Goshen College students present work in annual academic symposium

Photo by Emily Miller/Goshen College Public Relations.

GOSHEN, Ind. – The 14th annual Goshen College Student Academic Symposium will be hosted in Goshen College’s Church-Chapel on Saturday, March 31 from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The mission of the symposium is to acknowledge original undergraduate and graduate research that plays an essential role in Goshen’s academic program and to encourage students and faculty to contribute to the larger conversation about knowing and knowledge that sustains the academy. The symposium brings together students and faculty members involved in original research and scholarly activity from all disciplines. Besides thesis papers and investigations using the scientific method, presentations include expositions on the creative process and innovative techniques.

Students will present in Church-Chapel Rooms 112 and 113 according to the following schedule:

Event Info

Event: 14th annual Goshen College Student Academic Symposium
Date and time: Saturday, March 31 from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Goshen College’s Church-Chapel Rooms 112 and 113
Cost: Free and open to the public
For more information: www.goshen.edu/honors

Session I in Church-Chapel Room 112
12:45-1 p.m. – Senior Jonathan Kawira (Shirati, Tanzania), a physical education major, presenting “The Effects of the Off Season Conditioning Program for the Goshen College Women’s Soccer Team on Aerobic Endurance, Muscular Strength and Endurance, and Agility”

1-1:15 p.m. – First-year Kolton Nay (Dover, Ohio), a Spanish major, presenting “The Source of North American Immigration”

1:15-1:30 p.m. – Senior Julia Stoltzfus (Roann, Ind.), a biology major, presenting “Effects of Antioxidants on Osmotic Fragility of Erythrocytes in Holstein Dairy Cows during Heat Stress”

1:30-1:50 p.m. – Senior Melissa Kauffman (Goshen), a history major, presenting “Amy Sudermann Enss, 1878-1975: A Women’s Reflection on Navigating Multiple Identities”

2-2:15 p.m. – Senior Daniel Penner (Harper, Kan.), a history major, presenting “From Capital to Capitalism: MEDA’s Role among the Paraguayan Indigenous’ Economic Shift from 1965-1974”

2:15-2:30 p.m. – Senior Amy Brubaker (Goessel, Kan.), an elementary education/special education major, presenting “Response to Intervention: Tier III Case Study”

2:30-2:45 p.m. – Senior Matilda Yoder (London, Ohio), a history major, presenting “The Rise of ‘The Club Habit’: The Role of Women’s Self-Education Clubs in Elkhart County 1880-1920”

2:45-3:05 p.m. – Senior Hannah Canaviri (Harleysville, Pa.), a history major, presenting “Noble Sisterhood:’ The 1874 Woman’s Temperance Crusade in Elkhart County”

Session I in Church-Chapel Room 113
12:45- 1 p.m. – Senior Nora Miller (Goshen), a social work major, presenting “Social Work and Genetic Testing: Complexities Surrounding Genetic Counselors”

1:00-1:15 p.m. – Senior Philip Weaver-Stoesz (Goshen), a theater major, presenting “The Culture of Zombification”

1:15-1:30 p.m. – Sophomore Kate Stoltzfus (Goshen), an English writing and journalism major, presenting “Celebrities and Advertising: A Mutual Partnership”

1:30-1:50 p.m. – Senior Natalie Harman (Harrisonburg, Va.), an elementary education major, and junior Sophie Lapp, a Bible and religion major, presenting “Delilah in the Media”

2-2:15 p.m. – Sophomore Emily Fretz (Centennial, Colo.), a molecular biology/biochemistry major, and senior Jing Jin (Hefei, Anhui, China), an environmental science and molecular biology/biochemistry double major, presenting “Osmotic Hemolysis: Water and Glycerol Transport Across Red Blood Cell Membranes”

2:15-2:30 p.m. – Senior Benjamin Baumgartner (Hesston, Kan.), a Bible and religion major, presenting “Insurrections on Slave Ships Bound for Charles Towne, SC (1724-1807)”

2:30-2:45 p.m. – Senior Elizabeth King (Goshen), an elementary education major, presenting “Response to Intervention (RTI): A Case Study in Reading Fluency”

2:45-3:05 p.m. – Senior Elizabeth Berg (Langley, British Columbia), a nursing major, presenting “The Health Care Needs of Women Experiencing Sex Trafficking”

Session II in Church-Chapel Room 112
3:25-3:45 p.m. – Senior David Harnish (Flanagan, Ill.), a history major, presenting “Respectability and Reciprocity: How African Americans Formed a Community in Elkhart, Indiana 1918-1948”

3:45-4 p.m. – Senior Ted Maust (Lititz, Pa.), an English and history double major, presenting “Imagining a Mennonite Community in ÔModern Babel'”

4-4:15 p.m. – Sophomore Joshua Yoder (Tuscon, Ariz.), an environmental science major, presenting “Landscapes for Native Pollinators”

4:15-4:30 p.m. – Sophomore Micah Miller-Eshleman (Dover, Ohio), a physics major, presenting “Content and Teaching Methods for Informatics I”

4:30-4:45 p.m. – Senior David Stoesz (Indianapolis, Ind.), a biology and environmental science major, and junior Luke Zehr (Tiskilwa, Ill.), a biology and environmental science major, presenting “Responses of Acacia drepanolobium to Fire and Elephant Browsing in the Kenyan Savanna”

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College Acting News Bureau Coordinator Alysha Bergey Landis at (574) 535-7762 or alyshabl@goshen.edu.


Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report‘s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.