Volume II, Number XXIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 5, 2009

Campus News
Bethany Announces President's List and Dean's List
Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2008-09 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.

News Briefs
Early Discoveries Childcare Center Celebrates Grand Opening
Bethany faculty, staff, students and community members gathered Wednesday at the Judith R. Hurl Education for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Early Discoveries Child Care Center.

The facility was open for tours and the director, Shannon Warren, was available to answer questions. To celebrate the grand opening, Early Discoveries Childcare Center will be offering a free trial week to anyone interested in trying out the Center.

For more information or to register, contact Director Shannon Warren at swarren@bethanywv.edu or visit their website at

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Master Planning Sessions Continue
Performa Higher Education was back on Bethany’s campus this week meeting with various college constituencies to help develop a 10-year Master Plan for Bethany. They met with faculty, staff and students to review the needs and opportunities for Bethany College. The plan will be presented to the Bethany College Board of Trustees during their meeting in May.

Members of the committee include: President Scott D. Miller, Trustee Gary Novak, Vice presidents Sven de Jong and William Kiefer, Interim Dean of the Faculty Gary Kappel, Dean of Students Elizabeth de Jong, Executive Assistant to the President Stephanie Kappel, Director of the Physical Plant Ted Williams, Dr. Mark Affeltranger and Professor Kathy-Shelek-Furbee, alumnus Jason Haswell and students Lindsay Sobotka and Chris Smurthwaite.

Bethany Students Benefit from Federal Student Aid Programs
Approximately 600 Bethany students benefited from a wide variety of federal student financial aid programs in 2007-08, according to a study by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

Data was obtained from the Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education and shared with institutional presidents at a meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

According to the report, 298 Bethany students received $769,704 in Pell Grants—the most significant federal grant program. Other programs: FSEOG (568 students, $433,944), FWS (188 students, $282,869), Perkins Loans (224, $500,000), FFEL—subsidized (549 students, $2,043,094), FFEL—unsubsidized (441 students, $1,526,394), PLUS (213, $2,032,399).

Professor to Present Lecture on Lincoln
In honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, a public lecture, entitled, 'Lincoln and His Virtues' will be delivered on Thursday, February 12, at 4 p.m. in the Academic Parlour, by Professor Marc Sable of the History and Political Science Department. All members of the Bethany community are encouraged to attend.

Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend"
The Bethany College Men’s Basketball team supported Coaches vs. Cancer by participating in the annual "Suits and Sneakers Weekend." Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

A collaborative initiative of the NABC and the American Cancer Society "Suits and Sneakers Weekend" took place January 30-February 1. Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Summey, as well as Bethany's assistant coaches and the coaches from Geneva, wore sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire in a show of support for the fight against cancer during their game on Saturday. By lacing up sneakers with their suits, participating coaches nationwide hoped to spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease.

Bethany College fans raised more than $235 dollars during the game at Hummel Field House.

Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Bethany Athletics Launches Green & White Club
Bethany College’s athletic booster club has undergone a dramatic transformation. Now called The Green & White Club, this organization will continue to provide support to Bethany’s intercollegiate student-athletes.

Member donations will help underwrite costs associated with facility and equipment upgrades, as well as postseason and out-of-region travel. Your support will enable Bethany’s student-athletes to develop their potential, train, and compete at the highest level possible. An enhanced membership experience will include different benefits based on different membership levels. With the recent and ongoing facility improvements, Bison Athletics is undergoing its own transformation, and we welcome you to become a key part of our rise to the top of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

For information on becoming a member, please visit the Green & White Club on the web at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/green-and-white-club, or contact Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu.

Applications for WVGHA Staff Being Accepted
Resident Advisor applications are being accepted until February 15, 2009 for the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy. Resident Advisors will serve as facilitators for the three-week program being hosted by Bethany College beginning in June and running through July 19, 2009.

The three-week program will see 200 rising junior high school students experience broad-based and intensive classes, participate in field trips and interactive educational experiences. Resident Advisors will live in-house with students, facilitate activities and guide seminar sessions. This is a great resume building experience. Applications are being accepted through the Department of Education and the Arts. For more requirements and the application form, please visit the website: www.wvgovschools.org/GHA/apply.html.

