Volume 1, Issue 1 (2021)
Welcome to Lindenwood University's Journal for Undergraduate Research
Lindenwood University sits on the hills overlooking the Missouri river only a few miles from the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The flow of ideas, student-centric learning, and community engagement through innovative, relevant, and forward-thinking academic and experiential programs began with the vision of Mary Sibley at our founding and continues its course today.
The Confluence began its life as a publication at Lindenwood College in 1969 as a creative writing journal featuring the work of Lindenwood students. In 2009, under the leadership of Dr. Jeff Smith, the Confluence shifted focus to American history, particularly Missouri history. It featured the work of some of the leading historians in the field.
Since early 2021, the Confluence has returned to its roots with a focus on undergraduate work and expanded that original vision by including research and creative works of all kinds produced by Lindenwood students. Our focus is to highlight the achievements and contributions Lindenwood undergraduates make to their fields. I am proud to serve as the Editor of the Confluence under the leadership of the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Kathi Vosevich, and the Interim Provost/Vice President, Academic Affairs, Dr. Bethany Alden-Rivers and with the tireless dedication of the Editorial Review Board members.
This first issue of the Confluence, showcases the convergence of the best scholarly and creative work produced by our students and their faculty mentors. These works advance the on-going scholarly conversation to the benefit of each of their areas. In the midst of a global pandemic and an academic year unlike anything we have ever experienced, our students and faculty used this turbulence to overflow with creative solutions to continue scholarship at its finest. The works included in this issue demonstrates that commitment to success.
Allow me be the first to congratulate our students and faculty on the amazing work they do! I invite all Lindenwood undergraduates to submit their scholarly and creative works from every field for our next issue.
Dr. Nichole Torbitzky
Editor, the Confluence
Lindenwood Students Create Digital Archive with Dr. Elizabeth Fleitz
Elizabeth J. Fleitz
Dr. Nichole Torbitzky, Lindenwood University
Editorial Review Board
Professsor Andrew Millians, College of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Gaurango Banerjee, Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Tonya Thompson, College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Kate Tessmer, College of Science, Technology and Health
Dr. Nicholas Wintz, College of Science Technology and Health
Dr. Megan Woltz, College of Science Technology and Health
Dr. Susan Edele, College of Arts and Humanities
Laura Reilly, Writing Center Coordinator
Casey Freeman, Writing Specialist
Molly Hamilton, Writing Specialist
Gerred Zingale, Writing Specialist
Artist: Holly Hennessey
The Art of Being Alone is a project centered around the art of installation combined with the subject of being alone. Her project's intended theme is to evoke emotion from the audience and to create a familiar yet distant space that is open for interpretation. She chose installation art as it physically causes one to be engaged with the work as well as physically and emotionally enter this artistic realm. Individuals may be surrounded and accompanied by many people throughout our lives, but psychologically, we remain alone in our thoughts. She wanted to create a space where people can relate to her art about this universal loneliness that we all experience alone and together at the same time.