Volume II, Number XV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 14, 2008

Campus News
NSSE Survey Shows Bethany Freshmen, Seniors Outperform Peers
Bolstering Bethany College’s mission as a small campus of academic rigor, strong student engagement and outcomes, Bethany freshmen and seniors are outperforming selected peers in key benchmarked questions. These results, just released from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for the 2008-2009 academic year, validate the College’s reputation as a highly effective undergraduate institution of national distinction, said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Formal Investiture Ceremony Honors Two Bethany Professors
Distinguished Bethany College professors Dr. James W. Farwell and Dr. Robert A. Paysen will be honored with a formal investiture ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14. Dr. Farwell will be officially installed as the Thomas W. Phillips Chair in Religious Studies while Dr. Paysen will be officially installed as the Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Academic Parlour at historic Old Main with a reception to follow.

Bethany College to Hold Fifth Annual Relay For Life
Walkers from Bethany College and surrounding communities will be stepping up to support the battle against cancer this weekend in the College’s fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. This year’s relay starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center and continues through the night, ending at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16.

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Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Set for Nov. 19
Bethany College’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner for faculty, staff and community members has been scheduled for Nov. 19 at Benedum Commons. Catered by Chartwells Dining Service, the menu includes turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetables, salads, rolls and a wide variety of desserts.

Three seating times have been set: 5-5:55 p.m.; 6-6:55 p.m. and 7-7:55 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $7.69 with a $1 discount for those bringing a canned good for donation to the food shelter. The dinner is included in the student meal plan but students who bring a canned good will be entered into a drawing for $50 in “Boomer’s Bucks.” Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Chartwells office in Boomer’s or at the door.

BethCom TV-14 Produces Five-Part Series on Vietnam Mission
Bethany Communication major Korey Mullin and Jim Forbes, faculty advisor for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley in Wheeling, W.Va., produced a five-part series about their recent mission of mercy to Vietnam. The series has been airing on the 6 p.m. news broadcast of WTRF-TV and the 10 p.m. news broadcast of Fox Ohio Valley throughout the week.

The series — the first full-length televised production of BethCom TV-14 — was titled, “Be the Blessing.” It followed 16 people from the local area, including Forbes and Mullin, on an emotional two-week trip to distribute free wheelchairs to residents of Vietnam who have been unable to walk due to serious injuries caused by land mines left behind from the Vietnam War.

The “Be the Blessing” series will serve as Mullin’s Senior Project. Forbes also noted that Brandon Essington, another Communication major, enhanced the series with his graphic talents. The trip was sponsored by the Vineyard Church of Wheeling. Each of the five video segments is being archived on the station’s website and can be accessed at www.wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=showstories&catid=310.

Annual Bethany Fall Art Exhibit Opens
The Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit opened last week in the Renner Union Gallery with the traditional Awards Reception from 7:30-9 p.m. This year’s display features 69 pieces in a variety of media created by artists living within an 80-mile radius of the campus.

The tradition stretches back nearly four decades as the first Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibit was held on campus in 1969 as a joint effort between the College’s Art Department (now the Department of Fine and Performing Arts) and the Renner Union Programming Board (now the Student Activities Council). This year’s event runs through Friday, Dec. 5.

Department of Social Work Symposium a Success
The Bethany College Department of Social Work hosted a professional development symposium on Nov. 6-7 at Mountainside Conference Center. The event, “Current Topics in Health and Human Services,” was attended by more than 50 local nurses, social workers, domestic violence workers and students. Topics included various aspects of domestic violence, personal safety, anger management and mental illness.

The low-cost event was approved for 12 Continuing Education (CE) credits for West Virginia social workers and domestic violence workers as well as 14.4 CE credits for West Virginia nurses. Co-sponsors included the Brooke County Health Department, West Virginia Northern Community College, West Virginia University and Ohio University. Food for breaks was provided through donations from the Ohio Valley Medical Center, the Philathea Class of Bethany Memorial Church, the Social Awareness Club and various sororities on the Bethany campus.

Evaluations received from those attending the symposium indicated a need for additional events in the future. The Department of Social Work plans to make the symposium an annual event, which will be held on the first Thursday and Friday of each November.

Education Students Attend Conference in Denver
Four students represented Bethany College and the Department of Education at the National Middle Schools Association’s annual conference in Denver, Colo. from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. The students attending the conference had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the association along with many current professionals in the field of education.

