Volume II, Number XXXII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 10, 2009

Campus News
Bethany Announces Keresty Journalism Lecture Series
A new lecture series on journalism has been established through gifts to Bethany College. The John Keresty Lectures in Journalism will honor the memory of John Gregory Keresty, a 1963 graduate of Bethany College and a business executive who loved the printed word. A bequest from his estate and additional gifts will fund the lectures, which will examine current topics, trends and issues pertaining to the changing face of journalism.

Bethany College Sets Commencement Schedule
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced that the College's annual Commencement activities will be held May 15-16, 2009.

Bethany College Clubs Take Spring Break Trips to The Gambia, Amazon Jungle
The International Relations Club (IR Club) and Tri-Beta Biological Honorary Society at Bethany College recently returned from Spring Break trips to The Gambia and the Amazon jungle. The trips were part of the Collegeís ongoing initiatives to enhance classroom learning with multi-faceted educational experiences in the United States and abroad. 


News Briefs
Bethany Mourns Passing of Long-Time Professor
Dr. Lynn Adkins

The campus community was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time colleague and friend Dr. Lynn Frantz Adkins. Dr. Adkins died at home in Bethany on April 4, 2009, after a long siege with cancer.

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Dr. Adkins is survived by her husband, Thomas P. Lyons, of Bethany, W.Va.; a son, Patrick Todd Adkins of Huntington, W.Va.; a daughter, Toni Lynn Robinson and her husband William Robinson of Miromar Lakes, Fla.; her brother, Stephen David Frantz of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and her sister, Deborah Margaret Dawson of Tampa, Fla. She is also survived by grandchildren Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson IV of Miromar Lakes, Fla.

Dr. Adkins had an active career in higher education. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Marshall University and a Masterís Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She then completed two post-doctorate degrees, one in Women’s Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a second in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

She began her career at North Carolina State where she was a Field Coordinator of Sociology and Social Work for five years. The majority of her career was spent at Bethany College where she was the Director of the Teacher Preparation Program and Social Work and Education. She was the founding faculty member for Bethany College’s Social Work program. As a tenured Professor of Education and Social Work, she taught courses for 30 years in Women’s Studies, Sociology and Social Work. She retired from Bethany College as Dean of Academic Services and Professor of Education and Social Work.

Dr. Adkins taught five years at the University of Pittsburgh as a Professor in the School of Social Work and served as the coordinator of the undergraduate Child Welfare Training Program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As coordinator, she was responsible for enrollment in 14 Pennsylvania universities and employment in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. During the School of Social Work’s latest reaccreditation, she was a primary resource for the School.

In addition to her teaching career, Dr. Adkins was a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, where she served as a chair of the Technology Committee and was honored for that role by the association in 2008. She held the ACSW, Academy of Certified Social Workers and was a longtime member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Adkins helped found and was president of the Clara Welty Hospice in Wheeling, W.Va., now called Valley Hospice. She served on the state board of directors of WVNASW and was a board member of the Northern Panhandle Head Start. She was a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.

As part of her studies and teaching assignments, Dr. Adkins traveled extensively domestically and abroad. She traveled to China, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, New Zealand and other far-flung places. She loved musicals and saw almost all of them on Broadway, in London and in Canada. Her favorite pastime was reading and her passion for books was unsurpassed.

Dr. Adkins was Elder Emeritus and a longtime member of Bethany Memorial Church, Disciples of Christ. She also served as secretary and treasurer of the Philathea Sunday School Class and as President and Secretary of the Bethany Book Club in past years.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that contributions be made to the Frantz Fund at Bethany College to fund the Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson Children’s Library. Donations can be sent to the Frantz Fund, Center for Institutional Advancement, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

A memorial service to celebrate Lynn’s life will be held at 11a.m. at Bethany Memorial Church on Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Youth Leadership Program Visits Bethany
Members of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Youth Leadership Program visited Bethany on April 9, to learn about the College and the admissions process. Following a campus tour, more than 50 of the Ohio Valley’s top-notch students were welcomed by President Scott D. Miller. Director of Admission Karina Dayich-McCabe then talked to the high school juniors about what to expect as they begin applying to college. Several Bethany students also were on hand for a question and answer session. Stefanie Panas ’05, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Chamber, coordinated the event with College staff.

