Volume III, Number IX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 9, 2009

Campus News
Bethany President Speaks at Naturalization Ceremony
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, was the speaker Friday at the Naturalization Ceremony in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. The Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., is the presiding U.S. District Judge.

Bethany College Choir and Faculty to Present Concert
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Bethany College announces the first of its Fall Semester Concerts — a combined Faculty Showcase and Ensemble Concert featuring the Bethany College Choir. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7.30 p.m. and will be held in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall. There is no admission charge, and the public is cordially invited.

Bethany Art Professor Appointed to Chief Reader
Professor Herb Weaver, the Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts at Bethany College, was recently appointed to fill the role of Chief Reader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Studio Art. This position involves responsibility for the accurate assessment of the examination given to high school students who seek AP credit in the subject area of Studio Art.

Bethany Announces 2009 Homecoming Court
Bethany College has announced 10 nominees for the 2009 Homecoming Court. Bethany’s Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities at Saturday’s football game against Thiel College. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bison Stadium.


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Homecoming to Feature “Beth”mints for Sale

The 2009 Bison Agency and The Bethany College Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be selling “Beth”mints this year at Homecoming. Proceeds will allow students to attend the National Public Relations Society Conference in San Diego in November. The “Beth”mints are the first of the “Friendly Bethany” campaign collateral. Along with the Bison Agency and PRSSA the Principles of Public Relations class is undertaking a campus-wide campaign to increase the friendliness here at Bethany. “We know we have always had a welcoming atmosphere. I am the fifth generation attending Bethany College,” said Jon O’Grady, President of PRSSA. “We just want to continue the fine tradition of friendliness with everyone on campus at Bethany College.”


BethCom TV 14 Contributes to Statewide News Program
Bethany Communication students produced their first edition of Campus Connect, a West Virginia Public Broadcasting higher education news program, for Fall 2009. The edition features an introduction to Bethany College, an interview with President Scott D. Miller, an exploration of the equine program and a report on upgrades to the Bison athletic facilities.

Visit http://vimeo.com/6850336 to view the program.

Relay for Life Set for November 7
Bethany College and the American Cancer Society announce the 2009 Bethany College Relay for Life to be held on November 7. The event will run from noon, through the final home football game of the season, until midnight. The Relay allows teams from across campus and the community to raise funds dedicated to cancer education and research and to walk to show their dedication to this cause. Visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=24759 for more information or call the Office of Student Life at (304) 829-7631. Students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to start a team and participate.

Manahan 83 Speaks to Bethany Communication Students
George Manahan of The Manahan Group (www.manahangroup.com) spoke to Bethany students, including the College’s Media Writing and Public Relations classes, on Oct. 5. Manahan graduated from Bethany in 1983 with a degree in Communication and has a rich background in radio, television and integrated marketing. He was press secretary for Gov. Gaston Caperton for eight years. Manahan has owned The Manahan Group for approximately 15 years and is also the incoming PRSA President for West Virginia.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Stephanie Tuszynski attended the Association of Internet Researchers international conference in Milwaukee, Wis., from Oct. 7-10. Tuszynski co-chaired a panel entitled "Friends and Followers: Renegotiating Friendship Online." The panel looked at how Facebook and other applications have affected understandings of what friendship means on the Internet and included well-known Internet researcher danah boyd, who is a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Janice Garrison Shepherd organized a collaborative professional development day in which Bethany College students who are working on their Reading Endorsement will train along with experienced Hancock County teachers, administrators and members of the Hancock County Response to Intervention team. This session will focus on "The Challenge of Learning to Read," which is part of a nationally recognized program by researcher Louisa Moats called "LETRs- Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling." A certified LETRs trainer will conduct the training, and all participants will receive a LETRs certificate for this session. This opportunity is funded by the WVDE Response to Intervention Grant collaboration between Bethany College and Hancock County and will be held at the Mountainside Conference Center on October 9.

KatrinaCooper took more than 2,000 actions through the month of September to help the Westmoreland County Food Bank win a contest sponsored by Feeding America. Feeding America is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in America. Throughout Hunger Action Month, they sponsored a contest to increase awareness and actions taken to support this cause. Through Cooper’s efforts, the Westmoreland County Food Bank came in second place for its class category, winning a truckload of foods from Kraft foods. This month, Cooper will continue her efforts by participating in the third annual Walk of the Dead at Monroeville Mall on Oct. 11 to raise food for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, as well as by participating in an online contest sponsored by Welch’s Fruit Juices. More information can be found at http://www.theitsaliveshow.com/zombiefest09.htm and http://www.welchs.com/harvest.

