Bethany’s Burns Chosen as Finalist for Professor of the Year

Charleston, WV - Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Five finalists for the 2008 Professor of the Year honor have been chosen. The finalists are John T. Burns, Ph.D., biology professor, Bethany College; Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., associate professor, Community Medicine Clinical Track, West Virginia University; Andrea Nazar, D.O., professor, Clinical Science Division, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; Robert O. Rupp, Ph.D., history and political science professor, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Mary J. Wimmer, Ph.D., biochemistry professor, West Virginia University, School of Medicine.

Cochran Hall Restoration Underway

Work began in December on the redevelopment of historic Cochran Hall on the campus of Bethany College.

Bethany College President Collaborates on New Book for CEOs

Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller has collaborated with two colleagues to publish a new book for college and university presidents. “President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II” will be released next week at the Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute in Florida.

Bethany College President Pledges to Fight Global Warming

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller joined a national effort to address global warming and re-stabilize Earth’s climate by signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Bethany College Announces President’s List and Dean’s List

Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2008-09 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.

Valedictorian Veronica Jae Receives Bethany College Oreon E. Scott Award

Veronica S. Jae of West Mifflin, Pa., earned the title of Valedictorian of the Bethany College 2009 graduating class. Jae was also the recipient of the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, presented annually to the graduate with the highest overall grade point average.

Kappel to Serve as Bethany College Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College, announced that Dr. Gary Kappel, Professor of History and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, will serve as the College’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Strickland Addresses Bethany College Graduating Class

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries—Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC) in Pittsburgh—presented the Bethany College 2009 graduating class with a call to live lives that deepen the impact of their education with philanthropic service.

Bethany Professor Receives T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence

Bethany Professor of Psychology John H. Hull is the 2009 recipient of the T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence, given by the Board of Directors of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Bethany Graduates Return to Alma Mater for Alumni Weekend Celebrations

Bethany College hosted its 2009 Alumni Weekend May 1-3. The event featured class reunion events, the Bethany football program’s Bison Golf Classic and activities hosted by the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association (BASA).

Bethany College President Announces New Faculty Athletics Representative

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced that Dr. Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, will serve as the College’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Bethany Students Attend International Development Workshops in Washington, DC

Dr. Arthur Keys ’67, founder and CEO of International Relief and Development (IRD) and member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, provided three days of workshops for 14 Bethany College students in Washington, DC, April 28-30. The workshops focused on a variety of political and international development topics.

Bethany College Social Work Program Celebrates 25 Years of Accreditation

The Bethany College Social Work Department presented its 2009 Annual Social Work Honors Banquet on April 24. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the Social Work Department’s accreditation and featured an awards ceremony and dinner, as well as an address given by Bethany President Scott. D. Miller.

Bethany College President Announces Excellence in Performance Awards

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller presented the first President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance to members of the Bethany faculty and staff during the College’s Honors Day Convocation on April 16. Dr. John Burns, Professor of Biology, and Christina Sampson, Director of the McCann Learning Center, were this year’s award recipients.

Steelers to Challenge Bethany Players in Basketball Game for Charity

The Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers Basketball team will face off against a team of Bethany students on Monday, April 27 in a charity basketball game. The event will mark the third consecutive year Bethany has hosted the Steelers’ touring basketball squad. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at Hummel Field House.

Bethany College Recognizes Outstanding Students with Honors Day Awards

Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students, faculty and staff with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 16 during its annual Honors Day celebrations. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with their awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Bethany College Sets Commencement Schedule

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced that the College’s annual Commencement activities will be held May 15-16, 2009.

Bethany College Clubs Take Spring Break Trips to The Gambia, Amazon Jungle

The International Relations Club (IR Club) and Tri-Beta Biological Honorary Society at Bethany College recently returned from Spring Break trips to The Gambia and the Amazon jungle. The trips were part of the College’s ongoing initiatives to enhance classroom learning with multi-faceted educational experiences in the United States and abroad.

Bethany College Announces Keresty Journalism Lecture Series

A new lecture series on journalism has been established through gifts to Bethany College.

Bethany College Announces Annual Communication Week

The Bethany College Communication Department has announced the schedule for its 47th annual Communication Week, themed “Walking the Line: Taking a Look at Ethics in Mass Communication.” Communication Week is slated for April 14-19 on the College campus.

