Volume II, Number IV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 29, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Adds 317 New Students for 2008-09 Academic Year
Bethany College’s historic Oglebay Gates swung wide on Friday as the College marked the start of the 2008-09 academic year in traditional fashion with a formal Matriculation Convocation. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, was joined by the faculty and staff in the ceremony which added 317 new students to the campus community. It is the second-largest incoming class in three decades at Bethany.

Bethany Again Listed as "Best Buy" By Barron's
Bethany College has once again been identified as one of the nation’s top higher education bargains in the 10th edition of “Barron’s Best Buys in College Education.” Bethany was one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron’s as offering the best combination of a first-rate education and an affordable price.

Bethany College Introduces Equine Studies Faculty
Dr. Amanda Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of Equine Studies at Bethany College, welcomed back a number of familiar faces and introduced some new additions to the faculty that will be leading the Equine Studies Program and the Bethany Equestrian Club Team into their new home at the Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.

News Briefs
Bethany/Lexington Theological Seminary Partnership
Bethany and Lexington Theological Seminary have partnered to offer courses for lay leaders in the Christian Church. The first class begins September 2008. Bethany is the oldest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) college. LTS is the oldest Christian Church Seminary. Click here to view the brochure.

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Carter is New Director of Catholic Campus Ministry
The Office of Student Life welcomes Shirley Carter to Bethany as the new Director of Catholic Campus Ministry. Shirley has nine years of experience in campus ministry and has also served as a teacher and in youth ministry. She is a graduate of West Liberty State College and is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Theology at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Her office is located in the St. John Fisher Chapel at 201 Richardson Street. Mass will be held on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. during the academic year. Fr. Chris Turner and Fr. Dennis Schuelkens will be joining Shirley in ministry. They will be available for Mass and on an as-needed basis. For more information, call Shirley at (304) 780-0616 or send an e-mail to scartercm@hotmail.com.

Bethany Students Benefit from Campus Employment
A new name and new operational structure are in store in 2008-09 for the campus employment program. Over 200 students benefited from working some form of campus job last year.

Now called the Bethany Educational Employment Program (BEEP), Tracy DePew, Director of Student Support Services oversees the program. BEEP and the College Work Study Program (CWSP) provide meaningful work for over 200 students each year. Students worked a variety of jobs from maintenance and grounds to office assistant in the president's office.

President Hosts Town of Bethany Dignataries
President Miller hosted a dinner at Pendleton Heights recently for the Mayor, Town Clerk, and members of the Town Council. The dinner provided an opportunity for the president to learn more about the town and to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Reception for Herb Weaver’s Sabbatical Art Show Set for Friday
The opening reception for Professor Herb Weaver’s Sabbatical Art Show will be held Friday, September 5, 2008 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Renner Union Gallery. This outstanding exhibit is already open for viewing and will be on display at Renner Union through Sept. 21.

Weaver has approximately 40 pieces in the exhibit. Most of them are examples of his low-fired or polychrome ceramic sculptures. He estimated that he created about 60 new pieces of original art during his sabbatical along with nearly 1,000 pieces of pottery.

Guests are reminded that the gallery’s viewing hours have changed this semester in hopes of providing more staffing and security. The Renner Union Gallery will now be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays along with Noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Hours will be expanded on occasion for special weekend events and private viewing opportunities are available by appointment. All art exhibits and related receptions are presented by the Fine Arts Department and Student Activities Council. The Office of Alumni Relations assists with the Homecoming Show.

Bethany Officials Meet with Area Community Colleges
Officials of Bethany College met recently with leadership at Belmont Technical College and Jefferson Community College to discuss "seemless" articulation agreements to benefit transfer to Bethany.

President Miller, Kathy Furbee (Chair of Social Work) and Keely Camden (Chair of Education) visited with Dr. Joseph Bukowski, President of Belmont Technical College.

Miller and Furbee met with Dr. Laura Meeks, President and Dr. Jim Baber, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Jefferson Community College.

