Three Limestone Students Present Research at Honors Conference
Milissa Rydzik, Tanner Hamrick, and Brian Kaylor
Three Limestone College students presented their research findings at the 40th Southern Regional Honors Conference (SRHC) in Tampa, Fla.

The SRHC is the regional organization for the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and is the professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges.

Representing Limestone at the conference were:

• Milissa Rydzik, a senior psychology major from Endwell, NY
• Tanner Hamrick, a senior criminal justice major from Blacksburg
• Brian Kaylor, a senior English major from Greensboro, NC



Fitness in the Workplace

Milissa Rydzik

The title for Rydzik's research was "Fitness in the Workplace," and was centered upon the relationship between exercise and improved reaction time and accuracy in the workplace. The results may lead credence to the notion that a body in motion increases productivity. Forty-one participants, all working-age adults, took part in the study. "Various fitness measures were taken, and participants performed two thinking tasks before and after the simulated exercise," Rydzik explained. "The results demonstrated that accuracy and reaction time improved between the tasks. These results may lead to the implementation of fitness interventions in the workplace to decrease employee accident and injury, and increase worker productivity."
Presenting research findings at conferences is nothing new for Rydzik, who has presented at the South Carolina Psychological Association Conference and the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Symposium. "Limestone's honors program provides me with more experiences to get my research out there," she said. "By having multiple conference presentations under my belt, I have been able to significantly boost my resume for graduate schools and jobs."



A Growing Trend in the Fight on School Crime

Tanner Hamrick

Tanner Hamrick leveraged his studies in criminal justice at Limestone to examine the growing use of resource officers in schools. "In today's world, school safety is a growing concern among parents, students, educators, and law enforcement personnel. Faced with the task of dealing with challenges like drug abuse and violence in our schools, many states are looking for new solutions, with most placing full time law enforcement officers in schools," said Hamrick. "The purpose of my research was to examine the this growing use of school resource officers and the roles they play as opposed to those of normal law enforcement officers or school administrators, and the effects such programs have on school crime and community relations."
Tanner presented a similar study in March 2011 at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) during their annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

"Today's school resource officer is a three-headed creature that is part police officer, teacher, and guidance counselor; they are specifically trained to perform all three roles, sometimes simultaneously, within a school. They serve as teachers as well as law enforcement officers...particularly at the middle school level where some officers spend as much as 20 percent of their time teaching in classrooms. Often this time is spent educating students through substance abuse and safety programs held in most secondary schools each year. They are also regularly teaching the students about the risks and criminal consequences of bullying and cyber-bullying, both of which have become major problems in a world where students have instant access to social media websites such as Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter on their phones."



Two Sonnets Share the Same Closing

Brian Kaylor

Brian Kaylor explored how two sonnets, John Milton's "On the Late Massacre in Piedmont" and William Shakespeare's "Sonnet XII" shared the same outcome finale. "Both of the sonnets share the theme of finding closure or solution to an event or problem that has caused passionate unhappiness or resentment," said Kaylor. "Although these sonnets share a common finality, they vary in concept, form, and the use of symbolism and imagery. Accordingly, these dissimilarities cause the sonnets to reach their respective closure or solution in strikingly different ways."