic, which shares                         The purpose of this project is to create a readily identifiable group of pharmacy
chemical characteristics with phosphorus. Therefore, a hypothesis can be made that a                      students to serve as advocates for other students with chemical dependencies. Four
process effective for arsenic treatment may have applications for phosphorus treatment as                 students are selected to attend the University of Utah School of Alcoholism and Other
well. The primary goal of this research is to develop a treatment approach which will                     Drug Dependencies Program. The program exposes students to many personal and
treat phosphorus in stormwater runoff using iron hydroxide coated lava rock in a column                   emotional issues associated with dependency. Students gain an empathetic understanding
reactor, as well as to demonstrate the use of iron hydroxide powder to reduce the                         of dependency through various chemical dependency meetings (AA, NA, Al-Anon, etc.)
phosphate concentration values at wastewater treatment plants. The main advantage of                      was well as through one-on-one interactions with professionals with chemical
using iron hydroxide yellowboy is the ability to use a waste material, which is easily obtainable, to     dependency issues.
treat wastewater, minimizing expense to water treatment. Judging from preliminary chemical                     Defined student advocates in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Nursing act for
analysis as well as review of previous studies on the topic, approximately a fifty percent reduction in   others with dependency issues or serve as mentors to students interested in the topic. The
concentration of inorganic phosphorus should be expected.                                                 advocates are available to all pharmacy students dealing directly or indirectly with
                                                                                                          dependency issues. The advocates (in conjunction with a faculty advocate) will offer
Project funded by a grant from the Wilkes University Center for Environmental Quality.
                                                                                                          referrals to campus counseling and other authorities for rehabilitation programs and a
                                                                                                          continued recovery process. They will also serve as advocates in dealings with School or
                              ~~PHARMACY PRACTICE~~                                                       University related issues.

            A COMMUNITY HEALTH CARDIOVASCULAR INITIATIVE                                                         Project funded by grants from the Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force,
                                                                                                                           Secundum Artem: Reaching Pharmacists with Help, and
                                        MEGHAN CALPIN                                                                   the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Nursing Student Senate.
                             DR. JULIE OLENAK, FACULTY MENTOR
      Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United                                                       ~~PSYCHOLOGY~~
States. Risk factors such as age and heredity are uncontrollable; others such as high
cholesterol, however, can be controlled with exercise, diet, and weight loss. A patient is                  GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ACOUSTIC STARTLE REFLEX HABITUATION
more at risk if they have Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of specific risk factors that
                                                                                                                              MICHALENE DAVIS AND MATTHEW FRANKLE
increases the risk of developing heart disease. My poster will describe the cardiovascular
                                                                                                                                DR. EDWARD SCHICATANO, FACULTY MENTOR
program performed on patients to evaluate their risk of heart disease. Patients were screened
by measuring their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and waist measurements. A Framingham         Individual differences in startle reflex habituation have been reported. The present
risk analysis was also performed to determine their estimated risk of developing a cardiovascular         experiment investigated the role of gender on habituation of the acoustic startle reflex in
event in the next ten years. Each screening ended with an educational discussion on lifestyle             humans. Male and female undergraduates were presented an 85 dB acoustic startle
modifications to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Finally, the results reported will          stimulus for thirty trials. Results indicated that males habituated more to acoustic startle
include the prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in our sample population within Luzerne County               stimuli than females. These findings demonstrate a fundamental difference in the way
compared to the national average. I will also highlight the impact that the educational intervention      males and females gate sensory information.
had on patient behavior in making healthy lifestyle changes.
                                                                                                                   A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF THE SEX ROLE DEVELOPMENT
                            Project funded by a grant from
                                                                                                                           IN CHILDREN OF DIVORCED FAMILIES
         The Blue Ribbon Foundation of BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
                                                                                                                                             VIRGINIA MEROLA
                       DR. ROBERT BOHLANDER, FACULTY MENTOR                                         There are two main goals for this research project. Goal one: to create and
                                                                                               implement a fast Fourier transform on a Field Programmable Gate Array. Goal two: to
      The impact of divorce on sex role development in children was studied using a
                                                                                               use this FFT to sample and process commutator noise from DC and AC motors to
qualitative analysis approach. A volunteer sample of 24 undergraduates, whose parents
                                                                                               determine their speed. The primary advantage to sensing motor speed via this method is
divorced when they were ages 10 through 16 inclusively, underwent a semi-structured
                                                                                               the elimination of a separate speed sensor. The use of a FPGA allows rapid development
interview and took the Bem Sex Role Inventory. How the divorce impacted the adoption
                                                                                               of the algorithm without focusing too heavily on the hardware interface.
of traditional male and female sex roles was measured through questions that would aid
the researcher in finding these connections. The most notable findings suggest a
difference between the BSRI definition of “masculinity” and “femininity” and the

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participant’s definition of the two sex roles. An additional analysis revealed common           EFFECTS OF THROMBOSPONDIN 1 ON INFLAMMATION AND INTESTINAL
ratings on the BSRI adjectives, specifically “independent.” Statements made concerning
the individual participant’s personal experiences with parental divorce were similar. This
                                                                                                    HEALING IN A MODEL FOR INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
                                                                                                                                             (BIOLOGY)
research revealed that there is a greater need for support on college campuses for those
individuals who have experienced parental divorce.                                                                        SAMANTHA ZAK AND ARCHANA BHATT
                                                                                                                          DR. LINDA S. GUTIERREZ, FACULTY MENTOR
BLOCKING IN WORD FRAGMENT COMPLETION IN THOSE WITH AMNESIA:
                                                                                                      Background: Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are idiopathic and inflammatory bowel
       A TEST OF THE IMPLICIT NATURE OF MEMORY BLOCK                                           diseases (IBD) quite common in the United States and other Western countries. They are chronic
                                      (PSYCHOLOGY)
                                                                                               diseases affecting people of any age or gender and both pathologies significantly increase the
               DAVID SCARISBRICK AND SHANNA ALLEN (ALUMNA)                                     occurrence of colorectal carcinomas (CRC). Pre-clinical and clinical studies have shown that both
                        DR. DEBORAH TINDELL, FACULTY MENTOR                                    inflammation and angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) have important roles in IBD. Design:
                                                                                               Thrombospondin 1 (TSP-1) is a matricellular protein that works as an anti-angiogenic and its mimetic
      This study used a word fragment completion (WFC) paradigm to study memory                peptides are currently being tested in clinical cancer trials. In order to analyze the in vivo functions of
blocking in individuals with anterograde amnesia. A WRC task requires individuals to           TSP-1 in IBD, mice lacking TSP-1 (TSP-1-/-) and wild type mice (WT) were challenged using the
fill in the missing letters of a word fragment (e.g., A L GY) to make a word (e.g.,            dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) model. TSP-1-/- and WT mice were treated with DSS during 7 days.
ALLERGY). When shown these negative primes, participants are less likely to complete           The clinical severity or Disease Activity index (DAI), myeloperoxidase activity (MPO) and histology
the fragment successfully. Smith and Tindell (1997) found that this blocking effect was        were analyzed. Vascularization was quantified using immunohistochemistry (IMH) with CD31
involuntary and unavoidable. It is unclear, however, if this effect is automatic (or           (PECAM-1) antibody. Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor
implicit), requiring no conscious recollection of the negative prime. If the blocking effect   (VEGF) are key proteins in angiogenesis and were evaluated by enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent
is automatic, removing explicit awareness of the negative primes should have no impact         assay (ELISA). Results: TSP-1-/- mice had a worse clinical outcome and exhibited severe signs of
on the effect. Individuals with anterograde amnesia cannot explicitly recall recent events,    rectal bleeding before the WT controls. The grade of inflammation, levels of myeloperoxidase activity
but they seem to have an intact implicit memory (Warrington & Weiskrantz, 1968). They          and bFGF were also significantly higher in colons of TSP-1-/- mice. Higher vessel counts in focal areas
are, therefore, an ideal group with which to study this effect. Using ### amnesic              were observed in lesions of TSP-1-/- colons after only three days of DSS treatment. Conclusion: TSP-
participants, the present study revealed significant blocking, suggesting that blocking in     1 is also a potent anti-angiogenic compound in this model and it may be a promising alternation therapy
WFC is due to automatic retrieval of the primes.                                               for IBD.
                                                                                                 Project funded by grants and awards from Abbott, the National Institutes of Health,
                            OPEN POETRY READINGS                                               Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force, and Wilkes University Biology Department and
                                        (ENGLISH)                                                                      Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.

