NWPA Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 2024

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Friday, March 22

I-HACK, Third Floor

Keynote Speaker: Annette Franklin, Ph.D


Annette Franklin, Ph.D., is faculty emerita from SUNY-Fredonia and has been a social worker for 23 years working in various practice settings (micro, mezzo and macro). Dr. Franklin received her BSW from Gannon University, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and PhD from SUNY Buffalo. She has a certificate in Teaching and Leading in Diversity and in Gerontology. Her research agenda has focused on the historical recruiting efforts for African American teachers, with particular attention to the issues of teacher recruiting efforts in urban schools. A licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, Dr. Franklin has had a long-standing interest in schools of social work and education collaborating on issues of social justice in urban schools. Most recently, her focus has been on older adults, particularly minority females.s


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE 8 – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast I-HACK 2nd Floor 8:45 – 9 a.m. Welcome I-HACK 3rd Floor
Dean of the College of Humanities
and Social
9 – 9:50 a.m. Keynote Speaker I-HACK 3rd Floor
Franklin, Ph.D., Lecturer Emerita, State University of
Fredonia 10 – 10:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 1 I-HACK Classrooms 11 – 11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2 I-HACK Classrooms 12 – 12:50 p.m. Lunch and Workshops I-HACK Classrooms 1 – 1:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3 I-HACK Classrooms 2 – 2:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 4 and Workshops I-HACK Classrooms 1
New York,


Session 1

10-10:50 a.m.

I-HACK 204 Paper Session

Exploring the Role of Faculty in Developing Student Leadership Capacity within Liberal Studies: A Phenomenological Study by Zachary Hopkins, Gannon University

University Employees’ Perceptions of the Applicability of Student Development Theory by Megan Loibl, Gannon University

Using Justice-Centered Science Pedagogy to Develop Metacognitive Literacy Skills in Secondary Science Learners by Mitchell Marsh, Gannon University

I-HACK 205 Paper Session

Voices from the East: The Mass Expulsion of Ethnic Germans at the End of WWII by Leo Gruber, Penn West University

Political Corruption: A Major Obstacle Affecting the Economic Growth in Governance: A Case Study of The Nigerian System of Government by Oluwaseun Bamidele, Gannon University

Responsibility to Protect and State Failure: How to Judge Syria 13 Years Later by Ren Reigel, Gannon University

I-HACK 310 Paper Session

Inappropriate and Dangerous: An Analysis of Sexist Language Use in the Legal Field by Lia Eberlein, Gannon University

The Navigation of Work-Life Balance of LGBTQ+ Individuals by Molly Minman, Gannon University

CRT: What’s the Deal and Why I Teach It by Becky Willow, Gannon University

Session 2

11-10:50 a.m.

I-HACK 203 Panel: Inclusive Pages: Exploring Diverse Voices in Literature and Adaptation


“My Brilliant Friend,” Authenticity and Adaptation by Massimo Verzella and Kaila Heltzel, Penn State Behrend

Exploring the Potential of Freewriting by Kevin Belknap, Penn State Behrend

Tower of Babel?: Exploring the Role of Sunset Towers in Ellen Raskin’s “The Westing Game” by Craig Warren, Penn State Behrend

Space Invaders: Boys’ Alien Abduction in Boys’ Sexual Violence Narratives by Sarah Whitney, Penn State Behrend

I-HACK 204 Paper Session

Coaching the Neurodiverse Athlete by Amy Eperthener, Penn West University

Preservice Teacher Dispositions: A Case Study of Changes During a Teacher Preparation Program by Kyle LaPaglia, Gannon University

Youth Development Programming in Downtown Erie and Implementation Positive Youth Development Criteria by Cadence Hoover, Gannon University

I-HACK 205 Paper Session

Solving a 150-Year-Old Mystery: The Origin of the Rebel Yell by Diane Chido, Gannon University

A New Language for a New Land: Ernest Pisko’s Journalism in The Christian Science Monitor by Amy Carney, Penn State Behrend

