Honors Components Spotlight

Katlyn McSweeney | Stings with Framingham PD 
Honors Component in Criminal Investigations
For her honors component, Katlyn McSweeney conducted 50+ stings with the Framingham Police Department. During these stings, she went into establishments where they served alcohol. Katlyn's purpose was to go in, and ask for a Bud Light to see if they would ID her because she is only 19 years old. The significance of this component was to make sure the establishments in Framingham were not abusing their rights to serve liquor. It was important to Katlyn because it meant that she could be helping the community by making sure minors were not being served, which in return could save a life.


Josh Montinieri | Torture in the US Today
Honors Component in Eng 223: Literature of Human Rights

Josh Montienieri went deeper in Literature of Human Rights, reading memoirs and testimonials on torture by British Moazzem Begg, Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantánamo, Bagram and Kandahar, and American interrogator Tony Lagouranis, Fear Up Harsh: A Military Interrogator’s Dark JourneyThrough Iraq. He presented his conclusions on the Geneva Conventions and US involvement in torture at the campus-wide Connected Learning Symposium in May.


Andrew Civetti | A New Policing Plan for Fallujah, Iraq
Honors Component in Criminal Justice

Andrew Civetti designed his own policing model in a customized Honors Component with Professor Ed Sieh. In his research, he took on the same challenges faced by US and Iraqi forces and civilians in Iraq. Fallujah has been a key battle zone in the war there and a flash point of civic disorder since 2004. At the Connected Learning Symposium in May, Andrew presented his own theoretical model for policing this city. His model takes into account the urban infrastructure as well as the charged cultural and political landscape of Fallujah.


Tim Jutras | Boston Police vs. Boston Gangs
Honors Component in Criminal Justice

When asked what interesting things he was into this semester, Tim Jutras said what interested him was the Honors Component research he’d designed in Criminal Justice. He was pursuing “the continuing attempts on the part of the Boston police to keep up with criminal gangs. What I’m seeing is a back and forth movement; new strategies by the police are being countered by new strategies on the part of the gangs. It’s a competition and an evolution.”


Iván González | Poverty from the Perspective of Poor People
Honors Component in Humanities 205: Mexico in Context

The course provides a background of Mexican history and culture as well as offering critical perspectives on service, globalization, poverty, and human rights to students who are participating in the international service-learning program, Mexico Shoulder to Shoulder. We all traveled to Mexico in January. In my Component research I planned to look at what the Mexican government was doing to alleviate poverty and to interview local people in Veracruz, Mexico about poverty and NAFTA. Spanish is my native language because I am from the Dominican Republic, and I did a lot of research before we left and made a presentation to the class on my findings.

The results were presented at the Northeastern Regional Honors Conference in Morristown N.J. as well as at Lasell’s campus-wide Connected Learning Symposium in the spring. This year’s honors conference was an enjoyable experience. The students from Lasell represented our school in a very professional way. Everyone’s individual topic was extraordinary given its relevance in today’s society. The Honors conference was another opportunity for me to grasp new ideas as well as to expand my knowledge on different subject matter. Learn more about Student Research in Mexico


Fallon Coster | The Golden Ratio and Sparkling Design
Honors Component in Math 107: Geometry

The golden ratio is a very interesting tool that can be utilized in the construction and design of clothing among many other things. The ratio can enhance the appeal of an item and result in a more attractive appearance. Since the Renaissance period this ratio has been used in paintings, codes, architecture, and so much more. Through this design I have learned that you can find the golden parts of basically any measurement, this is how I came about my design. I had the basic components mapped out for the design and used phi, 1.618 or .618 to find the measurements at which the designs should be applied for the best look. If I was finding the whole I used 1.618 and multiplied by the smaller part of the whole. Or I used .618 to multiply by the whole measurement to find the smaller portion and subtracted that from the whole to find the larger portion. I used this constant in all of the design components of this garment. From my experience with this equation I have began to take notice in how prominent it is in today’s fashion. This equation seems to be a method for many designers to pinpoint the exact measurements that they use in their designs. Through my experience and like the many professional designers utilizing the golden ratio I exhibited the eye appeal that the golden ratio adds to garments.


