Volume II, Number X
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 10, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Partners with Harlaxton College in England
Bethany College has entered into a cooperative agreement with the University of Evansville (Ind.) and Harlaxton College in England that will open the door for Bethany students to study abroad at the historic English institution. Harlaxton College is owned and operated by the University of Evansville.

Burge Appointed Director of Student Activities
Leron S. Burge is the new Director of Student Activities at Bethany College. His appointment was announced by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Cherry Tree Project Launched at Bethany College
The Bethany College Japan Outreach kicked off its Sakura 170 Project with a public groundbreaking ceremony adjacent to the Bethany Bridge on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, was on hand to help plant the first Japanese cherry tree on the Bethany campus. Vice Presidents Sven de Jong and William Kiefer, master gardener Rob Brown and Bethany instructors Sachiko Wood and Fujiko Sawtarie, leaders of the Japan Outreach, joined President Miller at the event.

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

News Briefs
President’s Installation Video Now Available Online
A video of Dr. Scott D. Miller’s installation as the 19th president of Bethany College is now available for viewing online.

To view video from the Installation please visit vimeo.com/1881986.

It can also be accessed through the Bethany College website by opening the President’s Welcome section and then clicking on “Selected Speeches and Articles” in the right-hand menu.

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President Miller Welcomed By Bethany Memorial Church
President Miller was touched by the warm welcome he received, during a special service at the Bethany Memorial Church on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dr. Peter Morgan ’61, who is serving as the church’s interim pastor during his time as Renner Visiting Scholar at the College, led the congregation in a special service that featured prayers of support and thanksgiving for Bethany College and its new president on the weekend of his formal installation. The former President of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Dr. Morgan is Historian in Residence at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.

Joining Dr. Morgan in the special service and presenting President Miller with gifts to commemorate the occasion were Dr. Douglas A. Foster, Professor of Church History and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene (Tex.) Christian University, and Dr. D. Duane Cummins, Historian for the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and President Emeritus of Bethany College.

Dr. Foster presented President Miller with an autographed copy of the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Dr. Foster was one of three general editors for the sweeping 854-page historical reference volume.

Dr. Cummins, who served as President of Bethany College from 1988-2002, presented President Miller with Volumes One and Two of Alexander Campbell: Adventurer in Freedom. The extensive literary biography of the founder of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Bethany College was written by the late Eva Jean Wrather and edited by Dr. Cummins, who is currently in the editing process for Volume Three of the epic work.

Hibernia Open House and House Blessing Set For Oct. 19
Renner Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Morgan ’61 and President Miller will host an Open House and House Blessing at the newly-restored and renovated Hibernia on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. The event will showcase the results of the renovation project at the historic house as Hibernia transitions into its new role as the Renner Visiting Scholar Residence.

The official ceremony will get under way at 2:30 p.m. with the presentation of a brief history of the house. That will be followed immediately by the House Blessing service, conducted by Dr. Morgan. Hibernia is located at 100 Main Street, just two blocks from the Bethany College campus. Major improvement projects recently completed at the residence include a new roof along with extensive painting and interior work.

The property upon which Hibernia is located was owned by Alexander Campbell when he founded Bethany College in 1840. Campbell operated a print shop in the high basement of the house for several years. He produced a number of publications during the early days of the College, including The Millennial Harbinger — still regarded as one of the most prominent religious periodicals ever to emanate from a frontier press.

Annual ‘Study Abroad Talk’ Presented In Morlan Lounge
Power Point presentations by a number of Bethany College students who have recently spent time studying overseas highlighted the Department of World Languages and Cultures’ annual “Study Abroad Talk” on Wednesday night in the Lounge at Morlan Hall.

The event — part of Diversity Week on the College campus — was organized by Bethany senior Veronica Jae, a double major in French and International Relations who is the Senior Fellow for the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the fall semester. Power Point presentations and audience discussions were led by students who had studied in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

World Language and Cultures Professors Dr. Harald Menz and Dr. Joseph Lovano were joined by Dr. Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies in highlighting the numerous options available to Bethany College students in an increasingly global marketplace.

Students in attendance were updated on the abundant Study Abroad opportunities available to them in France, Germany, Spain, England and Japan. Additional options such as exchange programs arranged through the InterAmerican Consortium and East Central Colleges were also explained along with other new programs. Refreshments were provided by the Bethany College Spanish Club.

President Miller Attends WVICU Presidents’ Council Meeting
President Miller attended the quarterly meeting of the Presidents’ Council for the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU) on Wednesday. The meeting was hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

Bethany College will host the WVICU’s annual meeting in February.

Busy Schedule Highlights Diversity Week at Bethany
The International Student Association (ISA) is wrapping up a full slate of events today as the annual Diversity Week (Oct. 5-10) winds down on the Bethany campus. Diversity Week events began on Sunday, Oct. 5 when President Miller, Vice Presidents Sven de Jong and William Kiefer and master gardener Rob Brown joined Bethany instructors Sachiko Wood and Fujiko Sawtarie to plant the first Japanese cherry tree on the College campus. The Bethany College Japan Outreach, headed by Wood and Sawtarie, plan to plant 170 cherry trees on campus in time to celebrate the College’s 170th anniversary during the 2010-11 academic year.

