Volume XI, Number I An E-News Service of Bethany College December 8, 2017


A Word With the President

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg gives an update on the College focusing on three main areas: reclaiming, maintaining, and facing forward.

Click here to view the video.



Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie Named Bethany's New Dean of Chapel

Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie started her ministry as dean of the chapel of Bethany College and pastor of Bethany Memorial Church in September 2017. Until her appointment at Bethany, she served as chaplain at Jarvis Christian College.

Bethany Alumni Give Back with Full-Tuition Scholarship

Avella Area High School seniors seeking to enroll in Bethany College next year now have the opportunity for a full-tuition scholarship, thanks to the generosity of two Bethany alumni.

Bethany Announces New Georgiana and Bob Riley Athletic Center

The Georgiana and Bob Riley Athletic Center is expected to break ground in 2018. The new facility will include a new athletic training room, weight room, multiple conference rooms, and offices. The building is made possible by a lead donation made by Georgiana (Nanni) ’71 and Robert Riley ’67. Other naming opportunities for the facility exist. To learn more please email Sven de Jong, senior vice president, at sdejong@bethanywv.edu.



New Dining Hall on Campus

The Ogden Dining Hall in Benedum Commons has been completely transformed. The new dining experience allows students, faculty, and staff to go on a culinary journey with fresh and authentic food and flavors. In the serving area, guests are met with different options to choose from, as well as a brick pizza oven station. The area behind the dining hall has also been renovated with a new student lounge. Featuring two new meeting rooms and a refurbished Bethany Club, the Student Lounge offers space for small or large gatherings.

Light Up Night Celebration

On Thursday, Dec. 7, Bethany held their Seventh Annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction. The evening began withthe official lighting of the tree, with the charity tree and wreath auction following. All proceeds of the event will go to Bernie's Kids. The charity, which is named in honor of the late Brooke County Sheriff and Commissioner Bernie Kazienko, provides Christmas presents for needy children in the county.

Four Added to Bethany College Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame

Four alumni from the fields of public relations, journalism and broadcasting were added to the Bethany College Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame during Homecoming 2017. To view the list of recipients, click here.

Faculty Spotlight

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Communications & Media Arts:

Dr. Patrick Sutherland, co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Mort Gamble, titled "Campus Media Advisors: Thoughts for the Future and Resources Available," in the 2017 published book titled College Media: Learning in Action, edited by Gregory Adamo and Allan DiBiase. Peter Lang Press.
Also in June 2017, Sutherland made a presentation at the Poynter Institute's Teachapalooza workshop for Communication and Journalism faculty members, titled "Digital Campus Media Advisors Need Help: Shifting Roles, Functions, and Resources."

Sutherland attended the Chautauqua Institution's August 2017 Themed Week titled "Media and the News: Ethics in the Digital Age" held in Western New York.

History & Political Science:

Flynn Pollard, visiting assistant professor of political science, completed two degrees, a Master's of Public Administration and a Master's of Arts in International Environmental Policy Studies, both at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Pollard completed a professional certification in Development Project Management through the same institution. He is a co-founder of a social enterprise called Urbavore based in Santa Cruz, California, which just recently incorporated as a Certified Benefit Corporation.

One of his business partners is another Bethany graduate, Catherine Papp (2012). They have, over the past year, received several awards and grants from various institutions such as the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet in Santa Barbara, and the Measure 43 Carbon Fund grant programs at the University of California Santa Cruz. Pollard was also a regional semi-finalist at the NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) Student Simulation Competition in Seattle Washington in February. He spent part of the summer working as an Education Program Facilitator with the Allegheny Land Trust in Pittsburgh and has completed consultancy projects with a number of non-profits and NGOs throughout the United States.

Humanities: English

Dustin Hixenbaugh, Assistant Professor of English, recently had an article published. The title is "The Times They Are(n't) A-Changin': Judith Ortiz Cofer on the False Promises of the Revolutionary 1960s," and it appears in the Fall 2017 issue of the South Atlantic Review.

He arranged for Dr. Katie Logan of Virginia Commonwealth University to deliver a talk entitled "Why America Needs Marvel Superhero Kamala Khan," on September 18 in Wailes Theatre. The talk was attended by approximately 60 students and members of the Bethany College community. On Sept. 19, Dr. Logan facilitated a discussion about diversity and comic books in Dr. Hixenbaugh's class on "Literature and Literary Diversity."

World Language

Fullbright Scholar of Arabic, Abderrahmane Boulmani, Fullbright Scholar of Chinese, Ming Gu, Reverend and Lecturer in Religious Studies & Acting Director of International Studies, Scott Thayer, and Professors of World Languages and Cultures, Dr. Harald Menz and Dr. Joseph Lovano, participated in the FACDIS 37th Annual Workshops in International Studies on November 2-3, 2017.  The event was titled "Global Issues:  Cultures, Migration and International Organizations" and was held at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, W.Va.  The annual workshops focused on the following four sessions:  "Teaching International Organizations in Times of Change", chaired and moderated by Joseph Lovano and attended by Abderrahmane Boulmani and Ming Gu; "Religion and World Affairs", attended by Scott Thayer; "Race and International Relations", attended by Harald Menz, Bethany College's Institutional Representative to FACDIS; and "Globalization and its Study:  Feminist Critiques and Contributions".  FACDIS is the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies.

Social Work and Criminal Justice:

Students enrolled in CRJU 147: Introduction to Criminal Justice with instructor Zachary Allman were treated to a visit by a K9 Unit dog. Mr. Allman is employed in Marshall County by the Prosecutor’s Office where he serves as a sex crimes specialist, assisting the office with investigation and trying the cases.



