Volume V, Number XVII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 2, 2011

Campus News
Bethany College’s Morgan Minor Awarded Prestigious Judith A. Herndon Fellowship with West Virginia Legislature
Bethany College senior Morgan Minor, a political science major from Wellsburg, W.Va., has been awarded a spring term Judith A. Herndon Fellowship with the West Virginia Legislature.

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 2010-2011 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.

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News Briefs
Bethany Joins National Student Clearing House
Bethany College has become an active participant in the National Student Clearing House (NSC) for providing enrollment verification information to the federal government, private companies and students. The NCS, a non-profit organization, is the nation's premiere source for enrollment verification.

Initially, Bethany will participate in the Core Service program, providing the NSC with information about current enrollments important for documenting status for enrollment verification, insurance or student discount purposes. In addition, the NSC will become Bethany’s official reporting agent to the National Student Loan Data System. The NSC also provides additional services such as Degree Verification which Bethany will evaluate going forward.

As a participant in the system, Bethany also gains access to the database representing more than 3,400 colleges and universities in the country for such things as tracking accepted students who choose to attend another institution and monitoring where students who transfer out of Bethany are going and their progress toward completion of degree. 

Spanish Club Holds Cultural Events on Campus
The Spanish Club sponsored its 2nd Annual Celebration commemorating the 101st Anniversary of The Mexican Revolution on November 12 in the Bethany Memorial Church dining hall. This cultural and community-wide event was led by Spanish Club President Meghan Philp and organized by club members serving as master chefs — Gabriela  Núñez and Candace Williams. Authentic home-made Mexican-style food, drink and music were provided and enjoyed by Bethany College students, staff and faculty members. The same evening in Renner Too, the Spanish Club sponsored a Salsa Night in which Bethany students, staff and faculty enjoyed learning how to dance Salsa (originally from Puerto Rico) and Bachata (originally from The Dominican Republic) from two professional dance instructors brought in from Pittsburgh.

Bethany Mourns Passing of Ed Heminger
Ed Heminger, recipient of a Bethany College 1980 Honorary Doctor of Journalism and chairman of Findlay Publishing Co., passed away November 30 at the age of 85. He was a former publisher and editor of The Courier and was the third of five generations to serve the publication. After college, Heminger served as the national field secretary for the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and also as its national president from 1972 to 1974. He also assisted in the restoration of of the Delta Tau Delta Founders House, located in Bethany. Heminger served as chairman of the board of a number of broadcasting organizations in Findlay and Columbus, Ohio, and Batesville, Ind.

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) 829-7299, clicking here or writing:

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Bethany College
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
Email: alumni@bethanywv.edu

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!

The School of Education at Bethany College is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on April 15-17, 2012. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the institution, i.e. graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates.

We invite you to submit written comments to:

Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by email to: callforcomments@ncate.org

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the institution for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or institutions.

For questions, please contact Monica Siengo at: msiengo@ncate.org

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Communications and Media Arts
Jay Libby, assistant professor of communications, coordinated and presented a new media workshop for the Penn West Academy Licensed Ministers’ Refresher Course November 18 and 19th at Camp Living Waters in Schellsburg, Pa. Twenty-five members from the academy were in attendance and topics included web pages for churches, social media links, digital photography and a discussion on use of new media in local churches.  The Rev. David Ackerman of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Pleasant Unity, Pa., led the event.

History and Political Science
Marc Sable, assistant professor of political science, attended the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA), held in Philadelphia, the weekend before Thanksgiving. He presented a paper in the panel, “Aristotle, Magnanimity, and Democracy,” chaired another panel, “Foundations, Nihilism and Political Science,” and commented on a paper on Nietzsche at the panel on “Religion and Emotion in Continental Thought.”  Sable is the program chair for the NPSA’s Continental Political Thought Subsection. His paper, “Aristotle on Justice, Lincoln’s Magnanimity, and the Democratic Regime,” forms part of chapter 5 of his book-in-progress, currently entitled “An Active and Wise Life:  Lincoln’s Virtues and Aristotle’s Ethics”.

Alumni News
Danks ’05 Discusses Education on CSPAN
Amanda Danks (class of '05) participated in a roundtable discussion that aired on CSPAN with the US Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions titled "Beyond NCLB: Views on the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act.” During the discussion she offered opinion and advice on the pros and cons of the bill at multiple levels as well as the proposed changes. Danks represented Bethany and Baltimore City teachers while engaging Senators Harkin, Franken, Enzi, and (Rand) Paul in crucial focus points such as autonomy of schools and the importance of life skills standards for students with special needs.

Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.  Nominations should be sent to:

    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032

  1. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  2. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  3. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Click here to make a gift now.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Rallies for 67-63 Win at Grove City to Open PAC Play
After trailing by as many as 12 early in the second half, the Bethany College men’s basketball team rallied all the way back and outscored Grove City 22-10 in the final six minutes to escape with a 67-63 victory in Wednesday’s PAC opener.

Bison Women Take PAC Opener 79-67 at Grove City
The Bethany College women’s basketball team opened PAC play Wednesday night with a 79-67 victory at Grove City.

Bison Looking to Start 2-0 in PAC Play Against Geneva Saturday
The Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to start 2-0 in PAC play for the first time since the 2006-07 season when it hosts Geneva Saturday afternoon in a 2 p.m. tip-off.

Bethany Men Hope to Stay Perfect Satuurday Against Geneva
After escaping with a narrow win in its PAC opener Wednesday night, the Bethany College men’s basketball team (5-0, 1-0) will try to keep its undefeated start to the season going when Geneva comes to Hummel Field House Saturday. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.

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


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