Bill Strickland to Deliver Bethany College Commencement Address

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced that Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries—Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC) in Pittsburgh—will give the graduation address at Bethany’s 2009 Commencement exercises on May 16.

Bethany College Theatre Spotlights Wartime Experiences with ‘Returns’ and ‘A Piece of My Heart’

The Bethany College Theatre Department will present two plays in repertory—Joshua Casteel’s “Returns,” an autobiographical journey through Casteel’s experiences as an interrogator in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, and “A Piece of My Heart,” a play by Shirley Lauro that showcases the experiences of women during the Vietnam War. Performances will run April 1 through 9 in Wailes Theatre on the College campus.

Pirates President Frank Coonelly to Speak at Bethany

Frank Coonelly, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be the keynote speaker at the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Banquet on April 20, according to Tim Weaver, Director of Sports and Recreation.

Bethany College Announces 2009 Senior Art Exhibit

The Department of Fine and Performing arts at Bethany College has announced the 2009 Senior Art Exhibit. The exhibit, an annual event, will be held March 30 through April 9 in Bethany’s Renner Union Art Gallery. A reception will be held on April 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., also in the Renner Union Art Gallery.

Bethany College Theatre Explores Experiences of Women in Vietnam War With ‘A Piece of My Heart’

The Bethany College Theatre Department will present “A Piece of My Heart,” a play by Shirley Lauro that showcases the experiences of women during the Vietnam War. Performances are scheduled for April 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the College campus.

Bethany Baritone David Rudari to Span Musical Eras in March Performance

David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music at Bethany College, will present a faculty recital spanning musical periods from Baroque to Modern on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. The event, to be held in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall, will feature works by George Frideric Händel, Giuseppe Verdi and Frank Loesser, as well as excerpts from Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” and Maurice Ravel’s “Don Quichotte à Dulcinee.”

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Bob Orr '75 to Address Bethany Scholarship Candidates

Award-winning broadcast journalist Bob Orr, Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News and a 1975 graduate of Bethany College, will deliver the Keynote Address for the 25th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon at Bethany College. The luncheon is part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition for incoming freshmen with superior academic, leadership and service records.

State of the College Bethany President Speaks of “Golden Past and Bright Future”

“This outstanding college, with a golden past, is poised for a bright future,” President Scott D. Miller told faculty, staff, students and other members of the Bethany College community February 26 in remarks in his annual State of the College Address.

Bethany College Founder’s Day to Feature Acclaimed Author and Church Historian Dr. William E. Tucker

Bethany College will celebrate 169 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day Thursday, March 5. Festivities will include a Convocation at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall featuring guest speaker Dr. William E. Tucker, Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Christian University and former President of Bethany College.

Bethany College Announces Oreon E. Scott Lecturers

Bethany College has announced the 54th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures, to be held April 20-21 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s “Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington (Pa).”

Bethany College Theatre to Present ‘Returns’

The Bethany College Theatre Department has announced the production of Joshua Casteel’s “Returns,” an autobiographical journey through Casteel’s experiences as an interrogator in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Five performances of the play are scheduled for April 1, 3, 6 and 8 at 8 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m in Wailes Theatre on the College campus.

Bethany Adds Innovative “Real World” Course

Bethany College has announced a course that will give students insight into how the “real world” works. The course, entitled Professional Transitions, is taught by John E. Osborne, Distinguished Lecturer in Economics and Business and Director of Career Counseling and Placement.

Bethany Announces President’s List and Dean’s List

Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2008-09 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.

Bethany’s McCoy to Present Senior Recital

Bethany College Music major, Amanda McCoy, from Coshocton, Ohio, will perform her Senior Recital on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany College campus.

Yvonne Zanos to Speak at Annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast

Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students at Bethany College, has announced that Yvonne Zanos ’72 will be this year’s guest speaker at the annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. Scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m., the Breakfast is also part of the College’s Alumni Weekend activities.

Artist Cliff Tresner to Hold Art Show at Bethany College

Artist Cliff Tresner will showcase his Trouble Maker collection at Bethany College’s Renner Union Art Gallery. The show will run Friday, February 13 through Thursday, March 12.

Early Discoveries Childcare Center Opens at Bethany College

Bethany College will hold a Grand Opening for its Early Discoveries Childcare Center at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The facility is located on the first floor of the newly-renovated Judith R. Hurl Education Center, which also serves as home to the College’s Education Department. The new Childcare Center will be able to accommodate children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

Bethany College President Featured in New Book on College Leadership

Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller is one of 22 presidents interviewed and profiled in a new book on presidential leadership.