Campbell Descendants Visit Bethany
Mrs. Emily Hardesty of Texas and her sister Mrs. Allie Dibble of Connecticut, visited Bethany this week seeking their past.  (Pictured at left with Felicity Ruggiero, Curator for Historic Bethany.) The sisters are descendants of both Alexander Campbell and W. K. Pendleton, through the marriage of Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Campbellís daughter, Clarinda.  The highlight of their visit was a tour through Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, given by President and Mrs. Miller. 

They were very impressed by the beautiful architecture and the wonderful restoration of the interior.  Mrs. Hardesty remarked that it brought their ancestors to life to be able to walk through the same rooms.  While in Bethany they also visited Old Main, the Campbell Mansion, the Campbell Cemetery where many of their relatives are buried, saw the many boxes of Pendleton family history at the Archives, and brought their familiesí genealogy up to date. 

International Relations Club Hosts Model United Nations Conference
The International Relations Club hosted the 18th Annual Bethany College Model United Nations Conference on April 2 at the Mountainside Conference Center. The event is a one-day, mock simulation of the procedures of the U.N. General Assembly and various committees. This year the conference attracted a record number of more than 150 students representing nine area high schools. The conference is supervised by Dr. Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science.

Each participating school in the conference sends a delegation representing a specific country. Student delegates research various international issues for specific committees, write position papers representing their nation's views, devise strategies in conjunction with other schools, debate other delegations according to parliamentary procedure and vote on resolutions. In addition, the conference provides students with educational materials, advice and research support. The conference presents "best delegate" awards at the conclusion of the General Assembly.

Bethany Sophomore Presents at Statewide Conference
Ariana Lalos, a Bethany College sophomore, was one of only two college students from around the state selected to present a workshop at the Fourth Annual West Virginia Student Service & Civic Engagement Conference held in Charleston, W.Va., March 6-8. The conference, also known as the Capitol Convergence Conference, was opened by West Virginia state Sen. John Unger. A host of other state dignitaries, including First Lady Gayle Manchin; Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant; and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito were on hand to encourage student leaders from around the state to give back to their communities.

Lalos presented a workshop titled “Learning Meets Life.” Her presentation discussed service learning and how it could be used as an educational strategy to facilitate the transfer of what is learned in the classroom to real-life situations. This workshop offered innovative ideas for educators to use in harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of students to make lasting change in their communities.

NFL Prospect Credits Bethany’s Chris Sampson
with Help Overcoming Learning Disability

ESPN recently featured Ball State quarterback and National Football League draft prospect Nate Davis and his success in confronting a learning disability. Davis, who enjoys mentoring young students facing similar difficult situations, credited Chris Sampson, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the McCann Learning Center at Bethany College, with discovering his disability and developing the strategies he needed to learn more effectively.

Sampson and Davis met regularly as he advanced from junior high to high school. At the same time, Davis’ academic confidence grew, and his football skills became increasingly apparent. “As soon as I started working with her, I saw that I could do this,” Davis said in ESPN’s report.

For more on the story, visit sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=4047057&type=story.

Bethany’s Beta Theta Pi Wins Charity Tournament for Autism
Bethany College’s Beta Theta Pi Fraternity was the winning team in the second annual Adult Charity Kickball Tournament, held at the Dimmeydale baseball fields in Wheeling on April 4. Proceeds from the event, organized in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month, will go to the Augusta Levy Learning Center in Wheeling to help students with autism attend college.

Director of Alumni & Parent Relations Attends ICAA Conference
Michele Gockstetter Rejonis ’94, Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, attended a conference hosted by the Independent College Advancement Associates on April 6-7 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. Presenters covered topics that included energizing an annual giving program, solicitations, branding, new postal service regulations, reunion programs and correcting phonathon challenges.

Social Work Department to Host Annual Honors Banquet
The Social Work Department is celebrating 25 years of accreditation with the 2009 graduating class. On April 24 at 6 p.m., the Department will host its annual Honors Banquet, to be held in Commencement Hall. In addition to an array of student honors, the Department will recognize a staff member and field instructor of the year. Special awards will also be given for participation in the activities recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled 25 Acts of Random Kindness. Social Work alumni have been invited to attend and added to the celebration by establishing a junior class Honors Day award. Approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty and honored guests are expected. Food will be provided by Chartwell's Catering service. Questions about the event should be directed to Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant, at 304.829.7150.

