BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 17 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.
Amber L. Ridings, a senior Accounting major from Inwood, W.Va., received the Francis O. Carfer Prize as Outstanding Senior. Ridings is the daughter of Albert and Mary Ridings. 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. Ridings also received the Accountancy Award for demonstrating excellence in the study of accountancy.
Peter M. Franklin, a senior Accounting major from Allison Park, Pa., received the Bethany 2000 Prize. Franklin is the son of Michael and Pam Franklin. 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. Franklin also received The Ernest L. and Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, which is presented to the senior who best displays an entrepreneurial spirit and The Accountancy Award for demonstrating excellence in the study of accountancy.
Allison J. Snyder, a junior International Economics major from Newcomerstown, Ohio, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Snyder is the daughter of David and Wanda Joy Snyder. 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.
Khristian S. Smith, a junior English Literature major from Marlinton, W.Va., received the W. F. Kennedy Prize for Outstanding Junior Man. Smith is the son of James and Diana Smith. The prize, established by Mr. Kennedy of Wheeling, W.Va., is awarded on the basis of the student’s contribution to the College community life through leadership in activities, personal character and scholarship. Smith also received the Cammie Pendleton Award as the outstanding junior majoring in English.
Gerhard A. Schultze and Erika E. Steers, received the John R. Taylor Award. 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.
Schultze, a Religious Studies major from Wheeling, W.Va., is the son of Gerald and Joyce Schultze. Schultze also received the The Osborne Booth Prize, which is given to the student who excels in the field of Religious Studies and in the overall academic program and The Shirley Morris Memorial Award which is given to an outstanding student in the field of modern languages.
Steers, a Psychology major from New Stanton, Pa., is the daughter of Katrina D’Aquin. Steers also received The Leonora Balla Cayard Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding German student.
A list of Departmental and College-wide awards from Bethany’s annual Honors Day Convocation:
Keith R. Bartlett of Wellsburg, W.Va., received the David Brown Prize. The David Brown Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in Computer Science. It is given in honor of the professor who established the Computer Science program at Bethany. Bartlett, a Computer Science major, is the son of Keith and Gina Bartlett and Nancy and Jim Acord.
Chelsea L. Benson of McMurray, Pa., received the Caldwell Award. 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. Benson, an Elementary Education major, is the daughter of Robert and Tracie Benson.
Melinda S. Bierhals of Cabot, Pa., received the James E. Allison Award. The James E. Allison Award is presented annually to the senior mathematics major who has excelled in the field of mathematics and best exhibits outstanding character and a giving spirit in all phases of life. This award was established by family and friends in memory of Professor Allison, a 1962 graduate of Bethany College and a member of the faculty in mathematics for 36 years. Bierhals, a Mathematics major, is the daughter of Don and Tracey Bierhals.
Laura E. Biroschak of Canfield, Ohio, received the Lester N. & Helen W. Frantz Award. 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. Biroschak, a Social Work major, is the daughter of Thomas Biroschak and Rebecca Heck.
Catherine H. Breault of Moundsville, W.Va., 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. Breault, an English major, is the daughter of Ronald and Mary Breault.
Cristal S. Caldera King of Ozone Park, N.Y., 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. Caldera King, a Biology major, is the daughter of Ferne and Reuben Macoon.
Jenna E. Clancy of Poway, Ca., 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. Clancy, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the daughter of Rick and Mary Clancy.
Cameron A. Cooper of Hurricane, W.Va., received the Business Award and the Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award. The Business Award is presented to a senior majoring in a functional area of business such as business management or finance who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellence in the study of the chosen field. 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. Cooper, an Economics major, is the son of Harold and Theresa Cooper.
William S. Cossick of Uniontown, Pa., 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. Cossick, a Physical Education and Sports Studies major, is the son of William Cossick Sr.
Brennan L. Davies of Follansbee, W.Va., received the Wes Wagner Award. 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 until his death in 2006, and his artistic spirit lives on in art students, artists, and art lovers in the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. Davies, a Visual Art major, is the son of Mike Nelson and Dawn Fife.
Alix R. Lilly of Davis, W.Va., 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. Lilly, a Biology major, is the daughter of Roger and Cathy Lilly.
Jacob E. Fischer of Huntington, W.Va., received the W. H. Cramblet Prize. The W. H. Cramblet Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in mathematics. It is named in honor of Mr. Cramblet, the 11th president of Bethany College. Fischer, a Chemistry and Mathematics major, is the son of Jack and Karen Fischer.
