Volume III, Number VIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 2, 2009

Campus News
Bethany Ranks High in National Survey
Already rated solidly in a number of national rankings for academic quality and affordability, Bethany College has placed strongly in another national survey related to the economics of higher education.

Bethany Theatre to Present Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’
The Bethany College Theatre will present Steve Martin's comical “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” October 1-3 at 8 p.m. and October 4 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany campus. The play is one in a series of performances on art Bethany is featuring this season.

Bethany Announces Fall Homecoming Festivities
A full and fun-filled schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 9-11 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year's events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni sporting events, an art show and more.

News Briefs
Week of Activities Precede Homecoming Celebrations
The Office of Student Life and Student Activities Council announce a full week of activities for students leading up to next weekend’s Homecoming 2009. Monday, a “Make Your Own Movie” event will be hosted on campus, followed in the evening by the annual Homecoming Window Decorating Competition. A new event will be featured on Tuesday evening, when groups will compete in a Cake Decorating Contest. Wednesday, the Banner Competition will begin, and banners will be judged at Thursday evening’s “Meet the Teams” pep rally. Spirit awards and a Wing Eating Competition will also take place at “Meet the Teams.” Friday evening, a Corn Hole Tournament at the Johnson Recreation Center will be hosted during the men’s and women’s soccer games. Student events will wrap up on Saturday with the annual Homecoming Parade at 11:45 a.m. Prizes will be given throughout the week for artistic skill, school spirit and participation.

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College Announces Class Council Officers
Freshman Class
President: Andy Masterson (Ann and James Masterson), Bedford, N.H.
Vice President: Casey Hamilton (Tamera and Edwin Hamilton), Mathias, W.Va.
Treasurer: Erin Reske (Norma and Clifford Reske), Fishers, Ind.
Secretary: Pamela Addo-Noble (Noble K Addo and Joy Addo), Sakumono, Ghana
Student Government Representative: Caris Sibert (Paula and Arthur Sibert), Claysville, Pa.
Public Relations: Tanner Coles (Gail and William Coles III), Emmaus, Pa.

Sophomore Class
President: Chantel Hoskins (Christie and David Hoskins), Moundsville, W.Va.
Vice President: Anthony Palus (Donna and Michael Palus), South Park, Pa.
Treasurer: Vanessa Manning (Sarah and Charles Manning), Cameron, W.Va.

Junior Class
President: Chris Smurthwaite (Cheryl Music), Wellsburg, W.Va.
Vice President: Lindsay Sobotka (Nancy and Jerry Sobotka), Weirton, W.Va.
Treasurer: April O’Brien (Lea Ann and Patrick O’Brien), Columbus, Ohio
Secretary: Taylor Morris (Shelly Morris), Weirton, W.Va.

Senior Class
President: Kayla Pavlik (Tammy Calvert and Daniel Pavlik), Gibsonia, Pa.
Vice President: Kathleen Thompson (Linda Stokes Thompson and Joe Thompson), Madison, Wis.
Secretary: Allison Winwood (Rebecca and Brad Winwood), Weirton, W.Va.
Treasurer: Shannon Smuck (Kimberly and Archie Smuck), Weirton, W.Va.
Public Relations: Jay Lyonett (Barbara and John Lyonett), Weirton, W.Va.

Parking Expansion Completed at Campbell Village
The addition of 76 parking spaces during the past month along the Campbell Village loop brings the total parking for residential students at Campbell Village to 146. The new parking is part of the comprehensive 10-year master plan—“Bethany 2020,” which was formulated during the past year—and is the fourth major parking addition completed on campus since July 1. 

According to President Miller, the first phase of the plan includes a series of “foundational” projects designed to increase contemporary services on campus. This includes recent improvements to residential, athletic, recreation, student activities, academic and technology services. 

The new parking will service Campbell Village (1,2,3,4), Cummins Community Center, Woolery and Goodnight Houses. Other parking improvements this year include more than 30 spaces behind Phillips/Harlan Halls, 18 spaces at Thistle House and 54 spaces at the Hurl Center for Education. 

Bethany Announces Members of the 2009 Homecoming Court
The following seniors will serve as members of the 2009 Homecoming Court:

Maggie McCort, Biology major, daughter of Sylvia and James McCort, Fort Ashby, W.Va.
Kayla Pavlik, Chemistry major, daughter of Tammy Calvert and Daniel Pavlik, Gibsonia, Pa.
Emily Porter, English major, daughter of Marjorie and Charles Porter, Glenshaw, Pa.
Kathleen Thompson, Communication major, daughter of Linda Stokes Thompson and Joe Thompson, Madison, Wis.
Sarah Walter, Education major, daughter of Wendy and Fred Rodgers, Weirton, W.Va.

Noah Townsend, Environmental Science Interdisciplinary major, son of Sherilyn and Lewis Townsend, Wintersville, Ohio
Joe Testa, Psychology major, son of Darlene and John Testa, Amity, Pa.
Randy Stuckwish, Economics and Mathematics major, son of Gwendolyn and Ricky Stuckwish, McDonald, Pa.
Matt Clancy, Psychology major, son of Catherine Clancy, Weymouth, Mass.
Eric Corrigan, Political Science major, son of Linda and Thomas Corrigan, South Orange, N.J.

