Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 16 during its annual Honors Day celebration. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

SnyderWEB.jpgAllison J. Snyder, a senior International Economics major, received the John R. Taylor Award. Snyder, the daughter of David and Wanda Joy Snyder, is from Newcomerstown, Ohio. 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. The award is named in memory of John R. Taylor ’44, Professor of English Emeritus.

Snyder also received the Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award, 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. She received the W. Randolph Cooey Value Added Award as well, which is awarded to the graduating senior(s) in the Economics Program who gained the most value added from their time at Bethany College.

DuvallWEB.jpgSamuel Duvall, a senior Chemistry major from Shadyside, Ohio, received the Bethany 2000 Prize. Duvall is the son of Mark and Lisa Duvall. 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.

Duvall also received the Jerry R. Allison Chemistry Award. The award is granted to the senior concentrating in Chemistry who has achieved the highest GPA 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.

TaylorWEB.jpgAnne D. Taylor, a Communication and Media Arts major from Lancaster, New York, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Taylor is the daughter of Michael and Marian Taylor. 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.

Taylor also received the Charlotte Manion Yurko Award, which is presented to the Communication student with the highest scholastic average in the major. Taylor received The Ernest L. and Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award as well, which is presented to the student who best displays an entrepreneurial spirit.

MaravelisWEB.jpgDakota K. Maravelis, a Political Science major from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, received the W. F. Kennedy Prize for Outstanding Junior Man. Maravelis is the son of Michael and Michele Maravelis. 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, personal character and scholarship.

Maravelis also received the International Relations Award. The award is presented to the student who maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellence in the study of world politics through coursework, travel and study abroad.

Neil P. Verley, a senior Finance major from Waldorf, Maryland, received the Francis O. Carfer Prize as Outstanding Senior. Verley is the son of Philip and Glenda Verley. 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.

Verley also received the Business award, which is presented to a senior majoring in a functional area of business such as business management or finance who maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellence in the study of the chosen field.

A list of Departmental and College-wide awards from Bethany’s annual Honors Day Convocation:

DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS

Kelly Becquet of Finleyville, Pennsylvania, received the Accountancy Award, which is presented to the senior who demonstrates excellence in the study of accountancy. An accounting major, Becquet is the daughter of Brian and Kim Becquet.

Kelsey Bish of Landisville, Pennsylvania, received the Margaret R. Woods Prize. 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. Bish, a Spanish and Visual Art major, is the daughter of Carmen and Francis Bish.

Dylan G. Blaschak of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the James W. Carty Jr. Award. The award is presented each year to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media. Blaschak, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the son of Diane Blashak.

Catherine H. Breault of Moundsville, West Virginia, received the Junior Cammie Pendleton Award. The Cammie Pendleton Award, named in honor of Miss A. Campbellina Pendleton, Professor of Language and Literature from 1884 to 1909, is presented to the outstanding sophomore majoring in English. The award is given by Dwight B. MacCormack Jr. of the class of 1956 in memory of his grandmother, Dr. T. Marion MacCormack. Breault, an English major, is the daughter of Ronald and Mary Breault.

Maci L. Caster of Washington, Pennsylvania, received the Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Pre-Ministerial Award, which recognizes a junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding Christian leadership and service. An Education major, Caster is the daughter of William and Shellie Caster.

Seth Cawoski of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, received the J.S.V. Allen Memorial Award, established by the family and friends of Professor Allen to provide for an annual award to the outstanding physics student. Cawoski, son of Tim and Julie Cawoski, is a pre-engineering and physical science major.

Allison N. Cipoletti of Wellsburg, West Virginia, received the Lester N. & Helen W. Frantz Award. The 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. Cipoletti, a Social Work major, is the daughter of Margaret and Trevor Howells.

Jenna E. Clancy received the Shirley Morris Memorial Award, which is given to outstanding students in the field of modern languages. Clancy, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the daughter of Rick and Mary Clancy, and is from Poway, California.

Clancy also received the James Keegan Prize in International Communications. The James Keegan Prize in International Communication is presented to a student whose academic achievement reflects an appreciation for the role communication plays in international affairs.

George O. Cothran of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, was presented with the Wheeling-Nisshin Japanese Culture Award. The award is presented to a student who has shown excellence in the study of Japanese language and cultures and has significantly promoted interest in Japanese cultures in the College community. Cothran, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the son of Hugh Cothran and Carol Brletich.

Brian Tyler Davis of Shadyside, Ohio, received the Margaret R. Woods Prize. Sponsored by the Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the award is given 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. Davis, a Spanish major, is the son of Brian Davis and Pamela Mitchell.

Zachary Edmiston of Coal Center, Pennsylvania, received the John J. Knight Award. 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. Edmiston, a Physical Education major, is the son of Michael and Michelle Edmiston.

Brittany M. Fullbright of Wadsworth, Ohio, received the Beta Beta Beta Prize. The Beta Beta Beta Prize is awarded to the student(s) who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology. Fullbright, a Biochemistry major, is the daughter of Mike and Tonya Fullbright.

Rebekah M. Hudock of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, received the Thomas R. Briggs Award. 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. Hudock, a Psychology major, is the daughter of James Hudock and Margie Ladisic.

Alanna Hunter-Crump of Denver, Colorado, received the A. Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award. 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. Hunter-Crump, a Theatre major, is the daughter of Thomas Crump and Charisa Hunter-Crump.

Hunter-Crump also received the David Judy Prize, an endowed prize, awarded to the senior who has achieved outstanding academic success as a major in the Visual and Performing Arts Department 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.

