Honors Distinction Projects

Four outstanding seniors completed distinction projects this year in the Mazzuchelli Honors Program.  Their projects are archived and made available through Constellation, our online repository of University scholarship.  We recognize how hard they’ve worked all year and congratulate them on completion of their projects.  Follow the links below to read the projects.

The Connection Between Ethnicity, Motivation, and GPA
Wojtach, Paulina (Clinical Psychology Major)
There are a number of factors found to predict grade point average (GPA), including parental attachment, college self-efficacy, and ethnic background (Aguayo et al., 2011; Dennis et al., 2005; Vuong et al., 2010; Yazedijan et al., 2009). Some evidence suggests that college self-efficacy mediates the relationship between parental attachment and GPA, but that the relationship is specific to white students (Yazedijan et al. 2009). The current study examines whether the relationship is specific to all white students, including Eastern European first-generation college students, and whether it generalizes to Hispanic first-generation college students. The proposed hypothesis, that parents affect GPA indirectly by influencing college self-efficacy, and that the effect differs by ethnic background, was not supported by the results; only the correlation between college self-efficacy and GPA was significant for the student sample as a whole. The possible reasons for the null findings are discussed.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar I Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults: A Comparative Analysis
Nicole Fledderman (Neuroscience Major)
Previously known as manic depression, bipolar disorder was once thought to occur rarely in children and adolescents. However, between 1994 and 2003 there was a 40-fold increase in the number of U.S. children under the age of 20 diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This drastic rise is a cause for concern for several reasons. Specifically, despite the fact that there are important differences in the way bipolar I disorder presents in pediatric and adult populations, the current diagnostic and treatment guidelines in children and adolescents are largely based on and similar to those for adults. This study compares and contrasts standard diagnostic criteria and pharmacological treatment guidelines for bipolar I disorder in adult and pediatric populations and suggests guidelines for a re-evaluation and improvement of diagnosis, a process which requires conducting more careful and targeted research into bipolar I disorder in children and adolescents.

“Unoccupied”: An Illustrated Poetry Project
Gabrielle Lehmann (Painting and Psychology Major)
Note: Access to this project is restricted because of plans for future publication.
“Unoccupied” is the title of a year‐long exploration in poetry and illustration. Presented as a series of eight detailed prints, this project integrates writing and visual art into a cohesive narrative. Each visual borrows inspiration from traditional printmaking techniques, carried forward into a modern digital format that ties old art styles to the modern day.

Testing the Life- span of Caenorhabditis elegans using Sulfur- containing Compounds
Dalal Abuaqel (Neuroscience Major)
Aging is an unavoidable, universal, and biological phenomenon affecting all multicellular organisms. Although different hypotheses have been put forward to explain the cellular and molecular mechanisms of aging, recent studies have made it progressively clear that it is indeed possible for organisms to have an increase in life span through pharmacological intervention. This study is focused on investigating the interaction of genes controlling the rate of aging in wild type and DAF-16 Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) strains in order to understand the mechanisms of aging that could uncover new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of age related disease. In this work, I report that exposing C. elegans to sulfur-containing compounds increases the lifespan of C. elegans. These compounds work through a mechanism independent of insulin-like signaling and are not involved in increased resistance to free radicals.

Summer Hours

May 9 – June 19
Sunday: 8am- 5pm
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am- 5pm

June 20 – August 26
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am – 5pm

Media Center May 9 – August 26
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

The Noonan Reading Room will remain open 24 hours/day for quiet study.

Holiday Closings
Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Monday, July 4 – Independence Day



Winners of the Library Excellence in Research Award

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Library Excellence in Research Awards.  They receive monetary awards for outstanding library research, as displayed in research projects for class and in essays describing their research processes.

Undergraduate 1st Place: Gabrielle Lehmann
Gabrielle is a psychology and art major, graduating this May.  Her winning submission, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, was written for PYSC 372.  It is part of ongoing research.

L-R: Caroline Sietmann, librarian and founder of Award; Felice Maciejewski, University Librarian; Bob Calin-Jagemen, PSYC 372 professor; Gabrielle Lehmann, Award winner

Undergraduate Runner Up: Elizabeth Cronin
Elizabeth majored in English and graduated last December.  Her winning submission, Narrative Devices and Readers’ Empathy in Dickens’ Hard Times, was written for ENG 428.  It is available in Constellation, our digital repository of scholarship.