Bethany Mourns Death of Former College President

The Bethany community is mourning the passing of former College President Todd H. Bullard, Ph.D. He died Thursday, Jan. 1 at the age of 77 in Charlottesville, Va.

Holiday Schedule Announced

Bethany College’s administrative offices will close for the holiday break at the close of business on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, at 8 a.m.

Veteran CBS Correspondent Bob Orr '75 to Speak at Bethany

Award-winning broadcast journalist Bob Orr, Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News and a 1975 graduate of Bethany College, will return to the Bethany campus on Saturday, March 7, 2009 to deliver the Keynote Address for the College’s 25th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon.

Bethany College to Undergo Comprehensive Evaluation

Bethany College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit March 23-26, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bethany College has been accredited by the Commission since 1926.

Dr. Larry Grimes to be Director of Church Relations at Bethany

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, announced the appointment of Dr. Larry Grimes as Director of Church Relations at Bethany. After 38 years of distinguished teaching at Bethany, Dr. Grimes is retiring as the Perry E. and Aleece Gresham Chair in Humanities, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Literature and Language at Bethany at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. He will transition into his new role of service to the College on July 1.

Bethany Trustee Neil Christman ’55 Receives Honorary Degree

Neil Christman ’55 has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Bethany College. A long-time Bethany Board member and benefactor, Christman was presented with his degree by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, and Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, during a visit with Christman and his wife, Jackie, near their home in Alpharetta, Ga.

Bethany Mourns Death of Former College President

The Bethany community is mourning the passing of former College President Cecil H. Underwood. A two-time Governor of the state of West Virginia, Underwood served the College as Bethany’s 13th President. He died Monday, Nov. 24 at the age of 86 in the Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center.

Bethany College Choir to Present Christmas Program

The Bethany College Choir, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music David J. Rudari, will present its annual Christmas Program at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Bethany Memorial Church. This year’s program will be a presentation of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, held in conjunction with the Advent celebration events at Bethany Memorial Church and the College’s annual Holiday Celebration through the office of Student Life.

Dr. Darin E. Fields Named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethany College

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the appointment of Dr. Darin E. Fields as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Dr. Fields will assume the post on February 16, 2009.

Bethany College Welcomes Renner Visiting Scholar

Dr. R. Robert Cueni, retired President of Lexington Theological Seminary, is Bethany College’s second Renner Visiting Scholar of the 2008-09 academic year. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the holder of an honorary degree from Bethany, Dr. Cueni will also serve as interim pastor for Bethany Memorial Church and chaplain of the College.

Bethany Relay For Life Raises $6,353

More than 250 participants came out in support of The American Cancer Society’s fifth annual Relay for Life at Bethany College on Saturday, Nov. 15 and raised more than $6,300 for ACS research, education, advocacy and service programs.

40th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit Opens

Nearly 70 pieces of original works in a variety of media by artists living within an 80-mile radius of Bethany College are now on display at the College’s Renner Union Gallery in the 40th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit. The event is being presented by the Bethany College Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Student Activities Council.

Bethany College to Hold Fifth Annual Relay For Life

Walkers from Bethany College and surrounding communities will be stepping up to support the battle against cancer this weekend in the College’s fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. This year’s relay starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center and continues through the night, ending at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Formal Investiture Ceremony Honors Two Bethany Professors

Distinguished Bethany College professors Dr. James W. Farwell and Dr. Robert A. Paysen will be honored with a formal investiture ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14. Dr. Farwell will be officially installed as the Thomas W. Phillips Chair in Religious Studies while Dr. Paysen will be officially installed as the Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Academic Parlour at historic Old Main with a reception to follow.

NSSE Survey Shows Bethany College Freshmen, Seniors Outperform Peers

Bolstering Bethany College’s mission as a small campus of academic rigor, strong student engagement and outcomes, Bethany freshmen and seniors are outperforming selected peers in key benchmarked questions. These results, just released from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for the 2008-2009 academic year, validate the College’s reputation as a highly effective undergraduate institution of national distinction, said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany College Hosts Science Day 2008

Bethany College will be welcoming science-oriented juniors and seniors from area high schools to campus on Friday, Nov. 14 for Science Day 2008. Students will have the opportunity to observe classes and demonstrations by the College faculty and will also be given a tour of the Bethany campus.

