Volume VIII, Number XXXII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 17, 2015

Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards
 Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 16 during its annual Honors Day celebration. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Bethany College Faculty, Staff Members Receive President’s Awards for Excellence
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller presented one faculty member and one staff member with the President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance during the College’s Honors Day Convocation April 16. The awards, which are given to those who go “beyond the ordinary in their everyday positions,” were given to Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education, and Jay Eisenhauer, Supervisor of Housekeeping, Miller announced.

Bethany College Announces 2015 Alumni Award Recipients
Bethany College will present a series of awards recognizing outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 2, in Commencement Hall. Sven de Jong will be recognized as Alumnus of the Year, and Dr. Elizabeth Flanagan, Doug Miller and Rev. Dr. Robert Perry will be presented with special honors as a part of Alumni Weekend activities on campus.

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Grimes, Gambles Present at Popular Culture Conference

Dr. Larry Grimes, Dean of Buffalo Seminary, Director of Church Relations, and Emeritus Professor of English; M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts; and Dr. Mort Gamble, Executive Assistant to the President, presented papers at the annual joint conference of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association April 2 in New Orleans.

Dr. Grimes and Dr. Gamble focused on the connections between author Ernest Hemingway and the circus, while Prof. Yancosek Gamble outlined promotional strategies through social media for circus performers such as Nik Wallenda and Bello Nock.

Pictured are M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Mort Gamble, circus historian and author Ernest Albrecht, and Larry Grimes.



Display Celebrates Bethany's 175th
To commemorate the College’s 175th year, the TW Phillips Memorial Library created a display of memorabilia from archival and private collections. The display, located on the main floor of the library, includes documents from campus events, faculty, alumni, and presidential publications, and a recently acquired scrapbook from Amelia Danthine, a student in the 1920s.

More than a dozen photographs depict scenes from campus life dating back to the early 1900s. Other pieces of interest include items representing academics, Greek life, athletics, the College’s affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), presidents, faculty, staff and alumni. Members of Alumni Council and College faculty and staff were invited to a reception for the unveiling of the 175th Anniversary Collection. These treasures of Bethany will remain on display through the end of 2015.  


Greek Week Kicks Off
Greek Week kicked off on Sunday, April 12, and will conclude with Greek Sing on Friday evening. New to this year’s events was a Bethanian opening the week as the Master of Ceremonies. Steve Radick, a Sigma Nu and 2003 graduate, served as the first guest with this honored title.

Radick spoke to all of the Greek houses about Greek Life and how it impacted his life during his time at Bethany and after. He concluded his talk with how Greek Week may be a competitive time, but it allows the Greek community to come together and show how important Greek life is for all of those involved.



Society for Collegiate Journalists Induction Held
The induction ceremony for the Society for Collegiate Journalists was held at Christman Major, hosted by President Scott D. Miller, on April 12.

Pictured are Dr. Miller, inductees Heather Grinkley, Josie Doss, Cameron Smith, McKenna Junkin, Anne Taylor, and Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble. Miller and Gamble serve as advisors to the Bethany chapter, which is the SCJ National Chapter of the Year.



Troye Paintings Return to Bethany
Working in the Academic Parlour, USArt crew members reinstall two massive Edward Troye paintings that were on loan to the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, through the winter for a special exhibition. “Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye” featured two of Troye’s signature works: A Bazaar at Damascus (1856) and Syrian Ploughman (1856).

The mural-sized paintings required months of planning for professional removal from their permanent home in Bethany’s Academic Parlour in Old Main and transport to Virginia for the exhibition.




National Library Week
Students, faculty and staff were invited to celebrate National Library Week at the TW Phillips Memorial Library April 13 to 16. The week included a open mic poetry reading, music by Thom Furbee, mocktails and snacks, and a Patron Appreciation Day with free donuts.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.


Student Spotlight
Senior Dillon Handy, pictured second from left, is featured on our Student Spotlight page. Handy discusses his four years at Bethany, and how he made the tough decision to leave his family and friends to come to an unfamiliar place for college. Read his story here.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Phillips Memorial Library
Heather Ricciuti, the Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries & Learning Resources, attended the Appalachian College Association Spring Library Director’s Meeting on April 9-10 in Richmond, Kentucky. Library directors representing member colleges of the ACA participated in discussions about assessment, current Bowen Central Library of Appalachia collections, and future library collaboration opportunities.  Additionally, librarians toured the newly opened ACA office and conference facility, pictured right.

