Volume I, Number XV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 18, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Football's "Boomer & Books" Makes Stops at Local Schools
For the second consecutive year, members of the Bethany College football team recently visited local schools to read to elementary and preschool students as part of their “Boomer & Books” program.

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

News Briefs
Bethany College Bookstore Renovation Announced
The Bethany College Bookstore will be renovated and expanded this summer, according to President Miller.

Dr. Miller stated that the former President's Dining Room adjacent to the current bookstore will be gutted and a renovated store will run the length of the building. Renovations are expected to be completed by August. A private gift of $60,000 will be utilized to complete the renovation.

With the completion of renovations at Pendleton Heights, Dr. Miller determined that the dining room there would be suited for his use rather than the facility adjacent to the bookstore in Benedum Commons.

Dr. Miller also noted that the area currently being used by the bookstore behind the admissions office in Bethany House will be converted to an admissions and advancement call center. Those functions are currently housed in the Erickson Alumni Center.

The Bethany Bookstore is currently operated as a contract service with Follette Bookstores, Inc.

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Rev. Johnson To Speak At Baccalaureate Service
The Rev. Thomas E. Johnson Jr., Head of School and Co-Founder of The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be the College’s Baccalaureate speaker on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. in Commencement Hall. In addition to his work at The Neighborhood Academy, Rev. Johnson speaks to audiences across the region about issues concerning education and low-income youth. In 2005, he was honored through the Local Ministries program at the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) General Synod in Atlanta, Ga. for “Excellence in Teaching.”

Rev. Johnson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who has served as pastor to Allegheny United Church of Christ and the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in English and holds a Masters in Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Bethany College will confer Rev. Johnson with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

First Official Event at Pendleton Heights
President and Mrs. Miller hosted the first official event at the newly renovated President's residence. Members of the College's Building and Grounds staff, who worked tirelessly to restore Pendleton Heights to it's grandeur, were the first official guests to be hosted at the residence. Dr. Miller thanked the staff, that was able to be present, for the wonderful work they did in restoring the home. The home will be used extensively to host guests that visit Bethany.


Bethany Chair Presents at National Conference in Tampa
Dr. Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, has been selected to present a paper at the National Defense University’s Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change.

The National Defense University is this nation’s premier center for joint professional military education and operates under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The university’s main campus is located in Washington, D.C.

The NDU Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change runs through Saturday on the grounds of the former Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Maffett’s presentation, “Modeling Energy Futures: Peak Oil and National Security Responses,” was set for today at 10 a.m.

Ladies Home Show Saturday at Commencement Hall
Commencement Hall will be the site of a wide-ranging home show featuring products designed to enhance every facet of a woman’s life on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. The theme for the inaugural Delta Epsilon Pi Home Show is “The Ladies Event for the Special Woman in Your Life.” Event organizer Amanda Lunsford, an advisor for the sorority, says distributors from all parts of the Tri-State area have made arrangements to set up booths at the fundraising event.

A partial list of those exhibitors includes such familiar names as Home Interior, The Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon, Partylite, Home & Garden, Park Lane Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, The Body Shop, Tre Sorella Tanning and Handbags, The Prime Berry Patch and Jeanne’s Homemade Keepsakes. Admission to the Home Show is a $3 donation with the sorority donating all proceeds to six area women’s shelters.

Rebecca Rose Promoted to Director of Communications
Rebecca Rose has been promoted to the Director of Communications. A 2001 graduate of Bethany College, she has been serving as Director of Media Relations since 2006. Mrs. Rose serves as publisher of the Bethany Alumni Magazine, an editor of the Old Main Journal and will oversee all non athletic based external communications for the College including the new website which will be launched next month. She will report to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Center for Institutional Advancement Announced
President Miller recently announced the establishment of The Center for Institutional Advancement to be housed in the Erickson Alumni Center. Led by Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong, the Center will be responsible for securing private, foundation and public support to underwrite the mission of Bethany College. The Center for Institutional Advancement incorporates the areas of Historic Bethany, Church Relations and all external communications for the College.

Additional changes include:

Rebecca Rose – Director of Communications
Shirley Kemp – Director of Advancement Services
Brian Rose – Director of Sports Information
Judy Pyle – Executive Assistant for Advancement
Stephanie Gordon – Administrative Assistant for Advancement
Felicity Ruggiero – Assistant Director for Historic Bethany
Donald Clegg – Media Relations Specialist

Two positions, Director of Church Relations and Director for Alumni and Parent Relations, will be filled later this spring.

