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Justin Hutson arrived at Oglethorpe as a junior transfer student. According to Dr. Linda Taylor, Professor of English, Justin quickly distinguished himself as being “among the most gifted, widely read and consistently serious students in a very good [Writing Biography and Autobiography] class…  He was unusually effective and fluent in introducing into his nonfictional prose not only concrete details of his own or another’s experience, but also references to art, theater, and particularly 20th Century literature. He very naturally combines these in ways that are literary and enhance the effect of his writing.” Justin’s proposal, “The Creative Impulse in 20th Century America,” stands as perhaps the most literary, lyrical piece of writing ever to serve as an IPM application. As Dr. Taylor states, Justin “sees his art very much in the context of other art.  He studies it, with great rigor and respect, then uses it.  That gives his nonfiction a maturity unusual in undergraduate writing.” Read Justin’s IPM proposal.



Cassie Wells is a junior with a nearly perfect GPA. She is doing an IPM focused on “Visual Anthropology.” Of her recent work, Cassie says, “As more and more new technologies are thrust into society, it is imperative to study the effects of these technologies from an anthropological standpoint. In particular, I have a special interest in research regarding virtual internet communities and video games, specifically their effects on a generation growing up in the ‘media age.’ In my Effects of Mass Media class, I investigated the potential of online gaming communities in enhancing traditional methods of education, drawing my conclusions from literature in the field of media effects. After two anthropology classes with Dr. [Jeffrey] Collins, I completed a research project entitled “Video Games as a Medium for the 21st Century Revival of Religion and Myth,” in which I discussed the use and presentation of various religious archetypes in a number of popular games. I then outlined methods by which we should further study the known implications of religion and myth as presented in video games, as well as implications that have yet to be considered.” Read Cassie’s IPM proposal.

Carlos Carthen II is a senior who plays on the men's varsity tennis team, is the president of Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir and serves as an assistant to Oglethorpe's Sports Information Director. Carlos has developed an IPM, "Business Management and Music Theory," which combines his passion for music with learning the management and business principles that he feels are needed for a successful music career. In January 2009, Carlos was one of nine students who travelled to Netherlands, Belgium and France as a part of Dr. Cassandra Copeland's course, International Trade and Business in the Euro-zone. Dr. Copeland, Associate Professor of Economics, says of Carlos, "He is extraordinarily energetic and creative. During our trip he would sometimes sit down in the hotel lobby and play the piano, quite beautifully, for the guests. One night he was even invited to sit in on the drums at a jazz club we were visiting." Carlos also produced (along with classmate Joey Kosciolek) a video of pictures, film clips and music as a way of portraying the trip to others. Finally, each student was required to keep a journal of his/her experiences. Of Carlos' chronicle, Dr. Copeland says, "He included original song lyrics, poems and sketches. It was fantastic, and like no other journal." Read Carlos’ IPM proposal.

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