Volume III, Number VI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
September 18, 2009

Campus News
Bethany President Heads Thought Leadership Series Highlighting Higher Education Best Practices During Challenging Economic Times
Presidential Perspectives, a national thought leadership series written by college presidents and published by Aramark Higher Education, launches its fourth year with a series of chapters entitled "Leadership in the Great Recession," designed to share practical strategies and best practices with education institutions during the most challenging economic environment in recent history.

Bethany to Host Evening of Sonatas for Flute and Piano
The Music Faculty of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Bethany College is pleased to host a Guest Artist Recital featuring Dr. Francesca Arnone, flute, and Dr. Christine B. Kefferstan, piano, in Bethany's historic Commencement Hall on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. The recital is being provided through the generosity of a long-time patron of the arts on the Bethany campus.

Bethany Announces Fall Homecoming Festivities
A full and fun-filled schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 9-11 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year's events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni sporting events, an art show and more.

News Briefs
Bethany College Hosts Graduate School Fair
Thirty-two graduate schools participated in a Graduate School Fair in Commencement Hall at Bethany College on Wednesday. Approximately half of the senior class visited the fair. Seven Bethany professors collected information for their classes. The event was hosted by the Office of Career Services at Bethany.

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Goldenseal Magazine Features Gamble’s Circus Experiences
Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble is featured in the current issue of Goldenseal magazine, a nationally circulated publication produced by the West Virginia Department of Culture and History in Charleston. Gamble’s illustrated article is “Circus! Life Under the Big Top,” an account of his two seasons traveling with the tent show Circus Kirk in the 1970’s. A lifelong circus enthusiast and historian, Gamble managed the food-concessions department and was also a member of the show’s advance crew, guiding the circus caravan from town to town throughout the eastern United States. He later promoted special appearances of the Roberts Bros. 3-Ring Circus, published a book-length memoir, and during his academic career taught two circus-history courses at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Gamble contributed three chapters to the 2007 book “The Many Worlds of Circus,” published by the Cambridge Scholars Press and edited by popular culture specialist Robert Sugarman. He has written numerous book reviews and feature articles for The White Tops, the journal of the Circus Fans Association of America.

Bethany Presents Japanese Food Culture
Presentations and Sushi Sampling

Japan Outreach has organized the 22nd Annual Explore Japan Celebration at Bethany College. The celebration will feature a Japanese Food Culture Presentation on October 6 at 5 p.m., followed by a Japanese Cooking Demonstration at 5:30 and a Japanese Cooking Workshop at 6. Fumiyo Iwadachi, a Japanese language teacher in the Handa City area, and Master Chef Atsuo Hayakawa, a well-known sushi chef in Handa, will lead the activities.

The events, co-funded by Japan Outreach and the Student Activities Council, will be held in Commencement Hall and are open to the public. Bethany students may attend for free. The charge for adults is $10, and the charge for children (under 12) is $5. Advance registration is required. Contact Japan Outreach at fsawtarie@bethanywv.edu.

Linsly Students Visit Renner Art Gallery

Bethany alum Guy Gellner ’99 currently has a collection of artwork, Megalomania, on exhibit in the College’s Renner Art Gallery. Gellner, a Fine Arts teacher at the Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va., visited the exhibit with a group of his art students on Thursday. Megalomania features a variety of works and techniques, including oil on wood, oil on canvas, pencil on paper and assemblage. A number of pieces are available for purchase. For more information, contact Kenn Morgan, Professor of Fine Arts, at 304.829.7824.

Depew Attends Summit Addressing High-Risk Alcohol Use
Tracy Depew, Director of Student Support Services, is attending the WV Collegiate Initiative Strategic Planning
Summit to address high-risk alcohol use. The focus of the Summit, taking place September 16-18, is state-wide and regional initiatives on high-risk drinking on college and university campuses as well as community-wide. Information at this meeting will be used to continue the educational efforts the Bethany College Office of Student Life takes regarding alcohol on campus.

Keresty Lectures in Journalism Slated for September 23
The inaugural presentation of the John Keresty Lectures in Journalism is scheduled for September 23 at 7 p.m. at the Mountainside Conference Center. Bethany alumna Sandra Block, personal finance reporter for USA TODAY, will give the address. A question-and-answer session and reception will immediately follow.

Named in memory of Bethany alumnus John Keresty and funded through private gifts, the lectures are intended to stimulate discussion about current topics, trends, and issues pertaining to the changing face of journalism, careers in communication and related topics. Students, faculty and staff members are invited to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. The event will also be streamed live over WVBC radio.

