Volume I, Number XII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
March 28, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Professor to Present at National Convention
Dr. Keely Camden, Chair of the Education Department at Bethany College, has been selected to make a presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) 2008 National Convention and Expo in Boston, Mass. on Friday, April 4.

Bethany Hosts Personal Finance Seminar for Students
Bethany College will host a free personal finance and money management seminar for college students on Monday, April 14. The presentation, “Ultimate Money Skills: Scholars, Dollars, Budgets & Bills,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Weimer Lecture Hall at the Richardson Hall of Science.

Bethany Theatre Presents The Who's Tommy
The Bethany College Theatre is putting the finishing touches on its production of the musical, The Who’s Tommy. Performances will be held on campus in Wailes Theatre from March 27-30. The performances on March 27-29 will begin at 8 p.m. while the March 30 show will be a 2 p.m. matinee.

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

  News Briefs
Campus Improvements Made Over Spring Break
While most of the students took a week off from their studies during Spring Break, the continuing drive to upgrade and renovate Bethany College’s buildings and grounds didn’t skip a beat. Despite unseasonably cold weather, workers were able to completely install a brand-new roof at Harlan Hall.

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A number of other projects are currently in the works across the campus. Be sure to check future editions of The Old Main Journal for the latest updates.

Broadcast Students Attend NBS Convention in California
Several members of the Bethany College chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) and the Alpha Epsilon Rho (AERho) Honors Society spent Spring Break attending the NBS/AERho National Convention at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

While in California, the students attended presentations and participated in discussions with Disney executives, television producers, radio station managers and other digital media professionals. Steven Katz of Princeton Junction, N.J.; Jonathan Bernard of Beavercreek, Ohio; Rebecca Bateson of Bethany; Bryan Ray and Robert Lease of Toronto, Ohio; Lara Tichnell of Cumberland, Md. and Trevor Herr of Springdale, Pa. were accompanied on the trip by faculty advisor Dr. Jay Libby.

Sue Stimpson to Direct Personnel Services at Bethany
President Miller and Executive Vice President Bill Kiefer are pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Stimpson as Director of Personnel Services. Sue is no stranger to the area of Human Resources. She has worked in this area of the college for 25 years and has extensive knowledge and experience dealing with payroll, benefit and HR related issues.

“Sue is very dedicated and has earned the respect of her fellow employees here at Bethany,” Dr. Miller said. “We’re pleased to announce her promotion to her new capacity.” Sue and her husband Larry reside in Independence, Pa. They have two children, Jill and Michael, who are both Bethany College Alums.

Joining Sue in the Human Resources Office is Elaine Saltsman as Coordinator Payroll/Benefits. Elaine joined the Bethany College staff in October 2006 with a strong background in benefits. She has 32 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and for most of her career, was a Manager of Retirement Plans and Disability Benefits. Elaine and her husband Keith reside in the Wintersville, Ohio area. They have one son, Aaron, who is a student at the University of Cincinnati.

The Human Resources Office is available to assist College faculty, staff and students with Human Resources, payroll and benefit-related issues.

Alumni News
Paul Chewning ’75 Named New ACA President
The Appalachian College Association (ACA) has named Dr. Paul B. Chewning ’75 as its new president, effective July 1. Chewning succeeds Alice Brown, who has led the ACA since 1983 and is retiring as its founding executive. Bethany is an ACA member institution.

Chewning has spent the past six years as president of West Virginia Independent College and Universities, Inc. (WVICU), a consortium of the nine private colleges and universities in the state. Prior to that, Chewning served for 14 years as vice president at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C.

A 1975 Bethany graduate, Chewning was the College’s Alumni Director during the late 1970s and served as director of development for the West Virginia University Foundation from 1984-86. He also held fundraising positions at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. Chewning has a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and earned his Doctorate in Education at Drake.

The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 37 private two-year and four-year liberal arts colleges and universities in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. Collectively, these institutions of higher education serve approximately 42,000 students and 3,500 faculty.

Bethany Alum Publishes Music CD of Business Ballads
Lee Smedley ’72 spent more than three decades working as an educator and business manager but music has always been the first love for the Bethany College alumnus. Smedley now enjoys the best of both worlds as a full-time business consultant who incorporates his own music into presentations that teach, entertain and inspire audiences across the country.

Smedley, the nation’s first business balladeer, has developed a unique approach to crafting stories in song that express the culture of today’s businesses and organizations. By carrying on many of the traditions of Europe’s original balladeers from the late Middle Ages, he helps people find purpose in their work in order to achieve genuine progress.

While other consultants use music in presentations, Smedley is the only one who relies on his own original compositions. Based in Shoemakersville, Pa., he has traveled extensively to work with many different organizations. Through his travels, Smedley has been able to identify universal themes of work life issues and he addresses them through his songs.

Smedley recently recorded a CD featuring 13 of his business ballads that is now available for sale. He has pledged to donate 50 percent of the purchase price from every CD purchased online to the Bethany Fund if the purchaser identifies himself or herself as a fellow Bethany alum. For more information or to order, log onto his Web site at www.leesmedley.com.

Alumni Events Slated
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, April 12. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Union League Club's French Room. The event is being hosted and underwritten through the generosity of Arthur '62 and Charlene Low.

Please save the date and plan to join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 6 p.m. Location information and other details will soon be announced.

New York
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, April 30. The event will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the residence of Dr. Linda Donelle Lewis '61 in New York City.

For more information or to register for any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

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 of Director of Alumni and Parents Relations and Director of Church Relations have been posted on the College's Web site.

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.

Bison Athletics
Cruse Becomes Bethany's First Indoor All-American
By taking fourth place in the finals of the 55 hurdles Saturday at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Bethany College sophomore Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) became the first Bison to earn All-American honors in indoor track in school history.

Bison Drop Two Close Games to Geneva
The Bethany College baseball team (5-5) came up on the short end of two hard-fought contests Wednesday afternoon at Bethany Park to visiting Geneva (9-4), as the Golden Tornadoes scored victories of 7-3 and 4-2.

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


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