Volume V, Number XXI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
January 13, 2012

Campus News
Bethany College Announces Colantoni as Director of Student Activities
Amy R. Colantoni has joined the staff at Bethany College as the new Director of Student Activities at Bethany College. Her appointment was announced by Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Junior Class Council to Host Blood Drive at Bethany College
Members of the Junior Class Council at Bethany College will sponsor an “Everyday Supporter” blood drive from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16 in the Agostino Room in Benedum Commons.

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News Briefs
Bethany President Joins Board of Higher Education and Leadership Ministry (HELM) of Christian Church (DOC)
As the newly elected Chair of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (DOC), President Miller becomes an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Higher Education and Leadership Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

According to a release from HELM, new members of the Board include:

Rev. Sandhya Rani Jha serves as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland and Director of the Oakland Peace Center. Her passion is liberation ethics as an academic field and as a lived experience in urban communities. She recently published “Room at the Table: The struggle for dignity and unity in Disciples history,” a book about people of color in the Christian  Church (Disciples of Christ). Sandhya is co-moderator of the denomination’s Reconciliation Commission and an occasional consultant for Church Extension’s New Beginnings program.  She joins the HELM board in the Class of 2015.

Rev. Dr. H. Ben Bohren is Regional Minister of the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada. He came to that ministry after  nearly 8 years as the Director of Church Relations for the Disciples National Benevolent Association. Prior to that he served 10 years as Director of Church Relations at Chapman University in Orange, CA.  Prior to that, he served 20 years in pastoral ministry as senior minister at First Christian Church, Orange, CA; pastor at First Christian Church, Lebanon, KY; and student minister at Wintergreen and Beech Grove Christian Churches, Nelson Co. VA. 

Dr. Scott D. Miller is the new chair of The Council of Colleges and Universities.  He became president of Bethany College in 2007 after serving for over 10 years as President of Wesley College and seven as President of Lincoln Memorial University.  He begins a two-year term as chair of the council.

Rev. Dr. D. Newell Williams begins a term as chair of the Council on Theological Education.  He has been President and Professor of Modern and American Church History of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2003. A historian of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Newell is the author of numerous books and was co-editor of The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell  Movement.  He served as Moderator of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2008-2009.

Gamble Attends State Events in Charleston, Weirton
Dr. Mort Gamble, Assistant to the President, represented Bethany at two recent state events. On January 10, he joined public officials, colleagues and friends of Dr. Brian Noland, outgoing Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, for a reception in Dr. Noland’s honor at the State Culture Center in Charleston. Dr. Noland has been appointed president of East Tennessee State University. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, former First Lady Gayle Manchin and other dignitaries attended the event.

On January 11, Gamble participated in a Town Hall meeting hosted by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton.  Sen. Manchin discussed his legislative priorities and fielded audience questions in an interactive format with the theme of “Standing Up for Common Sense.”

Films On Demand Master Academic Collection Available
Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries & Learning Resources, has announced that the library now subscribes to the Films On Demand Master Academic Collection.

Currently there are more than 7,500 full-length videos and 90,000 video clips from top producers including: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, A&E, NOVA, the History Channel, PBS, ABC News, and CNBC. The College’s license permits unlimited, simultaneous access to the Master Academic Collection which covers Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Medicine, and Archival Films & Newsreels. 

Bethany College faculty, staff, and students can create a personal account and save and organize personal playlists. On-campus users can access Films On Demand directly (http://digital.films.com/Dashboard.aspx) or by visiting the Databases A-Z section of the library website. Off-campus users must use the link found under Databases A-Z on the library website.

Bethany College President Active with Church, Higher Education Organizations
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Bethany College’s president with a number of national associations and organizations.

