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SEPCHE Honors Conference

SEPCHE Honors Conference

Chestnut Hill College participates in the annual SEPCHE Honors Conference.  Student representatives from the eight SEPCHE colleges have time to give academic presentations that covered a range of topics from the arts to the sciences.

Below are photos from the18th annual SEPCHE Honors Conference (2016) hosted by Chestnut Hill College.

Laura Lupin
Literature: Magic and Time

At a glance, fairytales seem to offer an escape from the reality of time. When fairytales such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  are cross-examined with Aristotle's Physics  and St. Augustine's Confessions, magical time instead offers no "escape" from time itself. 

Jessica Hobel
Chemistry: The Analysis of Bisphenol-A in Aqueous Plastic Extracts

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a suspected carcinogen, is used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, occassionally in beverage containers.  This study analyzes the concentration of BPA in water that was exposed to plastic containers. BPA is extracted from the water sample using liquid-liquid extraction. A derivatizing agent is added to sylate the BPA in preparation for analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Lanie Wampler
Criminal Justice: Solitary Confinement

In this paper, I argue against the use of solitary confinement in prisons. Many studies cited in this presentation support the claim that the use of solitary confinement as a rehabilitation method is ineffective. Counterclaims are also identified. Clearly, this is a relevant and important issue in America today.

Victoria Robinson (Voice) (Immaculata University)
Botschaft (Message) by Johann Brahms

Johann Brahms (1833-1897) was a German born pianist and composer. Botschaft is the first movement in his collection of five songs called Funflieder. In this song, a man asks the wind to send a message of affection to his lover. Listen for the man's devotion and love in the melody and the urgency of the wind heard in the accompaniment. Accompanist: Gabriel Rebolla

Taylor Willis

Painting Love (Poppy in Red)
Medium: Oil painting
Painting Love (Moments in Vibrant Hues) 
Medium: Oil Painting 
Painting Love (Baby on the Bay)
Medium: Oil Painting

This exhibition was inspired by the techniques of artists such as Chuck Close, Alice Nell, and Pierre Bonnard. The pieces are reproductions of photographs of loved ones taken by the artist. The artist's goal was to create realistic portraits of the human face while also conveying the emotion of everyday love. 

Elizabeh Bolton (Rosemont College)
Snow Angel
Medium: Photography 

This photo illustrates an ethereal essence. Taken after the first snow of this year, this image was captured behind the library on Rosemont College's campus. The spider webs still lingering on the statue create an eerie feeling. 

Deborah Gilmore (Arcadia University)
Sustainability: Waste.Edu: A Culture-Changing Movement 

After receiving a $500 grant through their honors program, a team of students began working toward making Arcadia University a more active school in recycling and sustainability. This movement is intended to help change the culture of the student body about recycling by raising awareness, creating active change, and inspiring students to want to make a difference. 

Music: Original Musical Compositions: Songs by Busy Bee

As a professional musician in the Philadelphia Area, I ("Busy Bee") have been writing songs for several years. My style of music is folk/singer-songwriter, primarily playing on guitar. I hope to continue writing and performing music about people's lives and experiences.

Christina Little (Holy Family University)
Broken Home
Medium: Painting

The Broken Home is a representation of a normal ordinary home with a white picket fence. However, the inside of the house is broken reflecting its struggles. The human heart is trying to break free to start anew. The hills represent the ups and downs the heart is going through living in the broken house. 


Brigitte Marrero-Guempel (CHC)
Gen: Oaxaca Animal Sculpture 
Medium: Plaster and acrylic paint

Influenced by the highly-decorated  Oaxacan animals of the Mexican culture, which tend to be whimsical and related to dreams and the Spirit world, this sculpture is composed of the head of an elephant, the body of a chameleon, and the tail of a lemur, which symbolize significant characteristics of my personality. The use of color is playful and unique. 

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