Quadrangle Rededicated in Honor of Pennington Family
Honoring a family whose association with Bethany can be traced back more than a generation, the College on April 25 rededicated the Quadrangle behind Old Main to the family of alumnus John C. Pennington ’69.
The son of Margaret Pinkerton Pennington, who died in 2011, and the late Charles F. Pennington, John Pennington helped unveil a plaque at the entrance to the historic property, now to be known as The Pennington Quadrangle. The Quadrangle has figured prominently throughout Bethany’s colorful history, as recounted by Dr. Gary Kappel and President Scott D. Miller during the ceremony. Today the site of campus events such as Matriculation and Commencement, the “Quad” area once included a gymnasium, athletic fields, and even military barracks during World War II.
President Miller thanked Mr. Pennington and his family for being steadfast friends and supporters of Bethany. “It is our deep honor, and a measure of the respect that we hold for you and your family, that we gather here for a special dedication,” Dr. Miller said. “Now we happily preserve and rededicate this space as a symbol of continued progress, of looking forward, of commencements and convocations held close by, and of the aspirations of students and their families who excitedly walk these grounds in a tradition as old as our College itself.”
The Rev. Scott Thayer offered the invocation, and Dr. David Rudari led those gathered in the singing of the Alma Mater. Also representing the Pennington family was Mr. Pennington’s cousin, Judy Rowse.
"Boomer and Books" Visit Area Schools
Bethany’s football program continued its “Boomer and Books” read aloud program this spring. Bison players visit local Ohio Valley elementary schools and read to kids ranging in age from Preschool through 3rd grade. Players read books, talk about the importance of doing well in school, and let the kids have a Q and A session at the end. Players bring helmets for the students to try on at the end of the session, and when he’s got time in his schedule, Boomer himself makes the trip to help entertain the kids.
Field Trip to National Gallery of Art
Bethany College Japanese club students and accompanied faculty & staff members had a chance to see one of Japan's most renowned cultural treasures, the 30-scroll set of bird-and-flower paintings and the 3-scroll set of triptych of the Buddha Śākyamuni by Itō Jakuchū at National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 22nd.
The set of paintings is titled Colorful Realm of Living Beings (J. Dōshoku sai-e; c. 1757–1766) and the 33-scroll display creates a beautiful universe of Buddha and living nature together. The 30-scroll set is owned by the Imperial Household and the entire set has been rarely displayed for the public. Therefore this exhibition provides a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The exhibition gave all participants a chance to learn not only Japanese art but also Japanese religion and living nature.
The club members who went to this trip are Ashley Pack, Chelsea Marshall and Alanna Hunter-Crump. They were accompanied by Sachiko Wood, Fujiko Sawtarie, Nobuyuki Tanaka and Dr. Walt Turner.
Global Youth Service Day Project
Valerie Flatley and Catherine Papp, Service Fellows for 2011-2012, hosted a Global Youth Service Day Environmental Program on Friday, April 20th, on Bethany Campus. The purpose of this program was to educate the children on environmental issues, including conservation, recycling, and pollution. Dr. William T. (Bill) Hicks, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the department, and biology majors facilitated a nature walk on Bethany’s many trails and a water-sampling test of the nearby creek. During the walk, Professor Hicks instructed the children on the diversity of the wildlife around campus and the specific ways in which the children and could help preserve a clean habitat. Approximately 20 elementary school students from the after-school program in Wellsburg Elementary, participated in the event.
Social Work Honors Banquet
On Friday, April 20th, the Social Work Program hosted its annual Honors Banquet in Harder Hall with approximately 35 faculty, students and family members in attendance. President Scott D. Miller presented the welcoming remarks. Following dinner, awards were presented to social work majors and community residents.
Field Instructor of the Year: Suzanne Bergereen, Horse ‘N Soul
Staff Member of the Year: Ben Arikian of Chartwell’s Catering Services
Community Supporter of the Year: Mrs. Pamela Fields
Sophomore Student of the Year: Alyssa Laughman
First Admission to the Social Work Program: Melissa Davis
Junior Student of the Year: Tiffany Henderson
Senior Student of the Year: Cassondra Allen
Outstanding Performance in Field Placement: Lindsay Arnold
Outstanding Performance on Senior Project: Lindsay Arnold
Faithful Angel Award: Dr. Christine Sampson of the McCann Learning Center
Outstanding Service Project: Tiffany Henderson
Most Involved Social Work Major: Cassondra Allen
In addition to the awards, Cassondra Allen was also recognized for her leadership of the Social Awareness Club and Megan McShane was recognized for her work as Department Fellow.
Kalon Scholar Service Leaders Honors Banquet
The annual Kalon Scholar Service Leaders honors banquet was held at Harder Hall on Monday, April 23rd at 5:30. President Scott D. Miller presented the welcome. The featured speaker for the event was Carrie Staton (2008), who talked about her leadership experiences at Bethany and in her career as a leader in nonprofit management.
Several Kalon Scholars were recognized for their community service and leadership projects.
