Blomquist Addresses Bethany Communications Students
David Blomquist, morning talk radio host for WWVA-AM/Clear Channel Radio in Wheeling, W.VA., visited students in Bethany’s Introduction to Mass Communication course on September 15. Blomquist, well-known as local radio personality “Bloomdaddy,” challenged his listeners with advice on how to best prepare for careers in the competitive world of radio, television and internet communications. He also took time to answer questions before touring campus media facilities.
Blomquist is a Lafferty, Ohio, native who graduated from Union Local High School (1987) and Kent State University (1992). He had a 14-year run as a sports anchor/morning news anchor on WTOV-9, WTRF-TV 7 and WCHS in Charleston, W.Va. During that time he won nine Associated Press Awards, including Ohio Sportscaster of the Year in 2000 and Best Feature Reporter in Ohio for his “Everybody has a Story” segment in 2001. His radio career began at WOMP AM 1290 from 1997-2000. He created the “Bloomdaddy Experience” at The Dawg from 2004-2007 before coming to 1170 WWVA in May.
Greek Leadership Conference Focuses on Quality, Growth
The Office of Student Life, Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council hosted a dynamic leadership conference on September 10-11 that included both alumni and undergraduate members of Bethany fraternities and sororities. David Stollman of CAMPUSPEAK kicked off the event with Recruitment Boot Camp on Friday night. Stollman addressed the need for recruitment and offered suggestions for more effective recruitment and increased standards of membership. He returned on Saturday for his keynote address, Buy In or GET OUT! His keynote speech addressed the need for quality members as well as the issue of living up to the values of each organization — leadership, scholarship, service, personal betterment and lifelong friendship — and discontinuing the membership of those who don’t add quality to the chapter.
The event continued with breakout sessions that included meetings with the chapter members and alumni/advisors. Topics included motivating chapter members, new-member education, alumni involvement, risk management, living your values, public relations and serving the community through IFC and Panhellenic Council. Stollman also provided a recruitment wrap-up. The conference provided a successful starting point for the continued growth and improvement of the Greek community at Bethany College.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Laura Cramblet, Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor of Learning Resources, attended the Appalachian College Association Digital Library of Appalachia (DLA) Task Force meeting in Berea, Ky., on August 4. DLA task force members discussed plans to move forward with software upgrades, new equipment, and additional training for participants as part of a generous grant awarded by the Mellon Foundation. The Digital Library of Appalachia (www.aca-dla.org) is a collaborative project that provides online access to select archival materials from ACA member libraries.
Social Work program faculty and staff are busy preparing for the 3rd annual Fall Symposium, which will be held this year November 4-5 at the Mountainside Conference Center. The 2010 theme is Empowering Families. Rev. Thomas Johnson, headmaster of the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Academy, will be the opening keynote speaker. Professional social workers, counselors, nurses, addictions treatment specialists and students attend the symposium and earn between 12 and 14 continuing education credits. Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Professor and Chair of Social Work, and Melanee Sinclair, Assistant Professor of Social Work, will serve as presenters.
In conjunction with this year’s symposium, the Social Work program is bringing the Presidents Helping Children banner exhibit to Commencement Hall. Local elementary and middle schools will be invited to bring students to the event during the day on November 4 from 5-8 p.m. A public open house will be held on November 4. West Virginia’s First Lady, Gayle Manchin, has been invited to speak at 6 p.m. Participants can walk through the exhibit before and after her talk. For more information about the Symposium or banners exhibit, please email email@example.com. For a copy of the Symposium registration form, go to www.bethanywv.edu/Academics/2010Symposium.pdf.
Melanee Sinclair, Assistant Professor of Social Work, will present a session entitled The Impact of Education on the Emotional Development of the Child at the West Virginia Childcare Association’s annual fall conference on October 28.
The Social Work program, in conjunction with the WVU Graduate School of Social Work, is sponsoring a day-long immersion in Irish culture, featuring performers and educators from Northern Ireland on September 23. The group, Scorpion Jack, features several talented musicians who perform a variety of musical venues, including fusion, jazz and folk music. The members of Scorpion Jack will conduct workshops on drumming and poetry reading, visit several classrooms to talk about Irish culture and the current social and political conditions in Northern Ireland, and perform their music at an event open to the public in the evening. Those who may have an interest in meeting the performers can join them for lunch in The Bethany Club (Private Dining Rooms) from 12-1 p.m.
Visual and Performing Arts
Herb Weaver, Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Art, attended an MFA Thesis exhibition by Frank Krevens, 2007 Bethany graduate in visual arts, on September 11 in Dallas, Texas. The exhibition was a degree requirement and featured a series of porcelain vessels that Krevens created during graduate studies at the University of Dallas. Krevens will begin teaching ceramics and three-dimensional design at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., in spring 2011. "At Bethany, Frank was an unforgettable energetic and creative force in the clay lab," Weaver stated. "I feel certain he will continue to be a huge success in the greater ceramic community."
Auschwitz Survivor and Hague Judge Buergenthal ’57 Promotes Memoir
Thomas Buergenthal, 1957 Bethany College graduate and Auschwitz survivor, has retired from his work as a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and will work on the promotion of his recently published book, “A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy.”
Buergenthal emigrated to the United States in 1951 and received degrees from Bethany, the New York University School of Law and Harvard Law School before launching his career in international law. He served for a decade on the International Court of Justice and has returned to the U.S. to resume a teaching position at The George Washington University.
