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    Dancescape Poster 2014

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    A poster for the Winona State University Theatre and Dance Department\u27s annual Dancescape. This is a poster for the Dancscape 2014.

    Dancescape Poster 1997

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    A poster for the Winona State University Theatre and Dance Department\u27s annual Dancescape. This is a poster for the Dancscape 1997.

    Dancescape Poster 2015

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    A poster for the Winona State University Theatre and Dance Department\u27s annual Dancescape. This is a poster for the Dancscape 2015.

    The 12th Man: A Woman. Inequity in Professional Football Leadership Hiring

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    The Winonan

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    Implementation of a Novel Social-Emotional Learning Program to Advance Integration of Wellness in Education Practice

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    Social-emotional learning (SEL) programs aim to enhance emotional intelligence by teaching problem solving, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship building skills. SEL interventions have been shown to improve quality of life and wellbeing, increasingly important outcomes in the wake of the staggering effects of the COVID-19 crisis on mental health. HappiGenius is a novel SEL program with the addition of mindful attention and self-compassion. We hypothesized HappiGenius would improve positive emotions, self-compassion, attention, mindful self-awareness, and social skills in a group of students. This observational cohort study took place at a diverse elementary school in a midsize midwestern city and included 48 students across four 3rd grade classrooms. HappiGenius included 12 lessons, approximately 45 minutes each, delivered twice a week for 6 weeks. The results demonstrated increased frequency of positive emotions (Positive Affect Scale for Children, median increase from 3.57 to 4.04, p=0.04) and improved self-compassion (Self-Compassion Scale for Children, 3.04 to 3.25, p=0.0094). Changes in student reported mindful self-awareness (Mindful Attentive Awareness Scale for Children, 3.27 to 3.47, p=0.56) and teacher ratings of hyperactivity/ inattention (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, 3.0 to 2.5, p=0.26) were not statistically significant. Strong positive changes were observed in other teacher-reported behavioral outcomes on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, including total difficulties (6.0 to 3.5, p=0.0004) and prosocial skills (9.0 to 10.0,

    Effectiveness of Promoting Organ Donation with Appeal to Reason Versus Emotion

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    Abstract Katrina Pfaffenbach Dr. Amanda Brouwer The need for organ donors is consistent and enduring; every day in the United States, 17 individuals die waiting for a transplant, and while 90% of U.S. adults state they support donation, only 60% are registered donors (Health Resources & Services Administration, 2021). Organ donation promotional campaigns are routinely done in the realm of public health, yet the most effective approach remains disputed. In this study, separate appeals to reason and emotion were explored to provide a better understanding of how different types of promotion affect attitudes and misconceptions of organ donation. It was hypothesized that since the majority of participants were from a university setting, that a rational video, one providing information about organ donation and addressing misconceptions, would increase positive attitudes more than an emotional video across time. Participants were 131 individuals (M= 22.02, SD= 7.87) who answered questions about their views on organ donation before and after watching either an educational or emotional organ donation video. A 2x2 mixed design ANOVA was computed to test whether there were differences in attitudes before and after watching the videos and whether those differences were the same or different for each video group. Results indicated that there were main effects of feeling more educated (F(1,125) = 55.51, p \u3c .001), decreased “ick” factor (F(1,125) = 10.79, p = .001), increased beliefs that other people should register as donors (F(1,7.61) = 10.79, p = .007), and decreased medical mistrust (F(1,125) = 13.92, p \u3c .001) after watching the videos. Additionally, there was an interaction effect found for education (F(1,125) = 13.60, p \u3c .001). After watching the video, the educational group reported feeling more educated (M=6.47, SE= 0.11) than those who watched the emotional video (M=5.949, SE= 0.12: t(125)=3.28, p \u3c .001). For those who watched either video, there was a significant increase in knowledge after watching the video (Educational: t(125)=8.20, p \u3c .001; Emotional t(125)=2.57, p = .01). The number of individuals who were not previously registered and agreed to be registered organ donors also increased after watching the videos (c2(N=127), =5.14, p =.016). No significant changes were observed for overall views on organ donation, perceived benefit, bodily integrity, or the “jinx” factor. These results give insight on how organ donation campaigns regardless of approach can positively influence some attitudes, but potentially not significantly affect others. The attitudes that were impacted by education were feeling educated, the “ick” factor, believing other people should register, as well as medical mistrust. An educational video increased feeling educated more than that emotional video, but both groups increased across time. Additionally, the educational group results in higher rates of registration and feeling potentially more satisfied with the video than did the emotional group. Therefore, the rational approach appeared more successful in increasing registration rates although both videos positively impacted this population of primarily college students in some way. Keywords: promotional appeals, reason versus emotion, organ donation, education, attitudes about organ donation

    The Psychological Consequences of COVID- 19: What is the Experience for College Students?

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    The coronavirus disease, also known as COVID- 19, undoubtedly changed the lives of many American citizens after its initial impact in the United States back in March 2020. A specific proportion of the U.S. population that is often overlooked regarding economic and emotional disparities is that of college students. COVID- 19 has brought about even more changes and issues on top of the preexisting ones that college students already must endure. The purpose of this study was to consider the many variables of college students living during a pandemic. Participants from a Midwestern university completed a series of online surveys measuring demographics and mental health. Hierarchical multiple regression models were used to assess the ability of psychological factors (affect, resilience) to predict symptoms of depression and anxiety after controlling for the influence of life transitions. For both the depression and anxiety models, the total amount of variance explained was 50%, p \u3c .05. Findings showed that despite the experience of challenging life transitions, college students were protected by resilience and positive affect relative to their reported depression and anxiety scores. This study further highlights the importance of maintaining protective factors for managing depression and anxiety, especially when living during a pandemic

    Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Acceptance Among Age Cohorts

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    Young people experience suicide ideation at high rates, 11.8%, and suicide is the second leading cause of death from age 10 to 34 (CDC, 2017, NIMH, 2019). The rates of suicide have increased by 35% for all age groups from 1999 to 2018. Reasons for young people being at such high risk could be due to rising use of social media and the internet, personality traits, or cultural contexts. However, less is known about how differing attitudes could influence ideation, and whether there is an interaction between age and attitudes. Participants (N= 302, M = 36.79, SD = 16.66) were recruited through Amazon MTurk, Winona State University, and Winona community organizations. They were asked to complete an online survey. Their data were used to measure the relationship between age and ideation, attitudes about suicide and ideation, and the interaction between age and attitudes about suicide. Significant results were found for the three hypotheses. Attitudes about suicide were found to be related to increased ideation. Results also indicated that younger individuals have higher rates of ideation. There was also a significant interaction between young age and suicide acceptance. This would indicate that greater acceptance of suicide among young people is associated with greater ideation than it is for older people. That may indicate greater risk for young people with accepting attitudes towards suicide, but more research is warranted

    Synthesis of Activated Carbon from Spent Coffee Beans

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    Activated carbon is a material that is used in various industries. An important way that activated carbon is used, is to remove impurities and contaminants from water. Activated carbon is used to filter out odors and pollutants such as organic compounds by adsorbing and trapping these molecules within the structure of the carbon. The goal of this research is to synthesize activated carbon from spent coffee grounds. To this end, we are developing and tuning a protocol for the synthesis of activated carbon via a Microwave-Assisted Reaction System (MARS-TA). Variables investigated in this study are the amount of phosphoric acid activator used, reaction time, and the wattage of the microwave. Characterization of the activated carbon samples will be done via adsorption isotherm studies with methylene blue


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