             KACY MUIR, EDITOR, THE MANUSCRIPT, COORDINATOR OF                                         PLANKTON AND CHEMICAL ANALYSES OF LAKE SILKWORTH
                          OPEN POETRY READINGS                                                              (ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING & EARTH SCIENCES AND BIOLOGY)
                      DR. MISCHELLE ANTHONY, FACULTY MENTOR
                                                                                                                          SHEENA MERWINE & JUSTIN MROCZKA
                                                                                                                         DR. JAMES MICHAEL CASE, FACULTY MENTOR
                PAPER SESSIONS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS                                                 Lake Silkworth is a glacial lake located in Lehman Township, Luzerne County, PA.
         SESSION I: RECENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE & HEALTH                                        Chemical and plankton analyses were performed on samples taken from the lake in October,
                                                                                               2006. Based on the data collected, the lake had a distinguishable thermocline suggesting that the
                   USING AN FPGA TO SENSE MOTOR SPEED                                          lake had not undergone the fall overturn. A classic clinograde dissolved oxygen profile was also
                               (ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING)                                        observed with oxygen present in the top 6 meters of the lake but severely depleted in deeper
                                                                                               waters. The chemical analyses for heavy metals indicated elevated levels in bottom waters, a
                      STEVEN GOLDSMITH AND SETH PEASLEY                                        typical finding in lakes with anoxic deep waters. When the plankton analysis was performed, a
                          DR. JOHN GILMER, FACULTY MENTOR                                      rather interesting find occurred when an Ostracod was found within the samples. Ostracods
require a stable water pH and a supply of calcium carbonate in order to form their outer covering.
                                                                                                           Rebellions either gain admiration for their heroic attempts to surmount a supposedly
The presence of this Ostracod, the documentation of freshwater mussels by student in 2004, and
                                                                                                      insurmountable unjust regime, or disgust for the tactics they employ to arrive at their
sufficient alkalinity to permit limestone shell formation allows us to conclude that Lake Silkworth
                                                                                                      desired ends. Grievances and images aside, rebellions must be able to survive financially
must not be heavily affected by acid rain and that the lake has a good buffering capacity. Further
                                                                                                      in order to be of any significant effect. This paper discusses recent research examining
study of the chemistry and Ostracods and freshwater mussels are two possible directions for
                                                                                                      the factors which increase the risks of civil conflict and then argues the subsequent notion
future study.
                                                                                                      of rebellions operating akin to organized crime schemes and explains the concepts in
     Project funded by a mentoring grant from the Wilkes University Environmental                     context of the civil conflicts plaguing Afghanistan.
                     Engineering and Earth Sciences Department.

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        SESSION II: PERSPECTIVES ON TAXATION AND WELFARE                                                 THE ROLE OF EXTERNALITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHNIC
        INEFFICIENCIES OF TAXATION CREATED BY PUBLIC CHOICE                                            CONFLICT: A CASE STUDY OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
                                                                                                                                         (POLITICAL SCIENCE)
                                          (ECONOMICS)
                                    SALMAN R. PUNEKAR                                                                                   ZACHARY BREMMER
                                                                                                                               DR. ANDREW MILLER, FACULTY MENTOR
                           DR. ROBERT SEELEY, FACULTY MENTOR
                                                                                                           Ethnic conflict is a problem that affects nearly everyone in some way or another.
      Democratic governments serve three core functions: a protective function, a
                                                                                                      However, it is the potential for violence that causes the most detrimental results. While
productive function, and a redistributive function. The protective function serves to
                                                                                                      commonly believed to be caused by existing strife between the warring ethnic groups,
ensure property rights, enforce contracts, and engage in other related activities.
                                                                                                      conflict may also be caused by external sources. Such was the vase in the Democratic
Governments also engage in productive functions, often in the case of public goods,
                                                                                                      Republic of Congo during the 1990s.              Through colonialism, capitalism, and
where a good is neither rival nor exclusive. The redistributive function serves to
                                                                                                      environmental imperialism, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo were led
reallocate resources to and from different groups of individuals and has become an ever-
                                                                                                      down a trail of bloodshed and terror.
increasing portion of government activity. In order to finance the activities of these
functions, taxes must be collected, and because of the nature of a democratic state, they
must be collected according to public choice. It is clear that, in the issue of taxation,                     SESSION IV: CURRENT ISSUES IN BUSINESS AND FINANCE
political forces play only a secondary role (a balance which is the source of many of the
inefficiencies associated with taxation today). The process of public choice contains                                              BUSINESS PLAN: BA INC
numerous flaws, inadequacies and deficiencies which can be related to tax policy. Many                                                        (BUSINESS)
of these flaws are directly related to the political system in which they are called upon.                ERIN SWEET, MATTHEW MCGOVERN, MATTHEW SMYTH, PARAKH DANI,
                                                                                                                JENNIFER KEEGAN, TIM LOMBREGLIA, AND TRACY GARCIA
                 ON ZAKAT, THE ISLAMIC SYSTEM OF WELFARE                                                                        DR. NANDITA DAS, FACULTY MENTOR
                                          (ECONOMICS)
                                                                                                           During the fall semester of the first year in the Sidhu Business School, students are
                                    SALMAN R. PUNEKAR                                                 required to get into groups of about ten and create a business plan to be executed in the
                           DR. ROBERT SEELEY, FACULTY MENTOR                                          following spring. Students have to go through a rigorous course of presentations along
     Zakat, a fundamental redistributive fiscal policy mechanism and one of the tenets of             with trial and error to get the final plan before they leave for winter break. Our business
Islam, seeks to further two ideals in society: socio-economic justice and economic                    plan was to sell shot glasses in recognition for alcohol awareness, which is what our
growth. Zakat is essentially the equivalent of the western welfare system, in which taxes             SCA, community service, project will be. We broke up our team into different sub teams
are employed to redistribute income among the constituents of a society. Zakat has the                to work more efficiently. Teams consisted of marketing, financing, purchasing, etc. Our
function of giving economic capital to those in need as well as increasing social capital,            business will run for approximately two and a half months before our SCA project
“both of which influence economic and social development.” Zakat “is social capital in                begins. Our SCA project will promote alcohol awareness. We plan on getting a
the form of social insurance and justice in Islam.”                                                   simulated drunk driving machine where students will be able to see the effects of being
                                                                                                      drunk and getting behind the wheel. Students will also have the chance to wear drunk
                   SESSION III: CONFLICT AND REBELLION:                                               goggles to simulate the effects of being drunk while doing simple tasks. Food and
                                                                                                      refreshments will be served to help keep things moving along.
                        CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
                                                                                                                           EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS:
RISKS OF CIVIL CONFLICT AND REBELLION’S SUBSEQUENT LIKENESS TO
                                                                                                               THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE INVESTMENT CATALOGUE
                        ORGANIZED CRIME                                                                                                       (BUSINESS)
                                          (ECONOMICS)
                                                                                                                                            JOHN BOTCH
                                    SALMAN R. PUNEKAR                                                                           DR. NANDITA DAS, FACULTY MENTOR
                           DR. ROBERT SEELEY, FACULTY MENTOR
          Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are portfolios, or baskets, of stocks that are         the topic. This paper addresses the following points: the prohibition of riba, the
traded on an exchange (offerings are generally traded on the American Stock Exchange).        definition of riba, arguments against this prohibition and implementation, and the
Unlike mutual funds, ETFs can be purchased and sold throughout the day. In addition,          economic disadvantages of interest. A brief literature review will be presented to
they can be bough on margin and can be sold short. ETFs typically have lower annual           accurately and fairly describe the field of study under the name of “Islamic Economics.”
expenses than those of mutual funds. The students will research this new investment           The focus will then shift to the available alternatives to interest-based transactions of
vehicle and present to the audience the advantages and disadvantages of investing in          financing and investments in the global economy, with a concern on the future of Islamic
ETFs.                                                                                         economics and finance.

