Transformative eras, historians have noted, seldom coincide
exactly with chronological dates. Rather, they begin with milestones
in our collective history. The beginning of 2009 marks one of those
touchstones, when an historic Presidency built around the theme of
change seems to truly herald a new century. As we approach spring
2009, Bethany College is in the midst of such a time. In the last
year, we have taken steps to stabilize and grow enrollment, raised
more than $17 million toward our $52 million capital campaign and
launched synergistic new partnerships with a number of likeminded
organizations in the region and in other countries for future growth
Another January Term is behind us, with more than 400
students taking classes, many competing in athletics, and some taking
comprehensive senior exams – a meaningful Bethany tradition.
This Spring Semester begins with occasional snow dusting the historic
campus and an accompanying flurry of activity.
The renovation of historic Cochran Hall represents
a tangible symbol of our progress. It is being designed as suite -
style student housing for 72 students and will open for residents
this fall. In addition, the new Early Discoveries Childcare Center
officially opened last month as part of the renovation of the Judith
R. Hurl Education Center.
As we mark the College’s 169th year of founding
next month, we launch an inspiring and uplifting series of speakers
and special events headlined by former Bethany President William E.
Tucker, our 14th leader from 1976-1979 and now chancellor emeritus
at Texas Christian University, and Bethany alumnus Bob Orr ‘75,
award-winning CBS homeland security correspondent, for the 25th annual
Kalon Scholars luncheon March 7.
Bethany will again be hosting the 54th Annual Oreon
E. Scott Lecture Series (April 20-21) with three nationally renowned
lecturers including Dr. Paul M. Blowers, Dr. Douglas Foster and Dr.
Mark G. Toulouse. They will discuss and celebrate the 200th Anniversary
of Thomas Campbell's Declaration and Address of the Christian Association.
Later this spring, we will hear from Darline Nicholson
May Morning Breakfast Speaker and alumna Yvonne Zanos ’72, consumer
affairs reporter for the KDKA-TV News team in Pittsburgh since 1997.
Finally, The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, general minister and president
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) nationwide who distinguished
herself as preacher at the January 21 National Day of Prayer service
at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, will speak at the May
15 Baccalaureate, while prominent national author, speaker and CEO
Bill Strickland will cap another academic year as principal speaker
for our May 16 Commencement.
Truly an esteemed “mover and shaker” in
our region, Bill is the president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation
and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and
Bidwell Training Center (BTC). A Pittsburgh native, Bill earned a
bachelor’s degree in American history and foreign relations
from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating cum laude. Throughout
his distinguished career, he has been honored with numerous prestigious
awards for his contributions to the arts and the community. In 1999,
he was presented with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Arts Leadership
and Service Award.
If you haven’t been back to campus for awhile,
this spring is the time to return to the mountaintop for some or all
of these events and view first-hand the many improvements while enjoying
comfortable, convenient accommodations at the wonderful Gresham Inn
at the Mountainside Conference Center. I encourage you to see our
new and renovated stadium, playing fields and other facilities, catch
up with your fellow alumni and above all, reconnect with your alma
mater—beautiful Bethany, a small college of national distinction.
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President of the College
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