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Symposium celebrates research, internships and creative activity

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College celebrates its emphasis on undergraduate research with the annual URICA Symposium, April 23-25 on campus.

URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity. The symposium’s main day, April 24, is devoted to presentations from student research in science and social science.

The symposium kicks off April 23 with a reception for the artists with work currently on display in the annual Student Art Show in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center, and opening night of the spring play, The Dining Room.

The reception is from 6-8 p.m. just outside the gallery. The play, a comedy by A.R. Gurney, starts at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (ticket purchase required).

Students whose work is part of the Student Art Exhibit are Julie Baker, Grace Bradfield, Janna Braun, Alexis Brewer, Hannah Brinker, Alexandria Brown, Sondra Buller, Xi Cheng, Brittny Czarnowsky, Matt Dewberry, Erin Doerksen, Mariah Ekart, Tony Emile-Wagler, Kate Fry, DrewAnne Gatlin, Laird Goertzen, Caitlyn Grant, Bethany Hamill, Rachael Harder, Josh Jackson, Brian Krehbiel, Emily Luedtke, Falon McGovern, Zane McHugh, Claire McStravick, Breetta Moe, Amber Munoz, Jessie Pohl, Emily Powell, Jeni Reichenberger, Melinda Regehr, Kaylyn Rhodes, Matt Rodenberg, Terra Scott, Natalie Unruh and Kiley Varney.

Concurrent senior award presentations will take place April 24 at 11 a.m., during the normal convocation time slot.

In Krehbiel Auditorium, Karina Ortman will present “Maple Syrup Urine Disease: A Study of Carrier Frequency in Mennonite and Non-Mennonite Populations” (a URICA Summer Research Grant and Mennonite Contributions Contest Award-winning presentation) and Luis Matute will speak on “Verbal Communication with Adult Unconscious Patients.”

The Administration Building chapel is the venue for Laura Jensen, with her assistant, freshman Jenna Collins, to present “The Power of Recovery: Using First-Person Accounts to Combat Self-Stigma,” and for the URICA Summer Research Grant presentation by Kaitlin Schmidt on “Cardiac Glycosides in Native Prairie Species and their Effect on Daphnia Cardiac Function and E.coli Proliferation.”

In Room 141 of the Mennonite Library and Archives (the projection room), Lani Astorga will present “Which Aspects and Challenges of Rural Communities Contribute to the Current Nursing Shortages and Poor Patient Outcomes in These Areas?” and Seth Tarrant and Dylan Jantz will give their URICA Summer Research Grant presentation, “Adsorption of Heavy Metal Contaminants via Magnetic Composites.”

Research posters will be on display in the lower level of Will Academic Center starting at noon April 24. Different groups of students will be giving poster presentations through the afternoon.

From 1-2 p.m. are Kiley Varney and Karlee Davidson, “Nothing But Nets: Supplying Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets to Prevent Malaria in the Tropics”; Kara Hiebert, Javen Zellner, Emma Bradley and Karina Ortman (senior research group mentor), “Maple Syrup Urine Disease: A Study of Carrier Frequency in Mennonite and Non-Mennonite Populations”; Olivia Gehring, Neil Smucker, Natalie Unruh, Emily Wedel and Kaitlin Schmidt (senior research group mentor), “Cardiac Glycosides in Native Prairie Species and their Effect on Cardiac Function and E.coli Proliferation”; Brianna Newport, Leah Friesen and Shaelyn Atwood, “Three Approaches to Assessing Improvement in Lumosity Performance among Students in the Fundamentals of Study Skills Class”; Bethany Hamill, “Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids Lab Design”; Azucena Gonzalez, Ciara Mckinney, Amber Schmidt and Taylor Ware, “Cognitive and Event-Related Potential (ERP) Evaluation of Football Players: Early Season-Post Season Comparisons”; Lani Astorga, “Which Aspects and Challenges of Rural Communities Contribute to the Current Nursing Shortages and Poor Patient Outcomes in These Areas?”; Jessica Blackwill, “Are Breastfed Infants Less Likely to Acquire Illnesses and Diseases Than Formula-Fed Infants?”; Kylie Blaylock, “The Effects of Contaminated Stethoscopes”; Keyona Burden, “The Effects of Laboring Down”; Mayra Chavez, “Postpartum Hemorrhage”; Melissa Dodge, “Music Therapy and Dementia”; Bridget Glock, “The Effects of Using Distraction Techniques to Reduce Pain and Stress During Pediatric Venipuncture”; and Cayla Lawless and Amy Wedel, “Hemoglobin Polymorphism: A Molecular Adaptation in Deer Mice.”

A special aspect to the “Nothing but Nets” poster presentation is that visitors can make pledges to support the malaria eradication program Nothing but Nets, which supplies mosquito nets to people living in malaria-prone regions of the world.

April 25, Bethel basketball players Jessica Ebenkamp, Taylor Durant, Adam Arciniega and Daniel Ratzlaff will be shooting free throws in Thresher Gymnasium to earn the pledges.