Lore Segal: Finding her Voice in Other People’s Houses by Eva Kuttenberg, Penn State Behrend

I-HACK 310 Paper Session

Understanding the Degree of Influence of the Coptic Language on Egyptian Arabic by Izaak Bryson, Gannon University

Indigenous Women, Nationalism, and the Influence of Myth: How Interpretations of Lady Boudica, La Malinche, and Queen Maeve Have Aided Nationalists’ Movements by Olivia Turner-Leftwich, Mercyhurst University


Material Culture and Identity: The Importance of Historical Objects and Artifacts for Cultural Expression by Lauren Vargo, Gannon University

Session 3

12-12:50 p.m. (lunch provided)

I-HACK 204 Workshop

Simplicity: Embracing Joy’s Natural Essence by Sheryl Lyn, Joyely

I-HACK 205 Workshop

Online PLNs, AI, and Education by Jeremy O’Toole, Walden University

I-HACK 310 Workshop

Fulbright Information Session by Anjali Sahay, Gannon University

Session 4 1-12:50 p.m.

I-HACK 203 Panel: Voices and Mythic Figures in Latin America

Painting, Erasure, and Memory by Amanda Frantz-Mamani, Penn West University

Oppression, Representation, and the Andean Boogeyman: The Pishtaco by Carlos Mamani, Gannon University

I-HACK 204 Paper Session

Food Deserts: Killer in the Making by William Thompson and Sara Lichtenwalter, Gannon University

A New Higher Education Trinity: DEI, OER, and Information Literacy by Emmett Lombard, Gannon University

Leadership Development Experiences of Mid-Level Administrators in Higher Education: A Phenomenological Study by Brian P. Collingwood, Allegheny College

I-HACK 205 Paper Session

Bored and Horny Through the Ages: The Aesthetic Characteristics of Erotic Fanfiction by Jem Neumann, Gannon University


Stealing the Spotlight: Creating Brand Engagement through Another Brand’s Mishap by Lindsey DiTirro, Gannon University

The Mind of the Maker or Promethean Overreach? The Critique of Creativity in Shelley’s Frankenstein by Laura Rutland, Gannon University

I-HACK 310 Paper Session

Socrates’ Daemon vs Antigone’s Common Sense Religion by James Smith

The Monty Hall Problem: Switch or Stay by Jeanne Peters, Gannon University

American Transcendentalism and the Dissolution of Dasein by Luke Bratton, Gannon University

Session 5 2-2:50 p.m.

I-HACK 204 Workshop

The Kawa Model: Utilizing Metaphor to Facilitate Self-Awareness, Communication, Creativity, and Wellness by Pensiri Oden, Gannon University

I-HACK 205 Workshop

AI-mpact: Revolutionizing Teaching and Learning in Higher Education by Camille Dempsey, Penn West University

I-HACK 310 Paper Session

Political Lobbying by Indian Diaspora in the United States by Anjali Sahay, Gannon University

An Indirect Approach to BS by Stephen J. Sullivan, Penn West University

Sixty Years of Pandering? The Nature and Extent of Social Desirability Bias in Political Opinion by M. Garrett Roth, Gannon University



This conference was made possible by the hard work of the members of the planning committee:

Benjamin Baughman, Associate Professor of Applied Intelligence

Lindsey DiTirro, Assistant Professor of Communication

Bradlee Gamblin, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Carlos Mamani, Associate Professor of Global Languages

Anne O’Neill, Associate Teaching Professor of Communication

Anjali Sahay, Associate Professor of Political Science

Phelecia Udoko, Assistant Professor of Organizational Learning and Leadership

With the crucial assistance of staff and graduate assistants:

Regan von Richter, I-HACK Operations and Communications Coordinator

Jody Carlucci, Social Sciences Secretary

Sabine Preuss-Miller, Humanities Secretary

Elise Michaux, Graduate Student, Organizational Learning and Leadership

Kaylee Stone, Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Ren Reigel, Graduate Student, Public Administration

And the support of our sponsor: Student Government Association via the Global Languages Club

Thank you!

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