Volume I, Number XIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 4, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Women Receive Heinz Travel Awards
Three Bethany College women have been selected to receive Vira I. Heinz Travel Awards that will enable them to expand their educational horizons this summer by studying overseas.

Schedule Set for Bethany College's 46th Annual Communication Week
The Bethany College Communication Department has adopted the theme of “Global Communications” for its 46th annual Communication Week, which is scheduled to run from April 7-13 on the College campus.

Bethany Hosts International Conference on Human Rights
Dozens of scholars and activists from across the nation and around the world are coming to Bethany College April 10-12 for an International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights, Individualism and Globalization.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.

News Briefs
Bethany Hosts HELM President
President Miller and Vice President de Jong met with Dennis Landon, President Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). HELM's mission is to nurture leaders for the church — both lay and clergy — in partnership with the church's institutions of higher education. President Miller and VP de Jong spoke with Mr. Landon about Bethany's relationship with HELM and the assistance HELM can provide to Bethany.

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New Faculty Athletics Representative and Compliance Officer Announced
Bethany President Scott D. Miller announced Tuesday that Dr. Wallace B. "Wally" Neel, Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies, will assume additional responsibility as Faculty Athletics Representative and Virgil G. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Accounting, will become Compliance Officer. "We are fortunate to have valued educators with broad backgrounds that can meet the needs of a growing, complex program," Dr. Miller said. "These capacities are vital to a strong, student-centered NCAA Division III program."

Acting Admissions Director Named
Karina Dayich of Pittsburgh has been named Acting Director of Admission at Bethany College. She will serve in the capacity through August 2008. Dayich comes to Bethany with 10 years of admission experience. She previously served as the Director of Enrollment Management at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pa. and was Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Online Classes Debut at Bethany College
Bethany College will offer a wide variety of online courses through a unique partnership with the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). All courses are offered for Bethany College credit. Check back next week for a list of summer course offerings. For additional information, contact the Registrar's Office at (304) 829-7834 or via e-mail at onlinecourses@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany/Lexington Theological Seminary Hold Program Partnership Discussions
President Scott D. Miller and Provost Michael Mihalyo, Bethany College, and President R. Robert Cueni and Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Lowery, Lexington Theological Seminary, have begun conversations regarding the potential for educational partnerships in the near future. Formal and informal programs under consideration include studies to support vocational and lay leader development. Most important is that these collaborative efforts will clearly bring together the oldest College and oldest Seminary within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

“While religious studies and theological formation have different purposes, mutual contributions enriching to both are possible," stated Dr. James Farwell, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Bethany. "An understanding of religion as a living spiritual practice with which seminaries are concerned is important to academic students of religion; and those who are formed by seminaries for theological and institutional leadership benefit from the critical tools and critical questions posed by religious studies. I am eager to see what might be accomplished in a collaborative effort between Bethany and Lexington Seminary.”

Bethany Football to Hold 2008 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 3
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 3 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.

Bowers Retires After 43 years at Bethany
Alice (Toby) E. Bowers dedicated her career to Bethany College expanding over forty-three years. She started work at Bethany College in 1960 and worked until 1965. She returned to work at Bethany in 1967 and worked until 1969. She returned a third time in 1972 to the present time. She took time off in the 1960s for the birth of her two daughters. Toby played a vital role at Bethany College serving in capacities such as Secretary of Church Relations, Registrar’s Office, Supervisor for the Secretarial Pool, Mailroom and Duplicating Center, and Executive Secretary.

Toby served Bethany College as an exemplary employee, always for the betterment of the College, students and employees and is retiring with many accolades and much appreciation, and will be missed by her College family. To express appreciation for her hard work and devotion to the College, President Miller presented a clock to Toby and the Business Office employees presented a resolution in her honor.

Bethany Students Travel to Washington, D.C.
Nine members of Bethany College’s German Club will be traveling to Washington, D.C. April 11-13. While in the nation’s capital, the club will participate in several activities pertaining to German history and culture.

They plan to visit the United States Holocaust Museum, where Bethany alumna Jo-Ellyn Decker, who is employed as Researcher for the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Holocaust Survivors, will aid them with a tour of the museum. Also on the agenda is a visit to Washington’s Goethe Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the study of German language and culture outside of German-speaking countries. During their visit, club members will also attend a theater performance of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” in Arlington, Va. Brecht is considered the most prolific and influential German playwrights of the 20th century.

The trip also coincides with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, an event that commemorates the establishment of the nation’s friendly relations with Japan. Students will spend time touring the blossoms and learning about the history of this event.

