Bethany College to Host Book Signing
Bethany College will host the official launch of Dr. Wiley Cash's debut novel A Land More Kind Than Home on Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery. Dr. Cash currently serves as Assistant Professor of English at Bethany, teaching four classes and preparing for the tour of his already critically acclaimed book, which will begin in May.
President Miller Participates in Distinguished Conference on Future of Liberal Arts Colleges
President Scott D. Miller participated in a by-invitation-only leadership conference focusing on the future viability and direction of liberal arts colleges, April 9-11 at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.
Bethany College was invited to join the conference, which addressed goals of “exploring new models of the liberal arts to guide undergraduate education in the 21st century,” that was jointly sponsored by Lafayette and Swarthmore College. Among the other nationally ranked, top-tier institutions represented were Williams College, Vassar College, Franklin & Marshall College, Smith College and Bryn Mawr College. Support for the conference was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sessions focused on such topics as economic sustainability of higher education, emerging trends at liberal arts colleges and opportunities for bold, non-traditional partnerships.
Dr. Miller has written extensively on the value, impact and best practices of liberal arts education, and has moderated or made presentations on the changing landscape of small private colleges for the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and other associations.
Explore the links below for coverage of the conference:
“The Liberal Arts and Careers (Inside Higher Ed): http://t.co/woKzOtVS
“Changing Their Tone: (Inside Higher Ed): http://t.co/eAGzxCc1
Closing coverage of the "Lafayette Summit" (Inside Higher Ed): http://t.co/BlwWlKV0
“Liberal Arts Colleges Are Urged to Move Beyond Disciplinary ‘Comfort Zones’" (Chronicle): http://t.co/pSOjVH64
Librarians Named for Committee Service
Three Bethany College librarians have been appointed to serve Bowen Central Library of Appalachia (BCLA) committees, a program within the Appalachian College Association (ACA). Trevor Onest, Public Services Librarian will serve the User Education Committee and Heather Turner, Technical Services Librarian will serve the Collection Development Committee. These appointments are the first for both Onest and Turner. Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries & Learning Resources will begin her second term on the Programming & Membership Committee. The BCLA provides students, faculty, and staff at ACA institutions with information resources and supports the library staff with professional development and other services.
2nd Annual Bethany 5K Slated for May 5
The 2nd Annual Bethany 5K will be held on Saturday, May 5, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Health & Recreation Center. Registration for the event is $15 per person or $50 for teams of 5. All proceeds from the race will benefit Easter Seals. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. A course through campus and town has been mapped out. Prizes will be awarded. For more information or to register online, visit: www.active.com/running/bethany-wv/2nd-annual-bethany-5k-run-walk-2012.
Induction Ceremony Held
The Economics and Business department held an induction ceremony on Thursday, April 12 for the Omicron Delta Epsilon honor society. The induction, held at the Bethany Beanery included: Front row (from left): Krystal Daubenspeck, Francis Rios, Jayetee Strupe, Randolph Cooey and Dr. Darin Fields. Back row: Dr. David Youngberg, Dr. Wilfrid Csaplar, Deidra R. Hall-Nuzum, Issam Sawtarie and Valerie Flatley
Swim Lessons to be Offered by Bethany College Swim Team
Swimming lessons will be taught by members of Bethany College’s Swimming Team and supervised by Head Coach David Dow. Students of all abilities age 4 and older are welcome.
Lessons will be offered four nights a week (Monday-Thursday) for two weeks. Choose the EARLY (4:30-5:10 p.m.) or LATE (5:20-6:00 p.m.) time period.
SESSION I March 19 - 29 SESSION II April 2 - 12 SESSION III April 16 - 26
For more information or to register, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/bethany-swimming-and-diving/swim-lessons/.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Higher Learning Commission
Dr. Gary Kappel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities, and Bethany’s Accreditation Liaison Officer, attended the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, Bethany’s regional accrediting agency, in Chicago March 31-April 3. He participated in numerous sessions on the commission’s new process for accreditation, called Pathways, and the new criteria for accreditation which go into effect on January 1, 2013. Bethany will join the Pathways process mid-stream, as it were, as Bethany’s next scheduled re-affirmation occurs in 2018-19.
Dr. Kappel also attended the keynote session featuring Dr. Robert Sternberg, a noted Psychologist and expert in the area of assessment of student learning, as well as a number of other sessions concerning assessment and developing dashboards for benchmarking key performance indicators of the college.
While at the meeting, Kappel visited with former student and Bethany alumnus, Dr. Jason Hartz, ’00, a History major who now teaches and does institutional research work at Adrian College in Michigan. Jason’s wife, Dr. Carissa Massey, ’00, is a tenured professor in Art History at Adrian. They just welcomed the birth of their first child, Ruby, a few months ago.
Bethany Alum Featured on bergen.com
Matt Mastrangelo '87, Rolling Stone Publisher, is featured in an article on bergen.com, titled "People in the Arts: Four Bergenites bring out the best in entertainment." Click here to view the article.
Bethany Alum a Candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year Award
Joe Francisco '01 has been named a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year national fundraising campaign. There are 73 national campaigns comprised of incredible men and women who are competing for the title of Man & Woman of the Year. This national campaign focuses on raising funds, awareness, and advocacy in the fight against blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
"It's such a great honor to have been nominated as a candidate in the 4th largest city in America," stated Francisco. "Each and every one of us
know someone who is affected by a debilitating disease, cancer, or other life changing event. I challenge the Bethany community to join me on my two month journey to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society."
The goal of the national campaign, which kicked off on March 29 and runs for 9 weeks, is to raise as much money as possible to help find a cure for blood cancer and to help improve the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.
For more information on Joe's campaign contact him at email@example.com or 713.444.0546 or, to help him surpass his goal of $30,000, visit http://txg.mwoy.llsevent.org/JoeFrancisco.
Summer OCICU Online Courses Available
Through Bethany College’s partnership with the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities, affordable online courses during the summer are available for students and alumni thru Bethany College. Each course with OCICU costs just $725 and registration for the course is directly through Bethany College.
Summer Session I runs April 30 - June 24. Summer Session II runs July 2 - August 26. A complete listing of available courses and link to register online can be found here: www.bethanywv.edu/academics/lifelong-learning-at-bethany/ocicu-summer-courses/
For more information contact Stephanie Kappel in the Office of Records and Retention or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Classes celebrating reunions include 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1972. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend. For additional information, contact Sean Regan at (304) 829-7238 or email@example.com.
Attention Bethany College’s Class of 1977!
The organizing of your 35-year reunion has begun. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in details about this Homecoming reunion or join the Facebook group “Bethany College Class of 1977: 35th Class Reunion.”