Volume II, Number XXXVIIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
June 19, 2009

Campus News
Kappel to Serve as Bethany College Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College, announced that Dr. Gary Kappel, Professor of History and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, will serve as the College’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Valedictorian Veronica Jae Receives Bethany College Oreon E. Scott Award
Veronica S. Jae of West Mifflin, Pa., earned the title of Valedictorian of the Bethany College 2009 graduating class. Jae was also the recipient of the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, presented annually to the graduate with the highest overall grade point average.

Bethany Announces President’s List and Dean’s List
Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2008-09 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.

News Briefs
President Announces Establishment of Center for Enrollment
President Miller announced in May the reorganization of several external affairs functions of the institution to place a stronger emphasis on the critical area recruitment and financial aid.  “This is a more contemporary model of approaching student recruitment, financial aid services and retention,” Dr. Miller noted. 

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The Center, located on street level of Bethany House, will include new student recruitment, financial aid and the enrollment call center. Adjacent facilities house services that are related to the recruitment and retention process, including the registrar and student life. 

As a part of the reorganization, several personnel changes have been announced. The staff in the Center for Enrollment now includes:

Karina Dayich-McCabe, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
R.J.  Zitzelsberger, Associate Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
Katie Mills, Associate Director of Enrollment
Merlinda Lees, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Annie LaBrosse, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Kellen Lieb, Enrollment Counselor
Sean Regan, Enrollment Counselor

Michelle Bonaventura, Enrollment Counselor
Lisa Mullin, Enrollment Database Manager
Gloria Colussi, Office Assistant

The staff produced the second largest incoming class in 32 years last year. A similar sized class is expected for fall 2009. 

Volunteer Groups Work to Improve Campbell Mansion
For the past seven years, every vacation Larry and Jan Cruse have taken has been a mission trip. Normally they go to Nicaragua or another Central American country. But fortunately for the Campbell Mansion, three of those trips have been to Bethany.

Larry is the Minister of Mission at First Christian Church in Huntsville, Texas. He gathers a group of volunteers, consisting of both returnees and new recruits, yearly. This year, Larry, Jan, and returnee Annette Jergins worked as the advance team. They scraped paint at the Mansion in preparation for the rest of the group, which arrived on June 7. The whole group scraped, primed, painted, etc. for an intense four days. 

When they left, a team from Ohio led by Roger McKinney, pastor of Hiram Christian Church, arrived to finish the job.  They also volunteered at the Soup Kitchen in Wheeling. 

Historic Bethany greatly appreciates the time and effort of these volunteer groups.  

Campus Compact Visits Bethany
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Professor Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Chair of Social Work, and Amy Van Horne recently met with Francesca Nestor, Director of the West Virginia Campus Compact.  Campus Compact is a national coalition committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by promoting public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helping campuses forge effective community partnerships, and providing resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.   Dr. Fields and Professor Shelek-Furbee discussed Bethany College's long engagement with the West Virginia Campus Compact through the Social Work Program and discussed new opportunities and initiatives for grant development and faculty and student development.

Bethany Students Present Research at American Chemical Society Conference
With support from WV NASA Space Grant Consortium, Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips took three of his research students—Chris Smurthwaite, Stacy Meeks and Ken Barrows—to the American Chemical Society Regional Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, May 20-23. Smurthwaite and Meeks presented posters of their research work done in Phillips laboratory at Bethany College. The titles are “Synthesis of 2,7-di-t-Butyl-4-Cyanomethyl-9-(2,2,2-Triphenylethylidene)-Fluorene” (Smurthwaite, C.B. and Phillips, D.J.) and  “Progress In Synthesis and Characterization of (E and Z) 4-Acetylamino-2, 7- di-tert-Butyl-9-(2,2,2-Triphenylethylidene)-Fluorene” (Meeks, S.R., Furbee, T.R. and Phillips, D.J.). All attended these as well as other research talks and events during the conference.

Weaver’s Art Featured in West Virginia Weddings
Herb Weaver's artwork was recently featured in West Virginia Weddings, an annual supplement of West Virginia Living magazine. Under the category of "Favorite Gifts," the author states, "Give the bride and groom their first heirloom with this stoneware platter made by Herb Weaver of Bethany."  The platter is enhanced with a ceramic padlock to symbolize the enduring nature of love. Weaver said the platter was discovered by a West Virginia Weddings staff member at a gallery, Art For Your Soul, in Fairmont, W.Va.

Master Plan Process Nearing Completion
Representatives from Performa Higher Education Inc of Green Bay, Wis., are putting the final touches on the comprehensive 10-year master plan and corrective maintenance plan.  After working collaboratively with the multiple constituencies of the College for the past nine months, the final plan is being polished and will be “rolled out” to the campus this fall. 

