President Honors Emeritus Faculty
Three recently retired long-time members of the Bethany faculty were honored at a dinner at Christman Manor for their meritorious service to the College. Jay Buckelew (biology), Mary Ellen Komorowski (mathematics) and Randy Cooey (business and economics) were recognized with the distinction of professor-emeritus and presented with engraved Bethany College rocking chairs.
The Connection Hosts Food Conservation Project, Food Drive
Bethany’s “The Connection” hosted a Food Conservation Project held November 14-15 in Benedum Commons. The event explored food conservation issues, healthy eating habits, and local and global food issues and availability.
The group will launch a food drive on November 28-December 2 to be held all week from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. in Benedum Commons. Community members are invited to bring canned goods and non-perishables. Connection representatives will man tables and collect donations, and the names of those individuals and organizations who donate will be placed into a contest pool. Chartwells will donate a prize for winners.
The Connection was founded to help establish connections on campus between all persons of faith, regardless of denomination, tradition or lack of tradition. The Connection provides an opportunity for students to connect with other people on campus in an atmosphere of friendship and acceptance. The group, an officially recognized student organization, welcomes all persons whose search for spiritual things is leading them to a deeper understanding of life.
New Bethany College Italian Club Presents ‘Italian Movie Night’
A newly formed Italian Club, led by club president Alex Del Giorno, presented the “Italian Movie Night” on November 14 in Maxwell’s. The event featured the highly-acclaimed Italian film “La Vita è Bella,” directed by Roberto Benigni and winner of three Academy Awards. The beautiful and moving film depicts the trials and tribulations of a family of Jewish Italians in Italy’s World War II era. The attendees thoroughly enjoyed the film, together with snacks, drinks and homemade food provided by the Italian Club.
Women’s Basketball Team Launches Finals
Survival Kit Fundraiser
The Women’s Basketball team is conducting fundraisers for the
upcoming season and invites family and friends of current
Bethany students to treat them to a Finals Survival Kit.
The kits are being offered for $20 and will be delivered to
recipients December 5 & 6.
Two kit options are available. The “original” survival kit
package includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag
that include pens, pencils, post-its, pop, chips, cookies, fruit
snacks, granola bars, candy, and other little treats. A package
featuring healthier snacks is also being sold. It includes a
personalized Bethany College drawstring bag with fresh fruits,
assorted nuts, granola bars, Gatorade and water, fruit snacks,
and pens, pencils, highlighters, and sticky notes. Both packages
offer the opportunity for gift-givers to include a personal
to this year’s Finals Survival Kit, parents can purchase a grey
Bethany College T-Shirt for their student. The shirts, which
offer a different design than traditional shirts sold in the
book store, are an additional $15 and may be purchased together
or separately from the kits.
To order, download and send the
order form and payment (made out to Bethany Women’s
Basketball) to Cassandra Donelan, Assistant Women’s Basketball
Coach, Bethany College, Hummel Field House, Bethany, WV 26032.
Drive with Pride: Introducing the Bethany College License Plate
Show how green you really are with the new Bethany College license plate.
Available to Bethany College alumni, employees, students, family members and friends, the Bethany plate is a custom-designed, special-issue offering for all Class A motor vehicles currently licensed in West Virginia.
The Bethany College Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is accepting applications NOW for the new plate. We must secure a minimum of 250 applications within the next few months to ensure that the plate is produced.
Don’t delay! Applications are available by calling (304) 829-7299, clicking here or writing:
Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
One Class A vehicle currently registered in West Virginia qualifies for one plate at a cost of $70 per plate. If you have more than one vehicle, order as many as you need!
The School of Education at Bethany College is hosting an accreditation
visit by the National Council for Accreditation of
Teacher Education (NCATE) on April 15-17, 2012.
Interested parties are invited to submit third-party
comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments
must address substantive matters related to the quality
of professional education programs offered, and should
specify the party’s relationship to the institution,
i.e. graduate, present or former faculty member,
employer of graduates.
We invite you to submit written comments to:
Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by email to:
Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three
months prior to visit, will be submitted to the
institution for response via NCATE’s Accreditation
Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not
upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or
For questions, please contact Monica Siengo at:
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros performed with the Amanda McCoy Band at Center Stage in Nashville on October 29. In addition to Collaros and alumna McCoy, the band includes Nashville musicians Sean Sunderland on drums and Ivalee Pitts on fiddle. The concert featured the original music of McCoy.
del Cerro ’85 Says Good-Bye to ABC’s Regis
For years, Bethanian Evelyn del Cerro ’85 has had an office adjacent to Regis Philbin at WABC in New York. In recognition of his last show on Friday, November, 18, de Cerro paused for a good-bye photo. del Cerro is a production manager for ABC Television.
St. Dominic Academy Honors Vlahakis ‘67 at Leadership Dinner
St. Dominic Academy in New Jersey recently honored 1967 Bethany graduate Valerie Vlahakis, owner and operator of Lee Sims Chocolates in Jersey City. In addition to earning her undergraduate degree from Bethany College, Vlahakis has taught junior high school and has earned a master’s degree in special education from the College of Staten Island.
Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
to make a gift now.