A pair of FPU students won honors at the 2018 Alpha Chi National Honor Society convention April 4-8 in Portland, OR

Cho Fai Wong received one of 10 H.Y. Benedict Fellowships for graduate study, in the amount of $3,000. He plans to use the $3,000 fellowship to support his graduate work in mechanical engineering at U.C. Riverside or U.C. Davis, beginning the fall of 2018. His paper, in the philosophy category, was “A Weak Identity Thesis.”

Wong is the second FPU student to win a national Alpha Chi fellowship. “His accomplishment is especially amazing since his writing submission was in a second language,” noted Pamela Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of ancient history and classics. Johnston is a sponsor of the FPU Alpha Chi chapter, along with W. Marshall Johnston, Ph.D., associate professor of ancient history and classics, and Nathan P. Carson, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy.

Colton Taylor, won the top prize in his category, the Gayle Webb White Prize in Business Administration, for his paper, “Protecting This House: A Strategic Analysis of Under Armour, Inc.”

In all, Alpha Chi honored 26 students and 12 alternates nationally with fellowships and scholarships totaling $74,000. See the complete list at alphachihonor.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Schol_Fell_Winners2018.pdf

Other FPU participants and their projects were:

  • Rhoda Anderson (Exercise Science/Nutrition, ): “Yoga as a Form of Aerobic Exercise: A Study on the Cardiovascular Benefits of Cadential Yoga”

  • Petrika Gjata (Business Administration, presentation): “The Psychology Behind Business”

  • Alina Gutridge (Art Research, presentation): “How Yves Klein ‘Blue’ My Mind”

  • Hailey Millhollen (Communication & Art/Film/Theatre Research, presentation): “Charles Chaplin: A Study of Optimism and Voice”

  • Joy Rubio (Communication; graduate student, presentation) “The Stories We Carry: The Conflicting Roles of Friend and Authority in Resident Assistant Relationships”

  • Laurel Samuelson (British Literature, presentation) “The Wood Between the Worlds: Death and Catharsis in The Magician's Nephew”

In addition to their academic endeavors, the students took in the culture of Portland, visiting sites including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Japanese Garden (which included a concert by percussionist Colin Currie, Oregon Symphony artist-in-residence), the Grotto at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and the famous Powell’s Bookstore.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations