Volume II, Number XVIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 12, 2008

Campus News
Veteran CBS Correspondent Bob Orr '75 to Speak at Bethany
Award-winning broadcast journalist Bob Orr, Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News and a 1975 graduate of Bethany College, will return to the Bethany campus on Saturday, March 7, 2009 to deliver the Keynote Address for the College’s 25th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon.

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


News Briefs
Campus Will Be Busy During January Term
January Term is alive and well at Bethany College this winter. More than a third of the College’s student body will be in enrolled in courses or in residence for sports competitions in January 2009.

All first-year students will be participating in courses embedded in the Enhanced First-Year Experience. Topics include comedy, Appalachian culture and courses covering several aspects of film. Upper class students have the option of enrolling in experimental courses covering such topics as The Holocaust, The Olympic Games, and International Development (which includes a trip to Jamaica). Also available are such traditional course offerings as Introduction to Religion (RELS 100) and Classroom Discipline (EDUC 348) – a critical course in Bethany’s Teacher Education sequence.

The reading period for seniors taking their Comprehensive Exams will begin Jan. 12. Written exams are scheduled for Jan. 19-20 with Orals being held Jan. 21-24. The spring semester will begin on Jan. 26.

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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 Kick-off Meeting
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, Wis.

“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.

President Miller 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 education.

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 link: The Lawlor Review - Fall 2008.

Social Psychology 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 Under Way
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 spring.

“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.

Speaker Series 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 economy.

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 West Virginia.

Bethany Hosts 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' Council.

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 for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:

Public Comment on Bethany College
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.

All comments must be received by February 22, 2009



Alumni News
Alumni Events
Florida
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D. Miller Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Estero County Club
19801 Tamiami Trail
Estero, FL 33967

Thursday, January 8, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

FINZ Waterfront Grille
4290 SE Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997


Saturday, January 10, 2009
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Marchand’s Bar & Grille
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 alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

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 perfect stocking-stuffers.

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.


Bison Athletics
Bethany 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.

Bethany 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. 11).

Bethany's 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.

 

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