International Law Leader Greg Jordan to Address Bethany College Fall Convocation
Bethany College graduate Greg Jordan, global managing partner at Reed Smith — one of the world's largest law firms encompassing more than 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the world — will give the address at Bethany's Fall Convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 8. The event, an annual tradition at the 171-year-old College, will begin at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall in Old Main.
Bethany Welcomes New Kalon Scholars
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller, along with Darin Fields, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of faculty, and Katherine Shelek-Furbee, director of the College’s Social Work program, welcomed new Kalon Scholars with a dinner at Christmas Manor. Bethany’s 2011 Kalon Scholars are Alanna Bebech, Doug Cheatham, Maddy Coffey, Heather Holeva, Lynsie Mandt, Sean McLeod, Emily Miner and Allison Snyder.
Student Meghan Philp Completes Study Abroad Experience in Salamanca, Spain
Bethany College student Meghan Philp, double major in Spanish and cultural studies, participated in a study abroad opportunity in Salamanca, Spain, during summer 2011. Her experience was made possible by a scholarship from the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi.
Philp took language and culture courses offered by Estudio Sampere, an internationally acclaimed language school. While there, she visited many historic cities, such as Zamora, Alba de Tormes and Segovia. She learned much about Spanish daily life from her host family and excursions throughout the city, which included eating ice cream in the main plaza (Plaza Mayor) and watching the various “tunas,” or bands, from the University of Salamanca perform. She toured the famous University of Salamanca, the House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas) and the Gothic Cathedral in Salamanca. Through this opportunity, Philp grew in confidence in her language skills, learned world perspectives on important current political and social issues, and brought back many memories to share with fellow Bethanians.
Bethany Presents ‘The New Atheism’ with Alexander Campbell
In celebration of his 213th birthday, on September 12 in the Academic Parlor of Old Main Alexander Campbell will present a discourse on "The New Atheism." The event will be held at noon. All are invited. Cake and punch will be served. The event is being sponsored by the Office of Church Relations and the Bethany College Chaplain's Office.
The public is also invited to God’s Little Acre (the Campbell Cemetery) at 11 p.m. on the evening of September 12 for further celebration with the spirit of Campbell and ghost stories by Dr. Larry Grimes.
Williams Announces Recycling Bins throughout Campus
Ted Williams, director of the Physical Plant and chair of the College’s Sustainability Committee, is pleased to announce the placement of 30 recycling bins throughout the Greek Dorms and Campbell Village. Necol Dunson, director of Dining Services, has also purchased some recycling bins. The Physical Plant has teamed up with Scott Electric for the recycling of batteries, computers and lamps. The Bethany community is encouraged to participate as much as possible in this important effort.
Drive with Pride: Introducing the Bethany College License Plate
Show how green you really are with the new Bethany College license plate.
Available to Bethany College alumni, employees, students, family members and friends, the Bethany plate is a custom-designed, special-issue offering for all Class A motor vehicles currently licensed in West Virginia.
The Bethany College Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is accepting applications NOW for the new plate. We must secure a minimum of 250 applications within the next few months to ensure that the plate is produced.
Don’t delay! Applications are available by calling (304) 829-7411, clicking here or writing:
Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
One Class A vehicle currently registered in West Virginia qualifies for one plate at a cost of $70 per plate. If you have more than one vehicle, order as many as you need!
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Communications and Media Arts
In July 2011, Professor and Chair of Communications Emeritus James Keegan had an article on "Thinking about Thinking" published in "Media Development," the journal of the "World Association for Christian Communication."
History and Political Science
On August 9, Assistant Professor of Political Science Marc Sable gave at talk on recent events in Egypt at the Center for Asian and African Studies of the Colegio de México, in Mexico City. The talk was entitled, “Egipto: La época de Mubarrak y después de su caída” (“Egypt: The Mubarak Erar and After His Fall”). Colegio de México is an elite research institute which specializes in area studies and the social sciences. Its Center for Asian and African Studies is on par with any in the country, including Mexico's national university, UNAM.
Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies,Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, and Chair of the Department of Humanities James Farwell concluded his year-long Luce Fellowship in Comparative Theology and Theologies of Religious Pluralism this summer. The program ended with a meeting in Chicago of 23 Fellows and senior scholars selected from across the nation to consider new directions in comparative theology and to take their learnings back to their classrooms and their research. Farwell is finishing several writing projects related to his Luce Fellowship, including a journal article on "The Possibility of Comparative Theology in a Liturgical Mode."
Jessie Janeshek , Renner Visiting Scholar assistant professor of English, attended “Reviving the Senses in Deep France,” an intensive poetry workshop at Le Moulin à Nef Studio in the small, southwestern village of Auvillar, France. Le Moulin à Nef, a renovated seventeenth-century property, is owned and operated by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). While in France for three weeks, Janeshek worked on poems that will comprise her second manuscript.
Earlier this month, John and Debra Hull presented "Rural Health Care in Appalachia: A Case Study," to an MSW class at Smith College. This is the second year they have spent three hours discussing rural health care and health care policy with that class, using information gleaned from their experiences as EMTs, and from the courses they teach.
Bethany Announces Homecoming 2011
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2011 slated for Oct. 7-8. Click here to see a full schedule of events.