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McKendree University, formerly known as McKendree College, is a private liberal arts college located in Lebanon, Illinois. The area is a part of the Metro-East region of Greater St. Louis. Founded in 1828 as the Lebanon Seminary, it is the oldest college in Illinois. McKendree enrolls approximately 2,300 undergraduates and nearly 700 graduate students representing 20 countries. The institution remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school changed its name to McKendree University beginning with the 2007-08 academic year. McKendree University comprises McKendree College of Arts and Science, a School of Business, a School of Health Professions and a School of Education.Fielding athletic teams known as the McKendree Bearcats, the university has recently completed the process of transitioning athletics from the NAIA and member of the American Midwest Conference to NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference . Wikipedia.

Burns J.H.,Washington University in St. Louis | Burns J.H.,Case Western Reserve University | Pardini E.A.,Washington University in St. Louis | Schutzenhofer M.R.,Washington University in St. Louis | And 5 more authors.
Ecology | Year: 2013

An understanding of the demographic processes contributing to invasions would improve our mechanistic understanding of the invasion process and improve the efficiency of prevention and control efforts. However, field comparisons of the demography of invasive and noninvasive species have not previously been conducted. We compared the in situ demography of 17 introduced plant species in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to contrast the demographic patterns of invasive species with their less invasive relatives across a broad sample of angiosperms. Using herbarium records to estimate spread rates, we found higher maximum spread rates in the landscape for species classified a priori as invasive than for noninvasive introduced species, suggesting that expert classifications are an accurate reflection of invasion rate. Across 17 species, projected population growth was not significantly greater in invasive than in noninvasive introduced species. Among five taxonomic pairs of close relatives, however, four of the invasive species had higher projected population growth rates compared with their noninvasive relative. A Life Table Response Experiment suggested that the greater projected population growth rate of some invasive species relative to their noninvasive relatives was primarily a result of sexual reproduction. The greater sexual reproduction of invasive species is consistent with invaders having a life history strategy more reliant on fecundity than survival and is consistent with a large role of propagule pressure in invasion. Sexual reproduction is a key demographic correlate of invasiveness, suggesting that local processes influencing sexual reproduction, such as enemy escape, might be of general importance. However, the weak correlation of projected population growth with spread rates in the landscape suggests that regional processes, such as dispersal, may be equally important in determining invasion rate. © 2013 by the Ecological Society of America.

Boysen G.A.,State University of New York at Fredonia | Boysen G.A.,McKendree University | Vanbergen A.,State University of New York at Fredonia
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease | Year: 2013

The purpose of this study was to assess the scientific and etiological status of dissociative identity disorder (DID) by examining cases published from 2000 to 2010. In terms of scientific status, DID is a small but ongoing field of study. The review yielded 21 case studies and 80 empirical studies, presenting data on 1171 new cases of DID. A mean of 9 articles, each containing a mean of 17 new cases of DID, emerged each year. In terms of etiological status, many of the central criticisms of the disorder's validity remain unaddressed. Most cases of DID emerged from a small number of countries and clinicians. In addition, documented cases occurring outside treatment were almost nonexistent. Finally, people simulating DID in the laboratory were mostly indistinguishable from individuals with DID. Overall, DID is still a topic of study, but the research lacks the productivity and focus needed to resolve ongoing controversies surrounding the disorder. Copyright © 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Harrawood L.K.,McKendree University | Mariska M.A.,Long Island University | Hill N.R.,Syracuse University
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health | Year: 2013

Understanding the process of substance abuse is often difficult for counselors-in-training who have no personal knowledge of the trajectory of addiction. This article outlines a beginning addiction course class activity that is based on narrative teaching pedagogy and is entitled Book Club: Client Assessment Profile. Details of the class assignment are provided, along with student feedback regarding the usefulness of the activity in understanding addiction. Implications for the use of nonfiction to teach addiction concepts in counselor education are discussed. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Pokorny K.L.,McKendree University
SIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education | Year: 2015

This paper presents experiences with creating a computer simulator as a student project in a CS1 course. Each student writes the simulator using C++ during the last ten weeks of the course. The project consists of a simulated memory, and simple CPU simulator including a machine language. Additionally, students implement an assembly language and a simple high-level language with associated compiler. The course has no programming prerequisite and can be taken to fulfill a general education requirement or as the first course for students majoring in computer science or information systems. Integrating such a project in an entry level course has a number of benefits as well as challenges. The project acts as a vehicle that engages students in a breadth of computer science topics, leading into discussions of theoretical considerations, languages, and computing devices. The project components provide an active learning environment. Students are introduced to numbering systems, number conversions, and numeric representations. The computer architecture components include introductions to main memory, CPU, and memory access techniques. The transition from and motivations for, the utilization of machine languages, assembly languages and high-level languages are demonstrated with the implementation of the project. Beginning students are given opportunity to practice programming and problem solving on a project of significant complexity. The biggest challenge is organization. Management of such a project requires a well-defined plan. Copyright © 2015 ACM.

Harrawood L.K.,McKendree University | Harrawood L.K.,Idaho State University | McClure C.C.,Idaho State University | Nelson J.,New Vision
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health | Year: 2011

Providing skilled treatment options for clients experiencing addiction is imperative to positive client treatment outcomes. As a prerequisite to providing efficacious addiction treatment, counselors-in-training are charged with the responsibility of understanding the affect of cravings on addiction relapse. This article presents 3 experiential, in-class activities that counselor-educators can use to assist students in understanding the influence of biological and environmental triggers and the power of cravings. The experiential classroom activities include the use of a student reflective journal cravings exercise, dance, and lyrics/music. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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