Volume III, Number V
An E-News Service of Bethany College
September 11, 2009

Campus News
Bethany Announces Matthew Quay Ammon Professorship in Mathematics
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, announced the establishment of the Matthew Quay Ammon Endowed Professorship in Mathematics at the College’s Fall Convocation on Sept. 10. The endowed chair was created to honor the life of Bethany alumnus Matthew Quay Ammon, who graduated in 1996 and passed away just 10 years later. The first appointment will begin with the 2010-2011 academic year.

Additional coverage of the Fall Convocation: 
www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/528304.html?nav=510

Bethany Announces Fall Homecoming Festivities
A full and fun-filled schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 9-11 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year's events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni sporting events, an art show and more.

News Briefs
President Speaks to Retired Professionals
President Miller was the featured speaker last week at a dinner meeting of retired Wheeling area business professionals at the Wheeling Country Club. Dr. Miller spoke on the value of residential liberal arts education in the United States and provided an update on recent initiatives at Bethany College.

Bethany Soccer Player Featured in
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlighted the story of Bethany senior Rachael Katsur in Thursday’s edition. Katsur, a soccer player and sprinter for the Bethany track team, overcame an injury to her knee to help lead the Bethany soccer team to a 2-0 victory in its first game of the season against Pitt-Greensburg. 

For more on the story, visit: www.post-gazette.com/pg/09253/996939-450.stm.

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WTRF Interviews President Miller on Bethany Successes
Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller was interviewed by WTRF-TV 7 News regarding the high marks the College continues to receive from a number of national ranking services. Washington Monthly recently ranked Bethany in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the United States—81 in the overall ranking. The Washington Monthly report followed close on the heels of a Forbes magazine announcement that placed Bethany first among colleges in West Virginia and 68th in affordability across the nation. The Princeton Review named Bethany one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast. In addition, the College was identified as one of the nation's top bargains in higher education in the tenth edition of "Barron's Best Buys in College Education," one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron's for offering the best combination of an outstanding education and an affordable price.

President Miller also noted that Bethany recently welcomed a record number—more than 350—of students with the start of the 2009-2010 academic year and spoke about his goals for the future of the institution.

To watch the interview online, visit: www.boomboxradio.net/boombox/PlayerSetup/Players/WTRFPlayer.aspx?FileId=208258_wtrf.

Bethany Holds Fall Convocation Ceremony
Bethany held its annual Fall Convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 10, at 11 a.m. in the College’s historic Commencement Hall. Dr. Neil Christman, a nationally known businessman and long-time supporter of Bethany College, gave the address. President Miller and Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Dean of Students Elizabeth de Jong announced the recipients of the Anna Ruth Bourne Award, the W. Kirk Woolery Award and the Richard B. Kenney Freshman Leadership Award.

The Anna Ruth Bourne Award is given each semester to the women's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing. This semester’s award went to Alpha Xi Delta. This semester’s W. Kirk Woolery Award, given to the men's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing, was presented to Phi Kappa Tau. The Richard B. Kenney Freshman Leadership Award went to sophomore Catherine Papp, a German and International Relations major and Cultural Studies minor from Wooster, Ohio. It is given annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership and character at Bethany.

In addition, President Miller announced the establishment of the Matthew Quay Ammon Professorship in Mathematics, made possible by a donation from Ammon’s mother, Dr. Kathleen Gaberson, in honor of her son. The first appointment will begin with the 2010-2011 academic year.

To view the Convocation online, visit: vimeo.com/6522215

Bethany Theatre to Present Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Bethany College Theatre continues its season of plays about art with Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Set in a Paris café’ in 1904, the playwright imagines what might happen if young Albert Einstein were to have met young Pablo Picasso.  The other characters in the bar enjoy humorously sparring with the two geniuses about theories of art, science, commerce, sex, politics and how these will play out over the twentieth century.  Then, a visitor from the future arrives to settle the debate.

The play runs October 1-4 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre. You can make reservations by calling (304) 829–7124. The cost is by donation.

Bicentennial Celebration of Thomas Campbell's
"Declaration and Address" Slated for October

The Bicentennial Celebration of the "Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington, PA" will be held October 3-4. Festivities will include tours of the Campbell Mansion and picnics on the Mansion Lawn. The movie "Wrestling with God" will be shown at 2:30 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church on Saturday, October 3. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations and Professor Emeritus, will present a lecture on the "Declaration and Address" at the Old Meeting House at 4 p.m.

Food, buggy rides, historical walking tours and other entertainment will be available at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, in Washington, Pa., followed by frontier-style worship at 2:30. Sunday's events will take place across from the Observer-Reporter site at 122 S. Main Street. For more information, contact Cathy Mansfield at 724.229.7398.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. Click here to view the schedule of events.

