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Symposium celebrates research, internships and creative activity

April 26th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Every year, Bethel College celebrates its emphasis on undergraduate research with the URICA Symposium on campus.

URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity. The symposium’s main day, April 27, is devoted to presentations from student research in science and social science.

The event kicks off April 26 with the reception for the Student Art Exhibit, which is in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through April 27. The reception is from 6-8 p.m. outside the gallery.

On display is work by 49 students, in media including book arts, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry and small metals, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

On April 27, concurrent senior award and honors presentations will take place at 11 a.m., during the normal convocation time slot.

In Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center, Austin Regier, Newton, speaks on “Politics, Religion and Sex: Examining the Relationship Between Various Social Factors and Religious Viewpoints within Mennonite Churches of Central Kansas” (Mennonite Contributions Contest winner/URICA Summer Research Award), while Neil Smucker, North Newton, presents his composition and recording project, “Ni L’Un Ni L’Autre” (URICA Award).

The Administration Building chapel is the venue for presentations by Ben Wiens, Goessel, and Tyler Shima, Topeka, on “Population Genetics of Feral Cats in Harvey County,”  and Leah Friesen, Henderson, Nebraska, on “The Effects of a Social Belonging Intervention on First-Year College Student Success” (URICA Award).

In Room 141 of the Mennonite Library and Archives (Projection Room, basement), are Stephanie McGhee, McPherson, “Relationships of Adverse Childhood Scores and Coping Strategies of College Students Using the Experience Sampling Method, and Kylee Schunn, Whitewater, on “Resiliency: A Qualitative Study of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors in the Healing Process of Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault” (URICA Award).

Finally, in Will Academic Center (WAC) Room 203 are Shalei Swaim, McPherson, “Confronting Nurse-to-Nurse Bullying,” and Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, “Something Magic: A 50th-Anniversary Analysis of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus.”

Research posters will be on display in the lower level of the WAC starting at noon April 27, with student presentations from 1-2 p.m.

In the WAC atrium are:

Brook Bugbee, Wichita, “Care: A Necessary Intervention”

Kimberly Buzbee, Topeka, “Competency Based Learning of Peripheral Intravenous Insertion in the Pediatric Population”

Cacy Cavin, Wichita, “Nurse Fatigue, Patient Safety and the Importance of Self-Care”

Erin Conner, Wichita, “Central Venous-Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections”

Jacey Crowther, Gypsum, “Infant Fed Methods in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”

Vanessa Doan, Newton, “The Benefit of Direct Skin-to-Skin Contact on Newborns”

Kaitlyn Feigl, Rose Hill, “Shift Work and the Impact on the Lifestyle of a Nurse”

Rachel Herzog, Wichita, “Time Management and Accessibility in Mental Health Nursing”

Breanne Rogers, Newton, “Limb Elevation and Acute Limb Compartment Syndrome (ALCS)”

Shalei Swaim, “Confronting Nurse-to-Nurse Bullying”

Delona Torres, Newton, “Music Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury”

Autumn Walton, Belleville, “Prisons, Provision and Practice: Discussing Health Care in Correctional Facilities”

Kelsey Weninger, Colwich, “The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact While Breastfeeding”

In the west hallway are:

 Kaci Wilson, Sterling, Mallory Meier, Winfield, and Alayna Wallace, McPherson, with faculty mentor Jeremy T. Mitchell-Koch, “Synthesis of Metallo-Salen and Salophen Complexes for use in Anion Selective Electrodes” (presented at the 2018 National Conference for Undergraduate Research, NCUR, April 4-7)

Abby Harders, Moundridge, with faculty mentor Kathryn A. Layman, “Wastewater Contaminant Adsorption on Magnetic Composites” (NCUR)

Maya Kathrineberg, Salina, with Kathryn A. Layman, “Phytoextraction of Iron by Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)” (NCUR)

Lauren Mitchell, Newton, Amber Schmidt-Hayes, Newton, Logan Heinrichs, Park City, and Alexander Haas, Topeka, with Kathryn A. Layman, “The Matrix Effect on the Uptake Capacities of Magnetic Iron Composite” (NCUR)

