Bethany Staff Serve on Scenic Byway Planning Group
Three members of the Bethany College community—Amy VanHorn, Felicity Ruggiero and Gary Kappel—are members of the Historic Wellsburg and Bethany Scenic Byway Committee, which has been working for nearly a year to develop a comprehensive management plan for a 22-mile long scenic, historic and recreational corridor winding its way through Wellsburg, Bethany and rural Brooke County. The project received initial funding from the United States Department of Transportation, as well as support from the Brooke County Commission, for the preparation of a Corridor Management Plan to be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Transportation in late September.
VanHorn is Administrative Assistant for Social Work and Career Counseling and Placement, while Ruggiero is Curator of Historic Bethany, and Kappel is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History.
Bethany Hosts Keresty Lectures in Journalism
Bethany alumna Sandra Block, a personal finance reporter for USA Today, gave the address at the inaugural presentation of the John Keresty Lectures in Journalism on September 23. Block encouraged Bethany students to prepare for a competitive job market by being willing to take risks and to strive to be well-rounded by taking courses that challenge their knowledge and abilities. Held at the Mountainside Conference Center, the event was followed by a question-and-answer session.
Named in memory of Bethany alumnus John Keresty and funded through private gifts, the lectures are intended to stimulate discussion about current topics, trends and issues pertaining to the changing face of journalism, careers in communication and related topics. The event was free and open to the public and was streamed live over WVBC radio.
Bethany Highlights Study Abroad Learning Opportunities
with International Studies Week
Starting Monday of next week, Bethany will experience its first International Studies Week. Numerous presentations will elaborate on the many options for study abroad available to Bethany students. On Monday, students and faculty in world languages and cultures will kick off International Studies Week with a presentation on Bethany programs in Spain, Germany and France. Students will describe their experiences abroad and information will be provided by Drs. Lovano and Menz. On Tuesday, the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership will be described by Sarah Wagner, the program coordinator. On Thursday afternoon, Elizabeth Hull will explain Bethany’s three outstanding programs in England: Harlaxton , Oxford and Regent’s College. On Thursday evening, there will be a forum in which current students and recent Bethany alumnae recount how their experiences abroad have changed their lives and career paths. At that event, other travel options will also be described by Dr. Sable, including exchange programs in places like Argentina, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Quebec, Mexico and Sweden, as well as international internships and short-term travel opportunities. Finally, a week from Monday, Julie Lohr, from the Center for International Studies (CIS - Northampton, Mass.) will describe the programs CIS offers in places like Australia, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand and Scotland.
Faculty and Students Represent Bethany at WVFLTA Conference
Accompanied by Dr. Joseph Lovano and Dr. 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 last Friday and Saturday, September 18-19. During the conference, Dr. 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.”
Visitors Welcomed for Family Weekend
Parents and family members of Bethany students spent some time on campus September 18-20 for Family Weekend 2009. In addition to several athletic contests, the Office of Student Life planned many activities for the weekend, including various games, Build-A-Bear and a family movie night. Family members also received an update on the College and had the opportunity to pose questions to President Scott D. Miller and senior staff members during the President’s Roundtable. An Open House at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations, followed the Roundtable.
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.
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The Loyola University Maryland Department of Communication will host Professor James Keegan, an internationally recognized scholar and expert on international communication and culture, for his lecture, "Not a Laughing Matter: Humor as a Cultural Indicator,” on Monday, September 28, in the Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium in Baltimore, Md.
Professor Keegan will lecture on the situation comedy genre in British television and its influence on U.S. programmers. He will illustrate his presentation with numerous program excerpts, including "Little Britain," "Mulberry," and "Katherine Tate." His analysis of British shows will reveal essential differences between the British and American psyches, cultural values, public opinion and domestic and foreign policies.
Professor Keegan, retired chair of the Department of Communication, is an internationally recognized media educator, program evaluator, scholar and communication consultant, having served as a teachers college president in Uganda and dean at Trinity and All Saint's College, University of Leeds, England. He has served as a consultant and evaluator for numerous church-related organizations in Europe and universities in Nigeria, India, Rome, Hong Kong and France. His leadership in international Christian communication includes the Catholic Association for Radio and Television, the World Association for Christian Communication, the Jesuit Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture in London (now at Santa Clara University in California) and the communication affairs committees of two Jesuit Superior Generals, Fr. Pedro Arrupe and Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach. His research and teaching fields include learning/thinking styles, communication and technology, and global awareness and communication.
Heather Ricciuti attended the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Library Director's Meeting in Abingdon, Va., September 17-18.
Lisa M. Reilly, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Sciences, gave a presentation on August 11 at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center entitled “1H NMR and Principal Component Analysis Studies on the Metabolic Effects of VX on Kidney, Brain, and Serum in the Rat.” Concluding her National Research Council Fellowship at the center this summer, she was also an author on a presentation given at the 238th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 2009), entitled “Ricin and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B Stability: Heat and Chlorine Treatment” and a poster, “Ricin Stability and Bio-Activity in Water Matrices after Treatment as Determined by a Neutral Red Uptake Assay,” at the 12th Annual Force Health Protection Conference (Aug. 2009) in Albuquerque, N.M.
Professor Reilly also attended ChemEd 2009 (August 2-6) in Radford, Va. ChemEd 2009 is a conference on chemical education designed to help educators share information on lecture techniques, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments.
Jordan ’81 Re-elected to Lead Reed Smith
Gregory B. Jordan has been re-elected to a fourth 3-year term as Reed Smith LLP’s Global Managing Partner. He was first elected to the position in 2000. The Wheeling, W.Va., native will also continue to serve as Chairman of the firm’s Management Team and its Executive Committee.
During Mr. Jordan’s nine-year tenure as Managing Partner, Reed Smith has completed a series of combinations and mergers in London, California, New York, Chicago, the Middle East and Asia, to become one of the 15 largest firms in the world with nearly 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices around the globe. The firm’s annual revenue has increased five-fold to nearly $1 billion. In 2003,The American Lawyer named Mr. Jordan one of the top 45 lawyers under 45 in the U.S. In 2005,The Lawyer named him to the Global 100, a list of the world’s most influential lawyers, and he has been listed inThe Best Lawyers In America since 1995.
A 1981 graduate of Bethany College and a 1984 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Jordan speaks frequently on law firm leadership and growth issues and maintains a high level of legal industry and civic involvement. He serves as a board member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bethany College, and as a board member of the Carnegie Science Center.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison ’64 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Bison Continue Strong Start With 3-0 Win
The Bethany volleyball team improved to 8-4 on the season by sweeping past visiting Penn State-Fayette Wednesday night 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-22).
Bison Blow Past Muskingum 5-1
Sophomore Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) scored two goals in the first 23 minutes and the Bethany women’s soccer team tacked on three more to cruise to a 5-1 victory at Muskingum Wednesday afternoon.
Bethany Keeper Sadler Recognized byPAC
Bethany freshman goalkeeper Brittany Sadler (New Eagle, Pa./Ringgold) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Soccer Defensive/Goalkeeper of the Week for Sept. 21.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.