Heather L. Hamm of Milton, Vt., received the Frank Roy Gay Award. 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. Hamm, an Interdisciplinary major, is the daughter of Skip and Dana Hamm.
Alaina M. Heck of Martinsburg, W.Va., 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. Heck, a Spanish major, is the daughter of Holli Heck.
Dakota K. Maravelis of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., received the John G. Chernenko Prize. The John G. Chernenko Award in Political Science was established in honor of this 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 grade point average. The Award was endowed by a gift from Judge Joyce Chernenko and Marc B. Chernenko, members of the Class of 1978. Maravelis, an Economics and Political Science major, is the son of Michael and Michele Maravelis.
Shannon N. Marks of Charles Town, W.Va., received the Charlotte Manion Yurko Award and the E. E. Roberts Prize. The Charlotte Manion Yurko Award is presented to the Communication senior with the highest scholastic average in the major. 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. Marks, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the daughter of Alan and Kim Marks.
Catherine C. Marshall of Hartford, Conn., 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. Marshall, a Biology major, is the daughter of Aderina Marshall.
Jessica M. Miller of Greensburg, Pa., 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. Miller, an English major, is the daughter of Carol Miller.
Emily S. Miner of Ridgeley, W.Va., 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. Miner, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the daughter of Richard and Donna Miner.
Teresa Mock of Inwood, W.Va., 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. Mock, a History major, is the daughter of Doug and Tina Mock.
Amanda M. Mokri of Triadelphia, W.Va., received the Marybeth Trout Horsemanship Award. The Marybeth Trout Horsemanship Award is awarded to an outstanding senior in Equine Studies who has demonstrated excellence in horsemanship, leadership and coursework. This award is named in memory of Bethany graduate Marybeth Trout. Mokri, an Equine Studies major, is the daughter of Robert and Diane Mokri.
Julia A. Mouch of Toledo, Ohio, received the Freshman Chemistry Award (2013). The Freshman Chemistry Award is presented each year to the student who attains the highest grade-point average in a freshman-level Chemistry course. Mouch, a Chemistry major, is the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Mouch.
Richard W. Oliver of Newell, W.Va., 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. Oliver, a Theatre major, is the son of Dawn Oliver.
Shannan M. Orum of Wheeling, W.Va., received the Marybeth Trout Horsemanship Award. The Marybeth Trout Horsemanship Award is awarded to an outstanding senior in Equine Studies who has demonstrated excellence in horsemanship, leadership and coursework. This award is named in memory of Bethany graduate Marybeth Trout. Orum, an Equine Studies major, is the daughter of Kelley Tharp.
Nicolette F. Rea of Williamstown, W.Va., received the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Political Science. 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. Rea, a Political Science major, is the daughter of Timothy and Cindy Rea.
Daniel R. Sabatino of Colliers, W.Va., received the James W. Carty Award. The James W. Carty Jr. Award is presented each year to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media. Sabatino, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the son of Lisa Quattrochi.
Chelsea N. Sebetich of Belle Vernon, Pa., received the International Relations Award and the Pearl Mahaffey Prize Prize. 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. 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. Sebetich, a Spanish major, is the daughter of Ted and Mary Ann Sebetich.
Kristen A. Sroka of Elizabeth, Pa., received the Jerry R. Allison Chemistry Award. 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. Sroka, a Chemistry major, is the daughter of Gary and Susan Sroka.
Kelvin M. Thomas of Clarksburg, W.Va., 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. Thomas, a Communications and Media Arts major, is the son of Greg and Sherri Thomas.
Monica M. Westerheide of Zanesville, Ohio, received the Lynn Frantz Adkins Award. 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. Westerheide, a Social Work major, is the daughter of Ron and Jennifer Westerheide.
Skylar B. Williams of Jefferson Hills, Pa., received the Secondary Education Award and the S. Elizabeth Reed Award. To recognize exemplary performance in scholarship and teaching, the Exceptional Secondary Education Award is 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. 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. Williams, a Physical Education and Sports Studies major, is the daughter of Dave and Tracy Williams.
Casey J. Wynn of Chester, W.Va., 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. Wynn, a Psychology major, is the daughter of Francis and Christine Wynn.
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.