Bethany College Theatre to Present Musical

The era of big bands and live radio springs to life in the Bethany College Theatre’s second production of the 2008-09 academic year. Five performances of Walton Jones’ The 1940’s Radio Hour will be presented at the Wailes Theater on the College campus. The dates are Nov. 6-7-8 and Nov. 13-14. All performances start at 8 p.m.

Four New Members Elected to Bethany College Board of Trustees

Gregory B. Jordan, Chairman of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, has announced the election of four prominent alumni to the Board. Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., John W. Mullen, Richard G. Clancy and Scarlett L. Foster were unanimously approved at the Board’s fall meeting.

Bethany College to Host Health and Human Services Symposium

The Bethany College Department of Social Work will host a Symposium on Current Topics in Health and Human Services Nov. 6-7 at Mountainside Conference Center. The event, titled “Help Starts Here,” is sponsored by Bethany College along with West Virginia University, Ohio University, West Virginia Northern Community College, the Brooke County Health Department, Ohio Valley Medical Center and the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center.

Cherry Tree Project Launched at Bethany College

The Bethany College Japan Outreach kicked off its Sakura 170 Project with a public groundbreaking ceremony adjacent to the Bethany Bridge on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, was on hand to help plant the first Japanese cherry tree on the Bethany campus. Vice Presidents Sven de Jong and William Kiefer, master gardener Rob Brown and Bethany instructors Sachiko Wood and Fujiko Sawtarie, leaders of the Japan Outreach, joined President Miller at the event.

Burge Appointed Director of Student Activities at Bethany College

Leron S. Burge is the new Director of Student Activities at Bethany College. His appointment was announced by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany College Partners With Harlaxton College in England

Bethany College has entered into a cooperative agreement with the University of Evansville (Ind.) and Harlaxton College in England that will open the door for Bethany students to study abroad at the historic English institution. Harlaxton College is owned and operated by the University of Evansville.

Dr. Scott D. Miller Installed as 19th Bethany President

BETHANY, W.Va. — Pledging to build on nearly 170 years of academic excellence and emphasizing the importance of utilizing a team approach to embrace the challenge of change in the 21st Century, Dr. Scott D. Miller was formally installed as the 19th President of Bethany College on Friday afternoon.

Bethany College Announces Homecoming Court

Bethany College has announced 12 nominees for the 2008 Homecoming Court. Bethany’s Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities at Saturday’s football game against Thomas More College. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bison Stadium.

Presidential Installation Highlights Homecoming Weekend at Bethany

The installation of Dr. Scott D. Miller as the 19th President of Bethany College will be just one of the highlights for students, alumni and friends as West Virginia’s oldest college celebrates an event-filled Homecoming Weekend from Oct. 3-5.

Bethany Reports Record Numbers for German Exchange Program

A record total of 14 students are participating in the Heidelberg Exchange Program between Bethany College and Padagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (the University of Education in Heidelberg) during the fall semester. More than 120 students from both sides of the Atlantic have benefited from this program since its inception in 1990. The 14 students who are taking advantage of the opportunity this semester represent the largest single group of participants in the history of the program.

Bethany Theatre to Present Medusa’s Tale

The Bethany College Theatre is presenting its first production of the 2008-09 academic year, Medusa’s Tale, by Carol S. Lashof. Performances will be staged at 6 p.m. each night in the Bethany College Amphitheatre from Thursday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 27. The run concludes with a Sunday matinee set for 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Bethany College Announces Senior Fellows

The Bethany College Honors Committee has announced the appointment of 19 students as Senior Fellows for the 2008-09 academic year. Senior Fellows are students who have demonstrated unusual excellence in a major along with the character and ability necessary to do the work in the department.

Changes Under Way for Bethany Workout Facilities

Bethany is in the process of adding a new weight room/fitness center on campus in the Cummins Community Center, while the weight room in the Thomas Phillip Johnson Health & Recreation Center will be upgraded with new equipment.

Cherry Blossom Project Taking Root at Bethany College

The Bethany College campus will be receiving some early birthday presents from the Bethany College Japan Outreach on Sunday, Oct. 5. The group will kick off its Sakura 170 Project by planting several Japanese cherry trees in a 2 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony. “Sakura” is a Japanese word that translates as “Cherry Blossom.”