"Twittering" with Bethany College
Follow Bethany President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong on Twitter at twitter.com. Get an inside glimpse into what takes place on a daily basis at Bethany College. Follow Dr. Miller by selecting BethanyCollege1, and follow Sven de Jong by selecting BethanyCollege2. You might be surprised by all that occurs on "The Banks of the Old Buffalo."

Alexander Campbell Birthday Party and Scavenger Hunt Canceled
Alexander Campbell’s Birthday Party and Scavenger Hunt, scheduled for Saturday, September 12, at 2:30 p.m., has been canceled. 


Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities
Dr. Elizabeth M. Hull, Professor of English and Dr. Robert L. Martin Chair of English Literature, attended a conference in San Diego on the poetry and political writings of John Milton with Milton scholars from the United Kingdom, Canada, Sri Lanka, and the United States.  She gave a presentation on the political rhetoric of Satan in Paradise Lost and Milton's own rhetoric in his political pamphlets. 

Visual and Performing Arts
Herb Weaver, Professor of Fine Art and Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts, will exhibit a ceramic sculpture titled “Instrumental Mary” in the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which is celebrating its 15th installation since its inception in 1979. The juried exhibition showcases the work of 79 state artists and craftspeople and provides the public with a comprehensive view of art and craft activities in the state in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts. Works are acquired for the West Virginia State Museum Collection through the exhibition’s purchase awards.

The location of the 2009 Juried Exhibition will be at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, W.Va., from October 18 through January 17.

Faculty and staff who are interested in displaying posters of the Bethany College Rock Ensemble are encouraged to contact Pandel Collaros at pcollaro@bethanywv.edu


Alumni News
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, Oct. 10. 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 mrejonis@bethanywv.edu.

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. 11 at the Softball Field. A picnic lunch will follow play. Also that weekend, new Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Amy Stefan Bergin '99, and nine 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, and Peggy Fillinger '86.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Coach Forsty at (304) 829-7271 or jforsty@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Baseball Alumni, Save the Date!
Attention all Bison Baseball Alumni! Save the date and join us for the annual Alumni Baseball Game slated for Saturday, September 26, at Bethany Park. The game will begin at noon with batting practice at 10 a.m. In the first contest, the alumni team will play versus the varsity team for nine innings. Alumni will then be "drafted" for another 9-inning intra-squad game at which time the alumni may choose to continue playing, just hit, coach or hang out and re-hash the glory years with former teammates. In addition to a meet-and-greet with current players, a catered picnic dinner will follow when play concludes.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Baseball Coach Rick Carver at (304) 829-7246 or via email at rcarver@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming 2009 Schedule Released
We hope you will join us for Homecoming 2009 slated for Oct. 9-11. Various activities are on tap including a golf scramble, several athletic events, an art show and several alumni reunions. There will be something for everyone. Come and re-connect with your old friends! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Class of '79 Fundraiser Set for Homecoming
Friends and members of the Class of '79 are invited to participate in a fundraiser Pig Roast/Cook out for the Elizabeth Mayer Hersh '79 Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at Homecoming on Saturday, October 10, immediately following the football game at 203 Pendleton Street (near Benedum Commons).

Beth passed away on September 23, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer. Fellow Bethanians may remember her father, Tony Mayer '51, or her brother, Doug Mayer '75.  For more information on the fundraiser or the scholarship fund, contact Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko '78 at jchernenko@bethanywv.edu

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Bethany Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn't have a clue how to reach them?

Bethany's new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

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 bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.


Bison Athletics
Bethany’s Schrecengost Named PAC Volleyball Player of the Week
Bethany sophomore Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 8.

Bethany Rallies Late for 3-1 Win Over Franciscan
Three goals in the final 17 minutes allowed the Bethany women’s soccer team to erase a one-goal deficit and defeat visiting Franciscan 3-1 Wednesday night at Bison Stadium.

Bison Run Winning Streak to Three with Pitt-Greensburg Sweep
With a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) victory over visiting Pitt-Greensburg Wednesday night, the Bethany volleyball team continued their best start in four years, while matching their longest winning streak since that same season.

Bethany Falls on the Road at Division II Wheeling Jesuit
The Bethany men’s soccer team suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of Division II Wheeling Jesuit Wednesday night.

Bethany Defeated by Grove City 9-0
The Bethany women’s tennis team fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the PAC Wednesday with a 9-0 setback at Grove City, the 22-time defending conference champion.

Missed Opportunities Haunt Bison in 28-7 Loss
The Bethany football team entered the fourth quarter tied with Otterbein at 7-7, but the 24th-ranked Cardinals scored three times in the final period to pull away for a 28-7 season opening victory over BC Saturday afternoon at Bison Stadium.

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

 

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