Volume III, Number XXI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
January 29, 2010

Campus News
Bethany College’s ‘Hands to Haiti’ Raises
Support for Earthquake Victims

Bethany College has teamed up with International Relief and Development (IRD) to implement Bethany: Hands to Haiti — a program designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Construct
Mandala Sand Painting at Bethany

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting February 8-11 at Bethany College. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants.

News Briefs
Bethany Holds First Spring Matriculation Ceremony
Bethany College opened the Spring Semester of its 170th academic year with the first Spring Matriculation Ceremony. Held in The Bethany Club in Benedum Commons, the ceremony began with Bethany Stickradt, President of Student Government Association, welcoming the new students on behalf of the student body. Approximately 30 new students joined the Bethany Family. The members of this incoming class were welcomed by Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students; and Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College.

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Campus Community Supports Haiti Relief Efforts
Thanks to the Bethany community and campus, the spaghetti dinner Thursday night at Bethany Memorial Church for Haiti Relief was a rousing success. Over $600 was raised after expenses. This will all go directly to making and shipping hygiene baby kits for the earthquake victims. It is wonderful to have such support from you, the students and the Bethany community,”  said Rev. Scott Thayer, Bethany College Chaplain and Minister of Bethany Memorial Church.  It is appreciated.

College Web Site to Feature Weekly Bethany Trivia
Beginning Monday, www.bethanywv.edu will feature a trivia question dealing with Bethany’s rich past. Questions will change weekly, and topics will include presidents, faculty, fraternities and sororities, sports, noted alumni, campus buildings and more.  Visit the Bethany College home page to find out how much you know about the state’s oldest degree-granting institution!

Zitzelsberger Named Bethany Compliance Officer
R.J. Zitzelsberger, Associate Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, has also assumed responsibility as the College’s athletics Compliance Officer.

Zitzelsberger has worked at Bethany for three years, first as an assistant football coach then as an enrollment counselor and now as associate director.  He holds a bachelors degree from Washington & Jefferson College and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. 

Bethany Self Study Chosen for Display at HLC Annual Meeting
The Self Study report prepared by Bethany College for its decennial re-accreditation visit in March 2009 has been selected by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for display at its annual meeting in Chicago in April. The annual meeting attracts representatives from hundreds of the more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states that are accredited by the HLC. Bethany’s submission to the HLC last spring included both print and electronic versions of the final report, as well as a CD with a wide range of documentation in support of the application for re-accreditation. In response to the news that Bethany’s report was selected, Re-Accreditation Steering Committee chair Dr. Gary Kappel said, “We are delighted that HLC has selected our report to share with our peers in the display room at the annual meeting.” In June 2009, the commission accepted the site team’s recommendation for continued accreditation with the next re-accreditation visit scheduled for 2018-2019.

J-Term Course Combines Research with Service Projects
During January Term 2010, students from FSEM 113: Historic Bethany Buildings—And More spent three weeks working in the Bethany Archives and at various locations around campus to complete three projects related to the rich history and traditions of Bethany. Each project culminated in the creation of a product useful to the campus. Dr. Gary Kappel, Professor of History and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, guided the students in their activities.

One project is the first installment in a series of 3-5 minute descriptions of Bethany College buildings, which visitors will access using their cell phones. Students Gage Lotozo, Erin Scrimger and Victoria VanDyne developed three scripts, one each for Commencement Hall, Old Main, and Kirkpatrick Hall, which they then recorded as the voice mail greeting on an unassigned college telephone number. When activated, visitors will dial the number and hear the message played back. Additional scripts will be added with the goal being to provide messages for the entire campus.

A second project grew out of the discovery that there is currently no comprehensive inventory of the memorial and honorary plaques scattered around the campus. This project began last fall in Kappel’s First Year Seminar and was taken over by students Brandon Barnett, Atraile Brown, Matt Salerno and Gregory Wrightsman. So far, they have catalogued more than 150 plaques, including information on their location, composition, size and inscription. A data base complete with this information, a picture of the plaque, and additional biographical information about the honorees is being prepared for use by Historic Bethany, the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Bethany College Archives and the Physical Plant.

The third project will make its debut on the Bethany home page on Monday. Each week a new question from Bethany’s rich past will appear. Topics will include presidents, faculty, fraternities and sororities, sports, noted alumni, campus buildings and more. Students William Claar, Adam Gibboney, MarQwe Hughes and John Sticha combed the archives for interesting and informative tidbits of Bethany’s past — and present.

Students Get Hands-On Campaigning Experience in J-Term Course
A January Term course, “So You Want to Run for Office,” taught students techniques of political campaigns and culminated in the election of a fictional President of J-Term. The course, taught by Renner Visiting Scholar M.E. Yancosek Gamble, familiarized students with developing a campaign platform and surveying J-Term participants — the potential voters in the mock election — about various issues. More than 250 responses revealed student preferences about January Term, such as what off-campus activities and additional course offerings they preferred. Many students wanted cultural, diversity and/or volunteering components to the class, and many wanted a hands-on project to supplement daily course work. Students also responded that they would enjoy culinary classes during J-Term.  

“A little over half of the respondents were satisfied with course meeting times, but just under half suggested  beginning classes later than 9 a.m.,” Gamble said. “Surprisingly, one-tenth of the respondents said they would be willing to pay an additional fee for outside experts to teach a J-Term class.”

