Browsing Bachelor's Essays by Issue Date "2015-05"
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- Item“Because I am not a writer”: Local Literacy Sponsorship of Adult ESL StudentsGerdes, Elizabeth; Warnick , Chris; Farrell, Susan $; Lewis, Simon $
- Item“Tourists’ Use of Restaurant Webpages” Revisited: The Hype Surrounding Web-based MarketingChikos, Leigh E; Litvin, Stephen WThis study revisits a 2005 paper by Litvin, Blose, and Laird which centered on how frequently tourists view restaurant webpages before dining and before embarking on their trip, and whether that ultimately led to purchase behavior. Due to the nature of rapidly changing technological advances, increasing internet use, and the advent of user content sites such as Yelp or Tripadvisor as well as the popularity of the aforementioned publication, the study was replicated and the topic was re-examined. Analysis showed an increase in tourists’ use of restaurant webpages, but not to the extent predicted.
- ItemA Comparative Dietary Analysis of Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum) and White Grunt (H. plumieri)Babrowicz, Mary Frances; Sancho , GorkaA diet analysis can provide insight on competition for resources, food web dynamics, feeding behavior, and transfer of energy throughout the ecosystem. Species population management is most effective when focusing on ecosystem-based fisheries management. Studying groups of fishes rather than a single species can be useful when completing a dietary analysis of the community. This study compared the diet of two species from the genus Haemulon: White grunt, Haemulon plumieri, and Tomtate, Haemulon aurolineatum. Both species had a widespread diet that included amphipods, bivalves, bony fishes, bryozoans, crabs, decapods, echinoderms, gastropods, isopods, ostracods, plants, shrimp, sponges, stomatopods, tunicates and worms. White grunt had a more diverse diet, feeding on a total of 52 varied prey items, while tomtate fed on 21 different prey items. Many of the prey items found in each species were benthic or bentho-pelagic species, confirming that tomtate and white grunt are bottom dwellers. Competition between the fishes is only likely among bony fish prey items.
- ItemAgainst the “Single Story”: Literary, Virtual, and Physical Space in the Work of Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieEvans, Hannah Marie; Lewis, Simon
- ItemAs Seen on TV: Women's Political Participation in ChinaDickey, Katherine; Creed, John; Liu, Guoli$
- ItemChildren of Military Families: In-Depth Interviews Exploring Sources of ResiliencyMullett, Laura Elizabeth; Auriffeille , DeborahSince the end of the draft and creation of the All-Volunteer Force over forty years ago, military service has fallen to an increasingly small percentage of citizens. These citizens, their spouses and their children make immeasurable sacrifices for the safety of this nation, and it is essential we invest in their well-being. The Obama Administration is aware of the stress put on military families and has rallied for an unprecedented level of support for military families by the people of this country. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched the “Joining Forces” initiative in 2011, that calls upon all Americans to “rally around service members, veterans, and their families, and to support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities” (Obama & Biden, 2012). These efforts come on top of countless nonprofit groups and, of course, the internal efforts of the military to develop solutions and support for service members and their families. Utilizing the theoretical framework of “Resiliency” this research contributes to the ongoing discussion of how best to support the children of military families through the unique challenges faced in the military lifestyle, both in wartime and peacetime. By exploring the interactions of stress and resiliency in the military childhood through in-depth interviews, this research adds a refreshing, up-to-date, and distinctive voice to the discussion of military childhood during wartime. While “many programs to help military children were rolled out quickly at a time of pressing need” (Easterbrooks, Ginsburg & Lerner, 2013, p.111), their effectiveness is unclear and the standards by which they have been evaluated have been inconsistent. After conducting in-depth interviews with a small sample of young adults who grew up with parents in the military during the post-9/11 era, this research did not find support for the reach or effectiveness of these programs, though these programs need to be evaluated further and the attempts to help military children should certainly not be discouraged; however, during a time of military budget cuts, it is more important than ever to insure money is going to the most vital and effective areas for promoting military resilience. With that in mind, this research recommends a refocusing on the strength drawn from the military community and military culture traditionally found on military installations in the United States and across the globe. This network of social support and shared understandings is perhaps the greatest asset that military children and their families have for maintaining and enhancing their resilience in the face of a challenging lifestyle, and we cannot afford to continue to leave it out of discussions regarding military childhood and resilience. Unfortunately community life on base faces considerable challenges in the face of continued budget pressures on the military. The Air Force Times reported that, “before bases are closed or downgraded, amenities are likely to be cut to save money” – often closures of “bowling alleys, youth centers and hobby shops, to name a few” have become necessary to “trim costs without further downsizing manpower” (Ricks, 2012). While these measures are often reluctantly accepted as a practical way to save money, the decision to defund activities and community spots on base goes directly against the primary findings of this study’s research on how to encourage resiliency in the military lifestyle.