Parking Added to Campbell Village
Thirty eight additional parking spaces are being added at Campbell Village. The work is another part of Phase I “Foundational Projects” scheduled from 2008 to 2011 as a part of the College’s comprehensive master plan, “Bethany 2020.” The new places will be along the west loop.

This is the fourth parking enhancement project in the last two months. Two new parking lots were constructed (Phillips/Harlan & Thistle), as well as the paving and expansion of the lot at the Hurl Center for Education. 

Bethany Celebrates Constitution Day
Bethany College celebrated the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787, with a presentation by Dr. Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science. Sable presented “Original Intent and the Living Constitution” to Bethany faculty, staff and students on Thursday evening in the Academic Parlour. The talk was followed by a reception for participants.

Bethany Theatre to Present Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Bethany College Theatre continues its season of plays about art with Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Set in a Paris café’ in 1904, the playwright imagines what might happen if young Albert Einstein were to have met young Pablo Picasso.  The other characters in the bar enjoy humorously sparring with the two geniuses about theories of art, science, commerce, sex, politics and how these will play out over the twentieth century.  Then, a visitor from the future arrives to settle the debate.

The play runs October 1-4 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre. You can make reservations by calling (304) 829–7124. The cost is by donation.

Bicentennial Celebration of Thomas Campbell's
"Declaration and Address" Slated for October

The Bicentennial Celebration of the "Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington, PA" will be held October 3-4. Festivities will include tours of the Campbell Mansion and picnics on the Mansion Lawn. The movie "Wrestling with God" will be shown at 2:30 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church on Saturday, October 3. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations and Professor Emeritus, will present a lecture on the "Declaration and Address" at the Old Meeting House at 4 p.m.

Food, buggy rides, historical walking tours and other entertainment will be available at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, in Washington, Pa., followed by frontier-style worship at 2:30. Sunday's events will take place across from the Observer-Reporter site at 122 S. Main Street. For more information, contact Cathy Mansfield at 724.229.7398.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Dr. Jay Buckelew, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biology, recently composed a memorial for his friend, George A. Hall, at the request of the editor of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The memorial appeared in the September 2009 issue of that journal. Hall and Buckelew worked on a number of projects together, and Hall encouraged and mentored Professor Buckelew over the years.

Since 1977, Buckelew has been the editor of The Redstart, the journal of the Brooks Bird Club (BBC). The BBC is the West Virginia state Ornithology organization. Hall brought this journal to a professional level in the fifties, and Buckelew has tried to maintain and advance what Hall accomplished. Beginning in 1984, the two friends directed the West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas project, which resulted in the publication of The West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (Buckelew, A. R. Jr. and G. A. Hall. 1994. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.). Together, they directed more than 300 volunteer bird atlas workers in the field for six years. Hall was very active in the Wilson Society, where Buckelew served as an elected council member a few years ago. Neither received professional training in ornithology. Hall was a chemist, and Buckelew has a Ph.D. in microbiology. However, they both spent most of their lives studying West Virginia birds.

In late August, Jeff Pfister, Broadcast Engineer in the Communication Department, passed his comprehensive exams at West Virginia University and has been awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies.

Additionally, Pfister has been a leader in bringing streaming video over the World Wide Web to campus. Last year, he and some others began streaming select Convocations on the Web via a site named Vimeo, and this semester he is a lead person in planning and implementing five varsity athletic games to be telecast over the Web (two have already been shown).

Dr. Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English, recently received an early copy of his book, “This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me": The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines, which was published by the University of Louisiana Press. In October he will travel to Baton Rouge to attend the Louisiana Book Festival and the release party for the book.

Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Elizabeth M. Hull, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor of English and the Dr. Robert L. Martin Chair in English Literature attended an interdisciplinary colloquium in Indianapolis this summer on minarchy and polycentric government. The colloquium was organized by the University of Seattle School of Law and included journalists, economists, legal scholars, political theorists and elected officials.

Physical Science
Dr. Majid Sawtarie, Professor of Physics, serves as the president-elect of the Appalachian section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. This section includes West Virginia, southeast Ohio and western Maryland and will hold its annual meeting at Bethany College on October 16-17, 2009.

In addition, Sawtarie attended two workshops during the summer: the Star Talk summer program at New York University for teachers of Arabic and the summer program at the Academy for Arabic Teachers at Boston University.

Alumni News
Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations
for Alumni Awards

The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.


Alumni Council Holds Bi-Annual Meeting
The Bethany College Alumni Council met on campus Saturday, Sept. 12 for their bi-annual meeting. Following a breakfast at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights hosted by President & Mrs. Scott D. Miller, the Council received updates on various areas of the College. Also, the group raised more than $1,600 that will be used for the purchase two flat-screen televisions. The TVs will be placed in student areas on campus.


