Volume III, Number IV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
September 4, 2009

Campus News
Bethany Announces 2009-10 Senior Fellows
The Bethany College Honors Committee has announced the appointment of the College's Senior Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year. Senior Fellows are students who have demonstrated unusual excellence in a major along with the character and ability necessary to do the work in the department.

Wroten Promoted to Bethany College
Director of Personnel Services

John Wroten, Director of Safety and Security for Bethany College, has been promoted to Director of Personnel Services, Bethany President Scott D. Miller recently announced. A former Commander of Investigations for the Wheeling (W.Va.) Police Department who later earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership, Wroten brings to the position an expert understanding of effective leadership and resource management.

News Briefs
Washington Monthly Ranks Bethany
in Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

Continuing a run of rankings consistently placing Bethany among the top colleges in the nation, Washington Monthly recently ranked Bethany in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation—81 in the overall ranking. 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 PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Nine Hold Endowed Positions at Bethany College
Bethany College has benefited through the years by having a number of chairs and professorships endowed by generous donors of the College.  Listed below are endowed positions and their occupants for the 2009-10 academic year:

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Employment Opportunities

  • Dr. Scott D. Miller: President of the College & M.M. Cochran Professor of Leadership Studies
  • Dr. Darin E. Fields: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and Sarah B. Cochran Professor of English
  • Dr. Gary H. Kappel: Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Professor of History and Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities
  • Mr. W. Randolph Cooey: John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professorship in Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business
  • Dr. James W. Farwell: Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities
  • Ms. M.E. Yancosek Gamble: Renner Visiting Scholar
  • Dr. Elizabeth M. Hull: Dr. Robert L. Martin Chair in English Literature, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dr. Robert A. Paysen: The Goulding-Woolery Professorship in Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical Science
  • Mr. Herb Weaver: Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts

Shivers Celebrates Four Decades with Bethany
Earlier this week, Linda Shivers celebrated 40 years at Bethany College.  Since 1969, she has worked with the various food service companies on campus—Restaurant Associates for nine years, Aladdin for 28 years and Chartwells for three years. As a young lady, Linda served students who are well known on campus such as Gary Kappel and Kenn Morgan. During her time here, she has worked with numerous presidents, including Gresham, Tucker, Underwood, Bullard, Cummins, Poteat, Smith and Miller. She knows this campus and community well. In fact, there are students who come to Linda for information about the history of Bethany for their assignments. She is liked by staff, coworkers and students, as well as alumni. 

New Sound System Installed at Hummel Field House
Thanks to the generosity of Bethany's Alumni Council, Hummel Field House has a new permanent sound system. The Council's contributions allowed for the purchase of a new amplifier, microphone and two speaker horns, which were installed over center court in the Field House. This gift allows the portable sound systems that were in Hummel to be used for other activities and it also gives a permanent system for when acts and speakers come to Bethany.

Bethany to Begin Live Video Streaming of Athletic Events
Through the generosity of private donations, Bethany College will be providing live video streaming of several athletic events during the 2009-10 academic year.  The first webcast is scheduled for this Saturday when the Bison football team opens the season against #24 Otterbein College at 1 p.m. Fans can catch all the action for free from their computer by clicking on the link below ...


Please note that the video streaming productions are still forming "play-by-play" announcers, which are not set for this event. Saturday's game will sample the audio feed from the stadium's public address system. Dr. Jay Libby's freshman seminar students are learning the techniques of announcing and future games will be this group of students. The next scheduled live webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, when the Bison women's soccer team hosts Franciscan University at 8 p.m.

Bethany to Hold Alexander Campbell's Birthday Party & Scavenger Hunt
Church Relations, The Office of the Chaplain and Bethany Memorial Church will host Alexander Campbell's Birthday Party and Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, September 12, at 2:30 p.m. The event will begin at The Visitor's Center in the Campbell Mansion. Ice cream, cake and prizes to follow at 5:30 in the basement of Bethany Memorial Church. Area churches, First Year Seminars, faculty and staff are invited to send teams of 2-4 to participate in the Heritage Scavenger Hunt. Those participating in the scavenger hunt must be able to take and display digital pictures. 

Bicentennial Celebration of Thomas Campbell's
"Declaration and Address" Slated for October

The Bicentennial Celebration of the "Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington, PA" will be held October 3-4. Festivities will include tours of the Campbell Mansion and picnics on the Mansion Lawn. The movie "Wrestling with God" will be shown at 2:30 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church on Saturday, October 3. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations and Professor Emeritus, will present a lecture on the "Declaration and Address" at the Old Meeting House at 4 p.m.

Food, buggy rides, historical walking tours and other entertainment will be available at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, in Washington, Pa., followed by frontier-style worship at 2:30. Sunday's events will take place across from the Observer-Reporter site at 122 S. Main Street. For more information, contact Cathy Mansfield at 724.229.7398.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. Click here to view the schedule of events.

