Volume VI, Number XXIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 8, 2013

Bethany Announces Fall 2012 President’s List and Dean’s List
Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2012-13 school year.

“Noel & Gertie” to be Performed at Bethany College
The Bethany College Theatre Program will present an “iridescent and delightfully daring” evening of “cocktails, evening dress and repartee” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 through March 2 in Maxwell’s with their production of “Noel & Gertie” by Sheridan Morley.

Pre-Health Professions Club Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive
Due to diminished blood collection over the winter season, the Pre-Health Professions Club from 1-7 p.m. on February 13 will be partnering with the American Red Cross River Valley Chapter to host a “Cycle of Love” blood drive in the private dining rooms of Benedum Commons.

Bethany President and Senior Vice President Advocate for Independent Higher Education on Capitol Hill
President Scott D. Miller and Senior Vice President Sven de Jong participated in the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), February 3-6, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as part of a series of activities on behalf of private higher education.

They attended briefings and reports on issues critical to private higher education, such as the federal government’s expanding role in both student aid and oversight of colleges, resulting in unprecedented challenges in Washington for independent institutions.

“Our institutions are being pressed on several fronts:  fraud and abuse, state authorization, tax policy, teacher preparation, student aid funding, gainful employment, and college affordability, among others,” according to a NAICU spokesperson, who described the session as “the single most important national higher education event held in the nation’s capital.”

Dr. Miller was the lead speaker and a panelist for Monday’s session on “Presidential Leadership: Building the Bully Pulpit.”  A frequent commentator via traditional and new media on higher education issues, he discussed the development of presidential communication strategies including use of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, newspaper and journal columns, all of which Dr. Miller uses to promote Bethany College. Such a strategy, Dr. Miller said, enhances institutional brands and marketing while advancing the educational agendas and points of view of colleges and universities. 

Social-media advantages, Dr. Miller commented, include fostering interactive constituent relationships in dynamic, innovative ways and reaching out to new audiences who join existing institutional constituents. He cited the example of Bethany College’s primary communication list of 30,000 having been substantially increased through Facebook, Twitter and other social-media sites.

Over 200 senior administrators from colleges and universities nationwide attended the session. Dr. Miller has been invited to make other presentations on social media at forthcoming conferences for the Lawlor Review and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

In Washington, he also took  part in a press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and 30 college and university presidents from the “Presidents for Gun Safety.”  The event was jointly sponsored by the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”  He was one of eight presidents who then visited with a variety of public-policy leaders on Capitol Hill to discuss higher education’s perspective on the issue.

On Tuesday, Dr. Miller and Mr. de Jong took part in private college Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, sponsored by NAICU. 

Greenbrier Cook-Off Webstreamed by Bethany Students
The eighth annual Cast Iron Cook-Off, a culinary competition celebrating authentic food using new Appalachian cuisine, was webstreamed live by Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts students on February 1 and 2, from The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Communications and Media Arts majors Katrina Miller, senior fellow; Anthony Sparks and James Reeve, seniors; and Whitney Lewicki, sophomore, produced the entire live event, which included the Friday evening welcome reception, stand-up interviews with participating chefs, the five-hour Saturday cook-off competition and the awards ceremony that evening. Department Chair M.E. Yancosek Gamble again served as co-master of ceremonies, interviewing members of the 14 cooking teams and judges.

Bethany Broadcasting Network’s chief engineer Joseph F. Dumas, Dr. Jason K. Smith, assistant professor of communications and media arts, and Dr. Mort Gamble, executive assistant to the president of Bethany College, accompanied the students to White Sulphur Springs and provided logistical support. Dumas and Smith also played in the Appalachian old-time band assembled for the occasion, titled the Cast Iron Skillet Lickers.

“We are grateful to Dr. Allen Arnold, founder of the Cast Iron Cook-Off, and his event-production team for inviting Bethany College to participate in this year’s spectacular competition,” said M.E. Yancosek Gamble. “The experience was invaluable to our students, who learned to operate as a team under exacting conditions at a world-class resort.”