Religious Studies
James Farwell traveled to Alexandria, Va., to deliver the Zabriskie lecture at Virginia Theological Seminary: “Reformulating Initiation Rites in a Post-Constantinian Age: Liturgical Revision as Culture Critique.”  The lecture was occasioned by the 30th anniversary of the Episcopal Church’s current prayer book. Farwell then traveled to Charleston, W.Va., to speak to the convention of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia on principles for revising liturgical and ritual practices in a postmodern context.

Visual and Performing Arts
David J. Rudari, baritone, presented a Guest Artist Recital with Bethany alumnus Casey R. Gray ‘09, tenor, and pianist Steven D. Uhl at the First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville, N.Y. on Sept. 27. Works presented included Lute Songs by Dowland; Arias by Händel, Verdi and Mozart; excerpts from Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin;and songs by Ravel, Duparc, Donaudy, deCurtis, Groban, and Bock and Harnick. Rudari and Gray collaborated on two duets, the Act IV duet from Puccini’s La Bohème and the duet I Can See It from Joes and Schmidr’s The Fantastiks. 

Before the recital, they served on the Music Team for the Sunday service at the Unity Church of Syracuse with Marc Wildman, Music Director. Rudari has served in both the Unity and Baldwinsville congregations as a soloist/chorister/songleader annually during his tenure at Bethany. He has appeared bi-annually as a Guest Artist with the Baldwinsville Congregation. This performance marked Gray’s first appearances in the Syracuse area. Gray is a graduate student in the Master of Music in Voice Performance Program at SUNY College Fredonia, where he is a student of Professor Laurie Lasher Tramuta. Tramuta was the Mezzo-Soprano soloist for the performances of Händel’s Messiah at Bethany in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, Gray will represent SUNY Fredonia in the singing of the National Anthem for the Buffalo Bills during the Thanksgiving weekend 2009.

Sun Jung Lee, Distinguished Lecturer in Music – Piano, is the most recent addition to the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Lee is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano at West Virginia University (WVU), where she is a student of Dr. Peter Amstutz, Artist in Reisdence in Piano. Prior to her appointment, she collaborated with Rudari on his Faculty Recital in March, as a Guest Artist with the Bethany College Chamber Ensemble during the WVICU Conference in February 2009, as a Guest Artist with the Governor’s Honors Academy, and as an emergency substitute for the College Choir’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem in 2006.

On Sept. 26, Lee served as accompanist for a Masterclass and Recital presented by Walfrid and Sherry Kujala and Dr. Francesca Arnone at WVU. Kujala was a member of the Chicago Symphony from 1954 until his retirement as Principal Piccolo in 2001. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he taught from 1948 to 1954 he has been a member of the Faculty at Northwestern University since 1954. He has a number of premiere works to his credit, including concerti by Gunther Schuller and Einojuhani Rautavaara.  He is an internationally renowned author of scholarly articles and technical studies. Lee’s collaboration in the recital was in solo and ensemble flute literature performed by the Kujalas and Arnone.

Pandel Collaros, Director of the Bethany Rock Ensemble, has uploaded a second preview from the upcoming Bethany Rock Ensemble CD, Thick Is Blooder. The song is "To Leave You" by former student Erin Wilkie and features Wilkie, alumna Amanda McCoy and current student Leah Karst. The stream can be found at http://home.comcast.net/~collaros623/ToLeaveYouPreview.mp3.

Adjunct Faculty
Former Catholic Chaplain and adjunct faculty member the Very Rev. Kevin M. Quirk learned that Pope Benedict XVI has named him a Chaplain to His Holiness, which brings him the title of Monsignor. According to the Diocesan website (
www.dwc.org), “in addition to his outstanding service in Diocesan administration, [Msgr. Quirk was nominated] in recognition of his extensive record of service with Good Shepherd Nursing Home; Wheeling Hospital, where he is currently President of the Board of Directors; and as Rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling.” Msgr. Quirk served in the Bethany College Community from 1998 until his appointment as Rector of the Cathedral in 2005.  A liturgical celebration of his appointment is scheduled for late October at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Alumni News
Keys ’67 to be Awarded Emory Medal
Emory University has announced that Bethany alum and Board of Trustees member Dr. Arthur B. Keys will be awarded an Emory Medal, the University’s highest alumni award, on Oct. 30. Keys is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of International Relief and Development, Inc. (IRD), a charitable non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Arlington, Va., that is committed to reducing the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Emory notes that Keys has been involved in the management of approximately $1 billion of development assistance in 2008–09, with major grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor, Department of State, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.N. agencies. With Keys’ guidance, IRD has begun a partnership with Candler School of Theology and Emory’s Institute of Developing Nations. Keys earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bethany College in 1967. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale University and holds a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University.
Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Thomas More Alumni & Parent Event
More than 20 Bethany alumni, parents and friends joined President Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong for a pre-game gathering on Saturday, Oct. 3 at John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar in Crestview Hills, Ky. The Bison football contest versus Thomas More followed the luncheon. To view photos from the event, click here.

