First Jordan College Honors Cohort presents senior research projects

Jordan College Honors Cohort - Class 1

(May 6, 2016) – The first Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Honors Student Cohort made their senior research presentations on Friday, May 6 in the Fresno State Viticulture and Enology conference room.

The nine-member group used oral, power point and poster presentations to report their research results conducted the past year. Faculty, staff, friends and family were on hand at their closing ceremony that included a reception.

Each member also received a special honors medal that was designed by Honors Faculty Council member and Food Science and Nutrition professor Dr. Erin Dormedy that will be worn at the Jordan College Convocation on Friday, May 20. The medal features the likeness of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, and the Latin phrase Agricultura vivificat (Agriculture Gives Life).

A list of honors cohort members, majors and research projects follows:

Lindsey Anderson (Agricultural Business) / Hannah Rocha (Agricultural Business)
- Case Study of Wine: Consumer Willingness to Pay for Fresno State Brand

Teighlor Baugher (Agricultural Education and Animal Science)
- Assessment of Agricultural Literacy of Animal Science General Education Students

Devin Brittain (Food and Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics)
- Effect of Nutrition of Educational Materials on the Fruit and Vegetable Intake for Freshmen Living on Campus

Danika Brumbeloe (Fashion Merchandise)
- How Materialism, Altruism, and Collectivism Affect Green Apparel Consumption

Carolyn Chase (Food and Nutritional Sciences, Culinology)
- Sanitization of Whole Mango Fruit by Hot Water Immersion

Salvador Mariscal (Agricultural Business)
- Economic Analysis of Implementing State-of-the-Art Drip Irrigation Technology in Table Grape Vineyards

Christina Martinez (Child Development)
- Social and Emotional Aspects of Leaving Religion

Kelsie Raulino (Agricultural Business)
- Analysis of Competition among California Cotton Industry Input Suppliers

The first cohort was selected in the fall of 2015 as juniors by the Jordan Council Honors Council based on a minimum GPA of 3.5 their last 60 units, personal interview, references, writing sample and resume.

During the 2015 spring semester, the students participated in a special three-hour seminar. The past year, they have worked with a Jordan College faculty mentor to develop and conduct their honors research projects.

Also present at the event was the second Jordan College Honors Cohort that was announced last fall and is composed of juniors Kacey Bean, William Evans (Child Development), Jessie Brazil (Plant Science), Danae Dubberke (Family Science), Taylor Helton (Agricultural Education), Alexis Jackson (Plant Science/Animal Science), Madeline Loftus (Agricultural Business), Kylee Pachelbel and Weei YieSoo (Culinology) and Hannah Price (Animal Science).

During the 2016 spring semester, the second honors cohort participated in a three-hour weekly honors seminar and also introduced their research project topics for the upcoming academic year at the recent event.

The Jordan College Honors Program Faculty Council is composed of two honors students, Dean Sandra Witte and a Jordan College faculty member from all seven departments that will serve three-year terms. They include: Dr. Patrick Berends (Agricultural Business), Dr. Steve Rocca (Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education), Dr. Kathie Reid-Bevington (Child, Family and Consumer Sciences), Dr. Erin Dormedy (Food Science and Nutrition), Dr. Arun Nambiar (Industrial Technology), Dr. John Bushoven (Plant Science) and Dr. Sonet van Zyl (Viticulture and Enology).