As part of a summer research program at Lake Forest College, we worked closely with Professor Benjamin Zeller to design an interactive 360° virtual reality tour of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois. We extensively researched the history of the church so that we could highlight noteworthy facts and features at relevant locations within the tour. Using the cutting-edge software Panotour Pro, we designed three different versions of our tour in order to maximize performance on popular digital media platforms. This technology will allow students to have an immersive, educational experience of religious institutions without leaving the classroom.

Kristin Rawlings is a sophomore at Lake Forest College and is pursuing a double major in Writing and Religion, with a minor in Print & Digital Publishing. An avid reader, her love of the written word led to her interest in the publishing industry. This, combined with her deep appreciation for different faith traditions and cross-cultural dynamics, culminated in her Richter Scholar project: Digitizing a Church. In addition to working on this project, Kristin also acts as a writer for the alumni publication, an editorial assistant for a religious journal, and has served as an editor on the school newspaper. She also won the campus-wide First Year Writing Contest for her research paper: Logotherapy and the Logical Trilemma. Other interests include choir, guitar, graphic design, movies, and baking.

Julianne Mauriello, from Bayside, New York, is a sophomore at Lake Forest College. She majors in Business and Communication and has in interest in digital marketing, advertising, and public relations. She is very active on campus through involvement on the Women’s Hockey team, as the Vice President of Programming in Alpha Phi, and as a Communications Coordinator at the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She’s looking forward to continue doing research down the line to help prepare for her future.