Undergraduate Runner Up: Rosalyn Wyse
Rosalyn is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry.  Her winning submission, Dealing with Transnational Environmental Crime, was written for ENG 102.  It is available in Constellation, too.

L-R: Felice Maciejewski, University Librarian; Rosalyn Wyse, Award winner; Elizabeth Cronin, Award winner, Caroline Sietmann, librarian and founder of Award; Sheila Bauer-Gatsos, ENG 428 Professor.  

Start thinking about applying for next year’s awards.  All Dominican University undergraduate and master’s students enrolled in at least one class for the fall 2016 semester and/or the spring 2016 semester, including students who graduate in December 2016, are eligible for the award in 2017.

Thank you to this year’s judges, Caroline Sietmann from the library, Ning Zou for the library, and Adrian Kok from the Graduate School of Social Work, and to Felice Maciejewski, University Librarian, for support of the award.

Earth Week Events at Dominican

Here’s what happening on campus this week in celebration of Earth Day.  See the calendar in PDF: DU Earth Week Calendar.  Student posters will be up in the Parmer Atrium all week.

Monday, April 18
11AM to 1:30PM
Sugar Beet Co-Op Farmers Market, Social Hall
Garvey’s Recycling Drop-off [Cardboard, Toners, Electronics], Social Hall

11AM to 1:30PM
Eco Club Survey + Bottled Water Free Campus e-Petition, Lewis Alcove
Students! We want to know what sustainability efforts you think Dominican University
should support.

Low-Waste Lunch, Dining Hall

11AM to 7PM
Vegan Meals, Dining Hall
Dining Services will be offering fully vegan options for lunch and dinner.  Make it a Meatless Monday

Did you ever wonder how much water can be conserved, money saved, grain rerouted to the hungry, saturated fat avoided, and environmental methane thwarted – just by cutting 5 oz. of animal product foods during a week or by changing our diet for a day?
Will you join other DU people in going meatless and/or changing your diet for an entire day? Let’s see what we can accomplish together. Join the pledge in the Dining Hall. Then, after Earth Week, we can see the collective results of our FOODPRINT PLEDGE. Quantifiable results will be posted on Campus News. Join us now and take the FOODPRINT PLEDGE!flower

Tuesday, April 19
11AM to 1:30PM
Sugar Beet Co-Op Farmers Market, Social Hall
Garvey’s Recycling Drop-off [Cardboard, Toners, Electronics], Social Hall

11AM to 1:30PM
Eco Club Survey + Bottled Water Free Campus e-Petition, Lewis Alcove
Students! We want to know what sustainability efforts you think Dominican University should support.

Low-Waste Lunch, Dining Hall

11:30AM to 12:15PM
Campus Eco Tour, begins at Physical Plant office
Join Sustainability Coordinator Cathy Nichin, Eco Club Advisor Mary Sadofsky, and special guests on this campus walking tour highlighting green initiatives and milestones in Dominican’s history as a pioneer in sustainability. It’s a great way to find out what we’ve done, what we’re working on, and what you can do to get involved.


Wednesday, April 20
11AM to 2PM
WOW – Dirt Cups, Parmer Atrium
Something we think you’ll really ‘dig’! Enjoy a dirt cup layered with your choice of pudding (chocolate or vanilla), crushed oreos, and your favorite gummy worms. Check out Professor Conn’s vermicomposting bin filled with the real night crawlers. Then join DU alum Natalie Kalfas ’15 and Sue Crothers from River Forest Park District in a discussion
about sustainability opportunities in the local community and test your composting knowledge.
Bonus! Active
Transportation will be on site to share more about basic bike upkeep + offer an intro to the Dero Fix-It bike repair station on campus. Student participants will earn lots of chances (raffle tickets) to win sustainable giveaways.
Campus partners: OSI, Sustainability Coordinator & Eco Club.

Learn About Internships and Job Opportunities in Sustainability, Parmer Atrium
Sustainability is a compelling and powerful social cause, but did you know that it can also be a vocation and career? Learn about internships and job opportunities with environmental organizations, companies that provide sustainable products and services, and companies with strong commitments to sustainability.
Campus Partners: Career Development, Academic Enrichment Center


Thursday, April 21
Noon to 1PM
Lunch & Learn with Wild Ones, Parmer 115 (CTLE)
Discover more about Native Landscaping with Pamela Todd from West Cook Wild Ones. RSVP to cjnichin@dom.edu.