The students gained insight into the many issues which challenge new teachers entering the job market and learned some of the keys to a successful teaching career. Students at the conference had the choice of attending and participating in any of more than 400 professional development sessions relating to middle-school level education and professional issues.

The four students will be making presentations about their trip to various Education courses on campus. This professional development opportunity was supported by the Bethany chapter of the Collegiate Middle Level Association, West Virginia’s only CMLA chapter. The students were accompanied on their trip by Bethany Assistant Professors of Education Dr. Richard Rushton and Jaclyn Riffle.

Communication Majors Volunteer at Local TV Station
Five Communication majors from Bethany College volunteered their time to assist a Wheeling, W.Va. television station with its election night coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Brittany Allison, Shannon Cerone, Laurie Conway, Dave Hartman and Bob Rovnanik worked with reporters from WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley to help gather and compile results from the general election.

Jim Forbes, faculty advisor for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley, said the students benefited from the experience of working with journalists “live” in the field and were “a critical part of the company’s overall successful coverage.”

Folio to Hold Competition
Bethany’s own annual magazine, The Folio, wants to know about the lives of Bethanians beyond the confines of the campus. What do Bethany students, faculty, staff, and alumni do in the “outside world?” What exciting adventures have they had?

In the past, the Folio has featured articles on sabbatical activities, study abroad experiences, internships and more. And that is where you can assist the Folio. The staff is looking for material that celebrates the diversity of experience of Bethanians around the world. They’re even willing to pay for those stories. The Folio will pay $200 for the best article submitted, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. These and other articles will appear in the next edition of the Folio, and in the new Folio electronic version on the web. All you have to do is submit your article by the beginning of Thanksgiving Break, Friday Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. For more information on the contest and how to submit your article, please contact Korey “Chops” Mullin at kmullin@bethanwyv.edu.

Dr. Grimes Presents at SAMLA Convention in Louisville
Dr. Larry Grimes, Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Literature and Language, presented a paper at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s (SAMLA) annual convention, held Nov. 7-9 in Louisville, Ky. Dr. Grimes’ paper was titled, “Hemingway’s African Religions.” While attending the conference, Dr. Grimes was elected secretary of SAMLA’s Hemingway Society section and will be responsible for assembling programs for the next three years.

Alumni News
Bethany Alum Honored by American Medical Association
D. Brent Mulgrew ’70, executive director of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA), was presented with the American Medical Association’s 2008 Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, Nov. 8 during the AMA’s semiannual policy-making meeting in Orlando, Fla.

“Brent is most deserving of this honor,” said OSMA President Warren F. Muth, M.D. “He is an outstanding leader and strong physician advocate who has had a tremendously positive impact on the practice of medicine both in the state of Ohio and nationally.”

The Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the AMA to honor a medical association executive who has made substantial contributions to the goals and ideals of the medical profession during a significant course of service. It is awarded based on nominations to the AMA from the president or other officers of the association or society.

During his 34 years with the association, Mulgrew has represented the concerns of OSMA-member physicians and their patients before state and federal legislative, administrative and regulatory bodies. He has led the OSMA’s efforts to enhance the quality of health care by pushing medical liability reform legislation in Ohio as well as legislation aimed at reforming the managed care industry.

Mulgrew joined the OSMA as a legislative advocate in 1974. He has served as Executive Director since 1992 and previously held the positions of Associate Executive Director in the Department of Legislation and Counsel and Managing Director and Counsel.

A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Mulgrew graduated with honors from Bethany in 1970. He also holds a master’s degree from Ohio University and a law degree from The Ohio State University.

Alumni Events
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Wednesday, November 19. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Houston City Club, 1 City Club Drive, Houston, Texas. The reception is being hosted by Jay '71 and Marsha '73 Smith.

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
Bethany Hosts Saint Vincent Saturday in "The Green Game"
The Bethany football team will close out the 2008 season Saturday afternoon when they host Saint Vincent in “The Green Game” at Bison Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Bethany's Meadows Named Honorable Mention All-PAC
Bethany freshman Courtney Meadows (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) was named Honorable Mention All-PAC when the all-conference volleyball teams were announced over the weekend.

Bethany Posts Strong Times at Hiram
The Bethany men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams registered several solid times during their dual meet at Hiram Saturday.

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


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