Runner Up: Anna Miles, Development of Early Detection Technology of Botulism
First Place: Lia Montes & Natalie D’Agostino, PTK Latinx Postcards
Runner Up: Alana Stewart, Resistance of Mycoplasma pneumonia to Macrolide antibiotics
Runner Up: Kennedy Cole, COBS Community Outreach Behavioral Services Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking and Providing Resources to Its Victims
Runner Up: Brittany Jamison, Greater Than, Less Than and Equal to for 1st Grade
First Place: Bryce Thompson, Extroversion & Shyness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Runner Up: Zane Cooper, Redlining in America
Runner Up: Hallee Barney, Group Dynamics
Tie for First Place: Logan Adams, The Struggles of Life at the Minidoka War Relocation Center
Tie for First Place: Zane Cooper, Plato’s Virtues & the Tripartite Soul
Runner Up: Andison Fluckiger, The Republic of Plato Poetry and Imitation
Tie for First Place: Craig Petersen, Speak Up Ink Up Charity Event
Tie for First Place: Sawyer Ellis, Google Vision AIY
Runner Up: Kennedy Cole, Growth and Fixed Mindset: A Survey About Mindsets and Their Relationship to Symptoms of Mental Illness, the Internalization of Problems, and Emotion Regulation Strategies
Runner Up: Mercades Nelson, Is Social Media Compromising Our Self-Regulating Behaviors?
2021 Connections Project Summary
This year’s Connection Project included posters, mini presentations, and club submissions. Finalists in each category were determined by a panel of judges. Winners of this year’s Connections Excellence Awards were presented by Will Young, Vice President of the College’s Speech and Debate team and President of the Queers and Allies Club, during the 2021 Connections Project. Winners of each category received $100 to $150 prizes.
1st Place – Biology Club, Pollinator Garden Virtual Tour
1st Place – Kristina Turley, Brooklyn Miller, and Camille Slack, Police Reform: Response to Mental Health Crisis Calls
Runner-up – Michelle Petit, Pitching a (Fictitious) Website Design to the Business Owners
1st Place – Kate Jones, Origins of a Republic: America’s Role in the Formation of the Republic of Liberia
Runner-up – Anastasia English, Women of Ancient Athens
1st Place – Tory Cardwell, Human Rhino/Enterovirus
Runner-up – Marty Lawhorn, Service as a Teacher’s Assistant
Despite the 2020 Connections Project being moved online, College of Western Idaho (CWI) is celebrating student projects with a video showcasing this year's Connections Excellence award recipients. More than 130 students submitted work, which included posters, artwork, videos, websites, and presentations. In addition to this recognition, award winners will also receive a cash prize.
Posters – Connect Category
Posters that explore existing connections between or within communities, cultures, or disciplines.
Audrey Young – "Bacillus Anthracis and Weaponized Anthrax"
Brian Mitchell – “Myths and Misconceptions of Postpartum Depression”
Posters – Inspire Category
Posters that inspire others to learn more or take action.
Tayzia Stark – "Advocating for 'Shy Students'"
Sevio Stanton – “Exploring the Relationship Between Exoplanet Orbital Architectures and Host Star Compositions”
Zack Szymczycha – “A Methodology for Systematic Mapping of Raptor Literature”
Debra Brockert – “Hey! I Care About That Issue”
Roni Ramos – “Free 2 Succeed”
Beta Sigma Pi, CWI’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – “Stereotyping and Civility on the CWI Campus: PTK Honors in Action Project” by Laura Baldwin, Rheanna Palmer, Jody Ayers, Kristal Smith, Nicole Johnston, and Mia Cinello-Smith; presented by Michal Yadlin
Taite Griffin – “Bellevue Hospital and It’s Effects on Early American Healthcare”
Synchronous Mini-talk Category
Tim Riley – "My Price of Admission"
Kathleen Brashier – "Treasure"
Kristin Grimm – "The Equitable Treatment of Male and Female Genders in John Donne's 'The Canonization'"
Each year, faculty and staff work to bring this wonderful event to life. Michelle Fellows, Department Chair of Social Sciences, has been an integral part of the Connections Project serving as the committee lead and overseeing the production of the project for the last five years. She knew students who participated in the Connections Project pushed themselves to grow, not only academically, but often emotionally as well. As Fellows prepares to leave CWI to teach in Alaska, we commend her for all she has done for the Connections Project and wish her luck on her new endeavor.
