FSC students give
presentations at honors program
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 4,
2002) - Ten Florida Southern College students gave presentations
at the FSC Honors Program on Sept. 27. Participants summarized their
internship, summer research, and class projects during the afternoon
event, "Fiat Lux: A Celebration of FSC Scholarship."
Under the direction of Dr. Nancy Morvillo, professor of biology,
students Joseph Capetillo, Jennifer Samuel, and Tatiana Yero presented
"The Secret to a Rose's Beauty," exploring the genetic makeup of
one variety of rose on campus that has differences in the number
of its petals. This project was funded by a grant from the Community
Foundation of Greater Lakeland. Capetillo, a freshman, is the son
of Fernando and Norma Capetillo of Brandon, Fla. Samuel is a junior
majoring in biology. She is the daughter of Febby and Elsey Samuel
of Lakeland, Fla. Yero, a junior, is also a biology major from Lakeland.
Her parents are Emilio and Mirta Yero.
Shawn Nelson, a senior history major, presented "Recycling a Discarded
Idea: What Happens When Students Want to Make a Difference?" as
part of his honors program class work. He discussed the process
for beginning FSC's campus recycling program last spring, its results
(555 inches of office paper collected in a semester) and plans for
the future. Nelson is the son of Earl and Linda Nelson of Lakeland,
"Supramolecular Chemistry" was presented by Houda Darwiche and Dalitso
Nyalani, under the direction of Dr. Carmen Gauthier, chair of the
chemistry and physics department. The students discussed the making
of molecules that they believe had never been constructed before.
This research was funded by the FSC dean's office. Darwiche is a
junior chemistry and biology major. She is the daughter of Abdul
and Hind Darwiche of Winter Haven, Fla. Nyalani, a senior biology
major, is the daughter of Dominic and Dorothy Nyalani of Malawi,
Joy Beurrier, a junior English major in the honors program, presented
"Latin Lives!", arguing in favor of teaching Latin at FSC. She suggested
that a knowledge of Latin would help students in many ways, and
her research revealed a sizable number of students interested in
the course. Beurrier is the daughter of Jim and Paulette Beurrier
of Stuart, Fla.
Bradley Serata and Rosalie Lathers presented "The Folklore of Florida
Southern College," under the direction of Dr. Alexander Bruce, English
professor and assistant dean of the college. The students shared
a range of tales that had been collected about ghosts and Greek
life on campus, discussing why people tell these stories and why
they are perpetuated. This project was funded by the dean's office.
Serata is a senior criminology and sociology major. He is the son
of Robert and Judith Serata of St. Petersburg, Fla. Lathers, a senior
music education and music performance major, is the daughter of
Glen and Cheryl Lathers of Tampa, Fla.
Kelly Aurich presented her research on "Experimental Design for
the Study of Water Hyacinth Growth" as part of her internship. Under
the direction of Dr. Eric Kjellmark, biology professor, Aurich studied
growth problems of water hyacinth planted in specific areas to absorb
bad chemicals from the water. Aurich, a senior biology and environmental
studies major, is the daughter of Robert and Roberta Aurich of Lakeland,
Bruce explained the program title, "Fiat Lux" - Latin for "Let there
be light!" - as it applied to the intent and structure of the program:
"As God's first command in the story of Creation from Genesis, it
reminds us of FSC's religious grounding; it is in Latin, the traditional
language of scholarship; and it is a command to create light from
chaos - just as our creative students have helped illuminate us
with their scholarly work."
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.