Video of Matriculation Convocation Now Online
A link to a video of this year’s Matriculation Convocation ceremony welcoming incoming students to Bethany College is now available online at: www.vimeo.com/160759.

Ray Named Executive Director for WVICU
Rita Ray has been named Executive Director for the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (WVICU). Ray ended a 33-year career with West Virginia Public Broadcasting when she announced her retirement in November 2007. She was Executive Director of WVPB from 1993-2007.

“In my new position, I am looking forward to growing WVICU’s Circle of Vision Scholarship Program, which helps needy and worthy West Virginia students. We have generous support from a variety of businesses, such as Appalachian Power, BB&T, Dominion Transmission, Mountaineer Gaming & Resort, Steptoe & Johnson and UPS. We also have support from the Maier Foundation, Bernard McDonough Foundation and the Ogden Newspapers. These organizations and major donors, such as Phil Cline of Huntington, understand the positive role that independent colleges play in the economic and cultural vitality of our state.”

The WVICU membership is composed of Bethany College and the eight other private colleges and universities in the Mountain State. These include Alderson-Broaddus College, Appalachian Bible College, Davis & Elkins College, Mountain State University, Ohio Valley College, University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University.

Ray replaces Bethany alum Paul Chewning ’75 as Executive Director of the WVICU. Chewning recently accepted a position as president of the Appalachian College Association in Berea, Ky.

Alumni News
Bethany Alum honored by Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
J. Drew McFarland '83 was honored at the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity 150th Anniversary Karnea International meeting held in Pittsburgh and Bethany, August 15-17.

McFarland was one of two Delts honored with the Distinguished Service Chapter Award. He has served many years as Northern Division Vice President of the fraternity and as Kenyon College Delt chapter adviser. McFarland is the second member from Bethany to be honored with the Delta Tau Delta Distinguished Service Chapter Award, he joins Dr. Jack Lozier Professor of History Emeritus at Bethany.

Alumni Softball Game Set for Sept. 27
Head coach Jan Forsty and the Bethany College softball team are inviting all former players back to campus on Sept. 27 for the annual Alumni Softball Game. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the Office of Alumni Relations will provide a picnic dinner following the game.

This is a chance for former Bethany softball players to renew old friendships while getting an up-close look at the tremendous strides that have been taken in upgrading the softball facilities. To register for the event, send an e-mail with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, t-shirt size and graduation year to Coach Forsty at jforsty@bethanywv.edu. For questions or additional information, give Coach Forsty a call at (304) 829-7271.

Florida Alumni: Save the Date!
Please save the date and join Bethany Alumni and Friends for a gathering in the Jacksonville, Fla. area on Tuesday, Oct. 28. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Homecoming 2008 Set for Oct. 3-5
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Homecoming 2008, scheduled for Oct. 3-5. There are many activities slated for the weekend.

For detailed information about all of the Homecoming events, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

Art Work Sought for Fall Alumni Exhibit
Alumni artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of their work for inclusion in the Alumni Invitational Exhibit, which will be held Oct. 3-31 in the Renner Union Gallery. Pieces may be executed in any two-dimensional or three-dimensional medium. Alumni are reminded that all work must be received by Sept. 26 in order to be included.

In conjunction with the exhibit, alumni artists will be guests of honor at the annual Homecoming Art Exhibit Reception, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3 from 8-10 p.m. For additional information, send an e-mail to Professor Kenn Morgan at kmorgan@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Women Seek to Climb up PAC Rankings
Bethany College women’s soccer coach Barry Christmas is entering his second year at the helm of the program and will bring a very young team into the Bison’s season opener August 30 at Marietta (Ohio) College.

Bison Men's Soccer Target Return to Top of the PAC
Although the Bethany College men’s soccer team lost just six players from last year’s varsity roster, a talented incoming freshmen class could play a key role as the Bison aim to return to the top of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC).

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 dsoly@bethanywv.edu.

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.


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