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William O. Douglas
Honors College

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If you are a William O. Douglas Honors College alum, we would love to hear what you've been up to since completing your time at Central Washington University. To be featured on this site, please complete the webform below. Go Wildcats!

Alumni Update

 

Morgan Bedard

DHC alumna Morgan Bedard.

Morgan Bedard

 

2020 Douglas Honors Scholar

Film Production BA

Screenwriting and Interdisciplinary Honors Minors

 

Capstone Project

Bedard's project studied "film auteur theory" focusing on Wes Anderson and Tim Burton. She also directed, filmed, and produced a short film that combines their two unique styles. The film was shot in a "Wes Anderson" world design of symmetry and color, and features "Tim Burton" characters that are strange and out of place.

 

Life After DHC

Bedard is currently working with a group of colleagues to develop an effective feedback model for film by examining scripts from other film students including her own script written for her DHC capstone. She is also working with this group of colleagues on completing a 10 episode television series that they hope to film next year or whenever COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is safe to gather actors and crew. Further, Bedard has been doing freelance photography and interviewing at local television stations in Spokane.

 

Advice to Students

"Give yourself time, not time to work but time to breathe. Take moments to pause and treasure the little pieces of life."

 

Mohamed Nawwar

DHC alumnus Mohamed Nawwar.

Mohamed Nawwar

 

2020 Arts and Sciences Scholar

Physics BS

Interdisciplinary Honors and Math Minors

 

Capstone Project

Nawwar's project investigated rural development in South Korea during the 1970 as well as explored some aspects of the miraculous economic progress from that time. Often, researchers pay full attention to industrial development and neglect the efforts made in rural areas. Unfortunately, focusing mainly on the urban and ignoring rural achievement leads to massive failure for many emergent nations. Thus, Nawwar tried to draw the link between rural and urban growth to highlight the significance of investing in rural areas for any plan of expansion.

 

Life After DHC

Currently, Nawwar is working on a research project (Exploring Exotic Quantum Materials) at The Ohio State University (OSU). His role includes investigating materials that could be candidates for topological magnons, and synthesizing them. Nawwar will start his Ph.D. at Oregon State Univerity in the fall of 2020.

 

Advice to Students

"Take advantage of all the DHC classes. Most DHC classes were really enjoyable and informative; some were even life-changing. DHC faculty are very resourceful and knowledgable. Now that I am away, I miss class discussions and taking various classes about broad topics."

 

Alumnus Olivia McDougall

DHC alumna Olivia McDougall.

Olivia McDougall

 

2020 Douglas Honors Scholar

Psychology BA

Interdisciplinary Honors and Human Resources Management Minors

 

Capstone Project

For Olivia McDougall's capstone project, she completed a research study on the effects of coloring on stress and mood. Research has found that coloring mandalas—abstract, circular designs—can reduce stress and improve mood significantly more than coloring other patterns. McDougall looked further into this phenomenon in order to understand if the impact is tied to the physical act of coloring. She replicated previous work using the CWU Sona System, but additionally asked participants to watch videos of coloring and track their changes in emotion.

 

Life After DHC

McDougall is currently taking a gap year before she goes to graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She spends her time tutoring, co-writing a blog with her friend, and hiking as much as she can. She is also working towards a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language so someday she may teach abroad. 

 

Advice to Students

"Hang in there. What you are going through will be useful to you one day. You will grow from your struggles and find that they lead you to exactly where you need to be."

 

Kacy Kracke

DHC alumna Kacy Kracke.

Kacy Kracke

 

2020 Douglas Honors Scholar

History Education BA

Interdisciplinary Honors Minor

 

Capstone Project

Through media portrayal from different decades, Kacy Kracke pursued the issue of United States preparedness for national defense. Both professional and public opinion were assessed, as well as their relationship to each other.

 

Life After DHC

Kracke is starting student teaching fall of 2020 and pursuing her masters degree in military history in the near future.

 

Adivce to Students

"Don't procrastinate and practice steady communication."

 

Aletha Kleis

DHC alumna Aletha Kleis.

Aletha Kleis

 

2020 Douglas Honors Scholar

Actuarial Science BS

Applied Computer Science, Economics, and Interdisciplinary Honors Minors

 

Capstone Project

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), there is a gap in research regarding how following a vegetarian or omonivores diet effects C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels in the human body. Thus, Aletha Kleis utilized NHANES data to exmine the relationship between of CRP levels and self-reported vegetarianism, while considering the general healthiness of each diet based on their Healthy Eating Index (HEI) score.

 

Life After DHC

Kleis is exploring her life's new flexibility in sunny Florida. Soon she hopes to land a job where she can be challenged, learn new things, and be with people as cool as the ones in the DHC.

 

Advice to Students

"Now, more than ever, don't be afraid to talk to faculty if you have any questions on navigating life's hurdles. They've done all of this before; maybe you're in different circumstances, but they have had so much experience and will have great advice for you!"

DHC alumna Kenya Byrnes

DHC alumna Kenya Byrnes.

Kenya Byrnes

 

2019 Douglas Honors College Scholar

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS

Interdisciplinary Honors Minor

 

Capstone Project

For her capstone project, Byrnes spent two months in Mexico observing an endemic woodpecker species better known as the Golden-cheeked woodpecker. For her analysis, she considered the difference in the territory size in the topical dry forest and the palm tree plantations to see if anthropogenic factors humans create are affecting those territory sizes.
 

Life After DHC

Byrnes is working as a Washington Conservation Corps Crew Member, in the Department of Ecology. She recently married her high school sweetheart and plans to get her master's while working over the next few years. One of her goals is to work as a biologist for a short while.

 

Advice to Students

"Enjoy your time in the DHC; make friends and ask lots of questions."

 

DHC alumnus Alazone Smith.

Alazone Smith

 

2019 Douglas Honors College Scholar

Mechanical Engineering Technologies BS

Interdisciplinary Honors Minor

 

Capstone Project

Smith's capstone project consisted of designing, manufacturing, and testing a dual-axis solar tracker system. In addition to his major's requirements, he will construct an analytical report about the current technological, political, and social trends in the solar industry. The report will be used to connect the current application methods of Smith's project to the potential application methods of future solar tracking systems. 

 

 

Life After DHC

Smith currently works as a Field Engineer for Ballard Marine Construction. He still has his eyes open to the future with entrepreneurial and design aspirations. Smith plans to continue educating himself, learning as much as he can in his industry, and exploring the world with people he loves.

 

Advice to Students

"The most successful people don't walk around with a suit of armor; they are the suit of armor."

 

DHC alumna Jenny Lund

DHC alumna Jenny Lund.

Jenny Lund

 

2019 Arts and Science Scholar

Psychology BA

Biology Minor

Capstone Project

For her capstone project, Lund analyzed four films across several genres that use genetic research or experimentation as part of their plot. She assessed film technique and the accuracy of the science used to gain insight into the way films portray genetic research. Lund then researched the possible effects on audiences resulting from these portrayals such as unwillingness to seek genetic counseling, or a resistance to support genetic research.

 

Life After DHC

Lund has become a Registered Behavior Technician and is working in Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention.

 

Advice to Students

"Stay involved in university events and activities as much as possible. Join clubs, go to plays, and use the gym while it's all really easy and close by."

 

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