Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards
BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students, faculty and staff with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 12 during its annual Honors Day celebrations. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with their awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.
Valerie R. Flatley, a History major, received the College’s inaugural John R. Taylor Memorial Award in Liberal Arts. Flatley, daughter of Rose and Patrick Flatley, resides in Wheeling, W.Va. The award is presented to a student who demonstrates exceptional scholastic achievement; service to the College in terms of cross-disciplinary extracurricular activity; and a deep understanding of, and abiding commitment to, the core liberal arts values expressed in the Mission documents of Bethany College. That is, in the words of its founder, Alexander Campbell, “to liberate the individual from ignorance, superstition, vulgar prejudice, and the tyranny of others.” Preference is given to students who have benefited from immersion in an international experience. The award is named in memory of John R. Taylor, ’44, Professor of English Emeritus, a legendary teacher who modeled in life Bethany’s finest liberal arts tradition and served Alma Mater well as director of a distinctive, semester-long experience for Bethany students at Oxford University.
Alyssa M. Schrecengost, a Business Administration major, received the Francis O. Carfer Prize as Outstanding Senior. Schrecengost, daughter of Tom and Diane Schrecengost, resides in Wexford, Pa. The Francis O. Carfer Prize is presented to the senior who, in the judgment of the Honors Committee, has made the most outstanding contribution to the College. Recipients must exhibit sound academic accomplishments along with characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to Bethany.
Meghan L. Philp, a Spanish and Cultural Studies major, received the Bethany 2000 Prize. Philp, daughter of Claudia and Wesley Philp, resides in New Martinsville, W.Va. The Bethany 2000 Prize recognizes the senior who has best demonstrated loyalty and commitment to Bethany College in a wide range of activities over the course of his or her studies. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate the characteristics of enthusiasm, dependability and dedication.
Mariah J. Kemmerer, a Biology major, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Kemmerer, daughter of Stephanie Marin and Richard Kemmerer, resides in Royersford, Pa. The award is based on the qualities of leadership, character, conduct and scholarship. The Club, comprised of Bethany alumni in the Pittsburgh area, has placed a plaque in Phillips Hall upon which the names of the winners are engraved.
Johnathan H. Foster, a Psychology major, received the W. F. Kennedy Prize as Outstanding Junior Man. Foster, son of Patricia Foster, resides in Cumberland, Md. The prize, established by Mr. Kennedy of Wheeling, is awarded on the basis of the student’s contribution to the College community life through leadership in activities, in personal character, and scholarship.
In addition to the student awards, The President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance for a member of the Bethany faculty and the staff were also announced. Dr. Lisa Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received the faculty award. Courtney Kline, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, received the staff award.
Shortly after her arrival at Bethany in 2008, Reilly spearheaded the creation of the New Faculty Orientation Committee to help her colleagues adapt to their new responsibilities as Bethany faculty. She has taken an active role in many campus organizations as advisor and co-advisor, including Circle K, Alpha Xi Delta, last year’s senior class and this year’s junior class, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Chemistry Honors society. Reilly is an active participant in campus activities, including theatre performances, art shows, concerts and more. Her leadership and service have been vital contributions to the College’s Curriculum Committee and Assessment Committee. She has coordinated Science Day and assisted with Math and Science Day. She has also maintained an active research and grant-writing agenda and was instrumental is the development of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant application submitted by the science faculty earlier this year.
Kline arrived at Bethany in 2007 and since then has completely rebuilt and revitalized the volleyball program. The Bison have averaged more than 23 wins over the last 3 years. Kline has been recognized as PAC Coach of the Year. The last two years the Bison have won the ECAC Championship while posting record-setting seasons of 24-13 and 31-6. Under Kline’s leadership, the team has grown from 11 players her first year to more than 25, and with a junior varsity program. And the team is just as successful in the classroom and on campus as student leaders as they are on the court. This year, three of her starters were Academic All-Americans, with Bethany being the only NCAA college or university, at any level, to have three. In addition, a total of nine players earned a 3.6 GPA or higher last fall to earn a spot on the PAC Academic Honor Roll. In her five years at the helm of the Bison program, Kline’s players have been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll 31 times.
