Gamble Appointed Renner Scholar at Bethany College
An experienced communication and marketing professional has been appointed the 2009-2010 Renner Visiting Scholar in Communication at Bethany College, according to Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. M.E. Yancosek Gamble will begin her position in the College's Department of Communication on August 16.
The Princeton Review Names Bethany College ‘A Best in the Southeast' College
Bethany College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally renowned education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region" that posted on July 27. This marks the sixth time Bethany has been selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review's regional guide.
Bethany College Welcomes New Faculty Member in Education
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of a new faculty member for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Laurel Tangen-Foster will serve as Assistant Professor in the College's Department of Education.
Bethany Hosts Governor's Honors Academy 25th Anniversary Celebration
More than 340 students and alumni of The Governor's Honors Academy (GHA) of West Virginia gathered on July 11 at Bethany College's historic campus to commemorate the program's 25th anniversary. The celebratory theme was "Cultivating Curiosity for 25 Years." Festivities included an opening ceremony in Bethany's beautiful Commencement Hall with remarks by long-time instructors and alums—as well as live music and dancing and time for participants to share stories of the enduring impact the Academy had on their lives.
President Shares "State of the College" With Faculty and Staff
President Miller opened the 170th academic year at Bethany College with the annual State of the College address in historic Commencement Hall: www.vimeo.com/6165721.
Bethany Announces Speaker Series
President Miller is pleased to announce the following speakers as a part of the speaker series for 2009-10:
Neil Christman, Alumnus, Trustee & President of North Point Volvo, Alpharetta, Ga. – Fall Convocation
Walter Bortz, Alumnus, Trustee Emeritus & Former President of Hampden-Sydney College – Founder's Day
John Neiderhuber, Alumnus, Director of the National Cancer Institute – Kalon Scholars
Marylouise Fennell, Former President of Carlow University & Senior Counsel of the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C. – Baccalaureate
Gaston Caperton, Former Governor of West Virginia & President of the College Board – Commencement
Bethany Announces 2009-10 Department Chairs
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, is pleased to announce department chairs for the upcoming academic year:
Dr. Jay Buckelew, Chair of Biology
Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Chair of Communication
Prof. Randy Cooey, Chair of Economics and Business
Dr. Richard Rushton, Interim Chair of Education
Prof. Luke Hardt, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Clint Maffett, Chair of History and Political Science
Dr. James Farwell, Chair of Humanities
Dr. Elizabeth Hull, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies
Prof. Adam Fletcher, Acting Chair of Math & Computer Science (Fall, 2009); Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski, Chair of Math & Computer Science (Spring, 2010)
Dr. Robert Paysen, Chair of Physical Science
Dr. Mark Affeltranger, Chair of Psychology
Prof. Kathy Furbee, Chair of Social Work
President Miller Attends Board of Directors/Presidents' Council Meetings
President Miller attended the summer meeting of the Board of Directors for the Independent Collegiate Enterprise (ICE) and the Presidents' Council of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU).
ICE is a consortium of seven colleges in Massachusetts, Virginia and West Virginia partnering for the advancement of technology on member campuses. WVICU is a fundraising consortium for the nine private colleges in West Virginia.
Bethany Represented at Christian Church General Assembly
Three Bethany College administrators attended the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind. Bethany College is the oldest four-year college of the Christian Church. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College; Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; and Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations, attended the gathering at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
In addition to attending meetings and sessions relative to college-church relatedness, Bethany hosted an alumni and friends event on Thursday at the Hyatt Hotel. Dr. Miller provided an interactive discussion of the State of the College and introduced new chaplain Rev. Scott Thayer, who will be joining the staff of the College in late August.
Bethany College President Profiled in NACUBO Book
The leadership of Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, is featured in a new book released this month by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
The 420-page book, "Weathering Turbulent Times: A Small College Guide to Financial Health," by Dr. Michael Townsley (NACUBO: Washington, DC, 2009) includes case studies of six colleges under the chapter "How Private Colleges Turn Around and Flourish." It tracks Dr. Miller's 10 ½-year tenure as president of Wesley College, Dover, Delaware, and the unique story of growth and prosperity under his leadership.
Now in his 19th year as a college president, Dr. Miller arrived at Bethany in December 2007 after a decade of unprecedented success at Wesley. A visionary strategic planner, Dr. Miller launched and led the comprehensive 10-year master plan "Wesley College: From Here to 2010," resulting in the construction of $40 million worth of campus facilities; tripling enrollment; the creation of a satellite campus in northern Delaware; acquisition of the historic Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts; and the addition of several new graduate, undergraduate and non-traditional academic programs. Prior to Wesley, he served as President of Lincoln Memorial University from 1991-97.