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              BUYING STOCKS AND MUTUAL FUNDS THROUGH                                             SESSION V: CURRENT AND FUTURE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY:
                    ONLINE BROKERAGE ACCOUNTS                                                                   DIVERSITY & MENTORING
                                       (BUSINESS)
                         ASHLEY DEEMIE AND PAUL CHMIEL                                                              DIVERSITY AT WILKES UNIVERSITY
                          DR. NANDITA DAS, FACULTY MENTOR                                                                           (BUSINESS)

     We are going to research, compare, and contrast popular online brokerage firms and                                       SALMAN R. PUNEKAR
examine them from the perspective of an individual who is considering opening an online                               DR. RICHARD RASPEN, FACULTY MENTOR
account. Such online brokers include E*Trade, Schwab, Ameritrade, Fidelity, and                                        MR. ALBERTO PRADO, STAFF MENTOR
BuyandHold.com. Different aspects that we are going to investigate are the costs to open           This report presents the results of a study authorized to investigate the problems
an account, how to make a stock trade online, the costs involved in trading mutual funds,     posed by diversity at Wilkes University. Addressing problems arising from diversity
and fees to maintain an account. What are the cheapest ways to trade? Is it best to make      carries significance in several ways. A strong reputation can increase the demand for a
a market trade, trouchtone trade, or use a live broker? What are the equity requirements,     Wilkes University education and thus increase the university’s attractiveness.
trading costs, products, offered, extra services, customer services, and the website          Additionally, not addressing these problems can create a negative image for the
reliability? What are the pros and cons of availing the services of an Online Broker as       university in addition to any legal implications which may arise.
against a Direct Access Broker?                                                                    The report makes several conclusions and offers four key recommendations based
                                                                                              on these conclusions:
                 BENEFITS OF INVESTMENT DIVERSIFICATION                                            The first of these recommendations is to broaden the definition of diversity for the
                                       (BUSINESS)                                             University. Then report then addresses some implications arising when diversity is more
                 GEORGE T. WASEF AND EDWARD J. MANDERFIELD                                    broadly defined than solely ethnic diversity.
                          DR. NANDITA DAS, FACULTY MENTOR                                          The second recommendation centers around the positions designed to be responsible
                                                                                              for diversity initiatives, namely, the Director of Diversity and the Coordinator of
     Numerous researches have identified the relationship between risk and return.            Multicultural Affairs positions. This study recommends that these positions be altered in
Investors in general are risk averse but rational investors would account for the risk if     favor of a Director of Diversity position alongside two Associate Director of Diversity
they are paid for it. Diversification benefits are evident from mutual funds.                 positions.
     Our research project will try to show the benefits of diversification. We will choose         The third recommendation is in regards to international students and their
a group of companies from five different industries. The companies from each industry         contribution to diversity at Wilkes University. Wilkes University can significantly
will be selected after analyzing the financial statements. Having selected the companies,     improve the quality of education it provides by increasing the international student
we will construct a portfolio and analyze the performance of the portfolio over a five-year   population, both in the graduate and undergraduate programs and in various fields of
time period. All analysis will be done using Ibbotson Financial Database. Our study           study.
period will consist of 10 years, from 1996 – 2006. Data source would be Thomson                    The fourth recommendation is that the University research avenues in which to
Learning and Ibbotson Database.                                                               make Wilkes University a more attractive choice for students from across the United
                                                                                              States and more specifically throughout the Northeast region.
      IMPLICATIONS FOLLOWING THE RULING AGAINST RIBA IN THE                                        Lastly, the report concludes with recommending the integration of diversity
                GOVERNANCE OF ISLAMIC ECONOMICS                                               education across the University’s curriculum. The report explains and gives examples of
                                      (ECONOMICS)                                             how this can be done.
                                 SALMAN R. PUNEKAR
                         DR. ROBERT SEELEY, FACULTY MENTOR                                                                     Panel Discussions
     The following exposition aims to define, in modern terminology, the essence of                In Fall 2007, in keeping with the Mission of the University, a number of student-to-
Islamic economics. This exposition will center on Qur’anic verses and supporting Hadith       student (peer) mentoring initiatives were implemented campuswide. These initiatives
and will further be supported by the analyses and interpretations of prominent scholars on    included a program to extend support systems for writing skill development into
academic settings in a variety of disciplines, a program to provide early and ongoing                                                DEPARTMENTAL PEER MENTORS
electronic mentorship (E-mentoring) for incoming first-year students, and several                               DR. DEBORAH TINDELL, FACULTY MENTOR & CHAIR, PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
departmental student-to-student mentoring programs. Students involved directly with
                                                                                                                  In the Fall of 2006, based on the excellence and effectiveness of their existing mentoring
each of these initiatives, together with a representative faculty or staff mentor from each
                                                                                                           programs, several departments, including the Psychology Department, were invited to participate
program, will discuss the unique nature of the initiative, its benefits, challenges
                                                                                                           in a pilot project to expand these existing programs and develop new departmental mentoring
encountered, and plans for expansion and improvement of the programs.
                                                                                                           initiatives. These pilot projects were funded by grants from the Wilkes University Mentoring
 All initiatives were funded by grants from the Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force.                    Task Force. Panel members from the Psychology Department will discuss the benefits of their
                                                                                                           current mentoring program and the ways in which institutional support allowed the faculty and
                                                                                                         students to enrich and improve their previously existing mentoring programs.

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                        WRITING MENTORS AND ASSOCIATES                                                                               PERFORMANCES AT MID-DAY
                       (ENGLISH AND THE UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER)                                                              (DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS)
 PATRICK AUSTIN, MICHALENE DAVIS, SARAH DOMAN, ANGELINA TEUTONICO                                                        NOTES BEYOND THE PAGE OF CLAUDE DEBUSSY’S
                             DR. CHAD STANLEY, FACULTY MENTOR
                                                                                                                                    “FIRST ARABESQUE”
      The focus of this panel presentation will be to explore the expansion of the Wilkes University
Writing Center through the institution and involvement of Writing Mentors. The Writing Mentor                                                       AMY SEKOL
program involves the deployment of students working as peer mentors in various classes across the                                      MR. PHILIP SIMON, FACULTY MENTOR
disciplines with the anticipated results that students will gain knowledge of writing for various          Claude Debussy wrote his Arabesques in the late 1890’s. They are some of his earliest
classes through the roles as mentor and student. The discussion will involve those students who            works yet show an advanced structure for the early Impressionist period A PowerPoint
currently participate and have participated in the program.                                                presentation, with specific examples from the piece, will explain how the music drives
      Through our research and observations, the development and involvement of Writing Mentors            the listener to interpret the piece. For example, Debussy uses a swirling notation that
in academic life is first and foremost a program that enables student-to-student interaction in order to   resembles the arabesques, and the music soars in arches over multiple octaves, suggesting
consult and guide individuals in the steps of the writing process, and also instill in students the        cathedral spires. The music elicits a visual response creating images of high steeples,
confidence needed for success. This program brings sustenance to all parties involved and also             naves and ornate arabesques such as those in the cathedrals shown in the PowerPoint
contributes to the creativity and practical application of research. This discussion will bring to light   presentation. These techniques can be heard and identified through the examples played.
the beneficial purposes of writing mentorship for students, faculty, and Writing Mentors as well as        For the last part of the lecture demonstration I will perform the piece in its entirety,
explore various problems encountered in the process. The discussion by students involved in the            allowing the audience to apply new perspectives gained through the presentation.
program directly and those students who used the writing mentor program for academic purposes
will ultimately prove the benefits of writing mentorship.                                                                  EXCERPTS FROM SENIOR CAPSTONES IN DANCE
                       E-MENTORING AT WILKES UNIVERSITY                                                       VALERIE LEIGH CHILCOTT, SAMANTHA DANISEVICH, AND LAURA DUNBAR
                                    (STUDENT DEVELOPMENT)                                                                                       MS. LYNNE MARIANI

                                      2006-07 E-MENTORS                                                         In the theatre program, students are required to complete a senior capstone project in
            MS. SHARON CASTANO AND MR. PHILIP RUTHKOSKY, STAFF MENTOR                                      order to graduate. This is a project that involves close work with a faculty mentor in
                                                                                                           order to create and present an entirely original performance piece. We have guidelines to
The Wilkes Freshmen E-Mentoring program is designed to provide first-year students with a                  follow, but we may choose our own project.