Students participating in this excursion are Jessica DeWitt, Kelly Medkeff-Rose, Janina Munch, Susanne Kattermann, Andrea Veithen, Kevin Fedigan, Andrew Sell, Sarah Goho and Amber Yarnell. They will be accompanied by the club’s adviser, Tessa Wegener.

Bethany Welcomes Guest Lecturers From Germany
Members of the Bethany College faculty and students are invited to a pair of guest lectures by visitors from Germany’s Heidelberg University of Education on April 7-8 at the Mary Cutlip Center for Library and Information Technology.

Dr. Manuela Welzel, Professor of Physics and Vice President for Research and International Relations at the University, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7 in the Hess Room. Dr. Welzel’s topic is “Development, Proof and Evaluation of a Gender-Sensitive Computer Assisted Learning Environment for Science Education — How to Transfer Research Results Into Practice.”

Henrike Schon, Director of the University’s International Office, will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Room 1. Her topic is “Internationalizing a Smaller University: Building an International Office to Further Intercultural Education.”

The lectures are being hosted by Bethany’s International Education Committee. Light refreshments will be served following each lecture with ample time provided for personal interaction with the audience.

Tommy Nets $700 for St. John's Home for Children
In collaboration with the Bethany College Department of Social Work, the Theatre department raised $700 for St. John's Home for Children in Wheeling. During last week's production of The Who's Tommy, they used opening night as a fundraiser and donated all proceeds for that evening's show.

Alumni News
Bethany Alum to Spend Time in Paris
Nicole Marie Vetanze Swanson '98 was awarded a summer scholarship through the American Association Teacher's of French. She will be studying in Paris this summer (July 7-25). She will be taking classes in French writing, theatre, and music. Nicole is a French teacher at East Garner Magnet Middle School in Garner, N.C.

FlightSafety Names Steve Sparks '93 Director, NetJets Programs
FlightSafety International, the world’s premier aviation training organization, has announced that Steve Sparks '93 has been named to the newly created position of Director, NetJets Programs.

As Director, NetJets Programs, Sparks will work closely with senior management at both NetJets and FlightSafety to help ensure that the thousands of NetJets pilots who train at FlightSafety each year continue to receive the highest quality professional training. He will be based at the NetJets facility in Columbus, Ohio, which is located adjacent to the FlightSafety Learning Center.

Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft programs and operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at 40 training locations.

Alumni Events Slated
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, April 12. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Union League Club's French Room. The event is being hosted and underwritten through the generosity of Arthur '62 and Charlene Low.

Please save the date and plan to join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. The event will be held in the Tour Theatre at PNC Park from 5:30 p.m. to game time. The event hosted by Board of Trustees Member Robert Nutting, will precede the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the Florida Marlins. R.s.v.p. by April 18, 2008 to reserve discounted tickets for the game following the reception.

*Reservations are required for attendance at this event.

New York
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, April 30. The event will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the residence of Dr. Linda Donelle Lewis '61 in New York City.

For more information or to register for any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Directors of Alumni/Parent, Church Relations Openings Posted
President Miller recently authorized the advertisement of two positions within the Office of Institutional Advancement. The job descriptions for the positions of Director of Alumni and Parents Relations and Director of Church Relations have been posted on the College's Web site.

Both positions will report to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. de Jong at sdejong@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Names Mike Summey New Men's Basketball Coach
University of North Florida assistant Mike Summey has been selected as the new head men’s basketball coach at Bethany College, as announced Tuesday by President Dr. Scott D. Miller.

Bethany's Cruse Earns PAC and ECAC Track Athlete of the Week
Bethany College sophomore Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and co-ECAC Division III Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for March 31.

Cruse, Two Relays Qualify for ECAC's in First Outdoor Meet
The Bethany College outdoor track and field teams began their 2008 season on a strong note, as two relays and one individual qualified for ECAC Championships during Saturday’s Wheeling Jesuit Invitational.

Bison Waste Great Pitching Effort in 2-0 Loss
Muskingum squeezed out two runs off junior starter Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse) and it was enough to post a 2-0 victory over the Bethany College baseball team Tuesday afternoon.

Immesberger Shutout Highlights Split with Geneva
Senior pitcher Heather Immesberger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) fired a three-hit shutout to pace the Bethany College softball team (7-9) to a 1-0 victory over visiting Geneva in the first game of a twinbill Tuesday afternoon at gusty Bethany Field.

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


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