- ItemChronological Analysis of Greek Afterlife Beliefs in Relation to Archaeological Material Burial RemainsHope, Allene Dorothy; Irwin, Lee
- ItemCracking the Workhouse: Disorderly Behavior as a Tool for Change in the Victorian Workhouse, 1834-1867Brig, Kristin Victoria; Steere-Williams, Jacob; Delay, Cara$
- ItemEffects of Suspension Training on Fitness in College-age Males and FemalesKelley, Elizabeth Page; Dudgeon, Welsey
- ItemEU Regional Policy and Economic Cohesion in SpainWerley, Kaitlyn Brooke; Long, MarkAs one of the largest aspects of the European Union’s budget, regional policy has played an important role in the socioeconomic structure of the EU. The ultimate goal of the policy is to create economic and social cohesion within the EU and member states as a result of EU funding. However, due to its importance regional policy has also been subject to criticism regarding its overall effectiveness in spurring this convergence. As one of the most active members of the EU regarding regional policy, Spain has played an important role in both shaping the policy, and historically being one of the largest recipients of funding. However, the 2004 and 2007 enlargements had serious implications for EU regional policy, shifting it monumentally eastward. As a result, Spain saw a significant reduction in the number of regions that qualified for funding, as well as the total amount they could receive. This reduction has led to even more criticism and targeted analyses of the policy. Specifically, although there is a general consensus that cohesion funds have helped Spain and its regions converge with the EU average, it is not clear if there has been significant economic convergence within the country itself, especially since the 2004 enlargement. The 2007-2013 funding period was the first new funding period following the enlargement and the policy reforms that came with it. During this period, Spain had four Objective 1 regions, the highest priority for funding. These were Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, and Galicia. However, in the subsequent 2014-2020 period, only Extremadura remains an Objective 1 region; Andalucía and Castilla-La Mancha have been designated “phase out” regions; and Galicia is now a low-priority recipient. While understanding that this means their GDP per capita has increased against the EU average – whether from actual increases or the ‘statistical effect’ – we do not know how the economic situations in these regions have actually changed in relation to the other regions within Spain. Therefore, the goal of this bachelor’s essay will be to examine what, if any, convergence occurred within the Spanish regions during the 2007-2013 cohesion fund period.
- ItemExploration of the Machine Translation of Natural LanguageGrossman, Nora M; Pothering, George
- ItemFaded Beauty Fashions: A Progression of Fashion Illustration, Design, Patterning and Garment ConstructionChisolm, Ebony M; Bond, Joshua M
- ItemGeospatial and Landscape Archaeological Approaches to Cultural Adaptation in Tenant Farm CommunitiesAdams, Olivia L; Hays, Maureen
- ItemHuman Genomic Variation in Functionally Polymorphic GenesNillas, Andrea M; Shedlock, Andrew M
- ItemImmediate and Long-Term Effects of Expressive Writing on Mood and Anxiety Symptoms in Freshman College StudentsVenezia, Kelly Elizabeth; Robertson, Sarah MAbstract This study attempts to enhance the current literature on expressive writing by assessing (1) changes in anxiety and depression using measures valid and reliable in this age group and (2) the trajectory of both immediate and long-term effects of expressive writing on anxiety and depression. It is hypothesized that compared to the control group, those in the expressive writing group will demonstrate a significant decrease in anxiety and depression post-treatment and also at a 1 month follow-up session. For all conditions, time was found to be significantly negatively associated with scores of anxiety and depression. An interaction between assignment and time during semester one 1 trended toward significance for anxiety, but data analyzed after semesters 1 and 2 combined did were not significant. This may be due to changes among freshman students as they develop through college; expressive writing interventions may be more effective on first semester freshman college students than second semester freshman college students.