2009 and 2010 Commencement
Dates for Commencement festivities have
been announced for the Class of 2009 and the Class of 2010.
The Baccalaureate service for the Class
of 2009 is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2009, and will begin
at 8 p.m. Commencement exercises for the Class of 2009 will
begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
The Baccalaureate service for the Class
of 2010 is scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2010, and will begin
at 8 p.m. Commencement exercises for the Class of 2010 will
begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010.
Cole, Smith Retire
From Bethany Faculty
The end of the 2008-09 academic year also
marked the start of retirement for two of Bethany’s most
distinguished faculty members. Dr. Robyn R. Cole, Professor
of English and Chair of the Department of English and Dr. Milton
R. Smith Jr., Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry, each
brought down the curtain on lengthy and illustrious careers
at West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher learning.
Dr. Cole joined the faculty in 1968 and
began a rapid ascent through the ranks of the professoriate.
She served on numerous faculty committees, was the Director
of Writing and also gave freely of her time as advisor to several
student organizations. Her First-Year Seminar in sports literature
was one of the most popular offerings for incoming freshmen.
Dr. Smith’s career at Bethany began
in 1972 and he went on to serve for many years as Chair of the
Department of Chemistry. He pursued his many research interests
during sabbatical leaves, working with industry and government
agencies. His most recent research was conducted at the Department
of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Bethany Welcomes Four
New Faculty Members
Bethany College will be adding 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.
Dr. Cash holds a B.A. degree from the
University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. degree from
the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and earned his Ph.D.
in English with areas of concentration in American Literature
and Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
While at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, he served as
a teaching assistant in the Department of English. He previously
served as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Dr. Reilly holds a B.S. from Mercyhurst
College in Erie, Pa. and earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry
from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Most recently,
she has served as a Research Associate with the National Research
Council and as a Biological Defense Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Edgewood, Md.
Tartalone holds an A.A. degree from the
Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa.; a
B.A. degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and an M.A.I.S
degree in Communication and English with emphases in Persuasion,
Media Literature, Creative Writing and Audio Production from
Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She most
recently served as Instructor of Mass Communication at Campbell
University in Buies Creek, N.C.
Dr. Tuszynski holds a B.A. degree from
St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and an M.S. from
Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in American Culture
Studies with a specialization in Critical Perspectives in Film,
Media and Culture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling
Green, Ohio. She most recently served as Visiting Assistant
Professor at the University of Toledo in the Department of Theatre
Retiring Bethany Staff
Trio Honored at Reception
faculty and staff members gathered at Pendleton Heights earlier
this month for a reception honoring three long-time staff members
who retired at the end of June. The reception was hosted by
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.
Jackie Andrews, R. Jeanne Cobb and Jean
DePetro collectively amassed more than a half-century of service
to Bethany College. Administrative Assistant Jackie Andrews
served in a number of capacities and areas of the College, including
the Office of Admission and the Business Office. As curator
of the Bethany College Archives and Special Collections, Jeanne
Cobb has spent the past 15 years preserving the history of the
institution, its founder and the Upper Ohio Valley. Jeanne was
also well known for providing invaluable assistance to scholars,
faculty and student in their archival research. As Director
of the Information Center, Jean DePetro was literally the “voice”
of Bethany College, the first voice encountered by anyone contacting
Bethanians everywhere wish these dedicated
employees the best of luck in their retirement and offer many
thanks for their years of faithful service.
An extensive renovation project is currently
under way at Hibernia, the historic house located two blocks
from campus on Main Street that served as home to the College’s
presidents from 2002-07. A brand-new roof and a substantial
amount of painting highlight the major projects to be completed
as the house transitions into its new role this fall as home
to the Renner Visiting Scholar.
The property upon which Hibernia is located
was owned by Alexander Campbell when he founded Bethany College
in 1840. Campbell operated a print shop in the high basement
of the house. He published a number of items, including The
Millennial Harbinger, regarded as one of the most prominent
religious periodicals to emanate from a frontier press.
The upper portion of the house has served
intermittently as a boarding house or private residence since
its construction in the 1840s. During that time it has sheltered
numerous visitors to Bethany along with Bethany College students,
a sorority and several faculty members. It has also served as
the home of two presidents and vice presidents of the College.
Current Bethany President Dr. Scott D.
Miller and his wife, Annie, moved into a completely restored
and renovated Pendleton Heights in December. That building has
served as the traditional residence for Bethany’s presidents
for more than 150 years.