Sutherland Receives Bortz Faculty Prize at Bethany College

The Bethany College faculty has chosen Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication, to receive the College’s 2008 Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom.

Thornburgh Gives Fall Convocation Address at Bethany

Former United States Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Richard L. “Dick” Thornburgh helped Bethany College mark the start of its 169th year on Thursday by delivering the Fall Convocation address to students, faculty, staff and friends of the College. Thornburgh was also conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, during the ceremony held in Commencement Hall at historic Old Main.

Bethany Welcomes Dr. Peter Morgan as Renner Visiting Scholar

Dr. Peter M. Morgan, one of the foremost authorities on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in America, is Bethany College’s first Renner Visiting Scholar of the 2008-09 academic year. The 1961 Bethany graduate will also serve as interim pastor at Bethany Memorial Church and chaplain of the College.

Former Attorney General Thornburgh to Address Fall Convocation

Richard L. “Dick” Thornburgh, former Attorney General of the United States and Governor of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Fall Convocation address to students, faculty, staff and friends of Bethany College on Thursday, Sept. 11. The Fall Convocation will begin at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall at Old Main. Thornburgh will also be conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Partners With Bethany College

The Presidents of Bethany College and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh have signed a Junior Year College Affiliate Program and Transfer of Credit Agreement which provides enhanced academic offerings for students from both institutions. The signing was announced by George L. Pry, President of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College.

Bethany College Introduces Equine Studies Faculty

Dr. Amanda Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of Equine Studies at Bethany College, welcomed back a number of familiar faces and introduced some new additions to the faculty that will be leading the Equine Studies Program and the Bethany Equestrian Club Team into their new home at the Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center.

Bethany Again Listed as “Best Buy” By Barron’s

Bethany College has once again been identified as one of the nation’s top higher education bargains in the 10th edition of “Barron’s Best Buys in College Education.” Bethany was one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron’s as offering the best combination of a first-rate education and an affordable price.

Bethany College Adds 317 New Students for 2008-09 Academic Year

Bethany College’s historic Oglebay Gates swung wide on Friday as the college marked the start of the 2008-09 academic year in traditional fashion with a formal Matriculation Convocation. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, was joined by the faculty and staff in the ceremony which added 317 new students to the campus community. It is the second-largest incoming class in three decades at Bethany.

Bethany College Expands and Renovates Student Center

One of the first things Bethany College students will notice when they return to campus this week is the extensive renovation and expansion project that took place over the summer, turning the College Bookstore and Boomers Student Union and grill at Benedum Commons into a modern and fully-functional Student Center.

Bethany President Launches Transformative Strategic Planning Initiative

Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, opened the 2008-09 academic year Tuesday morning by outlining a strategic planning initiative based on the core strengths of the College that will continue the transformation process already well under way at the 168-year-old academic institution. Miller made his remarks to faculty and staff in his first “State of the College” speech, delivered in Commencement Hall at Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Forbes Magazine Ranks Bethany Among Nation’s Top 100 Colleges

Bethany College has been ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in a comprehensive report, “America’s Best Colleges,” just released on the Forbes magazine website. According to the authors of the report, the rankings are based on the quality of the education provided by the schools and the achievements of their students and alumni.

Delta Tau Delta Rededicating Founder’s House at Bethany

More than 700 Delta Tau Delta brothers and alumni from across the country will be making a pilgrimage to Bethany College on Friday, Aug. 15. As part of the fraternity’s 150th anniversary celebration (Karnea) in Pittsburgh, a fleet of buses will transport the entire Karnea convention body to Bethany for the formal rededication of the Delta Tau Delta Founders House.

Bethany Professor Hosts Sabbatical Art Show

Herb Weaver, the Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts at Bethany College, will return to the Bethany College campus with a Sabbatical Art Show from Aug. 21 to Sept. 26 at the College’s Renner Union Art Gallery. An Artist’s Reception is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Dedication Set for Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights

Following an extensive restoration and renovation project that was completed during the 2007-08 academic year, the historic president’s house at Bethany College will receive a new name this fall as part of a dedication ceremony honoring a special friend of the state’s oldest institution of higher education.

