Volume IV, Number III
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 27, 2010

Campus News
Bethany College Students Team with State’s Leading Biomedical Scientists in Summer Research Program
Four Bethany College students helped advance the field of biomedical research by participating in the 2010 West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Program, funded through the National Institutes of Health.

Bethany College Enrollment Continues to Grow
Continuing a strategic pattern of qualitative growth outlined in the master plan "Bethany 2020", full-time enrollment at Bethany College increased by 10.7 percent this year, according to R.J. Zitzelsberger, Director of Enrollment.

Bethany College Theatre Presents Pittsburgh Irish and
Classical Theatre's 'St. Nicholas'

The Bethany College Theatre and Student Activities Council present the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s (PICT) production of “St. Nicholas,” a tale of second chances by contemporary Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Performances will be held September 9-11 at the amphitheatre located behind Bethany’s Steinman Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Washington Monthly Ranks Bethany Top Liberal Arts College
Bethany College is among the top 107 liberal arts colleges in the country according to a recent report by Washington Monthly. The publication rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.Ds), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Bethany Welcomes 350 New Students for 2010-2011 Academic Year
Bethany College marked the start of the 2010-2011 academic year with a formal Matriculation Convocation August 21. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, was joined by the faculty and staff in the ceremony that added 350 new students to the campus community, making the past three new-student classes the largest three consecutive enrollment years on record.

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News Briefs
Creel Named Chartwell's Mid-Atlantic Region Salary Associate of the Year
Chartwell's Food Service recently announced that Clark Creel, executive chef at Bethany, was selected as the 2010 Be-A-Star Mid-Atlantic Region Salary Associate of the Year. Creel is well-known for his “above and beyond” work ethic and valuable leadership skills. As part of the College’s management team, he has helped beat the budget each year since his promotion to executive chef and has worked steadily to improve the dining program with his passion for excellence.

Bethany Trustee Bob Nutting Recognized by YMCA
The Wheeling YMCA honored Robert "Bob" Nutting at the annual Light of the Valley luncheon, for his contributions toward improving the lives of children and families in the Ohio Valley. Nutting, Bethany Trustee, president and chief executive officer of the Ogden Newspapers Inc. and chairman of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities, received the Dr. Lee Jones "Patron of Youth" Award.

To read the complete article from the Wheeling Intelligencer, click here.

August Bethany Market Offers Cash Prize
The Bethany Open-Air Country Market will hold an old fashioned pie baking contest on August 28. The contest will be held at 10 a.m., and contestants are asked to bring their homemade pies to the market by 9:30 a.m. The winner will receive $100 to be donated to the local church or charity of their choice. At the conclusion of the judging, the pies may be purchased with proceeds benefitting The Main Street Committee of the Town of Bethany.

This month the well-attended Open Air Market will have more vendors selling fresh locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, fresh plants and flowers, various handmade crafts, books and estate sale items. Look for additional contests in future months: September will feature a scarecrow making contest, and October’s market will host a pumpkin decorating contest. 

The Open Air Market  has received support from Marc and Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko,  Bethany College Department of Social Work, Town of Bethany, Brooke County Health Department, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield and Ohio Valley Septic.

Vendor fees are $5 per day. All crops and crafts are to be grown or made within a 25-mile radius of Bethany.  The market is held in Bethany, W.Va., on Ross Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month.  Sellers are welcome and, to reserve a spot, must call or email countrymarket@bethanywv.edu or 304-829-7150.

Leadership Conference to Focus on Strengthening Greek Community
Bethany College’s Office of Student Life, Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council (IFC) hosted a Greek Leadership Conference for current officers and rising leaders within the chapters and advisors in spring 2007 and fall 2008. The events stressed Greek relations as well as building and enhancing leadership among the Greek community. The tradition will continue when the Office of Student Life, Panhellenic Council and IFC host a Greek Leadership Conference on September 10-11 at Mountainside Conference Center. This conference will feature sessions on recruitment and Greek leadership, as well as moving the Greek community in a positive direction.

Community Garden Provides Herbs,
Furthers Sustainability Initiative

In keeping with the College’s sustainability program, Bethany has established a Community Herb Garden. The garden is managed by Chartwell's Food Service and is located between Benedum Commons and Bethany House.


Bethany Alumni Artists Invited to Submit Work
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts invites Bethany alumni to submit works of art in any medium to the Bethany Alumni Art Exhibit, which will be displayed September 3 - October 2 in the Renner Art Gallery. The first such event was held 14 years ago and has continued every few years since then as part of Homecoming Weekend.

All alumni are invited to submit two pieces of work to Kenn Morgan at the Renner Art Gallery, Bethany House, Bethany, W.Va., 26032, by September 1. Artists should label their work with their name, graduation year, address and phone number, title, medium and price (or NFS value). Bethany does not receive a commission on sales.

Exhibiting alumni artists will be special guests at a Friday night gallery reception on October 1. Please contact Professor of Fine Arts and Renner Art Gallery Coordinator and Curator Kenn Morgan at 304.829.7824 or kmorgan@bethanywv.edu if you have questions.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Trevor Onest, Public Services Librarian, and Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director for Libraries and Learning Resources, attended “Marketing Ideas That Work in Academic Libraries” on July 13. Robert Morris University hosted this webinar presented by the Association of College and Research Libraries, which featured real-life marketing strategies from six academic libraries.

