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Alternative Break Inspires Ministry, Service

Chris Lytle

For many students, spring break is a vacation, a chance to step away from the stresses of daily life. But last year, Mary Carper and Kaylee Bluethmann (now sophomores) embarked on Marian University’s alternative spring break to Campton, Kentucky, and their experience wasn’t exactly a walk on the beach. Perhaps for the first time in their lives, the young women witnessed abject poverty - hungry people, living in a food desert, their lives oftentimes made even more complicated by a lack of education, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse.

Enter Sr. Susan Pleiss, OSF, pastoral associate at Good Shepherd Parish, the only Catholic Church in Campton, and all of Wolfe County. Both Mary and Kaylee were inspired by Sr. Susan’s outreach efforts...

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School of Mathematics and Sciences Hosts Spring Research and Internship Symposium

by Katie Bradley | May 29, 2014

On Wednesday, May 14, the School of Mathematics and Sciences hosted the first Spring Research and Internship Symposium, where more than 50 students presented research they are conducting at Marian University.

For quite some time, the school has hosted a research symposium in the fall, but, according to Loren Bertocci, Ph.D., dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, “the quantity and caliber of authentic research and experiential learning our students now conduct has outgrown one single annual event.”

With 56 students presenting 24 posters, the event was well attended by members of the Marian University and surrounding community.

“The students are so supportive of each other; it provides a positive energy I’ve never experienced before at an undergraduate symposium,” said Samantha Oliphant, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.

Several awards were presented to students who displayed excellence in research. The Michael J. Eoff Award for Research Excellence was granted to biology majors Emma Laut, Allison Goetz, and Crystal Kalorgris for their project entitled “A Proposal to Study the Relationship of Planarian Regeneration, Caffeine, and Heat Shock.”

Gavyn Gerbofsky, Jack Hosty, Vance Fletcher, and Danny Gerow (biology majors) earned the Jerry L. Stumpf Award for Research Excellence for their project entitled, “Effects of Epidermal Growth Factor and Telomerase Activity on Growth in S. cerevisiae.” Anna Dudley, chemistry major, earned the Richard J. Minasz Award for Research Excellence for her work on “Photoinduced reaction between Eosin Y and DODC1: Flourescene Studies.”

“The students are genuinely excited to be here to showcase their hard work and to see other research taking place on campus,” said Kim Vogt, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology. 

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