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Motlow students attend Honors Conference

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Fifteen members of the Motlow College honors program recently attended the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Conference held at Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

TCHC is composed of like-minded honors scholars from across the state who wish to further their education by presenting to and hearing the ideas of their peers.

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The Motlow presentations covered a wide array of subjects. These included More Than Metal: A History of Barbed Wire by Erica Newman, The Repetitiousness of History by John Sartain, Feminine Voice by Robin Keel, The Inversion Theory in Dante’s Inferno by Walter Duckett, Impact of Emotions and Beliefs on the Salem Witch Trials by Dallas Foster, The Psychology of Human Sexuality and Christianity by Ashley Warren, Russellism: An Honors Philosophy at Motlow State Community College by Daniel Ingram, A Critical Analysis of the Battle of Cowpens by Heather Morris, LIFE: Environmental, Spiritual and Debatable by Ryan Cooper, and Packs and Prides: The Human Side by Kiley Curtis.

Duckett and Warren are students at Motlow’s Fayetteville Center, while Cooper attends the Motlow McMinnville Center. All other students attend the Moore County campus.

Two panel presentation proposals were also accepted, and their topics were Witchcraft and Vampirism as a Methodology of Critical Thinking by Anna Jacobs, Erica Newman, Tiffany Phillips and Daniel Ingram, and The Paranormal Honors Experience by Robin Keel, Luke Miller, Timothy Lynch and Abi Miller. Motlow College was well represented with more than double the number of presentations of any other college or university in attendance.

“In many ways, I was blown away by the level of academic scholarship that I saw at the conference by our honors scholars,” said Dr. Scott Cook, an associate professor of history and honors coordinator at the college, “and I cannot tell you the immense pride that I felt as I saw our students present and interact with students from other programs from around the state.

“At the conference our students far exceeded any expectations that I had, and they are a group of students whom we, as a college community, should all be proud. I think that they represented the academics of the college at its best. Everyone knew their subjects well and had practiced and polished their deliveries and they were able to answer difficult questions with impressive knowledge and professionalism; at one point even garnering considerable praise from a professor of a sister TBR institution.”

The honors students also had a chance to visit The National Civil Rights Museum or Graceland in order to increase their knowledge about historical figures. A true taste of Memphis culture was also explored when the group ate dinner at Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous.

For more information regarding the Honors Program in the Moore County, Fayetteville or McMinnville areas of Motlow College, please contact Dr. Scott Cook at scook@mscc.edu.