Fields Attends Harlaxton Conference in England
Dr. Darin E. Fields, Bethany's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, attended the Harlaxton Conference for Partner Colleges and Universities at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, in June. Harlaxton College is the British campus of the University of Evansville in Indiana. The 100-room Harlaxton Manor offers a unique opportunity for students to live, dine and study in a Victorian architectural masterpiece. The centerpiece of the semester is a six-credit course in development of British identity, supplemented by both Harlaxton-led field trips and trips on their own, facilitated by the four-day-per-week schedule. Additionally, faculty from partner institutions have the opportunity to teach at Harlaxton for a semester.
The Conference for Partner Colleges and Universities is an occasion for partnering institutions such as Bethany College to learn more about the Harlaxton Experience, to offer suggestions for improvement and to discuss potential faculty appointments. Harlaxton is located three miles from Grantham, home of Sir Isaac Newton and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, less than two hours by train from London.
Bethany Theatre to Present 'A Question
Bethany College Theatre Program will present Peter Horsler's
A Question of Talent August 28-30. Under the
direction of Luke Hardt, Chair of the Department of Visual and
Performing Arts, A Question of Talent is the first play
of the Bethany College Theatre Season focusing on the Arts.
The play centers
around a father, (Evan Oslund, junior Theatre major of Oakmont,
Pa.) who is teaching his daughter (Ally Tylka, junior Education
major of Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) how to be an art thief in a museum
before it opens to the public. The pair have just replaced
Matisse's 'Bronze and Fruit' with a copy when a pompous art
critic, (Pat McGregor, sophomore Theatre major of Westerville,
Ohio) and his sycophant (Alicia Jones, sophomore Political
Science major of Cleveland, Ohio) enter. When he tells them
they're not allowed to carry tubes in a museum, the daughter
tries to pass the original off as her copy of the master's. The
critic then denounces 'hers' as laughably inferior.
This brief play
will be performed in the Bethany Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m. on
August 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. on August 30. The audience is
advised to bring blankets or lawn chairs to the amphitheatre.
If case of inclement weather, the play will be presented in the
adjacent Wailes Theatre. Admission is free but donations will be
Phillips Presents Research, Chairs Session at ACS Meeting
Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips presented the research of his laboratory students—Lindsay A. Sobotka, Shannon L. Smuck and Allison M. Winwood—at the 238th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Washington, D.C., on August 16. The presentation, given in the Organic Chemistry: Biologically-Related Molecules and Processes section, was titled "Synthesis of Blocked, Activated C8-Aryl-2'-deoxyGuanosine."
Phillips also presided as Chair of the morning session of the Organic Chemistry: Biologically-Related Molecules and Processes section. The speakers came from UC-San Diego, Georgia Tech, Cal Tech, NYU and Rutgers, among others. All topics dealt with synthetic aspects of biomolecules like DNA and RNA.
Bethany President Attends Climate Summit
Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller was one of 40 college CEOs nationwide who attended the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment Climate Summit last week in Chicago. More than 650 colleges and universities nationwide have become members of the initiative. Dr. Miller was a charter signatory in 2007 and brought Bethany into the national effort this past spring. Two hundred and sixty delegates from the institutions gathered on August 13 and 14 at the Palmer House in Chicago to discuss campus efforts and potential funding for new efforts.
Former President Bill Clinton visited with the group on Thursday and discussed the work of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the launching of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change.
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. Building on the growing momentum for leadership and action on climate change, the Presidents Climate Commitment provides a framework and support for America's colleges and universities to go climate neutral. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming.
Presidents signing the Commitment are pledging to eliminate their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions over time. This involves the following: completing an emissions inventory; within two years, setting a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral; taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions; integrating sustainability into the curriculum and making it part of the educational experience; and making the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.
The college and university presidents and chancellors who are joining and leading the Commitment believe that exerting leadership in addressing climate change will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding and increase the support of alumni and local communities.
PASS and Beth-Bridge Programs Prepare Incoming Students for College Success
Thirty two incoming Bethany College freshmen attended the Program for Academic and Social Success (PASS) orientation and Beth-Bridge Early Experience during the past two weeks. These programs, offered through Bethany's McCann Learning Center, consisted of on-campus and off-campus academic and social activities designed to better prepare students for a successful college experience. The McCann Learning Center staff is excited about the diverse talents that the students bring to Bethany College and looks forward to the positive impact that the students will have on the Bethany community.