  • January 2-4 he chaired the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) New Presidents Program in Florida.  He has served on the faculty of the program for 15 years, chairing the last 11.
  • January 3-5 he attended the Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute in Florida.  He presented and served on a panel entitled “The Future of the Humanities and Liberal Arts Colleges”  Other presenters/panelists included:  Dr. Georgia Nugent (President, Kenyon College), Dr. Christopher Nelson (President, St. John’s College), Dr. Ron Crutcher (President, Wheaton College).
  • January 3 he attended the annual meeting of The Council of Colleges and Universities of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He was elected to a two year term as Chair of The Council and will represent TCCUCC on the Board of Directors of the Higher Education and Leadership Ministry (HELM) of the Christian Church.
  • January 5 he attended the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the InterAmerican Consortium, a partnership of 6 U.S. and 11 foreign institutions. He is in his 13th year as Chair of IAC.
  • January 9-10 he was in Washington, D.C. for the meeting of the Board of Directors of Academic Search, Inc. (AS, Inc.) and Board of Directors of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).  He was elected (beginning in June) as Chair of the AS, Inc. Board and will become Vice Chair of the Board of AALI that same month. 

Gamble Publishes Book Reviews in National Publication
Dr. Mort Gamble published two book reviews in the November-December issue of The White Tops, the official magazine and journal of the Circus Fans Association of America. Gamble reviewed two current biographical works of circus personalities: hand balancer Johnny Yong and the late sword swallower, tattoo artist and fire eater, the “Human Volcano,” Capt. Don Leslie. Gamble, a long-time historian and former circus employee, serves as a volunteer board member for the Circus Fans.  He visited with circus performers in Sarasota, Fla., during the holiday break.

Drive with Pride: Introducing the Bethany College License Plate
Show how green you really are with the new Bethany College license plate.

Available to Bethany College alumni, employees, students, family members and friends, the Bethany plate is a custom-designed, special-issue offering for all Class A motor vehicles currently licensed in West Virginia.

The Bethany College Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is accepting applications NOW for the new plate. We must secure a minimum of 250 applications within the next few months to ensure that the plate is produced.
Don’t delay! Applications are available by calling (304) 829-7299, clicking here or writing:

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Bethany College
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
Email: alumni@bethanywv.edu

One Class A vehicle currently registered in West Virginia qualifies for one plate at a cost of $70 per plate. If you have more than one vehicle, order as many as you need!

Alumni News
Seglin Named “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior 2012”
Jeffrey Seglin ’78 has been named to Trust Across America’s second annual list of Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 2012.

Seglin, a lecturer in Public Policy, writes “The Right Thing,” a weekly column on general ethics that has been syndicated by Tribune Media Services since September 2010. From 2004 through 2010, he wrote an ethics column distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. He is also the author of The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today’s Business.

The list seeks to bring attention to individuals who exemplify trustworthy business behavior.

Attention Bethany College’s Class of 1977!
The organizing of your 35-year reunion has begun.  Please email alumni@bethanywv.edu if you are interested in details about this Homecoming reunion or join the Facebook group “Bethany College Class of 1977: 35th Class Reunion.”

Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Florida.

Friday, February 10
6-8 p.m.
Reception at Latitude 30
10370 Philips Highway
Jacksonville FL 32256
Hosted by Margy Lang ‘81

Tampa/St. Petersburg
Saturday, February 11
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Luncheon at Marchand’s Bar & Grill
at the Vinoy Renaissance
501 5th Avenue N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL

Sunday, February 12
2-4 p.m.
Reception at Estero Country Club
at the Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail
Estero, FL

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
at 304.829.7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.  Nominations should be sent to:

    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032

  1. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  2. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  3. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Tames Tomcats for 76-73 Victory
The Bethany College women’s basketball team regained their hot hand Wednesday night as they convincingly defeated Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Thiel 76-63 to take their conference record over .500.

Bethany Swimmers Return to Action at W&J
The Bethany College swimming and diving teams competed in their first dual meets since before Christmas by swimming at Washington & Jefferson in a meet that also included the Franciscan women’s team.

Cold Shooting Dooms Bison in 69-57 Loss to Thiel
Thiel raced out to a 19-5 lead to open the night and despite several attempts to get back into the game, the Bethany College men's basketball team could not overcome the deficit and a season-worst 30 percent shooting in dropping a 69-57 decision in a battle for first place in the PAC Wednesday night.

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


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