Most Unique Kalon Project: Alex Tylka for the hydroponic herb garden
Most Community Impact: Sara Reass for Fun Day
Most Community Service Hours: Alanna Bebech for her work with Relay for Life, Freshman Class Council and other projects
Kalon Spirit Award: Allison Snyder for her work with the alternative faith group
Sarah Jerome was recognized for her efforts as senior co-advisor, Amber Ridings was recognized for her efforts as student co-advisor, and Bethany Mullins and Amanda Madurski were honored for their work as the first-year Kalon advisors.
2nd Annual Bethany 5K Slated for May 5
The 2nd Annual Bethany 5K will be held on Saturday, May 5, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Health & Recreation Center. Registration for the event is $15 per person or $50 for teams of 5. All proceeds from the race will benefit Easter Seals. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. A course through campus and town has been mapped out. Prizes will be awarded. For more information or to register online, visit: www.active.com/running/bethany-wv/2nd-annual-bethany-5k-run-walk-2012.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
McCann Learning Center
The McCann Writing Center’s Heather Taylor has been busy. Last month she attended the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. While there she attended sessions on assessment, best practices, and online writing centers.
Heather hosted the Mid-Atlantic Roadies from Invisible Children on April 12. Students in attendance learned more about the Kony 2012 campaign and what they could do to promote awareness. On April 23, Heather was one of the first U.S. Book Givers to participate in World Book Night. WBN was launched last year in the United Kingdom to promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round. This year, 1 million books will be given out worldwide. Heather distributed Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger.
This summer Heather will be working with the Neighborhood Academy of Pittsburgh during their stay on campus. Programming will include presentations on leadership and managing the financials of college. She will also be tweaking the Writing Center assessment and working to launch an online writing center that will be tested limitedly in the fall with a full launch in the spring of next year.
Communications and Media Arts
Communications and Media Arts Professor Dr. Patrick Sutherland will be attending the 2012 Academic Summit co-sponsored by Edelman Strategic Communications and PR Week Magazine, June 20-22 to be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Topics at the workshop include sessions titled: New Skills for NextGen Communicators,
Every Company is a Media Company, How Twitter is Changing News Citizen Journalism and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and Storytelling in A Digital Age.
Service Learning Center
Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant for Social Work, Service Fellow (2012-2013), Annie Grogan, and Kalon Scholar Service Leaders Co-advisor, Sarah Jerome presented to an audience of 70+ high school students in Belmont County on Thursday, April 19th. The high school students, members of the Step-Up Club completed a variety of service projects in their communities over the past year. This event marked a celebration of their contributions.
Alumna Julie (Klug) Wickham, 1989, a school social worker with Belmont County, requested that a representative from the College explain how a college major could be used to develop and complete a Service Learning program. Using a power point presentation and several handouts, the high school students were exposed to research on the benefits of service learning and real-life examples of how Bethany College students, from a variety of majors, were completing service-learning projects. Annie Grogan and Sarah Jerome each explained how they have used service learning experiences to enhance their college experience and prepare them for their career choices. [photo provided]
Melanee W. Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Field Placements, was recently licensed as a social worker in the state of Maine. This licensure is required for her enrollment in an equine therapy program in Maine over the summer of 2012.
Bethany Alum Named
Fellow by Society of Hospital Medicine
Jason Misenhelder '99, MD, a Fairmont General Hospital physician, has earned the Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) designation from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). This status is indicative of the level of expertise and experience he brings to Fairmont General Hospital’s Hospitalist Program.
Hospitalists eligible for the SHM’s Fellowship program must have:
- At least five years experience in hospital medicine
- be a member of SHM for at least three years, and
- demonstrate their dedication to quality and process improvement and commitment to organizational teamwork, leadership and lifelong learning.
Dr. Misenhelder was inducted as a Fellow at SHM’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
Dr. Misenhelder has been employed as a Hospitalist at FGH for over six years. Dr. Misenhelder is also the Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program at Fairmont General. He received his Medical Degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2003.
Bethany Grad Pens New Book on Water
In an age of misinformation and public apprehension about climate change, droughts, floods, and polluted drinking water, Global Thirst offers a critical perspective on water, its uses, and access, as a major global issue in the 21st century.
For further information contact Wennersten at www.globalthirst.org.
Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century is a new book by John R. Wennersten which is now available at Schifferbooks.com. Wennersten, a 1963 graduate of Bethany College, has enjoyed a successful academic career at the University of Maryland system in studying the history of estuaries, rivers and water policy.
Dr. Wennersten, a noted author of books on environmental history and public affairs, is emeritus professor of environmental history at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
Summer OCICU Online Courses Available
Through Bethany College’s partnership with the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities, affordable online courses during the summer are available for students and alumni thru Bethany College. Each course with OCICU costs just $725 and registration for the course is directly through Bethany College.
Summer Session I runs April 30 - June 24. Summer Session II runs July 2 - August 26. A complete listing of available courses and link to register online can be found here: www.bethanywv.edu/academics/lifelong-learning-at-bethany/ocicu-summer-courses/
For more information contact Stephanie Kappel in the Office of Records and Retention or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Classes celebrating reunions include 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1972. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend. For additional information, contact Sean Regan at (304) 829-7238 or email@example.com.
Attention Bethany College’s Class of 1977!
The organizing of your 35-year reunion has begun. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in details about this Homecoming reunion or join the Facebook group “Bethany College Class of 1977: 35th Class Reunion.”