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
“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
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
Graduate School Fair Tour Stops
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
Catholic Campus Ministry Getting
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
Bethany Professor Hits
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
Bethany Hosts Greek Leadership
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
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
To get your Bethany College wallpaper,
and follow the directions for downloading the wallpaper —
PC or Mac — are at the bottom of the page.
Late Alumni Rally Falls
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
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
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,
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
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 email@example.com.
‘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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online, click
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
To register, click on the link below
or copy and paste it into your browser:
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.