Honors Day 2022

2021 was unique—a transformative year for our community and each of us as individuals. 

We are proud to celebrate the work produced by Marymount Manhattan College students and faculty from that time. With spectacular submissions, offering up outstanding efforts of research and creativity produced under wildly challenging circumstances, the works honored here provide testimony to the tenacity of the academy, where we channel energy towards learning and growth—seeking abundance from the seeds we’ve planted. Spring is here, the blooms are flourishing, and your work manifests our desires for the future.

View the full program (PDF)

To Join the Event Virtually on April 14

Zoom rooms have been arranged for those who can’t attend in person. Refer to the links below to join from the comfort of wherever you and your device are!

All student panels taking place in Commons West will use this Zoom link (note the password):
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/92958388017?pwd=WkZ1M1R1NGxyTm12ZUJaeEJjaGU0UT09
Passcode: HD2022

All student panels taking place in the Regina Peruggi Room will use this link (note the password):
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/91338436791?pwd=TTBWaGZpMThMUXdqbE9zU05QUlJHUT09
Passcode: HD2022

9:30am - Welcome & Dean’s Award Student Presentation
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/97242433884?pwd=MkxyT0U5U1A5N3o3N3FmeXBFbTdKQT09
Passcode: HD2022

Moderators
Professors Bethany Elkin & Lennay Chapman

Welcome

President Kerry Walk

Remarks

Michael Salmon, Associate Vice President/
Dean of Academic Excellence and Senior Advisor to the President

Payton St. John

engorging
Sponsored by Professor Nancy Lushington, Dance


10:00am - Student Panel 1 - Commons West
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/92958388017?pwd=WkZ1M1R1NGxyTm12ZUJaeEJjaGU0UT09
Passcode: HD2022

Education, Equity, and Power
Moderator: Professor Dan Hunt

Andres Reyes
MANDATORY READING FOR THE CHILDREN:
A Guide to Ballroom Culture You Didn’t Know You Knew About
Sponsored by Professor Magdalena Maczynska, Writing, Literature, and Language

Nichol Anderson
Two Spirit: Decolonizing Gender
Sponsored by Professor Beth Shipley, Art & Art History

Madeline Buckley
Developing “Gaydar”: How Members of the LGBTQ+ Community
Identify Each Other Utilizing Nonverbal Cues
Sponsored by Professor Jenny Dixon, Communication & Media Arts

Parris Jones
Academikally Incorrect
Sponsored by Professor Annabel Hogg, Bedford Hills & Taconic College Program

Leneve Mellow
POC Trauma: The Use of POC Trauma in Thrillers that Depict POC Trauma in the Real World Sponsored by Professor Jenny Dixon, Communication & Media Arts

Alex Alvarez
AARI Exhibitiolns
Sponsored by Professor Adrienne Baxter Bell, Art & Art History

 

10:00am - Student Panel 2 - Regina Peruggi Room
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/91338436791?pwd=TTBWaGZpMThMUXdqbE9zU05QUlJHUT09
Passcode: HD2022

Global Health & (un)Ethics
Moderator: Professor Cheryl Paradis

Emily Angelillo
Mindset: The Effect on College Students’ Adjustment to Remote Learning
Sponsored by Professor Linda Solomon, Psychology

Elizabeth Brazil
Communication: A Life-or-Death Process During a Global Pandemic
Sponsored by Professor Jenny Dixon, Communication & Media Arts

Rebekah Nilsen
Vaccinations and the COIVID-19 Pandemic
Sponsored by Professor Mary Ann O’Donnell, Bedford Hills & Taconic College Program

Alexandra Rogers
Collateral Damage: The Wartime Ethics of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart
Sponsored by Professor Jill Stevenson, Theatre Arts

Fiona Scannell
In the Company of Men: How Humanity Became a Virus
Sponsored by Professor Magdalena Maczynska, Writing, Literature, and Language

 

11:00am - Student Panel 3 - Commons West
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/92958388017?pwd=WkZ1M1R1NGxyTm12ZUJaeEJjaGU0UT09
Passcode: HD2022

History Transcends Time & Form
Moderator: Professor Dan Hunt


Gustavo Blaauw
Bernini: Between Theater and Performance
Sponsored by Professor Jason Rosenfeld, Art & Art History