"Twittering" with Bethany College
Follow Bethany President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong on Twitter at twitter.com. Get an inside glimpse into what takes place on a daily basis at Bethany College. Follow Dr. Miller by selecting BethanyCollege1, and follow Sven de Jong by selecting BethanyCollege2. You might be surprised by all that occurs on "The Banks of the Old Buffalo."

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Dr. Greg Eddy, adjunct professor in Geology, is the author of a new, second edition of The Brooks Bird Club's "Birding Guide to West Virginia." The new edition has been reorganized with new maps, new site descriptions and directions, an up-to-date West Virginia state bird list, and a new description of notable species. The Guide has 195 pages, including an index of species and place names. Copies of the new Guide can obtained from The Brooks Bird Club at P.O. Box 4077, Wheeling, W.Va 26003. $10 for members of the Brooks Bird Club, $16.00 for nonmembers. West Virginia residents add 6 percent sales tax.

Visual and Performing Arts
Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music, will be performing at d'vine Wine Bar & Lounge in Wexford, Pa., on September 16, from 8-10 p.m. Their website is www.dvinewinepa.com/index.htm.

Faculty and staff who are interested in displaying posters of the Bethany College Rock Ensemble are encouraged to contact Pandel Collaros at pcollaro@bethanywv.edu

Alumni News
Eger '69 Fields Questions on Improving Sports Performance
Dr. Jeff Eger, a 1969 graduate of Bethany College, was interviewed on Az-TV on the topic of bettering sports performance—particularly regarding golf and putting—through the improvement of seven basic vision skills and a six-step ocular set-up he teaches tour pros. Long-time broadcaster Pat McMahon conducted the interview. Eger's website is www.allamericansportsvision.com.

Homecoming to Feature Softball Celebrations
Attention Bethany Softball Alumni! Dust off your softball gloves and join Coach Jan Forsty on Homecoming Weekend at the annual Alumni Softball Game slated for noon, Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Softball Field. A picnic lunch will follow play. Also that weekend, new Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Amy Stefan Bergin '99, and nine other alumni softball team members who are in the Hall of Fame will be honored. They include Eileen Reading '83, Lisa Redolphy Siegel '84, Sally Dorwart coach, Melanie Stumm West '93, J.Cady Montgomery Rowe '83, Lori Woods '93, Michelle Berwinkle Nogales '85, Lori Schimmel '94, and Peggy Fillinger '86.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Coach Forsty at (304) 829-7271 or jforsty@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Baseball Alumni, Save the Date!
Attention all Bison Baseball Alumni! Save the date and join us for the annual Alumni Baseball Game slated for Saturday, September 26, 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 at which time the alumni may choose to continue playing, just hit, coach or hang out and re-hash the glory years with former teammates. In addition to a meet-and-greet with current players, a catered picnic dinner will follow when play concludes.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Baseball Coach Rick Carver at (304) 829-7246 or via email at rcarver@bethanywv.edu.

Homecoming 2009 Schedule Released
We hope you will join us for Homecoming 2009 slated for Oct. 9-11. Various activities are on tap including a golf scramble, several athletic events, an art show and several alumni reunions. There will be something for everyone. Come and re-connect with your old friends! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Class of '79 Fundraiser Set for Homecoming
Friends and members of the Class of '79 are invited to participate in a fundraiser Pig Roast/Cook out for the Elizabeth Mayer Hersh '79 Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at Homecoming on Saturday, October 10, immediately following the football game at 203 Pendleton Street (near Benedum Commons).

Beth passed away on September 23, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer. Fellow Bethanians may remember her father, Tony Mayer '51, or her brother, Doug Mayer '75.  For more information on the fundraiser or the scholarship fund, contact Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko '78 at jchernenko@bethanywv.edu

McCartney '83 and Sangerman '81
to Perform National Anthem at PNC Park

Bethany graduates Margie McCartney '83 and Jae Sangerman '81 will be performing the National Anthem at Pittsburgh's PNC Park on Saturday, September 5 when the Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. For more information about ordering tickets or about the special offer the Pirates are extending to alumni and friends of Bethany, click here

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 Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn't have a clue how to reach them?

Bethany's new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

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
Bison Nipped by Frostburg State in Opener 3-2
A Frostburg State goal in the 57th minute broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner, as the Bobcats slipped past the Bethany men's soccer team 3-2 Wednesday night in the season opener for both schools.

Bethany Set to Open New Season Saturday Against #24 Otterbein
The new season for the Bethany football team kicks off Saturday when BC hosts #24 Otterbein (Ohio) College, an NCAA Playoff team a year ago, at Bison Stadium at 1 p.m.

Bison Open Season With 2-0 Win at Pitt-Greensburg
Senior Rachael Katsur (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) and sophomore Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) each had one goal and one assist to lead the Bethany women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory at Pitt-Greensburg Tuesday in the season opener for both schools.

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


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