2016 Convention

April 7-9, 2016

Alexandria, VA

Alpha Chi California Iota Chapter attends the Alpha Chi National Convention in Chicago- March 19-22.

The theme of the Conference was “The Nexus of Science and the Arts.” Chapter delegates from universities across the nation attended and over 300 students gave poster or paper presentations. 

Alpha Chi always has a service sponsored project each year and this year the project was “Art Therapy Connection, Chicago- a program for at-risk youth.  Over $3000 in art supplies and donations of $2800 were given by the chapters.

The key note speaker was Nnedi Okorafor, award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for children and adults.  The chapter got to talk with her and even get pictures.  Okorafor is Nigerian and this Nikki Oragwam was especially thrilled to meet this wonderful women.  Nnedi was an award winning athlete who was suddenly stricken with Scoliosis and after surgery was paralyzed.  She worked hard to recover from this with a determination honed as an athlete.

Six students from California State University, Bakersfield presented at the conference

  • March 19th- Research and Creativity Forum- poster presentations.
    Chemistry section:  Niruka C. Oragwam, “Synthesis of Small Molecule Inhibitors of LOX Using BAPN and Its Derivatives.”
    Health Sciences Section: Olivia Harter, “Symbols in Nursing: Transitioning from Traditional to Modern.”
  • March 20th- Section on Health Sciences: Gender, Cognition and Mental Health Issues
    Danica Adoc, Charmaine Paruhbrub & Robyn Musick- paper presentation- “Older Women’s Experiences with Ageism in Health Care.
  • March 21- Section on American Literature
    Robyn Rowley- paper presentation- “Re-vision and Metapoetics in Adrienne Rich’s ‘Diving into the Wreck”.

Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley, Sponsor for California Iota Chapter served as a judged for 6 sessions of papers on Religion and Philosophy.

2015 Alpha Chi Convention Slideshow

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