Volume I, Number XXI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
June 20, 2008

Campus News
Rejonis Named Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Michele (Gockstetter) Rejonis has been named Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Bethany College, according to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Weaver Named Director of Athletics and Recreation
Tim Weaver, head football coach at Bethany College, has taken on additional responsibility as Director of Athletics and Recreation, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.

News Briefs
President’s Editorial in Pittsburgh Business Times
An editorial co-written by President Miller and Dr. Marylouise Fennell, Senior Counsel of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC), was published in the May 2-8 edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times. The editorial was titled, “Higher Education Leadership Should Go Beyond ‘Rooney Rule.’”

11 Students Enroll in First Bethany/OCICU Courses
Eleven students enrolled this summer in the first online courses to be offered by Bethany College and the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). Bethany students are enrolled in such online courses as Introduction to Law, American Politics, Social Psychology, American State and Local Government, Latin America and the Caribbean, Marketing and Management Policies, Public Administration and Race and Ethnicity.

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Bethany Pursues Harlaxton College of England Partnership
Dr. Michael Mihalyo, Provost and Dean of Faculty, attended the Harlaxton Conference of Partner Colleges June 3-5, at Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire, UK. The meeting was designed to bring together current member institutions as well as those under consideration for partnership.

Harlaxton College, managed by the University of Evansville (Ind.), has offered a unique study abroad experience to students of partner institutions for 35 years. The intense semester-long experience emphasizes the study of British and European cultures. Along with a rigorous academic component, the program includes formal and informal travel opportunities throughout the UK and Europe. In addition, summer programming is offered.

Bethany Trustee Named Vice President for Christian Church Foundation
The Rev. Dr. Darwin W. Collins, a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees and regional minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania since 1994, will join the executive development staff of the Christian Church Foundation as Vice President for the Great Lakes Region.

Foundation President Rev. Gary Kidwell announced that Rev. Collins will be replacing retiring Vice President Deborrah Wray. The Great Lakes Region encompasses Christian Church congregations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Northeast states.

“Darwin brings tremendous pastoral and administrative skills with him, as well as a good knowledge of finances,” Kidwell said. “It is important to remember that first and foremost, the work we do here is ministry.”

The Christian Church Foundation is a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) devoted to helping Disciples make a difference through planned gifts and permanent funds in support of church ministries.

A native of Brownsville, Pa., Rev. Collins received the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and earned the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Bethany College in 2002.

Art Work Sought for Fall Alumni Exhibit
Alumni artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of their work for this fall’s Alumni Invitational Exhibit, which will be held Oct. 3-31 in the Renner Union Gallery. Pieces may be executed in any 2D or 3D medium and all work must be received by Sept. 26 in order to be included.

Alumni artists will be guests of honor at the annual Homecoming Art Exhibit Reception on Friday, Oct. 3 from 8-10 p.m. For additional information, contact Professor Kenn Morgan at kmorgan@bethanywv.edu after July 1.

Camp Canyon Debuts at Bethany
Camp Canyon, Bethany's new residential summer camp operation, opened its inaugural session last week. Blending Bethany College's facilities with traditional summer camp programming, Canyon campers are enjoying fabulous instruction combined with campfires, hiking, scavenger hunts and so much more. Campers and staff from as far away as England and Spain are enjoying an amazing Bethany experience. Canyon's camper population nearly doubles for its second session beginning in just over a week.

During this session, a New York film crew will be on campus to shoot Canyon's new full length promotional DVD that will help spread the word about the incredible Bethany campus and the excitement of Canyon. Our campers are thrilled about their experience and are already writing letters home to friends telling them about the wonderful time they are having. Both campers and parents are talking about the friends and family that are planning to join Canyon's ranks next summer.

Provost Attends ACA Annual Meeting
Dr. Michael Mihalyo, Provost and Dean of Faculty, participated in the Annual Meeting of Presidents and Deans of the Appalachian College Association on June 7-8 at Berea College in, Berea, Ky. The ACA is a consortium of 37 colleges and universities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

During the meeting, a retirement dinner to celebrate the long and productive career of Dr. Alice Brown, President of the ACA, was held. Brown served as President for 25 years. Dr. Paul B. Chewing, President-elect, outlined his vision for the future direction of the consortium. Chewning, a Bethany College alumnus and current President of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU), assumes his new position on July 1.

Governor's Honors Academy to Open at Bethany
Bethany College is gearing up to host the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy from June 29 through July 20, 2008. Opening ceremonies will take place in Commencement Hall on Sunday, June 29, beginning three weeks of programming for 181 students, who represent every county in West Virginia.

The theme of this summer's program is "Explore the Possibilities." Students will attend a broad-based and intensive course each day and participate in unique programming opportunities such as a geo-caching course, e-missions and various performances and guest speakers. Funding for the program comes from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. Bethany College has been chosen to host the Governor's Honors Academy each summer through 2010.

