Rev. David Chafin
Assigned As Interim Pastor
The Rev. David T. Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia, has been specially
assigned as Interim Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church. Rev.
Chafin’s assignment will become effective on Jan. 1, 2009
and continue until a full-time pastor is called. Rev.
Chafin’s duties during his assignment at Bethany will
include Sunday morning services, hospital and pastoral care
work, funerals and weddings and chaplaincy duties for the College.
The open-ended agreement was executed
in order to allow the Pastoral Search Committee for the Bethany
Memorial Church to continue its work without the pressure to
meet an arbitrary deadline. The Rev. Thaddaeus B Allen ’92,
Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
in West Virginia, reports that a similar arrangement made with
another West Virginia church worked quite well. Rev. Allen added
that, should the need arise, Rev. Allen would make himself available
to provide assistance.
Rev. Chafin was called as Deputy Regional
Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West
Virginia on Jan. 1, 2008, and was installed at the Regional
Assembly in April 2008. He previously served as Pastor of the
Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Huntington,
W.Va., following a co-pastorate with his wife, the Rev. Jayne
L. Chafin, at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
in Hubbard, Ohio.
A graduate of Marshall University where
he studied music, Rev. Chafin received the M.Div. degree from
Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio and served congregations
of the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ
prior to his ordination in 1994 at the First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) in Chillicothe, Ohio. He previously chaired
the West Virginia Region’s Commission on Ministry and
has served in numerous ecumenical and community organizations
in West Virginia and Ohio.
Performa Higher Education Has
Bethany College and Performa Higher Education
held the kick-off meeting on Wednesday, December 10th on campus.
Performa Higher Education was engaged to develop a 10-year master
plan that will help address future needs and deferred maintenance.
It will serve as a foundation for the development of a strategic
master plan. Performa Higher Education is based in Green Bay,
“Transformation Now! The Plan for
Bethany College” will be developed over the next 7 months
and will include involvement of all college constituencies.
Members of the committee include: President Scott D. Miller,
trustee Gary Novak, Vice presidents William Kiefer and Sven
de Jong, Interim Dean of the Faculty Gary Kappel , Dean of Students
Elizabeth de Jong, Executive Assistant to the President Stephanie
Kappel, Director of the Physical Plant Ted Williams, Dr. Mark
Affeltranger and Professor Kathy Shelek-Furbee, alumnus Jason
Haswell and students Lindsay Sobotka and Chris Smurthwaite.
Co-Authors Commentary for Lawlor Review
A commentary co-authored by President Miller and Dr. Marylouise
Fennell was selected for inclusion in the Fall 2008 edition
of The Lawlor Review, a critically-acclaimed educational marketing
journal aimed at presidents and senior administrators in higher
The article, which starts on Page 27,
discusses the changing face of the college presidency in the
21st Century. To read the commentary, click on the following
Lawlor Review - Fall 2008.
Class Conducts Alcohol Study
Inspired by the Amethyst Initiative, which calls for a nationwide
discussion about the legal age for consumption of alcohol, Bethany
College Professor Dr. Katrina Cooper’s Social Psychology
class conducted a research study examining drinking behaviors
and attitudes of Bethany College students.
After compiling results of an online
study to which 456 Bethany students responded, the class concluded
that perceptions of social pressure were significantly related
to drinking behavior for all students at Bethany. The class
also discovered that students younger than the current legal
drinking age of 21 engaged in more drinking behaviors if those
students believed alcohol use should be an individual decision
and not a mandate from outside authorities.
Students under the age of 21 also viewed
drinking as having more serious consequences and as having more
potential for disruption to others, yet the study found that
these under-age students engaged in just as much alcohol consumption
as their over-21 counterparts.
Results of the study have been presented
to various administrators and faculty members on campus. In
addition, Dr. Cooper has submitted this research for presentation
at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association,
scheduled for March 2009 in Pittsburgh.