Leakena Khy
U.S. College Activism Related to the Cambodian Genocide in the 1970’s
Sponsored by Professor Lauren Brown, History and Politics & Human Rights

Neil Polich
The Baroque Embodied in Twilight
Sponsored by Professor Jason Rosenfeld, Art & Art History

Jessica Potter
On “Witch” History Shall We Depend?
Sponsored by Professor Jill Stevenson, Theatre Arts

Kylee Simpson
The Korean War
Sponsored by Professor Lauren Brown, History and Politics & Human Rights

Micaela Tompkins
Too Much or Not Enough: Historical Interpretations of the USA’s Impact on the Korean War Sponsored by Professor Lauren Brown, History and Politics & Human Rights

 

11:00am - Student Panel 4 - Regina Peruggi Room
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/91338436791?pwd=TTBWaGZpMThMUXdqbE9zU05QUlJHUT09
Passcode: HD2022

Identity, Sexuality, Verities
Moderator: Professor Lennay Chapman


Giulia Becker Miller
The Feminine Urge to Escape Patriarchal Limitations of the Physical Realm through Witchcraft Sponsored by Professor Jennifer Brown, Writing, Literature, and Language

Cait (Fin) Gagnon
Epiphany Or, The Spork Book
Sponsored by Professor Beth Shipley, Art & Art History

Francesca Giovannetti
Adelaide Labille-Guiard: Capturing the Female Artist Experience and Self-Promotion
Sponsored by Professor Adrienne Baxter Bell, Art & Art History

Callie Morris
Women in Myth: A Concentration on Russian and Norse Mythology
Sponsored by Professor Lauren Brown, History and Politics & Human Rights

Averee Nelson
Gender Disparities Disadvantaging Women in Journalism
Sponsored by Professor Jenny Dixon, Communication & Media Arts

Emma Walgren
The Silver Screen Galatea: The Presence of the Male Gaze in Films Inspired by Pygmalion Sponsored by Professor Jenny Dixon, Communication & Media Arts

 

2:00pm - Student Panel 5 - Commons West
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/92958388017?pwd=WkZ1M1R1NGxyTm12ZUJaeEJjaGU0UT09
Passcode: HD2022

The Carceral State
Moderator: Professor Cheryl Paradis


Kiva Carman-Frank
ALL PRISONERS ARE POLITICAL PRISONERS: Abolition and The Deliberately Everything-ist Future, from Pipelines to Prisons
Sponsored by Professor Kenton Worcester, Academic Writing and History, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Ethel Edwards
Labor Exploitations of Incarcerated Individuals
Sponsored by Professor Annabel Hogg, Bedford Hills & Taconic College Program

Penelope Martin
Unmet Obligations of the Carceral State
Sponsored by Professor Annabel Hogg, Bedford Hills & Taconic College Program

Haley Massey
Honor Thy Father: Entirely Unconditional Love on Exhibit
Sponsored by Professor Adrienne Baxter Bell, Art & Art History

Samantha O’ Donoghue
Breaking the Barriers – Tuning into Music Therapy as an Intervention for Prisoners in Solitary Confinement
Sponsored by Professor Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli, Psychology, Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience

 

2:00pm - Student Panel 6 - Regina Peruggi Room
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/91338436791?pwd=TTBWaGZpMThMUXdqbE9zU05QUlJHUT09
Passcode: HD2022

Analyzing Our Environs
Moderator: Professor Lennay Chapman


Leixa Therese Bayaya
Partitions of Togetherness: A Redesign of Shared Spaces
Sponsored by Professor Laura Tropp, Communication & Media Arts

Maireád Hurley
Peloton Interactive: Strategic Analysis
Sponsored by Professor Vandana Rao, Business

Serene Lo
Signs Point to English Taking Over the World… Linguist POV Paper
Sponsored by Professor Susan Behrens, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Iris Parke
Enrichment of Aromatic Carbon in Peat Over Millennial Timescales by ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy Sponsored by Professor Alessandra Leri, Natural Sciences

Keith Smith
Strategic Analysis for BlackRock
Sponsored by Professor Vandana Rao, Business

 

