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 Thursday, April 19, during its annual Honors Day Convocation. 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.

Stacy J. Boston and Ryan M. Nickerson received the Francis O. Carfer Prize. This prize is presented to the seniors, who in the judgment of the Honors Committee, have made the most outstanding contribution to the College. Recipients must exhibit sound academic accomplishments along with characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to Bethany.

Samantha F. Binkley received the Bethany 2000 Prize. This 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 grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate the characteristics of enthusiasm, dependability and dedication.

Alison C. Irvin received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. 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.

Evan P. Byrne received the W.F. Kennedy Prize. The prize, established by Kennedy of Wheeling, West Virginia, is awarded on the basis of the student’s contribution to the College, community life though leadership in activities, personal character and scholarship.

Ben A. Gavlik and Michaela D. Ross received the John R. Taylor Award. This award is presented to student(s) who demonstrate 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.

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. Aaron Anslow, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, received the faculty award. Debbie Soly, Administrative Assistant of the Athletic Department, received the staff award.

Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, President of Bethany College, presided over the Honors Day Convocation with the College’s Honors Committee, chaired by Dr. Gary Kappel. Serving on the Honors Committee are: Maureen Golick, Dr. Elizabeth M. Hull, Dr. Anju Ramjee, and Heather L. Riccuiti.

 

DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS:

Katelyn R. Sparks received the Beta Beta Beta Prize, which recognizes the student who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology.

Geoff L. Pecar received the Beta Beta Beta – B.R. Weimer Award, which recognizes a senior in Biology who attained the highest academic rank in this major.

Matthew J. Cavanagh and Morgan L. Wyckoff received the Accountancy Award, which is presented to the senior(s) who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellency in accountancy.

Elizabeth M. Timas received the Ernest L. & Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for excellence in Entrepreneurship.

Jordan D. Hunkins and Ryan M. Nickerson received the Business Award in Finance for excellence in Finance.

Matthew M. Corraini received the Eugene Miller Award for excellence in Economics.

 Elizabeth M. Timas received the Business Award in Management for excellence in Business Management.

Ashley E. Veryser and Austin G. Paul Orecchio received the Freshman Chemistry Award, which is presented each year to the student who attains the highest grade point average in a freshman-level Chemistry course.

Samantha F. Binkley received the Jerry R. Allison Award, which is granted to the senior concentrating in Chemistry who has achieved the highest grade-point average in the department.

 Ben A. Gavlik received the Charlotte Manion Yurko Award, which is presented to the Communications senior with the highest scholastic average in the major.

Andrew M. Williams received the Sara M. Cannon Award, which is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus broadcast media systems.

Lily M. Knight received the James W. Carty, Jr. Award, which is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media.

Riley T. Harrison received the E.E. Roberts Distinguished Prize in Campus Media, which is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with one of the student media, in academic work in Communications and Media Arts, or both.

Emmet Dwyer received the James Keegan Prize in International Communications, which is presented to a student whose academic achievement reflects an appreciation for the role communication plays in international affairs.

Robert A. Murano and Jenna S. Nuth received the David Brown Prize for outstanding achievement in Computer Science.

Ryan M. Nickerson received the Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award, which is presented to the outstanding senior majoring in economics.

 Kelsi A. Settle received the Caldwell Award for Leadership in the Art & Science of Teaching, which is presented to the outstanding senior Elementary Education major who has demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment.

Sean O. Rhodes received the Exceptional Secondary Education Award, which is presented to the senior Secondary Education Major who excels and demonstrates pedagogical strength in his or her instructional strategies and respective field of study.

 Nativa M. O’Brien received the Cammie Pendleton Award, which is presented to the outstanding sophomore majoring in English, and the winner of the W.W. Easton Award, which supports and encourages outstanding Bethany English majors.

Nativa M. O’Brien received the W.W. Eaton Award as an incoming student. The awards are made each year on the basis of applications judged by a committee of English faculty and alumni.

Miranda E. Heitz received the Frank Alfred Chapman Memorial Award for excellence in History.

Miranda E. Heitz received the Thomas R. Burns Award in History and Political Science, which is given to an outstanding history student.

Michaela D. Ross received the Frank Roy Gay Award, which is given to the senior interdisciplinary major who maintins a grade-point average of 3.5 or above and displays outstanding leadership qualities.

Alyssa L. Rodriguez and Jerrica C. Staten received the Wheeling-Nisshin Japanese Culture Award, which is presented to a student who has shown excellence in the study of Japanese language and cultures.

 Alexis E. Archer received the James E. Allison Award, which is presented to the senior Mathematics major who has excelled in the field of mathematics and best exhibits outstanding character and a giving spirit.

Alyssa K. Smydo received the W.H. Cramblet Prize for outstanding achievement in mathematics.

Majied J. Bey, Jada C. Epps, and Michael C. Springer-Ingram received the R. Darryl Ponton Student Leadership Award, which is given to three students who planned, developed, and implemented Bethany College’s first peer mentor program.

Donald T. Bierhals received the John J. Knight Award for excellence in Physical Education.

 Megan E. Nally received the J.S.V. Allen Memorial Award for excellence in Physics.

Caroline M. Dudley received the John G. Chernenko Award which is presented annually to the junior Political Science major with the highest overall grade point average.

Michaela D. Ross received the International Relations Award, which 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.

Zachary J. Lowe received the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Political Science for excellence in the field of Political Science.

Geoff L. Pecar received the Leonard Emory Yurko Award, which is presented to the senior who exhibits outstanding character and excellent scholarship.

Korey D. Platt received the Thomas R. Briggs Award for excellence in History and Political Science.

Toshia N. Rush received the Osborne Booth Prize for excellence in Religious Studies.

Emily M. DiMichele received the Lynn Frantz Adkins Award for Outstanding Involvement in Social Work for excellence within Social Work studies.

Abby G. Arkwright received the Lester N. & Helen W. Frantz Award for excellence within the Social Work Department.

Michaela D. Ross received the David Judy Prize for outstanding academic success as a major in The Visual and Performing Arts Department.

 Maxwell L. Hardt and Elias T. Stebbins received the A. Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award, which is presented to the outstanding junior or senior who has contributed significantly to the Bethany College Theatre activity.

 Willett A. Farkas-Worthy received the Wes Wagner Award, which is presented to a Visual Art major who has demonstrated academic accomplishment and outstanding artistic ability and creativity.

 Leighanna N. Frantz received the Leonora Balla Cayard Prize for excellence in German studies.

Mackenzie T. Bosley and Laura M. Shephard received the Margaret R. Woods Prize for excellence in Spanish and the Pearl Mahaffey Prize for excellence in World Languages and Cultures Department.

Emily R. Griffith received the Theodore R. Kimpton Prize for excellence in French studies.

Mackenzie T. Bosley received the Pearl Mahaffey Prize, which is awarded to the outstanding senior majoring in World Languages and cultures.

Michaela D. Ross received the Shirley Morris Memorial Award for excellence in the field of modern languages. This award was established by Theta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in memory of Shirley Morris, a member and past president of the Chapter.

 

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Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.

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