Belmont students Stephen Valenta and Lindsey Huskey presented their research at the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Region III meeting in Asheville, N.C. March 13-15. Faculty advisors Dr. Sarah Ann Stewart and Dr. Jonathon Thorndike also attended the convention. The annual Alpha Chi convention is organized around student presentations by junior and seniors from their respective chapters.
Stephen Valenta, business major and president of Belmont’s Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi, presented his research on “Working Overseas While Young.” Valenta discussed the costs and benefits for recent college graduates who pursue employment, internships or work with the Peace Corps or Christian ministries in Europe, Asia or Africa. He presented methods of finding employment through private companies, government agencies, and service organizations, and he fielded questions about opportunities from students in the audience.
Lindsey Huskey, music major, made an interdisciplinary presentation on music theory, structural analysis and performance of J. S. Bach’s “Partita No. 2 in C Minor: Sinfonia” on the piano. Drawing on the work of Douglas R. Hofstadter, Huskey presented information about Bach’s background and the traditional design of the fugue, comparing it with other patterns found in the art of M. C. Escher, mathematics, and computer code languages such as C++ and Java.
In addition to the students’ research presentations, Dr. Thorndike was re-elected to his 2nd four-year term as Secretary-Treasurer of Region III at the meeting.
Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor awarded by Belmont University. Its members are invited based on their academic standing in the top 10% of the junior and senior classes within any academic major. Belmont has had an active chapter of Alpha Chi for over 25 years. Dr. Sarah Ann Stewart (Mathematics) is the current Sponsor, and Dr. Rachel Rigsby (Chemistry) is the Assistant Sponsor. Dr. Jonathan Thorndike is Region III Secretary-Treasurer. Alpha Chi Region III includes the colleges and universities with chapters in Alabama, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.