From 2-3 p.m. are Shelby Goniea, “Does Second-Hand Smoke Cause Behavioral Issues in Children?”; Megan Hill, “Parental Presence in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation”; Katrina Horner, “Hypnosis Aids in Therapy for Smoking Cessation”; Nichole Ilderton, “Does Health-care Hand Hygiene Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections Such As Clostridium Difficile?”; Nikolai Krahn, “How Does the Use of the Kennedy Axis V Assessment Tool Minimize Incidents of Violence in Acute Psychiatric Patients?”; Tracie Kuhn, “Children, Parents and the MMR Vaccination”; Jera Mason, “Effects of Delaying Cord Clamping in Newborns”; Grace Bradfield, Daniel Ratzlaff, Chase Stucky and Jordan Schroeder with Seth Tarrant and Dylan Jantz (senior research group mentors), “Adsorption of Lead Wastewater Contaminants via NaY Zeolite Magnetic Composites”; Jacqueline Conway and Allie Hipp (senior research group mentor), “Effects of Exercise on Salivary Cortisol”; Allie Chesbrough and Heather Eddy, “Changes in Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) Indices after a Concussion in Bethel Athletes”; Benjamin Wiens, Erik Long and Karl Buller (senior research group mentor), “The Analysis of Zebrafish Feeding Behavior using JWatcher”; Taylor Wright, Lila Tibbets, Justin Soriano and Madison Lockhart, “Studying Purpose Perception Through Experience Sampling Methodology: A Study of Local Consumers of Mental Health Services”; and Daniel Kirk and Brooke Powers (senior research group mentor), “Sleep Deprivation in Accordance with Concussions.”

From 3-4 p.m. are Luis Matute, “Verbal Communication with Adult Unconscious Patients”; Sarah Palmer, “Does Watchful Waiting and Parent Education Impact the Overuse of Antibiotics in Children with Otitis Media?”; Meghan Phillips, “Booster Seats and Motor Vehicle Accident Outcomes in Children”; Jennifer Reed, “The Use of Non-Pharmacological Interventions Within the Intrapartum Period”; Kelly Reimer, “How Does Breastfeeding Affect the Outcome of Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?”; Ashley Robbins, “Does the Use of Progesterone Delay Preterm Birth?”; Sarah Schell, “Effectiveness of Programs that Target Child and Adolescent Obesity”; Chekesha Staley, “Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: Oral Hygiene for the Mechanical Ventilated Patient”; Taylor Trent, “The Effect of Increased Noise Levels on Preterm Infants in the NICU”; Asha Williams, “Effective Communication in the OR for Patients’ and Health Professionals’ Safety”; Megan Wissman, “Breast Cancer and Effects of Chemotherapy Treatments”; Kami Wonders, “Reducing Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure”; and Tyler Shima, Samuel Bertholf and Brieanna Zerger (senior research group mentor), “Effects of the p53 Knockout Gene in Zebrafish: An Assistant’s Perspective.”

There are also concurrent oral presentations going on throughout the afternoon.

In Will Academic Center (WAC) Room 208, 1-1:30 p.m., is the launch event for the Bethel literary magazine YAWP!, with editorial staff members Kaitlin Schmidt, Will Shoup, Allie Shoup and Jessie Pohl, Siobhán Scarry, faculty mentor, and assorted readers; 1:30-2 p.m., an internship panel with Shianne Defreese, Madison Wiles, Allie Chesbrough and Laird Goertzen; 2-2:30 p.m., Melinda Regehr senior seminar presentation, “Mental Health of Bethel College Students: An In-depth Look at Student Athletes, Working Students and First-Generation Students”; and 2:30-3 p.m., Benjamin Kreider senior seminar presentation, “Public Libraries, Poverty and Social Inclusion: A Case Study of Kansas Libraries.”

In WAC 203 will be, 1:30-2 p.m., Katelyn Melgren senior seminar and URICA Summer Research Grant presentation, “Mitigating Burnout with Intentional Self-Care Habits and Agency Support: A Qualitative Study of Child Welfare Social Workers in Kansas”; 2-2:30 p.m., Jessica Ebenkamp senior seminar and URICA Summer Research Grant presentation, “The Effects of Pain and Depression on Rehabilitation Progress in a Physical Therapy Clinic”; 2:30-3 p.m., Angelina Adame senior seminar and URICA Summer Research Grant presentation, “Zebrafish as a Model of Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome: Controlling PITX2 Gene Expression”; 3-3:20 p.m., Eric Preheim, Garrett Lindley and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert, “We Don’t Mind: Bethel Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Concussions”; 3:20-3:40 p.m., Joshua Janzen and Abigail Phillips, “An Overview of Cognition and Communication in the Common Starling”; and 3:40-4 p.m., Laird Goertzen, Nichole Gabriel and Kaitlyn Scribner, “Perceptions of Stalking among Bethel Students in Relation to Personality and Self-Esteem.”

In WAC 216 will be, 1:30-2 p.m., Seth Tarrant, “Adsorption of Heavy Metal Contaminants via Magnetic Composites”; 2-2:30 p.m., Nicholas Bartholomaus (title not available); and 2:30-3 p.m., Dylan Jantz, “Synthesis and Kinetic Study of Magnetic Composites.”

There will be a special post-symposium event in WAC 208 at 4 p.m. The Faculty Fellowships Committee – Rachel Epp Buller, associate professor of visual art and design, Kathryn Layman, associate professor of chemistry and physics, and Kip Wedel, assistant professor of history and peace studies – will discuss “Strategies for Student Success in Competing for Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships.”

One other special event during the weekend is a senior piano recital by Michelle Unruh, Goessel, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

All URICA events are free and open to the public except the performances of The Dining Room, April 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available in Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center or at the door, subject to availability.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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