Service Learning Center Prepares for Inaugural Semester
Funded by a two-year grant funded by the PNC Foundation, the Department of Social Work is developing a Service Learning Center that will be housed in Morlan Hall. The mission of the Bethany College Service Learning Center is “to help students combine meaningful community service with their own educational experiences in order to teach civic responsibility and promote a greater understanding of the community. By archiving campus efforts to engage in service learning, the Center aims to use these experiences to promote community service growth while giving students and faculty the opportunity to take the classroom to the community”. The Center will develop service learning opportunities that will be aligned with academic courses and separate opportunities for independent student and club projects.
Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the summer months are dedicated to laying the foundation for the Service Learning Center. Everything from forms and procedures to community relationships are being established so that students can take advantage of the Center’s opportunities in the fall. Unlike internships or community service, where the beneficiary is primarily the community organization, service learning creates a symbiotic relationship where students can exercise their knowledge and bring their textbooks to life while benefitting their community. Service learning experiences will also strengthen the bonds between the college and nonprofit organizations in surrounding communities, a real need during these lean economic times.
Representatives from the Center will be at the College Opportunity Fair on August 27 to provide the campus with more information. The first 50 students who sign up for and complete service learning projects will receive a t-shirt in recognition of their work.
Learn more about the Bethany College Service Learning Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by reading about the Center’s progress at bcservicelearningcenter.blogspot.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @BCserviceLC.
Open Air Country Market Set for July Debut
Beginning July 31, residents of Bethany and surrounding communities will be able to sell and purchase locally grown foods and locally made goods in their hometown area. As part of the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” effort to increase the availability of fresh, affordable foods, the market is the first of its kind in the region. In addition to promoting healthy eating, markets of this type boost local economies and increase tourism. “Residents in this part of the state have to drive at least 15 miles before they have access to a combined farmer/flea market of this type,” said Amy VanHorn, a member of the Bethany Open Air Country Market Committee. “We’re hoping to bring the community together and allow residents to display and sell their high-quality produce and crafts while giving them access to a healthier way of living.”
“The Country Market idea represents an innovative way for a small town like Bethany to make the most of its resources, provide a valuable service to the community and bring visitors to the town. The Social Work program is proud to be an active participant in this venture,” said Kathy Furbee, Director of the Bethany College Social Work Program.
“Without the support of Bethany College, the Brooke County Health Department, local organizations and communities, this would not be feasible. I would especially like to thank the Town of Bethany, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield and Ohio Valley Septic for being our financial supporters,” said M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Renner Scholar in the Department of Communications and Media Arts.
In addition to local farmers, backyard gardeners and food vendors, vendors selling unique handmade crafts, fresh cut flowers and plants, as well as recycled products, estate sale items and antiques are highly encouraged to attend. “We’d like to make the market as diverse of an event as possible,” Danielle Radcliffe, Americorps Recovery Vista Coordinator, stated. “Our market is different because vendors aren’t limited to just selling baked goods or produce. We’re looking for everything that makes this area of the state unique.” All crops and crafts must have been grown or made within a 25-mile radius of Bethany.
The market will be held the last Saturday of every month starting in July from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Ross Street in Bethany. For the first year, vendor fees are $5 per weekend. Anyone interested in selling at the market should contact Danielle Radcliffe at (304) 829-7980 or email@example.com for more information.
GHA Teams Hunt for Hidden Treasure on Bethany Campus
One hundred and seventy-seven of West Virginia’s brightest high school students recently participated in a geo-caching course on Bethany’s campus as part of the 2010 Governors Honors Academy (GHA). Locations stretched from the Campbell Mansion, throughout Old Main and up to the Recreation Center. This is the final year of three in which Bethany has hosted the GHA as part of a grant award program funded by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
Buffalo Seminary Workshop Addresses Concerns of Daily Ministry
Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College welcomed 12 ministers from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia for a three-day continuing education workshop designed to enhance the practice and understanding of daily ministry. Dr. Larry Grimes, Professor Emeritus and Director of Church Relations; Dr. James Farwell, Professor of Religious Studies, Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities; and Dr. Bonnie Thurston '75 were among the participating faculty. The workshop, sponsored jointly by Bethany College and the Commission on the Ministry of the Christian Churches in West Virginia, was supported by a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation.
Old Main Journal Continues Summer Schedule
The Old Main Journal is operating on a monthly publication schedule for the summer. The next Old Main Journal will be released on August 20 and will then resume its regular weekly publication .
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Communications and Media Arts
Communications Professor Patrick Sutherland was among approximately 100 college and university educators from attending the 4th Annual New Media Academic Summit . The event was hosted by the Edelman Group June 23-24 at New York University in New York City. The workshop focused on how digital media continues to transform communications and business and featured speakers from leading organizations such as ABC, Associated Press, CNN, Huffington Post, NBC, Newell Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, among others. Panelists led an interactive discussion about how emerging digital media and other innovations are changing the way companies, organizations and media develop strategies to effectively engage their stakeholders. New to the summit this year was a college course syllabus exchange session co-sponsored by Syracuse University in which professors helped each other to identify the new skills that students need to successfully pursue a career in communications and integrated marketing courses.
