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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity (URICA) symposium will take place on campus Saturday, May 2.

The public is invited to any session of interest. There is no charge. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will end around 12:30 p.m., with a break for refreshments midway.

Panel Session I, starting at 9 a.m., will include concurrent presentations in the areas of “Tuco-Tucos Play-Fighting, and Reducing Domestic Violence,” “Small Mammals, Roman Class Conflict, and the Wiimote,” “The New Atheism, and the Male Lupus Patient” and “Thebes, Mennonite Farmers, and the Roman Arts.”

One group will present in Krehbiel Science Center (KSC) room 121, moderated by Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work. From 9-9:30 Jennifer Regier, senior from Elbing, will present “Ontogeny of Play-Fighting in Juvenile Colonial Tuco-Tucos,” her senior biology thesis. From 9:30-10, Kezia Hesed, senior from Pawnee Rock, will present her senior social work thesis, “Correlates of Success in a Domestic Violence Shelter Population: A Study of Harbor House Clients 2006-07.”

A second group will present in Old Science Hall (SH) room 203, moderated by Larry Friesen, professor of social work. From 9-9:20 Rebecca Froese, senior from Moses Lake, Wash., will present “A Small Mammal Survey in the Oak Woodland Restoration Area, Bethel College Campus,” the result of work she did as the recipient of a Bethel College Summer Research Grant for 2008. From 9:20-9:40, Matthew Root, senior from Topeka, will present “Class Conflict in Ancient Rome” and from 9:40-10, Kyle Claassen, junior from Andover, will present “Programming the Wiimote.”

Paul Lewis, professor of psychology, will moderate a third group of presentations in KSC 016. From 9-9:30, Daniel Glascock, senior from Cunningham, will present “New Atheist Literature and Ideology: Anathema to Reasonability and the Birth of a Faith Claim,” his communication arts/Bible and religion senior thesis. From 9:30-10, Sarah Buller, senior from Lenexa, will present “Influences of Climate Variables on the Disease Symptoms of a Male Lupus Patient,” her senior psychology thesis.

The fourth group for Panel Session I will meet in SH 305, moderated by Brad Born, professor of English and vice president of academic affairs. From 9-9:20, Victoria Janzen, senior from Wichita, will present “The Rise and Redemption of Thebes.” From 9:20-9:40, Jonathan Nathan, senior from Moundridge, will present “Buena Gente, Jefes Duros: The Relationship of Mennonite Farmers and the United Farmworkers Union in California,” resulting from work he did as the recipient of a Bethel College Summer Research Grant for 2008. From 9:40-10, Grant Hiebner, senior from Hampton, Neb., will present “Early Christian Influence on Art and Architecture in the Roman Empire.”

There will be a break with refreshments from 10-11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby. Symposium participants and guests are invited to visit the Student Art Show in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. Erica Buller, freshman from Lenexa, Lacey Parker, sophomore from Lone Tree, Iowa, and Emily Piper, senior from North Newton, will be available in the gallery to talk about their work and answer any questions.

Also during the break, there will be a musical performance by Bethel College students yet to be determined, either the Bluegrass band Creekbusters or the men’s a cappella vocal group Open Road.

The following posters will also be on display in the Fine Arts Center, outside Krehbiel Auditorium in the eastern half of the circle hallway: “Culture Care Theory of Citizens of the Potawatomi Nation,” by senior nursing students Brittany (Wiens) Goertzen, Justin Novinger, Lindsey Oliver, Brittany Scogin and Jacy Suttlemyre; “Human Liking for Music Found by a Music Search Engine Based on Aesthetic Similarity” by psychology students Tim Burns, Yue Yu and Erin White; “Culture Care Theory of Pakistanis in America” by senior nursing students Tremekia Atkinson, Marla Bell, Trista Hanley, Leslie Poelstra and Wendy Shumard; “Do People Like Music Because They are Familiar with It?” by psychology students Sonia Barrera and Sierra Pryce; “Culture Care Theory of Ponca Tribal Members” by senior nursing students Laura Aronis, Amy Hulse, Holly Ralstin, Monica Seidl and Amanda Watts; “Power Law Metrics For Music Predict Pleasantness, Liking, Activation and Frontal Cortical Differentiation In Similar And Dissimilar Songs” by psychology student Aimee Siebert; “Culture Care Theory with the Jehovah’s Witness Group” by senior nursing students Luz Bragg, Shana Eaves and Katie Hougham; “Power-Law Metrics for Music Predict Pleasantness, Activation, Liking and Heart-Rate Responses” by psychology student Jose Rojas; and “Culture Care Theory of the Fujian Chinese in Newton, Kansas” by senior nursing students Marissa Branson, Lindsey Elder, Lacey Fyler, Breanna Sauerwein and Kristin Sorensen.

Panel Session II begins at 11 a.m., with concurrent presentations in the areas of “Beersheba, Graphic Novels, and the Demise of the Polis,” “Latin American Identity, Earlids, and Bromination” and “Pin-ups, Law, Music, and the Rise of Latin and Greek.”

One group will present in KSC 121, moderated by Larry Friesen. From 11:10-11:30, Grant Hiebner will present the paper resulting from work he did under a Bethel College Summer Research Grant for 2008, “The ‘Failure’ of the Beersheba Colony in Kansas, 1882-1886: Examining Gender Roles and Community Organization of Orthodox Judaism.” From 11:30-11:50, Darnell Neff, senior from North Newton, will also present work he did under a 2008 Summer Research Grant, “Graphic Novels, Christianity and Manga: What?” From 11:50-12:10, Will Nagengast, sophomore from Lawrence, will present “The Demise of the Polis.”

A second group will present in SH 203, moderated by Ada Schmidt-Tieszen. From 11:10-11:40, Emily Piper will present “‘Viva la Raza:’ An Artistic Exploration of Identity in Latin American Immigrant Youth,” her senior social work thesis. From 11:40-12, Bradley McKellip, junior from Newton, will present “We simply are not Equipped with Earlids: A Comparison of the Visual and Aural Representations of Marshal McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage,” the result of work he did as the recipient of a Bethel College Summer Research Grant for 2008. From 12-12:20, Andrew Schmidt, junior from Hesston and a third Summer Research Grant recipient for 2008, will present “A Greener Bromination of Acetanilide.”

The third group for Panel Session II will present in KSC 016, moderated by Paul Lewis. From 11:10-11:30, Aimee Siebert, junior from Topeka, will present “Hollywood Pin-ups: An Analysis of Gender Roles in Posters of 1955, 1985 and 2006 Academy Award-Winning Films,” the result of work she did as the recipient of a Bethel College Summer Research Grant for 2008. From 11:30-11:50, Matthew N. Stucky, junior from Moundridge, will present “Everyday Assessment of Responsibility: The Lawyer Metaphor in Behavior Explanations.” From 11:50-12:10, Yue Yu, senior from Guang Dong, China, will present “Music Similarity Judgments and Age-related Cognitive Development.” From 12:10-12:30, Christopher Eitzen, sophomore from Xalapa, Mexico, will present “The Evolution of Greek and Latin to 800 A.D.”

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 was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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