March 24, 2005
Morningside College will hold the Palmer Undergraduate Student Research Symposium all day Friday, April 15, in the James and Sharon Walker Science Center.
The annual symposium, now in its second year, will include a full day of activities featuring more than 40 students presenting 29 different research projects in the academic areas of English, history, mathematics, political science, and psychology. The presentations include empirical and non-empirical independent or classroom research projects presented in oral and poster format or panel discussions. The event is open to the public free of charge.
The symposium will open at 9:15 a.m. with remarks by Morningside College President John Reynders and Dr. William Deeds, vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the college. Oral and group panel presentations will take place throughout the day. Panel presentations run from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Room 107 and from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Room 162. Poster presentations begin at 10 a.m. and run through 4:14 p.m. in the main hallway. Refreshments will be served in the science center atrium.
Morningside College alumni Richard F. Mackey, account director for Element 79 Partners, an advertising agency in Chicago, Ill., will give the keynote address at 7:45 p.m. in the Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center. He will speak about the relevance and practical importance of research within the marketing profession. The public is invited.
Mackey received his bachelor’s degree in corporate communications and business administration from Morningside in 1994. At Element 79 Partners he is primarily responsible for the account direction of Propel® Fitness Water and Leap Wireless, Inc. Previously, Mackey worked as account supervisor for the marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago and was responsible for integration of marketing elements for the Craftsman® brand.
The Palmer Undergraduate Research Symposium is coordinated by Dr. Susan Burns, assistant professor of psychology at Morningside, and students RaeAnn Enney, Connie Frank, Mariah Laver, Lane Madsen, and Crickett Phelps.
Faculty members who sponsored students include Dr. Eric Canning, associate professor of mathematical sciences; Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history; Dr. Jack Hill, associate professor of psychology; Dr. Marty Knepper, professor of English; Dr. Patrick McKinlay, associate professor of political science; Dr. Steven Nimmo, professor of mathematical sciences; Dr. John Pinto, professor of psychology; Dr. Larry Sensenig, professor of psychology; and Dr. Gary Turner, assistant professor of physics.
The Palmer Undergraduate Research Symposium is supported by an endowed gift from the Palmer family in honor of Edward C. and William E. Palmer.
For more information, contact Dr. Susan Burns at (712) 274-5292, or the Morningside College office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.