convenient outlet for advice that will aid in their transition to Wilkes and provide an                         During the Fall of 2006 and Spring of 2007, we each presented our senior capstone
extraordinary support environment for academic achievement and personal growth. The                        projects, all of which focused on dance. We plan to present excerpts from these capstone
mentoring relationship is one built on trust and understanding, where freshmen and their                   projects. These excerpts include original dance pieces from the following projects:
mentors can openly share personal experiences, information, and concerns that may arise                         Look Into Our Souls
during a freshman's first semester at Wilkes. E-Mentors were selected based on their academic                         “Live” performed by Samantha Danisevich
achievements and extra-curricular involvement. More importantly, each mentor has an                                   “Infatuation” performed by Laura Dunbar
overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to helping each freshman make a successful transition               and
to Wilkes and to achieve his or her goals as a Wilkes student. Panel members will discuss the                   Notre Dame de Paris:
benefits of participation in the program, offer accounts of specific mentoring activities, and                        “The Refugees” performed by Valerie Leigh Chilcott, Samantha Danisevich,
outline plans for the future of the program.                                                                                    and Laura Dunbar
                                                                                                                      “Dance My Esmeralda” performed by Valerie Leigh Chilcott
     A REPRESENTATIVE PILOT PROGRAM FOR STUDENT MENTORING:
                                                                                                                                                MOCK AUDITION
                          PSYCHOLOGY
                                           (PSYCHOLOGY)                                                        VALERIE CHILCOTT, LAURA DUNBAR, ASHLEY FIRESTINE, STACIE GOGO,
        MAUREEN HOZEMPA, CHRISTOPHER LUCAS, DEIRDRE LYNCH,
 ADRIEN RUGGIERO, JESSI TEEVAN, CAROLINE URSILLO, AND BRANDON WOOD                                       
                    MS. NAOMI HATSFELT BAKER, FACULTY MENTOR
     As actors, we are required to audition for every role we play. These auditions take                               
many forms, but most involve performing memorized material in front of the producers
or casting directors. In the Fall of 2006, our new acting teacher recognized a need for
juniors and seniors in the theatre program to have more training in the audition process.                                           
Therefore, she created a class in which she could mentor upper class students individually
and as a group to develop their audition techniques.                                                                                       
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For this presentation, we will demonstrate some of the work that has come out of that
class in a mock audition, as if we were auditioning for a job with a regional theatre                           PRESENTER & PERFORMER BIOGRAPHIES
company. We will each present two contrasting monologues in two minutes. Our                                         (in alphabetical order by last name)
mentor, Naomi Hatsfelt Baker, worked with us on these monologues so that each of us
can create a complete package with which to market our skills.                               SHANNA ALLEN is an alumna of Wilkes University. She graduated in May 2006 with a degree in
     Pieces to be performed will be drawn from the following:                                Psychology. Prior to come to Wilkes, Shanna attended Northwest Area High School in
         Bang, Bang, You’re Dead by William Mastrosimone                                     Shickshinny, PA. She is currently in her first year as a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at
         Free Will and Wanton Lust by Nicky Silver                                           Stony Brook University. She anticipates completion of the coursework and research for the Ph.D.
         Traveler in the Dark by Marsha Norman                                               by 2013.
         Chapter Two by Neil Simon                                                           AYLA ASMUND is a second-year student majoring in Business Administration in the Jay S. Sidhu
         Painting Churches by Tina Howe                                                      School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. Ayla is a member of Team Boogie.
         The End of the Day by John Robin Baitz
         An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde                                                     PATRICK AUSTIN is a senior English major with a minor and certification in secondary education.
         The Miss Firecracker Contest by Beth Henley                                         Patrick served as a Writing Mentor for undergraduate English classes and also serves as an English
         The Food Chain by Nicky Silver                                                      as a Second Language conversation partner. He is currently fulfilling his student teaching
         Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare                                         requirement at Coughlin High School.
         Look Back in Anger by John Osborne                                                  BA INC, which is the name of our business, is part of the Integrative Management Experience
         Flesh and Bones by Kathy Coudle King                                                curriculum from the Sidhu School of Business. It is a required class to start your own business with
         The Young and the Fair by N. Richard Nash                                           a team of about ten. The team members in the group have a wide range of diversity, from
         The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde                                      motivational speakers to outstanding accountants, and are on the team for different reasons as it is
         The Misanthrope by Moliére                                                          apart of their major. Some are on team from Business Administration while others are the team
                                                                                             from Entrepreneurship. Since the team does have a wide background of people when it comes to be
             IRENE RYAN AUDITION PACKAGE FOR THE                                             creative we seem to find it pretty easy to catch people’s attention.
       KENNEDY CENTER/AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
                                                                                             MARY BARON is a senior at Wilkes University. She is majoring in Environmental Engineering
                    KAITLIN TABER-MILLER AND CASEY LYNCH                                     and will be graduating in May 2007. She is also currently involved in the Wilkes Air and Waste
                    MS. NAOMI HATSFELT BAKER, FACULTY MENTOR                                 Management Association Student Chapter. Mary commutes daily to campus from her home in
     Each year, the American College Theatre Festival sends representatives to respond       Mountaintop, PA.
to our department productions so that students can get an outside opinion of their work.     KERRY BATTERSBY is a sophomore Entrepreneurship major and captain of the field hockey team
As a part of the response process, two students from each production are nominated to        at Wilkes University. Kerry is a member of Team Cinderella @ the YMCA.
audition for the Irene Ryan Scholarships, which is a national competition for scholarship
funding. I was nominated for the role of the Queen in the Wilkes University Visual and       ARCHANA BHATT is a sophomore Pre-Med Scholar majoring in Biology at Wilkes University.
Performing Arts Department’s production of Cinderella, directed by guest director,           Archana is a member of the Pre-Professional Society, the Biology Club, and serves a tutor in
Gregory Fletcher.                                                                            Chemistry. She is also active in the Interfaith Free Clinic and Tumor Board Conferences at Wilkes-
     My partner, Casey Lynch, and I worked for many hours with our mentor, Naomi             Barre General Hospital.
Hatsfelt Baker, to choose and prepare the material to be presented for the conference
                                                                                             KAREN BLENDICK is an Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
auditions. I chose scenes from Four Dogs and a Bone by Pulitzer Prize winning
                                                                                             at Wilkes University. Her interests include music, movies, exercise, and friends. Karen’s goals are
playwright, John Patrick Shanley, Frank McGuiness’ adaptation of Electra by Sophocles,
                                                                                             to graduate from Wilkes a semester early with a GPA of at least 3.5. She hopes to eventually find a
and a monologue from Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. We worked with our mentor to
                                                                                             job she loves. Karen is a member of A Team @ the Girl Scouts.
hone the material into a complete package, including transitions and introductions. I feel
that it was a valuable experience for us to work one-on-one with our acting teacher to       JACQUELINE BOOTHS is a second-year Business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business
gain more insight into the process of preparing for a major audition.                        and Leadership. Jacqueline is a member of Team Rebuild @ McGlynn Learning Center.
JOHN BOTCH is a sophomore in the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership majoring in Business          THERESA CASTELLI is a freshman at Wilkes University. She is majoring in Elementary and
                                                                                                       Special Education and will graduate in 2010. After she graduates, Nicole will go on to get her
Administration. John serves on Student Government as a representative for the class of 2009. He is
                                                                                                       masters degree in Speech Pathology.           She is a member of the Psychology and
also the Campus Democrats President and led his club to bring Governor Ed Rendell to campus in
                                                                                                       Sociology/Criminology Club. Nicole lives on campus and is originally from Mayfield, PA.
the Fall 2006 semester. John is the Treasurer of Inter-Residence Housing Committee and is a
member of the Society for Success. John is a member of Team Breakdown @ the YMCA. He was
the Leader of his Social Cyclical Awareness team in the Personal and Professional Development                                                  
class. He and his team organized a successful health and information fair.

