2009-10 - News Archives

Brooke County Health Department Receives Grant Award

The Brooke County Health Department received a $13,805 grant award from the West Virginia Rural Health Systems. The grant was made possible through collaborative efforts by Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) and the Health Department. Funds will be used to purchase technology to enable the Health Department and Bethany College student health services to further implement HEALTHeWV, an electronic medical record and disease management program.

Bethany College Announces Spring 2010 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 2009-10 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.

Beta Theta Pi Brothers Present $700,000 Gift to Bethany College

More than 150 brothers of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity’s Psi chapter gathered June 17-20 to honor the group’s founding at Bethany College 150 years ago. Highlighting the weekend was the Psi Celebration Dinner and Gala, when members presented President Scott D. Miller with a $700,000 check for Bethany College.

Bethany College Welcomes New Faculty in Chemistry, Education, Psychology

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of four new faculty members for the 2010-11 academic year. The faculty additions are: Dr. Kimberly D. Fisher, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Larry Fontanarosa, Assistant Professor of Education; Carol Gant, Assistant Professor of Education; and Dr. Kelly L. Schuller, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Beta Theta Pi to Celebrate 150 Years at Bethany College

Bethany College’s Beta Theta Pi brothers and alumni will return to Campus for the Psi chapter’s 150th Anniversary Celebration June 17-20. Members from each decade dating back to the 50s are expected to attend.

Bethany College Professors Csaplar, Farwell Promoted

Bethany College announces the promotion of Dr. Wilfrid W. Csaplar Jr. to the rank of full professor and Dr. James W. Farwell to the rank of full professor with tenure.

Bethany College Appoints Komorowski to Matthew Quay Ammon Endowed Professorship in Mathematics

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced that Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, will serve as the inaugural appointee to the College’s Matthew Quay Ammon Endowed Professorship in Mathematics. Komorowski’s position will begin with the 2010-2011 academic year.

Valedictorian Randal Stuckwish Receives Bethany College Oreon E. Scott Award

Valedictorian Randal S. Stuckwish of McDonald, Pa., completed his college career with top honors during Bethany College’s 2010 Commencement ceremony on May 15. Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, presented Stuckwish with the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, given annually to the senior graduating with the highest academic standing.

Caperton Addresses Bethany College 2010 Graduating Class

Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the College Board of New York, spoke to Bethany College’s 2010 graduating class as part of the institution’s 170th anniversary Commencement Weekend. Caperton presented listeners with a challenge to view all of their experiences — both good and bad — as preparation for success.

Bethany Prepares for Baccalaureate, Commencement Ceremonies

Bethany College will host its annual Commencement activities May 14-15. A Baccalaureate service is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 14 in Commencement Hall at the College’s historic Old Main. Dr. Marylouise Fennell, former president of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and current Senior Counsel for The Council of Independent Colleges, will speak at the event. President Miller will host a reception honoring parents and members of the Class of 2010 on the corridor of Old Main immediately following the Baccalaureate service.

Bethany College Helps Students Dress for Success with Project Runway

In today’s challenging job market, first impressions are crucial. Knowing how to dress and what to say are key components of a successful employment search. The Bethany College Office of Career Counseling and Placement (OCCP) and the Social Awareness Club recently teamed up to help students do just that with Project Runway, providing tips on dressing for success as well as affordable professional clothing to the community.

Bethany College Announces 2010 Alumni Awards

Bethany College will honor four of its outstanding alumni during its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on May 1 as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Recipients of the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award, Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Community Service Award and the Alumnus of the Year Award will be recognized.

Bethany College Theatre Presents Days of Plays

The Bethany College Theatre program will hold its second annual Days of Plays April 29-May 2. The event features three student-directed productions presented during a four-day span. Days of Plays also serves as a an opportunity for high school students interested in theater and Bethany College to visit the campus and participate in a variety of workshops with faculty and students.

Bethany College Announces Baccalaureate, Commencement Speakers

Two prominent leaders in American higher education have been announced as speakers for the 170th anniversary Commencement Weekend at Bethany College, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany College Presents Annual 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 15 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.

