Social Work, 2012
  • Hope Quilt
    Jennifer Davis, Daston Campell, Brooke Fox, Jesi Howell, Courtney Otto, Jennie Pabst, Ryan Ross, Mary-Helen Skowronski, Ashley Stotesbery, Jessica Woodruff
    Mentor: Michelle Barsnack, Sharon Stout-Shaffer, Deborah Shields, Amy Oehlschlaeger, Andrea Thomas, Renda Ross, Dina Lentsner, Janette McDonald, Andrea M. Karkowski

    Art has been used as a way to inspire hope in people through times of crisis. The purpose of this project was to create a hope quilt. Students studying hope imagined what hope looked like and portrayed hope through a symbol or an image. Students were asked to think of a color that represented hope for them and then were asked to think of a symbol that represented hope for them. Students then designed the image that incorporated their color of hope and used different quilting techniques. Each piece was stitched together to create an enlarged quilted wall hanging. This project expands our understanding of hope by exploring the colors, images and symbols associated with hope.


    Hope among International Students
    Brooke Fox
    Mentors: Andrea M. Karkowski, Renda Ross

    People face many challenges when they leave their homeland and come to live in the United States for an extended period of time. The purpose of this research is find out how these visitors from other countries use hope to overcome some of the challenges. I conducted focus groups with English language learners on Capital University’s campus. I asked what their challenges are and how they found hope in their experiences in order to overcome the challenges. I expect that they find hope and support from other students that are visiting from other countries. This project has the potential to break down some of the barriers that these students experience when they come to the United States.


    Hope across Cultures
    Jesi Howell
    Mentors: Renda Ross, Kathryn Bell

    The purpose of this project is to gain insight into how people from diverse backgrounds define hope. I examined differences due to variables such as age, religion, race and ethnicity to determine potential influences on how people define hope. Participants were video recorded as they described what hope means to them. They were also asked to provide a personal symbol of hope. I expected to find differences due to demographic variable in how people perceive hope and the symbols that they identify with hope. This project contributes to our understanding of hope because it surveys a diverse selection of people, showing similarities and differences across personal experience.


    Service Delivery to Medically Fragile Populations at Local Food Pantries: A Pilot Study
    Phadra McCray, Maria Martin, Kathryn Harper
    Mentor: Steven Drewry

    The current unemployment rate is 8.4% within Franklin County. It has been noted that unemployment is a lead predictor of food insecurity with many families choosing between paying bills and purchasing food. As a result, many families are using the resources of local food pantries. With national focus on community health, consideration should be given to individuals that may have dietary restrictions due to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. This pilot study examined how the local food pantries meet the needs of those who use its services. Three distinct local food pantries were interviewed on the food provided and its relation to meeting the above dietary restrictions. Meeting the needs of the individual within the context of service delivery at local food pantries can enhance the overall quality of life for the medically fragile.


    The Representation of Hope among Various Spiritual Traditions
    Courtney Otto
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Renda Ross

    Hope is perceived, experienced, defined, and represented in different ways in different spiritual traditions. In order to be effective clinicians and researchers, psychologists need to understand different worldviews. The author studied literature pertaining to the definition of hope in various spiritual traditions, as well as artistic representations of and metaphors for hope from these different spiritual traditions. It was expected that the concept of hope would be similar across spiritual traditions, but the symbolic representation of hope would be different in each spiritual tradition. Most of the current literature does not compare concepts of hope from the perspective of different spiritual traditions, even though many relate their definition of hope to their spiritual tradition. This study is important because it examined hope from a spiritual perspective and included both definitions and explanations of hope and artistic and symbolic representations, important components of spiritual traditions.


    A Box of Hope, a Case of Despair
    Jennie Pabst
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Michaele Barsnack, Renda Ross

    Hope and despair are important aspects of the human experience and different people see these emotions in different objects and images. The purpose of this display is to depict the variety of images that represent hope and despair. I created a display that incorporates items and images that symbolized both hope and despair and I have analyzed these in the context of the literature about hope. I found both similarities and differences in the images that people reported to me. This research contributes to our understanding the interrelationships between hope and despair and how those interrelationship manifest through visual imagery.


    Exploring Hope through Play
    Mary-Helen Skowronski
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Andrea M. Karkowski, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Michaele Barsnack, Renda Ross, Dina Lentsner, Andrea Thomas

    Research has shown that having hope enables the individual to successfully deal with the inevitable challenges encountered in life. Hope may allow us to have a clear sense of what our potential is and how we can make things better. Hopeful individuals feel that they have an important role to play in their family, community and world. By creating a "toy with purpose", I aim to highlight that children can develop an understanding of hope through the creative process of play. To that end, I used fabric to make a wall-hanging with various pieces that can be detached and reattached in a way that encourages children to develop self-awareness and to explore the notion of hope. This project extends our understanding of hope by examining hope through child's play.


    Figures of Hope
    Jessica Woodruff
    Mentors: Janette McDonald, Deborah Shields, Sharron Stout-Shaffer, Michaele Barsnack, Renda Ross, Dina Lentsner, Andrea Thomas

    Hope can mean different things to different people. Because hope is associated with creative process, I created a visual piece of artwork that allowed me to explore hope in the various contexts of my life and to develop a sense of personal awareness and self-knowing. I took 24 photographs of objects that describe hope to me and make me hopeful. I then developed a book from those photographs which I entitled "Figures of Hope." This visual depiction of my personal definition of hope has given me a deeper understanding myself. The process of sharing explorations of hope has a two-fold outcome: (1) to enhance my personal hope through self-explorations, and (2) to foster others’ hope by sharing these explorations with others. This work can empower others to be more conscious and self-reflective.