President Scott D. Miller presided over the Honors Day Convocation with the College’s Honors Committee, chaired by Assistant Professor of History Erich D. Lippman, in charge of arrangements for the event. Faculty members serving on the Honors Committee are: Katrina Cooper, Kimberly Fisher, Melanee Sinclair, Walt Turner, M.E. Yancosek-Gamble, and Gary H. Kappel (ex-officio).
A list of Departmental and College-wide awards from Bethany’s annual Honors Day Convocation:
Beta Beta Beta Prize
Amber W. Lancaster, sophomore, Weirton, W.Va.: The Beta Beta Beta Prize is awarded to the student(s) who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology.
The Beta Beta Beta-B. R. Weimer Award
David M. Yuna, senior, Bridgeville, Pa.: The Beta Beta Beta-B. R. Weimer Award, established in honor of the late Bernal R. Weimer, Professor of Biology and Dean of the Faculty, is given each year to the senior in Biology who has attained the highest academic rank in this major.
Freshman Chemistry Award
Chelsea C. Sroka, sophomore, Elizabeth, Pa.: The Freshman Chemistry Award is presented each year to the student who attains the highest grade-point average in a freshman-level Chemistry course.
Jerry R. Allison Award
Renee E. Shepherd,senior, New Martinsville, W.Va.: The Jerry R. Allison Chemistry Award is granted to the senior concentrating in Chemistry who has achieved the highest cumulative grade-point average in the department. The award is given by his family in memory of Dr. Allison, who received The Senior Chemistry Award in 1967 awarded on the same criteria.
Communications & Media Arts
Charlotte Manion Yurko Award
Anne S. Wilson, senior, Saegertown, Pa.: The Charlotte Manion Yurko Award is presented to the Communication senior with the highest scholastic average in the major.
Sarah M. Cannon Award
James D. Reeves, junior, Macedonia, Ohio: The Sarah M. Cannon Award is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus broadcast media systems.
James W. Carty, Jr. Award
Amie R. Warrick, senior, Keedysville, Md.: The James W. Carty, Jr. Award is presented each year to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media.
E. E. Roberts Prize
James R. Manthey, junior, Sterling, Va.: The E. E. Roberts Distinguished Prize in Campus Journalism is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with one of the student media, in academic work in the Department of Communication, or both.
Economics and Business
Eugene Miller Award
Alexander C. Stubbs, senior, Follansbee, W.Va.; James R. Manthey, junior, Sterling, Va.: The Eugene Miller Award is presented to a student(s) who has made a significant contribution to communication and to economics and business. This award honors Eugene Miller, Class of 1947, long-time member of Bethany's Board of Trustees, for his lifetime accomplishments in the areas of economics and journalism.
Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award
Alexander C. Stubbs, senior, Follansbee, W.Va.; Jayetee Strupe, senior, Steubenville, Ohio: The Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award is presented annually to the outstanding major(s) in Economics. The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Kirkpatrick, long-time Professor and Dean of the College.
Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Jayetee Strupe, senior, Steubenville, Ohio: The Ernest L. and Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award is presented to the senior who best displays an entrepreneurial spirit and honors Ernest L. Korb and his wife, Dorothy Miller Korb, both graduates of Bethany College.
W. Randolph Cooey Value Added Award
R. Matthew Landowski, senior, New Kensington, Pa.: The W. Randolph Cooey Value Added Award is to the graduating senior(s) in the Department of Economics and Business who gained the most value added from their time at Bethany College.
Sara A. Reass, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.: The Caldwell Award for Leadership in the Art and Science of Teaching is presented to the outstanding senior Elementary Education major who, in addition to academic accomplishment, has shown special talent and creativity and exemplifies the belief that effective teaching extends beyond the classroom into the community.
Cammie Pendleton Award (Sophomore)
Jessica M. Miller, sophomore, Greensburg, Pa.: The Cammie Pendleton Awards, named in honor of Miss A. Campbellina Pendleton, Professor of Language and Literature from 1884 to 1909, are presented to the outstanding sophomore and junior majoring in English. The awards are given by Dwight B. MacCormack Jr. of the Class of 1956 in memory of his grandmother, Dr. T. Marion MacCormack.
Cammie Pendleton Award (Junior)
Bethany M. Mullins, junior, Evanston, Ill.: The Cammie Pendleton Awards, named in honor of Miss A. Campbellina Pendleton, Professor of Language and Literature from 1884 to 1909, are presented to the outstanding sophomore and junior majoring in English. The awards are given by Dwight B. MacCormack Jr. of the Class of 1956 in memory of his grandmother, Dr. T. Marion MacCormack.
