Volume V, Number XXXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 20, 2012

Campus News
Bethany College to Host Book Signing
Bethany College will host the official launch of Dr. Wiley Cash's debut novel A Land More Kind Than Home on Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery. Dr. Cash currently serves as Assistant Professor of English at Bethany, teaching four classes and preparing for the tour of his already critically acclaimed book, which will begin in May.

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Greek Week Activities
The eight men's and women's fraternities at Bethany collected more than 1,500 food items as part of Greek Week activities that ended April 13, 2012. Seen in the picture are Greek leaders (left to right), Nancy Hitt (Phi Mu) Peter Franklin (Delt), and Daniella Vitale (Zeta), who delivered the food staples on April 14, 2012, to Sally Kennedy (far left), on behalf of the Holy Family Food Pantry in Beech Bottom, West Virginia.

The Holy Family Food Pantry serves all citizens of Brooke County, without regard to denomination.  It has seen an increase in the annual number of families served in Brooke County, from 250 in 2010, to 850 in 2011. Ms. Kennedy was overwhelmed, and advised the students that the pantry has been very low on supplies due to the large increase in families served.  She told the trio to tell all Bethany Greeks they are "the bomb"!

Greek Week Winners

Greek Week Overall - Delta Tau Delta (men); Zeta Tau Alpha (women)
Greek Sing - Delta Tau Delta (men); Alpha Xi Delta (women)
New members of the year - Kyle Rockey, Delta Tau Delta; Julia Anderson, Phi Mu
Greek Man of the Year - Mat Robinson, Phi Kappa Tau
Greek Women of the Year - Nancy Hitt, Phi Mu

History Club Volunteers at New Brooke County Museum
Members of the Bethany College History Club went into Wellsburg on Saturday, April 14, to help in the refurbishment of the new Brooke County Museum. The museum is in the process of re-locating to the old G.C. Murphy building on Main Street in Wellsburg. The students worked with Ruby Greathouse, Curator of the museum and Secretary to the Museum board, who has been coordinating the work of many volunteers since the building was given over to the museum.

Juniors Erin Scrimger, Noelle Wright, and Gabriela Nunez, Sophomore Teresa Mock, and First Year Student Marina Baker spent the morning painting display rooms and dismantling cubicles to make room for exhibit areas on the main floor. Dr. Gary Kappel accompanied the students on the work party.

Taiko Drumming Group performs at Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Bethany College Taiko Drumming Group was the main performer for the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Ohio University, Athens Ohio, on April 15. The group gave a superb performance and the ballroom filled audience was delighted with the powerful drum music.

The group was formed out of the Bethany College Japan Outreach program. The group drums to promote awareness and deeper understanding of Japanese culture. Japanese Taiko drumming is extremely dynamic and a lot of fun.

The group members that performed at Ohio University Main Campus are:

George Cothran
Chelsea Marshall
Ashley Pack
Fujiko Sawtarie
Khristian Smith
Melanee Sinclair
Nobuyuki Tanaka
Sachiko Wood

Bethany Celebrates 8th Annual World Languages SpeakOut! Day
On Tuesday, April 17, Bethany once again celebrated the diversity of languages and cultures present on the Bethany campus.  Native and non-native speakers of Arabic, Brazilian-Portuguese, Croatian, French, German, Hindi, Italian (standard, Sicilian, and Neapolitan), Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and of all ability levels participated in readings and performances for 11 hours straight, starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The star of the show was no doubt Professor Kelly Schuller’s young daughter, who showed off her Spanish skills by counting from “uno” to “diez.” Other faculty participants included Dr. Joseph Lovano, Dr. Erich Lippman, Dr. David Rudari, Dr. Katrina Cooper, Dr. Marc Sable and Dr. Harald Menz. Dr. Walt Turner and Thom Furbee helped out with their personal sound equipment, grill, and easy-up tent.

Sophomore Spanish major Chelsea Sebetich coordinated the event with the help of the World Languages Clubs’ Officers and members.  The German Club provided sustenance for the lunch crowd with some traditional Bratwurst and spicy Currywurst.  The superb Bethany spring weather and the beautiful blooms in Gresham Gardens made the event even more memorable.


2nd Annual Bethany 5K Slated for May 5
The 2nd Annual Bethany 5K will be held on Saturday, May 5, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Health & Recreation Center. Registration for the event is $15 per person or $50 for teams of 5. All proceeds from the race will benefit Easter Seals. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. A course through campus and town has been mapped out. Prizes will be awarded.  For more information or to register online, visit: www.active.com/running/bethany-wv/2nd-annual-bethany-5k-run-walk-2012.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Economics and Business
Dr. Wilfrid W. Csaplar, Jr, The John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business, attended the Midwest Economic Association conference in Evanston, Illinois from March 30th to April 1st.  He chaired Session 9J, Education in Developing Countries and discussed the third paper in that session, "Inequality and Horizontal Inequity in Education in Selected Low and Middle Income Countries" by Mukti P. Upadhayay, Eastern Illinois University and Satis C. Devkota, Wayne State University.

Professor Csaplar has also started a petition to bring criminal charges of genocide against Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa.  He welcomes others to join him in these efforts. The petition can be found at: http://www.change.org/petitions/president-obama-criminally-prosecute-sri-lanka-s-rajapaksa-w-genocide-of-1-4-million

Service Learning Center Recognizes Service Efforts
The Service Learning Center hosted the annual service recognition event on Monday, April 16th, at 6:00pm in Phillips Lounge. Approximately 30 people were in attendance. This event marks the end of a two-year grant from PNC to fund service learning efforts at Bethany. President Scott D. Miller opened the program and stressed the benefits of providing service to the community. Service Fellows Valerie Flatley and Catherine Papp next presented an overview of the programs and services sponsored by the Service Learning Center over the past year.

