Volume IV, Number XXIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 11, 2011

News Briefs
Sable to Speak on Unfolding Events in Egypt
Dr. Marc B. Sable, Bethany College assistant professor of political science and director of international studies, will present "Mubarak's Egypt — And After" on Tuesday, February 15, at 4 p.m. in the Academic Parlor. Sable will explain the current political unrest in Egypt, its roots in Egyptian government policies during the past 30 years, and the possible outcomes — including democracy, a police state and Islamist revolution. Sable’s presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and light refreshments.

Bethany President Active with West Virginia Congressional Delegation
President Miller visited with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Congressman David McKinley and Barbara Pryor of U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller’s staff this past week to discuss federal legislation as it impacts private higher education.  As the new Congress considers federal budget cuts, Miller carried the private college case for continued funding of the federal student aid programs. Miller met with Sen. Manchin and Ms. Pryor in Washington, D.C., and hosted Rep. McKinley on campus. 

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Black Alliance Plans Diversity Panel for Black History Month
Bethany’s Black Alliance will host a Diversity Panel on campus as part of Black History Month. The event is scheduled for February 16 in Weimer Lecture Hall from 4-5 p.m. The panel will consist of students who have volunteered to answer questions posed by the audience. Questions should pertain to the experiences students have had as members of a particular “group” (based on ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, ability, etc.) in society and on campus. Rev. Scott Thayer will serve as moderator. The event was initiated to educate and introduce alternative perspectives in order to debunk stereotypes and foster tolerance and empathy for diversity on the Bethany campus.

Busy Week on Private College Initiatives for Bethany College President
President Miller attended several meetings recently with important affiliate groups of the College:

  • Attended the Executive Committee meeting of Presidents’ Council of The Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Committee approved a branding plan submitted by the national marketing/branding firm of SimpsonScarborough. The plan will be unveiled to the General Assembly in Nashville in July. Miller is the secretary of the Executive Committee.
  • Attended the Board of Directors of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE).  ICE is the seven-college information technology consortium in West Virginia, Virginia and Massachusetts that serves Bethany. Miller is the secretary/treasurer of ICE.
  • Attended the annual Board of Directors meeting of the InterAmerican Consortium (IA).  IA is the consortium of six American colleges and universities and 11 international institutions serving Bethany. Miller is the chair of IA.
  • Attended the annual meeting off the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, DC. He received briefings on a wide variety of private college issues. Miller has been a member of NAICU for 27 years.
  • Attended the annual Board of Directors meeting of West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU) in Buckhannon.  Miller serves on the Executive Committee of WVICU.

Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Spread the Love Fundraising Dinner
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda. The event, Invisible Children: Spread the Love, will be held on February 14 at Bethany’s Benedum Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and reservations are not required. The dinner is covered under the student meal plan, and the cost for others is $8. The Council will be working closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together both Ugandan culture and Valentine’s Day. Updates will be posted at www.facebook.com/sccbethanywv.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Several students and faculty in Bethany’s Department of Psychology have had papers accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association this March in Cambridge, Mass. Papers include: “Reality television’s influence on romantic relationship expectations” by Angela Tipton and Katrina Cooper, assistant professor of psychology and director of first year studies; “The effects of ovulation on attractiveness” by Meghan DeLorenzo and Katrina Cooper; “College-aged drinking: Are there different motivations for students over and under 21?” by Katrina Cooper; “You CAN tell a book (at least in part) by its cover” by John Hull — professor of psychology — Levi Naylor, and Debra Hull; and “Perceived characteristics of children’s toys” by Jena Hatmaker and John Hull. Additionally, Hull is coauthor of two other papers to be presented by students from Wheeling Jesuit University. Members of the Psychology Club will join the presenters in Cambridge.

Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros, assistant professor of music, and alumna Amanda McCoy performed blues, acoustic rock and original music in their second appearance at the Kenyon Inn on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, on January 28.

Alumni News
Kappa Delta Alumnae Invited to Founders’ Day Luncheon
In honor of the Sigma Xi chapter of Kappa Delta’s Founders’ Day, the Sigma Xi Graduate Council is hosting a luncheon on March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville, Ohio, for sisters and spouses/partners.

The cost of the luncheon is $16/person and includes appetizers, an entrée selection from a private menu, dessert and choice of water, coffee, iced tea or fountain beverages. Special pricing has been negotiated for other beverage selections. 

Reservations for the event are required by Feb. 11 and payment must be received by Feb. 25. For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Mary Lynn (Harden) Mack ’00 at marylynnmack@gmail.com.

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

Tampa/St. Pete, Fla.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Luncheon at Marchand’s Bar & Grill at the Vinoy Renaissance
501 5th Avenue N.E.
St. Petersburg

Estero, Fla.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
2-4 p.m.
Reception at Estero Country Club
at the Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail,

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.

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 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Nominations can be sent via email to alumni@bethanywv.edu, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

Bison Athletics
Follow Bison Basketball Online
Now with the basketball season in full swing, Bethany fans don't have to be at the gym to follow the Bison men's and women's teams pursuit of PAC Championships. You can follow all the action from the comfort of your own home in front of the computer. Between now and the end of the regular season, games will be available through video and audio web streams. Down below is a list of scheduled games to be broadcast, but also be sure to check the Bethany Broadcast Network home page for the complete schedule, including PAC Tournament games which will be determined in late February.

Sat., Feb. 12 - Video
Women (2 p.m.) & Men's (2 p.m.) vs. Thomas More
Wed., Feb. 16 - Video
Women (7 p.m.) vs. Chatham
Sat., Feb. 19 - Audio
Women (2 p.m.) & Men (4 p.m.) at Wash. & Jeff.

Bethany’s Taormina Recognized as PAC Player of the Week
After nearly averaging a double-double in two wins last week, Bethany College sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week for Feb. 7.

Bison Face Another PAC Challenge Saturday vs. Thomas More
Fresh off battling one challenger for second place in the PAC, the Bethany College men’s basketball team (16-6, 9-3) will face another Saturday when its hosts Thomas More (12-10, 8-3) in a 4 p.m. tip-off at Hummel Field House.

Bethany Women Host Top-Ranked Thomas More Saturday
For the first time in school history, the Bethany College women’s basketball team will play the top-ranked team in Division III when the Bison host #1 Thomas More Saturday afternoon at Hummel Field House in a 2 p.m. tip-off.

Bethany Holds Off Saint Vincent for 65-57 Win
Sophomore James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) led four scorers in double figures with 19 points and the Bethany College men’s basketball team, who led by 17 at halftime, held off a late charge by Saint Vincent to post a 65-57 victory Wednesday night in Latrobe.

Bison Road Winning Streak Ends at #17 Saint Vincent
The Bethany College women’s basketball team had its four-game road winning streak ended Wednesday with an 85-48 loss at #17 Saint Vincent.

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


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