His story was featured in Downtown Express, a newspaper covering lower Manhattan. To read more, visit http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_386/thomasbuergenthal.html.
Alumni Council Holds Bi-Annual Meeting
The Bethany College Alumni Association Board of Directors met on campus Saturday, Sept. 11, for their bi-annual meeting. The Board welcomed five new members, including: Bruce Fahey ‘77, Akron, Ohio; Patrick Hosey ‘80, Wilmington, Del.; Marella Kazos ‘95,Canonsburg, Pa.; Jessica Swann ’00, Pittsburgh; and Craig Williams ’96, Odenton, Md. Following a breakfast at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights hosted by President and Mrs. Scott D. Miller, the Council received updates on various areas of the College and toured the newly renovated Cochran Hall. The members also worked on goals and objectives for the board as the group begins looking forward to long-range planning. Members of the board also raised nearly $2,000 that will be used for the purchase of a teleprompter for the Department of Communication and Media Arts.
The Bethany College Alumni Council meets on campus twice a year and communicates frequently in committee meetings via conference calls.
Bison Baseball Beat Alumni in Fall Game
The 2010 Varsity Bison Baseball team bested the Alumni 9-2 in the annual fall contest held on September 11, giving the Varsity group a 10-5 margin in the contests that started in 1993. Freshman Zac Edmiston got the pitching win for the Varsity team by posting a spotless inning with two strikeouts. Overall, the Alumni bats were held to just four hits and one earned run in the nine-inning game. Pacing the Alumni bats were J.J. Eberhart ‘09 with two singles and an RBI, Mark Cummins ‘10 with a single, and Brett Bartholomew ‘07. Bartholomew’s single gave him a three-year hit streak. The Alumni were coached by long-time Bison Assistant Bill Magnone ’97, who continued his perfect attendance streak with a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning. The oldest alum in attendance was Jimmy Taylor ’96, with Mark Cummins ‘10 coming the furthest distance (New Jersey).
The second game saw the Alumni drafted between the Green and White squads as part of an intrasquad scrimmage in which the Green Team won 13-7. Alumnus Dan Berty ‘06 got the pitching win and launched a three-run home run. 1995 All- American Jimmy Taylor singled, drove in a run and stole a base as well. Between games, a meet-and-greet with Alumni and current players allowed Alumni to share some words of wisdom for the current team. Following the games, a picnic dinner was held in Bethany Park.
The 2011 Alumni game date will be announced in the OMJ in early summer.
Homecoming to Feature Softball Celebrations
Attention Bethany Softball Alumni! Dust off your softball gloves and join Coach Jan Forsty on Homecoming Weekend at the annual Alumni Softball Game slated for noon, Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Softball Field. A picnic lunch will follow play. Also that weekend, new Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Shelly Cooper ‘95 and 10 other alumni softball team members who are in the Hall of Fame will be honored. They include Eileen Reading '83, Lisa Redolphy Siegel '84, Sally Dorwart coach, Melanie Stumm West '93, J. Cady Montgomery Rowe '83, Lori Woods '93, Michelle Berwinkle Nogales '85, Lori Schimmel '94, Peggy Fillinger '86 and Amy Stefan Bergin '99.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Coach Forsty at (304) 829-7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Accepting Reservations for Homecoming Tailgate Tent Space
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is now accepting reservations for tailgate tent space to be utilized during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 2. The cost for a 10 x 10 area is $20. Due to limited space each group will be restricted to one tent only. For more information or to make a reservation contact Michele Rejonis at (304) 829-7299 or via email at email@example.com.
Bethany Celebrating the 10th Annual Allison’s Run
In conjunction with Homecoming 2010, the 10th Annual Allison’s Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 2, beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman’s Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-register should contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison ’62 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.
Save the Date!
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 6 -8 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, at the Scottsdale Marriott Suites at Old Town, 7325 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via email at email@example.com.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Lexington, Ky., area on November 6, 2010. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bison Offensive Line Receives National Award
After plowing the way for two 100-yard rushers in Saturday’s 31-29 victory at King’s, the Bethany College offensive line was selected for the D3Football.com National Team of the Week.
Bethany's Walker Earns PAC and ECAC Player of the Week
Following a career-best performance in the team’s first victory of the season, Bethany College junior Eric Walker (New Brighton, Pa.) was tabbed as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and ECAC South Region Football Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 13.
Bethany's James Garners PAC Player of the Week
Bethany freshman Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 13.
Bethany's Potter Honored by PAC SAAC
Bethany College junior Cory Potter (Akron, Ohio/Green) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September.
Bethany Opens PAC Slate Saturday Night at W&J
The Bethany College football, who held on to beat King’s last week to even their record at 1-1, will kick off PAC play Saturday night with a match-up against longtime rival Washington & Jefferson at 7 p.m. in W&J’s Cameron Stadium.
Bethany Comeback Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Mount Union
Senior Jason Straw (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) scored with 16 minutes left to trim a two-goal deficit down to one, but the Bethany College men’s soccer team was unable to find the tying score and dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Mount Union Wednesday afternoon at Hoag Field.
Bethany Blows Away Penn State-Dubois 9-1
Four different players scored at least two goals to lead the Bethany College women’s soccer team to a 9-1 victory on the road at Penn State-DuBois Tuesday afternoon.
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