CCAC to serve as a host for Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in April

Barbara Page
Shailja Patel
Maria Haileselassie
 
Article by: CCAC Public Relations
CCAC to serve as a host for Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in April
CCAC Honors students to present their undergraduate research at the conference

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County will serve as a local host for the Northeast Regional Honors Council Annual Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square from April 6 to 9. Serving alongside CCAC as conference hosts will be Point Park University, the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University.

Attendees of the conference will view student research presentations and engage in social and educational activities with more than 500 other undergraduate Honors students and faculty from all over the northeast region of the United States. A total of 10 Honors students and four Honors faculty members from CCAC will attend.

CCAC Honors students Maria Haileselassie, Barbara Page and Shailja Patel have been selected to present their undergraduate research at the conference. Each of the students’ research projects explores an aspect of the 2017 conference theme “Bridging the Divide: Contemplating Differences and Forging Commonalities.

Haileselassie’s paper, “Black Lives Matter: Bridging the Divide in the Fight for Equality,” was completed as part of her Honors contract in Introduction to Sociology at CCAC North Campus. Page’s poster, “Wikipedia: Bridging the Divide,” was completed as part of her Honors contract in Health Assessment Concepts for Nursing Practice at CCAC South Campus. Patel’s poster, “Bridge to Equality,” was completed as part of her Honors contract in English Composition II at CCAC Allegheny Campus. CCAC Honors Program Director Julia Fennell said conducting the research has enriched the students’ academic experiences at the college.

Fennell, who serves on the conference planning committee, is organizing “city as text” excursions into many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Armed with maps and research questions, attendees will explore their choice of Mt. Washington, the Strip District, Squirrel Hill, the Mexican War Streets, South Side or the Hill District to gain a richer sense of the conference city.

To learn more about the CCAC Honors Program, visit ccac.edu/honors.

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