ACA Awards Grant to Bethany for Library Upgrades
The Appalachian College Association (ACA) recently awarded a substantial grant to Bethany College to enhance its library services. The ACA received $55,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the continued development of its Shared Catalog system, which has been developed over more than five years with the support of the Mellon Foundation. Through this grant, the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library will be migrated in to the ACA Shared Catalog, which operates on the Innovative Interfaces' Millennium platform. The grant covers software upgrades and data migration fees, as well as training and support for the library staff by the ACA's Systems Librarian.
Bethany College is the 28th participant in this collaborative integrated library system. Library patrons will appreciate the sophisticated online catalog that includes the ability to renew material online, place interlibrary loan requests and search course reserves. Staff will benefit from enhanced cataloging, reporting, interlibrary loan and acquisition modules. The migration process is already well underway, and the system will be implemented for the fall 2010 semester.
Mountainside Conference Center Offers State-of-the-Art Video Conferencing
The video conferencing facilities at the Mountainside Conference Center offer faculty, staff and outside organizations the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues and other professionals "face to face regardless of place." In addition to video, users can share PowerPoint presentations, images, recordings and more.
The equipment operates using ITU (International Telecommunications Union) standards for ‘IP' based communications over the Internet. It is a true high definition (720p) capable video conferencing system having both a high definition camera and high definition outputs. It has dual 52" 1080p displays mounted on a mobile cart for displaying both presented content as well as the remote video site(s) at the same time. It can be moved from room to room within the conference center to facilitate a wide variety of conference sizes.
Bethany's extensive and self-contained conference center is comprised of three adjacent facilities—the Millsop Leadership Center (offering more than 7000 sq ft of flexible meeting space), the 40-room Gresham Inn and Harder Hall for catered functions. Please call Donna White at (304) 829-7622 or reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on using the Mountainside Conference Center and hosting a video conference.
Painting Projects Dominate Summer Improvements
The outside of Old Main, Kirkpatrick, Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center, Cramblet, and Harlan Halls and the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center have all been painted this summer as part of a campus "clean up" project initiated by President Miller.
"Three hundred and ninety seven different campus improvement projects have been executed during the past 12 months by Ted Williams and his staff," Dr. Miller said. "Our campus is one of the most beautiful in American higher education and we're fortunate to have a talented staff working hard on a daily basis to protect our historical assets."
Bethany Makes Improvements to Richardson Hall
Bethany faculty, staff and students have worked throughout the summer to make improvements to the top floor of Richardson Hall. The ceiling has been repaired and painted, the halls and doors have been painted, and the Chemistry Club lounge has been enlarged, painted and supplied with additional furnishings and will be carpeted. In addition, students created a chemgraffiti wall.
Workers included Chemistry students Shannon L. Smuck, Allison M. Winwood, Christopher B. Smurthwaite, Lindsay A. Sobotka and Kenneth C. Barrows; Environmental Studies student Cody Staudt; and Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips. In addition, Building and Grounds staff members Madeline Wilson, Wilhemina Tuck, Doug Hudson, Chuckie Taylor, Floyd McFadden, Rouletta Minor and Ted Williams assisted with the project. President Scott D. Miller, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Darin E. Fields, Executive Vice President and General Counsel William R. Kiefer and Professor Robert A. Paysen also supported the work.
Communication Department Upgrades Labs and Offices
The Communication Department at Bethany College upgraded several campus media learning laboratories and offices over the summer. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Darin Fields found support to enhance department funds (some of the money was raised through college newspaper advertising sales), allowing the addition of 11 new 24-inch IMAC computers to the remodeled Student Publications Center. The Center houses The Tower newspaper and writing design courses. Additionally, a small graphics and digital photography lab in the Johnson Visual Arts Center 209 received four new IMACs. Both lab sites also received software upgrades to Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 4. The labs and related campus media offices were repainted and reorganized.
These laboratories house various campus media, Communication classes and the student-run advertising
and public relations agency. The labs are open to all majors. Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Communication Department Chair stated, "These facility and hardware software grades make these labs current with other outstanding programs in our field. They meet industry expectations and thus better prepare our Bethany students to compete in a fiercely competitive job market."