Morgan and Hardt Named Faculty Marshals
Kenneth Morgan, ’71, Professor of Fine Arts, and Luke Hardt, ‘84, Associate Professor of Theatre, have accepted appointment as Faculty Marshals for the 2009-10 academic year. They succeed Keely Camden, ’96, and Gary Kappel, ’74,  in the post.

And just who are the Faculty Marshals? You’ve seen them many times, leading the academic procession into Commencement Hall at the outset of a convocation or special ceremonial occasion, dressed in green robes and carrying a staff. By tradition members of the faculty who are also alumni of the college, the marshals organize the academic processions, seat each contingent in the procession in the appropriate area, assist the president in the awarding of honorary degrees, and bestow the academic hoods on graduates as they cross the stage at Commencement. In the recent past, Bethanians John Taylor, ’44,  Jim Allison, ’62,  and Larry Grimes, ‘64 have all served as marshals.

Bethany Works to Preserve Old Main
Paint crews have worked throughout June painting the exterior of Old Main. The project is the largest of 32 painting projects on campus this summer. 

New Locker Room Construction Continues
Construction continues on a new 1,800 square foot locker room at the Hummel Field House.  Funded through private donations, the facility will house 100 lockers and will be named in honor of legendary former coach and prominent NCAA Division I athletic administrator Bob Goin. Goin started his distinguished coaching career at Bethany. 

The facility is expected to be completed by the start of the fall semester. 

President/VP Attend Appalachian College Association Annual Meeting
President Miller and Vice President for Academic Affairs Darin Fields attended the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Annual Meeting of Presidents and Deans in Abingdon, Va.  

Bethany has been active in the 36-member organization, which focuses on academic collaboration on a variety of topics.  In 2009, Bethany will benefit from an ACA/Mellon Foundation Grant that will connect Bethany’s library to the ACA flagship Bowen Central Library in Berea, Ky.  This project will make available to Bethany students millions of resources from all of the ACA campuses and central library.

Dr. Fields was elected to the Teaching & Learning Institute Steering Committee, which is responsible for guiding the annual institute that provides hands-on experience with a variety of techniques for classroom instruction and assessment—particularly applicable to the learning styles of today's students.

Bethany Extends Campus Parking Facilities
As a part of Bethany’s soon-to-be-unveiled master plan, work began this week on the extension and blacktopping of two parking lots on campus.  Funded through private donations, the lot adjacent to Cramblet Hall (behind Phillips Hall) will be extended to include more than 30 new parking spaces.  The lot at the Hurl Center will be blacktopped and expanded to include more than 40 parking slots. 


Bethany Prepares to Welcome Class of 2013
The Matriculation Ceremony for new students will be August 21 at 5:30 p.m. with an all-campus picnic at 7 p.m., according to an announcement by the Office of Academic Affairs.  The ceremony is a long-time tradition of the College. Students march through the Oglebay Gates for the first time to Commencement Hall. The gates are then closed, and they march through them again as a part of commencement activities.

Kalon Scholars Date Set for 2010
March 6, 2010, has been set as “Kalon Scholars Day” at Bethany College.  A long-time tradition of the College, the event traditionally marks a full day of activities allowing prospective students with exemplary leadership skills to learn more about Bethany and present their abilities for a select number of leadership scholarships.

President Attends East Central Colleges Board Meeting
President Miller attended the annual Board of Directors meeting for the East Central Colleges recently at Marietta College (MC).  Bethany, along with MC, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Muskingum College, Mt. Union College and Westminster College, comprise the group, which collaborates on a wide variety of academic and operational issues. 

Bonaventura Joins Enrollment Center Staff
Michelle Leigh Bonaventura recently joined the Bethany's staff as an Enrollment Counselor. She is a graduate of Brooke High School and West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Advertising.

President Announces 2009-10 Organizational Structure
President Miller recently announced the new organizational structure for the 2009-10 academic year. 

Click here to view the chart.

“Twittering” with Bethany College
Follow Bethany President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong on Twitter at twitter.com. Get an inside glimpse into what takes place on a daily basis at Bethany College. Follow Dr. Miller by selecting BethanyCollege1, and follow Sven de Jong by selecting BethanyCollege2. You might be surprised by all that occurs on “The Banks of the Old Buffalo.”

Bethany College Summer Camp Schedule Announced
Bethany College has four camps returning this summer and an additional two camps added into the schedule.

Camp Canyon will hold three sessions this summer:

Session 1
June 21 - 27

Session 2
June 28 - July 17

Session 3
July 19 - August 7

For more information on Camp Canyon please visit www.campcanyon.com.

The Bethany College Basketball Camp will be run by Matt Drahos. The co-ed camp will run from June 21-25, 2009 and welcomes campers ages 7-15 year olds, both commuters and residential.

