Volume VI, Number XXXII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 12, 2013

Gamble Presents Paper at Popular Culture Conference
Dr. Mort Gamble, executive assistant to the president, presented a paper at the joint national conference of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association on March 27 in Washington, D.C.

Gamble’s paper, “Where the Circus, and Much More, Once Reigned in the Nation’s Capital,” focused on the historic Uline Arena (at one time renamed the Washington Coliseum) at 3rd and M. Streets, N.E., the site of many events including the first live American concert by The Beatles following their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

Gamble is a circus historian registered with the World Circus Federation (Federation Mondiale du Cirque), a global circus organization under the patronage of H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

Bethany Administrators Attend OCICU Annual Meeting
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller and vice president Darin Fields attended the annual meeting of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities last week in Chicago.  Bethany is a partner for online courses. Over 3,500 students enrolled in courses through OCICU last year. Bethany offers a wide variety of online classes during May Term and the summer.

Economics Honor Society Holds Induction
Five students were inducted into the Omicron Delta Epsilon international honor society in Economics last night in the Bethany Club. Pictured, from left: Randy Cooey, Professor-emeritus; Amber Ridings; Cameron Cooper; Peter Franklin; Allison Snyder; Renee Jones; Professor Anju Ramjee, and President Scott D. Miller.

Bethany Theatre Presents "Spring Awakening"
The Bethany College Theatre Program began their run of “Spring Awakening” last night in Wailes Theatre. The play is the story of a group of young people who live in a world where sex is a forbidden subject. The production will continue to run tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and will conclude with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Director Luke Hardt said of the playwright Benjamin Franklin Wedekind that he was “ahead of his time.” Hardt said this is a play that pushed artistic boundaries which soon formalized in the German Expressionist Movement in 1892 when it was first written, and subsequently banned.

President, VPAA attend Higher Learning Commission annual meeting
President Miller and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fields attended the annual meeting of the North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission in Chicago recently. HLC is the accredition organization for colleges and universities in Bethany’s region.

Dr. Miller attended last Sunday’s “President’s Agenda Day” while Dr. Fields attended four days of meetings for Chief Academic Officers. 

“The Harbinger” Release Party to be Held
The 2012 edition of Bethany College's literary magazine “The Harbinger” will be released on April 19. In celebration of the magazine's publication, a launch party will be held in the Academic Parlour at 7 p.m. on April 19. Contributors will read from their published poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Refreshments including desserts, coffee and tea will be served. Bethany senior English major Taylor Cassidy edited the 2012 edition. Jessie Janeshek, assistant professor of English, is the faculty advisor of “The Harbinger.

Watch Championship Golf & Support Bethany Athletics
The PGA CHAMPIONS Tour returns to Pittsburgh in June and for the second consecutive year, supporters of Bethany athletics can purchase tickets to catch this exciting event and also help support their alma mater. Through this special offer, fans can purchase tickets for the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, which is scheduled for June 27-30 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, and part of the proceeds will be given back to Bethany Athletics. This opportunity allows fans to purchase tickets for the practice rounds June 25-26, as well as a chance to buy a seat in the Fox Den. Overlooking the 16th green and 17th tee, the Fox Den offers an opportunity to upgrade from a grounds ticket. This open-air facility has table seating with views of golf, as well as an upscale food and beverage menu and bar available for additional purchase. So, Bison fans, to buy tickets for this championship event and support Bethany athletics, click on the link below.

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Bethany College Department of Psychology faculty members Katrina D’Aquin, Kelly Schuller and John Hull, accompanied by students Johnathan Foster, Demi Frankhouser, Mari Kolanko, Taylor Lewis, Alexander Lucas, Evan Marmie, Ashley Pack, Kayla Taormina, Candace Williams and Jessica Zavatchen attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association on March 1-4 in New York, Ny.