Governor’s Honors Academy
The West Virginia Governor’s Honors
Academy will put the wraps on a very successful run at Bethany
College this weekend. The annual summer event brought more than
180 of West Virginia’s top high school students, representing
each of the state’s 55 counties, to Bethany’s historic
campus. The Governor’s Honors Academy is funded by the
West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
During the three-week program, students
attended a broad-based and intensive course each day and also
participated in a number of unique and challenging programming
opportunities. Bethany College is honored to have been chosen
to host the Governor’s Honors Academy each summer through
College Upgrades With
Internal Post Office
The College Mailroom, formerly located
in the basement of Morlan Hall, has been moved and transformed
into an internal post office for the College. The lobby and
mailboxes are now set up in Room 18 at Old Main, on Freshman
Alley. All duplicating and mail functions have been relocated
to the recently renovated space.
Each of the College’s faculty members
and departments now has its own mailbox in the lobby. The “owner”
of each box receives a key to access their box. Mail will be
retrieved from the United States Post Office on Pendleton Street
and placed in the individual boxes at least once a day. Current
plans are for the area to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Mail can also be metered and deposited for mailing during the
business day. Amanda Lunsford, Coordinator of the Duplicating
Center and Mailroom, will be available for assistance.
Dawn of a New ‘Eisenhauer
Jay Eisenhauer has been a welcome and
familiar face to everyone on campus for the past 21 years while
serving as the College’s “mailman.” That era
ended with the formation of the College’s internal post
office but Jay’s friendly face will still be a common
sight on the Bethany campus thanks to his new duties as a Supervisor
in the Physical Plant Department. While Jay will have broad
responsibilities within the department, at the outset he will
be overseeing the custodial functions at the College.
“I am most pleased that Jay agreed
to join the Physical Plant Department and continue to devote
his attention to making our campus the best that it can be,”
said William R. Kiefer, Executive Vice President and General
“I have become familiar with every
square foot of this campus while delivering the mail for the
past 21 years,” Eisenhauer said. “I now look forward
to having the opportunity to improve the appearance of those
areas I visited in my former capacity.”
Mountainside Conference Center
The Mountainside Conference Center-Gresham
House is offering Bethany College alumni a 25 percent discount
on room rental charges for any function. The Conference Center
provides more than 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting space,
40 fully-equipped guest rooms and Harder Hall, a 100-seat banquet
room for catered events.
Contact Conference Center Manager Donna
White by phone (304) 829-7622 or e-mail email@example.com
to discuss any meeting, retreat or training function you or
your company may be planning.
Art Work Sought for Fall Alumni
Alumni artists are invited to submit
one or two pieces of their work for inclusion in the Alumni
Invitational Exhibit, which will be held Oct. 3-31 in the Renner
Union Gallery. Pieces may be executed in any two-dimensional
or three-dimensional medium. Alumni are reminded that all work
must be received by Sept. 26 in order to be included.
In conjunction with the exhibit, alumni
artists will be guests of honor at the annual Homecoming Art
Exhibit Reception, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3 from 8-10 p.m.
For additional information, send an e-mail to Professor Kenn
Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Main Journal to
Resume Weekly Publication
This is the final summer edition of your
Old Main Journal. We will resume our regular weekly publication
for the 2008-09 academic year on Friday, August 15.
2008 Homecoming Activities
To view the full schedule for the weekend,
Bethany Alum Wins Grant
From French Government
Noelle Arline Noonan ’01 has received
an English Teaching Assistantship from the government of France.
Currently a doctoral candidate in Music at the University of
Minnesota, Noonan was one of only 50 students selected to receive
the award by the French government. Selection was made following
a national competition administered through the Fulbright Program.
Noonan earned her bachelor’s degree
in French and Music from Bethany in 2001 and went on to receive
a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the State
University of New York-Fredonia in 2003.
The Fulbright Program, an international
educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States
Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Award
recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional
achievement with consideration for demonstrated leadership potential
in their fields.
Georgia and Texas
More than 20 alumni and friends of Bethany
College gathered at a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President
of the College, and Vice President Sven de Jong on Sunday, June
22 in Atlanta. Neil Christman ’55 hosted the get-together
at the Atlanta Athletic Club. To view pictures from this event,
Angie (Ryder) Bado ’77 hosted an event for alumni and
friends of Bethany at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano,
Texas on Sunday, July 13. Dr. Miller and Vice President de Jong
were in attendance, along with two dozen alumni and friends.
To view pictures from this event, click
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.
BC's Stettinius Places
33rd at Pentathlon Junior World Championships
Bethany College sophomore Suzanne Stettinius
(Parkton, Md./Hereford) placed 33rd out of 60 competitors at
the Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships, which were
held in Cairo, Egypt on July 6.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.