Volume II, Number VIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
September 26, 2008

Campus News
Presidential Installation Highlights Homecoming Weekend at Bethany
The installation of Dr. Scott D. Miller as the 19th President of Bethany College will be just one of the highlights for students, alumni and friends as West Virginia’s oldest college celebrates an event-filled Homecoming Weekend from Oct. 3-5.

Bethany College Announces Senior Fellows
The Bethany College Honors Committee has announced the appointment of 19 students as Senior Fellows for the 2008-09 academic year. Senior Fellows are students who have demonstrated unusual excellence in a major along with the character and ability necessary to do the work in the department.

Bethany Theatre to Present Medusa's Tale
The Bethany College Theatre is presenting its first production of the 2008-09 academic year, Medusa’s Tale, by Carol S. Lashof. Performances will be staged at 6 p.m. each night in the Bethany College Amphitheatre from Thursday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 27. The run concludes with a Sunday matinee set for 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Bethany Reports Record Numbers for German Exchange Program
A record total of 14 students are participating in the Heidelberg Exchange Program between Bethany College and Padagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (the University of Education in Heidelberg) during the fall semester. More than 120 students from both sides of the Atlantic have benefited from this program since its inception in 1990. The 14 students who are taking advantage of the opportunity this semester represent the largest single group of participants in the history of the program.

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Bethany Senior, Teacher Back From Vietnam Mission
Bethany College senior Communication major Korey “Chops” Mullin and Jim Forbes, Distinguished Lecturer in Communication and Faculty Advisor for BethCom TV, are back on the Bethany campus after a two-week charity mission to southern Vietnam.

Forbes and Mullin were part of a small group from the Vineyard Church in Wheeling, W.Va. that traveled through Saigon, Nha Trang, Ben Tre, and Phan Thiet from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12. In conjunction with the non-profit organization, Free Wheelchair Mission, members distributed more than 500 specially-designed wheelchairs to needy individuals. The church had raised funds for the trip and the wheelchairs through various events in the Wheeling area.

“It was an unbelievable experience for me,” Mullin told Forbes in an interview posted on the WTRF-TV website. “I’m just glad to share this experience with other students. People need to realize you can help people everywhere. It just takes a willing heart.”

Forbes, who is also managing editor and anchor of WTRF-TV News in Wheeling, and Mullin have teamed up to compile a video record of their trip. Their series, titled “Be the Blessing,” will be featured in Channel 7’s news broadcasts next week, beginning Monday at 5 p.m.

Bethany Professor Performs at National Shrine
David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Bethany College Choir, served as Cantor for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Pilgrimage Mass. The special mass was held on Sept. 6 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, was the principal celebrant while the Very Rev. Kevin M. Quirk, MCD, was one of the concelebrants.

“This was an incredible experience,” Rudari said. “It is, by far, the largest worship space in which I’ve had the opportunity to minister. The Basilica is a magnificent place to visit, meditate and worship. I am honored that I was invited to serve the Diocese and represent Bethany College in this endeavor.”

Rudari has two more public performances slated in the fall. He will appear as baritone soloist in a performance of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem at St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling on Nov. 2. That will be as part of an extraordinary rite Mass for the Feast of All Souls given by the Very Rev. Quirk. Rudari will also reprise his role as baritone soloist with the West Virginia University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 4 at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown.

Campus Beautification Fund Enhances Bethany
Students, faculty and visitors to the Bethany College campus continue to be impressed by the significant improvements that have taken place in recent months. If the buildings and grounds seem to have a fresher, cleaner look, that’s no illusion. Several projects aimed at enhancing the beauty and tradition of West Virginia’s oldest college campus have been put in motion as the result of a private fund set up for that express purpose. Many more projects are in the planning stages throughout the academic year.

Boomers student union has been completely redone with college-themed design elements and big-screen TVs throughout. The College Bookstore also underwent extensive renovation, which doubled its size and greatly increased the number of books and accessories in stock. Many of the brick buildings on campus received a power wash to brighten the exterior while other buildings — including the faculty apartments and Hibernia — have new paint jobs. More lights have been installed on campus, parking lots have been black-topped, trees trimmed and new signs installed for an updated look. Several dorms have received new furnishings with new carpet being installed in many areas.

The football stadium now features a brand-new artificial turf and a full lighting system. A new all-weather track has been installed around the football field and expanded track and field facilities have been added. Work continues on the installation of a new weight room/fitness center in the Cummins Community Center, while the weight room in the Thomas Phillip Johnson Health & Recreation Center is being upgraded with new equipment. The tennis courts and gym floor have also been refurbished.