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ZACHARY BREMMER is a junior at Wilkes University majoring in Philosophy and International              DARLENE CHAYKOSKY is currently in her second professional year of pharmacy school at Wilkes
Studies with minors in Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Spanish. He is an officer for           University. In addition to being a member of the Wilkes Pharmacy Student Recovery Program,
S.A.V.E, Alliance, and WiseUp, a coordinator for the Alternative Spring Break trip, as well as a       Darlene is Pharmacy Senate Vice President, Phi Lambda Sigma Treasurer, Pharmacy P2 Class
coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. Upon graduation, Zach hopes to serve in the Peace Corps in       President, and Co-chair of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists
Guatemala.                                                                                             Diabetes 5K Race Committee. Darlene is also an active member of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor
THERESA BREWER is a senior biology major from Scotia, NY with minors in psychology and                 Society, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy,
neuroscience. She has been engaged in biology research since the Summer of 2006 and has                Alpha Chi Honor Society, and is a peer mentor for first-year professional pharmacy students. This
presented at the Society of Invertebrate Biology conference in Arizona. Theresa is involved in many    summer, Darlene hopes to complete her scuba diving certification and become an EMT in addition
campus activities, including serving as President of the Wilkes University Programming Board,          to continuing her work in a hospital as a pharmacy intern. Her aspirations after school include
Senior class Student Government Secretary, Alternative Spring Break trip ’07 coordinator, member       complete a pharmacy residency and eventually running a marathon.
of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Biology Club member, member of Intercollegiate Leadership        DAN CHEEK is a Business Administration in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at
Wilkes-Barre, and E-mentor. After graduation she will be pursuing the Ph.D. in neuroscience.           Wilkes University. Dan plans to pursue a career in marketing and sales after graduating. He is a
ERIN BRIGGS is currently attending the Wilkes University School of Pharmacy and Nursing and is         member of A Team @ the Girl Scouts.
in her second professional year. She is a 2003 graduate of Sayre Area High School, where she was       VALERIE LEIGH CHILCOTT is a senior Musical Theatre major with a minor in Dance at Wilkes
on the varsity soccer and swim teams and served as the captain of both. She also participated in       University. She has been studying dance and singing for 17 years, in New York as well as at Wilkes
FBLA, National Honor Society, and various other extracurricular activities. At Wilkes, Erin is a       for the past four years. In February 2007, she choreographed a dance show for her Senior Capstone
member of Pharmacy Senate, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and is Vice President of her           Project to the music of a popular French rock opera, Notre Dame de Paris. She also became a
pharmacy class. She is currently employed by CVS Pharmacy and has accepted an internship with          member of a new dance company that was created by Lynne Mariani, Jazz Dance instructor at
CVS in Cape Cod for the Summer of 2007. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends     Wilkes University. The company, RE-CORDED, has already had two successful performances
and family, her dog, and working crossword and Sudoku puzzles.                                         with many more on the way. Some of Valerie’s favorite theatrical performances at Wilkes include
TOM BUCKLER is a nineteen-year-old sophomore Entrepreneurship major at Wilkes University.              Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Antigone, and The Laramie
He has been involved with baseball in many different organizations since the age of 4. After           Project. She would like to use her singing and dancing skills first and then eventually make her way
graduation, Tom plans to pursue a career in baseball or small business and would like to develop his   into the film profession after graduation.
own business. During the school year, Tom is involved with the Wilkes University baseball team; in     PAUL CHMIEL is a freshman at Wilkes University majoring in Accounting. He is a Sidhu
the summers, he plays with the prestigious Front Royal Cardinals. Tom is a member of Team              Outstanding Leaders Scholarship recipient for 2006-2007. He graduated in June of 2005 from
Fivestar @ Mineral Springs.                                                                            Pittston Area High School as one of six valedictorians. Paul plays baseball for the Bluefield (WV)
MARK BUONOMO is a second-year Business major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                Orioles and is currently in his third season with the team. In the off-season, in addition to taking
Leadership at Wilkes University. He enjoys sports and spending time with friends. His goal is to       classes at Wilkes, Paul is certified to prepare individual income taxes at Liberty Tax Service, where
earn both the BBA and the MBA degrees and to have a career in pharmaceutical sales. Mark is a          he also teaches a free tax course.
member of Team Case.                                                                                   LAUREN CIRILLI is a sophomore Business Administration major at Wilkes University, where she
MEGHAN CALPIN is a third-year Pharm.D. candidate in the Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and                is active on the University’s Women’s Soccer Team, in the Emerging Leaders Program, and on the
Nursing. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, National Community                   Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Lauren has an interest in the medical field as well as
Pharmacist Association, Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association, and Lambda Kappa Sigma                    Business and is considering continuing her studies in a masters program in Healthcare
professional pharmacy fraternity. Meghan received the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from       Administration following graduation. She is a member of Team Fivestar @ Mineral Springs.
the University of Scranton prior to attending Wilkes University. She is the daughter of Robert and     JOHN MARK CROTTI is team president and a Business Administration student in the Jay S. Sidhu
Celestine Calpin.                                                                                      School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team Breakdown @
PATRICK CARLSON is a second-year student at Wilkes University with a major in Business                 the YMCA.
Administration. He is a member of Team Jellybean @ the Kids’ Café.
SAMANTHA DANISEVICH is a senior Musical Theatre major from the Philadelphia area. She                      RACHEL DUDA grew up in Larksville, PA. She has a twin brother, Tom, and a younger brother,
recently appeared in an episode of As the World Turns. This past summer, she worked at the Bucks           Erik. Rachel is currently attending Wilkes University as a Business major and is not sure yet what
County Playhouse performing in Miss Saigon, Aida, and Ragtime. Some of her favorite credits                she would like to do with her degree when she graduates. Rachel has been working as a supervisor
include Snow Queen at the Prince Music Theatre, directed by Pat Birch, Camilla at the Walnut               at the local grocery story for the past three years and will most likely stay there until graduation.
Street Theatre, directed by B.T. Nicholl, and Annie Get Your Gun at Muhlenberg Summer Theatre.             Rachel is a member of Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café.
Samantha has appeared in some educational videos throughout the Baltimore/Virginia region. She
has been dance captain and assistant choreographer for various productions at Wilkes University.
Samantha attended the Broadway Theatre Project with director Anne Reinking, which she had the
opportunity to work with Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines.                                                                                             

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MICHALENE DAVIS is a senior Psychology major with minors in biology and neuroscience.                      LAURA DUNBAR is a senior Musical Theatre major at Wilkes University. She has performed in
Michalene served as a Writing Mentor for a First-Year Foundations class in the Fall 2006 semester          many shows including She Loves Me as dancing ensemble, a wife in Fiddler on the Roof, Mrs.
and is continuing her work for the Spring 2007 semester with Dr. Agnes Cardoni’s English 120               Segstrom/Lebisleader in A Little Night Music, Antigone in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone, wife and dance
class. Michalene has also served as a consultant in the University Writing Center for the last four        in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In the recent Wilkes production of Bat Boy:
years and completed a semester of independent study with Dr. Edward Schicatano in the Fall 2006            The Music, Laura played the roles of Ruthie and Ned. She has also been involved in various
semester.                                                                                                  community theaters, performing in such plays as South Pacific, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Rocky
ASHLEY DAVISON is a Business major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at                Horror Picture Show. She has already secured a job with a regional theater in Maryland and will
Wilkes University. Ashley is a member of Team Boogie.                                                      step into her new position after graduation.

MATTHEW DECKMAN is a sophomore Business Administration major. He plays football and is                     ANDREW DURAKO is a second-year Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
interested in comedy movies, mowing lawns, playing Frisbee, and the show, Family Guy. Matt’s               Leadership. He is a member of Team Fivestar @ Mineral Springs.
goal is to earn his bachelors degree and possibly a masters degree and secure a job that uses his skills   NICK EBERT is a second-year Business Administration student at Wilkes University with an
to his full potential and keeps him challenged. Matthew is a member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids.           interest in Finance. He is a member of Team Breakdown @ the YMCA.
ASHLEY DEEMIE is a student at the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. She is majoring in              MICHAEL EDOUARD is pursuing his degree in Business Administration in the Jay S. Sidhu School
Accounting and Business Administration. Ashley is also working towards a minor in Criminology              of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team TIFFANY FAYASH is a
and Women’s Studies. She is currently playing on the Wilkes University Varsity Women’s Soccer              Business Administration major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business at Wilkes University.
team, is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and serves           Tiffany’s goal is to become a makeup artist; she plans to attend MakeUp Designory in New York
as a research assistant. Ashley would like to pursue a career in the area of accounting.                   City after graduating from Wilkes. Her interests include drawing and taking road trips with friends.
JOHN DEFEO is a second-year Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                    Tiffany is a member of Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café.
Leadership at Wilkes University. John came to Wilkes from Whippany, NJ. His goal is to become              SARAH ELLIOTT is a Business administration major with a focus in Marketing. She works at
a Certified Public Accountant after graduating from Wilkes. John plays basketball at Wilkes                Suburban Emergency Rescue Squad and at a day camp. Sarah enjoys country music, watching
University as a center. He is a member of Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café.                                 action and comedy movies, sports, and plays for the Wilkes University softball team. Her goal is to
KATHY DEZINSKI is a second-year Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                work for a professional sporting organization in a major city like Philadelphia or Boston. Sarah is a
Leadership at Wilkes University. Kathy likes working with children. Her goals are to graduate with         member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids.
honors and to pursue an MBA degree and CPA license. Kathy is a member of Team Wild and                     JILLIAN ENGLESBE is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in
Crazy Kids.                                                                                                Marketing. Jillian’s greatest passion since early childhood is dancing. She also enjoys music and
SARAH DOMAN is a senior Elementary Education and English major with minors in secondary                    spending time with family and friends. Jillian is a member of the Wilkes Marketing Club and Delta
education and psychology. She served as a Writing Mentor for Dr. Thomas Hamill’s English 120               Epsilon Chi. Her future goals include earning an MBA degree from one of the top 100 business
classes in the Fall 2006 semester and as a consultant in the University Writing Center for the last four   schools in the country. She also wants to pursue a career in marketing or pharmaceutical sales.
years. Sarah continues as a Writing Mentor for the Spring 2007 semester.                                   Jillian is a member of Team Case.
