Reilly, Casinelli and Sobotka Attend Research Day, Present Work
Lisa Reilly, assistant professor of chemistry, senior biology major Gabriella Casinelli and senior chemistry major Lindsay Sobotka attended the West Virginia Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on January 25. Casinelli presented a poster detailing the results from her summer research internship at WVU. Sobotka presented a poster detailing the results of the research she completed during a summer internship at Marshall University. Reilly also received a check for an instrumentation grant award in the amount of $13,511.
Original Diary and Personal Papers Gifted to Archives
Jorge Sague of Miami, Fl., recently donated a diary and some personal papers belonging to Charles Louis Loos to the Bethany College Archives. Loos was an early student at Bethany College, attending from 1842 to 1846. Immediately after graduation he became Alexander Campbell’s personal secretary and a professor. Three years later he left Bethany to preach and work in education. In 1858, Alexander Campbell invited him to come back to Bethany and become a professor of ancient languages. He held this position for 22 years before leaving to become president of Kentucky University. This one-of-a-kind diary provides valuable information about the life of a very early Bethany graduate and professor.
J-Term Class Explores Social Justice Issues
Seven Bethany College students took part in a field trip January 16-19 in Charleston, W.Va., for the January-term class “How Can I Make a Difference?” The trip, led by Rev. Scott Thayer — chaplain and pastor of Bethany Memorial Church — was initiated to allow participants to meet people in Charleston and throughout West Virginia who are involved in social justice work and to explore the kinds of positive difference they have made.
Activities included Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events at which students met a variety of people involved in social justice and the political process in West Virginia, including Governor Tomblin and Senators Yost and Klempa. The group attended a session with Carol Warren — an expert on gas drilling — and also sat in on a Senate Judiciary meeting and regular session of the state Senate.
Other activities featured a meeting with Meshea Poore, State Delegate from District #31 in Kanawha County. Poore is the first African American delegate to be elected in Kanawha County’s history. Rev. James Ealy led the group on a tour of a recreation center he founded for the youth of his community. A representative from the Christian Development Center explained the group’s work to buy dilapidated houses and remodel them using local workers. And finally, the group visited the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine, the site of an explosion that took the lives of 29 miners.
Cramblet, Students Complete Service Learning Project at Grimes Golden Park
Laura Cramblet, assistant professor of learning resources and coordinator of library technical services, and students in her Country Roads class recently received t-shirts from Bethany’s Service Learning Center in recognition of the completion of their project at Grimes Golden Park. The group cleaned up trash and other debris at the facility and planted an assortment of flowers as part of their beautification efforts. For more on the story, visit http://brooke.ext.wvu.edu/community_economic_workforce_development/golden_grimes_park.
Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Share the Love Fundraising Dinner
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda. The event, Invisible Children: Share the Love, will be held on February 14 at Bethany’s Benedum Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and reservations are not required. The dinner is covered under the student meal plan, and the cost for others is $8. The Council will be working closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together both Ugandan culture and Valentine’s Day. Updates will be posted at www.facebook.com/sccbethanywv.
Bethany President Receives Appointments
President Miller was recently elected to the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and the steering board of the American College and University Climate Initiative (ACUCI).
As a member of the ACUCI, he was appointed to the Committee on Finance and Administration.
He was also recently elected secretary/treasurer of the Independent College Enterprise, an information systems and technology consortium of seven private colleges in three states.
President Obama Includes Engel Waters in State of the Union Address
Kristin Engel Waters who attended Bethany with the class of 1985, was recognized by President Obama in his recent State of the Union address for her work at Bruce Randolph school in Denver, Colo. The portion of his speech in which the President mentioned Waters is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL6NjqHr1sU. Waters earned her Ph.D. in school administration from the University of Denver. Her father, Sam Engel graduated from Bethany in 1949.
Kappa Delta Alumnae Invited to Founders’ Day Luncheon
In honor of the Sigma Xi chapter of Kappa Delta’s Founders’ Day, the Sigma Xi Graduate Council is hosting a luncheon on March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville, Ohio, for sisters and spouses/partners.
The cost of the luncheon is $16/person and includes appetizers, an entrée selection from a private menu, dessert and choice of water, coffee, iced tea or fountain beverages. Special pricing has been negotiated for other beverage selections.
Reservations for the event are required by Feb. 11 and payment must be received by Feb. 25. For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Mary Lynn (Harden) Mack ’00 at email@example.com.
Alumni Basketball Game Set for January 29
Men’s Basketball Alumni are invited to play in the annual alumni basketball game slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, at the Hummel Field House. For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Coach Andrew Sachs at 304.829.7246 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Florida.
Boca Raton, Fla.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Dinner at the St. Andrews Country Club
17557 Claridge Oval West
Hosted by Eugene Miller ‘47
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Reception at Latitude 30
10370 Phillips Highway
Hosted by Margy Lang ‘81
Tampa/St. Pete, Fla.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Luncheon at Marchand’s Bar & Grill at the Vinoy Renaissance
501 5th Avenue N.E.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Reception at Estero Country Club
at the Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail,
For more information or to RSVP for any of these events, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
at 304.829.7299 or email@example.com.
Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.
- Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
- Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
- Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College. Nominations should be sent to:
Office of the President
Bethany, WV 26032
- Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
- The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
- The President of the College will choose the recipient.
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 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.
Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than December 31, 2010. Nominations can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.