Komorowski Installed as Ammon Professor of Mathematics
Bethany College held a March 8 Formal Investiture Ceremony officially installing Mary Ellen Komorowski, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, as this year’s Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics. The event was held in the College’s Academic Parlour, and President Scott D. Miller presented remarks.
Komorowski is the inaugural appointee to the Matthew Quay Ammon Endowed Professorship of Mathematics, initiated by Ammon’s mother to honor his memory. Ammon graduated from Bethany in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics. Komorowski served as one of his professors during his time at Bethany.
Founder’s Day Speech Available Online
Visit http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bethanywvadmin.portal# and click on the “On Demand” tab to view the March 3 Bethany College Founder’s Day Convocation. The event celebrated Bethany’s 171 years as a small college of national distinction and featured guest speaker Thomas Buergenthal, a 1957 Bethany graduate, Auschwitz survivor and former judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Buffalo Seminary Presents Comparative Theology Seminar with Dr. James Farwell
Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College will present The Way, The Truth. . .and Other Religions: Comparative Theology Today on March 26 at the Mountainside Conference Center. The event will examine issues such as: “What is the meaning of my neighbor’s faith for myfaith?” and “How can deep engagement with another faith tradition enhance my own faith tradition?” Christians in America share a religious landscape with Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and those of many other traditions. Beyond the mere cultivation of tolerance, could it be that Christian faith can actually be better expressed after an encounter with other traditions’ religious texts, rituals and beliefs?
This conference will explore the new wave of “comparative” theology in which theology in one tradition is done by “passing over” into a sympathetic appreciation of another tradition and bringing that experience back to the original.
The morning will include time with The Rev. Dr. James Farwell, Thomas W. Phillips Professor of Religious Studies at Bethany College and a Fellow of the Luce Foundation’s Summer Seminars on Comparative Theology and Religious Pluralism. In the afternoon, participants will engage in discussion around a portion of Dr. Paul Knitter’s most recent book, “Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian.”
The conference will last from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and offers ½ CEU. The Bethany community is invited to attend the lectures at no cost. If individuals wish to join the group for lunch, a formal registration is needed. Participants can register on-line at www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/church-relations/. Call Dr. Larry Grimes at 304.559.8213 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Honorary Society Re-Established at Bethany
Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarship in the Greek Community. Junior and senior Greek students with a 3.5 GPA and above were invited to join the society to recognize their accomplishments and contributions to academics at Bethany College. On March 9, Gamma Sigma Alpha inducted 15 outstanding students and Greek members. Students inducted included: Emily Bigley (ZTA), Lindsay Brewer (ZTA), Taylor Chmel (PKT), Meghan DeLorenzo (ZTA), Cassidy Drilling (ZTA), Jennifer Fleahman (AXD), Alex Frankhouser (ZTA), Samantha Hall (ZTA), Richard Kemmerer (PKT), April O'Brien (AXD), Sara Reass (PM), Matthew Robinson (PKT), Chelsea Shenton (PM), Christopher Smurthwaite (PKT), and Allyson Tylka (ZTA).
Bethany Offers Local Alternative Spring Break
Seven students have applied and were selected for Bethany’s upcoming Alternative Spring Break, a time when students trade their time off and pajamas or swimsuits for shovels, mops and ladles and team up with local service agencies to make a meaningful impact on the local community. Bethany’s students will volunteer throughout the area March 12 – 19, donating their time to a variety of different community service agencies, including: American Red Cross, Bethany Park, Bethany Memorial Church, Boys and Girls Club, Brooke County Animal Shelter, Brooke County Library, Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, Brooke Hills Park, Community Action Southwest and a variety of assisted-living facilities. Students will then return to Bethany to reflect on how they made a difference in the community and will make meals together and participate in group activities.
The Local Alternative Spring Break is sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC) and led by Alex Henry, SAC Traditions and Community Chair, and the Director of Student Activities Heather Mullendore with the help of Justin Miller, Enrollment Counselor. Student participants include Lamar Fisher, Annie Grogan, Tiffany Henderson, Kendon Noel, Cynthia Richardson and Princess Serrano.
Revised Covenant Between College, Church Approved
The 14 colleges and universities (including Bethany College) in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) now have a revised covenant with the Church. The revision was approved by the General Board at its 2011 meeting held February 26-March 1 in Indianapolis.
Guy Waldrop, executive director for The Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (TCUCC), outlined the process that led to the revisions in a report to the board. The document is a revision of the 1977 covenant adopted by the colleges and universities and the Church. A task force was appointed in 2008 to review and revise the 30-year agreement. To read more, go to: www.disciples.org/Portals/0/PDF/DNS/2011/20110309-Covenant.pdf.
IFC Works to Clean Up Campus Before Spring
Bethany’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) worked on March 7 to help maintain campus beauty with a campus clean-up event for which they picked up trash left behind after the winter snows. IFC asked the five fraternities on campus to volunteer an hour of their time. The men worked from Boomer’s to Kirkpatrick Hall. IFC plans to host another campus clean-up toward the end of the semester.
Wheeling Symphony Presents Music of the Beatles Concert
The Wheeling Symphony will present a Music of the Beatles concert featuring Classical Mystery Tour on March 11 at Capitol Theater. College tickets are being offered for $5.50 and can be ordered by calling 304.232.6191.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
McCann Learning Center
Heather Taylor, McCann Writing Center Coordinator and Learning Specialist, attended the East Central Writing Center Association Conference held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., March 4-5. While there Taylor attended several sessions devoted to assessment and bridging the gap between high school and college.
This fall Taylor also coordinated a book drive for the Schools for Schools division of Invisible Children (www.invisiblechildren.com) and the results of the drive were released late last week. Bethany College ranked 44th on a list of 102 schools nationwide and is the only West Virginia institution of higher learning in the top 50.
Visual and Performing Arts
Sun Jung Lee, Distinguished Lecturer in Music and Accompanist for the Bethany College Choir, presented a recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano on March 4 at the Creative Arts Center, Bloch Recital Hall, on the WVU Campus.
Miss Lee, a student of Dr. Peter Amstutz (Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music), performed the Sonata for Piano, Opus 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Debussy’s Claire de Lune, and the solo piano version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Having completed her Comprehensive Examinations and Performance Block requirements, she now advances to the last stage of her candidacy, the research document and final recital.
Field ’78 Consecrated as Bishop on March 6
Bethany College religious studies graduate Martin Scott Field ’78 was consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri on March 6. Field served as assistant to the bishop for congregational life and dean of the Flint River Valley Convocation in the diocese of Eastern Michigan and has also served congregations in Tennessee, Ohio, Maryland and Hawaii. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1991 and to the priesthood in 1992. He earned a master of divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.
New York Play Features Actress Frances McDormand ’79
Bethany College graduate Frances McDormand ’79 has been cast as Margie in “Good People,” a Broadway play by David Lindsay-Abaire that recently opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. To read more about the play and McDormand’s performance, visit http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/theater/reviews/04good.html.
Save the Date!
Please join Dr. Scott D. Miller at a Parents, Alumni and Friends gathering in Clermont, Fla., on Monday, March 14 following the Bison softball contest versus Cuyahoga Community College. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Lakeside Grill & Sports Club, 528 Eighth St., Clermont. From Clermont, Dr. Miller will travel to Ft. Pierce, Fla., where he will host a Parents, Alumni and Friends reception from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 at Cobb’s Landing Restaurant, 200 N. Indian River Drive, Ft. Pierce. He will conclude his Florida trip rooting for the Bison baseball team in Ft. Pierce.
Save the Date!
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 and 1971. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.