Volume I, Number VI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 15, 2008

Campus News
Two Former Chairs Fund Rooms at Bethany's New Judith R. Hurl Education Center
Two former chairs of the Bethany College education program have donated funds for two of the rooms at the College’s new Judith R. Hurl Education Center.

Bethany Announces Quilts and Clay Art Show
The Bethany College department of Fine Arts and the Students Activities Council (SAC) have announced their winter art show. The show, entitled Quilts and Clay will run February 15 — March 14, 2008 in the Renner Union Art Gallery on the Bethany College Campus.

Bethany Announces Fall 2007 Dean's List
Bethany College announces the Dean's List for the fall semester 2007. Those named to the Dean's List must have completed at least 12 graded credits and must have earned a 3.65 or better academic average during the semester to qualify.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.


News Briefs
Bethany President Visits Christian Church (DOC) President
President Miller recently visited with Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the church's headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The new Bethany president has expressed an interest in stronger connections between the sponsoring denomination and the college.

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Update on Bethany College Institutional Review
The Executive Committee of the Bethany College Board of Trustees met recently to review a comprehensive Institutional Review conducted by the consulting firm of James L. Fisher, LTD. A visiting team of experts in the field conducted the analysis of all programs of the College between November and mid-January.

The Executive Committee endorsed the Institutional Review and has forwarded it to the full Board of Trustees and the President's Cabinet for action. The complete review is expected to be distributed to the campus community in the coming weeks.

The final document is over 100 pages with 136 recomendations for institutional improvement.

Dressage Team Takes 2nd at First Show of the Season
The Bethany College Dressage Team placed 2nd overall at their first show of the season hosted by the University of Findlay. Ashley Anderson earned a 1st place ribbon, Alyssa Petko earned 2nd, Stephanie Laine earned 3rd and Ilia Liskooka came in 6th. A second team of riders also representing Bethany College placed 9th overall. The Dressage Team will be hosting a home show this weekend at Peace Point Equestrian Center on February 17. Spectators and supporters are welcome! The Hunt Seat Team will be heading to their first competition at Allegheny College on February 24.

Bethany Students Take Comps
The tradition continues! Seventy-one students participated in comprehensive examinations in January. "Distinction" was earned by eleven students.

Phillips Selected to Receive W.Va. Pilot Grant
Dr. Daniel Phillips, Bethany College Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been selected to receive a $5,000 pilot grant from the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and Gov. Joe Manchin. The grant, announced in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol Building in Charleston, was one of several pilot grants issued to faculty at undergraduate institutions to help start biomedical research programs.

Phillips’ project carries the rather intimidating title of “Synthesis and Characterization of C8-Substituted Guanine Modified DNA Oligonucleotides to Study B Form to Z Form Transitions in DNA Secondary Structure.” He says it is designed to study certain alterations in a form of DNA that have been linked to carcinogenic events.

“The general idea of the project is to make specific changes in a DNA part and see what effect it has on the DNA,” Dr. Phillips said. “We’re trying to learn more about how cancer works and whether the changes that occur may play a role in cancer mechanisms.”

Phillips says his study developed out of a WV-INBRE faculty fellowship with Dr. Peter Gannett of West Virginia University in May of 2007 and is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Gannett. Phillips plans to work on the project in his Bethany College laboratory this summer with one or two students and will present preliminary results at the 2008 Summer Symposium hosted by WVU on July 31.

Bethany Professors, Students to Present Papers
The Eastern Psychological Association has accepted for presentation at its 2008 annual meeting a number of papers authored and coauthored by Bethany College psychology faculty and students:

The effect of attachment style on providing social support to a stranger, by Katrina Cooper

Is you is or is you ain't my baby: College students' perceptions of romantic nicknames, by Katrina Cooper and senior psychology major Leann Romitti

"Who's tough and what's enough?" Female bullying between sororities, by senior psychology major Ashley Mazur

Teaching students to evaluate service learning, by Debra Hull and John Hull

Intended and unintended consequences of taking statistics and experimental design courses, by John Hull and Debra Hull

Bethany President To Chair PAC Presidents' Council
Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller will become Chair of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents' Council on July 1. He will serve in that capacity for the 2008-09 academic year.

The capacity is not new to Dr. Miller. He has been active in the NCAA at the national levels during his 17 years as a college president and is a former President (1995-97) and Vice President (1993-95) of the Gulf South Conference. He was the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference for seven years (1999-2006). He recently was re-elected to a three year term on the Division III Membership Committee and is that group's representative to the ad hoc committee that is exploring the possible re-organization of the Division III.

Alumni News
Phonathon Going Strong
When your phone rings in the evening please answer it, it could be a student seeking your support for The Bethany Fund. President Miller is committed to making sure a Bethany Education is affordable for all of our students, your support of The Bethany Fund ensures enough scholarship dollars exist to fund our students’ needs. Please consider giving a gift when they call or go on-line now and make your gift to the The Bethany Fund.

Alumni Events in Florida
Dr. Miller will travel to Florida to meet alumni and friends of the college. Please save the dates, more information to follow.

Tampa- Saturday, March 1 6 p.m. Location to be determined
Fort Myers- Sunday, March 2 12-2 p.m. Brunch at The Vines Country Club
Boca Raton- Tuesday, March 4 6 – 8 p.m. Location to be determined

To learn more or to register, please contact Stephanie Gordon at sgordon@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7411.

Bethany Alum Recognized
Prof. Adrian Melott '68 has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “For distinguished contributions to cosmological large-scale structure, for organizing public support for teaching evolution, and for interdisciplinary research on astrophysical impacts on the biosphere.”

Directors of Alumni/Parent, Church Relations Openings Posted
President Miller recently authorized the advertisement of two positions within the Office of Institutional Advancement. The job descriptions for the positions Director of Alumni and Parents Relations and Director of Church Relations have been posted on the College's website.

Both positions will report to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. de Jong at sdejong@bethanywv.edu.

Charleston, W.Va. Alumni Event Scheduled
Join Bethany Alumni and friends at a reception with Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday February 28. The event will held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Town Center Marriott. The event is now being sponsored through the generosity of Marc '78 and Joyce Dumbaugh '78 Chernenko. For more information or to register for this event please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Women's Hoops Team to Host "Think Pink" Day
The Bethany College women’s basketball team will hold “Think Pink” Day when they host Chatham (Pa.) University for a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Bison's First Day of PAC's Highlighted by Diving Title, Record
The Bethany College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams’ first day at the 2008 PAC Championships/Grove City Invitational was highlighted by one conference championship in diving and the oldest men’s school record being broken.

Bethany's McCormick Tabbed as PAC Player of the Week
Bethany College junior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) has been chosen as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 11.

Bethany Clinches PAC Regular Season Title With 78-61 Win
Junior guard Tyler Morando (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) rifled in a team-high 17 and two others recorded double-doubles to lead the Bethany College men’s basketball team to a 78-61 win over Grove City Wednesday and clinch BC’s third PAC regular season title in the last four years.

Bison Win Third Straight With 68-60 Decision
Freshman Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) led three scorers in double figures with 16, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team claimed a 68-60 victory over visiting Grove City Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.

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


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