President Miller Participates in Rockefeller Roundtable on Student Loans
Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller and Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble participated in a roundtable discussion on federal student loans May 30 in Morgantown. Bethany College was invited to attend the session, hosted by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.
The discussion centered around the personal as well as financial costs of repaying federally subsidized student loans, amounting to a trillion dollars worth of debt and immeasurable changes in lifestyles and personal plans by students and families seeking to avoid defaulting on loans.
President Miller commented on the need for greater transparency and more user-friendly processes in preparing students and their families for the inevitable responsibility of repaying loans. He also encouraged the Congress to “fight for (America’s) students” in preserving all financial opportunities and incentives, such as Pell Grants, so that students can pursue higher education.
Former West Virginia University President David Hardesty attended the roundtable along with students, college administrators, and loan advisors, and met with President Miller and Dr. Gamble prior to the session. The meeting was held at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center.
Click here to read Dr. Miller's column for the Huffington Post on student loans.
Bethany's Chapter of PRSSA Recognized
Bethany College’s Student Public Relations Society of America chapter received six awards in various categories at the West Virginia PRSSA meeting at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston on Wednesday night. Bethanian George Manahan '83 (an advisor to the chapter) is pictured with Bethany senior Kelly Hess (Pittsburgh) at the awards ceremony. Bethany’s PRSSA Chapter is housed in Bethany House as a part of the Department of Communications and Media Arts, chaired by M.E. Yancosek Gamble. George’s The Manahan Group also won several awards.
Luke Hardt, Chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts and Director of Bethany College Theatre, NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Prof. Hardt has an opportunity to take part in a one-of-a-kind project: The World Cast Movie. It works like this: Actors audition for parts via the Internet. If cast, the actor is sent a complete blue screen studio which he or she will then use to record their performances. Once all the actors have submitted their scenes, Ryan James, the director, will assemble it into a full length movie. The actor also gets to keep the equipment. After the final edit, the film will be shopped around to various film festivals in hopes of picking up a distributor.
So, if you want to take part in a unique cinematic event, help a Bethanian get seen by a larger audience and help Bethany pickup a free blue-screen studio in the process, PLEASE click on : http://worldcastmovie.com/151abab1723b03, register and VOTE for Luke!
“Great work, sir! Grounded, menacing, yet fun. You're a solid actor, my friend! Thanks again for throwing your hat in the ring, and for doing such a nice job to boot. Much appreciated!”
-- Ryan James, Director on Luke Hardt's audition
President Miller Speaks at Senior Leadership Academy
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, spoke on the topic "The Strategic Thinker: Presidential Leadership for Higher Education Today" during a lunch discussion with participants at the Senior Leadership Academy in Washington, DC. The program is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and American Academic Leadership Institute. Dr. Miller has served as an officer with both organizations. Dr. Ann Die Hasselmo (pictured) is President of AALI.
June Work Groups at the Campbell Mansion
During the first half of June, two work groups completed service projects at the Campbell Mansion. The first group, led by Larry Cruse, was the First Christian Church (DOC) from Huntsville, Texas. They were joined by Felicity Ruggerio and one of their members who currently lives in Ohio. Their projects this year included painting the outside of the study, repairing both of the Mansion’s front porches and creating raised herb planting beds in the herb garden off the kitchen. The group also completed some general maintenance projects including cleaning the gutters and the inside of the house. The second group was the First Christian Church (DOC) from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky led by Michael McColl. Assisting Michael on this trip were Kevin Roberts, Teresa Roberts and Whitney Hendry. The group was comprised of middle school aged children who scraped and painted the fence surrounding the mansion. Thanks to the efforts of both groups the Mansion, study and grounds are looking their best for summer tours.
President Miller Speaks at Lawlor Symposium
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, spoke on a presidential perspective of marketing through social media during the acclaimed Lawlor Symposium at the St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis. He also served on a panel discussion with Mary Madden (Pew Research Center), Rick Hardy (Concordia University Irvine), Rachel Reuben (Ithaca), and Mike Petroff (Harvard).
Old Main Journal Switches to Summer Schedule
The Old Main Journal will switch from a weekly to monthly publication schedule for the summer. The next Old Main Journal will be released on July 19. The Old Main Journal will resume its regular weekly publication on August 23.
Watch Championship Golf & Support Bethany Athletics
The PGA CHAMPIONS Tour returns to Pittsburgh in June and for the second consecutive year, supporters of Bethany athletics can purchase tickets to catch this exciting event and also help support their alma mater. Through this special offer, fans can purchase tickets for the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, which is scheduled for June 27-30 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, and part of the proceeds will be given back to Bethany Athletics. This opportunity allows fans to purchase tickets for the practice rounds June 25-26, as well as a chance to buy a seat in the Fox Den. Overlooking the 16th green and 17th tee, the Fox Den offers an opportunity to upgrade from a grounds ticket. This open-air facility has table seating with views of golf, as well as an upscale food and beverage menu and bar available for additional purchase. So, Bison fans, to buy tickets for this championship event and support Bethany athletics, click here.