Bethany was well represented at the meeting of over 3,000 EPA members and associates, providing over one-quarter of the posters and symposia presented by faculty and students representing West Virginia colleges and universities. Those presentations included the symposium, “Teaching of Thanatology: Art and Science,” which was chaired by Schuller and included John and Debra Hull, as well as Schuller, as presenters. Presentations also included the following posters:

  • “Homosexuality and kin selection,” by undergraduate Evan Marmie.
  • “Do you feel like I do? Music’s influence on pro-social tendencies,” by undergraduate Alexander Lucas.
  • “Body size as a predictor of an individuals’ characteristics: Bigger isn’t usually better,” by John Hull and undergraduate Mari Kolanko.
  • “Society, a cause for concern: Racial preferences among collegiate students,” by undergraduate Johnathan Foster.
  • “A twist of Lyme: Knowledge, attitudes, and behavior about Lyme disease,” by Alma College (MI) undergraduate Emily Plackowski, Debra Hull, and John Hull.
  • “Evaluating children’s toys: Is a picture worth a thousand words?”, by undergraduate Ashley Pack and John Hull.

On April 3, Angela Icard, assistant professor of reading education, attended and participated in a Common Core State Standards Workshop for Higher Education, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Higher Education Policy Commission. The session focused on the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, how they are translated into K-12 classrooms, and the implications for institutions of higher education.

Communication and Media Arts
Dr. Jason Smith, assistant professor of communication and media arts, has a new co-authored publication. Featured in the Journal of Sports Media, the article focuses on the use of the schema-triggered affect model in order to examine disposition formation in the context of sports news.

Eugene Miller ’47 Receives President’s Award from SABEW
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recently honored Dr. Eugene Miller ’47 with the President’s Award from April 4-7 in Washington, D.C., for his decades of service as a founder of the society.

A special gala was held on April 6 to conclude the annual spring conference and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SABEW at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel and included a fundraiser, dinner, benefit auction, history moments and a guest speaker.

Miller is the last remaining founder of SABEW.

Bethany Mourns Passing of Evelyn (Casey) Steen
Bethany College is saddened by the passing of Evelyn (Casey) Steen on March 23, 2013 at the age of 100. Evelyn and her husband John established the John and Evelyn Steen Professorship of Economics at Bethany.

Boston Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends Event with President Scott D. Miller and hosts Jeffrey ’78 & Nancy Seglin and  J.P. Blaho ’94 at the Harvard Faculty Club on Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m.

For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2013 slated for May 3-5. Classes celebrating reunions include 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1973. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2013 slated for May 3-5. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend. The cost of the weekend is $75, or $60 if registered in advance. 

For additional information or to pre-register, contact John Cunningham at 304.639.0648 or jcunningham@bethanywv.edu. Registration can also be mailed to PO Box 206, Bethany, WV 26032.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for September 27-28, 2013. 

Bison Football Golf Classic
Bethany Football will host its annual Bison Football Golf Classic on Saturday, May 4 at the Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Donation to play in the outing is $100 which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and the post outing social at The Bison Inn. Young alumni (classes of 2009-2013) can play for a discounted price of $60. If you can join us, register online or to be involved as a sponsor of the outing, please contact Bill Garvey at wgarvey@bethanywv.edu. All proceeds go to benefit the Bethany Football program. We hope to see you there.

Bethany’s Moore Honored by PAC
Bethany College freshman Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) continued to pile up recognition in his first season with the track and field program, as he earned PAC Field Athlete of the Week for April 8th.

Weather Halts Bethany-Geneva Softball Doubleheader
The battle between two of the top softball teams in the PAC featuring Bethany College and defending league champion Geneva was stopped in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one due to weather Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany Loses at Pitt-Greensburg in 12-Inning Thriller
The Bethany College baseball team and Pitt-Greensburg locked horns in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel for over three hours, but an error brought in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning, as the Bobcats pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Bison Tuesday afternoon.

Bison Tennis Loses to Penn State-Altoona in Non-Conference Match
The Bethany College men’s tennis team lost a non-conference match Tuesday afternoon at the Ewing Tennis Center on campus to Penn State-Altoona by a 7-2 score.

Bison Turn in Impressive Performances in Home Invitational
Hosting their first of two meets this season at Bison Stadium, the Bethany College men’s and women’s track and field programs collectively gathered five first place finishes and saw one individual qualify for ECAC Championships at the Bison Invitational Saturday.

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

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