Past Senior Project Topics - Part 6

Oliver, Shari

Mentor: Stan McGahey

Second Reader: John da Viola

My project's aim is to provide a premium All Inclusive and Ultra Exclusive Networking Event, for Caribbean and American Business Professionals within the Tampa Bay Area. This event will be second to none as the ambiance will set the tone for affable relationship and profitable business development. This first class event is aimed at uniting, re-establishing, cultivating, and enhancing the affiliations of the diverse executive community of Tampa Bay. With my project I hope to promote continued growth within Tampa Bay’s corporate arena and encourage the expansion of the commercial network of all whom desire to remain competitive and well-connected within their markets.

My resources will be: sponsorship, involvement of major Caribbean/American executives within the Tampa Bay area, outside groups and organizations that cater to such individuals, businesses and organizations that cater for this audience.

My inspiration is my love for event planning, promotions and coordinating is what has inspired me to take my personal project to another level. By actually using this phenomenal idea that I created as a spring board into corporate Tampa is a strategic move that I have orchestrated as there is an immense need for this networking opportunity within the Tampa Bay Area. Hence I have capitalized on a lacking/and or needs of the business/executive community and will be using this to harness my event planning and promoting skills, whereby establishing a reputation and repertoire for myself within the industry. I AM SO EXCITED! The study of this will be the basis of my project. My goal is to provide a premium and one of a kind networking environment for Caribbean professionals within Tampa Bay

copyright, 2008. Please note that the above is the original and creative idea belonging solely to Shari Oliver. Replication and or use of any form will result in legal action.


Pogrebnaya, Yekaterina

Mentor: R.W. Robertson

Second Reader: John Pantzalis

The purpose of this project is twofold: first to provide an overview of the history and evolution of the vitamin water business; and second to explore in detail the case of VitaZest. The vitamin water industry only started in the last few years, and it has a current value in excess of xxx. Vitazest is a local company which is a recent entrant to the market. The paper will describe the challenges and opportunities faced by Vitazest as they enter this fast growth market.


Porthouse, Josh

Mentor: Dave McGinnis

There are many facets to cultivating a well-choreographed action scene. While this project is not meant in any fashion to teach, idolize, illustrate the correct or incorrect methods to completion, or to promote a viewpoint on one body or another. There are many perspectives and influences which can be attributed to the success of a fight scene.

From martial arts styles to consider, to music and whether its inclusion would benefit or hinder the production, where to place the camera angles, who to incorporate in the scene, props, severity, at which point in time a technique will make contact, or whether or not to place it at a point later in the routine, even special effects like pyrotechnics, smoke and fog, as well as other environmental enhancers come into play. This differs in many lights, however from stage and theatrical productions. More often than not, many entities available to movie productions can not be applicable to the main stage performance.

With this in mind, there will be varying aspects examined with the exception of various stages of production. While they will be included due to their role in the selection of certain elements, they will not be examined in great detail. The role of martial arts on screen and on stage will explore differing philosophies (though I daresay not in great detail either) when choosing an appropriate setting and sequence for a scene, in order to show not only applicability but also, to add an air of believability.

While to many the mind, or rather to say fear instilled or naturally bred into the mind, acts as the puppeteer to its often blind, unknowing and consequently, metaphorically Pinocchio-esque physique, to say that by actions and the exchange thereof enslaves the human race in mechanistic probability that determines the lack of variability in motion, the predictability of that motion, and the leading to a deepening sense of procedure, is flawed. For in the absence or removal of “Gepetto’s” hand, the puppet is irreversibly free to move, act, and grow, enhancing with it the stage presence on silver screen and in lime light, of martial arts and the accompanying stunt work forever, setting a plateau with which new tiers can be conquered.


Recca, Toni

Mentor: Stan McGahey

Second Reader: Paige Ramsey-Hamacher

The aims and purposes of this honors project are to provide a valid method of orientation into the study abroad programs at Saint Leo University, to make study abroad students knowledgeable in the subject matter of culture shock and cultural diversity, and to aid students in the processes associated with obtaining a student visa in an unfamiliar country.