Graduate School Fair Tour Stops at Bethany
Bethany College hosted a stop on the annual Graduate School Fair tour for the Upper Ohio Valley Career Services Consortium (UOVCSC) on Wednesday afternoon. The event, under the leadership of Professor John Osborne with the College’s Career Counseling and Placement Department, was held in Commencement Hall with representatives of 37 graduate schools in attendance.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to meet informally with admissions officers from these graduate schools,” Osborne said. “Of the 151 seniors at Bethany, I would estimate that one-third of them participated in the event. The graduate schools in attendance represented a wide variety of disciplines, including health, social work, business, education, communications, psychology, engineering and law.”

The Bethany event was part of a three-day tour that saw the graduate school representatives also traveling to the campuses of West Liberty State College, Wheeling Jesuit University, Franciscan University and Waynesburg University.

The UOVCSC is a cooperative association of nine schools in the tri-state region: Belmont Technical College, Bethany College, Franciscan University, Muskingum College, Ohio University Eastern, Waynesburg University, West Liberty State College, West Virginia Northern Community College and Wheeling Jesuit University.

Catholic Campus Ministry Getting Facelift
Bethany’s Catholic Campus Ministry is currently undergoing a facelift with its facility and its programming. The most obvious upgrades are taking place at The St. John Fisher Chapel on Richardson Street where the front porch has been completely replaced and a new fence has been installed in the back yard.

Changes are also being made inside the building. The office space downstairs is being converted to a student recreation space with table tennis and air hockey. Other areas are being created for study, prayer, meetings or socializing. Catholic mass will be said at 6:30 p.m. during the academic year with future plans including faith sharing, service programs and game nights.

Shirley Carter, the Bethany College Director of Catholic Campus Ministry, is optimistic that the upgrades will help St. John Fisher Chapel be more fully utilized in its service to the needs of Bethany’s students, faculty and staff.

Bethany Professor Hits ‘Century’ Mark
Dr. John Hull, Professor of Psychology at Bethany College, and his wife, Dr. Debra Hull, presented a paper at last month’s annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Boston. The paper was titled, “Anticipation of Forced Sexual Intercourse in Ambiguous Dating Situations,” and marked a significant milestone for Dr. John Hull.

It was the 100th paper he has authored or co-authored to be presented at a professional meeting. According to Dr. John Hull, Bethany College undergraduates have been co-authors on 57 of them. Dr. John Hull has been teaching at Bethany since 1976.

Bethany Hosts Greek Leadership Retreat
The Bethany College Greek Leadership Retreat was held last weekend at Mountainside Conference Center. The event brought representatives from every campus fraternity and sorority together for a weekend of planning to further the development of Greek life on campus.

The 83 participants concentrated on the areas of courageous leadership, accountability, communication, community building and promoting Greek life on the Bethany campus. Facilitators Rick Barnes of CampuSpeak and Megan Vadnais from the University of South Florida worked closely with Interfraternity Council president Ron Ermlick, a member of Beta Theta Pi, to coordinate the event.

2009-10 Academic Calendar Approved
The official calendar for the 2009-10 academic year has been approved by the President’s Cabinet. It can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Get Free Bethany Wallpaper Downloads From Website
Free Bethany College wallpaper downloads for your laptop or home computer are now just a click or two away on the College website. Computer users have their choice of eight images depicting various familiar Bethany vistas, including Old Main, Gresham Garden, Commencement Hall and the Campbell Mansion.

To get your Bethany College wallpaper, visit www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/bethany-wallpaper/ and follow the directions for downloading the wallpaper — PC or Mac — are at the bottom of the page.

Alumni News
Late Alumni Rally Falls Short
The Alumni pushed across three runs in the 18th inning but the rally fell short as the current Bethany College baseball team held on for a 14-12 victory in the annual Alumni game at Bethany Park on Saturday, Sept. 20. It was the third straight loss for the Alumni and leaves them trailing the overall series by a 7-4 margin.

Coach Rick Carver’s victorious Bison squad used 18 pitchers for one inning each in the scheduled 18-inning contest. They held the Alumni hitless through the first six innings. Swinging the hot bats for the winners were Eric Fudala, Tyler Dillinger, Mike Kochman, Josh Lawrence, Mark Cummins and Chad Stephen — all of whom enjoyed multi-hit games.

Seventeen players participated for the Alumni in the marathon affair. Mike Houck ’01, No. 2 on Bethany’s career batting list, led the way with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Dan Berty ’06 also had a couple of hits and drove in a run. Justin Deem ’00 was the starting pitcher for the Alumni team. He was followed to the mound by Mike DiLucia ’94, Matt Rohm ’96, Adam Martin ’06, Aaron Meadows, Steve Opfermann ’00 and Brett Bartholomew ’07.

The current team treated the Alumni team to a celebratory picnic following the game.

