Area students receive awards at Bethel College

Bethel College senior Michael Klein, a psychology major from Durham, received the Bethel College Thresher Award in Psychology during the college’s annual awards convocation May 12.

The convocation, held at the end of each spring semester, recognizes academic excellence.

The Thresher Award is given to graduating seniors for outstanding and sustained contribution in performance areas, for outstanding creative achievement in the applied sciences, or for completion of an outstanding and substantial academic project.

Klein received the award for his extensive work in the psychology department at Bethel College, where he has been a research and teaching assistant in the department and a project assistant for the Bethel Science Collaboratory.

His senior thesis project, “Psychophysiological and Emotional Dynamic Responses to Music: An Exploration of a Two-Dimensional Model” was the subject of several presentations given locally and at two national student research conferences, earning him a first-place award at one of them.

“Mike has been an excellent student in every way,” said presenter Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology at Bethel. “His senior thesis was truly a remarkable effort, both in quality and in magnitude.”

Klein was one of seven graduating seniors to receive Thresher Awards this year. He also was given an award recognizing his presentations at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the acceptance of his papers for publication in the proceedings of the conference.

Several other ares students also received awards at the convocation:

Luke Schmidt, a chemistry and physics major from Peabody, received the Thresher Award in physics.

Graduating senior nursing students Melissa Jost from Hillsboro and Erin Rosfeld from Goessel received purple cords to signify their induction into Sigma Theta Tau International, the international nursing honor society.

Junior Chad Unrau, Goessel, received the 2002-03 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) A.O. Duer Award for excellence in athletics and academics.

KCAC presents the award annually to two student athletes who are juniors and who have excelled on the conference level. Unrau was one of 20 athletes in the country to be named a conference A.O. Duer Award recipient.

Unrau also received the Goethe Institute German Language Awards for academic excellence in German classesand the Bethel College Summer 2003 Undergraduate Research Award. He will work in the area of physics.

The 2003 CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award was presented to freshman Daniel Unruh from Peabody for outstanding scholastic achievement during the freshman chemistry courses.

An National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Scholar Athlete Award senior Yvette Peters, Goessel, for volleyball and Chad Unrau for football.

Receiving KCAC Academic All-Conference Awards were junior Jacey Boese, Hillsboro, track; senior Brett Klingenberg, Peabody, track; senior Yvette Peters, volleyball; senior Alan Stucky, Goessel, football; Chad Unrau, Goessel, football and track.

Chad Unrau was one of several students selected to receive the Bethel College Summer 2003 Undergraduate Research Award. He will work in the area of physics.

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