In researching these aims, the student hopes to gain a better understanding of cultures around the world as well as be able to help other students understand the culture of the country they will be visiting. The student wants to plan a program that will allow students to gain important information as well as ask questions. The student hopes such an orientation will help other study abroad students enhance their study abroad experiences.

The student would like to interview past and present study abroad students to gain an unbiased and widely varied impression of experiences. Gaining suggestions for the future of the Saint Leo University study abroad program and constructive criticism will be helpful in this undertaking. The student would also like to look at culture shock from a psychological point of view in order to fully understand the workings of the mind when put under the stress of the unfamiliar and uncomfortable.

The student feels that her experiences while studying abroad were diverse and incomparable. The amount of culture, leadership, and independence that has been gained has been a crucial step in the advancement of the student’s education and an asset in her life. The student wants other students to be able to better experience these changes.

In researching these aims, the student hopes to gain a better understanding of cultures around the world as well as be able to help other students understand the culture of the country they will be visiting. The student wants to plan a program that will allow students to gain important information as well as ask questions. The student hopes such an orientation will help other study abroad students enhance their study abroad experiences.

The student would like to interview past and present study abroad students to gain an unbiased and widely varied impression of experiences. Gaining suggestions for the future of the Saint Leo University study abroad program and constructive criticism will be helpful in this undertaking. The student would also like to look at culture shock from a psychological point of view in order to fully understand the workings of the mind when put under the stress of the unfamiliar and uncomfortable.

The student feels that her experiences while studying abroad were diverse and incomparable. The amount of culture, leadership, and independence that has been gained has been a crucial step in the advancement of the student’s education and an asset in her life. The student wants other students to be able to better experience these changes.


Reece, Brittany

Mentor: Chuck Fisk

Second Reader: Phil Hatlem

The project will involve an analysis of the sport business economy in comparison with the regular business economy in the United States. At the completion of the project, the student intends to identify as to whether or not the business cycle for sport business is dependent or independent of the regular business cycle. Even when the economy was at its lowest point in the cycle, stadiums would still sell out and sporting events barely took a hit if they took a hit at all. This idea was derived from a curiosity about the future. How is the sport business cycle going to look years from now, especially with a current decline in the business cycle? Just a couple of weeks ago, these same concerns were express in the local newspaper. A major professional football franchise raised ticket prices 30% when the economy is lower than what it has ever been in a while. Fans and owners are curious if the stadium will remain a sold out stadium for the upcoming season.

In addition, the student will focus on professional sports. Sport can be a variety of events. Sport includes leisure activities such as hunting, fishing, recreational sports such as amateur leagues, bowling, gambling, and then your professional sports (which are most common). The student has the opportunity to look at the increase on game licenses, increase in recreational leagues, etc.

However, the student realizes that there will more than likely be more information and research material available on professional sports. It would be amazing to cover all of the aspects of sport, but do to the length of the project; the student will only look at professional sports.

The resources that will be used to carry out this project will be the internet, the mentor, text books, and other miscellaneous sources. The mentor suggested looking at the ideas of Alan Greenspan, the website www.bls.gov, and GDP figures. These resources will be influential to the project. Alan Greenspan is a brilliant Economist that was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve of the United States. He has a great insight about the American economy. His theories will assist the student in identifying dramatic or key points in the American business cycle. The GDP figures will provide the student with a timeline of how the economy is moving and will act as a correlation coefficient. The project will look upon past population, past economic business cycles, inflation, unemployment rates, and average household incomes. The project will also consider attendance at sporting events, price changes in ticket fees for sporting events, and any other select information that the mentor and student both feel are necessary for the completion and accuracy of the project.

The mentor also suggested that the student meet with Statistics Professors on campus in order to run the data that is found. The statistics programs and software will be an enormous enhancer to the project and research in general, as it will allow the student to pin-point the correlation between the business cycles, if any exist. Due to the extent of the project, the resources might be limited to within the past 100 years at most. The project might even have to limit the research to a specific sport if we discover that there is more specific information on one particular sport.

The student hopes to gain a significant amount of knowledge about a researched based study. Also, the student shall use this information to help enhance her performance within post-graduate education. Not to mention, the project will increase the student’s professional skills when forced to present in front of a defense panel. The student was inspired to work on this project because the student wanted to challenge their self to do something dreaded. The main goal that the student has is to not cheat the project and experience, and to put forth 110% to conclude her learning experience here at Saint Leo University.


