Volume IV, Number XIV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 12, 2010

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Campus News
Bethany College Sophomore Receives UPS Scholarship
Katherine Robert, a sophomore at Bethany College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. The daughter of Stephanie and Loyd Butcher of Leon, W.Va., Robert is majoring in biology. She will receive $2,700 in UPS Scholarship funds.

Theatre Features Award-Winning Actor in Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’
Bethany College Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s play “Titus Andronicus” November 11-13 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre. Award-winning actor and director Tim Browning will play Titus. The production is free and open to the public.

News Briefs
Former U.N. Official Leads Discussion with Bethany Students
Bethany alumnus and former United Nations official Charles (Pete) Perry challenged a standing-room-only audience of students to step forward and help determine the future of the world during a panel discussion on November 11 at the Academic Parlour in Old Main. Perry’s presentation, titled “The U.S. and the U.N.: Past and Present,” was introduced and moderated by Dr. Clint Maffett, Professor of Political Science at Bethany.

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Student participants included majors in history, political science, economics and international studies. They asked wide-ranging questions about America’s leadership role in the world, the future direction of the United Nations, and various foreign issues and challenges. Presenting an overview of the origins and modern history of the U.N., Perry challenged students to “become active” and to “make a difference” in the continuing effort to fulfill the mission and promise of the international organization established after World War II.

Perry graduated from Bethany College in 1959 with a degree in history and earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University in 1980. He began his career in Washington, D.C., with the Library of Congress, later serving as a Congressional Administrative Assistant. He then began work with the U.N. and has represented the U.N. in Washington, Africa, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus and the Caribbean. In addition to his many other assignments, he has served as director of the Washington office of the U.N. Development Program and as U.N. Resident Coordinator and Development Program Resident Representative to Cyprus. 

During his two-day visit to Bethany, Perry met with students and faculty members for discussion of American foreign policy and international relations. He and his wife Jean, also a 1959 graduate of Bethany, are residents of Washington, D.C.

Renowned Sports Broadcaster Dave Sims Visits Bethany, Gives Second Keresty Lecture
Bethany alumnus Dave Sims ’75, TV voice of the Seattle Mariners, National Radio Voice of NFL Sunday Night Football and an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, delivered the second John Keresty Lecture in Journalism on October 27 at Mountainside Conference Center. His lecture was titled “Brutally Competitive: The World of Sports Media” and included suggestions for career success for aspiring reporters, broadcasters and producers in sports media.

To view Dave's lecture visit: http://vimeo.com/16736806.

DOC Considers Watkins for Second Term as General Minister and President
The Disciples of Christ Administrative Committee recently announced its unanimous decision to accept the Review/Search and Call Committee's recommendation that the name of General Minister and President (GMP) Dr. Sharon E. Watkins be forwarded to the General Board as the next step in the GMP re-election process. Affirmative votes at both the General Board and General Assembly would allow Rev. Watkins to serve an additional six-year term, running from July 2011 to July 2017.

Rev. Watkins is the first woman to serve as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. She spoke to Bethany’s graduating seniors in 2009, when she also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity. Rev. Watkins earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Economics at Butler University and holds a Master of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School. She earned her Doctor of Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1984 at Hamden, Conn. Known for her message of ecumenism and hope, Rev. Watkins was also the first woman to deliver the sermon at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service (January 21, 2009) at the National Cathedral.

Spanish Club Sponsors ‘DIA DE LOS MUERTOS’ Celebration
Bethany’s 14th annual community-wide “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) celebration was held November 1. Sponsored by the Bethany College Spanish Club and led by Club President Meghan Philp, the cultural celebration commemorated the event that is celebrated November 1-2 each year throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Authentic Mexican-style food, prayers, poetry and music in Spanish were enjoyed by a large number of Bethany students, staff and faculty. The event was organized by Joe Lovano, Anju Ramjee, Harald Menz and Kim Lawless.