Laura Cramblet, Technical Services Librarian, attended "Digital Projects on a Shoestring" at West Virginia University’s Downtown Campus Library on July 23. This hands-on workshop focused on digitizing library collections.

Ricciuti also participated in the West Virginia Library Association Summer Meeting on August 6. The meeting was held at Davis & Elkins College's Booth Library and featured a keynote address by Provost Victor Thacker. Breakout sessions included a presentation by Marshall University participants on their updated Learning Commons and a presentation on LibGuides by librarians from West Virginia University. The Booth Library staff also took participants on a tour of their unique facility, which was built in 1992. 

Ricciuti paired the meeting with a visit to WV Wesleyan College, where she met with Library Director Paula McGrew and a number of her staff members to discuss projects, resources and other initiatives on their campuses. 

Visual and Performing Arts
Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music, has just released the Bethany Rock Ensemble's new CD, Thick Is Blooder.  Samples from it and the previous album, Blank Canvas, can be found at www.myspace.com/bethanyrockensemble. Collaros has also released a solo CD entitled Plain Playing, samples of which can be found at www.myspace.com/pandelcollaros. For more information or to get CDs, contact Collaros at collaros623.comcast.net.

Luke Hardt, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will be seen in an upcoming commercial for Giant Eagle. He has also recently been included in Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities.

Alumni News
Heilmeier ’89 Elected Phi Kappa Tau National President
Greg Heilmeier, a 1989 cum laude graduate of Bethany College, was elected National President of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity at the organization’s recent 59th National Convention in Denver, Colo. The first Bethanian to hold the office, Heilmeier is an alumnus of Bethany’s Phi Chapter and owns Tasty Pure Food Company, his family’s business since 1923. 

Heilmeier, who resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has served as National Vice President of the Fraternity for the past two years. After being elected president, he gave his first presidential address to Phi Kappa Tau undergraduates, alumni and friends at the Brotherhood Banquet, the fraternity’s formal end-of-convention banquet.
“I am humbled by the honor our Fraternity has bestowed upon me, and will, to the best of my abilities, bring honor and credit to Phi Kappa Tau, each and every day,” Heilmeier said in his address.

Founded in 1906 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Phi Kappa Tau is a national fraternity that fosters three core ideals within its membership: learning, leading and serving. The fraternity has nearly 80,000 members and 85 active collegiate groups — 77 chapters and eight colonies, or student organizations in the final stages of being installed as a chartered chapter.

Bethany’s Phi Chapter, chartered in 1923, was the first Phi Kappa Tau chapter created in West Virginia and has been in existence nearly 87 years. The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character.

France ’50 Publishes Book of Letters from Women in Ministry
Chalice Press has recently published “Dear Church - Intimate Letters from Women in Ministry,” written by Dorothy D. France ’50. France is a popular speaker, writer and retreat leader who has been a leader in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for many years. She has served as a pastor, a teacher and a leader in ecumenical groups such as Church Women United, CROP and Church World Service Refugee Program. She has written for countless church publications and is the author of many books, including “Listening with the Heart Brings Healing and Hope to Those Who Grieve,” “Bless Us, O God, - Services and prayers for Special Days” and “At Christ’s Table – Meditations and Prayers for Communion.”  France was the recipient of the Bethany Alumni Achievement Award in 1992, and her daughter D. Gail Frankle ‘77 was the 2010 recipient of the Bethany Alumni Community Service Award.

In the acknowledgement section of her new book. Rev. France extends her gratitude to R. Jeanne Cobb, archivist and coordinator of Special Collections (retired), Bethany College, and Judy Pyle, executive assistant, Center for Institutional Advancement. Bethany graduates The Revs. Janet A Long ‘’78, Senior Minister, Washington Avenue Christian Church, Elyria Ohio; Mary Jo Bray ’87, Associate Minister of First Christian Church, Wauseon, Ohio; Jennifer Riggs ’68, Director of Refugee and Immigration Ministries Division of Homeland Ministries, Indianapolis, Ind.; Narka Ryan ’52, retired Disciples minister from Baltimore, Md.; and Kay White ’49, retired minister from Saint Inigoes, Md., were among clergy whose letters were included in France’s latest book, as was a letter written by former Bethany College Chaplain and minister of Bethany Memorial Church the Rev. Sarah Webb. 

Bison Baseball Alumni, Save the Date!
Attention Bison Baseball Alumni! Save the date and join us for the annual Alumni Baseball Game slated for Saturday, September 11, 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. In addition to a meet-and-greet with current players, a picnic dinner will follow when play concludes.

Please RSVP by September 6 to Head Baseball Coach Rick Carver at (304) 829-7246 or via email at rcarver@bethanywv.edu.

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 alumni@bethanywv.edu.

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 bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Fall Sports Schedules Announced
Even though summer officially started, Bison fans now have a reason to look forward to the fall. The Bethany College athletic department released the fall sports schedules recently so fans and alumni can make plans to see their Bison teams in action this fall. Although the schedules are nearly 100 percent finalized, dates and times are still subject to change due to weather conditions and venue changes, so be sure to check out the Bethany athletic web site for any last-minute changes.



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