Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Student Projects and Final Project Defenses

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Final Project Defenses

Spring 2019

Christen Faubel will defend her final project at 4:00pm on April 29th, 2019 in Randall Library 2005.

Jonathan Harris will defend his final project at 2:30pm on April 30th, 2019 in Bear Hall 105.

Ashley Padgett will defend her final project at 6:00pm on April 26th, 2019 in Bear Hall 105.

Chris Riendeau successfully defended his final project titled "de Beauvoir at the Beach" at 9:00am on April 3rd, 2019 in Bear Hall 105.

Maria Walker successfully defended her final project titled "Sweetheart, Pumpkin', Darlin': A Collection of Fairytales" at 10:00am on April 22nd, 2019 via Zoom.

Fall 2018

Congratulations to all!

Completed

Michael Ripoll successfully defended his final project titled "Group Reflections of 9/11: New York Firefighters Tell Their Story" at 10:30am on November 30th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Spring 2018

Congratulations to all!

Completed

Teresa Fajardo successfully defended her final project titled "Barriers to Breastfeeding in the United States" at 11:30am on April 20th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Robert "R.E." Hengsterman successfully defended his final project titled "The Paper Boy and the Winter War" at 3:00pm on April 17th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Susan George James successfully defended her final project titled "A Year with Cancer" at 11:00am on April 23rd, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Alicia "AJ" Jessup successfully defended her final project titled "Forgive Me Father" at 3:00pm on April 23rd, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Christine Jones successfully defended her final project titled "Free From Being Questioned" at 2:00pm on April 24th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Eric Miller successfully defended his final project titled "Change Agent: A Memoir Through the Lenses of a Diplomat" via WebEx.

Austin Scott successfully defended his final project titled "Move On" at 1:00pm on April 16th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Nakai Shiver successfully defended her final project titled "Footprints in the Garden" at 4:30pm on April 19th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Maria Squitieri successfully defended her final project titled "The Homeless Project: Putting a Face on Homelessness, Real People, and Stories of Their Lives on the Street" at 11:00am on April 17th, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Linda Troxler successfully defended her final project titled "The Homecoming: A Southern Poetry Portfolio and Analysis" at 2:00pm on April 19, 2018 in Bear Hall 105.

Fall 2017

Congratulations to all!

Completed

Tieanna Burton-Sharp successfully defended her final project titled "The Shaping, Manipulation, and Self-Definement of Bisexual Identity Development: A Critical Analysis Through Lived Experiences" at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 105.

Jennifer Hartsfield successfully defended her final project titled "Examining the Mysticism of the World Tree and Global Interfaith Values in Cultivating Peace" at 8:00 am, Monday, November 27, 2017 via WebEx.

Mikkel Lysne successfully defended his final project titled "Selflessness and Meditation in Christianity and Buddhism" at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 105.

Joseph Parrish successfully defended his final project titled "The Introverted Public School Teacher at the Secondary Level" at 1:00 pm, Friday, November 17, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 105.

Dawn Pilgram-Dunn successfully defended her final project titled "A Day in the Life of a Mediator" at 3:30 pm, Monday, November 20, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 105.

Holli Terrell-Cavalluzzi successfully defended her final project titled "Mother, Red, and a Wolf" at 12:30 pm, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 105.

Carol Wolf successfully defended her final project titled "Personal Finance for American Life" at 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 via WebEx.

Spring 2017

Completed

Amy Anderson successfully defended her final project titled "Feeling and Filling Space: A Finnish Art Experience and Gas Station Discos" at 10:00 am, Monday, April 17, 2017 in Randall Library 2005.

Erin Ball successfully defended her final project titled "The Haunting of A Golden Baby" at 3:30 pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 102.

Paige Gruetter successfully defended her final project titled "The Pursuit of Native American Land: The Origins and Sociocultural Effects of Reservations" at 12:30 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 164.

Kristen Nice successfully defended her final project titled "Common Threads" at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 106.

Gabriel Reich successfully defended his final project titled "The Specter Project: Building a Video Game" at 2:00 pm, Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Randall Library 2005.

