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 18 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.
Katrina Miller, a Communications & Media Arts major, received the John R. Taylor Award. Miller, the daughter of Roy and Georgann Miller, resides in Avella, Pa. 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. That is, in the words of its founder, Alexander Campbell, “to liberate the individual from ignorance, superstition, vulgar prejudice, and the tyranny of others.” Preference is given to students who have benefited from immersion in an international experience. The award is named in memory of John R. Taylor, ’44, Professor of English Emeritus, a legendary teacher who modeled in life Bethany’s finest liberal arts tradition and served Alma Mater well as director of a distinctive, semester-long experience for Bethany students at Oxford University. Miller also received the Charlotte Manion Yurko Award as the Communications senior with the highest scholastic average in the major, the E. E. Roberts Distinguished Prize in Campus Journalism for outstanding work with student media and the Eugene Miller Award as a student who has made a significant contribution to communications and to economics and business.
Cameron A. Cooper, a Economics major, received the The W.F. Kennedy Prize as Junior Man. Cooper, the son of Harold and Theresa Cooper, resides in Hurricane, W.Va. 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. Cooper also received the Ernest L. and Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award as the student who best displays an entrepreneurial spirit.
Shannon N. Marks, a Communications & Media Arts major, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Marks, the daughter of Alan and Kim Marks, resides in Charles Town,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. Marks also received the James W. Carty, Jr. Award for her outstanding work with the campus print media.
Amber L. Ridings , a Accounting major, received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. Ridings , the daughter of Albert and Mary Ridings, resides in Inwood, 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.
Gabriela I. Nunez, a History major, received the Bethany 2000 Prize. Nunez, the daughter of Maggie Rossi, resides in Centreville, 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. Nunez also received the Shirley Morris Memorial Award for the outstanding student in the field of modern languages.
Johnathan H. Foster, a Psychology major, received the The Francis O. Carfer Prize. Foster, the son of Patricia Foster, resides in Cumberland, Md. 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.
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. M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts, and Anju Ramjee, Professor of Economics received the faculty award. Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries and Learning Resources, received the staff award.
A list of Departmental and College-wide awards from Bethany’s annual Honors Day Convocation:
Tyler J. Buchanan of Claysville, Pa. received the Beta Beta Beta-B. R. Weimer Award and the Leonard Emory Yurko 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. 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. Buchanan, a Biology major, is the son of Robert and April Buchanan.
Majorie V. Card of Irving, Texas received the Christine Burleson Memorial Award. The Christine Burleson Memorial Award, given by a graduate of the Class of 1936, is presented to a senior English major who has attained excellence in this field. The award honors the memory of the late Christine Burleson, who was Professor of English and Dean of Women from 1932 to 1936. Card, an English major, is the daughter of Hugh C. Card III and Jane M. Goodrich-Card.
Carl D. Cosentino of Avella, Pa. received the David Judy Prize. 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. Cosentino, a Visual Art major, is the son of Wayne Cosentino.
Samuel U. Duvall of Shadyside, Ohio received the Freshman Chemistry Award. The Freshman Chemistry Award is presented each year to the student who attains the highest grade-point average in a freshman-level Chemistry course. Duvall, a Chemistry major, is the son of Mark and Lisa Duvall.
Carlie M. Fisher of Follansbee, W.Va. 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. Fisher, a Social Work major, is the daughter of Kevin and Lori Fisher.
Annie E. Grogan of Kailua, Hawaii received theHarold R. & Evelyn N. Watkins Award, the Osborne Booth Award and the Rush Carter Prize. The Harold R. and Evelyn N. Watkins Christian Leadership Award annually recognizes a junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding Christian leadership and service. 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. 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. Grogan, a Religious Studies major, is the daughter of Michael and Kerry Grogan.
Casey E. Hamilton of Mathias, 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. Hamilton, a Political Science major, is the son of Edwin and Tamera Hamilton.
Margaret R. Hilinski of Valencia, Pa. 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. Hilinski, an Equine Studies major, is the daughter of Stan Hilinski.
Renee N. Jones of Centreville, Va. 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. Jones, a Business Administration major, is the daughter of Jack and Melissa Dyniec.
Emily M. Jump of Milford, Del. received the S. Elizabeth Reed Award. 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. Jump, a Physical Education and Sports Studies major, is the daughter of Gary and Cindy Ingram.
Alix R. Lilly of Davis, W.Va. received the Beta Beta Beta Prize. The Beta Beta Beta Prize is awarded to the student who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology. Lilly, a Biology major, is the son of Roger and Cathy Lilly.
Daniel J. McClelland of Moundsville, W.Va. received the Jerry R. Allison Chemistry Award and the Leonard Emory Yurko 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. 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. McClelland, a Chemistry major, is the son of Larry and Ruth McClelland.
Jessica M. Miller of Greensburg, Pa. received the Cammie Pendleton Award (Junior). 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. Miller, an English major, is the daughter of Jeffrey Miller and Carol Miller.
Bethany M. Mullins of Evanston, Ill. received the Florence Hoagland Memorial Award. 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. Mullins, an Education - English major, is the daughter of John Mullins and Amy Mullins.
Cortney N. Newland of Carmichaels, 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. Newland, an Education major, is the daughter of Gregory and Minnie Newland.
Olivia M. Pavlic of Tiltonsville, Ohio received the J. S. V. Allen Memorial Award and the W.H. Cramblet Prize. 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. W. H. Cramblet Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in mathematics. It is named in honor of Mr. Cramblet, the 11th president of Bethany College. Pavlic, a Mathematics major, is the daughter of Charmaine Pavlic.
Nicolette F. Rea of Williamstown, 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. Rea, a Political Science major, is the daughter of Timothy and Cindy Rea.
Erin M. Scrimger of Reisterstown, Md. received the Frank Alfred Chapman Memorial Award and the Leonora Balla Cayard Prize. 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. 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. Scrimger, a History major, is the daughter of Charles and Kathleen Scrimger.
Chelsea N. Sebetich of Belle Vernon, Pa. 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. Sebetich, a Spanish major, is the daughter of Ted and Mary Ann Sebetich.
Khristian S. Smith of Marlinton, W.Va. received the Cammie Pendleton Award (Sophomore). 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. Smith, an English major, is the son of James and Diana Smith.
Anthony J. Sparks of Chalkhill, Pa. 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. Sparks, a Communications & Media Arts major, is the son of Patrick and Marey Sparks.
Victoria E. Spriggs of Hackettstown, N.J. 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 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. Spriggs, a Visual Art major, is the daughter of Wendi Light.
Katherine M. Warren of Bloomington, Ill 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. Warren, a Communications & Media Arts major, is the daughter of Jim and Katherine Warren and Sharon Warren.
Jessica L. Zavatchen of Uniontown, Pa. 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. Zavatchen, a Psychology major, is the daughter of Michael and Jeanne Zavatchen.
Charles T. Ziants of Moundsville, W.Va. 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. Ziants, a Physical Education and Sports Studies major, is the son of Thomas and Teresa Ziants.
Photos of the award presentations can be found on the College's Flickr site.