URCAF Abstracts 2023

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    The resilience of luxury goods companies: An analysis of LVMH and Kering's share prices during the COVID-19 pandemic
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-07) Umange, Ramith; Cheng, Jen Chi
    This research investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the share prices of luxury goods companies LVMH and KERING. The study focuses on the period from January 2020 to December 2021 and employs a quantitative approach, utilizing primary and secondary data from financial databases and news sources. The study finds that despite the significant disruption caused by the pandemic, the share prices of LVMH and KERING have risen considerably during the pandemic period. This is attributed to several factors, including the resilience of the luxury goods market, the shift towards online sales, and the successful adaptation strategies implemented by the two companies. The study also reveals that LVMH and KERING have outperformed other luxury goods companies during the pandemic period. These findings have significant implications for investors, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the luxury goods industry. The study suggests that LVMH and KERING's successful response to the pandemic has helped them maintain their market position and suggests that other companies in the sector could benefit from similar strategies.
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    An extra mile for a healthy smile
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-07) Dang, Shelly; Loisranoi, Bryana; Stover, Brooke; Ward, Haley; Delacruz, Natalie M.
    Purpose: "An Extra Mile for a Healthy Smile" brought awareness to elementary-aged students in rural areas lacking water fluoridation and adequate access to dental care. There was emphasis placed on the importance of oral hygiene instructions, oral aides, fluoride, and local resources. Methods: The target population were third-grade students from Belle Plaine, KS. An online data search in PubMed, Medline (EBSO), Cochrane Library, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the U.S. Census Bureau was performed to identify oral health awareness between August 2022 and November 2022. The method of delivery included PowerPoint presentation, flyers, educational activity, and a review of knowledge. Students' knowledge was gauged by fielded questions regarding basic oral health knowledge, conducted by the team. At the conclusion of the presentation an increase in knowledge was evident from the response of the participants. Results: The third-grade students from Belle Plaine, Kansas, gained more knowledge that regarded the importance of their oral hygiene, oral aids available, access to fluoride, and local resources that are available near their area. Results fielded from the third graders after the presentation resulted a significant increase in oral health knowledge. Majority of the students participated answered all questions correctly regarding brushing habits, diet, and fluoride. Which national policy would this project meet? Implications: An area of future research could be the correlation of decay prevention with alcohol-free mouthwash in children. This would aid the presentation by furthering the education given to underserved communities and another option to help aid oral health in the area. Additional Materials: Data was collected through the CDC, U.S. Census Bureau, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, influencing the focus of the presentation. Flyers were distributed allowing for further knowledge to be extended to parents and where to find oral hygiene necessities.
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    Game-based education for all
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-07) Smith, Alex; Menon, Mythili
    There are 3.4 million refugee students around the world that are out of schools and not getting the education they deserve. In order to alleviate this, a game-based platform that can be played anywhere is under development. The goal is to bridge the gap for refugees with lesser education and to provide an alternate and fun learning experience. Using Unreal, we have been creating a game that will increase students' concepts in both English and their native language. The concept is to explore the world around them, providing quests where they will take pictures and learn about their surroundings. Topics such as science and social studies are currently in development, but can expand to math, biology, and more. Using this quest-based gameplay, the student will take tests over what they learn and earn in-game rewards such as customizing their own character.
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    Sandmon does Movedance
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-07) Wenzel, Molly Kay; MacDonald, David
    A "sandmon" is a groovy monster that lives near the oases of the desert. Although they spend most of their days alone, when a weary traveler happens upon their territory, the sandmon will perform its signature Movedance; a groovy dance that entertains all that witness it. Some say that the sandmon has the best dancing abilities in the world. This piece is a study on meter. The piece moves between grouping notes in groups of fives and groups of threes, which allows for a groove that moves and changes throughout the piece. The short articulations throughout add flair to the piano while the two flutes dance around with more connected notes to portray an upbeat melody.
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    Flowers
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-07) Lippert, Emma; MacDonald, David
    Flowers is a three movement long piece that was inspired by the culture and symbolism surrounding different types of flowers. I worked with a friend of mine who is a talented percussionist from start to finish on this piece. Roses are seen as a symbol of love and passion, so much so that sometimes they feel like a cliche. Love is a complicated thing, yet it is extremely hard to explain in words. It can be painful, but life wouldn't be worth living without it. I used a typical binary form for this movement to signify the popularity and possible overuse of the roses, as most love songs and pop songs are in binary form. The Lotus is one of the most common symbols of spirituality, often being linked with meditation and wellness. These flowers are often found in ponds. They delicately float on top of the water during the day, and at night, they rest underneath the water. In this movement I played with a written down dictation of the harmonic series. The harmonic series, or overtone series. This allowed me to achieve this ethereal feel. Cherry Blossoms often symbolize birth and death, beauty and violence, etc. Their falling leaves are a symbol of the fleeting nature of life and new beginnings. I used a few different versions of a pentatonic scale in this piece, and two different time signatures to play off the birth versus death, beauty versus violence symbolism surrounding cherry blossoms.