Volume III, Number XV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 20, 2009

Campus News
Scott C. Thayer Installed as Minister of Bethany Memorial Church and College Chaplain
The Rev. Scott C. Thayer was formally installed as Minister of Bethany Memorial Church and Chaplain of Bethany College on Sunday, November 15, at the Bethany Memorial Church. The 2 p.m. ceremony was attended by members of the congregation, Bethany College community and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

News Briefs
President Attends ICE Board of Directors Meeting
President Miller attended the fall meeting of the Board of Directors of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE) on Wednesday at the University of Charleston. ICE is a three-state, seven-college consortium collaborating on academic and administrative information systems and technology needs. 

Fields Participates in Institute on
Finances, Faculty and Programs

Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, attended the 37th Annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) in Santa Fe, N.M., on November 7-10. Sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, the Institute is an annual event that brings CAOs of independent colleges and universities together for networking, problem-solving, and the sharing of ideas. The theme of this year’s Institute was “Focus on the Future: Finances, Faculty, and Programs.” The sessions and workshops provided opportunities to explore ways CAOs can strengthen their institutions in the present and position them to function more effectively in the future during challenging economic times. Session topics included the CAOs role in fundraising, analysis of the costs of academic programs, trends in enrollment, strategies for growth, student retention, maintaining and improving the quality of academic programs in a time of tight budgets, ensuring the future of the liberal arts, strengthening library and information technology programs, and developing new academic programs.  The Institute was attended by more than 300 chief academic officers from independent colleges and universities.

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Gamble Represents Bethany at Education Finance Summit
Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble represented Bethany College at the November 19 finance summit for higher education at West Virginia University, Morgantown. The summit was sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Presentations included sessions on national challenges confronting higher education systems, strategic finance and investment, accessing campus efficiencies, and a budget forecast for the State of West Virginia.

Administrators, faculty, and members of governing boards from around West Virginia were welcomed by WVU President Dr. James Clements and Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Dr. Brian Noland.

Bethany Presents 2009 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy Report
Bethany College’s report to the Advisory Council of the West Virginia Governor’s Schools was presented in Charleston, W.Va., on November 16. Saralyn Dague ‘89, Director of Business Affairs for Bethany College who served as Dean of the Governor’s Honors Academy (GHA) for the past two summers, reviewed the master report on GHA, including information on classes, activities, faculty and staff, the host institution and student survey results for the summer 2009 25th Anniversary session. Serving as the Faculty Representative is Hank Hampton, a 2006 graduate of Bethany College, who also spoke to the group about the students’ experiences.

Bethany College will host the final year of a three-year award of the West Virginia GHA in the summer of 2010. The West Virginia GHA is funded through grants from the Department of Education and the Arts and the Yanni Foundation. The three-week residential program is a scholarship program bringing 180 rising juniors to campus from all 55 counties in the state of West Virginia for intensive and broad-based classes as well as activities. Students who meet the application criteria go through an evaluation process by county by the Advisory Council.

Faculty and staff also go through an application process. There were many parts of the Bethany community represented. Bethany College faculty and staff who participated in the 2009 Academy were: Jay Libby, Assistant Professor of Communication; Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History; Kosmas Mouratidis, Coordinator for the Department of Physical Education and Sports Studies and Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies; Heather Taylor, Coordinator of Writing Center and Learning Specialist; Fujiko Sawtarie, Professor of Computer Science; and Sachiko Wood, Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Cultures. David Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the College Choir performed an evening of vocal music for the students.

2009 Bethany College graduates Mary Lu Adams, Casey Gray, Krystal Robinson, Jenn Naylor and Audrey Frank and senior Ryan Tempalski served on the Resident Advisor staff. Alumnus Todd Owens, a Principal at Dewey & Kaye in Pittsburgh, spoke to students about career development, technology and the importance of making connections in the business world.

Education Students Attend Reading Association Conference
Bethany Education Department students Emily Campbell, Jordan DiBucci, Nanice Elghatit, and Ally Tylka attended the West Virginia Reading Association Annual Conference in Charleston November 12-13 with Janice Shepherd and members of the Hancock County Response to Intervention Team. The group also attended an author’s luncheon with Anna Smucker, a native of Weirton, W.Va.

Author Vanessa Vega Presents on Self Injury
Bethany’s Student Counseling Services and Office of Student Life hosted two presentations on November 16 featuring Vanessa Vega, M.S., author of “Comes the Darkness. Comes the Light,” the inspiring memoir of her experience as a young woman compelled to injure herself in an attempt to cope with her overwhelming feelings of anxiety. 

On Monday afternoon faculty, students, staff and members from local schools and social service agencies gathered for her story of self injury and information on how educators, service providers and concerned loved ones can support and assist persons who self injure. Vega followed up with an evening presentation to Bethany students, sharing her story of self injury, struggle and the journey to regain her emotional health and rebuild her life. 

Vega is a high school English teacher and motivational speaker. She is a contributing author to the award-winning Taste Berries for Teens Volume IV. She has been nationally recognized for excellence in teaching by being named to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, and to Who's Who in American Education in 2008. She has a degree in English/Secondary Education from Texas Tech University and a degree in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She resides in Irving, Texas, where she is working on her next book. Vanessa speaks about self injury and cutting at conferences, schools and special events.

Communication Senior Fellow Attends 30th Anniversary Celebration of Public Relations Society of West Virginia
Communication Senior Fellow Katherine Reuning and M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Renner Visiting Scholar in Communication and Advisor to Bethany College’s PRSSA Chapter, attended the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Public Relations Society (PRSA) of West Virginia on November 18 at the Charleston Civic Center.