“Michelle has been inspirational to all who worked on the project, and without her, it would not have been the same,” said Cathy Carson, Associate Professor of Math.
Stay tuned for additional virtual presentations including recognition of our 2020 Emerging Scholars recipients.
Key Note Speaker – Luz Camerena, artist, presented on conflict of the human spirit when living in a non-native community
CWI President Bert Glandon awarded the Presidential Writing Awards to students
Michelle Fellows and Karen Brown presented the Connections Project Awards to CWI students
Hunter Carson: Photosynthesis
Bio: My name is Hunter Carson. I'm a resident of Montana, meaning that the only complaint I have about Idaho is the speed limits. I am graduating this semester with three Associate of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts, Political Science, and History. I am on the competitive speech and debate team, and am in two different fraternities including Pi Kappa Delta and Phi Theta Kappa, one of the honors fraternities. I plan on pursuing a master's degree in political science before moving on to law school. Project completed as part of Molly Wolk’s course.
Ollie Shannon - Color and Gender: A Story of How Language Impacts Culture
Kyra Dorman - Solar Energy: A Lesson for 8th Graders
Krystal Powell - Inquiry STEM Teaching
Hunter Carson - Photosynthesis
Ashley Wyatt - The Birds and the Bees
Robyn Richardson - Data Results from Connecting with Ideas Courses
Music and Dance
Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl - Celebrating the ancestral peoples of Mexico.
Global Lounge – Drumming and Capoeira - Promoting diversity and building a stronger community through art, music, dance, friendship and culture!
Mark Galaviz: Boise State University Master of Arts in Communication
Jessi Jensen: Boise State University Master of Social Work Program
Phil Nelson: Boise State University Nursing
Tina Pittman: Art Instructor at Skyview High School
Rhiannon Trull: Boise State University Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling
Posters and Artwork
Sura Ali, Jessica Ames, Brenda Anderson, Ryan Blunck, Brandie Austin-Huck, Amy Behner, Stephanie Caddy, Madeline Cardenas, Angel Castro, Megane, Chevarria, Ken Christensen, Caroline Cole, Nikki Collins, Shannon Sharay Collins, Shayne Cluck, Joseph Davidson, Stephanie Fillmore-Valdez, Jackie Fowell, Alison Fuller, Jose Garcia, Shaylynn Giroir, Rafael Gomez, Katie Gonzalez, Ben Guimares, Issra Hamad, Maha Hamad, Van Harper, Sonia Henderson, Nick Hoover, Camri Hughes, Asmaa Ibrahi, Jamie Kingsley, Jessica Lema, Wade Lybbert, Muktar Mberwa, Michael Molnar, Chelle Moore, Jerry Murphy, Luity Mwamba, Cristian Ornelas, Holly Owens, Jacquie Pearson, Azalea Perez, Whitney Pollard, Kate Routledge, Robin Sleight, Kendi Smith, Shannon Strozzi, Tom Thompson, Alex Thurman, Krystena Vierra, Jade Walker, Nikki Wanner, Tricia Williams, Toe Zaw, and the Artwork of Goran Fazil’s students.
CWI Student Work from courses taught by – Karen Brown, Erica Compton, Jenica Draney, Goran Fazil, Nicole Frank, Michelle Fellows, Nikki Gorrell, Teresa Rich, Heather Schoenherr, Andrea Schumaker, Martha Timberlake
President's Writing Awards
The annual awards were established to recognize and honor excellence in student writing at CWI, while celebrating the power of the written word—the beauty and necessity of thoughtful communication.