Senior Class Council Sponsors Finals Survival Kits
Final examinations of the fall semester are rapidly approaching. The Senior Class Council of Bethany College is selling a “Finals Survival Kit” that will be distributed to students during the final examination period. “Finals week is a very stressful time for all students,” said Senior Class President Lindsay Sobotka. “These Finals Survival Kits are a great way to show your scholar that you are thinking of him or her with a wish for successful performance.”

All kits will contain an assortment of food, candies and beverages to stimulate study skills, including a bottle of water, hot chocolate mix, popcorn, assorted candy, a bag of chips, peanut butter crackers, a pepperoni roll, a copy of the schedule of finals, and a personal note from the sender.

The kits are being sold for only $10. To purchase a kit, send $10, with checks made payable to Bethany College, with a completed order form to the following address: Bethany College Office of Student Life, PO Box 446, Bethany, WV 26032. All orders are due by November 19, 2010. Any questions regarding the Finals Survival Kits should be directed to Sobotka at lsobotka@bethanywv.edu.

Faculty Spotlight
Submitted by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Performing Arts
Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music; alumnus Ronald Leggett; and current students Chelsie Kelley (event organizer), Lee Ann Leggett, Kayla Sullivan, K.C. Lindley, Alex Tamsula and Devin O'Leary attended the Wheeling Symphony's performances of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez featuring guitarist Elliott Fisk and Saint-Saens "Organ" Symphony featuring Robert Troeger.

Social Work
Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor and Chair of Social Work, presented a workshop entitled “I’ve Left Him—Now What?” November 5 at the annual Social Work Fall Symposium at the Mountainside Conference Center. Her session covered topics related to the treatment of women who have left abusive relationships and helping them to stay away from their abusive partners while rebuilding their lives.

Melanee W. Sinclair, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Field Placements, also presented a workshop entitled “We Are In This Together” November 5 at the symposium. Her session covered topics related to working with family members to improve the progress of children in treatment for abuse and neglect.
The Fall Symposium, held each November, is a two-day intensive, low-cost training program for social workers, nurses and other helping professionals from the tri-state area. This year the event hosted 140 people and included 17 vendors, four major sponsors and four event sponsors. The theme for this year’s Symposium was Empowering the Family.

Alumni News
Field ‘78 Elected Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri
Bethany College religious studies graduate Martin Scott Field ’78 has been elected the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri, pending official approval. The consecration is slated for March 5, 2011.

Field now serves as assistant to the bishop for congregational life and dean of the Flint River Valley Convocation in the diocese of Eastern Michigan and has also served congregations in Tennessee, Ohio, Maryland and Hawaii. Field was ordained to the diaconate in 1991 and to the priesthood in 1992. He earned a master of divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.

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/.

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!

Save the Date!
Washington, D.C.
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller for a special Alumni & Friends event on Tuesday, November 16, for a V.I.P. tour of the Norman Rockwell Exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. Space is limited. A reception will follow at Zaytinya, 701 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. The gathering is hosted by Grant McLaughlin '91. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304)829-7411 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Sweeps Past Stevenson into ECAC Volleyball Semifinals
Bolstered by 11 aces, including seven from sophomore Katie Kurtz (Charleroi, Pa.), the Bethany College volleyball team swept past sixth-seeded Stevenson (Md.) University 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) Wednesday night in an ECAC South Region Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal at Hummel Field House.

Bison Men Drop Top Seed Behrend, Advance in ECAC Tournament
Junior Alex Stubbs (Follansbee, W.Va./Brooke) scored two second half goals, as the eighth-seeded Bethany College men’s soccer team upset #1 Penn State Behrend 4-3 Wednesday afternoon to advance in the ECAC South Region Tournament.

Bethany Closes Out Regular Season Saturday VS. Saint Vincent
The Bethany College football team (4-5, 3-3) will try to clinch its first .500 season since 2001 and secure a spot in the top half of the PAC standings when it hosts Saint Vincent (3-6, 3-3) in “The Green Game” Saturday in a 1 p.m. season finale kickoff at Bison Stadium.

Four Bison Voted to All-PAC Volleyball Teams
After helping lead the program to its first-ever postseason appearance, four Bethany College volleyball players were honored by being voted to the All-PAC teams, as announced by the conference office Wednesday.

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


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