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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College celebrates its emphasis on undergraduate research with the annual URICA Symposium, April 26-28 on campus.

URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity. This year’s symposium has expanded to include the fine arts and theater in addition to presentations from student research in science and social science.

The symposium kicks off Thursday, April 26, with a reception for the artists whose work is currently on display in the annual Student Art Show in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The reception is from 6-8 p.m. just outside the gallery.

Students whose work is part of the exhibit are Samuel Agoitia, Madeline Baumgartner, Zach Bear, Leah Clark, Edward Davila, Nicole Eitzen, Maggie Goering, Linda Gomes, Kaitlin Heller, Jesse Kaufman, Linsey Laird, Kristen Lohaus, Emily Luedtke, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, Audra Miller, Austin Muckenthaler, Jorden Oden, Cora Ogden, Martin Olson, Jessie Pohl, John Regier, Renee Reimer, Alyssa Schrag, Terra Scott, Christopher Smith, Lucas Stertz, Grady Stultz, Rachel Tamerius, Miranda Weaver and Samantha Wilkerson.

Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. during the normal convocation slot, there will be concurrent senior award presentations.

Nathan Bartel, assistant professor of literary studies, will moderate the session in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center, with Ryan Goertzen, senior social work major from Goessel, presenting “Community or Conformity: Perceptions of Homosexuality on the Campus of Bethel College,” and Brad Celestin, senior psychology major from Newton, presenting “Neural Correlates of Implicit Sexual Identity Bias as a Function of Religiosity.”

Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, will moderate the session in the projection room in the basement of the Mennonite Library and Archives, with Laura Prahm, senior nursing major from Wichita, presenting “Suicide Prevention Interventions in the U.S. Armed Forces,” and Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, senior psychology major from North Newton, presenting “Benefits of Nature: A Cognitive and Affective Study of Walking.”

John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, will moderate the session in the Administration Building chapel, with Alyssa Schrag, senior history major from Moundridge, presenting “Peace or Persecution: Mennonite Involvement in the Holocaust” and Carrie Schulz, senior biology and chemistry major from Newton, presenting “Killing Nemo: A Look into Protein Function.”

At 7:30 p.m. that evening, in Krehbiel Auditorium, the Bethel College theater department presents the spring comedy, [sic], which will be followed by a talk-back session. Joining in the discussion with the audience will be [sic] cast members Creigh Bartel, Jacob Brubaker, Luke Loganbill, Audra Miller, Julia Miller, Katie Schmidt and Megan Siebert, stage manager Riley King and director John McCabe-Juhnke.

On Saturday, April 28, there will be several sessions of undergraduate research presentations.

Starting at 9 a.m. in Fine Arts Center Room 176, Doug Siemens, assistant professor of education, will moderate presentations by Naomi Graber, senior from Elkhart, Ind., “God-Images and Empathy: An Empirical Approach to Mennonite Identity” (URICA award presentation); Marike Stucky, sophomore from Moundridge, “Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’: How Audience and Purpose Combine to Form Social Critique”; and Abagail Kirk, senior from Minneola, “Tyrosinase Inhibitors: A Qualitative Study of Licochalcone A and Kojic Acid on Melanogenesis” (URICA award presentation).

Also starting at 9 a.m., in Fine Arts Center Room 172, John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, and Marla Krell, director of experiential learning, will moderate two panel discussions on “Experiential Learning through Internships.” Members of the first panel are seniors Janesa Bartel, Meade, Jordyn Blanson, Oklahoma City, Andrew McNary, Potwin, and Lucas Stertz, Lincoln. Members of the second panel are Amber Anderson, junior from McPherson, and seniors Jordan Eseley-Kohlman, Seneca, and Camille Claassen, Whitewater.

The third session of the morning will be a poster presentation from 10-11 a.m. in the Fine Art Center hallway. Student researchers will be with their posters during that time.

