Volume III, Number XX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
January 22, 2010

Campus News
Bethany College Founder’s Day to Feature Prominent Leader in Higher Education
Bethany College will celebrate 170 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day Thursday, March 4. Festivities will include a Convocation at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall featuring guest speaker Dr. Walter M. Bortz III. Bortz served as the twenty-third president of Hampden-Sydney College and is a widely recognized leader in the field of higher education.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Construct
Mandala Sand Painting at Bethany College

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting February 8-11 at Bethany College. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The exhibit and Opening and Closing Ceremonies featuring chants, music and dance will be open to the public.

News Briefs
Bethany President Discusses Partnerships
With Irish Universities Association

President Miller was the guest of Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, for a meeting with seven Irish Universities representing the Irish Universities Association on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.   The gathering was held at The Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland.

Selected American college presidents and members of the IUA discussed a variety of topics under the theme “Connecting Continents.”

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Bethany Community Reaches Out to Haiti
Members of the Bethany community have teamed up to implement a number of programs designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti. The movement has been named “Bethany: Hands to Haiti.”  Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students; Danielle Radcliffe, Americorps Recovery Vista Coordinator; Scott Thayer, Chaplain and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church; and Laurie Conway, Coordinator of Student Activities are coordinating the efforts.

A Kindle Raffle, open to faculty, staff and students, will be held. Tickets are $1, or individuals can purchase 10 for $5. Sales begin today, Friday, and the tickets are available in the Student Life office from Danielle Radcliffe and Scott Thayer. A winner will be drawn and announced at the First Friday Coffee House on February 5.

A Coin/Money Drive (“Vote for Your Favorite Luxury” with pictures of water, food, clothes, family, roof and more) will be held during meal times in Boomer’s, the Dining Hall and The Beanery. “Project Red” will include a week of activities focused on raising awareness and funds for Haiti, to be held February 22-27. Events will include a “Red” food competition and fashion show. A Haitian dinner is also being organized in order to raise funds and increase awareness. Students will be asked for donations, and the event will be open to the local community.
Other activities will include donation cans being placed in local businesses and basketball “admission” donations. Watch for dates and more details in future Old Main Journals.

Weaver Represents Bethany at NCAA Convention
Tim Weaver, Director of Athletics and Recreation, represented Bethany at the NCAA Convention in Atlanta last week.  He was the voting delegate for the College and also attended the Presidents Athletic Conference Athletic Directors Meeting.

College Hosts Diversity Panel Open Dialogue
Bethany College held its first Diversity Panel Open Dialogue on January 18.  The Office of Student Life and the Black Alliance Club, with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Campus Ministries staff, hosted a panel of Bethany students from diverse backgrounds who spoke about stereotypes and diversity issues on campus. Quinn “Bigg” Taylor, senior, as well as Pamela Addo-Noble, Keith Bartlett, Gabriela Nunez and Princess Serrano, all freshmen, each shared their personal experience as a Bethany College student and answered questions posed by the audience about their race, ethnicity, culture, heritage, sexual orientation and life experiences.

Purposefully held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the panel hoped to foster interracial/intercultural cooperation and sharing as a way to honor the contributions and sacrifices of Dr. King and further his legacy of hope, justice, peace and reconciliation in America.

With more than 90 students, faculty and staff in attendance and submitting questions, the Diversity Panel Open Dialogue was a successful beginning to the diversity-focused programming planned for campus.  

Bethanians Cook Up Culinary Honors in January Extravaganza
A cooking team sponsored by Bethany alumnus George Manahan ’83 and The Manahan Group that included Dr. Mort Gamble, Assistant to the President, took home “Whistle While You Work” honors at the fifth annual Cast Iron Cook-Off in Charleston, W.Va.

The Cook-Off invited culinary teams from throughout West Virginia to compete in various categories in an extravaganza showcasing “New Appalachian” cuisine on Saturday, January 16, at the Marriott in downtown Charleston. The Manahan Group/Bethany College team was led by chef Robert Wong of Bridge Road Bistro in Charleston. The team won the spirit award for its cheers and an original spirit song. Top cooking honors in the competition went to The Greenbrier resort, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Renner Visiting Scholar in Communication M.E. Yancosek Gamble served as an MC for the event. The Manahan Group/Bethany College team prepared the following menu for this year’s Cook-Off: Firefly Allegheny Chevre and Wild Mushroom Won Tons; Vanilla-cured Hidden Springs Rainbow Trout; Pan-roasted Swift Level Skirt Steak; and a “Mound Builder” Apple Tart.