King and Queen voting will take place in the Dining Hall October 7-8 during lunch and dinner hours. The 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at half time of the football game scheduled for October 10.

Bethany Furthers Flu Precautions
Dean of Students Elizabeth de Jong attended a September 25 meeting focused on flu in the higher education setting. The session included all colleges and universities in West Virginia. Hosted by the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Bureau for Public Health, chief student affairs officers and health care workers from institutions throughout the state came together to learn about H1N1 flu and to talk about campus preparedness in the event of diagnosed cases. Director of Health Services Carol Tyler and Dean de Jong have been coordinating protocols for illness response through the summer and into the fall. Seasonal flu vaccines have been administered on campus, and plans have been made with the Brooke County Health Department to hold a clinic when the H1N1 vaccine is available.

Thompson Bids Farewell
Dr. T. Gale Thompson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, played in his final noon hoops game on Friday, September 25 and departed for Columbia, Missouri early Monday morning. Thompson, who retired in May after 35 years of service at Bethany, has been playing noon hoops for almost as long, 32 years. Thompson was honored following his final game by his fellow "noon hoopsters" and Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, who presented Dr. Thompson with a Bethany Basketball jersey with the number "32" on it.

Students Participate in “Study Abroad Talk”
The Annual World Languages & Cultures Section (Department of Humanities) "Study Abroad Talk" took place on September 28 at 7 p.m. in Morlan Lounge. Twenty-five Bethany students attended. Snacks were provided by the
Bethany College Spanish Club. The event was organized and led by our current World Languages and Cultures Section Senior Fellow, Amber Yarnell, together with five other Bethany students who have recently studied abroad in World Languages & Cultures programs or via Vira I. Heinz women travel awards. The students also showed a Power-Point presentation and led a "Q & A" period.

The following students spoke about their recent study abroad experiences:

Amber Yarnell, Senior
Major: Double Major - German/Spanish
Study Abroad: PH Heidelberg, Germany, Fall 2008
UNAV Pamplona, Spain, Spring 2009
Vira I. Heinz: Schwäbisch Hall/Crailsheim, Germany, Summer 2008

Katie Heinlein, Senior
Major: Double Major - Spanish/Visual Art
Minor: Secondary Education
Study Abroad: San German, Puerto Rico, Universidad Interamericana: Recinto de San German, ECC study abroad program, Fall 2008

Sara Drews, Junior
Major: Biology
Vira I. Heinz: Australia for six weeks, Summer 2009

Lindsay Sobotka, Junior
Major: Chemistry (Biochemistry)
Vira I. Heinz: London, England, at Kingston University, Summer 2009

April O’Brien, Junior
Major: Double Major - Communications/Spanish
Vira I. Heinz: Argentina, Summer 2009

Bethany Lewis, Senior
Major: Double Major - Spanish/International Relations
Study Abroad: Pamplona, Spain, Fall and Spring of 2008
(Volunteer work/internship)
Guanajuato, Mexico

Dr. Menz (advisor for the Heidelberg, Germany, Program) and Dr. Lovano (advisor for the Pamplona, Spain, and Paris, France, Programs) also presented and fielded questions.

The following students are currently studying abroad in our World Languages & Cultures affiliated study abroad programs: France: Haley Fedor (French and English double major), Joseph Chris Suppa (French major); Germany: Andrew Eskelund (Physics major), Richard Kemmerer (German minor), Sara Patnesky (German and Spanish double major); Spain: Brandon Applegate (Political Science major, Spanish minor), Hilary Laughner (Spanish and International Relations double major), Loraine Ziegler (Visual Arts major).

Relay for Life Set for November 7
Bethany College and the American Cancer Society announce the 2009 Bethany College Relay for Life to be held on November 7. The event will run from noon, through the final home football game of the season, until midnight. The Relay allows teams from across campus and the community to raise funds dedicated to cancer education and research and to walk to show their dedication to this cause. Visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=24759 for more information or call the Office of Student Life at (304) 829-7631. Students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to start a team and participate.

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.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Amanda Stewart spent three weeks in July leading high school students and their teachers in research on kidney function and diabetes in the Health Sciences Technology Academy at West Virginia University.

History and Political Science
Erich Lippman organized a panel, “Conversations in Exile: Trans-cultural Aspects of Twentieth-Century Russian Religious and Intellectual Life,” for the biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture to be held October 1-3. He will present a paper for the panel entitled “The Personalist Alternative from French and Russian Perspectives.”

Humanities: World Languages and Cultures
Accompanied by Joseph Lovano and Harald Menz, senior Katie Heinlein and first-year student Gabriela Nuñez attended the Fall Conference of the West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers’ Association (WVFLTA) at Davis & Elkins College and Elkins High School September 18-19. During the conference, Menz, who serves on the WVFLTA executive committee, gave a presentation on the language programs and international study opportunities at Bethany as well as a one-hour workshop entitled “Making Everything Count:  The European Language Portfolio (ELP) and LinguaFolio as Tools to Build and Showcase Students’ Proficiency.”

