Volume II, Number XIX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 19, 2008

News Briefs
Prof. Burns Finalist for W.Va. Professor of The Year
Dr. John Burns, Professor of Biology at Bethany College, has been selected as one of five finalists for the prestigious 2008 West Virginia Professor of the Year Award. Founded in 1984 by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia, the award was created to recognize and reward outstanding innovation and creativity by faculty members at the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.

Dr. Burns will travel to Charleston next month for an interview with the selection committee. The five finalists will be guests of honor at a late winter awards banquet held in the Capital Complex. The 2008 Professor of the Year will be announced at the banquet and be presented with a $10,000 award, sponsored by United Bank, and a trophy. The runner-up will receive a $1,000 award with the other three finalists receiving $500 each.

An internationally-renowned researcher, Dr. Burns is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field of biological rhythms. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant from the United States State Department and spent the first half of 2008 teaching, lecturing and conducting research at several universities in Russia. He was the recipient of the 2007 Allison Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Bethany College Alumni Association and has been an inspiration and role model to students at Bethany College for the past 24 years.

Renovation Project On Tap At Benedum Commons
A new construction project is set to begin in January at Benedum Commons. The Louis Berkman Room will be completely renovated to serve as a Faculty/Staff dining room. In addition to the upgraded amenities and facilities, the renovation project will also feature the addition of historic photos and other Bethany College memorabilia.

New Guard Rail Being Installed
As part of Bethany College’s commitment to safety on campus, a new guard rail is being installed outside the Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center. Constructed out of wood rather than metal or concrete, the guard rail will combine fashion with function in an aesthetically-pleasing design.

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Students Treated To Study Break at Hibernia
Renner Visiting Scholar Dr. R. Robert Cueni and his wife, Linda, hosted “A Study Break at Hibernia” on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 10 for several Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) students from the Bethany College campus. The Cuenis are in residence at historic Hibernia, which has been completely renovated to serve as the official Renner Visiting Scholar Residence.

Dr. Cueni recently retired as President of the Lexington Theological Seminary and is also serving as interim college chaplain and interim pastor for Bethany Memorial Church during his time as the Renner Visiting Scholar. His academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Kent State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Dr. Cueni also completed additional studies at Bethany College, Michigan State University and Western Theological Seminary and was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Bethany College in 2001.

Also in attendance was the Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen ’92, Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia. The purpose of the event was to give the students an opportunity to tour the historic structure while taking a break from their preparations for final exams at the end of the first semester. A light supper and Christmas refreshments were served.

 

Holiday Open Houses Held at Christman Manor
Dr. Scott D. Miller and his wife Annie hosted Bethany Faculty, Staff and Community Members at the President's residence, Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, during Holiday Open Houses Friday, December 10 and Sunday, December 12.

 

The Folio Now Has An Electronic Version
Bethany College's annual student magazine, The Folio, has added an electronic version which can be accessed through the internet by any member of the College community. The Folio has been celebrating the diversity of experiences encountered by Bethanians from all corners of the globe for many years through the literary contributions of alumni, current students, faculty and staff members. Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Jay Libby is the faculty advisor for The Folio.

Subject matter in the stories now available online range from personal insights about today’s campus life to the story of a life-altering encounter which took place half a world away in the jungles of Vietnam. More stories like these will be added over the course of the year as the staff continues to assemble the print version of The Folio for the 2008-09 academic year. To share in these experiences and enjoy their photographs online, click on the following link: The Folio - Electronic Edition.

Students and Faculty/Staff take a break from preparing for finals
The third annual Starlite Breakfast, a study break for students, was hosted by Student Life and Chartwells Dining service on December 10, from 9 - 11 p.m. Approximately 350 students were served a nighttime breakfast by 25 faculty and staff volunteers. This annual tradition is a chance for everyone to take a break from preparing for the end of the semester, wish each other well and send each other off with holiday wishes. In addition to enjoying breakfast foods, students took advantage of two AquaMassage beds, sponsored by Student Activities Council, and a bingo game in which hundreds of dollars in gift card prizes were awarded to students who won.

President’s Higher Education Column Available Online
President Miller continues to submit monthly columns on Higher Education to the State Journal newspaper in Charleston, W.Va. His December column, now posted on the newspaper’s website, describes the transition of philanthropic giving during these challenging economic times from its past when it was viewed largely as a charitable act to its future as a important social investment.

Links to all of President Miller’s Higher Education columns can be accessed through the “President’s Welcome” section on the College's website. The column can also be accessed by clicking on the following link: Higher Education Column - December 2008.

More Cardio Equipment On The Way
Additional cardiovascular equipment has been ordered for the new 24-hour fitness facility now in place at the Cummins Community Center. The additional machines will complement those already in place in conjunction with the extensive renovations and strength-training equipment installed at the Cummins Community Center during the first semester.

The additional cardiovascular equipment is expected to be in place and fully operational by the time all students return to campus for the start of the second semester.

Old Main Journal Taking Holiday Break
With the first semester of the 2008-09 academic year now safely tucked away in the books, The Old Main Journal will be taking a break of its own over the holidays. Best wishes to our readers and their families for a joyous holiday season and a safe, happy and healthy New Year. We’ll return to our regular publication schedule on Friday, Jan. 16.


Alumni News
J. Philip Casey ’70 Promoted to Company President
J. Philip Casey, a 1970 graduate of Bethany College, has been promoted to president of Explore Information Services. The promotion was announced by United States Information Services, Inc. (USIS), a national leader in employment screening, a leading provider of data and information solutions to the insurance industry and the largest supplier of security investigations to the United States government.

According to a press release supplied by USIS, Casey has been serving as vice president and general manager of Explore since the company was acquired from The Schwan Food Company in December 2005. Casey had led Explore since 1998 after starting at the Eagan, Minn.-based company as Director of Sales and Marketing in 1995. Before coming to Explore, Casey served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Primenet Data Systems, Inc. from 1994 to 1995 and held a similar position with Jordan Industries, Inc. from 1991 to 1993.

Casey worked at Lifetouch, Inc. from 1984 to 1991, starting as Vice President Market Development – Senior Division and advancing to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Senior Division in 1987. He previously held senior marketing and sales positions with Official Airline Guidelines, Inc. and American Airlines. Casey has a B.A. degree in Communications from Bethany College and an MBA degree from Northwestern University.

Alumni Events
Florida
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

SAVE THE DATE-
Save the date and plan to join Bethany Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in your area.

San Diego, Calif.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Moorpark, Calif.
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Charleston, W.Va.
Friday, March 20, 2009

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.

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
Balance is Key in Bethany's 62-49 Win Over Marietta
All 11 players who played Tuesday night scored to help the Bethany women’s basketball team (4-6) win their third consecutive game by dropping Marietta 62-49 at Hummel Field House.

Bison Shooting Runs Cold in Loss at Pitt-Greensburg
The Bethany men’s basketball team rallied from a five-point deficit to tie the game at 53-53 with four minutes to play, but Pitt-Greensburg closed the contest with a 14-3 run to come away with a 67-56 victory over the Bison Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt.

Bethany's Brandenburg Honored by D3Hoops.com
Bethany senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) was selected by the national website D3Hoops.com for its national Team of the Week, which selects five nominated players from across all of Division III.

PAC Names Beckwith Player of the Week
Bethany freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 15.

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

 

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