Volume III, Number III
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 28, 2009

Campus News
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 annual 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 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 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.

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.

News Briefs
Matriculation Ceremony Opens 2009-10 Academic Year
Bethany College opened its 170th academic year with the annual Matriculation Ceremony in Commencement Hall.

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Approximately 352 new students joined the Bethany Family.  Overall, the College experienced a 7.9 percent increase in headcount enrollment and a 5.2 percent increase in full-time enrollment--the second consecutive year of enrollment growth. 

To view the video links for the Matriculation Ceremony for new students held last Friday in Commencement Hall, follow the links below.



Bethany President Announces Establishment of "Alumnus of the Year" Award
A new award has been established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College. 
  4. Nominations should be sent to:

    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032

  5. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  6. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  7. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Chemistry Students Give Research Presentations at 2009 WV-INBRE Symposium
Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips and four of his research students—Shannon L. Smuck, Allison M. Winwood, Christopher B. Smurthwaite and Kenneth C. Barrows—went to the 2009 West Virginia IDEA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) research symposium. It was held in Huntington at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center on July 30.

Winwood, Lindsay A. Sobotka and Smuck presented a poster of their research that was done in Phillips' lab at Bethany. It was funded by a WV-INBRE pilot grant Phillips received. The title was "Synthesis of Blocked, Activated C8-(4-t-butoxymethylphenyl)-2'-deoxyguanosine & C8-(2-t-butoxymethylphenyl)-2'-deoxyguanosine."

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. Click here to view the schedule of events.

"Twittering" with Bethany College
Follow Bethany President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong on Twitter at twitter.com. Get an inside glimpse into what takes place on a daily basis at Bethany College. Follow Dr. Miller by selecting BethanyCollege1, and follow Sven de Jong by selecting BethanyCollege2. You might be surprised by all that occurs on "The Banks of the Old Buffalo."

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips presented the research of his laboratory students—Lindsay A. Sobotka, Shannon L. Smuck and Allison M. Winwood—at the 238th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Washington, D.C., on August 16. The presentation, given in the Organic Chemistry: Biologically-Related Molecules and Processes section, was titled "Synthesis of Blocked, Activated C8-Aryl-2'-deoxyGuanosine."
Phillips also presided as Chair of the morning session of the Organic Chemistry: Biologically-Related Molecules and Processes section. The speakers came from UC-San Diego, Georgia Tech, Cal Tech, NYU and Rutgers, among others. All topics dealt with synthetic aspects of biomolecules like DNA and RNA.

Lisa Hicks has been accepted as a Master Instructor (MI) candidate in the Intel ®Teach Program.  Intel Teach offers research-proven professional development supporting teaching and learning of 21st century skills.  She completed the training in June.  Now that she is certified as a Master Instructor, she will be able to deliver Teaching Thinking with Technology or The Essentials Course to pre-service teachers.

Debra and John Hull presented the paper "Violence in Ambiguous Dating Situations: Impact of Sexual Orientations" in the "Innovative Research and Practice within LGBT Communities" poster session at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month.

Social Work
Professor Kathy Shelek-Furbee participated in a two-day training conference sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Court Improvement Program in July. This conference is an annual event focused on training professionals on issues related to child abuse and neglect.

Alumni News
NCAA Alumni and Friends Recruiting Guidelines

6.4.2 Representatives of Athletics Interests.

An institution's "responsibility" for the conduct of its intercollegiate athletics program shall include responsibility for the acts of individuals when a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration has knowledge or should have knowledge that such an individual:

(a) Has participated in or is a member of an agency or organization as described in Constitution 6.4.1;
(b) Has made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
(c) Has been requested by the athletics department staff to assist in the recruitment of prospective student athletes or is assisting in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
(d) Has assisted or is assisting in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes; or
(e) Is otherwise involved in promoting the institution's athletics program. Agreement to Provide Benefit or Privilege.
Any agreement between an institution (or any organization that promotes, assists or augments in any way the athletics interests of the member institution, including those identified per Constitution 6.4.1) and an individual who, for any consideration, is or may be entitled under the terms of the agreement to any benefit or privilege relating to the institution's athletics program, shall contain a specific clause providing that any such benefit or privilege may be withheld if the individual has engaged in conduct that is determined to be a violation of NCAA legislation. The clause shall provide for the withholding of the benefit or privilege from a party to the agreement and any other person who may be entitled to a benefit or privilege under the terms of the agreement. (Adopted: 1/10/95) Retention of Identity as "Representative."