Christine Burleson Memorial Award
Marjorie V. Card, senior, Fort Worth, Texas.: The Christine Burleson Memorial Award, given by a graduate of the Class of 1936, is presented to a senior English major who has attained excellence in this field. The award honors the memory of the late Christine Burleson, who was Professor of English and Dean of Women from 1932 to 1936.
History and Political Science
Valerie R. Flatley, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.: The Frank Alfred Chapman Memorial is a fund established by Dr. Stanton Crawford to provide for an annual award to the outstanding History student. Preference is given to students of American History from the Ohio Valley.
Thomas Jefferson Prize in Political Science
Morgan M. Minor, senior, Wellsburg, W.Va.: The Thomas Jefferson Prize, established in 1994, is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the field of Political Science through superior academic achievement and participation in the political life of the campus.
International Relations Award
Francis T. Rios, senior, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico: The International Relations Award is presented to the senior who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellence in the study of world politics through coursework, travel and study abroad.
Frank Roy Gay Award
Nanice A. Elghatit, senior, Cairo, Egypt: The Frank Roy Gay Award, established in 1982, is given to the senior Interdisciplinary major who maintains a grade-point average of 3.5 or above and displays outstanding leadership and qualities in the Bethany community. The award is named for the former Professor of Classics at Bethany, who taught English literature, religion, and philosophy.
John J. Knight Award
Matthew C. Hartig, senior, North Versailles, Pa.: The John J. Knight Award, named for the late Professor of Physical Education Emeritus at Bethany, is presented to the senior man in Physical Education who displays outstanding scholarship and athletic participation during his four years at Bethany.
S. Elizabeth Reed Award
Angela J. Varhula, senior, West Mifflin, Pa.: The S. Elizabeth Reed Award is presented to the senior female Physical Education major who displays outstanding scholarship and athletic participation during her four years at Bethany.
Ryan M. Johnson, senior, Steubenville, Ohio: The Leonard Emory Yurko Award is presented annually to the senior pre-medical student exhibiting outstanding character and excellent scholarship as determined by the Health Professions Advisory Committee.
Thomas R. Briggs Award
Elizabeth K. Krinock, senior, Weirton, W.Va.: The Thomas R. Briggs Award is presented to the senior(s) in Psychology who has maintained the highest academic average in the department. The award is a memorial to the late Mr. Briggs, Class of 1978.
Osborne Booth Award
Jenny L. Preston, senior, Wooster, Ohio: The Osborne Booth Prize is given to the student who excels in the field of Religious Studies and in the overall academic program. The late Dr. Booth was T.W. Phillips Professor of Old Testament Literature when he retired in 1964 after 35 years of teaching at Bethany.
Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Award
Annie E. Grogan, junior, Kailua, Hawaii: The Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Christian Leadership Award annually recognizes a junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding Christian leadership and service.
Lester N. and Helen W. Frantz Award
Cassondra S. Allen, senior, Washington, Pa.: Lindsay A. Arnold, senior, Pittsburgh, Pa.: The Lester N. and Helen W. Frantz Award is presented to a senior(s) who demonstrates outstanding achievement in Social Work by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major, active participation in the Social Awareness Club, outstanding achievement in field placement, community involvement outside of the social work curriculum and maintaining a good member standing in NASW.
The Lynn Frantz Adkins Award for Outstanding Involvement in Social Work
Tiffany L. Henderson, junior, Glenarden, Md:The Lynn Frantz Adkins Award for Outstanding Involvement in Social Work, endowed by the faculty and graduates of the Social Work Program in honor of its founder, recognizes a junior social work major. Recipients of the award must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major and overall, maintain active participation in the Social Awareness Club, serve in a leadership capacity in at least one campus organization and demonstrate dedication to helping peers.
Visual and Performing Arts
Rush Carter Prize
Patrick B. McGregor II, senior, Westerville, Ohio: The Rush Carter Prize in Music is presented to a member of the senior class in recognition of outstanding achievement in music. The prize honors the memory of the late Professor Carter, who was a member of the Bethany faculty from 1934 to 1945.
A. Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award
Patrick B. McGregor II, senior, Westerville, Ohio; Tina M. Rykowski, senior, Weirton, W.Va.: The A. Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award is presented each year to the outstanding Bethany junior or senior of any discipline who has contributed most significantly to the Bethany College Theatre activity. The award also provides for guest artists to enhance the program in Theatre. Mr. Stevenson, of Washington, Pa., was a long-time supporter of the Bethany College Theatre program until his death in 1979. Mrs. Stevenson and her sons, Drew and Mark, both graduates of Bethany, in cooperation with members of the Department of Fine Arts, make the yearly selection.
Charles H. Manion Award
Richard L. Strassguetl, senior, Pittsburgh, Pa.: The Charles H. Manion Award is presented to the outstanding senior in Fine Arts who has an emphasis in one of the art areas. The award memorializes Mr. Manion, long-time trustee of Bethany College who was associated with the steel industry in the Ohio Valley and who enjoyed painting. The award is provided by his daughter, Mrs. Leonard Yurko of Weirton, W.Va.
George K. Hauptfuehrer Award
Lee Ann M. Leggett, sophomore, Toronto, Ohio: The George K. Hauptfuehrer Award in music is sponsored by Sigma Tau Epsilon in honor of Professor Hauptfuehrer, former Professor of Music and Head of the Department of Music. The award is presented to a Bethany student who has demonstrated musical excellence and has participated actively in campus musical organizations. Preference is given to seniors.
Wes Wagner Award
Carl D. Cosentino, junior, Avella, Pa: The Wes Wagner award is presented to a visual art major who has demonstrated academic accomplishment, outstanding artistic ability, and exceptional creativity. This award was established by Mrs. Ruth Wagner through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc., in memory of her husband, an outstanding artist, teacher, mentor and friend of Bethany from 1967 until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Wagner continued to have a profound impact on the arts community of Wheeling unil his death in 2006, and his artistic spirit lives on in art students, artists, and art lovers in the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond.
David Judy Prize
Matthew D. Robinson, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.: The David Judy Prize, an endowed prize, is awarded each year to the senior who has achieved outstanding academic success as a major in Fine Arts at Bethany. The award honors the late David Jones Judy, Jennie Steindorf Renner Professor of Fine Arts. Professor Judy taught at Bethany from 1967 until his retirement in 1993 and served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Director of the Bethany Theatre.
World Languages and Cultures
Shirley Morris Memorial Award
Gabriele I. Nunez, junior, Centreville, Va.: The Shirley Morris Memorial Award, established by Theta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in memory of Miss Morris, a member and past president of the chapter, is given to an outstanding student in the field of modern languages. Selection is made by the World Languages and Cultures Program.
Leonora Balla Cayard Prize
Gerhard A. Schultze, sophomore, Wheeling, W.Va.: The Leonora Balla Cayard Prize is awarded to an outstanding German student. This prize honors Dr. Cayard, who was Professor of German and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages until her retirement in 1986.
Margaret R. Woods Prize
Meghan L. Philp, senior, New Martinsville, W.Va.; Francis T. Rios, senior, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico: The Margaret R. Woods Prize, sponsored by the Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, is awarded to the outstanding Spanish major(s). The prize honors the late Miss Woods, who was a faculty member from 1943 until her retirement in 1965. Selection is made by the Department of Foreign Languages.
Pearl Mahaffey Prize
Catherine M. Papp, senior, Wooster, Ohio; Meghan L. Philp, senior, New Martinsville, W.Va.: The Pearl Mahaffey Prize is awarded to the outstanding senior majoring in Languages. The award was established by Mrs. Walter M. Haushalter and other former students of Bethany’s Emeritus Professor of Foreign Languages. The prize honors Professor Mahaffey, a faculty member from 1908 until 1949 and a trustee of the College at the time of her death in 1971.
Social Group Awards
Anna Ruth Bourne Award
Alpha Xi Delta: The Anna Ruth Bourne Award, given each semester to the women's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing, memorializes the late Mrs. Anna Ruth Bourne, Professor of English from 1903 to 1936 and former Chair of the Department.
W. Kirk Woolery Award
Beta Theta Pi: The W. Kirk Woolery Award, given each semester to the men's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing, memorializes the late W. Kirk Woolery who served the College as Professor of History, Political Science and Economics, Dean, and Provost from 1921 to 1946.
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Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.