Caroline Jung of Ilvesheim, Germany, received the Theodore R. Kimpton Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding French student. This prize, which is restricted to those students whose native language is other than French, was established by the late Professor Kimpton, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages at Bethany prior to his retirement from full-time teaching in 1975. Jung, a Biology and Education major, is the daughter of Herbert and Michaela Jung.

Olivia A. Konopka of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the Sophomore Cammie Pendleton Award. The Cammie Pendleton Award, named in honor of Miss A. Campbellina Pendleton, Professor of Language and Literature from 1884 to 1909, is presented to the outstanding sophomore majoring in English. The award is given by Dwight B. MacCormack Jr. of the class of 1956 in memory of his grandmother, Dr. T. Marion MacCormack. Konopka, an English major, is the daughter of Andrew and Lori Konopka.

Brooks M. Kursey of Martinsburg, West Virginia, received the Frank Alfred Chapman Memorial Award. 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. Kursey, a History major, is the son of Michael and Margaret Kursey.

Kursey also received the Exceptional Secondary Education Award, presented each year to an exceptional senior Secondary Education major. In addition to his/her overall professional disposition, the candidate has demonstrated pedagogical strength in his or her instructional strategies and respective field of study.

Jessica L. Kusnierz of New Castle, Pennsylvania, received the S. Elizabeth Reed Award. The award is presented to the senior female Physical Education major displaying outstanding scholarship and athletic participation during her four years at Bethany. Kusnierz, a Physical Education and Sports Studies major, is the daughter of David and Lynda Kusnierz.

Kyle E. Lehosit of Bridgeport, West Virginia, received the Beta Beta Beta-B. R. Weimer Award. 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. Kyle, a Biology major, is the son of Emil and Michelle Lehosit.

Whitney G. Lewicki of Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania, received the E. E. Roberts Prize. 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 Communications and Media Arts program, or both. Lewicki, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the daughter of Robert Lewicki and Rachel Sweet.

Lynsie R. Mandt of Columbus, Ohio, received the Caldwell Award for Leadership in the Art and Science of Teaching. The award 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. Mandt, an Education major, is the daughter of Randy and Debbie Mandt.

Cody A. McElhaney of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, received the Eugene Miller Award. 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. McElhaney, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the son of Albert and Shelley McElhaney.

Hannah A. McNerney of Chula Vista, California, received the John G. Chernenko Award in Political Science, which was established in honor of a public servant, labor leader, and long time friend of Bethany College. Chernenko served as United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia in the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has dedicated his life to national and state public affairs and was thrice elected to the West Virginia State Senate, serving the First Senatorial District. The Award is presented annually to the Junior Political Science major with the highest overall GPA. The Award was endowed by a gift from Judge Joyce Chernenko and Marc B. Chernenko, members of the class of 1978. McNerney, a Political Science major, is the daughter of Timothy and Debbi McNerney.

Mariah J. Moore of Chardon, Ohio, received 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, the award 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. Moore, a Social Work major, is the daughter of Stephen Moore.

Brockton W. Moorehead of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, received the Accountancy Award, which is presented to the senior who demonstrates excellence in the study of accountancy. An accounting major, Moorehead is the son of Curtis and Debra Moorehead

Jocelyn V. Nelson of Avonmore, Pennsylvania, received the Sarah M. Cannon Award. The Sarah M. Cannon Award is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus broadcast media systems. Nelson, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the daughter of Patrick and Annette Nelson.

Tyler N. Pannebaker of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, received the W. H. Cramblet Prize. Named in honor of Mr. Cramblet, the 11th president of Bethany College, the W. H. Cramblet Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in mathematics. Pannebaker, a Mathematics major, is the son of Earl and Amy Pannebaker.

Alexandra M. Powell of Indianapolis, Indiana, received the Beta Beta Beta Prize. The Beta Beta Beta Prize is awarded to the student(s) who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology. Powell, a Biology major, is the daughter of William and Sally Powell.

Powell also received the Freshman Chemistry Award (2014). The Freshman Chemistry Award is presented each year to the student who attains the highest GPA in a freshman-level Chemistry course.

Kyle L. Pytlak of Glen Dale, West Virginia, received the Leonard Emory Yurko Award, which is presented annually to the senior pre-medical student exhibiting outstanding character and excellent scholarship as determined by the Health Professions Advisory Committee. A Psychology major, Pytlak is the son of Louis and JoEllen Pytlak.

Kassandra A. Reed of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, received the Leonora Balla Cayard Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding German student. This prize honors Dr. Leonora Balla Cayard who was Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages until her retirement in 1986. Reed, a Chemistry major, is the daughter of Mark Reed and Cindy Russell.

Gerhard A. Schultze, a Religious Studies major from Wheeling, West Virginia, received the Pearl Mahaffey Prize, 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. Schultze is the son of Gerald and Joyce Schultze.

Khristian S. Smith, an English Literature major from Marlinton, W.Va., received the Florence Hoagland Memorial Award. The Florence Hoagland Memorial Award, given by a graduate of the class of 1944, is presented to the outstanding senior English major. The award honors the memory of the late Florence Hoagland who was for many years Professor of English at Bethany. Smith is the son of James and Diana Smith.

Sydney E. Stennett received the Shirley Morris Memorial Award, which is given to outstanding students in the field of modern languages. Stennett, a Social Work major, is from Graysville, Pennsylvania, and is the daughter of Leslie Skidmore.

Alpha Xi Delta received the Anna Ruth Bourne Award, which is given each semester to the women's social group that maintains the highest scholastic standing. The award memorializes the late Mrs. Anna Ruth Bourne, Professor of English from 1903 to 1936 and former Chair of the Department.

Beta Theta Pi received the W. Kirk Woolery Award, which is given each semester to the men's social group that maintains the highest scholastic standing. The award 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.

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.