Alumni News
Sarap ’91 Commands USS WAYNE E. MEYER
Commander Nick A. Sarap Jr., born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Zanesville, Ohio, serves as Commanding Officer of the USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108), US Navy guided missile destroyer. Cmdr. Sarap earned his B.S. in Physics from Bethany College in 1991. He was then commissioned an Ensign through Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I., and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer in March 1994.

Cmdr. Sarap served as the Radiation Health/Safety and Electrical Officer in USS PUGET SOUND (AD 38), First Lieutenant in USS KIDD (DDG 993), Chief Engineer in USS THORN (DD 988) and Executive Officer in USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51). Command assignment includes USS FIREBOLT (PC 10).

Cmdr. Sarap is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he completed a master’s degree in Physics and Physical Oceanography. He also received a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. His awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (4), Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, in addition to various campaign and unit awards.

Long Ball Sparks Alumni to Rain-Shortened Victory
Home runs by Aaron Meadows and Adam Martin in the top of the sixth inning propelled the Alumni Baseball Squad to a victory over the current Bison team on Saturday, September 26. The win, an 11-7 triumph, concluded after five-and-a-half innings due to rain. The Alumni Squad was also led by winning pitcher Brett Bartholomew ’07, who tossed two perfect innings in relief of starter Adam Martin ’06. Bison freshman hurler Zach Kozlowski took the loss. Other leaders for the Alumni Squad were Mike Houck ’01—who, with a double in the second inning, extended his Alumni game hitting streak to eight years—Justin Waychoff with a double; JJ Eberhart with a double; and singles by Jimmy Taylor, Brent Owens, Dan Berty, AJ Curtis and Luke Kromer. The Bison team was paced by senior Chris Leasure with a three-run homer and sophomore Anthony Packer’s two hits. The win breaks a four-year win streak for the current team. The last Alumni win came in 2004, when the varsity team won the regular season PAC title and hosted the conference tournament.

Save the Date!
Attention Atlanta-area Alumni & Friends! Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, November 22, at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The event is hosted by Neil Christman ’55. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

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 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Save the Date!
Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for an Alumni, Parents & Friends gathering from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2009 at John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar, Crestview Hills Town Center, 2809 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, Ky. Bison Football vs. Thomas More at the Bank of Kentucky Field to follow at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany to Host 9th Annual Allison’s Run
In conjunction with Homecoming ’09, the 9th Annual Allison’s Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 10 beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman’s Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-register should contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison ’62 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.

Reunion Photo Schedule Planned for October 10
Attention Homecoming Reunion Classes! Please note the following times for reunion photos that will be taken at the Alumni Tent on Saturday, Oct. 10. Hope to see you there!

Class of 2008                      12:00 p.m.
Class of 2004                      12:10 p.m.
Class of 1999                      12:20 p.m.
Class of 1994                      12:30 p.m.
Class of 1989                      12:40 p.m.
Class of 1984                      12:50 p.m.
Class of 1979                      1:00 p.m.
Class of 1974                      1:10 p.m.

Bethany Accepting Reservations for Homecoming Tailgate Tent Space
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is now accepting reservations for tailgate tent space to be utilized during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 10. The cost for a 10 x 10 area is $20. Due to limited space each group will be restricted to one tent only. For more information or to make a reservation contact Michele Rejonis at (304) 829-7299 or via email at mrejonis@bethanywv.edu.

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.

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

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 Beat Waynesburg to End Lengthy Streak
Sophomores Alyssa Schrecengost (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian) and Carrie Talkington (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) each posted 11 kills to lead the Bethany volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-19) triumph over visiting Waynesburg Wednesday night in a PAC match at Hummel Field House.

Bison Face Daunting Test at #18 Thomas More Saturday
After recovering from a loss in the conference opener through their bye week, the Bethany football team returns to the field Saturday with a road trip to defending PAC champion and nationally-ranked Thomas More. Kickoff at the Bank of Kentucky Field is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Bethany Loses Lead Late, Takes 1-1 Draw With Marietta
Although they controlled the flow throughout much of the game, the Bethany women’s soccer team surrendered the tying goal in the 83rd minute and had to take a 1-1 tie with visiting Marietta Wednesday at rain-soaked Hoag Field.

Bison Fall at Home Against Geneva
Sophomore Brittani Seeman (Rumson, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) won her match at third singles, but it was the lone victory on the day for the Bethany women’s tennis team in an 8-1 loss to visiting Geneva Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany Shutout by #10 Carnegie Mellon
The Bethany men’s soccer team completed the first half of their schedule Tuesday night with a 5-0 loss at 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University.

Bison Improve but Still Finish 7th at PAC Fall Golf Invite
Four of Bethany’s five golfers improved their scores on day two of the 2009 PAC Fall Golf Invitational Tuesday, which was held in rainy conditions at the Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa.

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


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