Volume III, Number XXIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 12, 2010

News Briefs
Winter Weather Cuts Power, Halts Classes
Bethany College officials — in cooperation with Brooke County Emergency Management officials — quickly mobilized in response to what would become one of the biggest snowfalls in recorded Ohio Valley weather history to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. Beginning Friday, February 5, two storms blew over the Bethany campus and greater community, leaving more than a foot-and-a-half of snow in some areas. As a result of a town-wide power outage lasting 36 hours, as well as hazardous travel conditions including downed trees and road closures, classes and other campus activities were canceled for the week of February 8-12.  The Bethany College Office of Student Life and Campus Security team urged students not to travel during poor weather conditions and disseminated safety tips and suggestions for dealing with the extreme winter weather.  

For the duration of the electrical outage, an emergency shelter, powered by a generator, was established in Benedum Commons on campus, where students, staff, faculty and community members gathered for food and warmth. Rooms at Bethany’s Gresham Inn were also made available to faculty and staff members unable to leave Bethany safely. Regular updates were posted on the College’s home page and via text messages with information on closures and campus conditions. This will continue as needed.

Special thanks go to the Physical Plant staff members for their dedicated and tireless work in maintaining campus safety throughout even the worst of the storm conditions — and for their clean-up efforts in preparation for next week.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, February 15. Visit www.bethanywv.edu for the latest winter weather announcements.

To view weather photos of Bethany, visit: www.flickr.com/photos/bethanycollegewv/

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks Visit Rescheduled for March 8-11
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting March 8-11 at Bethany College. The event, originally slated for February, was rescheduled due to winter weather. 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 Opening Ceremony will be held on March 8 at 7 p.m. The Closing Ceremony will be held on March 11 at 4 p.m. Both events — which will feature chants, music and dance — will take place in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall. The monks will continue to work in Commencement Hall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 9-10 and from 10 a.m. through the Closing Ceremony on March 11. The public is welcome to attend.

The monks’ visit is part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a world tour co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling. The tour, endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and operated under the guidance of Drepung Loseling Monastery (re-established in exile in south India), was designed to make a contribution to world peace and healing through sacred art; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half will be distributed to the audience at the Closing Ceremony on March 11, while the remainder will be carried to Buffalo Creek, where it will be deposited. The waters carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. A reception will follow the Closing Ceremony.

‘Bethany: Hands to Haiti’ Raises Support for Earthquake Victims
Bethany College has teamed up with International Relief and Development (IRD) to implement Bethany: Hands to Haiti — a program designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti. Hands to Haiti kicked off with an Amazon Kindle Raffle and continues to feature a variety of projects, including Vote for Your Favorite Luxury — a money drive featuring pictures of water, food, clothes, family, roof and more — being held during meal times in Boomer’s, the Dining Hall and The Bethany Beanery on campus. Bethany will also be accepting admission donations at men’s and women’s home basketball games.

Project Red, inspired by the international Project (RED) campaign to raise money and awareness for The Global Fund, will feature a week of events February 22-27. Activities will include a speaker from IRD, fashion show, “Wear Red for Haiti” day, a red food competition and more. All proceeds will go to Hands for Haiti. 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.

Bethany: Hands to Haiti organizers hope to raise $10,000 by the end of the semester. As funds are secured, they will be donated to IRD. Founded by Bethany Board of Trustee member and alumnus Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67, IRD is one of the premier organizations implementing development services and programs across a broad spectrum of regions and technical activities. Its mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and to provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. IRD currently has teams on the ground delivering aid and assistance in Haiti. Dr. Keys serves as the President and CEO of the organization.

To contribute to Bethany's and IRD's efforts in Haiti, visit IRD’s web site at www.ird.org and click on “Donate to Haiti Relief.”

Employee Fundraising Campaign Benefits United Way
As a partner in the community, Bethany College will be supporting the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and the agencies it serves through an employee fundraising campaign. Although the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley benefits most of the northern panhandle counties, this year the funds raised in Brooke County will STAY in Brooke County. Some of the organizations that receive support from the United Way include the Brooke County Committee on Aging, the Brooke County 4-H, the Salvation Army and the Brooke County Library to name just a few. A gift of $1 per week – the cost of two cans of soda – will provide a child of a low-income family with two days of quality daycare and two senior adults with escorted transportation for an appointment OR it will provide four seniors with a nutritious meal at a congregate site, provide two adult scout volunteers with basic training and a homeless person with one night’s shelter and meals. A pizza party will be held in the spring for the employees who elect to participate in the campaign.

Sign up for Bethany Information via RSS Feeds, E-Scores and Twitter!
You can sign up to receive athletics scores, headlines and other information on your cell phone or e-mail by visiting http://escores.stretchinternet.com/login.php?sch=bethanywv. You can also sign up to keep the latest Bethany news at your fingertips by clicking on the RSS Feed link on the College’s home page: www.bethanywv.edu.

To learn even more about what is happening at Bethany, keep in touch with the College’s three Twitter accounts:

  • Bethany_College – is the news, sports and events Twitter address of the College
  • BethanyCollege1 – is the Twitter address of Dr. Scott Miller, President of the College
  • BethanyCollege2 – is the Twitter address of Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

College Web Site Features Weekly Bethany Trivia
Bethany College’s web site, www.bethanywv.edu, now features a trivia question dealing with Bethany’s rich past. Questions will change weekly, and topics will include presidents, faculty, fraternities and sororities, sports, noted alumni, campus buildings and more.  Visit the Bethany College home page to find out how much you know about the state’s oldest degree-granting institution!

Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or tweaver@bethanywv.edu for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.

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.

Mon., Feb. 15 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., 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
Institutional Investor Magazine Spotlights Foster ’79 for
Work with Monsanto Investor Relations

Institutional Investor magazine recently recognized Scarlett L. Foster, a 1979 graduate of Bethany College and member of the Board of Trustees, for her work in investor relations with the Monsanto Company. Foster has served as Vice President of Investor Relations for Monsanto, which was ranked by the magazine as one of America’s most successful companies in the “U.S. Investor Relations” category. Monsanto ranked in the top 20 companies and first among its peers in the “chemicals” category. Foster was highlighted as “First Place IR Professionals – Buy Side – Basic Materials Chemical Sector.” 

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
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. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

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 .

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's Wilson Chosen as PAC Player of the Week
Bethany College sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 9.

Bethany Outlasts Grove City in OT 69-67
Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) scored a career-high 21 points to help the Bethany College women’s basketball team knock off Grove City 71-68 in overtime Monday night at Hummel Field House.

Last-Second Three Sends Bison to 71-68 Defeat
A three-pointer by Cody Fleeger with 1.1 seconds to play gave first place Grove City (14-7, 8-2) a 71-68 victory over the Bethany College men’s basketball team (14-7, 6-4) Monday night at Hummel Field House.

Update/Feb. 10: Bethany-Saint Vincent to Play Monday
The women's basketball game between Bethany College and Saint Vincent has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. The game, originally scheduled for Feb. 10 and then moved back to Feb. 11, was switched to Monday because of another round of bad winter weather.

Update/Feb. 10: Bethany-Saint Vincent to Play Monday
The men's basketball game between Bethany College and Saint Vincent has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The game, originally scheduled for Feb. 10 and then moved back to Feb. 11, was switched to Monday because of another round of bad winter weather.

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


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