Sofka, an economics major from Wheeling, W.Va., spoke on her educational and co-curricular activities at Bethany. She also addressed her unique experience as the CEO of the McCann Family Student Investment Fund.
President and Mrs. Miller were among the many higher educational and business leaders at the meeting.
Photos of Bethany Available on Flickr
To view campus shots and winter weather photos of Bethany, visit: www.flickr.com/photos/bethanycollegewv/
Tibetan Buddhist Monks Visit Rescheduled for March 8-11
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting March 8-11 at Bethany College. The event, originally slated for February, was rescheduled due to winter weather. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The Opening Ceremony will be held on March 8 at 7 p.m. The Closing Ceremony will be held on March 11 at 4 p.m. Both events — which will feature chants, music and dance — will take place in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall. The monks will continue to work in Commencement Hall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 9-10 and from 10 a.m. through the Closing Ceremony on March 11. The public is welcome to attend.
The monks’ visit is part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a world tour co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling. The tour, endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and operated under the guidance of Drepung Loseling Monastery (re-established in exile in south India), was designed to make a contribution to world peace and healing through sacred art; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.
Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half will be distributed to the audience at the Closing Ceremony on March 11, while the remainder will be carried to Buffalo Creek, where it will be deposited. The waters carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. A reception will follow the Closing Ceremony.
‘Bethany: Hands to Haiti’ Raises Support for Earthquake Victims
Bethany College has teamed up with International Relief and Development (IRD) to implement Bethany: Hands to Haiti — a program designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti. Hands to Haiti kicked off with an Amazon Kindle Raffle and continues to feature a variety of projects, including Vote for Your Favorite Luxury — a money drive featuring pictures of water, food, clothes, family, roof and more — being held during meal times in Boomer’s, the Dining Hall and The Bethany Beanery on campus. Bethany will also be accepting admission donations at men’s and women’s home basketball games.
Project Red, inspired by the international Project (RED) campaign to raise money and awareness for The Global Fund, will feature a week of events February 22-27. Activities will include a speaker from IRD, fashion show, “Wear Red for Haiti” day, a red food competition and more. All proceeds will go to Hands for Haiti. A Haitian dinner is also being organized in order to raise funds and increase awareness. Students will be asked for donations, and the event will be open to the local community.
Bethany: Hands to Haiti organizers hope to raise $10,000 by the end of the semester. As funds are secured, they will be donated to IRD. Founded by Bethany Board of Trustee member and alumnus Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67, IRD is one of the premier organizations implementing development services and programs across a broad spectrum of regions and technical activities. Its mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and to provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. IRD currently has teams on the ground delivering aid and assistance in Haiti. Dr. Keys serves as the President and CEO of the organization.
To contribute to Bethany's and IRD's efforts in Haiti, visit IRD’s web site at www.ird.org and click on “Donate to Haiti Relief.”
Employee Fundraising Campaign Benefits United Way
As a partner in the community, Bethany College will be supporting the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and the agencies it serves through an employee fundraising campaign. Although the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley benefits most of the northern panhandle counties, this year the funds raised in Brooke County will STAY in Brooke County. Some of the organizations that receive support from the United Way include the Brooke County Committee on Aging, the Brooke County 4-H, the Salvation Army and the Brooke County Library to name just a few. A gift of $1 per week – the cost of two cans of soda – will provide a child of a low-income family with two days of quality daycare and two senior adults with escorted transportation for an appointment OR it will provide four seniors with a nutritious meal at a congregate site, provide two adult scout volunteers with basic training and a homeless person with one night’s shelter and meals. A pizza party will be held in the spring for the employees who elect to participate in the campaign.
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You can sign up to receive athletics scores, headlines and other information on your cell phone or e-mail by visiting http://escores.stretchinternet.com/login.php?sch=bethanywv. You can also sign up to keep the latest Bethany news at your fingertips by clicking on the RSS Feed link on the College’s home page: www.bethanywv.edu.
To learn even more about what is happening at Bethany, keep in touch with the College’s three Twitter accounts:
- Bethany_College – is the news, sports and events Twitter address of the College
- BethanyCollege1 – is the Twitter address of Dr. Scott Miller, President of the College
- BethanyCollege2 – is the Twitter address of Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.
Applications must be postmarked by May 28.
Financial Aid Reminder: File Your FAFSA
For New Year
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.
Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:
Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Visual and Performing Arts
Herb Weaver, Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts, performed duties as a "Visiting Artist" on February 16 at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. The invitation involved teaching two "master classes" on the subject of ceramic sculpture, as well as a presentation to the broader campus community in the evening.
The Nutting Gallery at West Liberty State College is featuring Argillaceous: The Clay Invitational February 17 - March 18. Herb Weaver is one of 15 clay artists from six states who is exhibiting. More than 60 original works in clay will be on display.
Herb Weaver was awarded "2nd Place" at the Oglebay Institute's "Crosscurrents" exhibition currently on display at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, W.Va. Weaver’s ceramic sculpture, titled "Four Play," was selected by Juror Jason Lee, a professor of sculpture at West Virginia University. The exhibition, which contains approximately 100 works of art in all media, will remain on display through March 27.
Deloitte Web Site Features Bradley’s Work on Diversity
An article about diversity written by Bethany alumnus Ryann Bradley ‘04 recently was featured on Deloitte’s internal global Web site. Bradley is employed in the company’s Pittsburgh office. In the article, Bradley discusses how the Bethany College Soccer Program impacted his view of diversity. “Bethany Soccer is similar to the Deloitte culture, being a multi-national conglomerate with the focus of bringing together the differences of culture and style to accomplish a proud tradition of winning in a competitive and passionate manner,” Bradley wrote. “I feel privileged and honored to have taken part in both of these organizations learning through my real-life experiences the true meaning of diversity.”
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.
Attention Florida Alumni and Friends!
Please join President Scott D. Miller at an upcoming gathering in your area.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
260 1st Avenue South #100
Sunday, February 21, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Estero Country Club at The Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Vibeke Toohill Alpizar '74
Thursday, February 25, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Richard '70 & Linda '71 Hull
To RSVP or for the complete address, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or email@example.com .
Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.
While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Women's Hoops Team to Host Pink Zone Event Saturday
The Bethany College women’s basketball team will hold its annual Pink Zone event to raise awareness in the battle against breast cancer when they host Washington & Jefferson for a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Bethany Clipped at Chatham 71-62
Despite having four scorers reach double digits, the Bethany College women’s basketball team fell by a 71-62 count Wednesday night at Chatham.
Bethany Coasts to 70-49 Victory Over Saint Vincent
Freshman Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) led a balanced attack with 16 points, as the Bethany College men’s basketball team cruised to a 70-49 victory over visiting Saint Vincent Monday night at Hummel Field House.
Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or email@example.com for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.
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