Volume II, Number XVII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 5, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Trustee Neil Christman '55 Receives Honorary Degree
Neil Christman ’55 has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Bethany College. A long-time Bethany Board member and benefactor, Christman was presented with his degree by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, and Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, during a visit with Christman and his wife, Jackie, near their home in Alpharetta, Ga.

Bethany Mourns Death of Former College President
The Bethany community is mourning the passing of former College President Cecil H. Underwood. A two-time Governor of the state of West Virginia, Underwood served the College as Bethany’s 13th President. He died Monday, Nov. 24 at the age of 86 in the Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center.

Dr. Larry Grimes to be Director of Church Relations at Bethany
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, announced the appointment of Dr. Larry Grimes as Director of Church Relations at Bethany. After 38 years of distinguished teaching at Bethany, Dr. Grimes is retiring as the Perry E. and Aleece Gresham Chair in Humanities, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Literature and Language at Bethany at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. He will transition into his new role of service to the College on July 1.

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Social Work Program Receives Grant
The Social Work Program at Bethany College has received a $2,500 grant from the Hancock County Savings Bank of Chester, W.Va. The funds will be used to purchase additional computers for the Social Work Library, Seminar and Classroom. Students will use the computers to conduct research, complete course assignments and familiarize themselves with the latest software available for social work practice.

Bethany College Dining Services Are ‘Going Green’
Director Necol Dunson reports that Bethany College Dining Services has made a commitment to preserve our natural resources and improve the environment by instituting a number of eco-friendly changes with additional upgrades already in the works.

Among the changes already in force is the use of recycled paper napkins in the dining facility. The napkins have been placed in baskets on the tables in hopes of reducing waste caused by customers taking more than they will use during a meal. The Bethany College kitchen is recycling all aluminum cans and is using the proceeds to run special programming for its associates. The used cooking oil from the fryers is now being donated to a local farmers’ cooperative for conversion into biofuel. In addition, such initiatives as “Trayless Tuesdays” and “Project Clean Plate” are helping to raise awareness of the need to reduce the use of water and detergents while eliminating the waste of food.

Bethany College Dining Services is moving forward with future programming to increase its “greening” project. Future plans include an expanded recycling program, a refillable and non-disposable mug program and non-disposable drinking glasses in the cafeteria. Further partnerships with local farmers to include composting are also being pursued.

Feedback and suggestions from faculty, staff and students in support of the ‘Going Green’ project is welcome. Please e-mail any ideas to Dunson at ndunson@bethanywv.edu.

Professor Rudari, Bethany Choir Invited to Perform at WVU
Professor David J. Rudari and seven members of the Bethany College Choir accepted an invitation to perform with the West Virginia University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Creative Arts Center’s Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater on the WVU campus in Morgantown. The WVU Choirs and Symphony Orchestra were conducted by Dr. Mitchell Arnold, Director of Orchestral Activities at WVU.

Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Bethany College Choir, was contracted to sing the Baritone solos in the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah by Dr. Kathleen Shannon, Director of Choral Activities at WVU. Dr. Shannon also invited Rudari to bring some of his choristers from Bethany to join with the nearly 200-voice choir in the performance.

The seven members of the Bethany College Choir who participated were Sopranos Melody Brouthers and Allyson Tylka, Altos Mary Lu Adams and Krystal Robinson, Tenor Casey Gray and Basses Elijah Richie and Jacob Nixon. All seven students had experience with the material, having performed with the Bethany College Choir in its 2006 and 2007 performances of Messiah. Rudari had performed as the Baritone soloist in 2003 when Dr. Shannon conducted Messiah in Morgantown.

Black Alliance Forms New Community Partnership
The Bethany College Black Alliance has forged a new community partnership with the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple’s After-School Program in Wheeling, W.Va. Black Alliance officers Ryan Saunders, Joe Jones, and Ashleigh Gardner met with After-School Program director Melanie Cummings on Wednesday, Nov. 19 to tour the facilities and meet some of the children.

The Bethany students also presented Pastor D.W. Cummings and the parishioners with $150 that was raised during last month’s “Coins for a Cause” campaign on the Bethany campus. Pastor Cummings told the students the donation would be a blessing as the After-School Center is currently without heat due to a damaged gas line in need of repair. Bethany’s Black Alliance is looking forward to continued service and partnership with the After-School Program and will be happy to forward any additional donations from the college community to Pastor Cummings.

Bethany Professor, Alumna Present at Florida Conference
Bethany College Professor of World Languages and Cultures Dr. Harald Menz and Vanessa Plumly ’07, currently a master’s student in German at the University of Kentucky, presented a research paper titled, “Expanding Cultural Horizons: Namibia in the German Classroom,” on Friday, Nov. 21 at the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (AFCTL) and World Languages Expo in Orlando, Fla. The event is the largest world languages conference held in the United States each year.

