Volume II, Number XVI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 21, 2008

Campus News
40th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit Opens
Nearly 70 pieces of original works in a variety of media by artists living within an 80-mile radius of Bethany College are now on display at the College’s Renner Union Gallery in the 40th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit. The event is being presented by the Bethany College Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Student Activities Council.

Bethany Welcomes Renner Visiting Scholar
Dr. R. Robert Cueni, retired President of Lexington Theological Seminary, is Bethany College’s second Renner Visiting Scholar of the 2008-09 academic year. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the holder of an honorary degree from Bethany, Dr. Cueni will also serve as interim pastor for Bethany Memorial Church and chaplain of the College.

Bethany Relay For Life Raises $6,353
More than 250 participants came out in support of The American Cancer Society’s fifth annual Relay for Life at Bethany College on Saturday, Nov. 15 and raised more than $6,300 for ACS research, education, advocacy and service programs.

Dr. Darin E. Fields Named Vice President for Academic
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the appointment of Dr. Darin E. Fields as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Dr. Fields will assume the post on February 16, 2009.

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Spring Speakers Announced
President Miller is pleased to announce the following speakers for Spring 2009 events:

Dr. William Tucker, Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Christian University and former President of Bethany College (1976-79) will be the speaker at the Founder’s Day Convocation. Dr. Tucker graduated from Atlantic Christian College and holds a B.D. from Brite Divinity School along with an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

An acclaimed church historian and author, Dr. Tucker became Bethany’s 14th President on July 1, 1976 after serving as Dean of the Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. He served for three years before leaving in August 1979 to assume the Chancellorship of Texas Christian University.

The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be the Baccalaureate Speaker. Dr. Watkins earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Economics at Butler University and holds a Master of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School. She earned her Doctor of Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1984 at Hamden, Conn.

In her role as General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Watkins is the general pastor of the nearly 700,000-member denomination. She is responsible for representing the wholeness of the church, reconciling differences and helping the church maintain its clarity of mission and identity. As President, she is the chief executive officer for the denomination, responsible for overseeing the work of the church’s various structures. She strives to help the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) remain faithful to God’s calling and to do its work effectively and efficiently.

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC), in Pittsburgh, will be the Commencement speaker. A Pittsburgh native and one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, Strickland is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in American History and Foreign Relations. Strickland returned to the Pittsburgh neighborhood he grew up in and created a model for turning underprivileged people into productive workers. He founded MCG to teach life skills to at-risk children through the arts and followed through with BTC, an innovative partnership with local companies which provides displaced adults with the training they need to land jobs in those companies. Each program has grown into $3 million a year operations. He is also the author of “Make the Impossible Possible” and the founder of the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.

Strickland has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the arts and his community. These include the MacArthur Genius Award for leadership in 1996 and the Coming Up Taller Award, which was presented to him by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a 1998 White House ceremony. Strickland also served a six-year Presidential appointment as a Council Member to the National Endowment for the Arts and is a member of numerous boards and councils domestically and overseas.

Investiture of Distinguished Professors
Distinguished Bethany College professors Dr. James W. Farwell and Dr. Robert A. Paysen were honored with a formal investiture on Friday, Nov. 14. Dr. Farwell was installed as the Thomas W. Phillips Chair in Religious Studies while Dr. Paysen was installed as the Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry.

A video of President Miller’s remarks at the investiture ceremony is now available by clicking on the following link: Investiture Ceremony

The formal ceremony of investiture illustrates the connection between the scholarship of our leading instructors and the tradition of philanthropy in support of that scholarship that has been a hallmark of Bethany College for nearly 170 years.

Performa Higher Education To Aid In Planning
Bethany College has chosen Performa Higher Education to develop a 10-year master plan that will help address future needs and deferred maintenance. It will serve as a foundation for the development of a strategic master plan. Performa Higher Education is based in Green Bay, Wis.

“Transformation Now! The Plan for Bethany College” will be developed over the next 10 months and will include involvement of all college constituencies. The first campus visit and committee meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Dr. Sable Attends Annual NAFSA Meeting
Dr. Mark Sable, Bethany College Director of International Studies, traveled to Pittsburgh on Nov. 6-7 to attend the annual Region VIII meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The organization, founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, has updated its name to reflect its status as the nation’s largest professional association of international educators. The Region VIII meeting is the largest regional meeting in the association.

During his two days in Pittsburgh, Dr. Sable attended workshops on the subjects of maximizing the effectiveness of an OPO (One-Person Office); changes in educational standards in member nations of the European Union; assessment mechanisms for Study Abroad programs; and emergency planning for students abroad.

Political Awareness Club Meets With Alumni in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Clinton Maffett, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, will be accompanying 16 students from Bethany’s Political Awareness Club on a trip to Washington, D.C. this weekend. Among the highlights of a busy agenda is a visit to the Jamaican Embassy along with tours of the Pentagon, Capitol Building and other monuments.