Documentary Screening: The True Cost + Clothing Drive, Parmer 115 (CTLE)
Who pays the price for our clothing? Come watch the groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story of the fashion industry. Learn more about the harm that fast fashion causes to the environment, and gain some resources for shopping more eco-friendly.
It’s spring cleaning time! Bring your unused and unwanted clothing items to the CTLE to donate.

Nature Talk + Contemplative Walk, begins in Parmer 115 (CTLE)
Meet in 115 Parmer for snacks and a talk by biology professor Margaret Jonah about her recent visit to the Galapagos Islands, site of Darwin’s crucial insights about natural selection, in 1835, and currently home to a fragile and threatened ecosystem. Then set out on a pre-sunset walk with biology professor Scott Kreher to enjoy Dominican’s natural beauty and contemplate our place in the local ecosystems. Return to Parmer for refreshments.  Please RSVP here.


Friday, April 22 – Earth Day
Noon to 1PM
Woodland Walk
Participants depart from the front door of Lewis Hall at Noon and walk to the Trailside Museum of Natural History – approximately 10 minutes by foot. Meet with a Naturalist of the Cook County Forest Preserve for a brief talk and short guided hike Enjoy trail mix + snacks along the way compliments of the Staff Healthy Living Committee.

Noon to 1PM and 3-6PM, Priory Garden
Opening day at the Priory Garden – help ready the garden for the planting season! Garden supplies will be provided. Many hands will make work light. Come during your lunch hour or at the end of your day. Refreshments will be served 3-6PM. Celebrate the close of Earth Day by getting your hands dirty in the garden, socializing with students, faculty and staff, and enjoying some refreshments before heading home on a lovely spring evening! Participants are encouraged to walk, bike, or take the DU shuttle, which leaves the main campus on the hour and 20 and 40 minutes after the hour. Please RSVP here.


Map Rally in Springfield April 20

Help save the MAP Grants Program.  (Text below original posted in Campus News.)

We are all suffering from the budget impasse in Springfield. The MAP Grant Program has not been funded. It is now our turn to rise up and have our voices heard! Student Government, University Ministry, and First in the Family are gathering student support to go to Springfield and force the politicians to hear us. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

On Wednesday, April 20, we are going to Springfield to rally with other universities to get our MAP Grant funding back! The schedule for the day is:

-Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the quad;

-Embark buses to Springfield;

-Arrive in Springfield and attend a brief meeting at the Education Building;

-Hold a rally outside the Education Building;

-March to the Capitol and rally in the Rotunda;

-Find key/ your legislators and talk to them personally; and

-Depart Springfield for Dominican University.

If you are interested please sign up using the google doc link: http://goo.gl/forms/LDfGDJs7t2.

Once you complete the google doc, a waiver will be emailed to you. Please fill the waiver out. In addition, there will be a table located in the Lewis Alcove where you can sign up to attend the rally.

There will be an important organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 13, in Crown 310 at 4:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend this important rally. HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD! GET YOUR MAP BACK!

Medieval Times at the Media Center

Swords. Quests. Magic. Dragons. War. Plague. In honor of the new season of Game of Thrones, April is Medieval Month at the Media Center. Get into the spirit of fantasy, folklore, and knights in shining armor. Come down to the Media Center and check out our collection of medieval-inspired movies. Here are some of our recommendations:

Looking for a movie dealing with peasants, knights, and the rise to fame and glory—with a twist of 70s rock music as the soundtrack? We recommend A Knight’s Tale, starring Heath Ledger.

If you’re looking for a comical version of King Arthur and epic quests, then we recommend the very funny Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Feel like watching a classic, silent, religious film about a young woman who stands up for what she believes in? We recommend The Passion of Joan of Arc.


How about an epic historical drama dealing with the Crusades, starring Orlando Bloom? We recommend Kingdom of Heaven.

If a movie about a knight playing chess with Death in order to keep his life sounds interesting to you, watch The Seventh Seal.

Do you like hobbits, dwarves, Grey Wizards and orcs? If so, then we strongly recommend The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Stop by the Media Center and we’ll help you find a movie to fit your medieval cravings.

Thank you to Jessica Barth for these recommendations.

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