Sameon West successfully defended his final project titled "The Way of Escape through the Eastern Gate" at 9:00 am, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Randall Library 2005.

Jasmine White successfully defended her final project titled "Has Social Media Become the New Outlet to Influence, Converge and Even Set Beauty Standards?" at 10:00 am, Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Bear Hall, Room 102.


Final Project Deadlines

Spring 2018

  • Spring 2018 MALS Final Project Workshop Friday, November 17, 2017 in Randall Library 2005, 4-6pm

  • New - Students completing their final project in Spring 2018 must advise the GLS Program Assistant (gentryrc AT uncw DOT edu) and the GLS Assistant Director (hudsona AT uncw DOT edu) the names of their committee. Monday, January 8, 2018 (First day of classes)

  • Due date for submission of GLS 598 final project proposals to final project directors for Spring 2018 graduates Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • Due date for submission of GLS 598 final project proposals to GLS Program Director for Spring 2018 graduates Thursday, February 1, 2018

  • Due date for submission of first draft of GLS 598 final projects to final project directors for Spring 2018 graduates Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • Students/directors ensure that formatting of the Spring 2018 final project review copies meet the formatting requirements of the MALS Final Project Formatting Requirements Manual. Thursday, March 29, 2018

  • Last day for submission of the Spring 2018 final project review copy (includes title page signed by committee members) to the GLS DirectorThursday, April 5, 2018

  • Last day to defend GLS 598 final projects for Spring 2018 graduatesWednesday, April 25, 2018 (Last day of classes)

  • Last day for submission, by the project director and reader, of the Spring 2018 MALS Assessment Form to the GLS Director. Thursday, May 3, 2018

Summer 2018

GLS 598, Final Project in Liberal Studies, will not be offered in the summer sessions. Past experience has shown that timely completion of a final project is problematic if the process is started in a summer session.

Continuation of past work will, however, be permitted. If your unofficial transcript shows an "S" (satisfactory progress) for GLS 598 and you have completed and submitted a signed and approved project proposal in a past semester, you will be permitted to continue your work in the summer.

To do so, you must seek approval for summer work from both your project committee and the GLS Program Director. Approval from your project committee is especially important as many committee members may not be available (or even in town) during the summer.

Once these approvals have been obtained and registration has opened for Summer II for you, use the appropriate GLS 600 form found on the Graduate School's "Graduate Student Registration Forms" web page. There are two GLS 600 forms, one for 3 and less past usages of GRC 600 and one for 4 or more past usages. The form for "3 or less" should be automatically submitted to the Graduate School Office when you click on "Done." Note: The "3 or less" form may not be available when registration for the semester/session of interest is closed. If your system has problems sending the form, contact the Graduate School at 910.962.7303 for assistance.

Note: The forms may permit you to register for GLS 600 in the summer I session. Do not register in GLS 600 in summer I; all summer work on GLS final projects using GLS 600 should be done with a registration in summer II.

See the below schedule for the upcoming Summer Session II 2018 deadlines:

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2016 -- Students completing their final project in Summer 2018 must advise GLS Program Assistant (gentryrc AT uncw DOT edu) or GLS Assistant Director (hudsona AT uncw DOT edu) the names of their committee.
  • Thursday, June 21, 2016 -- Students/director ensure that formatting of the Summer 2018 final project review copy meets the formatting requirements of the MALS Final Project Formatting Requirements Manual.
  • Thursday, June 28, 2016 -- Last day for submission of the Summer 2018 final project review copy of the final project (includes title page signed by committee members) to the GLS Director.
  • Monday, July 23, 2016 -- Last day to defend MALS final projects for Summer 2016 graduates
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2016 -- Last day for submission, by the project director and reader, of the Summer 2018 GLS Assessment Forms to the GLS Director.

Past Defenses

To view the 2019 Final Project defenses, click here.
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To view the 2005 final project defenses, click here.
To view the Fall 2004 final project defenses, click here.
To view the Summer 2004 final project defense, click here.

Last Update: April 24, 2019