3:00pm - Student Panel 7 - Commons West
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/92958388017?pwd=WkZ1M1R1NGxyTm12ZUJaeEJjaGU0UT09
Passcode: HD2022

Past/Present/Future
Moderator: Professor Dan Hunt


Megan Bros
Reading Through Relationships: The Power of Social Media’s Persuasion on Younger Generations to Read and Form Communities Through Shared Interests
Sponsored by Professor Jenny Dixon, Communication & Media Arts

Evelyn Dugan
Body in Space
Sponsored by Professor Luke Miller, Dance

Sky Morgan
Political Movement
Sponsored by Professor Nancy Lushington, Dance

Dorian Provencher
When States Fail: Local Civil Society Organizations and the Fight Against Mass Atrocities Sponsored by Professor Lauren Brown, History and Politics & Human Rights

Antonia Sinibaldi
Dream Project
Sponsored by Professors Kenny Finkle & Ellen Orenstein, Theatre Arts

 

3:00pm - Student Panel 8 - Regina Peruggi Room
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/91338436791?pwd=TTBWaGZpMThMUXdqbE9zU05QUlJHUT09
Passcode: HD2022

Limits of Love Explored
Moderator: Professor Cheryl Paradis


Shadé Eleazer
Interplay of sexual arousal and aggression in the social dynamics of Drosophila
Sponsored by Professor Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli, Psychology, Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience

Kayla McCusker & Willa Zimmerman
Experiences of Harassment After the End of Intimate Relationships
Sponsored by Professor Cheryl Paradis, Psychology

Courtney McDonell
A Poem from Minnie to John
Sponsored by Professor Mary Leahey Nangle, Bedford Hills & Taconic College Program

Pilar Mellon-Reyes
rubbernecking
Sponsored by Professor Elizabeth Motley, Dance

Payton St. John
engorging
Sponsored by Professor Nancy Lushington, Dance

Emma Schaefer
Psychoanalysis in the Paris Salons
Sponsored by Professor Adrienne Baxter Bell, Art & Art History

4:00pm - Honors Day Awards & Dean’s Award Student Presentation - Regina Peruggi Room
https://marymount.zoom.us/j/91338436791?pwd=TTBWaGZpMThMUXdqbE9zU05QUlJHUT09
Passcode: HD2022

Moderators, Professors Bethany Elkin & Lennay Chapman

Congratulations
President Kerry Walk

Remarks
Laura Tropp, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jessica Potter
On “Witch” History Shall We Depend?
Sponsored by Professor Jill Stevenson, Theatre Arts

Writing Program Award
Honoree Rebekah Nilsen
Presented by Diana Epelbaum, Acting Director of the Academic Writing Program

Student/Faculty Collaboration Award
Honoree Iris Parke
Presented by Nava Silton, Faculty Council President

Alpha Chi Award
Honoree Leixa Therese Bayaya
Presented by Noelle Griffis, Faculty Advisor

Alumni Association Award
Honoree Parris Jones
Presented by Nava Silton, Faculty Council President

Robert W. Ligon and Evelyn M. Ligon History Award
Honorees Leakena Khy & Jessica Potter
Presented by Lauren Brown, Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Robert W. Ligon and Evelyn M. Ligon History Major Award
Honoree Callie Morris
Presented by Lauren Brown, Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dean’s Award for Excellence
Honoree Jessica Potter
Presented by Laura Tropp, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dean’s Award for Excellence
Honoree Payton St. John
Presented by Michael Salmon, Associate Vice President/Dean of
Academic Excellence and Senior Advisor to the President

Honors Day Committee

Lennay Chapman, MBA, Co-Chair
Bethany Elkin, MFA, Co-Chair
Dan Hunt, MFA
Cheryl Paradis, Ph.D.

Special Thanks

Ava Makris
Cheryl Lynn Adriano
Diana Zambrotta Sheetz
Erin Greenwell
Jacqueline Noel
Jordan Ansberry
Laura Tropp
Lauren Brown
Liz Sullivan
Lora Georgiev
Matt Land
Michael Salmon
Nicole Dash
Peter Naccarato 
Rabindra Rai
Richard Sheldon
Stephen Eichinger
Tseday Alehegn

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