About Bethany Prospective Students Academics Campus Life Athletics & Riding Alumni & Development Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Ensemble to Perform at Bethany College

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) Percussion Ensemble will present a free performance at Bethany College on April 19 at 4 p.m. The concert, part of the Orchestra’s MUSIC in Our Neighborhoods project, will be held in Commencement Hall on the Bethany College campus.

Bethany College Student Emily Andrews Sets Sights on 2012 Olympic Competition

For freshman Emily Andrews, Bethany College — with its classical curriculum, competitive athletic programs and conveniently located 1,300-acre campus — provides the ideal setting in which to pursue a rigorous academic program while following her dream to represent the USA as an Olympic athlete. And, as the end of her first year at Bethany draws near, Andrews’ goal to compete in the 2012 Summer Games appears well within her grasp.

Ruth Ann Minner to Speak at Bethany College May Morning Breakfast

Ruth Ann Minner, who recently completed two terms as the first female governor of Delaware, will address Bethany College senior women at this year’s Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The event, scheduled for May 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend 2010, is a long-standing tradition at Bethany established to honor female students, faculty and community members.

Bethany College Theatre Presents ‘night, Mother’

Bethany College Theatre will present “‘night, Mother” by Marsha Norman on April 9-10 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre. An open dress rehearsal on April 8 at 8 p.m. will be followed by a talkback session addressing the issue of suicide, the play’s central theme. Veronica Reynolds, College Counselor, will host the discussion.

Janeshek to Give Poetry Reading at Bethany College

Jessie Janeshek, a 2003 graduate of Bethany College, will present a poetry reading at the College on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Academic Parlour, located in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Heinlein’s Senior Art Show to Begin at Bethany College Renner Art Gallery

The 2010 Bethany College Senior Art Show will feature visual art major Katie Heinlein. The exhibit will begin on March 26and will run through April 11. The artist’s reception will be held Saturday, April 10, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery on the Bethany College campus.

Invisible Children Legacy Tour Schedules Stop at Bethany College

Bethany College will host Invisible Children — an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in Africa — as part of the group’s 2010 Legacy Tour. The event, open to the public, will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Commencement Hall and will include a short film and a talk by Natalie Warne, a young activist dedicated to stopping the use of child soldiers in northern Uganda.

WV Campus Compact Selects Bethany College as Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grant Institution

West Virginia Campus Compact recently named Bethany College as a Global Youth Service Day mini-grant recipient. The College will use the mini-grant to fund Spring Into Service! — a program designed to help ready the community for spring.

Bethany College’s Alpha Xi Delta to Host Take Back the Weekend

The women of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College will host Take Back the Weekend, a version of Take Back the Night, on March 27. The event, established to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse toward women, will take place from noon-2:30 p.m. at Bethany’s Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation Center.

Bethany College Announces Annual Communication Week

The Bethany College Communication Department announces the schedule for its 48th annual Communication Week, themed “Engaging in New Media: Breaking through the Bethany Bubble.” Communication Week will be held April 7-11 on the College campus.

Bethany College Announces 2010 Oreon E. Scott Lectures

Bethany College has announced the 55th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures, to be held April 12-13 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s featured speaker will be Bonnie Thurston, a West Virginia native, Bethany College graduate and New Testament scholar. Thurston’s focus will be “The Lord’s Prayer: Personal Piety and Global Justice.”

Bethany College to Complete Japanese Cherry Tree Project in April

The Bethany College Japan Outreach will complete the planting of 170 Japanese Yoshino and Kwanzan cherry trees in April to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Bethany College and to help promote awareness and understanding of the Japanese culture. The Sakura 170 Project (“Sakura” is the Japanese word for “cherry blossom”) was initiated during the summer of 2008.

Bortz Faculty Prize Advances Use of Technology in Bethany College Classrooms

As part of its ongoing initiatives to expand and enhance student learning options, Bethany College provides annual recognition of successful technology-supported instruction with the Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom. The award acknowledges a Bethany faculty member who has effectively integrated teaching and technology and comes with $2,500 to be used for professional development activities, allowing the recipient to build upon existing efforts.

