Volume VI, Number XIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 9, 2012

Bethany College Capital Campaign Reaches $44 Million
Officials at Bethany College announced Thursday that “Transformation Now!: The Campaign for Bethany College” has reached the $44 million mark in gifts and pledges.

Bethany Places Two on Academic All-District II Volleyball Team
For the second consecutive year, the Bethany College volleyball team had multiple players earn spots on the Capital One Academic All-District II team, as seniors Jessica Zavatchen (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and Taylor Cassidy (Barboursville, W.Va./Cabell Midland) were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.

Bethany’s Foster Voted Capital One Academic All-District II
Bethany College senior Johnathan Foster (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) added to his growing list of accomplishments, as he was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District II football team, as presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bethany and IRD Video Released
A video promoting Bethany College and International Relief & Development (IRD), Arlington, Va., has been completed and is available for viewing at www.bethanywv.edu/academics/studyabroad/.

The project was produced by Bethany’s Department of Communication and Media Arts and managed on campus by Department Chair M.E. Yancosek Gamble, in conjunction with an independent video-production company and officials of IRD. The video, highlighting Bethany’s international-study opportunities and IRD’s humanitarian programs, features interviews with Bethany students, faculty and administration, and coverage of overseas relief programs by IRD. Bethany and the agency are pursuing additional collaborations, including an online international journal and internships for Bethany students.

According to the IRD website, the agency coordinated efforts last year bringing “drought relief in the Horn of Africa, nourishment for school children in Laos and Liberia, health care knowledge and steady incomes for women in Mozambique, resilience to violent extremism in West Africa, new schools and health clinics in Haiti, Ukraine, and the West Bank, revived agriculture in Afghanistan, and improved livelihoods for Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Jordan,” among other initiatives. Since 1998, the agency has generated more than $3 billion in humanitarian relief and support.

IRD’s president and CEO is the Rev. Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr., a Bethany alumnus and member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities — English
Jessie Janeshek, assistant professor of English, has a poem forthcoming in Counterexample Poetics.

History and Political Science
Dr. Marc Sable, associate professor of political science, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Boston, Nov]. 15-17.  He is currently in his third year as program chair of the Continental Political Thought Section, where he has doubled the number of panels and participants, partly by organizing invited panels on the ways post-modern thinkers have appropriated earlier philosophers in the Western tradition.  While at the conference he is presenting a chapter on Lincoln's courage.  This is based on a chapter in the book he is writing which examines private and public excellence by comparing Aristotle's theory of virtue to Lincoln's life.  This chapter discusses cultural relativism and Aristotle's method, a critical piece as he finishes the book.  While in Boston he is also meeting Kenneth Cosgrove of Suffolk University, who taught political science at Bethany some years ago.  After the conference, Professor Sable will return to Mexico City where he is spending his sabbatical year.

Social Work
The Social Work Department held its 5th annual Fall Symposium at the Mountainside Conference Center on Nov. 1-2. Over 120 social workers and nurses attended the two-day event. The theme for this year’s Symposium was “Life Stages: The Circle of Life.” Keynote presenters included Dreams of Hope, an arts-based program for youth ages 13-21 who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; and Aila Accad, a registered nurse who specializes in presentations on the management of stress. Several Bethany College faculty presented at the Symposium, including Dr. Kelly Schuller, assistant professor of psychology, M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of communications and media arts, Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair of social work, and Melanee Sinclair, associate professor of social work. Renee Stock and John Geyer from the Student Services Office also presented a session. The event was co-hosted by WVNCC Human Services Department, WVU-MSW Program, Wheeling Division and the Brooke County Health Department.

Bethany Alum to be Featured at Wisconsin Book Fest
Bethany alum, Vietnam veteran and author Doug Bradley ’69 was recently hosted at the Wisconsin Book Fest.

Bradley — a native Philadelphian born to an Italian mother — left the Delaware Valley to attend Bethany College in West Virginia. After serving in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971, he eventually came to Madison, where he currently lives. Bradley recently released his first book “DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle.” His collection of short stories represents a fictionalized account of his experiences serving as an Army journalist during the Vietnam War. Bradley read selections from his book as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.

The rest of this story can be found at badgerherald.com/artsetc/2012/11/06/wisconsin_book_fest_.php.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for September 27-28, 2013. 

Alumni Directory Update
Publishing Concepts, Inc (PCI), the company printing the new 2012 Alumni Directory, has informed the College that the directory will now be shipped out to alumni in mid-November.  The Alumni Office sincerely apologizes in the delay, but does not have any control over the change in the delivery date.  Any issues with orders can be handled by calling the customer service line at 1-800-982-1590.  Thank you to all of those alumni that participated in the 2012 Alumni Directory.

Atlanta Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends Event with President Scott D. Miller and host Neil Christman '55 at Atlanta Athletic Club on Sunday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Men Take the Top Spot in PAC Preseason Poll
With four starters returning from a team that has won back-to-back championships, the Bethany College men’s basketball team was voted to capture the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) title once again in balloting conducted with the league coaches.

Bethany Picked Fifth in PAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Poll was released Thursday and the Bethany College women’s basketball team was predicted to take fifth overall in the balloting by the coaches of the conference.

Bethany Sweeps Penn State Behrend to Advance in ECAC Tournament
Senior Lauren Goodwill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) matched her career-high with 18 kills to lead the top-seeded Bethany College volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-21) victory Wednesday over #8 Penn State Behrend and advance the Bison to the semifinals of the ECAC South Region Tournament.

Bethany Closes Season by Hosting Saint Vincent in Green Game VI
The 2012 season will come to a close Saturday for the Bethany College football when it hosts Saint Vincent in Green Game VI as part of Rivalry Week in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC).

Five Bison Honored with All-PAC Distinction in Volleyball
After leading the program to 28 wins and its third consecutive bid to the ECAC Tournament, five members of the Bethany College volleyball program were voted All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) by the coaches of the league.

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

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