Volume II, Number XII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 24, 2008

Campus News
Four New Members Elected to Board of Trustees
Gregory B. Jordan, Chairman of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, has announced the election of four prominent alumni to the Board. Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., John W. Mullen, Richard G. Clancy and Scarlett L. Foster were unanimously approved at the Board’s fall meeting.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.

News Briefs
Bethany Represented at Create West Virginia Conference
Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble represented Bethany College at the second annual Create West Virginia Conference, Oct. 20-22, at Snowshoe Mountain.

Sponsored by A Vision Shared and other West Virginia agencies, organizations, and businesses, the conference focused on supporting West Virginia creative communities by examining education, technology, quality of life, and diversity issues. Dr. Gamble joined First Lady Gayle Manchin and nearly 400 educators, state officials, non-profit executives, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and others in discussions about the future of West Virginia via the intellectually based "new economy."

Bethany alumnus and Charleston attorney Robert Coffield '88 has assisted the College in connecting to the Create West Virginia network. Click here to see his blog.

Family Weekend Announced
Parents of Bethany College students are invited to join us for Family Weekend 2008, slated for Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Several activities, from a Cabaret Dinner Theater to a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, are being planned. For detailed information about all of the Family Weekend events, click here.

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Strong Bethany Connection Found in New Literary Anthology
There’s a strong Bethany College connection to be found in “Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers,” a literary anthology just published by the Knoxville (Tenn.) Writers Guild. Jessie Janeshek, a 2003 Bethany College graduate, is one of the anthology’s co-editors.

According to Janeshek, “Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers,” contains works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art on the theme of borders and spaces. The topic references the rugged geography of East Tennessee — the Appalachian Mountains, Cumberland Gap, etc. — and the items address the risks and rewards we face in challenging natural or man-made limitations.

“Boundaries are being broken in American politics, American technology and American literature,” Janeshek and her co-editor, Jesse Graves, wrote in the introduction. “Each of the contributors captured the feeling of leaving something behind, moving forward and finding a new freedom.”

Adding to the Bethany connection is the fact that Dr. Larry Grimes, Professor in the Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Literature and Language at Bethany, is among the 101 esteemed writers and artists who contributed to the new anthology. Dr. Grimes contributed a poem titled, “Celtic Love Knot.”

Janeshek is a doctoral candidate in English and writing instructor at the University of Tennessee. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Emerson College in Boston. During her undergraduate days at Bethany, Janeshek spent 18 months in England, studying literature at Magdalen College, Oxford University and Regents College in London. Her poetry appears in Washington Square, Passages North, EvaMag, Review Americana, Yemassee and Caduceus and has been anthologized in various collections.

“Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers” is the eighth literary anthology published by the Knoxville Writers Guild. Books are priced at $15 and are may be ordered online at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or www.amazon.com.

Mihalyo Accepts Position With Appalachian College Association
A reception was held in Phillips Hall Thursday night in honor of Bethany College Provost and Dean of Faculty Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo Jr. After 14 years of service to the College, Dr. Mihalyo has announced he is leaving Bethany to accept a position with the Appalachian College Association (ACA) in Berea, Ky.

The reception was held immediately after the Bethany College Choir’s Fall Concert. Dr. Mihalyo performed as the special guest artist at the Fall Concert, providing piano accompaniment for various selections. The Senior Class also honored Dr. Mihalyo on Thursday morning with a surprise party in the Faculty Lounge at Steinman Hall.

Religion in The City
Students and professors from the Religious Studies/Philosophy Club traveled to New York City over Fall break. Seniors Justin Elkins and Allie Mader made the trip with Dr. Brooke Deal, the club’s advisor, and Dr. James Farwell, who lived and taught in New York City for five years prior to his arrival at Bethany in 2007.

The group attended mid-day prayers at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York and heard a talk by Imam Omar Abu-Namous; saw notable examples of sacred architecture and art in the Jewish and Christian traditions; and attended meditation and teaching led by a senior monk of the Buddhist Mountains and Rivers Order at the Fire Lotus Zen Temple in Brooklyn. After the meditation, everyone enjoyed Brooklyn pizza and walked back to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge on a beautiful, sunny day.

A day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art involved tours of the collections pertaining to Byzantine and medieval Christianity; Egyptian/near Eastern religion; and Indian and East Asian Buddhism. The trip also included free time visits to Central Park, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and the midtown/theatre district.

The trip was an exploratory pilot, testing real costs and logistics for the possibility of a regular New York excursion for Bethany students centered on religious practices and sites in an urban landscape.

Historic Hibernia Shifts Seamlessly Into New Role
As it has done so many times in the past 160 years, historic Hibernia shifted seamlessly into its new role as Bethany College’s Renner Visiting Scholars’ Residence on Sunday, Oct. 19. President Miller and Dr. Peter Morgan ’61, the current Renner Visiting Scholar, welcomed the Bethany community to the newly-renovated brick structure at 100 Main Street for the custom of Open House and House Blessing.

A brief history of Hibernia was presented by R. Jeanne Cobb, who recently retired after nearly two decades as archivist and coordinator of special collections at the Mary Cutlip Center for Library and Information Technology Services. According to her presentation, Bethany College founder Alexander Campbell set up his printing press in the high basement of Hibernia during the early 1840s with the upper stories of the brick building being added by 1846.

Title to the land upon which Hibernia sits has changed hands at least 23 times over the years. Since its beginning as the site of Campbell’s legendary frontier press, Hibernia has been home to three Bethany presidents — W.H. Woolery, Patricia L. Poteat and G.T. Smith — along with various vice presidents, deans and faculty members. As a residence, guest or boarding house, it has also provided shelter for members of the Campbell family, students, local residents and visitors to the campus or the community.

Following the presentation, Dr. Morgan led a traditional service of House Blessing. The former President of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Dr. Morgan is now Historian in Residence at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. During his time on campus as Renner Visiting Scholar, he is also serving as chaplain for the College and interim pastor at Bethany Memorial Church.

World Languages & Cultures Hold Annual Skit Night
The World Languages & Cultures' "2008 Annual Skit Night" took place on Wednesday evening, October 22 in Renner Too.

This annual language event highlighted competitive dialogue skits performed by the respective levels I and III language Practice Sessions in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

In attendance, among others of the Bethany College campus community, were the Practice Session Apprentice Teachers; their Practice Sessions students; the language judges, Professor David Rudari, Mary Bess Halford and Dr. Joseph Lovano; and the MC of the evening, Dr. Harald Menz. It was an enjoyable event and a great success once again this year.

Alumni News
Save the Date! Alumni Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Alumni Events
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Tuesday, October 28. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epping Forest Yacht Club, 1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. The reception is being hosted by Linda D. ’71 and Rick Hull ’70.

For more information or to register for any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Spalding Awarded PAC Honor
Bethany freshman Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 20.

Bison Men Picked Second in Conference Balloting
At the 2008-09 PAC Basketball Media Day Thursday afternoon, which was held at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, the Bethany men’s basketball team was predicted to place second this year according to the preseason poll.

Bethany Women Tabbed Third in PAC Preseason Poll
The Bethany women’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the preseason poll released at the 2008-09 PAC Basketball Media Day, held at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon.

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


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