The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number X An E-News Service of Bethany College October 28, 2016


Bethany College to Celebrate National Bison Day with Week of Activities

The Bethany College Community will celebrate the fourth annual National Bison Day on Saturday, November 5. The Office of Student Life has planned a week's worth of activities (Nov. 1-5) leading up to National Bison Day.



Students Attend PRSSA/PRSA National Conference

M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Communications and Media Arts Department, and three members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organization attended the joint PRSSA/PRSA National Conference on Oct. 23-25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The National Conference brings together the largest congregation of public relations students, as well as offers the opportunity for networking and developing professional skills. Pictured are the students who attended the conference (L-R): Kristen Ewing, senior; Matt Corraini, sophomore; and Evan Bryne, sophomore.

Therapy Dogs Offer a Chance for Bethany to De-Stress

On Thursday, Oct. 13, four therapy dogs visited the TW Phillips Memorial Library and over 70 members of the Bethany College Community stopped in to see them. With students in the midst of midterm studying and paper-writing, the dogs offered a chance for a break from all their hard work, and for students who missed their own pets to get a few moments in with some fantastic puppies. Therapy dog will be visiting again in December, just in time for finals.

Pre-Health Professions Club Hosted Duquesne University

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Pre-Health Professions Club invited representatives from the Mylan School of Pharmacy and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Duquesne University to speak to students regarding possible graduate and career opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. This included discussion of their PharmD Program, for students interested in a career as a Pharmacist. They also discussed graduate research Ph.D. programs, where the student could specialize in medical research and work in either the Pharmaceutical Industry, Academia, or Government research. The event was well attended and presented students alternative career opportunities in the health sciences.

Bethany BCTV Wins 2016 Telly Award

Bethany College's BCTV was awarded the 2016 Online Video Bronze Winner Telly Award. Titled, "BCTV Campus Feud," the video was submitted by Bethany students. The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions, web commercials, videos and films. This year, more than 12,000 entries were submitted. To view the complete list of winners for the 37th Annual Telly Awards, click here.


Student Activities Council Holds Annual Pumpkin Painting

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Bethany College's Student Activities Council held their annual "Pumpkin Painting" in the back dining hall for students. This annual fall tradition brings together Bethany students for bonding and a chance to partake in a fall favorite festivity.


Japanese Noodle (Yakisoba) Night Held at Bethany Memorial Church

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the cultural event "Japanese Noodle (Yakisoba) Night" was held at Bethany Memorial Church. There were more than 60 participants who enjoyed tasting the Japanese Yakisoba noodle, which is a very popular dish in Japan. Japanese Language and Culture I students, Japan Outreach members and other volunteers coordinated the event. This event was sponsored by the Bethany College Japan Outreach Program, and was supported by Bethany Memorial Church.

Faculty Spotlight

 Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

History & Political Science

Marc Sable, Associate Professor of Political Science, is currently in Mexico City taking advantage of his leave of absence to advance his research, which seeks to integrate the insights of political philosophy and contemporary events.  

On Oct. 6, he gave a presentation at the Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) entitled, "Trump and the Crisis of U.S. Legitimacy," and on Oct. 18 gave a revised version of that talk in Spanish ("Trump y la Crisis de la legitimidad norteamericana," also at UDLA. At the upcoming annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, he has organized two panels, "Rhetoric, the Passions, and Democracy in the Age of Trump," one dealing with the insights that Plato, Aristotle and Confucius can give to the current presidential election, and a second which utilized the insights of modern philosophers, including Machiavelli, Rousseau and Nietzsche. At those panels on Nov. 10 (two days after the election), he is the commentator on the first panel and at the second is presenting a paper on Max Weber, Trumpism and the Crisis of American Legitimacy.

On Nov. 28, he is presenting a paper, ("Categories, Ethics and Politics:  Towards a postmodern Aristotle?")‚Äč at the Seminar on the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Philosophical Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). That paper and presentation will also be in Spanish. The research on Weber, legitimacy and political ethics will be published in journals in Japan and Mexico, and will also be utilized in the introductory chapter of his almost complete book manuscript, "Aristotle's Ethics and Lincoln's Virtues."



Boomer's Harry Potter Event a Success

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Boomer's Book Club "Witches, Wizards and Boomer" event was held in Commencement Hall. All in attendance had a chance to meet "Harry Potter Boomer," as well as play games, face-painting, multiple crafts and paint pumpkins.

Bethany Alumnus & Board of Trustees Member Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

John Mullen, a 1969 Bethany graduate and Board of Trustees member, received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony held at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) 2016 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Dallas, Texas.

Since 2011, Mullen has served as President and CEO of Direct General. In addition to being on Bethany's Board of Trustees, Mullen also serves on The Insurance Institutes for Highway Safety Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. To learn more about Mullen's lifetime achievement award, click here.

Bethany Alumnus Released Second Book of Poetry

Dr. Marc Harshman's latest work, "Believe What You Can," was released by the West Virginia Press on October 1. Harshman's second full book of poetry contains poems that were recently crafted, but even features others that were composed years ago. In 2012, he was selected as West Virginia's poet laureate -- an honor announced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

A 1973 Bethany graduate in literature, Harshman received a master's degree in religion from Yale University and a master's degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh. To read more about his recent publication, click here.

Bethany Alumna Named Ruby Fellow at WVU

Julia Mouch, a recent 2016 Bethany graduate, was named a 2016 Ruby Fellow by West Virginia University. This fellowship includes tuition waivers, a stipend and a travel grant to assist in furthering research as a graduate student. Mouch is working on a doctoral degree in chemistry from WVU. To learn more about her achievement, click here.

Krull & Co. Named Among Top 10 Percent of B Corps

Pete Krull '94 and his team at Krull & Company has been named among the top 10 percent of B Corps-certified companies in the world. Krull started his company in 2004, and his company has since managed diversified investment portfolios for select individuals, institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations. The company also specializes on socially and environmental responsible investments. Click here to learn more about Krull's achievements.


Swimming and Diving opens season at Saint Vincent

The Bethany College swimming and diving team opened its season with a meet at Saint Vincent Saturday afternoon. The Bison men were defeated 110-74, while the women were dealt a 122-99 loss by Saint Vincent.

Bison roll in sweep of Grove City, 3-0

The Bethany College volleyball team picked up a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-15, 25-17) over Grove City in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play Thursday evening.

Dakota McKenzie garners PAC weekly honors

Bethany College senior outside hitter Dakota McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Volleyball Player of the Week announced the league office Monday afternoon.

Bison travel to No. 13 Thomas More Saturday

The Bethany College football team will go on the road to take on No. 13 Thomas More in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) matchup on Saturday, October 29 at 12 p.m.

Men's Soccer falls to Thomas More 3-0

The Bethany men's soccer team fell to Thomas More 3-0 on Wednesday and BB&T Field.

Women's Soccer falls to #4 Thomas More

The Bethany women's soccer team was defeated by #4 Thomas More 2-0 on Wednesday at BB&T Field.

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