Volume II, Number I
An E-News Service of Bethany College
July 18, 2008

Campus News
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.

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.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.


News Briefs
Follow Bethany’s ‘Transformation Now!’ Online
Bethany College is in the midst of an exciting transformation as Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, charts a course that will lead West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher learning into a bright new future as “A Small College of National Distinction.”

Alumni, friends and supporters of the College are now able to track the progress of this transformation through the “Transformation Now” page on the Bethany College website. To access this page, please visit www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/presidents-welcome/transformation-at-bethany/

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2009 and 2010 Commencement Dates Announced
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 and Film.

Retiring Bethany Staff Trio Honored at Reception
Administrators, 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 the campus.

Bethanians everywhere wish these dedicated employees the best of luck in their retirement and offer many thanks for their years of faithful service.

Hibernia Undergoing Extensive Renovations
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 Wrapping Up
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 2010.

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 Era’
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 Counsel.

“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 Welcomes Alums
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 dwhite@bethanywv.edu to discuss any meeting, retreat or training function you or your company may be planning.

Art Work Sought for Fall Alumni Exhibit
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 kmorgan@bethanywv.edu.

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.


Alumni News
2008 Homecoming Activities Announced

To view the full schedule for the weekend, click here.

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.

Southern Hospitality: Georgia and Texas
Atlanta, Ga.

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, click here.

Plano, Texas
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 here.


Bison Athletics
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.

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.

 

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