Social Work Department and Equine Club Fundraiser

The Social Work department’s senior class co-hosted a fundraiser with the Equine club on Sunday, October 1. The Haunted Barn event was family oriented, with games, activities, and pony rides for children. It was held at the Oglebay equine facility. Approximately 100 children and their families participated in the event.

The group raised close to $1000 at the event. The proceeds will be donated to Helping Heroes, Inc., a nonprofit organization with sites in Wheeling and Moundsville. Helping Heroes provides shelter and other services for homeless veterans. Funding for the event was provided in part by a grant from the Governor’s Day to Serve.

Physical & Computational Sciences: Economics

On Monday, June 26, at the Western Economics Association International conference in San Diego, Wilfrid W. Csaplar, Jr., professor of economics, presented the paper “Optimal Incentive Gini Coefficient,” renamed “Optimal Incentive Income Distribution.”  It was well received and three different journals have asked to submit it to them for consideration for publication. Csaplar is putting the finishing touches on it and trying to decide which one to send it to. He also served as the discussant for the paper “A Century-Long Dynamics and Convergence of Income Inequality among US States,” by Vladimir Arčabić, and listened to many interesting papers.

Aaron M. Honsowetz's, assistant professor of economics, board game You Fool! was released by Button Shy Games over summer 2017. You Fool! is a co-designed game with Austin Smokowicz under the pseudonym Dr. Wictz. In You Fool!, circus clowns pour out of their tiny clown car to form a small human pyramid. But one fool does not make it into the display and is smacked in the face with a pie for the entertainment of all. You Fool! is a bluffing & negotiation game for 3-4 clowns where you juggle your allegiances with other players to get ahead or otherwise you may find yourself the fool.  

The design of You Fool! is inspired by economic literature on contract negotiations with asymmetric information. The game simulates a situation where the person who makes the decision has no information while the people affected by the decision hold all the information of its potential effects. 
Click here to read the official announcement from the board game company and the page for the game can be found here.

Religious Studies

This summer, Holly Hillgardner, assistant professor of religious studies, completed a year-long fellowship with the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Her cohort spent another week together at Wabash College in Indiana toward the pursuit of improved pedagogy in their fields.

Visual and Performing Arts

Luke Hardt, director of Bethany College theatre is currently appearing as a very lucky farmer in the West Virginia Lottery commercial, "When Pigs Fly."



Homecoming 2017 Recap!

Homecoming 2017 was a success! Numerous social and professional events highlighted the weekend including the 13th Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble, the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, Allison's Run, Bison football and soccer, and campus tours. The annual Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series was held, and this year's guest speaker was former director of both the NSA and CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden. To view photos of Homecoming 2017, please click here.

Save the date for Homecoming 2018, scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2018.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (304) 829-7299, or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Alumnus Tapped as CEO at OVMC

Daniel C. Dunmyer '80 has been named the Chief Executive Officer at Ohio Valley Medical Center. "Having ties to West Virginia through my work over the past 30 years as well as my college alma mater in Bethany College and family in Pittsburgh, this is the perfect place for me," he said. To learn more about Dunmyer's new role, click here.

Refer Three Potential Students to Bethany Today

Refer three prospective students whom you believe could flourish at Bethany. No one knows Bethany better than you, our alumni, so be on the lookout for a packet of information in the mail that will detail this program. In the meantime, you can refer your three students online, by visiting www.bethanywv.edu/alumnireferral.

Breakfast With Santa!

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Bethany's Student Alumni Association will hold its fourth annual "Breakfast with Santa." More than 120 children, alumni and community members will attend the festive event which includes holiday stories, crafts and games. This annual event will give attendees the chance to enjoy breakfast and get a photo with Santa.

Update YOUR Information With Us!

Have you recently moved or started a new job? Do you have a marriage or birth announcement to share? Be sure to keep your information up-to-date with the Alumni Office.

Click here to update your information.

The Bethany Fund Provides Important Year-End Giving Opportunity

As the calendar turns to the last page of the year and the holiday season is upon us, we are reminded that many Bethany College alumni choose to give during the holiday season. Although your gift is welcome at any time during the year, the approach of 2018 reminds us to remind you -- Please don't forget to make your year-end gift.

To qualify for a charitable-gift deduction for tax year 2017, your gift must be postmarked no later than December 31. Your support assists Bethany in providing the highest quality educational experience, as well as providing scholarships and financial aid to our students. If you would like to speak with someone in the Office of Institutional Advancement about your gift, please call 304.829.7485. Gifts can be mailed to Center for Institutional Advancement #7, Bethany College, 31 E Campus Dr, Bethany, WV 26032-3002. You can also donate online by clicking here.



Sallah-Mohammed, Hunkins reach ECAC marks at WVU Pushkin Classic

Led by a first-place showing in the long jump by sophomore Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (Arlington, Va./Fishburne Military), the Bison competed at the West Virgina University Marty Pushkin Classic at the Shell Building on Saturday afternoon.

Men's basketball takes down Thomas More, 72-65

Behind a career-high 22 points from senior Liam Davis (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian), the Bison claimed a 72-65 win over Thomas More Saturday evening in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Hummel Field House.

Bison defeated by No. 10 Thomas More, 89-46

The Bethany College women's basketball team suffered an 89-46 loss at the hands of No. 10 Thomas More Saturday afternoon in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play inside the Hummel Field House.

Sallah-Mohammed tabbed PAC Field Athlete of the Week

After establishing a personal-record and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying mark on Saturday, Bethany College sophomore Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Field Athlete of the Week announced the league Monday afternoon.

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