BLAST or the Bethany Leadership for Student Training Academy will return for its second year from June 21-24, 2009.

New Assistant Football Coach Bill Struble, a veteran camp director, will bring a football camp to Bethany College the week of July 5th, 2009.

The Bethany College Soccer Camps continue for the third year with the high school boys week ages 13-17 from July 19 – 23, 2009. The high school girls week will be on campus from July 24 – 26, 2009.

Along with the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy returning, Bethany College will host high school band and sports camps, youth retreats, adult conferences and educational programs over the summer months. For more information or brochures on all Bethany College Summer Camps or for group camp availability please email Saralyn Dague at sdague@bethanywv.edu.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Old Main Journal on Summer Schedule
The Old Main Journal will continue on a monthly publication schedule for the summer months. The next Old Main Journal will be released on July 17. The Old Main Journal will resume its regular weekly publication on August 21.

Alumni News
Alpha Sigma Phi to Host Sig Bust/Golf Outing
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, Beta Gamma Chapter, will host a Sig Bust/Golf Outing August 7-9 at Bethany College in celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the chapter. The purpose of this event is to re-connect multi-generations of Bethany College's Alpha Sigma Phi brothers and to re-connect the alumni with the chapter, its needs and priorities.  The weekend includes:  a Beta Gamma alumni breakfast meeting, a golf outing at Highland Springs Golf Course, and a dinner (wings) at Drover's Inn. Cost for the weekend, excluding accommodations, is $115.00. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Gresham House for August 7-8. Cost for the rooms is $62.54 per night. Individuals will pay their own Gresham House charges at check-in.  

To RSVP, send your check—made out to Alpha Sigma Phi, Beta Gamma Chapter—for $115 to Gary Mulhern, 56 Oak Drive Circle, Wheeling, WV  26003. For questions, Gary can be reached at (304) 281-9405 or via email at  gary@garymulhernphotography.com. Brothers who can't attend the weekend are encouraged to send in their donation of $115 to help the chapter. The deadline for RSVPs is July 10.

Bethany Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn’t have a clue how to reach them? Bethany’s new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

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 bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Baltimore Alumni Gathering
Nearly two dozen Bethany Alumni and Friends got together in Baltimore, Md., on Thursday, June 11 at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong. The gathering was held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art and was hosted by George ’78 & Patricia Davis.

To view photos of the Baltimore event, visit www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/events/alumni-event-photo-gallery/.

Support the Bethany Fund
Although the academic year has come to an end, the fiscal year has not and your support of The Bethany Fund is critical. If you have not made your gift yet, please click here and support The Bethany Fund. Your support allows us to fund scholarships, academic programs, student life and athletic opportunities for our students. All gifts are important as we are seeking to grow alumni participation to 24%. If you have not given, please take this opportunity and give now to make your impact on Bethany.

Regional Alumni Receptions
New York, N.Y.
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 25. The gathering will be hosted at the residence of Dr. Linda Donelle Lewis '61 and Mr. Gary Gambuti from 5 to 7 p.m. R.S.V.P. by June 15, 2009.

San Francisco, Calif.
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, July 9. The gathering will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Autodesk Inc. Headquarters, One Market Street, San Francisco, CA. The event is being hosted by George “Ken” Bado ‘77.

Irving, Texas
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Sunday, August 2. The gathering will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 North O'Connor Road, Irving, TX. The event is being hosted by John ‘69 & Marjorie Mullen.

For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming 2009 Schedule Announced
October 9-10, 2009
Friday, October 9         Saturday, October 10 

Golf Scramble

8:30 a.m.

       Allison's Run

8:30 a.m.

Tailgate/Tent Set-up

Noon - 3 p.m.

       Alumni DJ Shows

9 a.m. - noon
2 - 5 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs. W&J

4 p.m.

       Homecoming Parade

11:45 a.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Thomas More

4:30 p.m.

       Football vs. Thiel

2 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

6 p.m.

       Concert in Tailgate Area

5 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Thomas More

6:45 p.m.

       Donor Recognition Reception

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Art Show Reception/DJ Reunion

8 - 10 p.m.

       Entertainment TBD

8:30 p.m.

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College.
Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.

PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Names Matt Abel New Cross Country Coach
Former Wheeling Jesuit University standout and current Wheeling Park High School assistant coach Matt Abel has been selected as the new head men’s and women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Bethany College, announced Wednesday by director of athletics and recreation Tim Weaver.

Bethany's Bodo Voted Academic All-District
Bethany rising senior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) has been voted to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country team, as announced recently by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bethany Announces Changes to Athletic Training Staff
Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver has announced changes in the department’s athletic training staff, including the promotion of Megan Lowry to head athletic trainer and the hiring of Corey Wingen as assistant athletic trainer.

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


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