Volume IV, Number XIX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
January 14, 2011

Campus News
Faculty Merit Foundation Names Bethany’s Buckelew Finalist for
West Virginia Professor of the Year

The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia announced that Bethany College Professor of Biology Albert “Jay” R. Buckelew has been selected as one of five finalists for its 2010 Professor of the Year.

News Briefs
Bethany President Attends Annual CIC Presidents Institute
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, attended the largest annual gathering of college CEOs in the country this week when he took part in the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Presidents Institute in California.

He is currently in his 12th year as Chair and member of the faculty of the CIC New Presidents Program, which was a part of the Institute. Forty-five new presidents from throughout the country took part in the program this year. 

While there, he also attended the winter presidents meeting of the Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The presidents of the 14 institutions with covenant relationships with the Christian Church reviewed the preliminary branding/marketing presentation for Disciples higher education by SimpsonScarborough, a national marketing firm. 

Miller also attended the meeting of the InterAmerican Consortium. He is completing his 13th year as Board chair of that organization. Six American college partner presidents and six international presidents attended the meeting. 

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Rice, Furbee Spearhead Carry On Campaign in Bethany
When 11-year-old Eden Rice saw a news story on the Carry On Campaign — a program designed to provide luggage and necessities to West Virginia’s foster care children — she decided to bring the program to Bethany. Rice partnered with the College’s Social Work program, including Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work Katherine Shelek-Furbee and Rice’s mother Amy Van Horn, a staff member in the department. The group raised funds for 31 sets of luggage filled with items such as blankets, books, toothbrushes, stuffed animals and non-perishable snacks. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II presented Rice and Furbee with awards in recognition of their successful efforts on behalf of children across the state.

Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Share the Love Fundraising Dinner
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda. The event, Invisible Children: Share the Love, will be held on February 14 at Bethany’s Benedum Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and reservations are not required. The dinner is covered under the student meal plan, and the cost for others is $8. The Council will be working closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together both Ugandan culture and Valentine’s Day. Updates will be posted at www.facebook.com/sccbethanywv.

Alumni News
Wolfe ’01 Seeks Votes for Scientist, School in IKEA Life Improvement Project
Northwestern High School in Baltimore, Md., where Stanley Wolfe ’01 works as a school administrator, and partner Phil Filner were recently selected as one of five finalists in IKEA’s Life Improvement Project. The contest offers a $100,000 award, with the winner chosen by online vote.

Filner, a retired scientist, entered the contest hoping to secure funds to revitalize an unused greenhouse at the school. He hopes to create a teaching laboratory, using the greenhouse as a facility for experiments, skilled crafts and a tool to encourage students to ask questions and learn about nature. “I want young people to want to go to school, rather than have to. I would use [the grant] to add that possibility to their lives,” he said.

Participants have until January 17 to vote, and one vote per person can be submitted daily. As of January 15, the school is in second place. For more information and to submit your vote (for which IKEA will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. programs), visit www.thelifeimprovementproject.com/FinalistDetails.aspx?FinalistId=1.

Brosh ’85 Research Addresses Premature Aging Disorder, Featured in Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences

Bethany graduate Robert M. Brosh Jr. ’85, senior scientist at the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, has been working with colleagues on the discovery of a small molecule that inhibits the DNA unwinding function of a helicase protein that is defective in the premature aging disorder Werner syndrome. The Early Edition of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences featured their work the week of January 10. Their findings demonstrate that a small molecule can modulate in vivo the function of a human helicase in the DNA damage response and suggest that the Werner syndrome helicase (WRN) may be a suitable target to enhance existing or developing DNA damage anti-cancer strategies.

Health Facilities Association of Maryland Names Spadaro ’91 Board Chair
The Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) recently announced its 2011 new leadership team, which includes Bethany graduate John Spadaro ’91 as board chair. Spadaro works as regional vice president of Operations for SavaSeniorCare, one of the largest providers of short-term health care services in the United States. Spadaro earned his master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College and lives with his family in Frederick County, Md. He will serve a two-year term.

HFAM is a voluntary provider community association and is the oldest and largest long-term care association representing skilled nursing, sub-acute facilities and assisted living programs in Maryland.

Sims ’75 Earns Honorable Mention in Sports Illustrated Announcers of the Year Listing
Dave Sims ’75 and James Lofton of Westwood One Radio received Honorable Mention in Sports Illustrated’s recent listing of Media Awards for 2010. Sims is a two-time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster. He has worked in many facets of the business — calling play-by-play, hosting talk shows, and anchoring/reporting the sports news. 2010 marked Sims’ fourth season as the TV play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners, whose games air on Fox Sports Northwest. On the radio you can hear Sims calling Sunday night NFL play-by-play action for Westwood One Radio Sports, where he has been broadcasting NFL games since 1994.

Save the Date
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Florida.

Boca Raton, Fla.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jacksonville, Fla.
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tampa/St. Pete, Fla.
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Estero, Fla.
Sunday, February 13, 2011

More details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Alumni Basketball Game Set for January 29
Men’s Basketball Alumni are invited to play in the annual alumni basketball game slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, at the Hummel Field House. For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Coach Andrew Sachs at 304.829.7246 or via email at asachs@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was 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.  Nominations should be sent to:

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

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

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than December 31, 2010. Nominations can be sent via email to alumni@bethanywv.edu, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

Bison Athletics
Bison Hand Thomas More First PAC Loss 71-66
Sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) totaled 19 points and 13 rebounds and sophomore James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) tallied 16 off the bench to lift the Bethany College men’s basketball team to a 71-66 victory at Thomas More Wednesday night.

Third-Ranked Thomas More Beats Bethany Women 68-42
The Bethany College women’s basketball team shot just 26 percent from the floor Wednesday night in suffering a 68-42 defeat at Thomas More, who entered the game ranked third in the nation in the WBCA and D3Hoops.com national polls.

Bison Swimming falls to PAC Foe W&J
The Bethany College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Washington & Jefferson College Wednesday night in their first meet of the second semester.

Bison Players Recognized by Collegiate Baseball
The Bethany College baseball team, fresh off a 21-win season and a trip to the ECAC Championships, had four players selected by Collegiate Baseball as Players to Watch for the 2011 campaign.

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


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