Cramblet Chosen to Participate in NEH Summer Institute
Laura Cramblet, Coordinator of Library Technical Services at Bethany’s Mary Cutlip Center for Library and Information Technology Services, was chosen to participate in the fourth Biennial Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Ferrum (Va.) College. The Summer Institute is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Cramblet was one of only 19 teachers and scholars chosen to participate in the NEH Summer Institute, which examines issues in Appalachia that link regional study to the liberal arts. These teachers and scholars, who received stipends for travel and expenses in order to participate, represent colleges and universities from 13 states and Japan.

“The NEH Summer Institute makes an ideal setting for sharing my present knowledge and acquiring additional instruction for the promotion of both Appalachian traditions and its future direction,” Cramblet said.

The Institute began June 8 and will run through the Fourth of July. The final week will be spent in Caretta, W.Va., where participants will work on community-based research with a local community development organization.

Chemistry Professor, Students Attend Regional Conference
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Daniel J. Phillips and four of his research students attended the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (CERMACS), held June 10-14 in Columbus, Ohio. Students joining Phillips on the trip were Shannon Smuck and Allison Winwood of Weirton, W.Va.; Stacy Meeks of St. Clairsville, Ohio and Eric Scheller of Upper Arlington, Ohio. The trip was made possible through the support of Bethany College and the WV/NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Smuck presented a poster illustrating research work she has completed and additional work she is continuing to pursue in the laboratory at Bethany. Professor Phillips gave an oral overview of the research performed in his lab at the Chemistry Department. Professor Phillips and his students also attended many other research presentations and events during the conference.

College German Club Returns From European Tour
The Bethany College German Club has returned from a two-week tour of German-speaking countries in Europe. Faculty member Tessa Wegener accompanied students Jessica DeWitt of Sigel, Pa.; Kelly Medkeff-Rose of Camp Hill, Pa.; and Jillian Zewe of Bridgeville, Pa. on a two-week trip through Luxembourg, Austria, Germany and France.

While on the tour, the group stopped in Heidelberg, Germany to meet with former Bethany foreign exchange students Andrea Veithen, Benjamin Heid, Susanne Kattermann and Rebecca Ansmann. They also assisted with an information session for prospective foreign exchange students held at Bethany’s partner institution, the Padagogische Hochschule Heidelberg. Bethany will be welcoming 11 German exchange students to campus for the 2008-09 school year.

Current Bethany students Laura Strassguetl, a native of Germany, and Beth Ann Shaffer, who is studying in Heidelberg this summer, joined the tour group on their visits to Heidelberg and Strasbourg, France.

Mountainside Conference Center Welcomes Alums
The Mountainside Conference Center-Gresham House offers Bethany College alumni a 25 percent discount on room rental charges for any function. The Conference Center provides more than 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 40 fully-equipped guest rooms and Harder Hall, a 100-seat banquet room for catered events.

Contact Donna White, Conference Center Manager, at (304) 829-7622 or dwhite@bethanywv.edu to discuss any meeting, retreat or training function you may be planning.

Old Main Journal Now on Summer Schedule
The Old Main Journal has switched to a monthly publication schedule for the summer months. The final summer edition is scheduled for July 18. Regular weekly publication will resume on August 15.

Alumni News
Thomas Buergenthal ’57 Shares Gruber Foundation Justice Prize
Thomas Buergenthal ’57, who serves as the lone American judge on the International Court of Justice at The Hague, has been selected as one of two recipients of the prestigious 2008 Gruber Foundation Justice Prize. The Gruber Foundation Justice Prize has been presented annually since 2001 to individuals or organizations which have advanced the cause of justice delivered through the legal system.

Buergenthal and Jerome Shestak, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights and former president of the American Bar Association, are the first Americans to be honored with a Gruber Foundation Justice Prize.

The announcement was hailed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I applaud the selection of Thomas Buergenthal and Jerome Shestak as Justice Prize recipients,” Ginsburg said in a Gruber Foundation press release. “Throughout their distinguished careers, both have devoted their bright minds and brave hearts to repairing tears in their local communities, the nation and the world. Justice, equal and accessible to all, has been their constant pursuit.”

The 2008 Justice Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation will be officially presented at a fall ceremony in honor of the recipients, who will share the $500,000 prize. In addition to the cash award, Buergenthal and Shestak will receive a gold medal of honor and a citation.

Alumni Meet President Miller at Reunion Weekend
Bethany alumni returned to campus on Friday, June 13 to participate in Reunion Weekend and to meet the College’s new President, Dr. Scott D. Miller. Members of the Bethany Class of 1958 were back on campus to celebrate their 50-year milestone.

Festivities got under way Friday night with an All-Reunion Dinner followed by a social gathering at Harder Hall. On Saturday, alumni had the opportunity to take part in a Round Table Discussion hosted by President Miller in the Phillips Hall Lounge. Many alums took advantage of the chance to ask questions and learn about the future goals President Miller has in mind for Bethany.

