Appalachian College Association Awards Burns $5,000 Study-Abroad Grant
The Appalachian College Association has announced that it will award Bethany’s John Burns, Professor of Biology, a grant for a faculty-led, study-abroad course on the ecology of the Amazon. The award will include $5,000.
Burns is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the field of biological rhythms. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant from the State Department and spent the first half of 2008 teaching, lecturing and conducting research at several universities in Russia. Burns has had numerous professional papers published in academic journals both here and abroad and has participated in international conferences and symposiums held in Canada, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France and Israel. He has also led Biology Club trips to the Amazon and Galapagos Islands.
President Miller Attends Global Conference on Higher Education
President Scott D. Miller joined college and university leaders from 80 countries in New York for a conference of the International Association of University Presidents, an organization whose membership includes 350 countries and is dedicated to addressing the concerns of higher education on an international level. This year’s conference focused on the theme of strengthening ties among institutions and scholars across the globe. Session topics included quality assurance in the Arab world, as well as female leadership in academia. The next triennial conference will be held in Japan in 2014.
Fields Builds Educational Partnerships, International Research Opportunities
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, attended the 55th annual Meeting of the ASAIHL (Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning) Conference hosted by Keuka College at Niagara Falls, New York, June 19-22. More than 150 Asian institutions and more than 60 American and other international institutions were represented at the conference. The theme for this year's conference was "Partnerships for Enhancing Education and Research Excellence." Participants explored ways to establish and enhance international research and educational partnerships. Dr. Fields represented Bethany College as a member of the InterAmerican Consortium Exchange Program.
Bethany Professors Participate in College Board AP Exam Grading
Bethany College Professors John Hull (psychology), Harald Menz (German) and Herb Weaver (art) were selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations this June in each of their respective disciplines.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP®) gives more than 1.8 million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations. Based on their exam performance, successful students can receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.
This year, more than 3.2 million examinations from more than 30 AP Courses were evaluated by over 10,000 AP Readers from universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, AP Readers are made up of professional educators from the United States, Canada and abroad. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between high school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.
“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Vice President of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like these fine professors.”
Vice President Fields Selected for Executive Leadership Academy
Old Main Journal Continues Summer Schedule
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, has been selected to participate in the 2011–2012 Executive Leadership Academy cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and University (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a program to prepare experienced campus leaders at the vice-presidential level to become successful presidents. Dr. Fields will be one of 42 individuals participating in the year-long program that comprises several components, including mentorship by the president, fall and spring seminars in Washington, D.C., experiential activities throughout the year, and a series of readings and case studies.
The next Old Main Journal will be released on July 15. Regular weekly publication will resume on August 19.
Award-Winning Writer Harshman ’73 Engages Young West Virginia Audiences
Marc Harshman, 1973 graduate of Bethany College and writer of several popular children’s books, recently shared his award-winning stories first-hand with young students in Charleston. He visited two elementary schools, as well as The Founders Club of the University of Charleston. Harshman spoke about the sparks that ignite his stories — including imagination, real-life experiences, and the excitement of telling old stories in a new way. Harshman’s works include the well-known “Rocks in My Pockets,” “Only One Neighborhood,” “Red Are the Apples,” and “The Storm.”
Bado ’77 Named to ‘Top 25 Women in Business’ List
The McKinney Chamber of Commerce in Texas recently named Angie Bado ‘77, who founded and owns TownSquareBuzz.com, to the list of "Top 25 Women in Business." TownSquareBuzz.com provides a forum for McKinney residents and leaders, along with a staff of journalists and photographers, to submit and share stories with the greater community or niche groups within the community.
Alumni & Friends
President Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong joined Bethany Alumni and Friends at a gathering in New York City on June 15. The event was hosted by Dr. Linda Donelle Lewis '61 and Mr. Gary Gambuti. To view photos from the gathering, click here.
Nashville Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted at the residence of Bill ’75 and Bell Newton on Tuesday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m. For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at email@example.com.
Boston Area Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted at the residence of Jeffrey ’78 and Nancy Seglin on Saturday, July 23 from 1-3 p.m. For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego Area Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends Event in San Diego, Calif., onSaturday, August 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the residence of Rick '76 and Mary '77 Clancy. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email email@example.com.
Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in California.
- Monday, August 8 – San Francisco
Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Save the Date!
Please save the date and join us for Homecoming 2011 on October 7-8 and for Alumni Weekend 2012 on May 4-6. Detailed information will appear in future issues of Old Main Journal.