Bethany College Celebrates Women’s Month 2010

The Bethany College Office of Student Life announces a full schedule of activities slated for March in recognition of Women’s Month 2010. Events, designed to celebrate womanhood and increase awareness of women’s issues, are open to Bethany community members and friends.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Mandala Sand Painting Rescheduled for March 8-11 at Bethany College

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting March 8-11 at Bethany College. The visit, originally set for February 8-11, was rescheduled due to winter weather. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The exhibit and Opening and Closing Ceremonies featuring chants, music and dance will be open to the public.

Bethany College to Celebrate Founder’s Day

Bethany College will celebrate 170 years as a small college of national distinction with Founder’s Day on March 4. Festivities will include a formal convocation and wreath-laying ceremony. Dr. Walter M. Bortz III, President Emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College and Trustee Emeritus of Bethany College, will give the keynote address.

Endowed Award Named in Honor of Bethany College Professor Randolph Cooey

W. Randolph Cooey, a graduate and long-time economics professor of Bethany College, will be honored with the establishment of an endowed award, The W. Randolph Cooey Value Added Award, made possible through an $11,000 contribution by an anonymous donor. He will retire from the College at the end of the current academic year.

Bethany College’s ‘Hands to Haiti’ Presents Project RED Week

The Bethany College Hands to Haiti initiative continues February 22-26 with Project RED Week, hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Activities Council (SAC). Hands to Haiti programs were designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

Bethany College Continues Fundraising for Earthquake Victims with Haitian Dinner

The Bethany College Freshman Class Council is working in coordination with Chartwells and Bethany’s Office of Student Life to raise funds and awareness for Haiti with a Haitian dinner on March 3. The event, part of the College’s Hands to Haiti initiative, will be held in Bethany’s cafeteria from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Author and Ethicist Jeffrey Seglin to Address Bethany Scholarship Candidates

Jeffrey L. Seglin —well-known New York Times author, ethicist and a 1978 graduate of Bethany College— will deliver the Keynote Address for the 26th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon at Bethany. The luncheon, to be held on March 6, is part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition for incoming freshmen with exceptional academic, leadership and service records.

Woo Presents Bethany College Senior Art Show After 27-Year Break

John Woo arrived at Bethany, his first and only college choice, at the end of summer 1979. A freshman biology major and the youngest of five children from Greenbelt, Md., Woo planned to follow in his physician father’s footsteps. But after an art class during his second semester inspired him to change direction, he embarked upon a college career in the visual arts — a journey that is just now reaching its end.

Bethany Theatre to Present Ibsen’s ‘When We Dead Awaken’

The Bethany College Theatre will present Henrik Ibsen’s “When We Dead Awaken” February 25-27 at 8 p.m. and February 28 at 2 p.m. The play, Ibsen’s last, is the dreamlike story of the existential crisis of a sculptor (played by local theater legend Hal O’Leary) faced with the end of his career. Performances will be held in Bethany’s Wailes Theatre.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Rescheduled at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. — Due to the winter weather, the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery appearance scheduled for February 8-11 at Bethany College has been rescheduled for March 8-11. All times and locations remain the same as previously announced.

Bethany College Students Selected for Top Internships in Washington, D.C.

Three Bethany College political science majors are turning classroom knowledge into real-world experience by working with key governmental and professional sites in Washington, D.C, during the spring semester. The internships, organized through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, were designed to provide Bethany participants with hands-on, professional skills in their areas of interest as they interact with issues ranging from employee litigation to political representation to drug control policy.

Bethany College Zeta Tau Alpha Sisters Assemble Help for Haiti

More than 30 Bethany women assembled health aid kits for victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake at a meeting organized by the College’s sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Upperclass sorority and first-year students participated in the community service project, held on January 30 in Renner Too at Phillips Hall on Bethany’s campus.

Bethany College’s ‘Hands to Haiti’ Raises Support for Earthquake Victims

Bethany College has teamed up with International Relief and Development (IRD) to implement Bethany: Hands to Haiti — a program designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

Bethany College Founder’s Day to Feature Prominent Leader in Higher Education

Bethany College will celebrate 170 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day Thursday, March 4. Festivities will include a Convocation at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall featuring guest speaker Dr. Walter M. Bortz III. Bortz served as the twenty-third president of Hampden-Sydney College and is a widely recognized leader in the field of higher education.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Construct Mandala Sand Painting and Perform Special Ceremonies at Bethany College

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting February 8-11 at Bethany College. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The exhibit and Opening and Closing Ceremonies featuring chants, music and dance will be open to the public.