Social Work
Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor and Chair of Social Work, presented Mandated Reporter Training for 35 students majoring in psychology, social work, and education on Thursday, April 9th from 4:00-6:00pm. The event was held in Hurl Auditorium and was sponsored by the Social Awareness Club. Mandated reporter training is useful for those entering careers where they will be working with children age 17 and younger. The training includes a review of indicators of abuse and the laws regulating the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Alumni Council Comes to Campus for Spring Meeting
The Bethany College Alumni Council held its spring meeting on campus April 10 and 11.The meeting began with a reception in the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library with faculty and staff on Friday afternoon.The reception was the official unveiling of the175-year display of Bethany’s history as part of Bethany’s 175th celebration.

Saturday started with a breakfast President’s Roundtable at Christman Manor hosted by President Miller. The late morning and afternoon sessions covered Committee meetings. The day concluded with additional planning for the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, which will be held again at Homecoming this year, and plans for an alumni survey.

Alumni Council Welcomes New Members
Grant McLaughlin of Arlington, Virginia, joined the Council and attended his first meeting April 10 and 11. McLaughlin is a 1991 graduate and currently is Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton. McLaughlin is a communications graduate and Sigma Nu. Also joining the Council this spring is Elizabeth (Walsh) Verrier of Stony Point, New York. Liz is a 1996 graduate and Vice President and Senior Counsel at American Express. She is an English graduate and member of Alpha Xi Delta.

New Director-Emeriti of Alumni Council
Amy Callahan ’95, in recognition of her 10 years as a member of the Council, has been declared of Director-Emeritus status. Amy leaves the council as the outgoing Engagement Chair and has served on the Council since 2005. The Alumni Office and Council thank her for her service over the years.

Sims to Hold Live Q&A Session
Dave Sims '75, Seattle Mariners TV broadcaster, will hold a live chat at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 17 on seattletimes.com. Sims will be available to answer questions about the Mariners’ 2015 outlook, his broadcasting career and more. Dave Sims is in his ninth season as a member of the Mariners’ broadcast team, and he currently does TV play-by-play alongside analyst Mike Blowers on ROOT Sports Northwest. Read more here.

Poet Laureate Harshman '73 to Speak as part of Little Lecture Series
The West Virginia Humanities Council Little Lecture scheduled for 2 p.m. April 26 in Charleston will feature West Virginia Poet Laureate and 1973 Bethany graduate Marc Harshman.

In his talk, “What Holds Us Together,” Harshman will discuss how poetry and storytelling have not only shaped his life but how the humanities can help lift the human spirit and inspire people to engage the world with greater purpose.

Find more about the event here.

Alumni Weekend Date Announced
Alumni Weekend, May 1 through 3, is fast approaching. Check out our schedule of events, and be sure to mail your registration form back to the College to reserve your spot! Classes celebrating reunions include 1945 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970 and 1975. 

Register for the 2015 Golf Classic
The 2015 Bison Golf Classic will be held Saturday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m. at Highland Springs Golf Course. Golfers are asked to donate $100, and alumni who have graduated between 2012-15 are asked to donate $60. Money raised will go to the Bison football program. The outing includes a continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch and beverages on the course, and a post-outing buffet and social. The winning team of four will receive a cash prize. Raffle, auction and door prizes will take place throughout the day. If you're interested in attending, register here.

Bison Track Teams Notch Second-Place Finishes in PAC South Quad Meet
Competing in their last team event until the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, the Bethany College track and field teams hosted the PAC South Quad Meet on Wednesday afternoon at Bison Stadium. Both the Bison men and women captured second-place finishes as the men totaled 168 points, with the women finishing with 165.

Bison Softball Swept by Muskingum
The Bethany College softball team dropped a pair of non-conference decisions on Wednesday afternoon, falling twice to Muskingum University. The Bison ran into stout pitching in game one, dropping a 7-0 decision, before falling 6-5 in eight innings in the night cap.

Bison Softball Earns Doubleheader Sweep of Geneva
The Bethany College softball team put together two solid performances in a twin bill with Geneva College, sweeping both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The Bison first defeated the Golden Tornadoes 5-2 in game one, before grabbing a 3-1 victory in the second contest.

Men's Tennis Falls In Tightly Contested Matchup with St. Vincent
The Bethany College men’s tennis team played close matches throughout the day, but ultimately fell by a 6-3 score to St. Vincent College in PAC play on Tuesday at the Mary Ewing Tennis Center.

Bison Lacrosse Drops ORLC Decision to St. Vincent
The Bethany College lacrosse team tallied five second-half goals, including two by freshman Jacob Schiffer (Monkton, Md./Hereford), but ultimately fell 15-5 to St. Vincent College in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference action on Tuesday evening.

Bethany Baseball Falls Twice to Geneva
The Bethany College baseball team dropped a pair of Presidents’ Athletic Conference contests to Geneva College in a conference doubleheader on Tuesday. The Bison fell 9-1 in game one, before dropping game two by a 3-0 score.


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