The posters will include those done by STEM groups during the school year: “Expanding Bike Paths and Their Usage” by Lina Adame, Newton, Wesley Goodrich, Independence, Laura Jensen, Everest, and Ashley Suhr, Valley Center; “North Newton Residents on Climate Change: Can Their Opinions be Changed?” by Brooke Banning, Lenexa, Lupita Gonzalez, Newton, Ashley Koester, Conway Springs, Sarah Schell, Topeka, and Dalton Smith, Burrton; “The Benefits of Composting at Bethel” by Haley Bright, Wichita, Clarie Koehn, Cottonwood Falls, Kaitlin Schmidt, North Newton, and Rachel Unruh, Raytown, Mo.; “Changing Students’ Perspectives and Behavior on Climate Change” by Jessica Ebenkamp, Conway Springs, Carl Lehmann, Marion, S.D., Ingrid Romero, Newton, and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert, Hesston; “Analysis of Energy Savings through Water Heater Efficiency” by Rachel Evans, Bel Aire, Dylan Jantz, Newton, Chris Santoya, Newton, and Morgan Wiles, Hutchinson; and “A Fowl Shift in Kansas: Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change” by Chris Gale, Dixon, Ill., Lance Loganbill, Moundridge, Katelyn Melgren, Olathe, and Emily Simpson, Gobles, Mich.

Also on display will be senior nursing posters: “Massage Therapy for Pain Management in Cancer Patients” by Janesa Bartel, Meade; “Are Twelve-Hour Nursing Shifts Safe?” by Elizabeth Dwyer, Wichita; “Nurse Residency: A Boost in New Nurse Competency” by Christina Garlow, Elizabeth, Colo.; “Electronic Nursing Documentation” by Alexandria Hittle, Newton; “Take a Peep under the Sheets: Prevention of Pressure Ulcers in the Geriatric Patient” by Ashley Hurley, Andover; “Delegation: An Essential Component in Providing Safe and Efficient Patient Care” by Morgan Kaufman, Newton; “Effect of Nurse-Patient Ratios on Incidence of Nosocomial Infections” by Jana Koehn, Newton; “The Effects of Contaminated Stethoscopes” by Hannah Lowry, Wichita; “12-Hour Shifts: Are They Really Safe for Critical Care Nurses?” by Wendy Stephens, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and “Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios” by Erica Traffas, Wichita.

Finally, Brad Celestin’s poster “Neural Correlates of Implicit Sexual Identity Bias as a Function of Religiosity” will be on display. Celestin was chosen to present at Posters-on-the-Hill 2012, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, April 24 in Washington, D.C.

Two more concurrent sessions will begin at 11 a.m. In Fine Arts Center Room 172, Nathan Bartel, assistant professor of literary studies, will moderate presentations by Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, senior from North Newton, “Bethel College Adventure Course: A Study of Self Efficacy” (URICA award presentation); Ariane Bergen, junior from Moundridge, and Emilie Doerksen, senior from Newton, “Hindu Culture and Rituals: A Social Cognition Perspective”; and Allison Schrag, senior from Newton, “Social Support Networks in Young Mothers: A Qualitative Study of Clients at New Moms, Inc. in Chicago” (URICA award presentation given via video since Schrag is currently doing an internship in Chicago).

In Fine Arts Center Room 176, Phyllis Miller, director of nursing, will moderate presentations by seniors Jennifer Rose, Walton, “Interdependence: Supporting Youth during the Aging Out Process” (URICA award presentation), and Louise Zurkee, Andale, “Parental Linkage of Deletions within Chromosome Region 1.q21” (URICA award presentation).

Other special events during the weekend include a senior cello recital by Anna Cook, senior from Lawrence, Saturday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel; a second performance of [sic], Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium; the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra spring concert, Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium; and a senior voice recital by Nathan Snyder, tenor, senior from Fruta, Colo., Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

All performances and presentations except the play are free and open to the public. Tickets for [sic] are on sale at Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the door (subject to availability).

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com 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 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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