Bethany College Announces Fall 2009 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 2009-10 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.

Holiday Schedule Announced

Bethany College’s administrative offices will close for the holiday break at the close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 a.m.

Bethany Taiko Group Presents Pittsburgh Holiday Performance

The Bethany College Taiko Group performed at the University of Pittsburgh for the annual Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House on December 6 in the Cathedral of Learning. Members of the University of Pittsburgh Taiko Group joined Bethany for the performance. Approximately 3,000 people were in attendance at the event.

Bethany College Choir to Present Christmas Concert

The music faculty of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present Bethany College’s annual Christmas Concert on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall.

Bethany Student Health Offers Free Swine Flu Immunizations

Bethany College Student Health, in cooperation with the Brooke County Health Department, will be holding an H1N1 (Swine) Influenza Immunization Clinic on December 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Health and Wellness Center on Bethany’s campus. There will be no charge for this immunization.

Scott C. Thayer Installed as Minister of Bethany Memorial Church and College Chaplain

The Rev. Scott C. Thayer was formally installed as Minister of Bethany Memorial Church and Chaplain of Bethany College on Sunday, November 15, at the Bethany Memorial Church. The 2 p.m. ceremony was attended by members of the congregation, Bethany College community and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Bethany Hosts Third Annual Science Day for High School Students

Bethany College will host the Third Annual Science Day on November 13. High school juniors and seniors from across the region will take part in classes and demonstrations presented by Bethany faculty representing a variety of science and math specialties.

Bethany College Takes Classroom Learning to Wall Street

Bethany College today announced details of the McCann Family Student Investment Fund, for which Bethany students will now serve as investment professionals responsible for a $1 million endowment and apply the financial savvy they have developed in the classroom to the real-world theater of investment management. The fund, established by Robert and Cindy McCann of Madison, N.J., positions Bethany as the first college in West Virginia to offer a student-led investment fund of this kind and one of only a handful of small colleges across the nation to do so.

Bethany College to Host Sixth Annual Relay for Life

Bethany College and the American Cancer Society announce the 2009 Bethany College Relay for Life to be held Nov. 7. The event — designed to celebrate cancer survival, remember those who have lost their lives to the disease, and raise money for cancer education and research — will run from noon to midnight at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center.

Bethany Theatre and Dance Program to Present Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salomé’

The Bethany College Theatre is teaming up with the Dance Program to bring Oscar Wilde’s “Salomé” to life on the Wailes Theatre stage. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 4-7.

Bethany’s Alpha Xi Delta to Sponsor ‘Football FrenXi’ for Autism Speaks

The women of the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College will host a flag football tournament in Bethany College’s Recreational Center. The tournament will be held Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will help raise funds to support Autism Speaks.

Bethany Sophomore Receives UPS Scholarship

Alexander Stubbs, a sophomore at Bethany College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. The son of Rhonda Stubbs of Follansbee, W.Va., he is majoring in Business with a minor in Communication and is a member of the College’s Men’s Soccer Team. Stubbs will receive $2,700 in UPS Scholarship funds.

Bethany’s Miller in CIC Presidents/Foundation CEO Meeting

Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller took part in a discussion between foundation officers and college and university presidents recently at the TIAA-CREF Headquarters in New York City.

George Davis Selected Bethany College “Alumnus of the Year”

George M. Davis of Owings Mills, Maryland, will be the inaugural recipient of the Bethany College Alumnus of the Year Award, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany College Social Work Department to Host Fall Symposium

The Bethany College Social Work Department is co-sponsoring a two-day professional development symposium scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany. The symposium theme is “Diversity Issues in Health and Human Services,” and the event will focus on developing cultural competence skills for social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists and other helping professionals.

Pollock to Present Fiction Reading at Bethany College

Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock will read from his PEN/Robert Bingham Award winning story collection “Knockemstiff” on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery at Bethany College. The stories, set in the small community of Knockemstiff, Ohio, paint the often terrifying yet humorous portraits of people who are down on their luck and out of good options. The book will be available for purchase in the College bookstore and on the night of the reading. A book signing and reception will follow Pollock’s presentation.

