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 16 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.
Ashley N. Berardi, a Biology major, received the Francis O. Carfer Prize as Outstanding Senior. Berardi is a graduate of Brooke (W.Va.) High School and resides in Follansbee, W.Va. 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.
Mary Lu Adams, a Psychology major, received the Bethany 2000 Prize. Adams is a graduate of Wheeling Park (W.Va.) High School and resides in Valley Grove, 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.
Kelly C. Sofka, an Economics major, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Sofka is a graduate of Central (W.Va.) Catholic High School and resides in Wheeling, W.Va. 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.
Randal S. Stuckwish, a double major in Mathematics and Economics, received the W. F. Kennedy Prize as Outstanding Junior Man. Stuckwish is a graduate of Fort Cherry (Pa.) High School and resides in McDonald, Pa. 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. John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, received the faculty award. Christina M. Sampson, Director of the McCann Learning Center, received the staff award.
President Scott D. Miller presided over the Honors Day Convocation with the College’s Honors Committee, chaired by Assistant Professor of Music David J. Rudari, in charge of arrangements for the event. Faculty members serving on the Honors Committee are: Barry J. Christmas, Erich D. Lippman, Daniel J. Phillips, Janice Garrison Shepard and T. Gayle Thompson.
A list of Departmental and College-wide awards from Bethany’s 167th academic year follows:
Melody K. Brouthers, sophomore, Cary, N.C.: The Beta Beta Beta Prize is awarded to the student who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology.
Ashley M. Berardi, senior, Follansbee, W.Va.: 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.
Lindsay A. Sobotka, sophomore, Weirton, W.Va.: The Freshman Chemistry Award is presented each year to the student who attains the highest grade-point average in a freshman-level Chemistry course.
Amanda M. Law, senior, Weirton, 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.
Ian M. Hicks, senior, Weirton, W.Va.: The Charlotte Manion Yurko Award is presented to the Communication senior with the highest scholastic average in the major.
Laurie C. Conway, senior, Pittsburgh, Pa.: The Sarah M. Cannon Award is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus broadcast media systems.
Korey B. Mullin, senior, Acme, Pa.: 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.
Ian M. Hicks, senior, Weirton, W.Va.: The James W. Carty, Jr. Award is presented each year to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media.
Zachary N. Macormac, senior, Canonsburg, Pa.: 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.
Petre Petkovski, sophomore, Wheeling, W.Va.; and Susannah J. Cartland, sophomore, Harvard, Ill.: The Eugene Miller Award is presented to a student 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.
Elijah M. Richie, senior, Middlebourne, W.Va.: The Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award is presented annually to the outstanding senior majoring in Economics. The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Kirkpatrick, long-time Professor and Dean of the College.
Petre Petkovski, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.: 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.
Courtney D. Teets, senior, Independence, W.Va.; and Ashley M. Shuttleworth, senior, Canfield, Ohio: 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 (Junior)
Danielle E. Cochrane, junior, Masontown, 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.
Amanda L. McCoy, senior, Coshocton, 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.
Casey R. Gray, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.: 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.
Katie L. Heinlein, junior, Claysville, 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.
A.Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award
Johnna J. Valenti, junior, Burgettstown, Pa.: 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.
Patrick B. McGregor, freshman, Westerville, Ohio; and Tina M. Rykowski, freshman, Weirton, W.Va.: The Jane Judy Phillips Memorial Award in Theatre is presented to a Bethany student for an outstanding debut season in Bethany Theatre. Selection of the recipient is made by the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts. The award honors the late Jane Judy Phillips, who was a volunteer assistant theatre director to her brother, David J. Judy, Jennie Steindorf Renner Professor of Fine Arts.
Jennifer M. Smith, senior, Steubenville, Ohio: 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.
Rachel E. Reed, senior, Finleyville, Pa.: 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.
Erica M. Pietranton, senior, New Cumberland, 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.
Paul R. Starcher, senior, New Athens, Ohio: 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.
Sage M. Smith, junior, Warwick, R.I.: 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.
Audrey H. Frank, senior, St. Cloud, Fla.: 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.
Kenneth B. Kearns, senior, Avella, Pa.: The James E. Allison Award is present 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 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 thirty-six years.
Andrew S. McPherson, senior, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Bradley J. Zink, senior, Washington Court House, Ohio: 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.
Brenda D. Maxwell, senior, Evans City, 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.
Alexis L. Evans, junior, Brownsville, Pa.: The J. S. V. Allen Award was established by the family and friends of Professor Allen to provide for an annual award to the outstanding physics student.
Mary Lu Adams, senior, Valley Grove, W.Va.; Renee T. Jones, senior, Columbus, Ohio: The Thomas R. Briggs Award is presented to the senior 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.
Alan D. Dicken, junior, Loveland, 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.
Alan D. Dicken, junior, Loveland, Ohio: The Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Award is awarded to the junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and potential in the area of Christian ministry. It is named in honor of Harold Watkins, a Bethany alumnus, trustee and ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Evelyn Watkins, a long-time friend and advocate of Bethany and the Christian Church.
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.
Phi Kappa Tau: 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.
Renee T. Jones, senior, Columbus, Ohio: The Lester N. and Helen W. Frantz Award is presented to a senior 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.
Amber R. Yarnell, junior, Wooster, Ohio: 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.
Katie L. Heinlein, junior, Claysville, Pa.; and Bethany A. Lewis, junior, Williamstown, W.Va.: The Margaret R. Woods Prize, sponsored by the Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, is awarded to the outstanding Spanish major. 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.
Veronica S. Jae, senior, West Mifflin, Pa.; and Beth Ann Shaffer, senior, Falling Waters, W.Va.: The Theodore R. Kimpton Prize is awarded to the outstanding French student. This prize, which is restricted to those students whose native language is other than French, was established by Professor Kimpton, former Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages at Bethany.
Veronica S. Jae, senior, West Mifflin, Pa.; and Beth Ann Shaffer, senior, Falling Waters, 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.
Kimberly J. Foflygen, junior, Burgettstown, Pa.: 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 Department of Foreign Languages.
President’s Award for Excellence in Performance (Faculty): Dr. John T. Burns, Professor of Biology
President’s Award for Excellence in Performance (Staff): Christina M. Sampson, Director of the McCann Learning Center
Ashley N. Berardi, senior, Follansbee, W.Va.: 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 of the prize must display sound academic accomplishment and characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to Bethany. The late Mr. Carfer, a trustee of the College for 29 years, was a graduate of the Class of 1909.
Mary Lu Adams, senior, Valley Grove, 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.
Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award (Outstanding Junior Woman)
Kelly C. Sofka, junior, Wheeling, W.Va.: The Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award is presented to the outstanding woman in the junior class. The award is based on qualities of leadership, character, conduct, and scholarship.
W. F. Kennedy Prize (Outstanding Junior Man)
Randal S. Stuckwish, junior, McDonald, Pa.: The W. F. Kennedy Prize is presented to the outstanding man in the junior class. 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.
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.