^ I would like to thank Dr.Jat.esEpperson for his tinte and effort . init.attng th.sproject. I also appreciate the patience and assistance I received from Dr. Benjamin Duranand Dr. Carl Seaquist. Above all, I want to thank the chair of my committee, Dr. Gary Harriswho at an inconvenient time inadamantly took the responsibility and nurture of
thesis. Ifit was not for him, I would still be working on this thesis today. Thank you from the bottomof my heart.I also extend thanks to all of my friends, family, and, especially, classmates who havesupported me through this graduate school experience. I, especially, appreciate the patience,understanding, and support from my closest friends, Leah, Traci, Richard, Ruby, andAmanda during the numerous times when I was certain there was no end in sight. Man>thanks also goes to Texas Tech's Ultimate Frisbee team for allowing me to use you all as anemotional punching bag.I also would like to thank Jim for re-introducing me to Christ. Somewhere along theway, I became spiritually lost wandering aimlessly with despair, and although it occurred atthe tail end of my graduate school experience, I have found Christ again which has allowedme to find myself Thanks Jim.Finally, I thank God. I know through him, I have the ability to do anything.