Fort Hays State University dedicates a day to celebrate scholarly, creative works

SACAD winners 2016

04/28/16 lzp/kb
HAYS, Kan. -- Eighteen poster presentations were selected from more than a hundred that were submitted for judging and exhibited at Fort Hays State University's John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day on April 27.

For the first time this year, two People's Choice awards were also given, the winners selected by vote of the more than 600 students, faculty and community members who attended as presenters or visitors.

This event, which recognizes the scholarly and creative activities of students and faculty, recognizes research, scholarly and creative work conducted by varied disciplines within the university. Departments across campus sponsored special activities, including seminars and research presentations.

The main event was a poster and art exhibition in the FHSU Memorial Union Ballroom featuring student and faculty work from College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Education, the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics.

Posters were divided into two categories, one for empirical research and one for non-empirical research. Each category was divided into three divisions: undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty.

The winning posters are arranged by place (first, second and third) by category and division.

Empirical research, graduate student:
Keri Caudle, Hays biology major, "Phylogenetic Distribution of an Endogenous Strain of Dahlia Mosaid Virus in Members of Asteraceae."
Brendon McCampbell, Hays biology major, "Organismal Composition and Photosynthetic Traits of Biological Soil Crusts in Prairie Ecosystems of the Great Plains."
Kaitlin Moore, Concordia biology major, "Isolation of Siol Bacillus SPP with Inhibitory Activity Against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)."

Empirical research, undergraduate student:
Garrett Messenger, Guymon, Okla., senior majoring in geosciences, "The Spatial Distribution of Antique Car Dealerships in the Southern United States."
Nicole Martin, Quinter senior majoring in biology, "Effect of Sulfide Toxicity on Cytochrome C Oxidase in Liver and Muscle Tissue in Fish Species."
Kelci Glover, Wichita senior majoring in chemistry, "Equilibrium Studies of the Iron Exchange Reaction of Ferrioxamine B with 8hydroxyquinoline-5- Sulfonate." Her co-investigator of Dr. Edwin G. Olmstead, assistant professor of chemistry.

Empirical research, faculty:
Dr. Emily Breit, associate professor of economics, finance and accounting and department chair, and Dr. Samuel Schreyer, associate professor of economics, finance and accounting, "Why Are Small Business Owners Discouraged from Borrowing?"
Dr. Hendratta Ali, assistant professor of geosciences, "Influence of Sediment Acidification on Water Quality in Carbonate Environments: A Laboratory Experiment."
Dr. Laura Wilson, assistant professor of geosciences, "Applications in Paleohistology: Osteohistology of Protostega Gigas." Her co-investigators were Hannah Hutchinson, Loveland, Colo., freshman majoring in geology; Theodore Vlamis, Wichita junior majoring in geology; and Logan White, Colorado Springs, Colo., freshman majoring in geology.

Non-empirical research, graduate student:
Jessica Barnett, La Crosse geosciences major, "Fossil Preparation in a Small Lab: A Case Study of Preparator Training at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas."
Eleanor Heimbaugh, Hays art major specializing in ceramics, "Trace-Artifacts and Specimens of the Future."
Brendon McCampbell, Hays biology major, "Food and Hunger Initiatives at Fort Hays State University." His co-investigators were Luke McCampbell, Hays sociology major; Sarah Bailey, WaKeeney liberal studies major; and Shane Keller, St. John junior majoring in general studies.

Non-empirical research, undergraduate student:
Shannon Shubert, Hays senior majoring in athletic training, "Is the New Quick-Release Attachment System more Efficient at Removing Face Masks than the Combined Tool Approach?"
Kiley Geis, Overton, Neb., senior majoring in nursing, "The Journey to Control."
Erika Balint, Carrollton, Texas, senior majoring in nursing, "Make the Change: Using Disinfection Caps on Catheter Ports."

Non-empirical research, faculty:
Dr. Christine Hober, associate professor of nursing and chair of the department, "Leadership Development in Nursing Students: Crafting Mentoring Relationships." Her co-investigators were Tanya Smith and Jan Harding, assistant professors of nursing.
Dr. James "Skip" Ward, assistant professor of management, "A Proposed Business/Education Hybrid Model for Enhanced Global Readiness: U.S. and Chinese Faculty Exchange." His co-investigators were Dr. Yaprak Dalat Ward, interim associate provost for internationalization and partnerships, and Amanda Ergun, director of the English as second language program.
Linda Ganstrom, professor of art and design, "Value Added: Exploring Porcelain and Gold in Ceramic Art." Her co-investigators were Jordan Brown, Concordia junior majoring in art education; Ryan Swayne, Wichita senior majoring in art education; Jessica Hayes, Abilene senior majoring in art; Kirsten Haas, Hays junior majoring in art; Chantel Bollinger, Westminster, Colo., senior majoring in art; and Amanda Wilson, Wichita junior majoring in art.

The People's Choice Award winners were Amber Forbes, Nassau, Bahamas, sophomore majoring in communication studies for her scholarly research poster "Blood-Water Campaign: A Service Learning Project in Business and Professional Speaking," and Chantel Bollinger, Westminster, Colo., senior, won for her creative poster "Pangolin."

"This is the 11th year for this prestigious event," said Leslie Paige, coordinator of the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects. "It not only showcases the significant work being conducted by faculty and staff, but also exemplifies the opportunities that FHSU students have to conduct research, engage in scholarship and to produce creative works with guidance from their faculty mentors."

Scholarly and creative activity encourages critical thinking, innovation, collaboration and leadership. Participation provides the opportunity to clarify academic and professional goals while promoting advancement in a particular field of study. Fort Hays State supports developing new areas of excellence in all disciplines as part of its mission to advance knowledge and further the economic growth of the state.

Named after the late Dr. John Heinrichs, who championed research at FHSU, Scholarly and Creative Activities Day is sponsored by the FHSU Scholarship Environment Committee with support from the Office of the Provost, the deans, the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, the Graduate School, the Department of Criminal Justice and the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects.

Door prizes were donated by Commerce Bank, Bank of Hays, Body & Soul Day Spa and Beauty Lounge, Gella's, Great Clips, Eagle Communications, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sunflower Bank, Wal-Mart of Hays, FHSU Book Store, FHSU University Relations and Marketing, and the FHSU Foundation.

For more information, contact Paige at 785-628-4349 or by email to

Winners of the research poster presentation and art exhibition pose with Maureen Heinrichs (far right, second row), wife of the late John Heinrichs, and Betsy Leeds, Scholarship Environment Committee chair (second from right, second row).

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