Bethany College’s mobile broadcast unit traveled to White Sulphur Springs for the weekend, she noted, expressing appreciation to the Driehorst Family Foundation for its support of Bethany’s Communications and Media Arts initiatives and to The Greenbrier for technical assistance.

The Cast Iron Cook-Off is the signature event of the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia, a non-profit organization that unites chefs, farmers and volunteers in a celebration of locally grown foods and innovative Appalachian recipes. West Virginia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick and his wife Rita attended the Cook-Off, along with other dignitaries, guests and supporters of the food extravaganza. Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice was recognized with the Pioneer Award Saturday night for his support of the event.

Bethany President Tabbed for NCAA Nominations Committee Post
Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller has been named to the Nominations Committee of the NCAA Division III.  His term begins immediately.

He has previously served in a wide variety of NCAA Division II and III capacities during his 22 years as a college president.  He is former Chair of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and Gulf South Conference.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities - English
Brandon Lamson’s (Assistant Professor of English) book, a collection of poems entitled “Starship Tahiti,” is now available for pre-order through Amazon and will be officially released on March 31st.

McBride ’90 Appointed Executive Vice President of Grocery Manufacturers Association
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey recently announced Sean McBride ‘90 has been promoted to executive vice president of communications and membership services, effective January 1, 2013.  McBride previously served as senior vice president of communications and marketing.

In his new role, McBride will provide strategic leadership of the GMA communications and marketing function, the association’s membership development and services platform, and all GMA and joint industry conferences and events.  He will also continue to direct the GMA Industry Affairs and Collaboration function on an interim basis, as he has done since July 2012. He has been with the association since 2006.

Florida Alumni & Friends Gatherings
Alumni and friends joined Dr. Scott D. Miller at events in Boca Raton, Ponte Vedra, Tampa/St. Pete and Estero from January 23 - 27, 2013. Eugen Miller '47 hosted the event in Boca Raton at the St. Andrews Country Club and Bob Goin '59 hosted the event at his home in Ponte Vedra.

Click here to view photos from the gatherings.

Attention Bethany Alumni!
Have you started a new job, received a promotion or were you recently married? Have you expanded your family with the birth of a new baby? We want to know what you’ve been up to. Please forward your news to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at alumni@bethanywv.edu, or fill out the online form. We will publish the information in the Class Notes section of an upcoming issue of Bethany Today.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for May 3-May 5, 2013. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/alumni-awards/.

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than February 11, 2013. Nominations can be sent via email to alumni@bethanywv.edu, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for September 27-28, 2013. 

Bison Field Hockey Online Gear Store Opens
The Bethany Field Hockey Program is selling Nike gear, including t-shirts for men and women, hooded sweatshirts and pants, as a fundraiser. Click on the link to view what is available and follow the instructions on the bottom of the sheet to place your order. The sale begins Jan. 30th and runs through Feb. 12th, so be sure to place your order before then and support your Bison Field Hockey team!


Bethany Clinches PAC Tournament Berth with 68-58 Victory over Chatham
Junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) matched her career-high with 21 points, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team held off visiting Chatham for a 68-58 victory Wednesday night to clinch a berth in the PAC Tournament for the Bison.

Bethany’s Baker Breaks Two Records in Meet at Grove City
Bethany College sophomore Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) broke the school record in the 400 Individual Medley, which was one of the oldest program standards, and also led the 400 Free Relay to a new record time as well in the Bison’s final dual meet of the year at Grove City Saturday.

Bethany Posts More Impressive Efforts at Mount Union Invitational
The Bethany College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed in their second full meet on Saturday when they traveled to the unscored Mount Union Jim Wuske Invitational.

Bison Can’t Contain Thiel Offense in 78-71 Loss
Senior Reece Mabery (Natrona Heights, Pa./Highlands) scored 17 points, but Thiel shot 57 percent from the floor and held a 32-23 rebounding advantage in handing the Bethany College men’s basketball team a 78-71 loss Saturday.

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

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