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William O. Douglas
Honors College

Hebeler Hall 219
509-963-1900
dhc@cwu.edu

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If you are a William O. Douglas Honors College alumnus, 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!

Alumnus Update


 

Alumnus Olivia McDougall

DHC alumna Olivia McDougall.

Olivia McDougall

 

2020 Douglas Honors Scholar

Psychology

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."


 

DHC alumna Kenya Byrnes

DHC alumna Kenya Byrnes.

Kenya Byrnes

 

2019 Douglas Honors College Scholar

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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 sweethear 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

Interdisciplinary Honors Minor

Capstone Project

Smith's capstone project consisted of designing, manufacturing, and testing a duel-axis solar tracker system. In addition to his major's requirements, he will construct an analytical report about the current techonogical, 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 entrepeneurial and design aspirations. Smith plans to continue educating hisself, 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

Biology Minor

Capstone Project

For her capstone project, Lund analyzed four films accross 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 protray 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 unviersity 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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