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. More details will be provided
in future issues of the Old Main Journal.
Sports Illustrated Features Bethany Alum and Mariners' Announcer Dave Sims ‘75
Bethany alum Dave Sims' dream of becoming a baseball announcer was rooted in a boyhood love of the game and took shape through a long journey of hard work and persistence. A few years ago, Sims finally reached his goal—doing play-by-play for the Seattle Mariners. Today, Sims is one of only four African Americans calling play-by-play for major league baseball.
Sims graduated from Bethany in 1975 with a degree in Communication. "Man, I did everything," he states in an article at SI.com. "Sports editor for the school paper, executive producer for the campus radio station, play-by-play for football and basketball, and I even ran the public address system at games."
After graduation, Sims started out as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News and then went on to become a two-time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster. Sims won his first Emmy in 1993 in New England and his second in 1997 in Philadelphia for his play-by-play work on football and basketball, respectively.
To read more of Sims' incredible story, visit: sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/the_bonus/08/04/dave.sims/index.html.
AU Head Football Coach Rich Duncan ‘90 Helps Kick Off Student-Athlete Mentoring Program
Bethany alum Rich Duncan ‘90 credits a Bethany College faculty member for giving him the support that led him to become the first college graduate in his family—and later to earn a master's degree and the position of Head Football Coach at Aurora University (AU) in Aurora, Ill.
Through a new program at AU, Duncan is helping to put other student-athletes on the road to success as well. The Spartan Mentors program connects AU faculty and staff members to incoming athletes, providing them with the resources they need to overcome the academic challenges they might face during their college careers. "You have a chance to do something really special for a student," AU quoted Duncan as stating to a group of volunteer mentors. "That's the great thing about being a part of this."
For more on the story, visit http://www.aurora.edu/campus-link/090812.html.
Bob Coffield ‘88 Guest Hosts This Week in Law
Bethany alum Bob Coffield ‘88—a health care lawyer practicing at West Virginia's Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso, PLLC—was a guest on a July episode of This Week in Law (TWiL), hosted by Denise Howell. TWiL is a nationally distributed netcast/podcast show under This Week in Technology (TWiT). The show focused on Online Health Care and Vendor Relationship Management. Other guest hosts were Doc Searls, one of four authors of "The Cluetrain Manifesto" and Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; and Susanna Fox, Associate Director, Digital Strategy at Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Visit the following link to Coffield's Health Care Law Blog to find out more about the show: healthcarebloglaw.blogspot.com/2009/07/twil-episode-26-health-care-and-vrm.html. To access the episode at TWiL, visit twit.tv/twil26.
Bethany Mourns Loss of Alum Daniel Faux ‘69
The Bethany community is deeply saddened by the death of Daniel Faux ‘69, who passed away unexpectedly on August 12. Faux traveled to Bethany from Sierra Leone. His daughter, Joyce Batu Faux, later attended the College. Faux served as Commission Director for the Transport and Telecommunications Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He was charged with developing a "program for survival" in energy for ECOWAS. He also authored "Monitoring mission to IGAD,SADC, COMESA and ECOWAS on Japan funded project: on support to Africa's subregional integration programmes within the framework of the Tokyo international conference on African development (TICAD)," published through the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in 2000.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Regional Alumni Receptions
Many Bethany Alumni and Friends joined President Dr. Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong for a reception on Aug. 2 at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas. The event was hosted by John '69 & Marjorie Mullen. To view photos from the event, visit www.bethanywv.edu/AlumniEvents/Texas09/index.html.
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 email@example.com.
PAC Announces Relaunch of Conference Website
The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the relaunch of the conference website at www.pacathletics.org. The newly refurbished PAC website went live on Saturday, August 1, 2009 and includes a new colorful layout and increased ease of navigation. It is the first re-design of the conference website in over three years. Bison fans can also get to the conference site by going to the Bethany athletics homepage (www.bethanywv.edu/athletics), scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the PAC logo.
Fully-Stocked Bison Look to Post Big Numbers in ‘09
Numbers will be the main theme for the Bethany football team in the 2009 season, as they enter preseason camp with the largest roster in school history and try to maintain a potent offense while attempting to improve on the defensive side of the ball.
Bethany Football Predicted to Place Sixth at PAC Media Day
For the third consecutive season, the Bethany College football team was picked to place sixth in the preseason poll released Wednesday during the 2009 PAC Football Media Day, held at Saint Vincent College. Voters in the poll were league head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media who attended the event.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.