Volume IV, Number XVI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 3, 2010

News Briefs
Mosaic Composite Celebrates Bethany Past and Present
Dr. Jay Libby, Assistant Professor of Communications, recently presented President Miller with a framed mosaic composite of Bethany’s historic Oglebay Gates. Given on behalf of the Department of Communications and Media Arts — including Chair M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Libby, Dr. Patrick Sutherland and Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski — the work was generated using more than 5,000 individual photos taken by students Caroline Hoag, Kaitlyn Black, Katrina Miller and Jessica Miller. Libby also contributed. The pictures used to create the gate image document the College’s Fall 2010 video webcasting events, including soccer and football games, crew member shots, and various campus scenes.

President Miller Establishes Race and Diversity Committee
This fall President Miller selected a group of faculty, staff and students to be a part of the Race and Diversity Committee for Bethany College. This committee will examine issues of diversity awareness and race relations on campus. Members will review current policies, practices and programs as well as make recommendations to President Miller on ways to improve the diversity of the faculty, staff and students on campus, improve campus attitudes and relations around issues of race, ethnicity and diversity, and promote diversity as integral to the mission and values of the College.

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The committee has identified a variety of focal points they believe are key to helping Bethany College become a more welcoming campus for all people. The areas of focus are institutional support, recruitment and retention, professional development, co-curricular education, integration into classrooms, student activities and additional academic support for students. The committee is co-chaired by Heather Mullendore, Director of Student Activities, and student Quinn Taylor. Additional committee members are Carol Gant, Assistant Professor of Education; Herbert Weaver; Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts; Dr. Christina Sampson, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the McCann Learning Center; Rev. Scott Thayer, Chaplain of Bethany College and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church; Necol Dunson, Director of Dining Services; and student Tara Harris.The committee meets three times a month and will work on goals and ways to address each area of concern.  


Chartwells Holds Fifth Annual All-Campus Thanksgiving
Bethany students who remained on campus during the College’s Thanksgiving break had the opportunity to reserve seats for Chartwells’ annual Thanksgiving dinner. 2010 marks the fifth year the dinner has been presented. Attendees were offered the choice of one of three settings, and many dressed formally for the occasion. Necol Dunson, Director of Dining Services, stated, "I am delighted to have such a great turn out each year for this event. It shows just how close of a family we all are here at Bethany." 

This year’s menu included honey-glazed baby carrots, fresh green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, herbed stuffing, honey ham topped with pineapple, and carved roast turkey, as well as an array of desserts. Sigma Nu worked as wait staff for the event as a fundraiser.



Wiley Cash Named Faculty Athletics Representative
Dr. Wiley Cash will oversee issues involving student-athlete welfare in his new position, which is required by the NCAA and PAC and serves as a liaison between the athletic and academic interests of the College, as well as a representative of the institution in PAC and NCAA affairs. He is also an Assistant Professor of English at the College.

Japan Outreach Donates Ornamental Garden Pagoda
Japan Outreach recently donated an ornamental garden pagoda, now installed outside the entrance of Bethany’s T.W. Phillips Memorial Library, to the College. Modeled after traditional religious temples, ornamental garden pagodas are symbols of spirituality and peace. Pagodas are frequent elements of the traditional Japanese Garden used to create a peaceful ambience around an outdoor setting.

Registration Open for Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Bethany College continues to accept applications and enrollments for its newly established Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Initiated in Fall 2010, the MAT degree at Bethany is a progressive program created to serve individuals who have earned their baccalaureate degree in education and teaching certification and wish to further their professional development through graduate work in pedagogy. In addition, the MAT program provides a pathway into teaching for those who hold a baccalaureate degree outside of education, allowing them to pursue graduate-level studies while completing the requirements for initial teacher certifications in elementary (grades K-6) or middle school education (grades 5-9).

Bethany’s MAT program also provides an option for Bethany undergraduates entering their senior year to seek provisional admission to the program and begin coursework. This plan enables students to graduate in five years with a baccalaureate degree, initial licensure and an MAT degree. The MAT program is designed to be a part-time program lasting approximately two years. Graduate classes will be held on evenings and weekends during regular semesters, along with January and summer term coursework. Online classes may also be offered. The program culminates with a full-time, semester-long internship in a public school.

Social Work Program Hosts Christmas Charity Drive for Children in Foster Care
The Social Work Program invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in the program’s 2010 Christmas Charity drive.  This year’s efforts will benefit The Carry On Campaign, sponsored by West Virginia’s foster care system. The goal of the campaign is to provide luggage for children moving to and from foster homes. Many of these children have nothing more than a plastic garbage bag in which to carry their few belongings. There are 4,000+ children in West Virginia’s foster care system.

If you are interested in participating in the Christmas Drive, you can donate new or gently used luggage or duffle bags, empty or packed with the following items: toothbrush and toothpaste; non-perishable snacks; hair brush; books; coloring books and crayons; blanket; disposable camera; stuffed animal; and/or a journal.

Donations can be dropped off in the Social Work offices in Morlan Hall. Items can be picked up upon request by calling 304.829.7150 or by sending an email to socwork@bethanywv.edu. Donations will be accepted through December 10. Items collected will be delivered to the Wheeling office of the Division of Health and Human Services and distributed to foster children throughout the Northern Panhandle.

Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Share the Love Fundraising Dinner
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda. The event, Invisible Children: Share the Love, will be held on February 14 at Bethany’s Benedum Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and reservations are not required. The dinner is covered under the student meal plan, and the cost for others is $8. The Council will be working closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together both Ugandan culture and Valentine’s Day. Updates will be posted at www.facebook.com/sccbethanywv.

Faculty Spotlight
Submitted by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

History and Political Science
Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, attended the annual conference for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies November 17-21 in Los Angeles, Calif. Lippman chaired the panel “Russia’s Silver Age Culture Wars: Historical and Literary Approaches.” He also organized the panel “Religion and Politics in the Twentieth-Century Greek Orthodox World,” for which he presented a paper titled “Saving or Creating God: Nikos Kazantzakis and Maxim Gorky between Christianity and Communism.”

Alumni News
Author Kevin Morrissey ’75 Compiles Video on Trolley Line
Bethany graduate Kevin Morrissey ’75, author of "The Uphill Climb: Defying the Odds on the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway," recently completed a video on the story of the trolley and its impact on area communities, including its role in the development of Bethany College. The video is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC9W9KDMrt8. Morrissey’s work on the history of the trolley began in 1975 with his senior project, when Dr. John Lozier suggested the study of the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway as a possible area for research. 

Bethany Alumni Association Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.  Nominations should be sent to:

    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032

  1. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  2. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  3. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Bison Athletics
Bison Women Open PAC Play With 60-53 Win Over Westminster
Sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) fired in 16 of her career-high 24 points in the second half to help the Bethany College women's basketball team hold on for a 60-53 victory over Westminster Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.

Bethany Men Nip Westminster 75-74 in PAC Opener
Despite leading by as many as 21 in the first half, the Bethany College men's basketball team was forced to come from behind and then hold on for a 75-74 victory over Westminster Wednesday night in the PAC opener for both teams.

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


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