Bethany President Attends CIC/New York Times Partnership Meeting

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller was part of a group of private college presidents from throughout the United States that met with officials from The New York Times on Monday in New York City to discuss academic collaboration between the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges and the New York Times.

Bethany College Homecoming 2009: Walter crowned Queen, Testa King

Sarah Walter of Weirton and Joe Testa of Amity, PA, were crowned 2009 Homecoming Queen and King respectively during halftime of Saturday’s football game against Thiel College.

Bethany Announces 2009 Homecoming Court

Bethany College has announced 10 nominees for the 2009 Homecoming Court. Bethany’s Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities at Saturday’s football game against Thiel College. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bison Stadium.

Bethany Art Professor Appointed to Chief Reader

Professor Herb Weaver, the Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts at Bethany College, was recently appointed to fill the role of Chief Reader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Studio Art. This position involves responsibility for the accurate assessment of the examination given to high school students who seek AP credit in the subject area of Studio Art.

Bethany College Choir and Faculty to Present Concert

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Bethany College announces the first of its Fall Semester Concerts — a combined Faculty Showcase and Ensemble Concert featuring the Bethany College Choir. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7.30 p.m. and will be held in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall. There is no admission charge, and the public is cordially invited.

Bethany President Speaks at Naturalization Ceremony

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, was the speaker Friday at the Naturalization Ceremony in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. The Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., is the presiding U.S. District Judge.

Bethany Ranks High in National Survey

Already rated solidly in a number of national rankings for academic quality and affordability, Bethany College has placed strongly in another national survey related to the economics of higher education.

Bethany Theatre to Present Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’

The Bethany College Theatre will present Steve Martin’s comical “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” October 1-3 at 8 p.m. and October 4 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany campus. The play is one in a series of performances on art Bethany is featuring this season.

Bethany College Japan Outreach to Host Japanese Food Presentations and Sushi Sampling

Bethany’s Japan Outreach will present the 22nd Annual Explore Japan Celebration at Bethany College on October 6. The celebration will feature a Japanese food culture presentation, cooking workshop and cooking demonstration from 5-7 p.m. in Commencement Hall.

Bethany President Heads Thought Leadership Series Highlighting Higher Education Best Practices During Challenging Economic Times

Presidential Perspectives, a national thought leadership series written by college presidents and published by Aramark Higher Education, launches its fourth year with a series of chapters entitled “Leadership in the Great Recession,” designed to share practical strategies and best practices with education institutions during the most challenging economic environment in recent history.

Bethany to Host Evening of Sonatas for Flute and Piano

The Music Faculty of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Bethany College is pleased to host a Guest Artist Recital featuring Dr. Francesca Arnone, flute, and Dr. Christine B. Kefferstan, piano, in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. The recital is being provided through the generosity of a long-time patron of the arts on the Bethany campus.

Bethany Announces Matthew Quay Ammon Professorship in Mathematics

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, announced the establishment of the Matthew Quay Ammon Endowed Professorship in Mathematics at the College’s Fall Convocation on Sept. 10. The endowed professorship was created to honor the life of Bethany alumnus Matthew Quay Ammon, who graduated in 1996 and passed away just 10 years later. The first appointment will begin with the 2010-2011 academic year.

Bethany Announces Fall Homecoming Festivities

A full and fun-filled schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 9-11 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year’s events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni sporting events, an art show and more.

Bethany Announces Endowed Positions for 2009-10

Bethany College has benefited through the years by having a number of chairs and professorships endowed by generous donors of the College. Listed below are the College’s endowed positions and their occupants for the 2009-10 academic year.

Wroten Promoted to Bethany College Director of Personnel Services

John Wroten, Director of Safety and Security for Bethany College, has been promoted to Director of Personnel Services, Bethany President Scott D. Miller recently announced. A former Commander of Investigations for the Wheeling (W.Va.) Police Department who later earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership, Wroten brings to the position an expert understanding of effective leadership and resource management.