Any individual participating in the activities set forth in Constitution 6.4.2 shall be considered a "representative of the institution's athletics interests," and once so identified as a representative, it is presumed the person retains that identity.

13.2.1 General Regulation.
An institution's staff member or any representative of its athletics interests shall not be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or friends, other than expressly permitted by NCAA regulations. Receipt of a benefit by prospective student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's prospective students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the prospective student body (e.g., foreign prospective students, minority prospective students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. For violations of this bylaw in which the value of the offer or inducement is $100 or less, the eligibility of the individual (i.e., prospective or enrolled student-athlete) shall not be affected conditioned on the individual repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. The individual, however, shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of the receipt of the impermissible benefit until the individual repays the benefit. Violations of this bylaw remain institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1, and documentation of the individual's repayment shall be forwarded to the enforcement staff. (Revised: 1/13/98, 1/10/05, 1/9/06)

13.2.2 Specific Prohibitions.

Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits and arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) An employment arrangement for a prospective student-athlete's relatives;
(b) Gift of clothing or equipment;
(c) Cosigning of loans;
(d) Providing loans to a prospective student-athlete's relatives or friends;
(e) Cash or like items;
(f) Any tangible items, including merchandise;
(g) Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type;
(h) Free or reduced-cost housing;
(i) Use of an institution's athletics equipment (e.g., for a high school all-star game); or
(j) Sponsorship of or arrangement for an awards banquet for high school, preparatory school or two-year college athletes by an institution, representatives of its athletics interests, or its alumni groups or booster clubs. Eligibility Ramifications—Restitution for Receipt of Improper Benefits.
For violations of Bylaw 13.2.2 in which the value of the offer or inducement is $100 or less, the eligibility of the individual (i.e., prospective or enrolled student-athlete) shall not be affected conditioned on the individual repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. The individual, however, shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of the receipt of the impermissible benefit until the individual repays the benefit. Violations of this bylaw remain institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1, and documentation of the individual's repayment shall be forwarded to the enforcement staff. (Revised: 1/13/98, 1/8/01, 1/9/06)

Bison Baseball Alumni, Save the Date!
Attention all Bison Baseball Alumni! Save the date and join us for the annual Alumni Baseball Game slated for Saturday, September 26, at Bethany Park. The game will begin at noon with batting practice at 10 a.m. In the first contest, the alumni team will play versus the varsity team for nine innings. Alumni will then be "drafted" for another 9-inning intra-squad game at which time the alumni may choose to continue playing, just hit, coach or hang out and re-hash the glory years with former teammates. In addition to a meet-and-greet with current players, a catered picnic dinner will follow when play concludes.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Baseball Coach Rick Carver at (304) 829-7246 or via email at rcarver@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming 2009 Schedule Released
We hope you will join us for Homecoming 2009 slated for Oct. 9-11. Various activities are on tap including a golf scramble, several athletic events, an art show and several alumni reunions. There will be something for everyone. Come and re-connect with your old friends! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Class of '79 Fundraiser Set for Homecoming
Friends and members of the Class of '79 are invited to participate in a fundraiser Pig Roast/Cook out for the Elizabeth Mayer Hersh '79 Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at Homecoming on Saturday, October 10, immediately following the football game at 203 Pendleton Street (near Benedum Commons).

Beth passed away on September 23, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer. Fellow Bethanians may remember her father, Tony Mayer '51, or her brother, Doug Mayer '75.  For more information on the fundraiser or the scholarship fund, contact Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko '78 at jchernenko@bethanywv.edu

McCartney '83 and Sangerman '81 to Perform National Anthem at PNC Park
Bethany graduates Margie McCartney '83 and Jae Sangerman '81 will be performing the National Anthem at Pittsburgh's PNC Park on Saturday, September 5 when the Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. For more information about ordering tickets or about the special offer the Pirates are extending to alumni and friends of Bethany, click here

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Bethany Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn't have a clue how to reach them?

Bethany's new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu.  Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Soccer Eyeing PAC Playoffs in 2009
After posting their highest victory total last year since capturing the 1999 PAC Championship, the Bethany women's soccer team seeks to take another step and gain a berth in the conference tournament in 2009.

Young Players Hope to Serve up Success for Bison Tennis
The Bethany women's tennis team will have a considerably different look to it this fall, as only one player who saw significant time last year returns for the Bison in 2009.

Youthful Bison Volleyball Seeking Climb up PAC Ranks
A year after having 10 freshmen among their 14 players, the Bethany volleyball team will once again carry an extremely youthful roster into the season, which will open Sept. 2 with a road match at Franciscan.

Please visit Bethany Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.


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