The Office of Admission also reports to the Vice President.

Bethany President Attends PAC Presidents Meeting;
To Serve as Chair of PAC in 2008-09

Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, attended the quarterly meeting of Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) presidents at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh recently.

Dr. Miller will become Chair of the the PAC in July. He served in similar capacities with the NCAA Division III Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference earlier in his career.

Attends NCAA Membership Committee Meeting
Bethany President Scott Miller attended the quarterly meeting of the NCAA Division III Membership Committee. Dr. Miller is the presidential representative on the Committee and recently began a new three year term.

Performers Announced for Spring Music Festival
Three live band performances will highlight Bethany’s annual Spring Music Festival, to be presented on Saturday night by the Student Activities Council (SAC). The Festival is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start with the stage to be set up at Bethany Beach, located between Harlan Hall and Phillips Hall. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to Renner Too.

Parker House and Theory, which won the 2006 Boston Music Award for Best Live Band, is Saturday’s headline act. The group released its first studio album, “Automatic Stranger,” this week and will be touring with O.A.R. in support of the album later this month. Appearing as a special guest is Graham Isaacson, a singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine whose debut CD, “Memories in Shadows,” was released earlier this year. Rounding out the lineup is Park Lawrence and the Night Visitors, featuring Bethany’s own Evan Oslund on drums.

Bethany College Hosts Heidelberg University of Education Administrators
Bethany College faculty, students, and administrators hosted Heidelberg administrators Dr. Manuela Welzel, Professor of Physics and Vice President for Research and International Relations and Ms. Henrike Schon, Director of the University’s International Office, to discuss possibilities for expansion of the current student exchange program.

The partnership, in existence for 17 years, has involved more than 100 students from Bethany and Heidelberg. Dr. Harald J.A. Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Coordinator of the Program, reported recently that Bethany College will welcome 11 Heidelberg students during the 2008-09 academic year.

Bethany Team Attends Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting
President Dr. Scott D. Miller led a team of Bethany College faculty, staff and administrators at the 113th Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Ill. April 11-15, 2008.

The annual meeting is designed in part to assist member colleges and universities in their understanding of the current roles and responsibilities of institutions of higher education. The team met with Dr. Robert R. Appleson, Associate Director of Accreditation, in preparation for the upcoming reaffirmation visit during the 2008-09 academic year.

In addition to Dr. Miller, team members included Dr. Katrina Cooper, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of First-Year Studies; Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students; Dr. Gary Kappel, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of History; Ms. Stephanie Kappel, Executive Assistant to the President; Dr. Michael Mihalyo, Provost and Dean of Faculty; and Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department.

Second Annual ‘Hungry Minds Reading’ Set For April 23
The second annual Hungry Minds Reading will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. in the McCann Writing Center at Cramblet Hall. The Reading is being presented by the Writing Center in conjunction with the Writers Club and Bethany’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Attendees are encouraged to participate by sharing a poem, short prose selection or musical piece. Original compositions or personal favorites are welcomed.

The event is being presented on this date as a joint celebration of William Shakespeare and GSA Awareness Week. The great English poet and playwright was born on April 23, 1564 and passed away on April 23, 1616. Heather Taylor, Director of the McCann Writing Center, says there will be plenty of homemade birthday cake, coffee and tea to help listeners and presenters celebrate the life of “The Bard.”

Bethany Senior Woman Administrator on PAC Self-Study Committee
Jan Forsty, Associate Athletic Director at Bethany College, has served on the Self-Study Committee of the Presidents Athletic Conference. She served on the Committee with PAC Executive Director Joe Onderko and athletic administrators from Thiel College and Thomas More College.

The Conference Self-Study is a requirement of all conferences with membership in the NCAA Division III.

Bethany Fraternity ‘Kicks Off’ Autism Awareness Month
Bethany College’s Psi chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity teamed up with the Augusta Levy Learning Center (ALLC) to kick off Autism Awareness Week with a Kickball Tournament at Bethlehem Community Park in Wheeling. The event was a fundraiser for the ALLC, which offers the Ohio Valley’s first intensive treatment program for autism.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany student body and the enthusiasm of the community, the Psi chapter raised more than $800 for the cause. The Psi Diamond Association — Psi Chapter Alumni — agreed to match those funds for a total donation of $1,600 to the ALLC. The Beta Theta Pi team capped the weekend event with a 7-5 victory against Mail America in the tournament championship game.

