Volume V, Number XVIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 9, 2011

Campus News
Letter to the Bethany Community
In the wake of the recent national tragedies involving the apparent abuse of innocent children and the failure of those in authority to provide them the protection they deserved, we are reminded of how critical it is that we continually address our own safety standards to ensure complete transparency and accountability within the College community.

Bethany College Presents 44th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibition, Announces Award Winners
Bethany College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts concluded its 44th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibition — which showcased the work of area artists in the Renner Art Gallery — on December 4 and announces the recipients of the event’s 2011 awards.

News & Events
Bethany News
President's Letter
College Calendar
Bison Athletics

Campus Links
Bethany Bookstore
Bethany Alumni
Update My Information
Give to Bethany
Dining Service

News Briefs
Multilingual Caroling a Tradition in Bethany
One of the many treasures of Bethany is the annual singing of carols. Once again this year, on December 7, Bethany faculty and students from the German and Spanish Clubs delighted the Bethany community with Christmas caroling.  This all-student group was led by Harald Menz and Joseph Lovano, professors of world languages and cultures, together with Catherine Papp and Meghan Philp, German and Spanish Club presidents respectively. The group of more than a dozen sang Christmas carols in English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish at several homes in the town of Bethany.

Campus Clubs Show ‘Atlas Shrugged’
The Business and Accounting and Economics Clubs held a movie night on December 1 at Maxwell's to show "Atlas Shrugged" based on Ayn Rand's novel. Students from across the college attended the event. Faculty members in attendance were Randy Cooey, Joseph Lovano and Business Club advisor Anju Ramjee. Students and faculty discussed the movie and Rand's view of capitalism and objectivism. Snacks and drinks were provided by the club.

Italian Club Hosts Cultural Event
The Italian Club sponsored its 1st Annual “Festa Spaghetti” on December 3 in the Bethany Memorial Church dining hall. This cultural and community-wide event was led and organized by Italian Club President Alex DelGiorno, together with club member Candace Williams serving as master chef.  Authentic homemade Italian style food, drink and music were provided and enjoyed by Bethany College students and faculty members.

Drive with Pride: Introducing the Bethany College License Plate
Show how green you really are with the new Bethany College license plate.

Available to Bethany College alumni, employees, students, family members and friends, the Bethany plate is a custom-designed, special-issue offering for all Class A motor vehicles currently licensed in West Virginia.

The Bethany College Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is accepting applications NOW for the new plate. We must secure a minimum of 250 applications within the next few months to ensure that the plate is produced.
Don’t delay! Applications are available by calling (304) 829-7299, clicking here or writing:

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Bethany College
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
Email: alumni@bethanywv.edu

One Class A vehicle currently registered in West Virginia qualifies for one plate at a cost of $70 per plate. If you have more than one vehicle, order as many as you need!

The School of Education at Bethany College is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on April 15-17, 2012. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the institution, i.e. graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates.

We invite you to submit written comments to:

Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by email to: callforcomments@ncate.org

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the institution for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or institutions.

For questions, please contact Monica Siengo at: msiengo@ncate.org

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

History and Political Science
Clinton Maffett, professor of political science, participated in a seminar on Iranian Politics and Foreign Relations at the Brookings Institution and will be attending another conference on East Asian Politics in Seattle on December 9-11.

Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros performed with Amanda McCoy Band at Center Stage in Nashville on October 29. The concert is available at http://youtu.be/zKZni5V3320. The performance begins at 9:48 in the video. Musicians are Ivalee Pitts, Sean Sunderland, alumna Amanda McCoy, and Collaros.

Alumni News
Please Update Alumni Contact Information
Bethany College alumni are encouraged to please update their contact information by filling out the update form by clicking here or by emailing it to the Bethany College Office of Alumni & Parent Relations via alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Florida February 9-12, 2012. Details to follow in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

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.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.  Nominations should be sent to:

    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032

  1. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  2. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  3. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

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! Click here to make a gift now.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Posts 72-48 Win to Improve to 3-0 in PAC
Senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points to lead four scorers in double digits, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team won its fourth game in a row with a 72-48 victory at Chatham Wednesday night.

Big Secong Half Boosts Bethany to 88-75 Win
For the second time in less than a week, the Bethany College men’s basketball team faced a halftime deficit, but on Thursday, the Bison shot 53 percent in the second half to rally for an 88-75 victory over visiting Carnegie Mellon in a non-conference tilt.

Bethany Women Win First Meet for New Head Coach
The Bethany College women’s swimming and diving team defeated Ursuline (Ohio) College 77-25 Sunday for the program’s initial victory under first-year head coach David Dow.

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


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