Laura Notarangelo | Turning from Panic to Pesticides
Honors Component in SCI 211: Global Ecology

When I first figured out that I wanted to do an Honors Component in my Global Ecology class with Dr. Sarikas, I had no idea where to start. Emails were coming in every day reminding me to fill out the contract and turn it in, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do yet! I originally thought I would have to do something ordinary (and boring!), but luckily Dr. Sarikas had something else in mind. I loved his idea.

In our Global Ecology class, we discuss environmental threats that face our world. In November, every student analyzed a product that contained pesticides. The pertinent information from each analysis is going to be organized and displayed on a poster to present at the Connected Learning Symposium on December 14th. I will not only act as the leader for the poster session, but I will also have creative control to make the display visually appealing to the audience, which is a fun idea for me.

In addition, I will write an analysis on the use of pesticides and other chemicals. This essay will also reflect on my experience as the project coordinator, the poster presentation, and my personal performance throughout the Component.


Amanda Wasowski | My First Assignment with the FBI
Honors Component in CJ 201: Criminology

My first Honors Component was probably the scariest one I had to do. Professor Carlson asked what I wanted to do in life. What I wanted to do? From this, my project evolved.

As the course progressed we learned about theories of criminology and the problems that plagued many law enforcement agencies throughout their early development. For my Component project, I would have the task of interviewing a female FBI Special Agent and turning the tables on her. I would be the investigator. She would be the investigated.

Using the theories we studied, I developed my interview questions. After the interview, I wrote a full report and made a formal presentation to the class.

I learned a lot from the Agent about being a female in a male’s world. However, I also discovered I wanted to be an FBI agent. I saw myself fulfilling that career because of the theories I learned and the knowledge I gained from this Component.


Gary Gay | (Calculus)2m + (Component)honors = Calculus 2
Honors Component in Math 206: Calculus

In Calculus I and II, Professor Malini Pillai expects a lot out of her students. She is one of the most involved and caring teachers I have ever known.

For my Honors Component, I am required to do one extra question on all tests and quizzes. This tests our critical thinking to a deeper level. Next, Honors students are asked to complete two projects, a writing exercise and a poster to show in-depth knowledge of a given topic. Lastly we are asked to tutor one hour of math a week and keep a log to be turned in with a reflective essay.

Over all, the Honors Component in math has built my knowledge and made me a better teacher to my peers. It has also put a few extra dollars in my pocket. I now have a job tutoring mathematics which helps me better my understanding of math and builds my confidence.


Desiree Milner-McKay | Social Research and the Power of Poetry
Honors Component in Soc 214: Sociology of Families

For my Honors Component in Sociology of Families, I am researching Depo Provera, a method of birth control. I am learning about its development and the current controversies around the use of both Depo and Norplant.

I will be writing a paper about this and some of the side effects that people do not know about. Then I will be collecting birth control stories, talking to four women who have taken Depo Provera or another form of birth control. I will write poems about their stories to present to my class.

I decided to work on this project because I believe there is a lot of information that women do not know about the birth control they are taking. I am one of those women. What interests me about my Component is that it hits close to home. Combining research and poetry, it's not like any other assignment; this assignment can effect change.

So I apologize that I have my priorities straight
I apologize for wanting more for myself
I apologize for wanting to do better with my life
For wanting to get out of the ghetto
I apologize for wanting more than penny candies and 50 cent sodas but
The one thing I won’t apologize for
Is my drive to succeed and
To do that I must continue
To make sweet passionate love to my textbooks and thesis papers
Cuz this education ain’t free and
There is more than one person relying on me

- From “What Do I Have to Go Back To”
Desiree Milner-McKay

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State Board of Higher Education Approves New Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice  Wednesday, December 17, 2014The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved a new Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Lasell that will offer students multiple concentrations in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Violence Prevention and Advocacy as well as a flexible Criminal Justice option. The online program launches in Fall 2015.

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