Robinson, Kava

Mentor: Chris Miller

Second Reader: Crystal Hernandez

The student is interested in global warming as it one of the most discussed topics in science today. The student decided to observe a couple plants at different temperatures and observe the growth differences and also look at the difference in levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This will provide a stimulation of global warming effects and that will provide some sort of evidence of the effects of "global warming".


Small, Kimberly

Mentor: Thomas Arnold

Second Reader: Chris Miller

The aim of the student’s project is to discover whether or not there is the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus more commonly known (MRSA) on the St Leo campus in the areas where athletes frequent.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics, including methicillin, penicillin, amoxicillin, and cephalosporins. Although once limited to hospitals and prisons, the bacteria are found to be rampant among athletes especially professional and college sports teams.

The project will be conducted in the form of an experiment several areas in the university’s gym will be swabbed and cultures shall be grown from each swab for an equal amount of time (48 hrs). One control shall be used which will be a culture grown without swabbing any areas. After the cultures have been grown they shall be photographed and documented, descriptions of colonies and colony morphology shall be documented as well as colonies counted. The student will determine whether (MRSA) is present depending on colony description and morphology. If the super bacteria is present what quantities is it present in and in what areas it is most common.

The student’s hope is that this project will aid the athletes and sports teams on campus as well as the athletic department on a whole as well as raise the awareness of many persons who are not well educated on (MRSA). The project will also aid the student in developing more experience in the field of micro biology as the student will perform techniques learnt in this course to grow the culture of bacteria and she will also use various methods learnt in micro biology to identify any bacteria found.

The student’s resources shall include the university’s Math and sciences department, the Biology department to be more specific. All materials will be sourced from this department. The Athletic Department as well shall provide resources in terms of the places to be tested.

The student’s inspiration comes from the absolute love and interest in biology as well as the drive to make a difference. As cliché as it sounds the student’s aim was to produce a project which would not only impact and affect her but other’s as well and this project will aid and educate many athletes as well as others. The passion for performing experiments is also a contributing factor to the choice of project.


Starkebaum, Audrey

Mentor: Jalika Waugh

Second Reader: Terry Danner

This is an interdisciplinary project involving the fields of forensic science and photography. The purpose of my project is to capture the story of a crime. A picture is worth a 1,000 words and in this project I would like to use photography to do just that. The goal of this project is to widen my photography skills and use all of the different techniques used in forensic photography. With the help of my mentor I would like to possibly capture one of her mock criminal scenes and let my pictures tell the story of what my life is going to be like in a few years.

Forensic photography is what I want to pursue after I graduate from Saint Leo University and with this project I hope to showcase the skills I have learned the last four years.


Tatko, Amanda

Mentor: Tammy Zachilli

Second Reader: Patrick Draves

Conduct a study of how group cohesion in a sport group can affect overall performance. For example, if the team has a close relationship does this have a positive effect on how they play, or if there is discontent on the team, does this have a negative effect on the team. A survey will be constructed that will measure the cohesion on a team as well as performance and will be completed by students at Saint Leo University. After being on a sports team myself for over 12 years, I have seen how the bond within a group can differ and have often wondered what the impact was on the athlete’s performance. By completing this project, I hope to determine whether or not the impact on the team’s performance is as significant as many believe, and if so, what can be done to increase the cohesion on the team.


Tatko, Sarah

Mentor: Mary Spoto

Second Reader: Kathryn Stasio

The main focus of my project will be the southern ghost story. As a genre, the ghost story is a particularly powerful force for southern literature to reflect its conflicted heritage. Through my research I will write a paper that closely examines ghost stories as a genre and its relationship to southern heritage. Possible ghost story topics include civil war, slavery, or the ghost in the modern south. My resources will include primary works of literature where ghosts are main characters of the storyline, criticism addressing the conflict and use of ghosts as subject and metaphor in southern literature, and the southern summer course. I decided on my topic because literature has always fascinated me, especially works that contain an air of mystery. Through this project I hope to become more competent in the field of American literature and to expand my area of interests.