RANDY DONATO is a junior Accounting student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                     LEE FARAMELLI is a second-year Business Administration major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of
Leadership at Wilkes University. Randy is a member of Team Breakdown @ the YMCA.                           Business at Wilkes University. Lee is a member of Team Cinderella @ the YMCA.
KEVIN DRAKES is an Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business at Wilkes                       RYAN C. FINA is a sophomore Entrepreneurship major and a sales associate at Best Buy in Wilkes-
University. His interests include football, basketball, video games, movies, and weight lifting.           Barre. Ryan is a member of the Executive Board of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a
Kevin’s goal is to become better in the classroom and on the football field and to develop into a well-    community service club guided by business codes and ethics. Ryan’s academic goals are to
rounded person. Kevin is a member of Team Rebuild @ McGlynn Learning Center.                               graduate from Wilkes with a GPA of at least 3.0 and to then complete the MBA degree at Wilkes.
                                                                                                           When not in school, Ryan works at Best Buy in Wilkes-Barre, where he uses his insights to help
customers to make informed decisions about their purchases. His professional goal is to work at a
Fortune 500 company or to hold a permanent position with a sports franchise. Ryan is a member of
                                                                                                        DAVID GREGA is a junior Accounting major at Wilkes University and is scheduled to graduate in
                                                                                                        May 2008. He is currently involved in the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society for Business students
A Team @ the Girl Scouts.
                                                                                                        maintaining an exceptional GPA. He has also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
ASHLEY FIRESTINE is a junior Theatre Arts major. She has been performing since high school and          program, which prepares tax returns for lower income individuals. David is a member of the Wilkes
has performed with the Minersville Players, the Nittany Players, and at Wilkes University. Her          University football team, which captured the Middle Atlantic Conference championship in the Fall
favorite roles include Joanne in Godspell, principal singer in 30 Years On This Stage, and Gertrude     of 2006.
McFuzz in Seussical: The Musical. Ashley also has experience with several technical positions in
the theatre, including assistant stage manager and stage manager.
                                                                                                        KYLE GRIMES is a graduate of Bishop O’Reilly High School, where he played football and was in
                                                                                                        the honors program. Kyle entered Wilkes University as an Engineering major, but recently
MATTHEW FRANKLE is an alumnus of Wilkes University, where he was a Psychology major with                transferred to the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership where is a Business major
a minor in Neuroscience. Matthew completed his undergraduate degree in December 2006.                   specializing in Entrepreneurship. He hopes to own and run his own business dealing with cars, since
                                                                                                        they are his passion. Kyle is a member of Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café.
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BJ FUSCO is a second-year student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership and is          MICHELLE HAZLETON is a second-year Accounting student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of
majoring in Accounting. BJ is a member of Team IRA.                                                     Business and Leadership. Michelle currently works as an EMT and is planning to become a CPA.
JOSH GARDNER was born and raised in Hughesville, PA and is currently a junior at Wilkes                 She is a member of Team Fivestar @ Mineral Springs.
University majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Physics. Josh currently works          LINDSEY HIGGINS is a second-year Business Administration major with a focus in Marketing and
part-time in the Wilkes University Water Quality Lab and for BF Environmental Consultants under         a minor in Biology. She is currently in the Marketing Club and DEC. Lindsay is a violinist and
the supervision of Mr. Brian Oram preparing soil morphological descriptions, assisting in               works in the Pharmacy at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Lindsey loves to travel and looks forward
conducting aquifer analysis, and testing physical and chemical properties of collected water samples.   to studying abroad in the England, Ireland, and Wales tour during the Spring 2008 semester.
Josh’s areas of interest in Environmental Engineering include Water Resources Engineering and           Lindsey’s goal is to become successful in Pharmaceutical Sales. Lindsey is a member of Team
Fluid Mechanics.                                                                                        Wild and Crazy Kids.
FRED GERLOFF is from Red Hill, PA, where he graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in               MAUREEN HOZEMPA is a senior Theatre Arts major at Wilkes University. She got her start in
2003. Deciding to continue his education at Wilkes University majoring in Environmental                 theatre at the Wilkes Community Conservatory at the age of 13 when she began vocal and theatre
Engineering, he is now a senior and anticipates graduating in May 2007. Fred is currently the           classes under the direction of Corinna Sowers Adler. Since then, Maureen has performed in over
President of the Wilkes Air and Waste Management Association Student Chapter. Upon                      thirty-five shows throughout the state. Some of her favorite roles include Passionella in The Apple
graduation, he is planning to move back home to secure a job with a consulting firm within the          Tree, Georgina in The Little Mermaid, and Joann in Godspell!. Besides the performance aspect of
greater Philadelphia area.                                                                              theatre, Maureen is also interested in costume design, technical work, and stage management.
ADAM GILLETTE is a second-year student at Wilkes University with a major in Business                    JON HUMMEL is team VP and E-mail communicator. Jon is pursuing a degree in Accounting in
Administration. He is a member of Team Jellybean @ the Kids’ Café.                                      the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team
STACIE GOGO is a junior Musical Theatre major with a minor in Dance at Wilkes University.               Breakdown @ the YMCA.
Stacie has been dancing for 19 years and is experience in tap, jazz, and ballet. In 2004, she was the   DJ JORDAN is a second-year student in Business in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
choreographer of a Broadway Showcase in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Some of her favorite roles include          Leadership. DJ is a member of Team Case.
Marty in Grease!, Peggy in Godspell, Portia in Cinderella, and Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret. In her
freshman year of college, Stacie auditioned for Hairspray on Broadway, and she experienced her          TOM LAVELLE is a second-year Business major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
first callback in New York City.                                                                        Leadership at Wilkes University. Tom is a member of Team IRA.
CORY GOLDEN is a second-year Business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                BETH LEWIS is a seventeen-year-old sophomore Accounting major at Wilkes University with a
Leadership at Wilkes University. He plays soccer and tennis for Wilkes University and enjoys            minor in Entrepreneurship. She has been involved with training and showing performance horses
running and more running. His interests are sports, family, and Auggie, his Doggie. Cory hopes to       since the age of 8. After graduations, Beth plans to pursue a career in forensic accounting and
have a career in New York City or Philadelphia. Cory is a member of Team Rebuild @ McGlynn              eventually she wants to start her own business. Beth is active in the Business and Leadership Club,
Learning Center.                                                                                        Delta Epsilon Chi, and the Wilkes University Speech and Debate Team. She is a member of Team
                                                                                                        Fivestar @ Mineral Springs.
STEVEN GOLDSMITH is a senior Electrical Engineering major at Wilkes University. Steven
attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. His                 CHRISTOPHER LUCAS is a senior Theatre Arts major with a minor in Music at Wilkes University.
interests include circuit design and construction, Linux application programming, and audio             He has been singing since the age of 6 and performing in theatrical productions since the age of 10.
electronics.                                                                                            After college, Christopher plans to move to New York City and audition until he finds a job. Some
                                                                                                        of his favorite roles to date include Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the
JOSEPH GRAZIANO is a sophomore Business Administration major at Wilkes University. His                  King in Cinderella, and Dr. Parker in Bat Boy: The Musical.
main hobby is lifting and working out. Joe plans on being as successful as possible as a student
athlete at Wilkes. After college, he plans on attending mortuary school in anticipation of one day      CASEY LYNCH is a Theatre Arts major at Wilkes University who began acting at the age of 13
taking over his family’s business. Joe is a member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids.                         because of her love for and curiosity about performing before an audience. Some of her favorite
roles include Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie            EJ MILLER is a second-year Business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
Brown, Polly Parker in Crazy for You, Mrs. Savage in The Curious Savage, and Bonnie in Anything       Leadership at Wilkes University. EJ is a member of Team Rebuild @ McGlynn Learning Center.
