SALT Scholar Capstone Project Descriptions

Community Building Efforts

Law Enforcement and Community Impact  
   

For my senior project I looked at and gained an understanding of reasons why there is a distrust of law enforcement and implemented a way for local citizens and law enforcement to have a better relationship to make the community not only safer but a more pleasant place to work and live.

Brandon Sandrell

Law, Justice, and Society

May 2013

Brandon Sandrell
   

Comparing Cognitive-Behavioral Thoery and the Self-Determination Theory

 
   

The purpose of this research study is to compare and contrast the Cognitive-­-Behavior Theory and the Self-­-Determination Theory Portell 2 ? based on their effectiveness to address students in Kindergarten through 8th grade with behavioral and emotional problem behavior. By interviewing professionals who have experience with this specific population, the study will be able to recognize the most effective theory to implement for students in the Harvest Hands CDC programs.

Brittany Eagleman

Social Work

May 2013

Brittany Eagleman
   
Non-Profit Programs
Creating a social enterprise for one and researching the effectiveness of another
 
   

I have worked on two major projects focusing on non-profit organizations. The first non-profit program I worked with was the Nashville Food Project. My first was an in class project. My class was broken up into three groups and we were given the job of coming up with an idea for a social enterprise that would help the Nashville Food Project sustain their organization financially. Between three groups, my class created three completely different social enterprise ideas that the organization could use and potentially launch their own social enterprise.  The second project I worked on was my senior thesis paper. The focus of my research was on after school programs and the affects they have on juvenile delinquency. I chose this focus because of my passion for children and my concern with the increasing number of juvenile delinquents. As a result of my research I found flaws in the current structure of after school programs and found several components that could drastically improve their affect on preventing juvenile delinquency.

Tashi McClain
Law, Justice & Society
May 2012

 

   
Refugee Case Workers
A look at policies in place that are helping the case managers and what policies can be put in place to address problems that are still present
 
   

Social workers are the kind of people who live for the people they serve. A nine- to-five job is not typical for many social workers. When it comes to a majority of the social workers at Catholic Charities, their lives often revolve around their clients’ lives, schedules, and needs. Several of the case workers at Catholic Charities were refuges themselves and have since become case workers. Because of this, they are personally and professionally involved in the cultures of their clients. Their personal involvement may range from holding a position of leadership, such as president to just being a vocal and active member in their community. This is both a great advantage and disadvantage to Catholic Charities. One of the strengths of current case workers is that many of them can speak multiple languages. Another great advantage is that they know from a personal and intimate viewpoint what it is like to start over in a new country. The transition to life in America can be very scary and difficult for the refugees.  Knowing someone personally that has done this successfully and can communicate with them in their own language assists in putting them at ease. It is critical that when a refugee is given the chance to leave whatever strife their country is suffering from, the first people they meet in their new homeland must be nonjudgemental and ready to help.  Catholic Charities has taken many strides to help the case workers find a balance between work and private life. This is an obstacle for many of the case workers because some of them live in the same communities as their clients. Refugees have many questions and concerns daily. When they know that there is a case worker living in their community that they can go and ask at any time it can lead to a lack of separation of private and work life. There are times when a case worker will come home only to find a line of people waiting outside of their apartment door with questions and concerns.  Being a prominent member of their community automatically puts them in places of leadership that the people of their community look up to. The line can get blurry when a refugee comes to a social worker that holds a position of leadership within their personal community to discuss aid or assistance they need from Catholic Charities.  The social worker must maintain the boundary of being sympathetic to listen to the member of their community and his or her issues without making comments that would disregard, criticize, or pledge assistance on behalf of their own employer.

Lauren Patternson
Social Work
May 2012

 

   
Infrastructure Improvement
Building a bridge in Guatemala
 
   

My SALT Capstone Project doubled as my Civil Engineering Capstone Design Project. My team and I designed a 75-foot, rural pedestrian bridge for Project Ulpan (a non-profit working in community development in Guatemala). The bridge will be implemented by the Lipscomb Engineering Mission team in May 2012. This bridge will provide better access to health care, education, and economy to the people of the Ulpan Valley.

Luke Burris
Civil Engineering
May 2012

 

Orchestra Club
Creating a group that nurtures talent as well as promotes service
 
 

Over the past number of years, I established a community orchestra compromised of children from the ages of eight until their twenties. Not only was I responsible for teaching them how to play various instruments, but also served as a spiritual leader. Foundational to the group was our love for one another and the relationships formed over the past number of years. Beyond our own performances and the growth experienced in our community, we were able to establish an annual fund-raising event to raise money for orphans in Romania. Over the past four years, we have raised over $8,000.00 through Christmas concerts. I am blessed beyond measure by the work that I was granted to do in this community and now as my time to move on fast approaches, I am overjoyed to see a moving, growing body of people that will continue strong years after I have left.

Kenneth Coca
Biochemistry
May 2012