Sutherland began teaching at Bethany College in 1989. One of his research areas is how college administrators and faculty members adopt innovations into their courses and curriculums.
Larry Grimes, Professor Emeritus of English and Director of Church Relations, has an essay titled "Lions on the Beach: Dream, Place and Memory in The Old Man and the Sea" in the new book Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory, Ed. Mark Cirino and Mark P. Ott, Kent State University Press, 2010.
Marc Sable, Director of International Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science, is spending the summer in Mexico. He is currently studying Spanish at Mexico's top Catholic University, la Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City, where he is exploring possible opportunities for exchange programs. He also gave a talk in June on marketing analytics at the university.
Laura Cramblet, Technical Services Librarian, and Trevor Onest, Public Services Librarian, attended the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia ACRL Workshop entitled “Grassroots Initiatives in Academic Libraries” on May 21 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Cramblet selected break-out sessions that focused on successful group collaboration work such as establishing a Scholarly Activities Committee to motivate and support research and publishing among librarians and other staff/faculty members, strengthening town/gown relationships by joining forces with community organizations, and implementing a student internship program in conjunction with area library schools. Onest attended sessions addressing e-book issues, WVU’s information literacy course enhancement grant project, and in-house staff development workshops.
Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries and Learning Resources, attended "Work Restructuring in the Library" in Indianapolis on July 7-8. This grant-funded workshop, limited to twenty participants, was co-sponsored by the Council on Library Information Resources and the Council for Independent Colleges. Maureen Sulllivan, the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, conducted the workshop which focused on exploring the rapidly changing roles of academic libraries. This workshop is part of the new three-year program, "Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge," offering professional development opportunities for library staff at small and mid-sized private colleges and universities.
Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of the Bethany College Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, spoke to the Weirton Rotary Club on July 14 about the Bethany Theatre Program.
The Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Company will present Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, featuring Assistant Professor of Music David J. Rudari, Director of the Bethany College Choir, in the title role on July 23-25 in the Penn Yan Middle School Auditorium.
“This is the second time I’ve sung the role of Tony Esposito with PYTCO,” said Rudari. “I was originally slated to serve with the Company as Artist-in-Residence for a production of Fiddler on the Roof, which the Director and I agreed on last year. I saw it as a fitting close to my Sabbatical.”
The Most Happy Fella was written in 1956 and ran on Broadway for fourteen months. It was featured in a 1957 episode of I Love Lucy — “Lucy’s Night in Town.” Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball in part funded the original production. It is operatic in scope and features pieces that reflect the classical as well as the popular aspects of musical theatre.
John Hull, Professor of Psychology, recently completed a two-week intensive Spanish language course at Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico. This represents the first step in a sabbatical designed, in part, to explore possible service learning opportunities in the Americas. The experience also included side trips to a number of churches and the Teotihuacán pyramid site and a descent into the smallest volcano on earth (inactive); he saw or experienced an active volcano, earthquake and hurricane from the comfort of his hotel.
Belfast Telegraph Spotlights McCann ’80
Robert McCann ’80, chief executive officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas, was featured in a June 22 Belfast Telegraph article featuring his work with the NI Mentorship Programme. UBS is a participating company in the program, which will allow 25 individuals from Northern Ireland to further their classroom knowledge by working for a year with a leading US company.
To read the article, click here.
Robinson ’98 Wins Daytime Emmy Award
Jhamal Robinson ’98, Executive in Charge of Television Production for E! Entertainment Networks, was recently awarded a Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on “Clean House: Messiest Home in the Country” (#157). This is his fourth nomination. “Clean House” is hosted by Niecy Nash (Reno 911, Dancing with the Stars, The Insider) and airs on the Style Network.
Robinson graduated from Bethany with a degree in English and began his television career with behind-the-scenes work for Disney, Paramount, NBC/Universal and Fox Studios. He has been with E! Entertainment for more than six years and oversees various programs for the organization.
Save the Date!
Please join Bethany President Scott D. Miller and Greg Jordan at
an Alumni & Friends event in Pittsburgh, PA at 8:30 p.m.,
Saturday, July 17 at Reed Smith, Reed Smith Centre, 225 Fifth
From the Reed Smith terrace, enjoy great views of the city
and fireworks following the Pirates game.
To RSVP or for the complete address, please contact the
Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Boston area from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, August 7. The gathering will be hosted at the East Falmouth, Mass., residence of Jeffery ‘78 & Nancy Seglin.
To RSVP or for the complete address, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 6 -8 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, at the Scottsdale Marriott Suites at Old Town, 7325 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via email at email@example.com.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Lexington, Ky., area on November 6, 2010. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
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.
PAC Academic Honor Roll Features 22 Bethany Student-Athletes
The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its Spring PAC Academic Honor Roll recently and 22 student-athletes from Bethany College were among those recognized.
Bethany Fall Sports Schedules Announced
Even though summer officially started, Bison fans now have a reason to look forward to the fall. The Bethany College athletic department released the fall sports schedules recently so fans and alumni can make plans to see their Bison teams in action this fall. Although the schedules are nearly 100 percent finalized, dates and times are still subject to change due to weather conditions and venue changes, so be sure to check out the Bethany athletic web site for any last-minute changes.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.