Leah Friesen, senior research mentor, and Tawon Green, San Bernardino, California, “The Effects of a Social Belonging Intervention on First-Year College Student Success” (NCUR)

Stephanie McGhee, senior research mentor, and Abby Schmidt, Newton, “Relationships of Adverse Childhood Experience Scores and Coping Strategies of College Students Using Experience Sampling Method” (NCUR)

Ben Wiens and Tyler Shima, “Population Genetics of Feral Cats in Harvey County, Kansas” (NCUR)

Cayla Lawless, Burlingame, senior research mentor, with Nathaniel Gamache, Halstead, Randall Schmidt, Lawrence, Elizabeth Tran, North Newton, Elsie Deckert, North Newton, Ryan LaCombe, Newton, and Emalee Overbay, Louisburg, “The Effects of the Perceived Patient-Physician Relationship on Medication Adherence in a Rural Family Practice” (URICA Award; NCUR)

Randall Schmidt, “Understanding the Neonatal Death Rate between 1990 and 2015: Analysis of Data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation” (NCUR)

Garrett Lindley, Goddard, senior research mentor, with Garrett Smith, Burrton, Miguel Ballesteros, San Diego, California, and Jalal Gondal, Noble, Oklahoma, “Experience Sampling after a Concussion: Stigma, Negative Emotions and Loss of Team Support” (NCUR)

Cassandra Voth, Littleton, Colorado, “Relationships Between Risk-Taking and Digit Ratio” (NCUR)

Abbie Hutton, Lincoln, California, Lil Padro, Miami, Jacob Rogers, Riverside, California, Chase Anderson, Topeka, and Alex Woodruff,  Tulsa, Oklahoma, “Attitudes in Sports: Conflicting Values Affecting Decisions to Participate” (NCUR)

Caroline Preheim, Nolensville, Tennessee, Jen Meysing, Goessel, Anna Lubbers, Peabody, Jadin Kaltenbach, Wichita, and Bethany Rafter, Wichita, with faculty mentor Paul T. Lewis, “Examining the Connection Between Mental Illness Versus Mental Health and Gender on Being Troubled by Behavior”

Jeni Reichenberger, Wichita, senior research mentor, with Michelle Schrag, Moundridge, and Adam Sigwing, Halstead, “The Woody Landscape of the Bethel College Campus and its Potential Wildlife Benefits”

Sam Bertholf, Winfield, senior research mentor, with Laura Tran, North Newton, “Analysis of Varying Chromium (III) Concentration Presence upon pBR322 E. coli Plasmid”

Shaelyn Atwood, Sabetha, senior research mentor, with Georgia Anderson, Wichita, Jayde Blain, Cawker City, Erica Ebenkamp, Conway Springs, Morgan Murphy, Newton, and Kelsey Potter, El Dorado, “Improving Emotion Recognition in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Kiley Varney, Newton, senior research mentor, with Logan Price, Wichita, Ahmed Fall, Staten Island, New York, and Madeline Nachtigal, Lawrence, “Antibacterial Effects of Thymol on Three Different Human Pathogens”

Riley Schmieder, Wellman, Iowa, and Gabe Johnson, Abilene, “An Observational Study of Lions (Panthera leo) in Captivity”

Heath Goertzen, Goessel, Connor Born, North Newton, Riley Schmieder, Naomi Epp, North Newton, Zach Shima, Topeka, and Sydnee Johnston-Getchell, Derby, “Examining Feral Cat Concentration Distributions with GIS”

Starting at 1 p.m., concurrent oral presentations will take place in two different WAC classrooms.

