Showcasing Student Excellence

July 29, 2014 | 11:17 a.m.

By Tricia Theurer, Communications Specialist

Adelyn Conrath and Rachel Arnott were two of nine students from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate School recognized for student achievements last spring.

Representing a variety of fields, nine Bethel students received accolades last spring.

  • Reconciliation studies major Johnny Yang ’14 received the Presidents’ Student Leadership Award, which is given to a student or student organization that “models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership.” A student community worker and tutor for the past three years, Yang received the award for his work in the Frogtown community of St. Paul. “The work that I do is very natural to me,” he says, “to engage in community and partner with the community.”
  • Graduate student Wade Nilson was recognized for his outstanding achievements as a Physician Assistant in receiving the South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Nilson is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at Bethel and is program director for the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of South Dakota. 
  • Biokinetics majors Rachel Arnott ’14 and Adelyn Conrath ’14 received a first place award at the American College of Sports Medicine Northland Chapter’s Research Symposium at St. Cloud University, Minnesota, for their examination of the effects of yoga on balance and fear of falling in elderly females. Bethel won six of the top 10 awards at the symposium.
  • Laura Rasmussen ’14, a biochemistry/molecular biology major, and Andre Scarlato ’14, a biochemistry/molecular biology and chemistry major, were honored for their achievements at the 2014 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium at St. Mary’s University, Minnesota. Both students received an Excellence in Science Award from the Minnesota Academy of Science in recognition of their contributions to their field through undergraduate research. Eleven other Bethel students also participated in the symposium. 
  • From a record number of applicants, two students in Bethel’s Physician Assistant (PA) program, David Johnston and Stacy Underhill, were awarded scholarships from the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants. “We are blessed to see Bethel PA students leading the way as the inaugural class continues in its efforts, along with the faculty, to put the Bethel PA program on the state (and soon to be national) map,” says Wallace Boeve, Physician Assistant program director.
  • Junior music composition major Jared Hedges won the 2014 John Kenneth Cole Composition Prize for his piece Meditation upon the 88th Psalm for string orchestra. His work was premiered and recorded by the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in May in Portland, Oregon.