Fedak ’74 Enshrined in High School Hall of Fame
Mark Fedak ’74 was recently inducted into the Brooke High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Wellsburg, W.Va. Fedak was a four-year starter in baseball at Bethany. Fedak was one of the top 10 hitters in the PAC during each of his four varsity seasons and still holds the Bethany school record for career batting average at .396. He was co-captain of the 1974 Bison baseball squad and was the PAC batting champ that season with a school-record .483 batting average. The versatile athlete was also a two-year football letterman.

He graduated from Bethany in 1974 with a B.A. in History and Political Science and is now employed as a Project Manager with JD&E Contractors and Engineers. Mark lives in Wellsburg with his wife, Georgia. They have two children, Carrie and Mark, and three grandchildren.

Road Trip: Grove City
Alumni, parents and friends of Bethany College gathered for a tailgate reception at Grove City College on Saturday, Sept. 20 prior to the kickoff of the Bison’s Presidents Athletic Conference opener against the Wolverines. President Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong were among those in attendance.

The football team led throughout the second half only to see Grove City score a touchdown in the final two minutes to pull out a 41-35 win but it was an exciting game, nevertheless. For pictures from the tailgate reception, click here.

Homecoming 2008!
Homecoming 2008 is only a week away! The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is encouraging those planning to attend the festivities on Oct. 3-5 to register online at: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/events/homecoming-2008/registration/

A number of athletic events are scheduled throughout the weekend, along with the installation ceremony of Dr. Scott D. Miller as Bethany’s 19th president. Induction ceremonies for the Athletic Hall of Fame will also be held honoring Edward Blundon ’66 (basketball); Daniel Swickard ’72 (football); Margaret Fillinger ’86 (softball); and Jeff Weekley ’96 (baseball).

Highlighting the Alumni Awards Banquet will be the presentation of the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award to Linda Comins ’77 and the presentation of the Alumni Community Service Award to David Jolliffe ’74.

For detailed information about all of the Homecoming events, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

Kappa Delta Sisters Sponsoring Teddy Bear Drive
The sisters of Kappa Delta will be conducting a Teddy Bear Drive in the tailgating area on Saturday, Oct. 4 as part of Homecoming 2008. The tent will be located in the tailgating area and bears may be dropped off at any time after noon. Organizers ask that all donations be new toys. Every teddy bear donated during the event will be sent to WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

For more information regarding the Kappa Delta Teddy Bear Drive or to arrange a donation if you will be unable to make it to the tailgating area at Homecoming, send an e-mail to Mandy Merico at merico@hotmail.com.

Annual Phone-A-Thon ‘Ringing’ in the New School Year
Your phone will soon be ringing! Student callers are gearing up for next month’s start of the annual Phone-A-Thon. Alumni participation in the Bethany Fund rose from 17 percent to 22 percent last year. The goal for the 2008-09 campaign is to increase alumni giving to 27 percent.

We hope you will answer the phone and respond to our students by continuing to support the Bethany Fund. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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
Washington D.C. / Virginia
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, October 9. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the office of International Relief and Development, 1621 North Kent Street, 5th floor, Arlington, Va. The reception is hosted by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. ’67, President & CEO of IRD.

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 Athletic Hall of Fame to Welcome Four New Members
The Bethany College athletic department will induct four new members into its Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming festivities Oct. 3-4.

Spalding Goal Springs Bison Past Muskingum
Freshman Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) scored the match’s only goal with 17 minutes to play and the Bethany defense held down visiting Muskingum (Ohio) College the rest of the way, as the Bison women’s soccer team notched a 1-0 victory Wednesday.

Bison Volleyball Taken Down by Geneva
Playing just their second home match of the season, the Bethany College volleyball team lost 3-0 (12-25, 14-25, 24-26) to visiting Geneva Wednesday night.

Bethany Win Streak Stopped at Two
The Bethany College women’s tennis team had their win streak end at two with a 9-0 loss to PAC rival Westminster Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany Takes 6th at Mount Aloysius
Senior Logan Kowcheck (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke) tied for 11th place overall, but the Bethany College men’s golf team finished in sixth place at the Mount Aloysius (Pa.) College Invitational Tuesday afternoon at Summit Country Club.

Bethany's Loren McAnany Wins PAC and ECAC Player of the Week
Bethany College freshman Loren McAnany (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and ECAC South Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for September 22nd.

Bethany's Pfadenhauer Wins Player of the Week
Bethany College junior Lisa Pfadenhauer (Anhausen, Germany) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the week of September 22nd.

Fourth Annual Hugh 'Tiger' Joyce Golf Outing
Homecoming Weekend 2008 will begin on Friday, Oct. 3, with the 4th Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble. The event will once again be held at picturesque Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Registration for the outing begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up however, as registration is limited to the first 144 golfers. For more information, contact Debbie Soly at 304-829-7240 or dsoly@bethanywv.edu.

To register, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

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