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 15 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.
Kelly C. Sofka, an Economics major, received the Francis O. Carfer Prize as Outstanding Senior. Sofka is a graduate of Central (W.Va.) Catholic High School and resides in Wheeling, 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.
Randal S. Stuckwish, a double major in Mathematics and Economics, received the Bethany 2000 Prize. Stuckwish is a graduate of Fort Cherry (Pa.) High School and resides in McDonald, Pa. 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.
Lindsay A. Sobotka, a Chemistry major, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Sobotka is a graduate of Weir High School (W. Va.) and resides in Weirton, 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.
Thomas J. Kisner, an Economics major, received the W. F. Kennedy Prize as Outstanding Junior Man. Kisner is a graduate of Xavier (Conn.) High School and resides in Killingworth, Conn. 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. Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work, received the faculty award. Theodore D. Williams, Director of the Physical Plant, 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 History Erich D. Lippman, in charge of arrangements for the event. Faculty members serving on the Honors Committee are: Wilfrid Csaplar, Jr., Brooke L. Deal, Anju Ramjee and Janice Garrison Shepherd.
A list of Departmental and College-wide awards from Bethany’s 170th academic year follows:
Beta Beta Beta Prize
Megan L. Hoffman, sophomore, Cambridge, Ohio; Tiffany M. Hoffman, sophomore, Cambridge, Ohio: 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
Frank C. Gomez, senior, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.: 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
Emily R. Sechrest, sophomore, East Rochester, Ohio: 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
Tiffany R. Furbee, senior, Washington, Pa.: 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.
Charlotte Manion Yurko Award
Jodi L. Bodo, senior, Steubenville, Ohio: The Charlotte Manion Yurko Award is presented to the Communication senior with the highest scholastic average in the major.
Sarah M. Cannon Award
Robert A. Rovnanik, junior, Springdale, Pa.: The Sarah M. Cannon Award is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus broadcast media systems.
James Keegan Prize
April M. O’Brien, junior, Columbus, Ohio; Katherine D. Reuning, senior, Saxonburg, Pa.: The James Keegan Prize in International Communication is presented to a student(s) whose academic achievement reflects an appreciation for the role communication plays in international affairs.
James W. Carty, Jr. Award
Jay M. Lyonett, 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.
E. E. Roberts Prize
Eileen C. Campbell, junior, Fairfax, 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
Geoffrey T. Clark, senior, Proctor, W.Va.; and Jay M. Lyonett, senior, Weirton, W.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
Logan W. Kowcheck, senior, Wellsburg, W.Va.; Kelly C. Sofka, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.; Randal S. Stuckwish, senior, McDonald, Pa.: The Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award is presented annually to the outstanding senior(s) majoring 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
Logan W. Kowcheck, senior, Wellsburg, 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.
W. Randolph Cooey Value Added Award
Brett A. Radaker, senior, Canonsburg, Pa.; Douglas R. Davidson, senior, Follansbee, W.Va.: 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.
Nicole R. Gillis, senior, Washington, Pa.: 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)
Cory L. Potter, sophomore, Akron, Ohio: 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)
Amanda E. Thomas, junior, Peterstown, W.Va.: 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.
Florence Hoagland Memorial Award
Danielle E. Cochrane, senior, Masontown, Pa.: The Florence Hoagland Memorial Award, given by a graduate of the class of 1944, is presented to the outstanding English major. The award honors the memory of the late Florence Hoagland, who was for many years Professor of English at Bethany College.
History and Political Science
Elizabeth C. Foy, senior, Loveland, Ohio: 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.
International Relations Award
Bethany A. Lewis, senior, Williamstown, W.Va.: 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.
John G. Chernenko Award
Chelsea M. Shenton, junior, Chester, W.Va.: 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.
Frank Roy Gay Award
Bethany A. Lewis, senior, Williamstown, W.Va.: 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.
Mathematics and Computer Science
W. H. Cramblet Prize
Alexis L. Evans, senior, Brownsville, Pa.; Randal S. Stuckwish, senior: McDonald, Pa.: The W. H. Cramblet Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in mathematics. It is named in honor of Mr. Cramblet, the 11th president of Bethany College.
David Brown Prize
Kevin L. Kaauamo, senior, Belmont, Ohio; Patrick R. Miller, senior, Canonsburg, Pa.: 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.
John J. Knight Award
Mark P. Cummins, senior, Manahawkin, N.J.: 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
Ashley J. Marinacci, senior, Bellaire, Ohio: 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.
Stacy R. Meeks, senior, East Liverpool, 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
Megan E. Cook, senior, Wheeling, W.Va.; Jena L. Hatmaker, senior, Parkersburg, 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
Emily R. Stewart, junior, Greensburg, Pa.: 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.
Lester N. and Helen W. Frantz Award
Alicia L. Boyer, senior, St. Clairsville, Ohio; Justin T. Miller, senior, West Liberty, W.Va.: 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
Rebecca R. Ehrlich, junior, Cleveland Heights, Ohio: 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
George K. Hauptfuehrer Award
Elizabeth C. Foy, senior, Loveland, 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
Richard L. Strassguetl, junior, Munich, Germany: 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
Katie L. Heinlein, senior, Claysville, Pa.: 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
Leonora Balla Cayard Prize
Kimberly J. Foflygen, junior, Burgettstown, Pa.: 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
Katie L. Heinlein, senior, Claysville, Pa.; and April M. O’Brien, junior, Columbus, Ohio: 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.
Theodore R. Kimpton Prize
Haley M. Fedor, junior, Munhall, Pa.: 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.
Pearl Mahaffey Prize
Amber R. Yarnell, senior, Wooster, Ohio; and Bethany A. Lewis, senior, Williamstown, W.Va.: The Pearl Mahaffey Prize is awarded to the outstanding senior(s) 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.
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.