In WAC 216 are:

1 p.m., Jordan Schroeder, Newton, “Creating an Open-Access Journal for Bethel College” (URICA Award)

1:30 p.m., Matthew Lind, Newton, “Musical Group Actions: Isomorphism, Subgroups and Cycles in the Music of Debussy, Glass and Coltrane”

2 p.m., Meredith Stone, Fresno, California, “Influence of Racial and Ethnic Identity on Bethel College Campus through Photovoice” (URICA Award)

● 2:30 p.m. – BREAK

3 p.m., Cayla Lawless, “The Effects of the Perceived Patient-Physician Relationship on Medication Adherence in a Rural Family Practice”

3:30 p.m., Storm Myer, Miltonvale, “Rustling Miltonvale’s Purple Cow: Competition Between Economic Efficiency and Rural Value Systems” (URICA Award)

In WAC 208 are:

1:30 p.m., Brianna Newport, Wichita, “Machiavellianism: Assessing the Relationship between Cortisol Response, Personality and Life Experiences” (NCUR)

2 p.m., Taylor Simmons, Wichita, “Reciprocal Effects of Relationships and Interactions between Humans and Green Iguanas” (NCUR)

2:30 p.m., Garrett Lindley, “Experience Sampling after a Concussion: Stigma, Negative Emotions, and Loss of Team Support”

3 p.m., Jeni Reichenberger, “The Woody Landscape of the Bethel College Campus and its Potential Wildlife Benefits”

3:30 p.m., Kiley Varney, “Antibacterial Effects of Thymol and Hypericin on Human Pathogenic Bacteria”

Eight students in two panels will describe their internship experiences and take questions about them. The panels are in WAC 203, with Megan Kershner, Bethel director of career services, as the moderator.

First, starting at 1 p.m., are DrewAnne Gatlin, Broadus, Montana, and Hannah Wheeler, Hesston, Department of Children and Families; Abigail Phillips, Maple Hill, Kansas Infant Death & SIDS Network; and Da’Ron Gillis, Balch Springs, Texas, Vision 2 Vision.

This panel will be followed by visual arts presentations by senior art and graphic design majors in the fast-moving style known as Pecha Kucha, starting at 1:30 p.m.: Zane McHugh, Wichita, ceramics; Veronica Ziegler, Hesston, photography; and Da’Ron Gillis, graphic design.

Internship Panel II will be at 2:30 p.m., with Randall Schmidt, pediatrics clinic; Cassandra Voth, Greenwood Pediatrics; Nathaniel Gamache, McPherson Dental and Wichita Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and Riley Schmieder, Bushy Tails Veterinary Hospital (Iowa City).

An annual part of the symposium is the Faculty Fellowships Committee presentation of “Strategies for Student Success in Competing for Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships,” especially for students who have received notice they are eligible for a fellowship grant. This is in WAC 208 from 4-4:30.

Weather permitting, from 5-6:30 p.m. on Centennial Plaza (in front of Mem Hall) is the YAWP! literary magazine spring issue launch party. (Bad weather alternative is Mantz Library Lounge.)

The party features readings by issue contributors, free food and drinks from Mojo’s, and live music by The Regier Family of Newton.

The symposium’s creative activity also includes theater and music.

The spring play, the dark comedy Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, opens April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. It repeats April 28 at the same place and time.

While most URICA events are free and open to the public, ticket purchase is required for the play (Bethel students are free). Tickets are available in Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the door, subject to availability. Due to adult content and strong language, the play is not recommended for young audiences.

The Clybourne Park cast is Ellie Bradley (Newton High School student), Brandon Castillo, Madison Hofer-Holdeman, Kate Jolliff, Mark Martin, Devonte Singleton and Luke Unruh. Stage manager is Kelly Habegger. John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, is the stage director and Damon Klassen, adjunct instructor of theater, is the technical director and scenic designer.

Finally, the weekend wraps up with two concerts April 29  in Memorial Hall.

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble’s spring concert is titled “A Change is Gonna Come.” It is a tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and features work by African-American composers, as well as spoken-word presentations by two Bethel students, Akiyaa Hagen-Depusoir, Salina, and Joshua Clay, Escondido, California. The concert is at 3 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the men’s a cappella ensemble Open Road gives their end-of-year concert. Open Road is seniors Austin Regier and Tyler Shima, juniors Dominick Geddert, Nathan Kroeker, Alec Loganbill, Nick Preheim and Randall Schmidt, and sophomores Kendrick Weaver and David Wullf-Cochrane.

Both concerts are free, with freewill offerings taken.

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