Volume VI, Number XXIII
|An E-News Service of Bethany College||
February 8, 2013
“Noel & Gertie” to be Performed at Bethany College
Pre-Health Professions Club Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive
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
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
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
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
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Attention Bethany Alumni!
Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
Bethany Clinches PAC Tournament Berth with 68-58 Victory over Chatham
Bethany’s Baker Breaks Two Records in Meet at Grove City
Bethany Posts More Impressive Efforts at Mount Union Invitational
Bison Can’t Contain Thiel Offense in 78-71 Loss
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