Save the Date!
Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for an Alumni, Parents & Friends gathering from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2009 at John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar, Crestview Hills Town Center, 2809 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, Ky. Bison Football vs. Thomas More at the Bank of Kentucky Field to follow at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany to Host 9th Annual Allison’s Run
In conjunction with Homecoming ’09, the 9th Annual Allison’s Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 10 beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman’s Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-register should contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison ’64 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.

Reunion Photo Schedule Planned for October 10
Attention Homecoming Reunion Classes! Please note the following times for reunion photos that will be taken at the Alumni Tent on Saturday, Oct. 10. Hope to see you there!

Class of 2008                      12:00 p.m.
Class of 2004                      12:10 p.m.
Class of 1999                      12:20 p.m.
Class of 1994                      12:30 p.m.
Class of 1989                      12:40 p.m.
Class of 1984                      12:50 p.m.
Class of 1979                      1:00 p.m.
Class of 1974                      1:10 p.m.

Bethany Accepting Reservations for Homecoming Tailgate Tent Space
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is now accepting reservations for tailgate tent space to be utilized during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 10. The cost for a 10 x 10 area is $20. Due to limited space each group will be restricted to one tent only. For more information or to make a reservation contact Michele Rejonis at (304) 829-7299 or via email at mrejonis@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming to Feature Softball Celebrations
Attention Bethany Softball Alumni! Dust off your softball gloves and join Coach Jan Forsty on Homecoming Weekend at the annual Alumni Softball Game slated for noon, Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Softball Field. A picnic lunch will follow play. Also that weekend, new Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Amy Stefan Bergin '99, and nine other alumni softball team members who are in the Hall of Fame will be honored. They include Eileen Reading '83, Lisa Redolphy Siegel '84, Sally Dorwart coach, Melanie Stumm West '93, J.Cady Montgomery Rowe '83, Lori Woods '93, Michelle Berwinkle Nogales '85, Lori Schimmel '94, and Peggy Fillinger '86.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Coach Forsty at (304) 829-7271 or jforsty@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Baseball Alumni, Save the Date!
Attention all Bison Baseball Alumni! Save the date and join us for the annual Alumni Baseball Game slated for Saturday, September 26, at Bethany Park. The game will begin at noon with batting practice at 10 a.m. In the first contest, the alumni team will play versus the varsity team for nine innings. Alumni will then be "drafted" for another 9-inning intra-squad game at which time the alumni may choose to continue playing, just hit, coach or hang out and re-hash the glory years with former teammates. In addition to a meet-and-greet with current players, a catered picnic dinner will follow when play concludes.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Baseball Coach Rick Carver at (304) 829-7246 or via email at rcarver@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming 2009 Schedule Released
We hope you will join us for Homecoming 2009 slated for Oct. 9-11. Various activities are on tap including a golf scramble, several athletic events, an art show and several alumni reunions. There will be something for everyone. Come and re-connect with your old friends! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Class of '79 Fundraiser Set for Homecoming
Friends and members of the Class of '79 are invited to participate in a fundraiser Pig Roast/Cook out for the Elizabeth Mayer Hersh '79 Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at Homecoming on Saturday, October 10, immediately following the football game at 203 Pendleton Street (near Benedum Commons).

Beth passed away on September 23, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer. Fellow Bethanians may remember her father, Tony Mayer '51, or her brother, Doug Mayer '75.  For more information on the fundraiser or the scholarship fund, contact Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko '78 at jchernenko@bethanywv.edu

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Bethany Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn't have a clue how to reach them?

Bethany's new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu.  Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Knocks Off Division II Seton Hill 2-1
The Bethany women’s soccer team took an early lead and behind the strong play of freshman keeper Brittany Sadler (New Eagle, Pa./Ringgold), held on for a 2-1 victory at Division II Seton Hill (Pa.) University Tuesday afternoon.

Bethany Primed for PAC Opener Under the Lights Saturday
It will be a weekend of firsts for the Bethany football team (1-1), as they host Grove City (0-2) Saturday at Bison Stadium in the initial Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest of the year for both teams.

Bethany's Stefanizzi Honored by PAC SAAC
Bethany senior football player Tim Stefanizzi (Brave, Pa./Waynesburg Central) was selected as a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Sept., 2009.

Bison Knocked Off by Grove City in PAC Opener
The Bethany volleyball team won the first set at Grove City Wednesday night, but the Wolverines recovered to take the next three and score a 3-1 win over the Bison in the PAC opener for both schools.

Bethany Tennis Drops Match at W&J
Despite a third consecutive victory by junior Andrea Witzmann (Neuret, Germany/Gymnasium Neweut), the Bethany women’s tennis team lost by an 8-1 score at PAC rival Washington & Jefferson.

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


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