Their collaborative research project began in 2006 when they attended a session at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) that focused on Namibia. Attendance at the conference is supported annually through funds from the Bethany College German, Spanish and French Clubs. The German Club also facilitated a visit to Namibia by six Bethany College students, accompanied by Menz and Plumly, in May 2007. Plumly, a Fulbright Grant recipient, completed a teaching assistantship in Kiel, Germany during 2007-08.

Menz returned to Namibia during his 2007 sabbatical to continue his research. He received grants from the Appalachian College Association (ACA), the West Virginia Humanities Foundation, and Bethany College’s Faculty Development Program to support his research efforts. The combined presentation by Menz and Plumly at the AFCTL conference paved the way for a two-day workshop on Namibia for West Virginia German teachers at all levels in April 2009.

International Student Association Travels to New York City
Bethany College’s International Student Association (ISA) took a bite out of the Big Apple during Thanksgiving Break with an extended visit to New York City. Club president Beth Ann Shaffer organized and led 10 club members – including eight exchange students from Germany – on the trip, accompanied by Dr. Joseph Lovano, Bethany Professor of World Languages and Cultures. Joining Shaffer and Dr. Lovano on the cultural excursion from Nov. 22-27 were Chi-Hye Chung, Anna-Lena Goehner, Lisa Jennek, Dorothee Kuhn, Matthias Mueller, Verena Mueller, Sandra Rieger, Francis Rios and Melanie Vogel.

Among the famous sights and venues visited by the club members were the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Soho District, Wall Street, “Ground Zero” at the 9/11 site; the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Manhattan Subway System and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Hull Presents at SBL Meeting in Boston

Dr. John Hull, Professor of Psychology at Bethany College, presented a paper titled “Undergraduates Response to Matthean Parables Attributed to and Not Attributed to Jesus” on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Boston, Mass. The paper was co-authored with Bethany sophomore Kelsey Kirschmann.

The research summarized in the presentation is part of an ongoing effort to take a scientific look at how readers respond to scriptural passages. Dr. Hull reports that the paper was one of the few empirical presentations delivered at the meeting, which ran from Nov. 22-25. The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies.

Bethany Rock Ensemble to Perform on Sunday
The Bethany College Rock Ensemble will be performing 10 original new songs from its upcoming CD on Sunday, Dec. 7, beginning at 8 p.m. at Maxwells in the basement of Phillips Hall. Members of this year’s Bethany College Rock Ensemble include Cory Chamberlin, Ronnie Leggett, Amanda McCoy, Elijah Richie and Richard Sawyer. Bethany Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros is the director. Refreshments will be served.

Alumni News
Former Bethany College Trustee Passes Away
Former Bethany College Trustee Dayton E. Pryor ’52 passed away on November 26 in Allentown, Pa. He was 78. Pryor graduated from Bethany with a History degree and was President of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on campus. He held a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and was employed at the corporate office of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., an international company with headquarters in Allentown. Pryor joined Air Products and Chemicals as manager of recruiting in 1962. He also served in various management positions and as director of public relations and advertising until his retirement in 1993.

He was the author of a Civil War history book, “The Beginning and the End;” past president of Valley Youth House and past vice chairman of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Red Cross. He also served as a fundraiser for numerous charitable organizations. In addition to his wife, the former Lois Ann Jordan, Pryor is survived by a son, Glenn, in Georgia; a stepdaughter, Ann, in Virginia; and three grandsons, J.J., Jesse and Grant. He was predeceased by a son, Craig.

Alumni Events
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D. Miller Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Estero County Club
19801 Tamiami Trail
Estero, FL 33967

Thursday, January 8, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

FINZ Waterfront Grille
4290 SE Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997

Saturday, January 10, 2009
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Marchand’s Bar & Grille
Pompeii Room at the
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
501 5th Avene Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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.

Holiday Gift Ideas at Expanded Bethany Bookstore
The recent expansion and renovation of the Bethany College Bookstore has created a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor to their holiday celebrations.

With twice as much space to work with, the Bookstore now stocks everything from official Bethany logo apparel to coffee mugs and smaller trinkets that would make perfect stocking-stuffers.

To shop from the comfort of your own home, visit the Bethany College Bookstore online.

Save the Date! Phi Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its 70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7, 2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal

Save the Date! Alumni Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Bison Athletics
Morando Wins PAC Player of the Week Honors
Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) has been named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week for the week of December 1st.

Bison Women Host Waynesburg Saturday in Home Opener
The Bethany women’s basketball teams will host Waynesburg Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest at Hummel Field House, which will also be the Bison’s first home game of the season.

Bethany Aims to Even PAC Record Saturday vs. Waynesburg
The Bethany men’s basketball team will try to even their PAC record at 1-1 Saturday afternoon when they host Waynesburg. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Hummel Field House.

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


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