Following the opening remarks individuals from the audience were invited to share their service stories and accomplishments for the past two semesters. Dr. Harald Menz talked about Speak Out Day, de Deutsch week in October, which included with the first Bethany Oactoberfest; the “Rent a German” program which provided German exchange students to Wheeling Park High School language program; and the Peer Mentor program which will provide assistance for German exchange students in fall 2012.

Nancy Hitt, representing Phi Mu sorority, talked about the Faculty Fashion Show to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network and the sorority’s efforts to help a young man from Weirton pay for medical bills; work on the Adopt a Room program at the Wheeling YWCA; and efforts to assist a young woman who needs several organ transplants to win a van which will transport her to her medical appointments.

Valerie Flatley, representing Alpha Xi Delta sorority, talked about their efforts to assist the Augusta Levy Center for Autism with fundraising through their steak fry and the Faculty Talent Show.

Rhonda Hayes of the Wheeling YWCA spoke about the successful efforts of Bethany College students who painted and decorated four rooms for residents in the facility. Ms. Hayes pointed out that Bethany students were able to raise funds to replace floors and window treatment and supply new bed linens and accessories to update the rooms. Similar efforts by community groups have been less successful and she noted the YWCA’s appreciation for this good work.

Other reports included funds raised by Eden Rice and the Social Awareness Club to purchase protective vests for three local drug dogs, the purchase of a new duplicator for Harmony House from funds raised by the annual Social Work Symposium, and the panel discussion by local veterans to honor their service to our country during the Veteran’s Day holiday during fall semester.
Following the sharing, certificates of appreciation were presented to the groups and individuals present in honor of their service projects.

Alumni News
Bethany Alum Recognized in National Rankings
Jeffrey J. Woda '87 is the Founder and one of the Principals of The Woda Group, LLC. Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, the leading national publication for the affordable housing industry, has released its 2011 rankings and The Woda Group, LLC is ranked #5 among the Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers and #34 among the Top 50 Affordable Housing Owners in the April/May 2012 issue.

"Our achievements are possible only with the guidance, support, and trust of the local communities, state housing agencies, state and federal agencies, partners, lenders, and investors with whom we work," said Woda.

The Woda Group, LLC and its affiliates are experienced developers, general contractors, and property managers specializing in the design, construction, and management of affordable multi-family apartments, senior communities, and single-family homes.
Considered leading experts in the affordable housing industry, the Woda team is known for producing and maintaining high quality affordable housing. The Woda Group, LLC has developed and currently manages over 6,000 units.

The Woda Group, LLC has offices in Westerville, Ohio, Crofton, Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky, and Savannah, Georgia. For more information, call (614) 396-3200 or visit www.wodagroup.com.

Summer OCICU Online Courses Available
Through Bethany College’s partnership with the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities, affordable online courses during the summer are available for students and alumni thru Bethany College. Each course with OCICU costs just $725 and registration for the course is directly through Bethany College. 

Summer Session I runs April 30 - June 24. Summer Session II runs July 2 - August 26. A complete listing of available courses and link to register online can be found here: www.bethanywv.edu/academics/lifelong-learning-at-bethany/ocicu-summer-courses/

For more information contact Stephanie Kappel in the Office of Records and Retention or by email: skappel@bethanywv.edu

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Classes celebrating reunions include 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1972. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.  For additional information, contact Sean Regan at (304) 829-7238 or sregan@bethanywv.edu.

Attention Bethany College’s Class of 1977!
The organizing of your 35-year reunion has begun.  Please email alumni@bethanywv.edu if you are interested in details about this Homecoming reunion or join the Facebook group “Bethany College Class of 1977: 35th Class Reunion.”

Bison Athletics
Bison Football Golf Classic
Bethany Football will host its annual Bison Football Golf Classic on Saturday, May 5th  at the Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Donation to play in the outing is $100 which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and the post outing social at The Bison Inn. Young alumni (classes of 2008-2012) can play for a discounted price of $60. If you can join us and play, or would like to be involved as a sponsor of the outing, please contact Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu. All proceeds go to benefit the Bethany Football program. We hope to see you there.

Bethany Brings Back Split from Twinbill at Saint Vincent
The Bethany College softball team blew open a close game with six runs in the late innings for an 8-1 win, but Saint Vincent made it a split of the PAC doubleheader by winning game two 3-2 in eight innings.

Bison Take Split with Mount Aloysius
After having its offense held in check in a 4-1 loss in game one, the Bethany College baseball team rebounded to take a 9-3 victory in the second game and take a split from its non-conference doubleheader Thursday against Mount Aloysius.

Bethany Enjoys Banner Day at PAC Quad Meet
Both the Bethany College men’s and women track and field teams won five events each to highlight Wednesday’s PAC South Quad Meet at Bison Stadium.

Bethany Drops 13-3 Decision at Oberlin
Oberlin took an 8-0 lead at halftime and kept the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team at bay in the second half, as the Bison went down to a 13-3 defeat Tuesday afternoon.

Bison Lose Final Regular Season Match
The best regular season for the Bethany College men’s tennis team since 2000 ended on a down note Tuesday with a 9-0 loss at Grove City.

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


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