Catholic Campus Ministry to Sponsor Leadership Development Program
The West Liberty and Bethany Catholic Campus Ministry will sponsor a leadership development program. The program, entitled "Spring Into Service" is a grant-funded program that will focus on collaboration, leadership development and service to others.

Leadership Development speaker, Daniel Caron, will speak on how to improve daily interactions with others, how to learn healthy, effective ways to interact with those you serve, how to reduce stress and increase energy for those things that matter most and how to develop and build upon leadership skills. The program will be presented in the Alumni Room in West Liberty’s Student Union on Monday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact: Shirley Carter at 304.780.0616 or scartercm@hotmail.com

Alumni News
Bethany Alumnus Scheduled to Speak at WVU
Judge Thomas Buergenthal '57 will speak at the West Virginia University College of Law on the topic of International Courts: How They Work, Why They Matter at 10:30 a.m. on February 16, 2009. Click here for more information.

Bethany Alumnus George M. Peterson '51 Passes Away
Dr. George M. "Pete" Peterson '51 of Hudson, Ohio, a long-time benefactor of the College, has recently passed away. He was 81. A retired podiatrist, George obtained a degree in biology from Bethany, and then attended the Ohio College of Podiatry, graduating in 1964 as a Doctor of Surgical Podiatry. He was a member of several civic and professional organizations. George remained active in the life of the College.

Most recently, he generously provided major funding for an extensive restoration and renovation project at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, the traditional home of Bethany’s presidents for more than 150 years. The Peterson Green at Pendleton Heights was dedicated this fall in his honor.

Campus Wedding and Events for Alumni and Friends of Bethany
Bethany College welcomes and encourages all alumni and friends to return to campus to hold special events throughout the year. With academic calendars being set for multiple years, it is easier to determine major traffic weekends, such as Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, when Commencement Hall and campus facilities are booked for College hosted events. The summer typically has been the only time to host wedding functions, but the expanded calendar will allow more alumni weddings and events to be held on campus.

Bison Basketball Hosts Alumni Game
In conjunction with the 101st anniversary of Bison Men's Basketball, many alumni basketball players returned to campus last weekend for the annual alumni basketball contest. This year's teams were pretty balanced having over 3,300 career points on one team and just over 3,000 points on the other team.

The event brought back three of the school's all-time leading scorers in Brody Jackson '08, 11th all-time with 1,175 career points; Mike Drahos '06, fourth all-time with 1,681 career points; and the current assistant coach Matt Drahos '06, second all-time with 1,930 career points. The event also saw the likes of Chris Stephens '07, and James Wallace '07, the program's all-time winningest class with 84 career wins.

Rounding out the rosters were Scott Mezyk '06, who ranks in the top 10 in single-season assists (123) and three-point percentage (44.4 percent), and Jake Miller '07, who was a student assistant for the Bison through some of their most successful years. Mark your calendars for next year's alumni contest, slated for January 23, 2010.

Alumni Events
Save the date and plan to join Bethany Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in your area.

San Diego, Calif.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
at the home of
John '55 & Donna Palafoutas

Moorpark, Calif.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
at the home of
Dean '74 & Suzanne '75 Lesiak

Charleston, W.Va.
Friday, March 20, 2009
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at the home of
Bob '88 & Susanne Coffield

For more information or to register for any of these events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Save the Date!
Phi Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its 70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7, 2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal

BASA Weekend
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1. The weekend will be packed full of activities that include a golf scramble and an alumni soccer tournament. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Alumni Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Bison Athletics
BC's Petkovski Garners ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Honors
Bethany senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) has been voted to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II Men’s Basketball team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bethany's McCormick Earns Third Team Academic All-District
Bethany senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) was voted to the ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-District II Women’s Basketball team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bethany Earns 77-63 Triumph at Thiel
Junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) scored 16 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to help the Bethany men’s basketball team record a 77-63 victory at Thiel Wednesday night.

Bison Beat Thiel 65-61 to Continue Roll
The Bethany women’s basketball team won their third in a row and sixth in the last seven games with a 65-61 triumph at Thiel Wednesday night, which also evened their overall record at 10-10 and PAC mark at 5-5.

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


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