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Bethany College students gain honors

July 8, 2011
The Herald-Star

BETHANY - Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students, faculty and staff with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on during its annual Honors Day celebrations, April 14.

Lindsay A. Sobotka, a chemistry major, received the Francis O. Carfer Prize as Outstanding Senior. Sobotka is the daughter of Jerry and Nancy Sobotka of Weirton. The award is presented for outstanding academic accomplishment along with characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to Bethany.

Sobotka also received the Jerry R. Allison Chemistry Award, which is awarded to a senior chemistry student who has achieved the highest cumulative grade-point average in the department; and the Leonard E. Yurko Award given to an outstanding pre-medical student.

Alyssa M. Schrecengost of Wexford, Pa. received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior. Awarded by alumni in the Pittsburgh area, the award is based on the qualities of leadership, character, conduct and scholarship.

Alexander C. Stubbs, a business administration major, received the W. F. Kennedy Prize as Outstanding Junior Man. Stubbs is the son of Rhonda Stubbs of Follansbee. The prize is awarded on the basis of the student's contribution to the college's 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 were presented to Albert "Jay" R. Buckelew, professor of biology, and Rebecca A. Rose, director of communications.

Two awards also were presented to social groups at the college. Alpha Xi Delta received the Anna Ruth Bourne Award, given each semester to the women's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing, and Phi Kappa Tau was presented the W. Kirk Woolery Award, which is given to the men's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing.

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.

The following local students were among many others who received awards:

Morgan Minor of Wellsburg, the John G. Chernenko Award, which is awarded to a junior political science major with the highest overall gradepoint average.

Taylor A. Morris, a senior from Weirton, was presented the Lester N. and Helen W. Frantz Award, which is presented to a senior for 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.

Jacob M. Nixon, a senior from Wellsburg, who was awarded the Rush Carter Prize in Music, given for outstanding achievement in music; and the George K. Hauptfuehrer Award, which is given by Sigma Tau Epsilon to a student who has demonstrated musical excellence and participated actively in campus musical organizations.

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