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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of the cornerstones of a Bethel College education is undergraduate research – most majors require it in some form. To celebrate undergraduate research, Bethel will hold its annual Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity (URICA) symposium on campus Saturday, May 5.

The public is invited to any session of interest. There is no charge. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will end around 12:40 p.m. with a break for refreshments midway.

Session I, starting at 9 a.m., will include concurrent presentations in the areas of “Psychological Explorations of the Mind,” “Music and Literature,” “Twentieth-Century History” and “Media Analysis and Marketing.”

The psychology session, moderated by Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, takes place in Krehbiel Science Center (KSC) Room 121. From 9-9:20, Jennifer Regier, Diana Rempel and Mark Abrahams will present “Self-Reported and Brain Event-Related-Potential Effects of Supraliminal Affective Words.” From 9:20-9:40, Sarah Buller, Rondell Burge and Becky Schulz will present “The Effects of Personal Choice on Emotional and Physiological Responses to Music.” From 9:40-10, Bethany Trimble will present “The Interaction of Personality, Health Attitudes and Exercise Habits with Physical Therapy Rehabilitation.” From 10-10:20, Emma Lewis will present “Preferred Music Produces Conscious Relaxation and Physiological Ambiguity.”

The music and literature session, moderated by professor of English Ami Regier, will take place in KSC 016. From 9-9:20, Sara Adrian will present “The Musical Innovations of Henry Cowell.” From 9:20-9:40, Joel Linscheid will present “The Tenor Test: A Look at the Improvisational Styles of Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane and Michael Brecker on Body and Soul.” From 9:40-10, Adam Gaeddert will present “‘Screams through earth and stone’: Subalternity in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.” From 10-10:20, Zachary Gingrich-Gaylord will present “Hip-Hop as Literature.”

The session on twentieth-century history will take place in Old Science Hall (SH) Room 103, moderated by associate professor of history Mark Jantzen. From 9-9:20, Jordan Penner will present “Postwar Literature in Spain and Yugoslavia.” From 9:20-9:40, Matthew Root will present “Dadaism: The Irrational Revolution.” From 9:40-10, Michael Voth will present “West Germany, The Marshall Plan and the Economic Miracle.” From 10-10:20, Kim Schmidt will present “Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Progression of Women’s Sexual Dialogue in the United States.”

The session on media analysis and marketing takes place in SH 305, moderated by Christine Crouse-Dick, assistant professor of communication arts. From 9-9:20, Nathan Eigsti will present “Tobacco Advertising.” From 9:20-9:40, Adam Gabriel will present “Minstrel Shows to Box Office Hits: An Examination of the Exploitation of African Americans in Cinema.” From 9:40-10, Kelsey Goertzen will present “Taking an Active Approach to Change the Future of Rural Communities through Communication.” From 10-10:20, Erinne Coit will present “Dying to Read: The Effects of Illiteracy on Women’s Health Care.”

From 10:20-11, there will be refreshments available in the KSC Atrium and all are encouraged to see the posters on display in the Administration Building chapel. These represent research on culture care theory done by seniors in the nursing department completing their transcultural nursing requirement for Community Nursing.

Students and culture groups are as follows: Courtney Barnett, Amanda Silver and Coleen Conley, young Russian adults in Russia; Lindsey Schuckman, Debbie Davis and Edith Scott, Greek-Americans in central Kansas; Mae Reed, Sorrina Gonzalez and Tiffany Walker, Vietnamese-Americans in central Kansas; Jocelyn Zauche, Krystal Bacon, Olakunle Adisa and Amy Mitchel, Mexican-American Catholics in central Kansas; Amanda Hullet, Stacy Jasperson and Coshawnasy Jackson, Lebanese in central Kansas; Natasha Robinson, Swedish in south central Kansas; Brooke Abramczak and Stephanie Potucek, Irish-Americans in south central Kansas; Abigail Gatz, Jennifer Seifken and Katherine Hinz, American Gypsies in the Midwest; Geri Tyrell, Amy Hutchinson and Liz Wahl, Russian professionals; Jacqui-Ann Jackson, Thelma Latrice Moses and Amanda Wyatt, Korean-Americans in central Kansas; Crystal Hambley, Andrea Mendal and Jessica Smith, Oglala Lakota young adult Native Americans; Jillian Schwartz, Rachel Garcia and Isaac Hochstetler, Puerto Ricans in central Kansas.

Session II, beginning at 11 a.m., will have concurrent presentations in the areas of “Researching Contemporary Social Issues,” “Mathematics and Physical Sciences” and “Studies in Religion and Experience.”

Larry Friesen, professor of social work, will moderate the contemporary social issues session, held in KSC 121. From 11-11:20, Aislinn Conrad will present “Depressive Symptomatology and Social Aggression as Mediated by Emotional Social Support.” From 11:20-11:40, Tina Schmidt-Tieszen will present “Comparing the Roles and Relationships of Social Workers and Nurse Case Managers in the Hospital Setting.” From 11:40-noon, Melinda Stucky and Kristin Wedel will present “Youthville Adoption Study 2007.” From 12-12:20, Robert Weaver will present “Urban Kansas Mennonites and Homosexuality, 1968-1999.”

The mathematics and physical sciences session will take place in KSC 016, moderated by Penelope Adams Moon, assistant professor of history. From 11-11:20, Peter Goerzen will present “Supercomputing on the Cheap, Part II: Implementing the Cluster.” From 11:20-11:40, Kyle Claassen will present “Analyzing American Mathematical Monthly Problem 11276 and a Special Case.” From 11:40-noon, Michael Wondemagegnehu will present “Modulation of Uterine Contractions Stimulated by KOSO (Hagenia Abyssinica) Plant Extraction.” From 12-12:20, Ross Lehman will present “Relativistic and Newtonian Models of Accretion Discs.”

The studies in religion session, moderated by professor of psychology Paul Lewis, will take place in SH 203. From 11-11:20, Max Wedel, Brittany Baker and Emma Lewis will present “Does Religious Denomination Really Make a Difference on People’s Experience of Divine Intervention?” From 11:20-11:40, Brittany Baker, Ben Harder and Lewis Kosjer will present “The Effects of Denomination, Education and Family Size on Scale Scores of the Duke University Religion Index.” From 11:40-noon, Aimee Siebert and Emma Lewis will present “Is There any Relationship Between Subjective Views of Health and the Experience of Divine Intervention?” From 12-12:20, Braden Hiebner will present “Reintegrating the Life of Wilhelm Mannhardt: A Nineteenth-Century Mennonite, Mythologist, Nationalist, Pietist and Liberal.” From 12:20-12:40, Rondell Burge, Matt Stucky, Tabitha John and Heather Linscheid will present “The Effects of Mental Illness and Social Constraints on Perceptions of What Another Person is Thinking.”

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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