Bethany to Celebrate Honors Day on April 16
Bethany College will honor many of its outstanding students at its annual Honors Day and Convocation on April 16. The event is held each year to recognize students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement. Several college-wide and departmental awards will be presented, including the Francis O. Carfer Prize (Outstanding Senior), Bethany 2000 Prize and the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award (Outstanding Junior Woman).
Two new awards will be given that dayóThe Presidentís Award for Excellence in Performance (one for faculty and one for staff).

Bethany Football to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Keely Camden presented a paper at the National Council for Exceptional Children conference in Seattle, Wash., on April 4. Her presentation, “Psychotropic Medication for Children with Disabilities: Common Side Effects and Classroom Considerations,” included a hands-on workshop component.

Several Bethany students and two Bethany graduate interns attended the conference and assisted in the presentation: Ashley Pietrangelo, Erika Brettschneider, Laura Lindenfelser, Sarah West, Christina Johnson and Patrick Rupert.

Literature and Language
As Club Advisors to the German, French and Spanish Clubs, Joe Lovano and Harald Menz are helping to coordinate Bethany's Speak Out! Day,which will take place on April 14 in front of Old Main from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Volunteers will perform in 15-minute segments throughout the day. Events include readings, songs and other performances in languages other than English.

Lovano and Menz will accompany a group of students to the North East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the second largest language conference in the country, April 16-19.

Menz, current president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, is organizing a German Teachers' Retreat on "Expanding the German-Speaking World: Namibia in the DaF Classroom" for April 24 and 25. The workshop is the result of Dr. Menz's sabbatical research on the topic. Co-presenter of the workshop will be Bethany alumna Vanessa Plumly, who is pursuing an M.A. in German at the University of Kentucky. The workshop will be held at Bethany Hurl Education Center.

Menz will accompany a group of 10 German Club students on a study trip to Southern Germany May 18-June 1. Students will get to know that part of Germany by bicycle. Also on the program is a visit to Bethany's exchange institution, the PH Heidelberg.

Menz will participate in the Advanced Placement German Reading in July in Lincoln, Neb., evaluating a growing number of German Advanced Placement exams.

Finally, in September Menz will present a paper at the annual conference of the West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers' Association in Elkins, W.Va. The topic will be "Making Everything Count: The European Language Portfolio (ELP) or LinguaFolio as a Tool to Build and Showcase Students’ Proficiency."

Mathematics and Computer Science
Jonathan Martin, Adam Fletcher and Mary Ellen Komorowski presented at the Annual West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics meeting on March 20 and 21. Gerald Schultze of the McCann Learning Center also presented.

Five students accompanied Fujiko Sawtarie to the Robotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University on March 31.

Religious Studies and Philosophy
On March 29 James Farwell took 10 Bethany students to visit the “Palace of Gold,” one of the most striking religious sites in West Virginia. Located south of Bethlehem, the palace was built as a home for Srila Prabhupada, an Indian guru important to the Krishna movement in the United States in the late 1960s and 70s. Students spent the afternoon touring the Palace and the nearby temple, which is home to a local religious community in the Hindu Vaishnava tradition.

Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Herb Weaver and Larry Grimes served as judges for the Freshman Talent Show, held on April 5 in the Judith R. Hurl Education Center auditorium. Twelve acts were judged, with a variety of talents that included singing, dancing, gymnastics and the making of a peanut butter sandwich while blindfolded. A large number of students and siblings were present.

Alumni News
Baltimore-Area Alumni Reception
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 11. The gathering will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD. The event is being hosted by George ’78 & Patricia Davis.

For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@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.

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click here. To register online, click here.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1. Click here to view the full schedule.

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Bodo Receives Second PAC Honor
Bethany junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Female Runner of the Week Monday, her second award of the young season.

Bethany Sweeps Past Saint Vincent
The Bethany softball team used 20 hits and seven Saint Vincent errors to pull away for 8-2 and 9-0 (5 innings) victories over the visiting Bearcats Wednesday afternoon.

Bison Rally From Deficit but Lose Lead Late in 10-8 Loss
After trailing 6-0 following the first inning, the Bethany baseball team battled back to take the lead, but Waynesburg scored four times in the last of the eighth to pull out a 10-8 triumph over the Bison Wednesday at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

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


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