Four members of the University of Arkansas at Monticello chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society presented original research papers at the 2016 national Alpha Chi convention held recently in Alexandria, Va.
Alpha Chi is a national collegiate honor society for juniors and seniors in all academic disciplines ranking in the top 10 percent of all junior, senior and graduate students at the university and excelling in student leadership.
UAM students attending the convention were Hunter Bennett, a senior history and English double major from Star City, Tyler Harrison, a senior political science and history double major from Star City, Bronte Pearson, a junior English major from Monticello and Ryan Reynolds, a graduate student in spatial information systems from Houston, Texas. All four students competed for scholarships at the national and regional level with Reynolds being named as an alternate for the national Sledge and Benedict Fellowship.
Bennett’s paper, War on the Home Front: Arkansas’ Struggle during the Civil War, demonstrated the socioeconomic impact of the Civil War on Arkansas within each tier of the social hierarchy during the antebellum era, including the planters, yeomanry and the poor.
Harrison’s paper, All Tea, All Shade: How the Tea Party influences the American Political Process, dealt with the growing divide between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment and discussed how this effects the party as a whole.
Pearson’s paper, Consolidating Sciences in the Writing Center: No More Pickles and Ice Cream, evaluates the lack of science students seeking Writing Center assistance and explores ways to influence the science faculty to collaborate with the UAM Writing Center and send their students to the writing center to improve their performance on scientific writing projects.
Reynold’s paper, Monitoring Annual Urban Growth in Northwest Arkansas with a 20-Year Landsat Record, used remote sensing applications from freely available Landsat data to show that the amount of urban area in northwest Arkansas has doubled over the past 20 years and that this growth has continued to increase markedly in the last year.
Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English and faculty sponsor of the UAM chapter of Alpha Chi, was honored with a 20-year service pin. She is a past member of the Alpha Chi national council and a past president and vice president.
Keynote speakers at the conference included Sonia Nazario, author and journalist for the Los Angeles Times, and Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne.
Nazario’s presentation focused on contemporary debates surrounding immigration reform in the United States, as shaped by her experiences writing Enrique’s Journey, a book based on the Pulitzer Prize winning Los Angeles Times newspaper series following the quest of an 11-year-old Honduran youth searching for his mother working in the United States to support her family back home.
Bourne, a former Alpha Chi conference participant, discussed her personal attempts to enact change in the American political process at the age of 23, making her the youngest serving state representative in Illinois.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]