Locker Room Expansion
An 1,800-square foot addition to the Hummel Field House locker
rooms at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center is now under
way. According to President Miller, the expansion will accommodate
80-100 additional lockers. The construction process will be
concluded in January with furnishings to be completed in the
“We are fortunate to have a functional
and beautiful facility,” Dr. Miller said. “However,
the expansion of our programs has limited our ability to appropriately
host visiting teams. This expansion will benefit many student-athletes
for years to come.”
The locker room project is being funded
through private contributions.
Provides Insight For Bethany Students
Bethany College students in the Professional Transitions class
taught by John Osborne ’63, Distinguished Lecturer in
Economics and Director of the Office of Career Services, gained
a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities
awaiting them in the 21st Century from an impressive series
of guest speakers assembled by Osborne.
The speakers, which included several
Bethany alumni, related personal insights and experiences designed
to help the students as they shift their focus from academic
preparation to active participation in an increasingly global
Included among the speakers were Matthew
Osborne ’95, A.V.P. at BB&T in Wheeling, W.Va.; Russell
Dunkin, Wealth Advisor at McKinley Carter Wealth Services in
Wheeling; Zach Abraham, Director of Operations for McKinley
Carter Wealth Services; Tom Galinski, retired President and
CEO of Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) and Ohio Valley Health
Services and Education Corp. (OVHS&E); Sandra K. Law ’85,
a partner at Schrader Byrd and Companion , PLLC of Wheeling;
M. Jane Glauser ’72, an attorney with Schrader Byrd and
Companion, PLLC; and the Hon. Judge Patrick M. Flatley ’76,
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of
PAC Presidents' Council Meeting
Bethany College hosted the recent meeting of the Presidents'
Council of the Presidents' Athletic Conference at the Reed Smith
Suite in Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club. Dr. Scott D. Miller,
President of Bethany College, is Chair of the PAC Presidents'
With Dr. Miller serving in that capacity,
Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver is Chair
of Athletic Directors while Bethany Faculty Athletics Representative
Dr. Wally Neel is Chair of Faculty Athletics Representatives
for the NCAA Division III conference. The Presidents' Council
functions as the Board of Directors for the PAC.
|Bethany College is seeking comments
from the public about the College in preparation for its
periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.
The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit
March 23-26, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools. Bethany College has been accredited by the
Commission since 1926. The team will review the institution’s
ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the
Public Comment on
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
Comments must address
substantive matters related to the quality of the institution
or its academic programs.
Comments must be in writing and signed; comments cannot
be treated as confidential.
must be received by February 22, 2009
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at receptions
with President Dr. Scott D. Miller Tuesday, January 6, 2009
- Saturday, January 10, 2009.
January 6, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
19801 Tamiami Trail
Estero, FL 33967
January 8, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
4290 SE Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997
Saturday, January 10,
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pompeii Room at the
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
501 5th Avene Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
For more information or to register for
any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations
at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online, click
Holiday Gift Ideas
at Expanded Bethany Bookstore
The recent expansion and renovation of
the Bethany College Bookstore has created a one-stop shop for
anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor to their holiday celebrations.
With twice as much space to work with,
the Bookstore now stocks everything from official Bethany logo
apparel to coffee mugs and smaller trinkets that would make
To shop from the comfort of your own
home, visit the Bethany College Bookstore online.
Save the Date! Phi
Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter
of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its
70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7,
2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and
make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration
that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional
details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal
Save the Date! Alumni
Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to
join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday,
May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues
of the Old Main Journal.
Downs Denison 76-63 for Second Win
Sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain,
Ohio/Little Miami) fired in 18 and senior Renee Brandenburg
(Avella, Pa.) notched a double-double with 17 points and 10
rebounds to lead the Bethany women’s basketball team to
a 76-63 victory over Denison Wednesday night.
Volleyball Wins PAC Sportsmanship Award
The Bethany volleyball program has been
awarded the Fall 2008 PAC Team Sportsmanship Award for their
sport, as announced by the conference office Thursday (Dec.
Laboy Garners All-Region Honor from D3Football.com
Bethany junior TE Jorge Laboy (New York,
N.Y./Central Park East) has been selected All-South Region by
the national website D3Football.com.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.