Volume IV, Number XXXII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 15, 2011

Campus News
Bethany College Announces May 13-14 Baccalaureate, Commencement Speakers
Bethany President Scott D. Miller has announced that President of Ogden Newspapers, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates Robert Nutting will deliver the address at the College’s 2011 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 14. The Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will present remarks during the May 13 Baccalaureate service.

Invisible Children to Make Third Stop at Bethany for Congo Tour
Bethany College will host Invisible Children — an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in Africa — for the third time on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The event is part of the group’s current Congo Tour and is free and open to the public.

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Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance recipients: Dr. Albert “Jay” R. Buckelew (faculty) and Rebecca A. Rose (staff) with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students, faculty and staff with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 14 during its annual Honors Day celebrations. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with their awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

To view all of the photos from Convocation, visit the Bethany page on Flickr at: www.flickr.com/photos/bethanycollegewv/

News Briefs
Women’s Basketball Team Launches Finals Survival Kit Fundraiser
The Women’s Basketball team is conducting fundraisers for the upcoming season and invites family and friends of current Bethany students to treat them to a Finals Survival Kit. The kits are being offered for $25 and will be delivered to recipients at the start of finals week.

Two kit options are available. The original “survival kit package” includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag containing pens, pencils, post-its, pop, chips, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars, candy, and other treats. A package featuring healthier snacks is also being sold. It includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag with fresh fruits, assorted nuts, granola bars, Gatorade and water, fruit snacks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and sticky notes. Both packages offer the opportunity for gift-givers to include a personal message.

To order, download and send the order form and payment (made out to Bethany Women’s Basketball) to Cassandra Donelan, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Bethany College, Hummel Field House, Bethany, WV 26032.

Inaugural Bethany 5K Slated for April 16
The Inaugural Bethany 5K will be held on Saturday, April 16, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Registration for the event is $15, payable in cash or by check made out to Bethany College. All proceeds from the race will benefit Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling, W.Va. A course through campus and down to the Town Park and back to the Recreation Center has been mapped out. Race medals will be awarded in each of the following categories: Best time for male and female over 18 years of age, best time for male and female age 14-17, and best time for male and female age 10-13. 

Registration forms can be found on Facebook at the Inaugural Bethany 5K page. Forms are in PDF format and can be sent in ahead of time to the Service Learning Center at Bethany College, Bethany W.Va., 26032, or brought in the day of the race. This event is being funded by a grant for Global Youth Service Day and donations from Chartwells Food Service. Each runner/walker will receive a free t-shirt. The Junior Kalon Service Leaders are hosting and staffing the event. Questions should be forwarded to the Facebook page.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Larry Grimes, Professor of English Emeritus and Director of Church Relations, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Previously he served two terms as a Citizen Member of the Program Review Board of the Council. The Council provides grant support for a number of Humanities based projects in the state through distribution of National Endowment for the Humanities funds and private funding.

Physical Education and Sports Studies
The Physical Education and Sports Studies program has added another service learning project. The School Health class will participate as presenters in a health fair at the Wellsburg Primary School on Friday, April 15. The fair is directed by Ms. Jenny Stucin, the physical education teacher at the school, with the assistance of Sandy Rogers of the Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center on Bethany’s campus. The fair utilizes the expertise of numerous health care professionals and volunteers from the area.  Bethany students engaging in the fair are: Mike Bashioum, Desiree Finley, Anna Koller, Anthony Martier, Jason Soltis, Antonio Spinks, Alex Tylka, Skylar Williams and Kelly Zogran. Wally Neel, Professor of Physical Education, is the instructor for the course.

Bethany College hosted the 10th Annual Can-Am Soccer Friendlies this past weekend. The soccer festival attracts participants from both sides of the border. This weekend saw over 250 student athletes flocking to campus. The PHED 300 Officiating of Sports class utilized these matches as another opportunity for practical application of their class instruction. The students have also been officiating the basketball intramurals for similar purposes this spring. The Friendlies would like to thank the Gresham Inn and Chartwells for their assistance throughout the weekend. The Can-AM Friendlies are directed by Kosmas Mouratidis, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies, and Pro Soccer Camps.

Visual and Performing Arts
Tracie Duncan, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Technical Theatre, will be working with The New Players' Theater Festival of Dublin, Ohio, this summer in their inaugural season. She will be serving as the Set Designer/Technical Director for their productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, which will be seen in rotating repetition from mid-June to mid-July. First-year student Emerald Cavoto will also be joining the company as an Assistant Stage Manager.

Alumni News
DeStefano ‘09 Named Darlington County School District Outstanding First Year Teacher
Darlington (S.C.) High School teacher Jessica DeStefano ’09 has been named Darlington County School District’s Outstanding First Year Teacher. She was selected from among seven nominees. DeStefano earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethany in physical education with a minor in special education and is a certified exceptional education teacher. She also serves as the head volleyball coach and an assistant girls’ basketball coach for the school, as well as the student council sponsor.

For more on the story, visit http://www2.scnow.com/news/pee-dee/2011/apr/11/destefano-named-darlington-county-outstanding-firs-ar-1703044/.

Alumni Council Holds Bi-Annual Meeting
The Bethany College Alumni Association Board of Directors met on campus Saturday, April 2, 2011, for their bi-annual meeting. Following a breakfast at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights hosted by President and Mrs. Scott D. Miller, the Council received updates on various areas of the College and toured the newly renovated Communications & Media Arts department. The tour was preceded by a presentation by M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the department.

The members also worked on goals and objectives for the board as the group continues looking forward to long-range planning. The Bethany College Alumni Council meets on campus twice a year and communicates frequently in committee meetings via conference calls.

Bethany Football to Hold 2011 Bison Classic Golf Outing
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on May 7 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu to sign up.

Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the New York City area on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Nashville area on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Boston area on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend, to register for BASA, contact John Cunningham at (304) 639-0648 or

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Classes celebrating reunions include 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971 and 1976. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

Bison Athletics
Bison Roll to 7-2 Win Over W&J
The Bethany College men’s tennis team won two of three in doubles and five of six in singles to coast to a 7-2 victory over Washington & Jefferson Thursday to improve to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the PAC.

Bethany Takes Non-Conference Split with Capital
Senior 3B Andrea Thomas (Toronto, Ohio) capped a four-run fifth inning with a two-run homer and sophomore Emily Jump (Milford, Del./Polytech) tossed a four-hitter, as the Bethany College softball team took a 4-1 victory in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader with visiting Capital.

Bison Golfers Open Spring Season with Pair of Matches
After having its first two invitationals postponed due to poor weather, the Bethany College men’s golf team was finally able to begin its spring schedule with matches at Pitt-Greensburg Wednesday and Saint Vincent Thursday.

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


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