Volume II, Number XXX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
March 27, 2009

Campus News
Bill Strickland to Deliver Bethany College Commencement Address
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced that Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries—Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC) in Pittsburgh—will give the graduation address at Bethany’s 2009 Commencement exercises on May 16.

Bethany College Theatre Spotlights Wartime Experiences with 'Returns' and 'A Piece of My Heart'
The Bethany College Theatre Department will present two plays in repertory—Joshua Casteel’s “Returns,” an autobiographical journey through Casteel’s experiences as an interrogator in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, and “A Piece of My Heart,” a play by Shirley Lauro that showcases the experiences of women during the Vietnam War. Performances will run April 1 through 9 in Wailes Theatre on the College campus.

News Briefs
Bethany Announces 2009 Kalon Scholarship Recipients
More than 60 candidates from 16 states were interviewed on March 7 as part of Bethany’s annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition. Of those candidates, 10 Kalon Leaders were selected. They are: Heather Behr, Troy, Mich.; Corey Mays, Urbana, Ohio; Bethany Mullins, Evanston, Ill; Matthew Paonessa, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Anna Patrick, Davis, W.Va.; Valerie Price, Parkersburg, W. Va.; Monica Smetts, Brick, N.J.; John Tritschler, Lower Burrell, Pa.; Alex Tylka, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Josh Wentz, Buckhannon, W.Va. Each Kalon Leader will receive a $2,500-a-year scholarship renewable for four years.

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Bethany Joins in Higher Education Day at the West Virginia Capitol
President Scott Miller, Vice President Sven de Jong and Assistant to the President Mort Gamble represented Bethany at “Higher Education Day” at the state capital. Bethany joined all public and private colleges statewide in hosting a display in the main corridor of the Capitol Complex.

Governor Manchin presented a proclamation as a part of a morning ceremony. The House and the Senate issued proclamations to recognize the magnitude of higher education in the State. Dr. Miller accepted the Senate proclamation on behalf of the State’s private colleges.


Bethany to Celebrate Honors Day on April 16
Bethany College will honor many of its outstanding students at its annual Honors Day and Convocation on April 16. The event is held each year to recognize students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement. Several college-wide and departmental awards will be presented, including the Francis O. Carfer Prize (Outstanding Senior), Bethany 2000 Prize and the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award (Outstanding Junior Woman).

International Relations Club Members Visit London, the Gambia
Dr. Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political Science, led a group of International Relations Club members to the Gambia during Bethany’s spring break. The group spent two days in London preceding their stay in Gambia and visited sites such as Tower Bridge, Parliament, Westminster Abby, Piccadilly Circus and the Tower of London.

They arrived in the Gambia on Friday to be greeted by Malleh Sallah ’96, Vice Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Gambia. While there club members enjoyed a variety of cultural experiences, including African dancing and drumming in the village of Bintang (70 Miles east of Banjul), “Roots” in the village of Albreda and Juffureh, a Gambian River Cruise, a day trip to Senegal and much more.

Attendees were: Paul Starcher, Shawn Hess, Wendy McAfee, April McAfee, Sage Smith, Danielle Cochrane, Rachel Reed, Veronica Jae, Erica Pietranton and advisor Dr. Clinton Maffett.

Women’s Month Activities Conclude with Book Discussion, ‘The Power of Women’ Conference
“Bitter is the New Black,” a memoir by Jen Lancaster, will be the focus of a book discussion to be held on March 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Berkman Room. Visit Lancaster’s web site at www.jennsylvania.com for more information on the book.

“The Power of Women” conference will be held on March 28 from 12:30 - 4 p.m. in Benedum Commons. Sessions include “How to Work to the Top—Women in the Community,” “Dove Self Esteem,” “Living with an Eating Disorder,” “Women and Violence,” and “Juggling Life.” For more information, contact Ruthie Pettle at rpettle@bethanywv.edu or April McAfee at amcafee@bethanywv.edu.

Siblings Weekend Announced
Siblings weekend, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, Office of Student Life, and Sophomore Class Council, will begin on Friday, April 3 with a movie for all ages. Saturday will be a fun filled day with the Sibs Carnival starting at 11:00 a.m.

Chartwell’s will be hosting a picnic and carnival lunch at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation Center. While lunch is being served and continuing through 4:00 p.m. inflatable races, an obstacle course and other games will be open for students, siblings, family, faculty, staff and community members.

The Office of Student Life will be sponsoring a chili cook-off for the Greek Life organizations and those in attendance will be able to taste and vote on the best chili. Student Activities Council will be sponsoring a “Make Your Own Teddy Bear” station and a photo opportunity. Additional activities will include sidewalk chalking and tie-dye t-shirts.
All Bethany students, their siblings and family members are welcome to participate in any and all events as well as faculty and staff and their families and members of the Bethany community.

Bethany Football to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Alumni News
Coffields Host Charleston-Area Alumni Event
Alumni and friends in the Charleston, W.Va., area met for a reception at the home of Bob ’88 and Susanne Coffield, on Friday, March 20.

President Scott D. Miller, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong, and Assistant to the President Mort Gamble joined the following guests: Jessica Welsh Greathouse ’94; Melanie Ward ’07; her mother Kathy Ward; Nicholas Winowich ’49; the Rev. Dennis Sparks ’71; M.E. Yancosek Gamble; and Karen Kelly ’83 and her husband Gordon Simmons.

President Miller gave an update on campus initiatives, including the scheduled renovation of Cochran Hall to a suite-style residence complex.

Click here to view photos from the event.


Alumni Gather in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville area Alumni gathered March 6, at the home of Richard and Linda Hull.

Gathering were: from left; Richard Hull '70;  Lee Smedley '72 ; Sally Duncan Smedley '71; Linda Hull '71; Larry Lynch; Billie Lynch '69; and Margie Lang '84.


Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click here. To register online, click here.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1. Click here to view the full schedule.

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Bodo Sprints to PAC Runner of the Week Award
Bethany junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) has been recognized as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Track Runner of the Week for March 23.

Bison Women's Basketball Receives PAC Sportmanship Award
The Bethany women’s basketball program has been honored with the Winter 2009 PAC Team Sportsmanship Award for their sport, as announced by the conference office Wednesday (March 25).

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


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