As the spring semester wound to a close, the last two convocations of the school year recognized students for their academic and athletic accomplishments in 2013-14.

Travon Lewis presents his nominee, Denise Krase, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, with the 2014 Schrag Helping Hand Award.  Photo by Vada Snider.Travon Lewis presents his nominee, Denise Krase, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, with the 2014 Schrag Helping Hand Award. Photo by Vada Snider.

Brad Born ’84, vice president for academic affairs, opened the May 2 convocation by expressing thanks to Nathan Bartel ’02, assistant professor of literary studies, for his tremendous leadership of convocation over the past three years. Bartel left Bethel at the end of the school year to take a position with Flint Hills Design, North Newton.

In addition to presentation of Thresher Awards, NAIA and KCAC Scholar-Athlete awards and All-KCAC honors (see page 2), the two convocations included:

  •  Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) 1st Team: Taylor Morris, Stephanie Shogren and Tanner Steingard; 2nd Team: Mariah Ekart, B.J. Heffernan and Sadie Minkevitch; and Honorable Mention, Tori Pickens, Kendra Scott and Lauren Ulrich
  • Dorothy Wedel Kaufman ’45 Honor Scholarship: Kaylen Fike
  • Writing Fellowship award: Timothy Taylor
  • The John O. ’38 and Esther Schrag ’38 Helping Hand Award: Denise Krase, assistant to the academic dean and the football team’s honorary Mama D, nominated by Travon Lewis
  • Resident Assistant of the Year awards: Mariah Ekart (Voth Hall) and Marvin Rice (Haury Hall)
  • Seth Dunn Memorial Award: Leland Brown III
  • Gerald Schrag ’60 Award for mathematics: Brendan Bergen
  • Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society inductees: Sarah Bell, Marissa Bontrager, Whitney Cunningham, Naura Harlow, Erin Hilger, Kristen Olson and Ashley Wasserman; Iota Chi Excellence in Nursing Scholarship Award for the highest grade point average in the senior nursing class: Erin Hilger
  • J. Lloyd Spaulding Award for Economics and Business: Guadalupe Gonzalez
  • Ray ’48 and Betty Funk ’48 Award for Entrepreneurship: Christian Krehbiel, Hayley Morrical and Marvin Rice
  • Four-year letter winners in athletics: Robbie Wright, men’s basketball; Katie Regier and Samantha Wilkerson, women’s basketball; Edward Davila, Jared Kaufman and Garrett Garcia, football; Casey Budd and B.J. Heffernan, men’s soccer; Brooke Banning and Caroline Mayhew, women’s soccer; Clinton Chlumsky, Kris Dubach and Wesley Goodrich, men’s tennis; Stephanie Shogren, women’s tennis; Erin Bradley, Michelle Kaufman, Cristopher Nelson and Jake Sperry, track
  • B Letter Awards (four-year letter winners plus the following): Xavier Carter, Keon Jones and Tanner Smith, men’s basketball; Edward Davila, Jarred Erb and Jake Sperry, cheer; Wesley Goodrich and Joseph Kondziola, cross country; Rachel Evans, cross country and women’s soccer; Aaron Topham, cross country and track; Edmond Ngong, Brandon Pratt and Cameron Stultz, football; Taylor Morris and Jerrell Williams, football and track; Chris Santoya, golf; Trever Ford and Jacob Weber, men’s soccer; Samantha Sheridan, softball and volleyball; Jason Friesen, Cory Graber and April Harpe, track; Jordan Gray, Maggie Hans and Katie Regier, volleyball • Student Ambassadors of the Year for Admissions: Tamires Gongora and Stephanie Shogren • George Rogers ’69 Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award: Clinton Chlumsky (tennis) and Stephanie Shogren (tennis)
  • Douglas A. Penner ’69 Champions of Character Scholarships: Ethan Rodenberg and Angelina Adame • Gerry Sieber Service Award: Mallory Marsh, director of forensics, who served as faculty mentor to the men’s basketball team, particularly the junior varsity