Bethany Announces Summer Online Course Schedule
To view the printable brochure and registration, click here.

To view course listings or register online, click here.

For more information please e-mail onlinecourses@bethanywv.edu or call the registrar's Office at 304-829-7831.

Bethany Football to Hold 2008 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 3
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 3 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.

Alumni News

Vice President de Jong Meets with Alumna in Germany
While on a brief trip to Germany to visit family Vice President de Jong also had the opportunity to have dinner with Angela (Schunkert) Niessen ’56 and her husband Hans Ulrich in Remscheid, Germany. Angela spent one year as an exchange student at Bethany during the 1952- 53 academic year and speaks fondly of her time at Bethany.

Greg Jordan '81 Chairman of Board of Trustees Profiled in Pittsburgh Business Times
Click here to read the article.

Alumni Events Slated
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Tuesday, April 22. The event will be held in the Tour Theatre at PNC Park from 5:30 p.m. to game time. Hosted by Board of Trustees Member Robert Nutting, the event will precede the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the Florida Marlins. R.s.v.p. by April 18, 2008 to reserve discounted tickets for the game following the reception.

*Reservations are required for attendance at this event.

New York
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, April 30. The event will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the residence of Dr. Linda Donelle Lewis '61 in New York City.

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.

Directors of Alumni/Parent, Church Relations Openings Posted
President Miller recently authorized the advertisement of two positions within the Office of Institutional Advancement. The job descriptions for the positions of Director of Alumni and Parents Relations and Director of Church Relations have been posted on the College's Web site.

Both positions will report to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. de Jong at sdejong@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bison Post Numerous Impressive Performances at Slippery Rock
Running in cold, windy conditions, the Bethany College track and field teams still posted several outstanding performances at the unscored Slippery Rock Invitational, which included one runner qualifying for NCAA Championships and one school record falling.

PAC Honors Cruse After Qualifying for NCAA's
Bethany College sophomore Matt Cruse (Naples Fla./ Barron Collier) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 14th.

Bison Back in First After Grove City Sweep
The Bethany College softball team (13-13, 7-1) moved back into a tie for first place in the PAC Wednesday by sweeping a doubleheader from Grove City (6-20, 2-8). In game one of Wednesday’s twinbill, the Bison won 2-0 and in the nightcap, BC rallied with three runs in the seventh for a 3-1 triumph.

Bison Set Season-High for Runs in 14-6 Victory
Freshman OF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) had four hits and four RBIs and the Bethany College baseball team set a season-high for runs in a 14-6 victory at Franciscan University Thursday night.

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

Around Campus
Friday, April 18, 2008
8:00 p.m.

Student Activities Council (SAC) Movie of the Week: Cloverfield

Maxwell's in Phillips Hall

Saturday, April 19, 2008

12:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. Westminster
Delta Epsilon Pi's Home Show
GSA Drag Ball
Student Activities Council Presents: A Night of Music*

Bethany Park
Commencement Hall
Renner Union
Bethany Beach or Renner Too (Weather)

*Music Festival Featuring Parker House and Theory with Special Guest Graham Isaacson, as well Bethany College's own Park Lawrence and The Night Visitors

Sunday, April 20, 2008

11:30 a.m.
3:00 p.m.

Delta Epsilon Pi's Pancake Brunch*
Jonathan Bashioum Baritone Senior Recital

Bethany Memorial Church
Bethany Memorial Church

*$5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 3 to 12, children under 3 free and $4.00 for Bethany Students with an ID

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

12:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. Washington & Jefferson
Softball vs. Washington & Jefferson

Bethany Park
Hummel Field House

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

11:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

Student Activities Council Presents: Atom, The World’s Fastest Painter
Hungry Minds Reading

The Play "Artemesia" by Leah Muhlheim

Benedum Commons

McCann Writing Center
Wailes Theatre

Thursday, April 24, 2008

3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

Bethany Softball vs. Allegheny
Bethany Baseball vs. Capital
Spring Ensemble Concert
The Play "Artemesia" by Leah Muhlheim

Hummel Field House
Bethany Park
Commencement Hall
Wailes Theatre

Friday, April 25, 2008 .

8:00 p.m.

The Play "Artemesia" by Leah Muhlheim

Wailes Theatre

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