Bethany Announces 2009-10 Senior Fellows

The Bethany College Honors Committee has announced the appointment of the College's Senior Fellows for the 2009-10 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.

Bethany Announces 2009-10 Department Chairs

Dr. Darin E. Fields, Bethany College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, has announced the College’s department chairs for the upcoming academic year.

Bethany College Theatre to Present ‘A Question of Talent’

The Bethany College Theatre Program will present Peter Horsler's “A Question of Talent” August 28-30. Under the direction of Luke Hardt, Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, “A Question of Talent” is the first play of the Bethany College Theatre Season focusing on the Arts.

Noted Entrepreneur Neil Christman to Address Fall Convocation

Dr. Neil Christman — nationally known businessman and long-time supporter of Bethany College — will give the address at Bethany’s Fall Convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 10. The event, an annual tradition at the 169-year-old College, will begin at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall in Old Main.

Bethany Communication Department Announces Upgrades

The Communication Department at Bethany College has started its fifth decade with major upgrades to its course curricula and learning laboratories, a newly endowed Journalism Speakers Series and collaborative learning projects.

Bethany Welcomes New Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of a new faculty member for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Elizabeth Langemak will serve as Assistant Professor of English in the College’s Department of Humanities.

Bethany Ranks Strong as National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report

Continuing a streak of impressive national rankings, Bethany College is the only West Virginia college and one of just five Appalachian College Association institutions ranked among the top national liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Bethany College To Open 2009 Academic Year

Bethany College will open its 170th academic year on Friday with the freshman Matriculation Ceremony on the lawn of the Old Main Quad. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in historic Commencement Hall.

Forbes Magazine Ranks Bethany College First in State, Among Top 175 U.S. Colleges and Universities

Bethany College has been ranked as one of the nation’s top 175 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities, the number one college in West Virginia and 68th in affordability in a comprehensive report released on the Forbes magazine website. According to the authors of the report, “America’s Best Colleges,” the rankings are based on the quality of the education provided by the schools, the experience of the students and the achievements of students and alumni.

Former Bethany President Publishes Book

Former Bethany College President Dr. D. Duane Cummins has published a new book—“Alexander Campbell: Adventurer in Freedom." The literary biography is a project of Texas Christian University (TCU) Press and the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Fort Worth, Texas.

Gamble Appointed Renner Scholar at Bethany College

An experienced communication and marketing professional has been appointed the 2009-2010 Renner Visiting Scholar in Communication at Bethany College, according to Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. M.E. Yancosek Gamble will begin her position in the College's Department of Communication on August 16.

Bethany Represented at Christian Church General Assembly

Three Bethany College administrators attended the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly last week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bethany College is the oldest four-year college of the Christian Church.

Bethany College President Profiled in NACUBO Book

The leadership of Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, is featured in a new book released this month by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

The Princeton Review Names Bethany College ‘A Best in the Southeast’ College

Bethany College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally renowned education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region” that posted on July 27. This marks the sixth time Bethany has been selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s regional guide.

Bethany College Names Gary Kappel to Endowed Chair

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced that Dr. Gary Kappel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, has also been appointed as the Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities. Dr. Kappel has served as Professor of History and Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

Bethany College Welcomes New Faculty Member in Education

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of a new faculty member for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Laurel Tangen-Foster will serve as Assistant Professor in the College’s Department of Education.

Bethany Hosts Governor’s Honors Academy 25th Anniversary Celebration

More than 340 students and alumni of The Governor’s Honors Academy (GHA) of West Virginia gathered on July 11 at Bethany College’s historic campus to commemorate the program’s 25th anniversary. The celebratory theme was “Cultivating Curiosity for 25 Years.” Festivities included an opening ceremony in Bethany’s beautiful Commencement Hall with remarks by long-time instructors and alums—as well as live music and dancing and time for participants to share stories of the enduring impact the Academy had on their lives

Bethany College Joins Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Bethany College will offer a tuition break for qualified veterans through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. Through a partnership between Bethany and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the program will cover the cost of tuition and certain fees, effectively creating a tuition-free degree program for eligible veterans.

Thayer Named Bethany College Chaplain

Reverend Scott Thayer has been named to the dual position of Chaplain of Bethany College and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church.