Goes. She is currently playing Wendy in Wilkes University’s production of The Pied Piper. Casey
has directed twice, and in 2006, she receive the Times Leader Best and Brightest award for the        JUSTIN MROCZKA is from Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, PA, where he attended Mahanoy
Performing Arts.                                                                                      Area High School. Currently, he is a senior Biology major at Wilkes University, where is involved
                                                                                                      in research with Dr. Lisa Kadlec and two other students studying downstream targets of the
DEIRDRE LYNCH is junior Musical Theatre major at Wilkes University. Most recently, she was            Drosophila Egf receptor. In the future, Justin hopes to secure a position with the Pennsylvania State
seen as the rancher, Bud, in Bat Boy: The Musical. While Musical Theatre is her major, Deirdre is     Police or pursue a career in laboratory based research.
no stranger to regular drama. She has been in such plays as Light Up the Sky, Antigone, and The
Laramie Project, where she had the opportunity to play a variety of diverse characters. She also      SANDRA NASILOWSKI is a student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at
enjoys taking part in the technical aspects of productions.                                           Wilkes University.

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EDWARD J. MANDERFIELD is a junior Pharmacy major and is studying Business in anticipation of                                                           28
pursuing an MBA. Edward has a deep interest in both science and business and plans to pursue a        PAT NIEDERT is currently a sophomore at Wilkes University. He is majoring in Business
career as a financially successful pharmacist.                                                        Administration and plans to pursue the MBA degree after completing his undergraduate degree.
ERIC MASTERS is majoring in Business in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at         Pat’s interests include golfing, fishing, hunting, and working on his farm. He is a member of Team
Wilkes University. He is a member of Team Cinderella @ the YMCA.                                      IRA.
As a senior Psychology major at Wilkes University with minors in English and Women’s Studies,         TIM NOLT is a senior Environmental Engineering major at Wilkes University. A 2003 graduate of
VIRGINIA MEROLA has a current GPA of 3.9. She is the President of the Psychology Club and an          Hempfield High School, Tim grew up in Lancaster, PA. He is currently employed by the Wilkes
active member of Psi Chi. Virginia is also Editor-in-Chief of the Psychology Department’s             University Center for Environmental Quality as a laboratory technician for the Water Quality Lab.
newsletter, “Psychles.” She is a member of the 2006-2007 Young Women in Leadership class and          His academic areas of interest include water treatment and water quality.
serves on the Wilkes University Mentoring Task Force. Virginia recently presented her research at     MICHELLE PACE is an Accounting student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership.
the annual Eastern Psychological Association conference held in March 2007. She hopes to              Her primary interest is spending time with her friends and family. Michelle’s goals are to finish
continue her studies in the Marital and Family Masters in Counseling program at Kutztown              college successfully. She is considering continuing her studies in graduate school and hopes to find
University in the fall.                                                                               an enjoyable career. Michelle is a member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids.
KELLY MERTZ is a sophomore Business Administration major at Wilkes University. She is                 PRIYAM PATEL is a junior Biology major at Wilkes University. She has been conducting research
actively involved in the Delta Epsilon Chi Business Club at Wilkes. Kelly, a native of                in biology for two years and has presented at Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting and at the
Northumberland, PA, plans to graduate in the Spring of 2009. She is a member of Team Fivestar @       Society of Invertebrate Biology conference in Arizona. Priyam is planning to attend optometry
Mineral Springs.                                                                                      school next year and graduate with an O.D. degree and with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. At
MARY JO MATOSKY is a Business Administration student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business           school she is involved with Biology Club, the Wilkes University Programming Board, and
and Leadership. When not on campus, Mary Jo takes care of her puppy, spends time with friends,        Community Service.
and works at Victoria’s Secret. Her goal is to own her own successful business. Mary Jo is a          SETH PEASLEY is a senior Electrical Engineering major at Wilkes University with minors in
member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids.                                                                   Computer Engineering and Computer Science. After graduating from high school in 1996, Seth
SHEENA MERWINE is the daughter of Jeff and Patricia Merwine from Effort, PA. She has a                joined the US Navy in 1997. He spent six years in the Navy, two in schools and four aboard a fast
younger brother, Chris, and a younger sister, Kody. She attended Pleasant Valley School District      attack submarine, where he ran the nuclear reactor and maintained the reactor safety systems.
through eleventh grade, but graduated from Pius X High School in Roseto, PA in 2003. In high          Following his honorable discharge in 2003, Seth enrolled as a student at Wilkes University in the
school, Sheena was a member of National Honor Society and the National Society of High School         Fall of 2004. His is currently working part-time for Lockheed-Martin in Archbald, PA and holds a
Scholars. After attending East Stroudsburg University, Sheena transferred to Wilkes University as a   current GPA of 3.39.
Biology major in 2005 and intends to graduate in 2008 with a degree in Biology.                       RYAN PEPPER is a Business Administration/Finance and Sales student in the Jay S. Sidhu School
REILLY MOELLER is a second-year student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership         of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. Ryan enjoys playing sports and spending time
and is majoring in Business Administration. Reilly is a member of Team IRA.                           with friends and family. Ryan’s goals are to earn both the BBA and the MBA degrees and
                                                                                                      eventually become a Financial Advisor/Manager. He is a member of Team Case.
SEAN MOYER is a second-year Business major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team IRA.                                          JOHN POLSON is a senior Biology major at Wilkes University. John began his research in biology
                                                                                                      in the Summer of 2006 and attended the Society of Invertebrate Biology conference in Arizona. In
MEGAN MURPHY is a Business Administration student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and          addition to research, John is deeply involved on campus. He on the Wilkes University soccer team
Leadership. She is a member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids.                                              for three years, joined the crew team last year, and is a member of Emerging Leaders, Student
                                                                                                      Government, the Wilkes University Programming Board, and the Biology Club. After graduation,
                                                                                                      John would like to pursue a career in forensics with the state police.
                                                                                                          2002 Miss Viking. Stephanie was also deeply involved in dance training at the Dianne Haduck
GREGORY PSTRAK is a sophomore Business Administration major. When not at school, he                       Studio of Dance where she extensively studied jazz, ballet, and modern and danced in many
spends most of his time working at the Edwardsville Kmart as a part-time employee. Gregory is a
                                                                                                          performances. Stephanie went on to continue her education at Wilkes University, majoring in
member of A Team @ the Girl Scouts.
                                                                                                          pharmacy. In pharmacy school, Stephanie is a current member of APhA, PPA, Kappa Psi
SALMAN R. PUNEKAR is a senior in the Wilkes University Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                Pharmaceutical Fraternity Incorporated, and Secretary of the Wilkes Pharmacy Senate. She has also
Leadership. He is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Economics          been certified as a smoking cessation instructor. Stephanie is also a dance minor with concentrations
and minors in Economics, Biology, and Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Salman has interned at              in modern dance and ballet. She is currently a pharmacy intern for Target pharmacy in Wilkes-
Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises in the engineering management division and in the Global               Barre, PA. Stephanie plans to graduate from Wilkes University in 2008 with a doctorate in
Private Client wing of Merrill Lynch. Salman has been accepted to medical school and plans to             pharmacy and a minor in dance.
pursue a degree in medicine. Throughout his years at Wilkes, Salman has been an outspoken
member of several organizations and is a member of the Wilkes Tennis Team.                                                                        
LAUREN RACHOWSKI is a second-year student at Wilkes University with a major in Business
Administration. She is a member of Team Jellybean @ the Kids’ Café.                                                                                     
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SARA RESSEGUIE is a second-year student in Business Administration at Wilkes University. Sara
is an EMS volunteer and a member of Team Breakdown @ the YMCA.
                                                                                                          JARED SHAYKA is a resident of Jermyn, PA. He is a 2002 graduate and Co-Valedictorian of
                                                                                                          Lakeland Jr.-Sr. High School. At Lakeland, Jared participated in various activities, including Track
ADAM RIFKIN is a second-year student at Wilkes University with a major in Business                        and Field, Cross Country, National Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America. He is
Administration. He is a member of Team Jellybean @ the Kids’ Café.                                        currently attending Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Nursing and is scheduled to
                                                                                                          graduate in 2008. Jared enjoys running, cycling, weightlifting, and swimming. His future plans
ADRIEN RUGGIERO is a junior Theatre Arts major working to obtain concentrations in both
                                                                                                          include continuing his education in a Pharmacy Residency Program or starting his career as a
Acting/Directing and Dance. Besides acting, he has had experience in many technical aspects of
                                                                                                          pharmacist.
theatre, including sound, lighting, stage/fly crew, sets, props, costumes, and public relations. He has
also designed and created a number of posters for both Black Box and Main Stage productions at            BETH SEPELA is a junior at Wilkes University. She is majoring in Business Administration with a
Wilkes. Some of his favorite main stage experiences have been in shows in which he played                 concentration in Marketing and will be graduating in May 2008. Beth is currently employed part-
multiple characters, including The Laramie Project and Bat Boy: The Musical.                              time as a pharmacy technician at Cook’s Pharmacy in Kingston, PA; she has worked at Cook’s for
                                                                                                          five years. Beth is a Dean’s List student and lives off campus.