The group will also attend a speech at the home office of International Relief and Development, a non-governmental organization founded by Bethany alumnus and Board of Trustees member Rev. Dr. Arthur B. Keys ’67, Jr. As president and founder of IRD, Dr. Keys oversees management of $300 million annually for development assistance worldwide. Members of the club are also scheduled to have dinner with a group of Bethany alumni currently working in the Washington, D.C. area.

Professors Represent Bethany at FACDIS Workshop
Dr. Mark Sable, Director of International Studies, was joined by Dr. Joseph Lovano and Dr. Harald Menz, Professors of World Languages and Cultures, in representing Bethany at the 28th Annual West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS) Workshop held on Nov. 13-14 at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, W.Va.

The workshop was attended by more than 100 college faculty members from institutions across the state of West Virginia. Sessions included focused discussions on Economic Migration, the history of United States Immigration Policy, the United State-Mexican border and United States and International guest-worker programs.

Dr. Lippmann Presenting Paper at Philadelphia Convention
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Erich Lippman is in Philadelphia this weekend to present a paper at the annual Slavic Convention, the nation’s premier conference of Slavic scholars. Dr. Lippmann’s paper, “Co-Opting Orthodoxy: Orthodox Symbolism in Gorky’s Godbuilding Works,” will be presented as part of a panel he arranged titled, “God, Man and Man-God: The Godbuilding Impulse in Maxim Gorky’s Writings.”

The other members of the panel – Barry Scherr of Dartmouth University, Mary Louise Loe of James Madison University, and Edith Clowers of the University of Kansas – are among the foremost Gorky scholars in the country.

Science Day 2008 Was A Success
A large number of local high school students traveled to Bethany on Friday, Nov. 14 for the second annual Science Day. Among the schools represented were Brooke High School, John Marshall High School, Oak Glen High School, Weir High School and Weirton Madonna High School. The students were greeted by President Miller and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Daniel J. Phillips, who organized the event in conjunction with the Office of Admission.

The visiting students were given a tour of the campus and their departments of interest by Bethany students in those departments. The visitors also observed classroom instruction and demonstrations by faculty, attended a presentation by the Office of Admission and were treated to lunch at the cafeteria. The idea for Science Day was conceived as a Kalon Scholar project by Bethany student Lindsay A. Sobotka.

Departmental representatives participating in the event were:

  •   Biology (Environmental Science): Dr. Albert J. Buckelew and Dr. William T. Hicks
  •   Chemistry (Biochemistry): Dr. Robert A. Paysen and Dr. Daniel J. Phillips
  •   Mathematics/Computer Science: Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski, Prof. Adam C. Fletcher, Dr. Majid A.  
  •     Sawtarie and Dr. Robert A. Spangler Jr.
  •   Psychology: Dr. Mark A. Affeltranger and Dr. John H. Hull

Alumni News
Alumni Events

Texas Alumni Reception
On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Bethany Alumni and Friends gathered for a reception with President Scott D. Miller in Houston, Texas. The Event was hosted by Jay ’71 and Marsha ’73 Smith. The event was held from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Houston City Club. It is anticipated that two events per year will be hosted in the Houston area.


Florida: Save the Date!
Bethany College Alumni and Friends in the Florida area will have three opportunities to attend a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, in early January.

Please save the dates and make plans to join us in:

Fort Myers - Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Palm City - Thursday, January 8, 2009

St. Petersburg - Saturday, January 10, 2009

Additional information will be provided in future editions of the Old Main Journal.

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.

Holiday Gift Ideas at Expanded Bethany Bookstore
The recent expansion and renovation of the Bethany College Bookstore has created a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor to their holiday celebrations.

With twice as much space to work with, the Bookstore now 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.

Save the Date! Phi Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its 70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7, 2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal

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.

Bison Athletics
Bison Take Down LaRoche in Opener 77-61
Junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) scored a game-high 21 and senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bethany men’s basketball team to a 77-61 victory over visiting LaRoche Monday night in the season opener for both teams.

Bethany Women Eye Playoff Bid in 08-09
With all five starters and two other key contributors returning after a 15-win season last year, the Bethany women’s basketball program believes their first postseason bid since 2004 is within reach.

Eight Bison Garner All-PAC Football Accolades
Eight Bethany football players were honored Monday when All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) teams were announced after voting by the league coaches.

Bethany Women's Soccer Duo Grabs All-PAC Recognition
After leading the Bethany women’s soccer program to its most successful season since 1999, a pair of Bison were honored with All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) recognition.

Bison Place Five on All-PAC Teams
Five members of the Bethany men’s soccer team were recognized with All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) accolades Tuesday.

McNeil Shatters Receiving Record in 44-14 Bison Win
Bethany senior WR Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) celebrated Senior Day in style, catching 10 passes for a school-record 279 yards and two touchdowns, as the Bison closed out the season with a 44-14 victory over invading Saint Vincent Saturday in “The Green Game.”

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


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