The Cook-Off is sponsored by the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia (www.wvfarm2u.org), envisioned by Dr. Allen D. Arnold as a means of promoting culinary and cultural tourism and developing a world-recognized regional cuisine that employs indigenous ingredients as well as traditional cookware. The group emphasizes sustainable agriculture, preservation of small farms and local purchases of food products.

The Cook-Off might best be described as West Virginia’s culinary trade fair. Just as Tamarack showcases the artists and artisans of the state, the Cast Iron Cook-Off highlights its culinary talent and attractions. Cook-Off judges included such national and international culinary celebrities as Dickie Brennan of Brennan’s restaurants, New Orleans, and Rod Stoner, winner of the West Virginia tourism life-time achievement award.

Teams represented such organizations as Café Cimino, Stonewall Resort, Bridge Road Bistro, Provence Market, Smokey's on the Gorge, Berry Hills Country Club and The Greenbrier. Saturday evening’s celebratory dinner — a five-course, wine-paired feast — culminated with the announcement of the winner and presentation of awards. The Pioneer Award, established to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to fostering tourism in West Virginia, was presented to Rod Stoner. Previous honorees have included First Lady Gayle Manchin and former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton.

“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."

Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.

Applications must be postmarked by May 28.

Financial Aid Reminder: File Your FAFSA For New Year
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.

Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:

Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Basketball Games to be Web Cast
After successful video web casts in the fall of selected football and men's and women's soccer games, Bethany has scheduled video web casts of three basketball doubleheaders coming up later in the season. Videos can be viewed live and can be found in the archived files by clicking on the following link: http://secure.stretchinternet.com/demo/games.php?user=bethanywv&o=cal_stamp&sd=today.

The video web casting project is done in cooperation between the Bethany Communication and Sports Information departments. Jeff Pfister oversees the project and works with interested students in producing the broadcasts, which fans can view for free.

The three scheduled doubleheaders that fans will be able to watch include key men's and women's games against PAC rivals as the regular season winds down and positioning for the PAC Tournament intensifies. In addition to the three doubleheaders, any contests hosted by Bethany in the PAC Tournament will be video web cast as well.

Wed., Jan. 27 vs. Waynesburg (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 6 vs. Grove City (Women at 2 p.m./Men at 4 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 10 vs. Saint Vincent (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)

In addition to the video web casts, Bison fans will also be able to follow their hoops teams on the road throughout January and February. Bethany Sports Information Director Brian Rose will be on site when the basketball squads go on the road to provide audio web casts. Fans can access those feeds by clicking on the following link: http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=3724. Match-ups scheduled for free audio web casts are below but schedules are subject to change, so be sure to check out Bethany's athletic web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics to find out when you can follow your Bison hoops teams in their pursuits of PAC Championships.

Sat., Jan. 30 at Geneva (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 3 at Thiel (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 13 at Thomas More (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 17 at Chatham (Women at 7 p.m.) PAC Tournament Schedules TBA

Alumni News
Save the Date!
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. A detailed schedule will appear in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Attention Florida Alumni and Friends!
Please join President Scott D. Miller at an upcoming gathering in your area.

St. Petersburg
Saturday, February 20, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Alma
260 1st Avenue South #100

Sunday, February 21, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Estero Country Club at The Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Vibeke Toohill Alpizar '74

Thursday, February 25, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Richard '70 & Linda '71 Hull

To RSVP or for the complete address, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu .

Alumni Basketball Game Set for January 23
Men’s Basketball Alumni are invited to play in the annual alumni basketball game slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, at the Hummel Field House. For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Coach Andrew Sachs at asachs@bethanywv.edu or Assistant Coach Matt Drahos at mdrahose@bethanywv.edu. Both coaches can be reached via telephone at (304) 829-7246.

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 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 bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Names Todd Wolffrum Lacrosse Coach
Bethany College Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver announced Monday that Todd Wolffrum has been named as the new coach to start a men’s lacrosse program. Wolffrum is a former player at NCAA Division II Pfeiffer (N.C.) University.

Bethany Shoots Past W&J 82-66
Senior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) scored a team-high 20 and the Bethany College men’s basketball team drilled 11 three-pointers, as they moved into a tie for second place in the PAC by defeating Washington & Jefferson 82-66 Wednesday night on the road.

Bison Split Dual Meet Against Frostburg State
The Bethany College women’s swimming and diving team was triumphant over the Bobcats of Frostburg State University 93.5-72.5, while the men fell short 118-43 Wednesday night in Bethany.

Bison Come Up Short Against #22 W&J 47-37
A short-handed Bethany College women’s basketball team led #22 Washington & Jefferson by two at halftime, but the Bison couldn’t shake off a cold shooting night and the Presidents rallied for a 47-37 victory Wednesday night.

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


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