The evening featured a keynote address by Dan McGinn of TMG, Arlington, Va., one of America's most influential and successful communications counselors and trend analysts. Fellow Bethanian George Manahan, owner of The Manahan Group and a 1983 Communication graduate, was inducted as the incoming PRSA president. Reuning also visited with Manahan and his staff and learned more about the third largest public relations agency in West Virginia.

Science Day 2009 a Success
The third annual Science Day at Bethany College was held on November 13 with more than 200 high school students in attendance. Participants came from Weir, Weirton Madonna, Brooke, John Marshall, Oak Glen, Chartiers Houston and Steubenville. President Scott D. Miller and Daniel J. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, welcomed the students, who enjoyed campus and departmental tours by students in their field of interest, as well as classroom instruction and demonstrations by faculty from the major area of their choice. They also heard from representatives from the Center for Enrollment.  The visiting students received t-shirts for the day.

Many thanks are due to the student guides/helpers:

Biology/Environmental Science – Gabriela Casinelli, Danielle Ries, Cody Staudt 
Biochemistry – Shannon Smuck, Lindsay Sobotka
Chemistry – Chris Smurthwaite, Stephanie Randolph
Math/Computer Science –Rachel Weekly
Mathematical Physics – Alexis Evans
Psychology – Taylor Morris, Anastasia Kydonieus
Science/Math Education - Tiffany Furbee, Sam Vitale
Activities: Smuck, Sobotka, Smurthwaite, Randolph, Allison Winwood, Kaitlyn Pitchok, Tim Stefanizzi, Mari Kolanko, Ryan Johnson, Renee’ Shepherd, Ken Barrows, Kayla Pavlik, Stacy Meeks, Matt Swartling, Libby Reidy

Holiday Gift Ideas at Bethany Bookstore
Make plans to visit the Bethany College Bookstore — a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor and unique gifts to their holiday celebrations. The Bookstore stocks everything from official Bethany logo apparel to coffee mugs and smaller trinkets that would make perfect stocking-stuffers.

To shop from the comfort of your own home, visit the Bethany College Bookstore online.

Old Main Journal Taking Thanksgiving Break
The Old Main Journal will be taking a break during the Thanksgiving holiday. Best wishes to our readers and their families. We’ll return to our regular publication schedule on Friday, December 4.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Religious Studies
James Farwell (Humanities) was one of a small number of scholars contributing to a leadership workshop at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal. The workshop was part of a multi-year project funded by the Teagle Foundation to explore the critical contribution of the study of religion to a liberal arts education.

Social Work
Katherine Shelek-Furbee and Melanee Sinclair hosted 113 social workers and nurses from the tri-state area at the annual Fall Symposium. This year’s theme was Diversity Issues in Health and Human Services. Shelek-Furbee and Sinclair presented on Social Work Ethics and Cultural Competence. Other Bethany faculty presenting at the Symposium included James Farwell and Majid Sawtarie. Farwell and Sawtarie were part of a panel presentation on Spirituality and the Helping Relationship. Dean of Student Services Elizabeth deJong and College Counselor Veronica Reynolds presented a workshop entitled The Generation Gap. Christine Sampson, Director of the McCann Learning Center, presented on assisting special needs students in higher education.

Alumni News
Save the Date!
Attention Atlanta-area Alumni & Friends! Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for a luncheon Sunday, November 22, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 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: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

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
PAC Honors Three Bison Women's Soccer Players
Three Bethany women’s soccer players were among those honored when the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its all-league teams Wednesday morning.

Pair of Bison Earn All-PAC in Men's Soccer
Bethany junior Ari Dewhurst (Toronto, Canada/Pope John Paul) and freshman Zach Zozula (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) were both chosen for Second Team All-PAC honors by the conference coaches.

Bethany to Play King's College in PAC-MAC Football Challenge
Although the 2009 season just ended a few days ago, the Bethany football team had their schedule completed for 2010 when the match-ups for the 2010-2011 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Football Challenge Series were announced Wednesday by the league offices.

Bethany's Arrington Named PAC Player of the WEEK
Bethany freshman linebacker Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 16.

LaRoche Rallies to Down Bethany in Season Opener
The Bethany men's basketball team had a 32-29 halftime lead, but shot just 30 percent (7-23) in the second half, as LaRoche rallied for a 66-58 victory over the Bison in their season opener Monday night.

Bison Fall 60-55 in Season Opener at CMU
Carnegie Mellon sank 17-of-21 attempts from the free throw line in the second half, as they pulled away for a 60-55 victory over the Bethany women’s basketball team in the season opener for both teams Monday night in Pittsburgh.

Seven Bison Tabbed for All-PAC Football Honors
Seven Bethany football players were voted to the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) teams by the circuit’s coaches, as announced Monday by the league office.

Bison Break Two Records in 34-13 Green Game Win Over Saint Vincent
Senior wide receiver Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) set the career receptions record and sophomore RB Eric Walker (New Brighton, Pa.) broke the record for single-season rushing touchdowns to help lead the Bethany football team to a 34-13 victory over Saint Vincent in the 3rd Annual “Green Game”.

Bethany Posts Season-Best Times at Regionals
Although they did not have enough runners to score as a full team, the Bethany women’s cross country team recorded many of their season-best times Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regionals hosted by Muhlenberg College.

Equestrian Team Rider Claims Two First-Place Ribbons
Bethany Equestrian Team member Daniella Vitale, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fl., who is also a team co-captain, was the only rider in a recent Intercollegiate Horse Show Association event to claim two first-place ribbons. Fourteen schools participated in the show, held at Reedsville Farm in Arthurdale, W.Va. Bethany’s Jillian Manning, a junior from Greensburg, Pa., earned a third-place ribbon.

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


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