There was a presentation on International Relations at Morlan Lounge during the noon hour on Monday and the ISA’s International Fashion Show was held on the lawn at Old Main that afternoon. The Spanish Club presented “The Motorcycle Diaries,” a biographical film chronicling a motorcycle trip South American activist Che Guevara took across that continent during his youth.

The French Club took center stage on Tuesday with a Cheese Tasting event during the afternoon and a screening of the film, “Paris, Je t’aime,” in the evening at Maxwell’s. Wednesday’s schedule featured a Japanese Sweet Making Workshop and Tea by the Japan Outreach in the Back Dining Room at Benedum Commons along with the annual “Study Abroad Talk” presented by various students and the World Languages and Cultures Department in the Lounge at Morlan Hall.

Thursday’s schedule belonged to the German Club, which delivered a number of cultural presentations in the Lounge at Morlan Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. That was followed by a screening of the movie, “Good Bye Lenin!” at Maxwell’s on Thursday evening.

Diversity Week concludes today with another Japanese Sweet Making Workshop set for 11 a.m. on the top floor of the Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center. The ISA’s traditional International Dinner will bring down the curtain tonight from 6-8 p.m. in the Back Dining Room at Benedum Commons.

Bethany Alum Will Be Guest Speaker On Domestic Violence
The Bethany College Student Counseling Services will host a presentation on domestic violence by Sara DeLong ’91 on Monday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in Renner Too at Phillips Hall. DeLong’s talk, titled “A Little Bit of Heaven,” is one of the events marking October as Domestic Violence/Healthy Relationship Month at Bethany. It is open to the entire campus with no admission charge.

DeLong, a licensed Social Worker, earned her B.A. in Social Work at Bethany in 1991 and holds a Master’s in Social Work from West Virginia University. She will be sharing her personal story of triumph over family abuse as a multi-trauma survivor. DeLong says she is telling her story not just to help people understand the impact of domestic family violence but to make other trauma survivors aware that peace and hope is available to them.

College Counselor Veronica Reynolds cautions that the presentation may contain sensitive subject matter. For more information, call Reynolds at (304) 829-7572 or send an e-mail to vreynold@bethanywv.edu.

Social Awareness Club Holding Pet Show on Sunday
The Bethany College Social Awareness Club will hold a Pet Show on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. in front of the cafeteria on the College campus. In case of inclement weather, the show will shift to the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center.

The event, which is open to all ages, is being used as a fundraiser for Heifer International and features competition in nearly 20 different categories. There is a $1 entry fee per category while a $5 donation will permit entry in unlimited categories. Some of the categories include best in show (people’s choice), best of breed (purebred and Heinz 57), biggest pet, smallest pet, best costume (pet only) and best costume (pet and owner).

To register for the Pet Show or to obtain additional information, send an e-mail to msinclair@bethanywv.edu or call (304) 829-7183.

President’s Higher Education Column Now Available Online
President Miller continues to submit monthly columns on Higher Education to the State Journal newspaper in Charleston, W.Va. His October column referenced the coming election and called for higher education to take a leadership role in key issues affecting all Americans.

Links to all of President Miller’s Higher Education columns can be accessed through the Bethany College website by opening the President’s Welcome section and then clicking on “Selected Speeches and Articles” in the right-hand menu. The column can also be accessed by clicking on the following link: Higher Education: State Journal-October 2008

Alumni News
4th Annual Hugh ‘Tiger’ Joyce Golf Scramble a Success
The weather was terrific and the course was in wonderful condition on Friday, Oct. 3 as Bethany College’s Homecoming Weekend festivities teed off with the fourth annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble at Highland Springs Golf Course near Wellsburg, W.Va.

The event was a huge success as more than 120 golfers hit the links, taking advantage of an excellent opportunity for alumni and friends of Bethany College to share old memories and make a few new ones. Special guests on hand to participate in the event included 2008 Hall of Fame inductees Ed Blundon ’66, Dan Swickard ’72 and Jeff Weekley ’96.

Organizers of the event send out a special thank you to the corporate sponsor, H.E. Neumann Co., and the 19 individual hole sponsors. Every dollar raised through the Huge “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble goes directly to the Bethany College Athletic Department for the benefit of our student-athletes. This event is just another example of our alumni and community coming together to ensure Bethany’s standing as a small college of national distinction.

Homecoming 2008: Something For Everybody
Hundreds of alumni flooded back onto the Bethany campus last weekend for Homecoming 2008 and none of them had any trouble keeping themselves occupied. Homecoming officially got under way Friday morning with the fourth annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble (see above) at Highland Springs Golf Course.