Armed with information, two candidates and their teams competed for the opportunity to be the President of J-Term.  As President of J-Term the student was to share the survey information with the Bethany College administration and work on forming a committee on J-Term.  Students wrote and recorded radio and television spots, posted My Space pages and You Tube videos and used Dreamweaver to make a website landing page and various other election collateral. The students also worked with Dr. Jay Libby’s public speaking class to judge their mock Presidential Debate and held elections in the cafeteria on January 21. Reporter Warren Scott covered the debate and featured the class in the Steubenville Herald Star on January 23. The story is scheduled for the January 30 issue of the Brooke Scene. 

Only a dozen votes separated the winning candidate — John Freeman, a sophomore communication major — from the challenger — Samantha Pontier, a freshman education major who had transferred to Bethany College three weeks earlier. All groups and candidates agreed they would never run for public office after they realized the grueling demands of the modern-day media candidate.

Bethany Today Online
The Winter Issue of Bethany Today is now available online: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/news/.

Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or tweaver@bethanywv.edu for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.

“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."

Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.

Applications must be postmarked by May 28.

Financial Aid Reminder: File Your FAFSA For New Year
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.

Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:

Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Basketball Games to be Web Cast
After successful video web casts in the fall of selected football and men's and women's soccer games, Bethany has scheduled video web casts of three basketball doubleheaders coming up later in the season. Videos can be viewed live and can be found in the archived files by clicking on the following link: http://secure.stretchinternet.com/demo/games.php?user=bethanywv&o=cal_stamp&sd=today.

The video web casting project is done in cooperation between the Bethany Communication and Sports Information departments. Jeff Pfister oversees the project and works with interested students in producing the broadcasts, which fans can view for free.

The three scheduled doubleheaders that fans will be able to watch include key men's and women's games against PAC rivals as the regular season winds down and positioning for the PAC Tournament intensifies. In addition to the three doubleheaders, any contests hosted by Bethany in the PAC Tournament will be video web cast as well.

Sat., Feb. 6 vs. Grove City (Women at 2 p.m./Men at 4 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 10 vs. Saint Vincent (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)

In addition to the video web casts, Bison fans will also be able to follow their hoops teams on the road throughout January and February. Bethany Sports Information Director Brian Rose will be on site when the basketball squads go on the road to provide audio web casts. Fans can access those feeds by clicking on the following link: http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=3724. Match-ups scheduled for free audio web casts are below but schedules are subject to change, so be sure to check out Bethany's athletic web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics to find out when you can follow your Bison hoops teams in their pursuits of PAC Championships.

Sat., Jan. 30 at Geneva (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 3 at Thiel (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 13 at Thomas More (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 17 at Chatham (Women at 7 p.m.) PAC Tournament Schedules TBA

Alumni News
Bethany Basketball Alumni Compete in Annual Alumni Game
The Bethany Men’s Basketball team welcomed its former team members on January 23 for the annual alumni game. What was a close contest at halftime quickly turned into a rout as the green team hit 11 three-pointers in the second half to win 100-78.

The first half ended with the white team in the lead 40-37 and saw four players break into double figures. The white team was led by Tyler Morando and Pete Petkovski ’09 with 17 and 12 points respectively. Not to be outdone, the green team’s Mike Drahos ’06 and James Wallace ’08 put up 14 and 10 respectively. The white team was also paced by current assistant coach Matt Drahos ’06, who turned in eight points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the first half. 

The second half opened with a shooting clinic as each team exchanged trifectas on their first four possessions. The well quickly ran dry for the white team however, as the green team began to pull away, behind four straight 3-pointers from Jake Miller ’07 and pair from Scott Mezyk ‘07. A late rally cut the score to 80-70, but the white team would never get closer than 10 as hot shooting and clutch free-throws sealed the victory for the green team. 

Morando led all scorers in the losing effort with 29 points, while Matt Drahos completed the triple double and finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists. Rounding out the scoring was Petkovski with 22 points and current Bethany lecturer John Osborne '63 with eight points. The victors were led by a pair of 26-point scorers in Mike Drahos and Miller. Drahos also finished with a game-high eight bombs from behind the arc. Rounding out the scorers for the green team were Wallace with 23 points and Mezyk with 11. 

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

Attention Florida Alumni and Friends!
Please join President Scott D. Miller at an upcoming gathering in your area.

St. Petersburg
Saturday, February 20, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Alma
260 1st Avenue South #100

Sunday, February 21, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Estero Country Club at The Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Vibeke Toohill Alpizar '74

Thursday, February 25, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Richard '70 & Linda '71 Hull

To RSVP or for the complete address, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@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 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 Back on the Winning Track With 66-62 Victory
Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) scored 16 points to lead four in double figures, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 66-62 triumph over Waynesburg Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.

Bison Escape With 67-57 Victory Over Waynesburg
After falling behind by as many as 11 in the first half, the Bethany College men's basketball team rallied and pulled away in the second half to secure a 67-57 victory over visiting Waynesburg Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.

Bethany Names Brandon Spalding New Head Cross Country Coach
Bethany College Director of Athletics Tim Weaver announced Thursday that Brandon Spalding, a former national championship qualifier at Bridgewater (Va.) College, has been chosen as the new head men’s and women’s cross country coach, as well as assistant track and field coach.

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


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