Volume IV, Number II
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 20, 2010

Campus News
Bethany Ranks Among First Tier National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report
Bethany College ranked solidly among First Tier National Liberal Arts Colleges according to an announcement by U.S. News and World Report released this morning. Bethany is the only West Virginia institution to be included in the First Tier listings.

Bethany President Credits Careful Planning for Solid Footing, Growth in 2010 State of the College Address
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller delivered the annual State of the College Address to a packed Commencement Hall and online viewers worldwide August 17. In his fourth such speech as Bethany's 19th president, he outlined the College's wide array of recent successes — as well as a strategic vision that celebrates Bethany's unique identity.

To view the video of the State of the College, click here.

Bethany College Celebrates Reopening of Historic Cochran Hall
Bethany College celebrated the restoration and official reopening of one of its historic buildings, Cochran Hall, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 16. Cochran Hall will serve as Bethany's newest residence, housing 72 students in its newly renovated modern suite-style rooms.

Monigold Named Bethany Director of Heritage Program and Archivist
Bethany College is pleased to welcome Sharon Monigold to its staff. Monigold will serve as the College’s Director of Bethany Heritage Program and Archivist.

Bethany College Capital Campaign Tops $29.4 million Mark
"Transformation Now!: The Campaign for Bethany College" surpassed the $29 million mark in gifts and pledges after just two years, according to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Gamble Chairs Bethany Department of Communications & Media Arts
Bethany College has announced the appointment of M.E. Yancosek Gamble as the institution’s 2010-2011 Renner Scholar and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts.

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The Princeton Review Names Bethany 'A Best in the Southeast' College
Bethany College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company The Princeton Review. It is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2 on PrincetonReview.com. This marks the seventh year Bethany has been selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s regional guide.

News Briefs
Bethany to Welcome New Students in Matriculation Ceremony
Bethany will open the 2010-2011 academic year on Saturday with its traditional Matriculation Ceremony. The College’s 350 new students will march through the Oglebay gates and up the hill to the new Dr. Fred H. Tilock ’54 Amphitheatre, where Bethany President Scott D. Miller will present his remarks and students will sign the traditional Book of Matriculation. This year’s incoming class makes the past three years the largest three consecutive classes on record and includes 280 freshmen, 50 transfers and 20 graduate students. 

Campus Marks Establishment of Fred H. Tilock Amphitheatre
The Bethany community celebrated the opening of the Dr. Fred H. Tilock ’54 Amphitheatre August 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The building of the amphitheatre was made possible by a generous donation from members of the Beta Theta Pi Psi Chapter on the occasion of their 150th anniversary celebration at the College. Saturday’s Matriculation Convocation will be the first formal event to be held there.

 

 

Original Portraits Gifted to Bethany Archives
Bethany has recently acquired original portraits of Lavinia Campbell Pendleton and Clarinda Campbell Pendleton from direct descendents of Clarinda. Lavinia’s portrait was sent to Bethany by Emily Hardesty of Fort Worth, Texas.  Margaret Pendleton Flint of Lincoln, Mass., and her sister-in-law Maggie Weir of Lexington Park, Md., arrived in Bethany on August 19 with a gift of the original portrait of Clarinda Campbell Pendleton. 

Lavinia Campbell accompanied her father Alexander to a general meeting of churches in Charlottesville, Va., in 1838, and there she met William Kimbrough Pendleton, who was a student at the University of Virginia. They were married in October 1840 and came to live in Bethany, where Pendleton became the first professor of natural philosophy at Bethany College, and made their home in what is now called Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights. Lavinia died of “a lingering form of consumption” on May 29, 1846. In July 1848 William Pendleton married Lavinia’s sister Clarinda.  Clarinda died of consumption on January 10, 1851. 

GHA Concludes Three-Year Term at Bethany
Bethany hosted the 2010 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy (GHA), which concluded July 18 after a three-week run. One hundred and eighty of the state’s brightest rising high school seniors participated in the residential program, held for the third year on Bethany’s campus. Students took intensive and broad-based classes and participated in daily seminar sessions, educational events and interactive activities. This was the final year of a three-year grant award program funded by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts for Bethany College allowing Bethany to host the Academy.

Jay A. Libby, Assistant Professor of Communication; Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History; Fujiko Sawtarie, Professor of Computer Science; Heather Taylor, Coordinator of the Writing Center; and Sachiko Wood, Lecturer in World Languages and Culture, served as instructors for the 2010 Academy, which rotates among West Virginia state colleges and universities.

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.

Bethany Country Market Holds July Opening
The first Open Air Country Market previewed on July 31 in Bethany. The Market Committee was composed of Amy VanHorn, Committee Chairperson; Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Professor and Chair of Social Work; M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Acting Chair and Renner Visiting Professor of Communication and Media Arts; and Danielle Radcliffe, VISTA Recovery Worker. More than 140 people, including Bethany faculty and staff members, attended the event at which vendors sold a variety of fruits, vegetables, plants, crafts and used items. The opening day included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. with Mayor Jay Eisenhauer and town council members present. Entertainment for the event was provided by Laura Cramblet, Technical Services Librarian. The Open Air Market will be held the last Saturday of each month until October.

To learn more about the event and its participants, visit www.heraldstaronline.com/page/content.detail/id/544877/Bethany-market-showcases-good--skills.html?nav=5010.


Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Biology
Albert R. (Jay) Buckelew Jr., Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biology, presented a review of Jerry Jackson's biography of George M. Sutton at the August 10 Lunch with Books at the Ohio County Library.

Communications and Media Arts, Economics and Business
Wilfrid W. Csaplar Jr., Associate Professor of Economics and Business and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business, and M. E. Yancosek Gamble, Renner Scholar and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts, attended the ninth annual series of workshops for Department/Division Chairs sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges. The sessions focused on the theme of "Managing Multiple Roles and Responsibilities." The workshops provided chairs with a variety of instruments, strategies and approaches for addressing key areas of responsibility. The chairs received assistance in learning how to balance multiple roles and performing these responsibilities with greater effectiveness. Workshop topics included: issues confronting department chairs, the roles of the chair, retention of students, managing the hiring process, faculty evaluation, effective program review, uses of data to set curricular directions, conflict management, working with underperforming faculty and working with the chief academic officer. 

History
Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, participated in the 2010 AP grading program coordinated by Educational Testing Service and held this summer in Fort Collins, Colo. It was his second term as a grader of AP European history exams.

As part of Lippman’s second year as a member of the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy faculty, he brought three guest speakers to Bethany. Special thanks to Holocaust survivor Moshe Baran for his willingness to address the Academy and the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh for coordinating the visit. Additional thanks to Gina Pierce and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh for coordinating the visits of Russian culture speakers Aleksandra Williams and Viktoriya Plokhovska, as well as musicology professor Anna Nisnevich.

Humanities
Larry E. Grimes, Professor Emeritus of English and Director of Church Relations, published an essay, "Echoes and Influences: A Comparative Study of Short Fiction by Ernest Hemingway and Robert Morgan" in the new issue  (Spring 2010 Special Robert Morgan Issue) of Southern Quarterly.

Visual Arts
Herb Weaver, Professor of Fine Arts, was a co-presenter of two "papers" at the recent Advanced Placement Annual Conference held in Washington, DC, July 14-18. The topics were titled "Delineating the Domains if the Three Studio Art Portfolios" and "Results from the 2010 AP Studio Art Portfolio Evaluation." The conference draws 3,000 participants from across the United States who teach Advanced Placement courses.


Alumni News
Vision of McCann ’80 Highlighted by Irish America Magazine
Robert McCann ’80, chief executive officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas, was featured in an article published by the Irish America Magazine in July. In an interview with writer Kara Rota, McCann, known for his down-to-earth leadership style, spoke of his journey of discovery in realizing details of his Irish ancestry — and his growing involvement in business and philanthropic activities in Ireland.   

To learn more about McCann and his work, click here to read the full article.

Davis ’83 Honored by NACWAA
Julie Davis '83 — director of athletics, fitness and recreation at the University of Maine at Farmington — has been named the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) NCAA Division III Administrator of the Year.

Davis will be recognized by NACWAA during the group’s Administrator of the Year, Honor and Distinction Awards Banquet during the 2010 national convention on October 12.

For more on the story, visit http://athletics.umf.maine.edu/Releases/2009-10/davis.html.

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!
Scottsdale
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.

Lexington
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 Alumni Events Held
The Bethany College Caravan continued to log miles in July and August with two more alumni and friends gatherings. President Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong joined guests at the following receptions:

  • Pittsburgh, July 17, at the Reed Smith Center hosted by Greg Jordan ‘81. From the Reed Smith terrace, guests enjoyed great views of the city and fireworks following a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.
  • Boston Area, August 7,  hosted at the East Falmouth, Mass. residence of Jeffery ‘78 & Nancy Seglin

To view photos from the two events, click here.

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 Eyes Healthy and Successful 2010 Season
A year after many in the largest freshmen class in school history were forced into duty earlier than expected, the Bethany College football team is hoping last year’s growing pains produce results this year, starting when the Bison open their season Sept. 4 at home against Allegheny.

New Coach, New Runners Have Bison Looking to Bright Future
With a women’s team coming off their best finish at last year’s PAC Championships in three years and a new coach who recruited a strong class of men’s runners, the Bethany College cross country teams are looking to make strides in 2010.

Winning Record Not Enought for Bison Women's Soccer in 2010
The Bethany College women’s soccer team enjoyed a solid 2009 season, as they posted their first winning record in 10 years, equaled the school record for single-season shutouts and boasted the leading scorer in the PAC.

Bethany Volleyball Aims for Continued Climb Towards PAC Top
After recording their highest victory total in 17 years last season, the Bethany College volleyball team returns 14 players and brings very high hopes into the 2010 season, which begins Sept. 3-4 at the Marietta Tournament.

Brighter Days Ahead for Bethany Men's Soccer in 2010
After suffering through a difficult year at the helm, Bethany College head men’s soccer coach Sean Regan will welcome 16 new players this season in hopes of taking the Bison back towards the top of the PAC.

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.

Football
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/football/schedule/

Volleyball
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/volleyball/schedule/

Men’s Soccer
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/mens-soccer/schedule/

Women’s Soccer
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/womens-soccer

Women’s Tennis
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/womens-tennis/schedule/

Cross Country
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/varsity/cross-country/schedule/

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

 

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