Following dinner on Saturday, President and Mrs. Miller graciously opened their home — the newly-restored Pendleton Heights — for the Reunion Afterglow. Reunion Weekend concluded Sunday morning with the annual Scroll Breakfast at Harder Hall.

Kevin Morrissey ’75, Presents Book at Reunion Weekend
On Saturday, June 14, Kevin Morrissey presented his book, "The Uphill Climb: Defying the Odds on the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway," to Bethany Alumni and Friends attending Reunion Weekend. After giving a short introduction during the luncheon at Harder Hall, Morrissey continued the presentation with a full Power Point show in the media room at the Renner Visitors Center. 

Morrissey  recently completed a journey that began in 1975 with his senior project, when Dr. John Lozier suggested the study of the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway as a possible area for research. "The Uphill Climb: Defying the Odds on the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway," discusses the history and impact the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway had on area communities and Bethany College. The Railway, which was launched in June 1908, gave the world better accessibility to Bethany. 

Ann Wilkin Trombadore ’51, Emeritus Trustee, Passes Away
The College community was saddened to learn of the passing of Ann Wilkin Trombadore ’51. A retired attorney and Emeritus member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, Ann passed away on May 4 in Bound Brook, N.J. She was 78.

A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Ann grew up in Wellsburg, W.Va. as the daughter of Bethany alums Judge William S. Wilkin ’12 and Helen Porter Wilkin ’ 21. Ann graduated magna cum laude from Bethany with a degree in Economics in 1951 and received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. She married fellow law student Raymond Trombadore in 1954 and they founded the law firm of Raymond R. and Ann W. Trombadore in Somerville, N.J. in 1965. Ann served as a partner in the firm, now known as Trombadore and Wilson, until her retirement.

Ann was a great supporter of her alma mater. Her father had been Chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees and Ann followed in his footsteps on May 28, 1977 when she was appointed to the Board. She was an active Trustee for more than two decades and was made an Emeritus Life member following the 1998-99 school year. In addition to her work with the College, Ann was a member of the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church for 47 years, serving as an elder and deacon. She also served for 11 years on the Bound Brook Board of Education.

Ann is survived by five of her six children: Raymond R. (Mary) Trombadore of Purcellville, Va.; David W. (Suzanne) Trombadore of Somerville, N.J.; Tom (Clare) Trombadore of Mill Valley, Calif.; Mary Ann (Cort) Gross of San Francisco and Matthew Paul (Joanne) Trombadore of Lincoln, Mass. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Ann was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, and her eldest son, John William Trombadore. A memorial service was held May 9 at Bound Brook Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations were requested for The Bethany Fund at Bethany College or the Somerset County Bar Foundation in Somerville, N.J.

West Coast Tour: San Diego to Seattle
President Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong have returned from a trip to the West Coast where they met with alumni and friends of the College. During their time out west, President Miller and Vice President de Jong had the opportunity to reconnect with many Bethanians at a pair of alumni gatherings.

Their tour kicked off with an Alumni Event in San Diego, Calif. This event was hosted by John ’55 and Donna Palafoutas at the Palafoutas’s home. The next stop was an Alumni Event in San Francisco, hosted by Stephen Ruben ’70 and Ken Bado ’77 at the Ruben Law Firm. After attending these gatherings, President Miller and Vice President de Jong also met with several other Bethanians before wrapping up their West Coast swing in Seattle, Wash.

To view pictures of these and other regional alumni events, click here.

Wilma Allen ’37 Passes Away in Weirton
Wilma Jane Schramm Allen ’37, a long-time Bethany College employee and the widow of a prominent Bethany professor, passed away on June 6 in Weirton, W.Va. at the age of 96.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John S.V. Allen; a son, William Allen; and two brothers, Donald and Richard Schramm. She is survived by a son, Stephen Allen of Toronto, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Iris Schramm of Marion, Ind.; a grandson, Benjamin Allen of Delaware, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Wilma graduated from Bethany College in 1937 and spent 16 years as a secretary in the business office. A member of the Bethany Memorial Church, Wilma was married to Dr. Allen on Sept. 6, 1931. Following his death in 1964, family and friends endowed the J.S.V. Allen Memorial Award that is presented annually to the outstanding Physics major at Bethany. Family graveside services were held on June 12 at Campbell Cemetery in Bethany.

Alumni Event Slated
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, June 22. The event will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and will be hosted by Neil Christman '55.

For more information or to register for this event please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Bison Athletics
PAC Academic Honor Roll Features 24 Bison Student-Athletes
A total of 24 Bethany College student-athletes were honored Friday when the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released the Spring 2008 PAC Academic Honor Roll.

Bethany's Bodo Earns Academic All-District
Bethany College sophomore Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) was voted to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II track/cross country team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.

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


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