MATT SANTARELLI is a sophomore Business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team Cinderella @ the YMCA.                            AMIT SHARMA is a sophomore Premedical Scholar in the Biology Department at Wilkes
                                                                                                          University. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Amit is a member of the Pre-Professional
CASSANDRA SCARANTINO is a second-year business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of
                                                                                                          Society and works with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. Cassandra is a member of Team Rebuild @
McGlynn Learning Center.                                                                                  ERICA SIEGEL is a second-year Business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
                                                                                                          Leadership at Wilkes University.
DAVID SCARISBRICK is a senior Psychology major at Wilkes University with a minor in
neuroscience. David is a graduate of at Wallenpaupack Area High School. His interests extend to           LACEY SITAS is a Business Administration major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
working with brain-injured populations and thus the topic of today’s presentation is particularly         Leadership. Her interests are sports and staying active by working out and playing volleyball.
relevant to my future goals. This research was presented at the Eastern Psychological Association         Lacey has worked at CVS for almost four years. Lacey is investigating a career in sports
conference in March 2007. After graduation, David plans to pursue graduate study and hopes to             marketing/management. She is a member of Team Wild and Crazy Kids @ the Kids’ Café.
earn the Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology.
                                                                                                          CHRISTINE STANISHEFSKI is a sophomore Accounting major at Wilkes University. She is from
AMY SEKOL is a junior music education major at Wilkes University with a concentration in piano.           Shavertown, PA and a member of Team Jellybean @ the Kids’ Café.
She has been studying piano since the third grade and most recently with Dr. Ellen Flint since
coming to Wilkes in 2004. Amy also plays the flute and is a member of the Wilkes University Civic
                                                                                                          JOSHUA SWEET is a sophomore Business student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and
Band, Chamber Winds, and Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the Wilkes University                 Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team Cinderella @ the YMCA.
Chorus and Chamber Singers. Amy serves as the Secretary of the Chorus, the Choral Club, and the           SCOTT THOMAS LUKE SZILI is an Entrepreneurship major with a minor in art. Scott’s goal is to
Spanish Club, and is Social Chair for the University Chorus. In recognition of her academic               become a multimillionaire before the age of 30 and support his family for generations. He plans on
achievements, Amy was recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi and Sigma Alpha Pi. She is also a             opening his own business designing hoodies, polos, jeans, and fitted hats. Scott’s primary interests
member of the Young Women in Leadership class. Guided by her love for music and children,                 are friends, exercise, money, and staying creative through art and expression. He is a member of A
Amy intends to become a music teacher and to continue her studies in music education at the               Team @ the Girl Scouts.
graduate level.
                                                                                                          KAITLIN TABER-MILLER is a Junior Musical Theatre Major. Some of her favorite production
STEPHANIE MARIE SEMIAN is the daughter of George and Antoinette Semian. Originally from                   experiences at Wilkes include A Little Night Music, Light Up the Sky, Closer Than Ever, and
Taylor, PA, Stephanie graduated from Riverside Junior-Senior High School. At Riverside, she was           Cinderella. She serves as a Wilkes E-mentor for incoming Visual and Performing Arts freshmen.
a member of National Honor Society, drama club, science club, student council, and Riverside’s            While active in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Kaitlin is also involved in the Wilkes
community. She recently applied for and was accepted for the position of Orientation Coordinator            ERIC WETZEL is a second-year student majoring in Business Administration in the Jay S. Sidhu
for the Wilkes Summer Orientation 2007. Kaitlin just returned from a trip with Wilkes’ Alternative          School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team Fivestar @
Spring Break program, where a group of thirty-four students and advisors traveled to New Orleans            Mineral Springs.
to help with Hurricane Katrina Relief.
                                                                                                            BRANDON WOOD is a senior Theatre Arts major at Wilkes University, where he has performed in
JESSI TEEVAN is a senior at Wilkes University majoring in both Theatre Arts and Communications              many productions. His most recent role was the title role in Bat Boy: The Musical. He had a lot of
Studies. She has been acting since her youth. Previous roles include Maggie in Bat Boy: The                 fun wearing fangs and getting bloody every night. He plans to pursue a career in acting after
Musical, Jane in ‘Dentity Crisis, Greek Chorus member in Antigone, Frenchie in Grease!, Miss                graduation.
Hannigan in Annie, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Ensemble member in Cinderella and Fiddler on
the Roof.                                                                                                   JOY WYDRA is a Business major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes
                                                                                                            University. She is a member of Team Case.
ANGELINA TEUTONICO is a junior English major. She served as a Writing Mentor for Dr.
Mischelle Anthony’s English 101 and 120 classes in the Fall 2006 semester and continues her work            ALLISON YAKUBOWSKI is a sophomore Business Administration major at Wilkes University
in the Spring 2007 semester. Angelina has also served as a consultant in the University Writing             with a concentration in Marketing. Allison is a member of Team Rebuild @ McGlynn Learning
Center for the last two years.                                                                              Center.

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SETH TRATTHEN is a senior Earth and Environmental Science major at Wilkes University. Seth is
a graduate of Lakeland Jr./Sr. High School, where he lettered in five varsity sports. Football and                                                         32
baseball then carried him into his collegiate athletic career at Wilkes, where he started as a freshman     SAMANTHA ZAK is a junior Biology major at Wilkes University and plans to pursue a career in
as tight-end and a relief pitcher for the baseball team. Due to shoulder injuries, Seth’s football career   medicine. Samantha has participated in Pre-Med Day at Wilkes and Sciences in Motion. She is
only lasted for his freshman season, while the baseball career continued for two seasons. Seth is           active in the Interfaith Free Clinic and in Tumor Board Conferences at Wilkes-Barre General
currently employed by Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton, PA.                                               Hospital.
COREY TUCKER is a second-year student majoring in Business Administration in the Jay S. Sidhu               NICOLE ZANGARDI is a freshman at Wilkes University majoring in Integrative Media. She plans
School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. Corey is a member of Team Boogie.                   on moving to Cleveland Ohio after she graduates and plans to work in the magazine industry. She
                                                                                                            works at the Wilkes University Farley Library and also as a cashier at a supermarket in her
CHRISTINE TURNER is an Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                          hometown, Scranton, PA.
Leadership at Wilkes University. Christine’s goals are to finish out the school year with successful
grades and to have a great time while doing it. Her interests include spending time with friends and
enjoying her college experience. Christine is a member of Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café.
CAROLINE URSILLO is a junior Theatre Arts major at Wilkes University. She has also trained at
the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. At Wilkes, she performed in The
Laramie Project, for which she was awarded an Irene Ryan nomination, and served as stage
manager for Cinderella in the Fall 2006 semester. She is involved with production and performance
aspects of community theatre at The Hackensack Theatre Company as well. Caroline can be seen as
one of the leads in Wilkes University’s original production of The Pied Piper opening in April.
TORY VENEZIALE is an Accounting major in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership.                                                        
Her goal is to graduate and pass the CPA exam. One day, Tory would like to be the CEO of a large                                                     
corporation. Tory enjoys riding horses and competes almost every weekend. She also enjoys
snowboarding. Tory is a member of Team Six Cents @ the Kids’ Café.                                                                                
JIMMY WALKO is a second-year Accounting student in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and                                           
Leadership at Wilkes University. He is a member of Team Breakdown @ the YMCA.
GEORGE T. WASEF is a sophomore Pharmacy major and is studying Business in anticipation of                               
pursuing an MBA. Edward has a deep interest in both science and business and plans to pursue a
career as a financially successful pharmacist.
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SARAH WEBER is a sophomore Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing.
She is from Greenfield Township, PA. After graduating from Wilkes, Sarah plans is to attend the               
Fashion Institute in Manhattan to study fashion and marketing in their graduate program. She is a
member of Team Fivestar @ Mineral Springs.                                                                              

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