Volume II, Number III
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 22, 2008

Campus News
Forbes Magazine Ranks Bethany Among Nation's Top 100 Colleges
Bethany College has been ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in a comprehensive report, “America’s Best Colleges,” just released on the Forbes magazine website. According to the authors of the report, the rankings are based on the quality of the education provided by the schools and the achievements of their students and alumni.

Bethany President Launches Transformative Strategic Planning Initiative
Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, opened the 2008-09 academic year Tuesday morning by outlining a strategic planning initiative based on the core strengths of the College that will continue the transformation process already well under way at the 168-year-old academic institution. Miller made his remarks to faculty and staff in his first “State of the College” speech, delivered in Commencement Hall at Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Bethany College Expands and Renovates Student Center
One of the first things Bethany College students will notice when they return to campus this week is the extensive renovation and expansion project that took place over the summer, turning the College Bookstore and Boomers Student Union and Grill at Benedum Commons into a modern and fully-functional Student Center.

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U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan Visits Bethany Campus
U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan and his assistant Tammy Rapp stopped by the Bethany College campus for a visit on Monday morning. The veteran congressman from West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District met with President Miller and members of the College’s senior staff.

Highlighting the visit was a tour of the newly restored Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights. Mollohan played a significant role in the extensive restoration project for the historic structure. Initial funding for Phase One of the project was fueled by a federal grant Mollohan helped obtain from the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures Historic Preservation Fund.

Dr. Grimes Presents at International Hemingway Conference
Dr. Larry Grimes, Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities and Professor of English at Bethany College, has returned to campus after participating in the 13th Biennial International Hemingway Society Conference. The conference was held June 9-15 at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Grimes made two presentations — “Hemingway’s Afro-Cuban Novel: An Exercise in Multicultural Reading of The Old Man and the Sea” and “Close Reading in the Trenches or Entrenched Reading in the Closeness? Pleasures and Problems in Reading The Sun Also Rises.” He was also featured in roundtable discussions at several sessions and served as moderator for Session VII, “Teaching The Old Man and the Sea.”

Dinner Honors New Faculty
President Miller and his Cabinet hosted a dinner recently at Pendleton Heights in honor of the College’s four new faculty members. They are:

  • Dr. R. Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English
    Dr. Lisa M. Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Joann Nilson Tartalone, Assistant Professor of Communication
    Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communication

Each new faculty member received a copy of the book, “Bethany: The First 150 Years,” by Lester G. McAllister.

BethBridge Program Off to Great Start
Bethany College welcomed eight new students to campus this summer as the inaugural participants in the BethBridge Program. The students spent 10 days on campus, completing four credit hours of intensive developmental coursework designed to better prepare them for the Bethany experience. The courses, taught by the staff at the McCann Learning Center, provided small-group instruction in the areas of critical reading, writing, study skills and mathematics.

In order to facilitate the development of a learning community, the students were housed together in Campbell Village. This learning community will continue during the fall semester with additional courses in Critical Reading and Study Skills. Those courses will be paired with Religion 100 to provide the participants with guided opportunities to display their newly-developed skills.

Team-building activities were a big part of the summer program. The students participated in team development activities at the Linsly Outdoor Center in Hookstown, Pa.; attended a minor-league baseball game in Washington, Pa.; went to a movie at The Highlands shopping complex near Wheeling, W.Va.; and enjoyed a picnic at Bethany Park. Students presented their portfolios of completed work to a team of evaluators as their final project.

Reviews of the first-year program were very positive from the students and the instructors. As one participant wrote in his final essay, “Go out and get 20 students for next year’s program and allow it to grow every year. This has been one of the best experiences of my life and has changed me for the better. I will succeed at Bethany; you have shown me that I can.”

Jackie Hudson Honored By Chartwells
Jackie Hudson has been named Mid-Atlantic Region Hourly Associate of the Year by Chartwells, food service provider for Bethany College. Jackie is well known on campus for her wonderful service as Catering Manager for the College. The award is part of the company’s nationwide “Be A Star” program honoring exemplary employees. According to the award citation, “… (Jackie) brings sunshine to all that have the pleasure to work with her. Jackie’s hard work and dedication to excellence is second to none.”

This marks the second straight year Bethany College has produced the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Hourly Associate of the Year. Jackie’s friends and co-workers hosted a surprise celebration for her last week in the back dining room at the newly-renovated Benedum Commons. A Regional Awards Dinner is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus in Baltimore.

Alumni News
Treasurer Emeritus John Graham ’61 Passes Away
The Bethany College community is mourning the loss of Treasurer Emeritus John Graham ’61. Graham, a resident of Bethany, passed away on his 69th birthday, Aug. 13, at Weirton (W.Va.) Medical Center. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Graham graduated from Bethany in 1961 and went on to work for his alma mater. The former Director of Admission and Business Manager for the College attended Bethany Memorial Church and was an active part of the Bethany College community for many years.

In addition to his parents, John M. and Anna Marie Zink Graham, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert P. Graham. Surviving are his wife, Linda Carol Jones Graham, at home; one daughter, Shari Graham Legros and her husband, Jeff, of Wintersville, Ohio; one son, Timothy Graham and his fiancée, Janice, of Bethany; one sister, Linda Kanuch and her husband, Ronald, of Elgin, S.C.; three grandchildren and six nephews. A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 18, at Bethany Memorial Church with Rev. William Allen officiating.

Daniel Stephens ’69 Named Principal at Woodland Hills
Bethany alum Daniel Stephens ’69 has been hired as the new principal at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dan graduated from Bethany College in 1969 with a B.A. in Physical Education and Social Studies minor. He holds a master’s degree from West Virginia University and has been certified as a principal and superintendent in the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Woodland Hills High School has an enrollment of just under 2,000 students in Grades 9-12.

Stephens had been working as a middle school and high school principal in the Pittsburgh area since 2000. He previously served as a high school principal in the Martins Ferry (Ohio) and Buckeye Local (Ohio) School Districts. After graduating from Bethany, Stephens began his education career in the Edison Local (Ohio) School District, where he served as assistant junior high and high school principal, athletic director, teacher and coach from 1968-85.

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:

2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Bethany will induct four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming festivities Oct. 3-4. The four new members include: from the Class of 1966, Ed Blundon (basketball); from the Class of 1972, Dan Swickard (football); from the Class of 1986, Margaret (Peggy) Fillinger (softball); and from the Class of 1996, Jeff Weekley (baseball).

Hall of Fame inductions will be Friday, Oct. 3, at a banquet at Harder Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. The four enshrinees will receive their plaques and be honored again at halftime of Saturday's football game against Thomas More.

The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 to bestow honor upon persons who have made exceptional contributions to the intercollegiate athletics program at Bethany. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to Bethany College in athletics.

The inaugural ceremony in 1977 included the induction of 10 charter members. Since the inception of the Hall of Fame, more than 150 former student-athletes have been inducted, as well as four former coaches and one team, the 1994 men’s soccer national championship team.

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
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.

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Young Bison Volleyball Team Looking to Make Strides in '08
With 11 freshmen on this year’s team, the Bethany College volleyball team will have a far different look in its second year under head coach Courtney Kline. The Bison open the season Sept. 3 with a match at LaRoche (Pa.) College.

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


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