Save the Date!
Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for an Alumni, Parents & Friends gathering from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2009 at John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar, Crestview Hills Town Center, 2809 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, Ky. Bison Football vs. Thomas More at the Bank of Kentucky Field to follow at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

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 April 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Bethany to Host 9th Annual Allison’s Run
In conjunction with Homecoming ’09, the 9th Annual Allison’s Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 10 beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman’s Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-register should contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison ’64 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.

Reunion Photo Schedule Planned for October 10
Attention Homecoming Reunion Classes! Please note the following times for reunion photos that will be taken at the Alumni Tent on Saturday, Oct. 10. Hope to see you there!

Class of 2008                      12:00 p.m.
Class of 2004                      12:10 p.m.
Class of 1999                      12:20 p.m.
Class of 1994                      12:30 p.m.
Class of 1989                      12:40 p.m.
Class of 1984                      12:50 p.m.
Class of 1979                      1:00 p.m.
Class of 1974                      1:10 p.m.

Homecoming to Feature Softball Celebrations
Attention Bethany Softball Alumni! Dust off your softball gloves and join Coach Jan Forsty on Homecoming Weekend at the annual Alumni Softball Game slated for noon, Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Softball Field. A picnic lunch will follow play. Also that weekend, new Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Amy Stefan Bergin '99, and nine other alumni softball team members who are in the Hall of Fame will be honored. They include Eileen Reading '83, Lisa Redolphy Siegel '84, Sally Dorwart coach, Melanie Stumm West '93, J.Cady Montgomery Rowe '83, Lori Woods '93, Michelle Berwinkle Nogales '85, Lori Schimmel '94, and Peggy Fillinger '86.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Coach Forsty at (304) 829-7271 or jforsty@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming 2009 Schedule Released
We hope you will join us for Homecoming 2009 slated for Oct. 9-11. Various activities are on tap including a golf scramble, several athletic events, an art show and several alumni reunions. There will be something for everyone. Come and re-connect with your old friends! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Class of '79 Fundraiser Set for Homecoming
Friends and members of the Class of '79 are invited to participate in a fundraiser Pig Roast/Cook out for the Elizabeth Mayer Hersh '79 Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at Homecoming on Saturday, October 10, immediately following the football game at 203 Pendleton Street (near Benedum Commons).

Beth passed away on September 23, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer. Fellow Bethanians may remember her father, Tony Mayer '51, or her brother, Doug Mayer '75.  For more information on the fundraiser or the scholarship fund, contact Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko '78 at jchernenko@bethanywv.edu

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Bethany Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn't have a clue how to reach them?

Bethany's new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu.  Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Four New Members to Enter Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame
The Bethany College athletic department will celebrate Homecoming festivities by inducting four new members into its Hall of Fame Oct. 9-10.

Bethany's Lindenfelser Recognized by PAC
Bethany freshman Julie Lindenfelser (South Park, Pa.) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 5.

Westminster Downs Bison Volleyball in Four Sets
For the second time this season, the Bethany volleyball team extended defending conference champion Westminster to four sets but the Titans defeated the Bison (21-25, 12-25, 25-21, 19-25) Thursday night to sweep the season series.

Bethany Welcomes Thiel Saturday for Homecoming
After suffering their second loss of the season to a Top 25 team, the Bethany football team comes home to Bison Stadium to host Thiel (2-3, 1-1) for Homecoming Saturday in a 2 p.m. kickoff.

Early Goals Doom Bison in 2-0 Loss at Geneva
Early goals in each half by Geneva put the Bethany women’s soccer team in too deep of a hole, as the Bison (6-4-2) were defeated 2-0 Wednesday evening by the Golden Tornadoes (7-3).

Bethany Falls at Geneva
Geneva scored three times in the first half and added three more in the second half en route to a 6-0 victory over the Bethany men’s soccer team Wednesday night in Beaver Falls.

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


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