Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.
Applications must be postmarked by May 28.
Social Work Dept. Hosts Holiday Fundraiser
A December holiday charity drive led by the faculty and staff of the Social Work department was very successful and provided testimonial support for the exemplary generosity of the campus. This year, the Social Work department chose the clients of the Family Violence Prevention Program’s abuse shelter as their charity. Since the number of women being provided for at the shelter is so extensive, the department requested support from the campus-at-large. With the assistance of other faculty and staff, all 12 women were given a gift basket valued between $50 and $75. Thanks to a large cash donation from Luke Hardt’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts First Year Seminar and a second from the Social Work Department, the shelter purchased a new dryer and vacuum for the women to use. Additional supplies and gift cards are being given to the shelter in case they have a late arrival prior to the holiday. This is the most successful holiday fundraiser that has been hosted by the Social Work department.
Bethany Faculty Appear in DVD
On Monday, December 14, 2009, two faculty members of the Bethany College Communication Department
appeared in a DVD called “Putting your Passion into Practice.”
Dr. Jay Libby and M.E. Yancosek Gamble were part of a training
video which will teach individuals to serve in a speakers bureau
for the Collaborative for the 21 Century Appalachia (C21C). C21C
is a grassroots organization concerned
with preserving the small farm, the environment, and a more
traditional, agrarian way of life. The video photography
took place at the Provence Market and Café, in Bridgeport, West
Bethany Basketball Games to be Web Cast
After successful video web casts in the fall of selected football and men's and women's soccer games, Bethany has scheduled video web casts of three basketball doubleheaders coming up later in the season. Videos can be viewed live and can be found in the archived files by clicking on the following link: http://secure.stretchinternet.com/demo/games.php?user=bethanywv&o=cal_stamp&sd=today.
The video web casting project is done in cooperation between the Bethany Communication and Sports Information departments. Jeff Pfister oversees the project and works with interested students in producing the broadcasts, which fans can view for free.
The three scheduled doubleheaders that fans will be able to watch include key men's and women's games against PAC rivals as the regular season winds down and positioning for the PAC Tournament intensifies. In addition to the three doubleheaders, any contests hosted by Bethany in the PAC Tournament will be video web cast as well.
Wed., Jan. 27 vs. Waynesburg (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 6 vs. Grove City (Women at 2 p.m./Men at 4 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 10 vs. Saint Vincent (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
In addition to the video web casts, Bison fans will also be able to follow their hoops teams on the road throughout January and February. Bethany Sports Information Director Brian Rose will be on site when the basketball squads go on the road to provide audio web casts. Fans can access those feeds by clicking on the following link: http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=3724. Match-ups scheduled for free audio web casts are below but schedules are subject to change, so be sure to check out Bethany's athletic web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics to find out when you can follow your Bison hoops teams in their pursuits of PAC Championships.
Thurs., Jan. 7 at Grove City (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 9 at Saint Vincent (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Wed., Jan. 20 at Wash. & Jeff. (Men at 6 p.m./Women at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 30 at Geneva (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 3 at Thiel (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 13 at Thomas More (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 17 at Chatham (Women at 7 p.m.) PAC Tournament Schedules TBA
Multilingual Caroling a Tradition in Bethany
One of the many treasures of Bethany is the annual singing of carols. Once again this year, Bethany faculty and students delighted the campus and community with Christmas caroling. This all-student group was led by Dr. Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures; Dr. Joe Lovano, Professor of World Languages and Cultures; and Dr. Gary Kappel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. The group of nearly two dozen began at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, singing carols in French, Italian and German, and concluded with hot tea and cookies at Hibernia.
It is especially appropriate for the students who study French to carol since the word originated from the French word “carol,” which means a song that accompanies a dance. The songs were written to accompany holiday dramas. Because people were banned from singing carols in churches during the Middle Ages, carolers began going door to door.
Bethany Fund Provides Important Year-End Giving Opportunity
As the calendar turns to the last page of the year and the holiday season is upon us, we are reminded that many Bethany College alumni choose to give during the holiday season. Although your gift is welcome at any time during the year, the approach of 2010 reminds us to remind you – Please don’t forget to make your year-end gift.
To qualify for a charitable-gift deduction for tax year 2009, your gift must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2009. Your support assists Bethany in providing the highest quality educational experience, underscoring our reputation as a small college of national distinction. If you would like to speak with someone in the Office of Institutional Advancement about your gift, please call 304.829.7723. Gifts can be mailed to Bethany College, Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany, WV 26032. You can also donate online by visiting
Holiday Gift Ideas at Bethany Bookstore
Make plans to visit the Bethany College Bookstore — a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor and unique gifts to their holiday celebrations. The Bookstore 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.
Old Main Journal Taking Holiday Break
As the hush of the holidays settles over Bethany’s campus, The Old Main Journal will be taking a break of its own. 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, January 15.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Members of the Student National Education Association (SNEA) of Bethany College, with the help of the Department of Education, held a Christmas dance and party for special education middle school students of Brooke County, Hancock County and Belmont County on December 4. Laura Lindenfelser and Sarah West were in charge of the festivities. Approximately 50 students and several teachers and aides from three middle schools attended. There were also several Bethany students who helped make this a fun event for the children. Crafts, a pizza party and a lot of dancing contributed to this fun-filled day. Santa (Terry Davis) made a guest appearance and distributed gifts to the children.
SNEA and the Department of Education presented an annual conference with the theme “Celebrate Education” on December 5. This was headed by Melissa Fraleigh, Sarah West and Laura Lindenfelser. Bethany College alumnae Keegan Costello, Kayla Kline, Melissa Fraleigh, Lisa Hicks and Courtney Rodak spoke at the conference. Current students Sarah West, Laura Lindenfelser, Stephanie Shafer and Sarah Walter also spoke on topics such as Boardmaker, Classroom Management, Thinkfinity, Special Education and Assistive Technology. A Student Teaching Panel and Problem-Based Learning were also covered.
Visual and Performing Arts
Guitar Instructor Aaron Carey presented a recital on November 20 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wheeling, W.Va.
Assistant Professor Pandel Collaros performed at d'Vine Wine Bar & Lounge in Wexford, Pa., on December 5.
Bethanians to Attend Climate Change Talks in Copenhagen
Bill ’69 and Carol ’72 Somplatsky-Jarman are attending the United Nations Climate Change talks in Copenhagen with the World Council of Churches delegation and will send updates to be posted on Eco-Journey and the Mission Crossroads website. Bill is the Coordinator of Social Witness Ministries at PC(USA), and Carol is the Associate for Mission Connections at PC(USA). Their blog reports on the conference can be found at: http://presbyterian.typepad.com/ecojourney.
Alumni Basketball Game Set for January 23
Men’s Basketball Alumni are invited to play in the annual alumni basketball game slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, at the Hummel Field House. For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Coach Andrew Sachs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Coach Matt Drahos at email@example.com. Both coaches can be reached via telephone at (304) 829-7246.
Alumni Association Accepting Nominations
for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards. Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit:
Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.
While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany’s Shepherd Named PAC Player of the Week
Bethany sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 14.
Bison Pull Out Double OT Thriller at Denison
After senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) hit a three-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime, senior Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) scored six of his 17 points in the second extra session to help the Bethany men’s basketball team to a 94-90 victory at Denison Tuesday night.
Bethany's Win Streak Stopped by Denison
The Bethany women’s basketball team was denied in their efforts for a third consecutive victory, as Denison used a big first half run to take an 11-point halftime lead and go on to a 61-48 victory over the Bison Tuesday in a non-conference match-up.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.