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Annual symposium to highlight Bethel student research

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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 1.

The public is invited to any session of interest. There is no charge. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will end around 12:15 p.m., with a break for refreshments midway.

Panel Session I, starting at 9 a.m., will include concurrent presentations in the areas of “Families, Earthworms and Prairies,” “Fellowship, Vocation and Jazz” and “Dealing with Offenses, Forgiveness and New Cultures.”

One group will present in Krehbiel Science Center (KSC) room 121, moderated by Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, assistant professor of biology. From 9-9:20, Kayla Hiebert, senior from Newton, will present “Forever Family: A Study of the Foster-to-Adopt Parent-Child Relationship – Coping, Motivations and Resources,” the result of work she did as a recipient of a 2009 Summer Research Grant. From 9:20-9:40, Blair Mayhue, senior from North Newton, will present “The Earthworm Communities in Three Prairie Restorations of Different Ages in Central Kansas.” From 9:40-10, Chelsea Robertson, senior from Walton, will present “The Effects of Species Diversity on the Success of Prairie Restoration.”

A second group will present in KSC 016, moderated by Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work. From 9-9:20, Meredith Lehman, senior from Bluffton, Ohio, will present “Fragile Bonds and Global Fellowship: The Ninth Mennonite World Conference in Curitiba, Brazil, 1972,” her senior history thesis and the result of work she did as a recipient of a 2009 Summer Research Grant. From 9:20-9:40, Whitney Fast, senior from Moundridge, will present “To Be His Hands and Feet: Motivations of Mennonite Women in Social Work.” From 9:40-10, Benjamin Harder, senior from Hesston, will present “Carl Fontana: An Unappreciated Giant,” resulting from work he did as a recipient of a 2009 Summer Research Grant

Larry Friesen, professor of social work, will moderate a third group of presentations in Old Science Hall (SH) room 203. From 9-9:20, Brad Celestin, Kelsie Wilson, junior from Dodge City, and Sonia Barrera, junior from Newton, will present “Physiological Changes During Recall of an Offense.” From 9:20-9:40, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, and Sonia Barrera will present “Do Forgiveness and Empathy Predict Physiological Responses to Hurt?” From 9:40-10, Allison Banman, senior from Hillsboro, will present “The Acculturation of Hispanic Immigrants: Intergenerational Family Conflicts.”

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. Several of the artists will be available to answer questions about their work.

Posters will also be on display in the Fine Arts Center, outside Krehbiel Auditorium in the eastern half of the circle hallway. Senior nursing majors Sandra Bobbitt, Wichita, and Ruth Tumblin, North Newton, did “Hand Washing as Disease Prevention” while Mohamed Conteh, Newton, and Miranda Crile, Newton, did “Smoking Cessation among Mentally Ill Populations.” Another group of students created posters on energy use and conservation as part of STEM Learning Community Studies of Energy Usage and Environmental Issues on the Bethel campus: freshmen Emma Regier, Newton, Natalie Stucky, Moundridge, and Landon Bartel, Newton, “Energy Use of Bethel College Residence Halls from 2002-2009”; Krishna Phifer, junior from Humble, Texas, Naomi Graber, sophomore from Elkhart, Ind., and Kevin Leary, sophomore from North Newton, “WATT Matters: A Student’s Impact”; freshmen Kara Gerber, Conway Springs, Ben Suchsland, Agra, and Ariane Bergen, Moundridge, “Bad Gas? Energy Efficient Solutions to Cut Back on Natural Gas Usage”; freshmen Sean Claassen, Elmira, Ore., Jacob Stucky, Moundridge, and Christopher Riesen, Beatrice, Neb., and José Rojas, senior from Newton, “A Greener Way to Deionize Water”; freshmen Amber Anderson, Moundridge, Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Ashley Klein, Newton, and Cassidy McFadden, sophomore from Elgin, Ill., “Bethel Students’ Beliefs and Attitudes Concerning Recycling and Energy Conservation”; and David Gaeddert, freshman from Leawood, Doug Kliewer, freshman from Lenexa, Jordyn Blanson, sophomore from Oklahoma City, and Melissa Volk, junior from Newton, “Causing the Cool: Motivating Students to Reduce Temperatures in Warkentin Court.” Other posters on display include Miriam Weaverdyck and Amber Anderson, “Does Liking Predict Emotional and Physiological Responses to Music?” and Aimee Siebert, senior from Topeka, José Rojas and Sonia Barrera, “Validating a Music Search Engine through Affective and Physiological Responses of Listeners,” which they presented at the Council on Undergraduate Research annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Panel Session II begins at 11 a.m., with concurrent presentations in the areas of “Burnout, Emotional Meaning and the Black Hand,” “Group Behaviors, Racial Profiling and Coupling Reactions,” and “Populärkultur, Ribbons and Images.”

One group will present in KSC 121, moderated by Larry Friesen. From 11:10-11:30, Dan Martin, senior from Clay Center, will present “Spiritual Well Being and Burnout in Social Workers Practicing in Harvey, Reno and Sedgwick Counties.” From 11:30-11:50, Aimee Siebert will present “The Effect of Pitch on the Creation of Emotional Meaning in Music and Language.” From 11:50-12:10, Will Nagengast, junior from Lawrence, will present “The Irish Republican Army and the Black Hand: Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Europe.”

A second group will present in KSC 016, moderated by Francisca Méndez-Harclerode. From 11:10-11:30, Matt Stucky, senior from Moundridge, will present “Explanations of Group Behaviors: Jointly Acting Groups and the Folk Framework.” From 11:30-11:50, Laura Stevens, senior from McPherson, will present “Giving Voice to Experiences of Racial Profiling.” From 11:50-12:10, Dana Daugharthy, senior from Iola, will present “Substituent Effects on Palladium Catalyzed Decarboxylitive Coupling Reactions.”

The third group for Panel Session II will present in SH 203, moderated by Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music. From 11:10-11:30, Meredith Lehman will present “Sonnenallee als Film und Literatur: Eine Studie über ostdeutsche Erinnerung in Populärkultur” (this presentation is in German). From 11:30-11:50, Victoria Janzen, senior from Wichita, will present “Kansans and the Peace Ribbon Project,” her senior history thesis and the result of work she did as a recipient of a 2009 Summer Research Grant. From 11:50-12:10, Kelsie Miller, senior from Goshen, Ind., will present “Image Transfers and Acrylic Painting,” her senior art project and the result of work she did as a recipient of a 2009 Summer Research Grant.

Also included in the URICA program is an evening of one-act plays in Krehbiel Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Joshua Powell, senior from Basehor, will direct Neil Simon’s California Suite, consisting of two one-act plays, “Visitors from Philadelphia” and “Visitors from Chicago.” Clinton Harris, junior from Manhattan, will direct a one-act play he wrote, “Christmas Spirits.” The one-acts are also free and open to the public.

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