Bethany Names Director of Admission and Student Financial Planning

Karina J. Dayich-McCabe is the new Director of Admission and Student Financial Planning at Bethany College. Her appointment was announced by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Doty Promoted to Registrar at Bethany College

Susan Doty has been promoted to the position of Registrar at Bethany College. She had served as Assistant Registrar for the College since 2000. Her promotion was announced by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany Included in 2008-09 ‘Colleges of Distinction’ Guide

Bethany College is one of a select group of colleges and universities nationwide selected for inclusion in the 2008-09 “Colleges of Distinction” guide. The “Colleges of Distinction” guide is produced annually by Student Horizons, Inc., a digital services company devoted to higher education.

Princeton Review Lists Bethany Among Best Colleges in Southeast

Bethany College has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast Region, according to the Princeton Review. The nationally-renowned education services company selected Bethany as one of 139 institutions it recommends in the “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region. This marks the fifth time Bethany has been selected for inclusion in the Princeton Review’s regional guide.

Bethany Equestrian Program to Move to Pegasus Farm

BethanyCollege has announced that the Equine Studies Program has found a new home. Starting this fall, students taking classes in Equine Studies will attend classes at Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center in Wheeling, W.Va. The College has also announced that Anne Kaufman, co-owner of Pegasus Farm, has been named Coordinator of Equine Facilities and Riding and Dr. Amanda Stewart, who is entering her second year as Assistant Professor of Biology at Bethany, has been named Director of Equine Studies.

President’s List to Honor Superior Academic Performance

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the creation of the President’s List to recognize students for superior academic performance. At the end of each semester, students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours will be designated as members of the President’s List.

Bethany Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of four new faculty members for the 2008-09 academic year. The new faculty members are: Dr. R. Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Lisa M. Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Joann Nilson Tartalone, Assistant Professor of Communication; and Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communication.

Bethany Bids Farewell to Retiring Professors and Staff Members

The end of the 2007-08 academic year marked the beginning of retirement for five very familiar faces on the Bethany College campus.

Bison Stadium To Receive Major Upgrades

Construction is progressing on a total renovation and expansion of Bison Stadium adjacent to the Thomas P. Johnson Sports and Recreation Center, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. The entire complex is scheduled for completion by August.

BETHANY ANNOUNCES SPRING 2007-08 DEAN’S LIST

Bethany College has announced the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2007-08 school year. Those named to the Dean’s List must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.

Mort Gamble Named Assistant to the President

Mort Gamble, a veteran in the field of higher education advancement, has been named Assistant to the President at Bethany College. The announcement was made by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. As part of Dr. Miller’s transformative $52 million capital campaign, Gamble will build on Bethany’s rich tradition of philanthropic support by developing innovative donor strategies and encouraging alumni and friends to continue and increase their investment in the future of the College through their personal giving.

Bethany Professor Attends Media Summit in Chicago

Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Chair of the Department of Communication at Bethany College, was part of a select group of college instructors in attendance at the second annual New Media Summit for Academics. The two-day event was hosted by the Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, Ill.

Bethany Administrators to Chair PAC Councils

The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced that Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller will serve as chair of conference’s Presidents’ Council in the 2008-09 academic year.

Governor's Honors Academy Opens at Bethany

Opening ceremonies for the 2008 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy will be held at noon on Sunday, June 29 at Bethany College’s Commencement Hall, located in historic Old Main on the Bethany campus. A total of 181 rising high school seniors representing each of the state’s 55 counties have been selected to attend three weeks of classes and activities. The Governor’s Honors Academy runs through July 20.

Former U.S. Attorney General Thornburgh to Address Fall Convocation at Bethany

Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller has announced that Richard L. “Dick” Thornburgh, former United States Attorney General and former Governor of Pennsylvania, will address Bethany students, faculty, staff and friends at the College’s annual Fall Convocation. The Fall Convocation will be held on Sept. 11, beginning at 11 a.m., inside Commencement Hall at historic Old Main.

Bethany Names Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Michele (Gockstetter) Rejonis has been named Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Bethany College, according to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Wallace B. Neel Promoted to Associate Provost at Bethany College

Dr. Wallace B. Neel has been named Associate Provost of Bethany College, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Weaver Named Director of Athletics and Recreation at Bethany College

Tim Weaver, head football coach at Bethany College, has taken on additional responsibility as Director of Athletics and Recreation, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany Partners With WV Northern to Offer Courses at Northern Campuses

The presidents of Bethany College and West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) have formally signed agreements aimed at giving WVNCC students the opportunity to work toward a Bachelor’s Degree from Bethany in Education or Social Work. Bethany courses in these disciplines will be offered at WVNCC.