Later that afternoon, Dr. Scott D. Miller was installed as the 19th President of West Virginia’s oldest private college. Four new members were enshrined at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night while the men’s and women’s soccer teams played their first-ever doubleheader under the lights at newly-refurbished Bison Stadium. The busy evening concluded with the annual Alumni Invitational Art Exhibit Reception.

The eighth annual Allison’s Run helped get everybody’s blood flowing on Saturday morning. It was followed by the official dedication of Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights and an Open House at the Judith R. Hurl Education Center. That set the stage for the Homecoming Parade, football game — televised on a tape-delay basis by WTOV-TV9 — and numerous tailgate festivities, including a concert featuring a live band from Boston, Mass. Mandy Kaufman was selected as the 2008 Homecoming Queen while Anthony Adelianakis was the 2008 Homecoming King.

Saturday evening, the Alumni Awards Banquet was held in Commencement Hall. The presentation of the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award to Linda Comins ’77 and the presentation of the Alumni Community Service Award to David Jolliffe ’74, along with the induction of Rev. Dr. A. Dale Fiers '29 into the Bethany Wall of Fame highlighted the event.

To view photos from the weekend visit the online Alumni Event Phot Gallery at: www.bethanywv.edu/Homecoming2008.

Memorial Service for Elizabeth Mayer Hersh ’79
On Saturday of Homecoming Weekend, 55 Bethanians attended a memorial service for Elizabeth Mayer Hersh ’79 in the Academic Parlour at Old Main. Hersh passed away on Sept. 21 after a year-long battle with breast cancer. Members of eight different fraternities and sororities were represented at the service.

William B. Allen ’62, Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), officiated at the service while Faith Skowronski Daniels ’79 presented the eulogy. Also participating in the service were Elizabeth Stevens Chewning ’79, Patty Head Wilson ’79, Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko ’78, Mark Scorpion ’79 and 20 active members of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity.

Alumni Softball Team Prevails
Bethany College head softball coach Jan Forsty had a chance to show off the newly-renovated softball complex adjacent to Bison Stadium to some very familiar faces on Saturday, Sept. 27. That’s when nearly a dozen former Bethany softball players returned to campus to take on the current Bison squad in an Alumni softball game.

The old grads adapted quickly to their upgraded surroundings, pulling out a 2-1 victory against Coach Forsty’s current team in a seven-inning game. Both teams celebrated afterward at a barbecue sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations.

Annual Phone-A-Thon ‘Ringing’ in the New School Year
Your phone will soon be ringing! Student callers are gearing up for next month’s start of the annual Phone-A-Thon. Alumni participation in the Bethany Fund rose from 17 percent to 22 percent last year. The goal for the 2008-09 campaign is to increase alumni giving to 27 percent.

We hope you will answer the phone and respond to our students by continuing to support the Bethany Fund. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

W.Va. Public Broadcasting Seeks Full-Time Reporter for Bethany
West Virginia Public Broadcasting is seeking a full-time reporter for its Bethany College newsroom. The person would be a state employee teaching an average of one course a semester as an adjunct professor at the College and would work out of an office in Bethany’s WVBC-FM complex.

The successful candidate must possess excellent reporting, interviewing, writing and electronic newsgathering skills to produce substantive radio/television stories for a statewide and regional audience while also serving as a journalism instructor and working with interns. This person must be able to maintain high journalistic standards of fairness under deadline pressure and, above all, must work collaboratively with others in a multi-media newsroom.

Two years of reporting experience are required. A bachelor’s degree is required with a master’s degree preferred or an appropriate combination of education and experience. To apply, send a written request for application to: News and Public Affairs Reporter/Producer Search, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, PO Box 9004, Beckley, WV 25802-9004.

An application can also be requested online at ebajobs@wvpubcast.org. Please specify the job application requested. A resume and work samples should be submitted with the completed application. All requested materials must be returned to the above mailing address postmarked no later than Oct. 14, 2008. No telephone calls or walk-ins will be accepted.

Save the Date! Alumni Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Alumni Events
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Tuesday, October 28. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epping Forest Yacht Club, 1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. The reception is being hosted by Linda D. ’71 and Rick Hull ’70.

For more information or to register for any of these events 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
Bethany Loses at W & J in Non-Conference Match
The Bethany College women’s tennis team was defeated 8-1 Thursday at Washington & Jefferson, which dropped their record to 2-9 overall.

Bison Lose Tight Contest to PAC Leader Westminster
The Bethany College volleyball team battled PAC front runner Westminster to the end of three highly competitive sets, but came up on the short end of a 3-0 loss (27-29, 24-26, 21-25).

Bethany Unbeaten Streak Ends at Grove City
The Bethany College women’s soccer team saw their five-game unbeaten string snapped Wednesday with a 6-0 loss at Grove City in the Bison’s PAC opener.

Bethany and Thiel Face Off Saturday for First PAC Win
The Bethany College football team will travel to Thiel (0-5, 0-2) Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Alumni Stadium, with the winner to come away with their first PAC triumph of the season.

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


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