Opinion

April 16, 2014

Successes continue at Dalton State College

These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

College officials recently announced that the new science building currently under construction on the campus will be named Shelby and Willena Peeples Hall, in honor of the couple’s longstanding support of the college. The building will double the number of biology and chemistry labs and will include dedicated lab space for undergraduate student research.

The building will be dedicated in a public ceremony on May 7 at 2 p.m., and a community-wide open house will be held on May 18.

College administrators are also excited about some recent successes by students doing research that transcended the campus and got Dalton State College’s name out in circles it might not previously have been seen.

Shannon Evans, an English major, saw her paper “One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Disease: Exploring Hoarding as Reality Television Entertainment,” chosen for publication in the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of The Journal of Popular Television.

And biology major Faith Stokes’ interest in snakes resulted in her undertaking a project on how venom from snakes native to this area may possibly be able to help deal with potentially pathogenic bacterial strains.

A poster created by Stokes, titled “Venom from Local Snake Species: A Potential Source of Antibacterial Treatment,” was showcased at a Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference at Columbus State University. It was selected as best poster.

Stokes, who was featured in a front-page story in The Daily Citizen on March 20 of this year, has also been asked to speak at a national viper conference and was accepted to participate at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” event in Washington, D.C. Stokes’ project was among 60 selected from approximately 600 submitted, college officials said.

Two other DSC students, Victoria Roy and Miles Thomas, also presented at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference.

Roy, a biology major, explored the different ways in which yarrow, a flowering plant believed to have some healing properties, can be used, while Thomas, also a biology major, presented research on Lakeshore Park in Dalton. His poster, titled “Phosphorus Assessment of Lakeshore Park Wetland,” sought to determine the fate of phosphates entering a degraded wetland.

We commend Dalton State officials as they continue to enhance the campus and the college’s course offerings, and we celebrate these students whose research is receiving regional and national recognition.

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