Bethany Announces 2011 Alumni Weekend Celebrations
Bethany has announced its schedule of events for the College’s 2011 Alumni Weekend, to be held April 29-May 1. Activities will include class reunions, a student art exhibit, the Darline Nicholson Breakfast, and a special presentation on the literary arts at Bethany by Assistant Professor of English Dr. Wiley Cash — author of “The Rain Barrel,” a novel scheduled to be released by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2012.
2011 Ohio State CYF Conference Held on Campus
Bethany College served as the host location for the 2011 State of Ohio Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF) Conference during spring break. More than 200 students and adults arrived on March 18 to begin a weekend of worship, activities and sessions. Students stayed on campus and participated in tours of historic Bethany, including the Meeting House, and conducted a Regional Meeting with officer elections. Vesper Services were held each night with participation by Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations. Student leaders worked with Rev. Scott Thayer to lead Sunday morning services at the Bethany Memorial Church. Student workers, including D.O.C. students who had formerly attended the event, helped throughout the weekend. The event is hosted by Bethany College every four years.
Governor’s Schools Advisory Council Holds Charleston Meeting
Bethany College issued its final report as the host location for the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy (WVGHA) at the March 21-22 Governor’s Schools Advisory Council Meeting in Charleston, W.Va. Finishing her three-year stint as the Dean, Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs for Bethany College, reported on the activities for the summer 2010 session and continued duties on the Advisory Council by reviewing applications for the 2011 Academy. Joining the review session was Heather Taylor, Coordinator of the McCann Learning Center, who taught at the Academy for two years. WVGHA is a grant program awarded by the Department of Education and the Arts and the Albert J. Yanni Funds for three years to institutions of higher learning in the state. The Academy brought 540 high school honor students to campus throughout the three years it was held at Bethany College.
American Chemical Society Student Chapter Members Attend Conference
Six students of Bethany College’s Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society attended the PITTCON Conference and Expo 2011 in Atlanta, Ga., March 13-18. PITTCON is the world's largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science. Students learned about the field’s latest technology and instrumentation from more than 900 exhibitors and attended presentations on the applications of the technology in the laboratory. Attending Bethany students were Kenneth Barrows, Randall Corbitt, Patrick Milton, Michael Sawlsville, Christopher Smurthwaite and Lindsay Sobotka. Dr. Robert Paysen, Chair of the Department of Physical Science and Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry, and Dr. Lisa Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, accompanied the students.
|Football Team’s Boomer and Books Program Serves Community During Offseason
Bethany’s football team has stayed very busy this offseason — and not only with work in the weight room and classroom. Community service in the offseason is a major focus for the Bison, and the “Boomer and Books” read-aloud program continues to be a favorite of local elementary schools and Bethany players alike.
Boomer and Books puts Bison players into Ohio Valley elementary schools to read to students from preschool through third grade. Players read books to the students, give a message about the importance of education, and answer questions from the kids. After the books are finished, students are allowed to try on a real Bison helmet and meet the team’s mascot, Boomer.
The first stop for the program this spring was Franklin Primary School in Wellsburg on March 4. The Bison traveled to Corpus Christi school in Warwood on March 11. Several other visits are planned for the remainder of spring.
“We’re very proud of Boomer and Books. The young kids have a great time when our players come in, and our guys love doing it. It’s one of our events that when we ask for volunteers, we have to tell some guys no because the response is so great,” said Bethany Football Head Coach Tim Weaver. “Giving back to the community is very important to us. Many people have sacrificed to support our program’s efforts, and our staff and players appreciate it and try to do what we can to help the local area in whatever ways we can.”
Bethany College Japan Outreach to Raise Money for Earthquake/Tsunami Victims
Bethany College Japan Outreach is currently collecting donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. To help raise money, they will be holding a noodle dinner event, Friday, March 25, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Bethany Memorial Church. The Bethany College Japan Outreach is partnering, as they did for the 1995 Kobe earthquake, with Pittsburgh based Brothers Brother, to provide needed financial relief. To make a donation, visit www.brothersbrother.org or call BBF at 412-321-3160. For more information on Bethany's efforts, contact Fujiko Sawtarie, Professor of Computer Science, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Students Work to Earn CPR Certification
Members of the College’s Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Professions Club are working in coordination with the Wheeling chapter of the American Red Cross to become certified CPR/First Aid Instructors for the local area.
Alpha Xi Delta to Host Alumnae Brunch
The women of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College will be hosting an Alumnae Brunch in Commencement Hall at 10:30 a.m. on March 26. The brunch is designed to bring together the sisters of the past and present in hopes of connecting the gaps between years of attendance at Bethany College. The group hopes to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood and, with the help of the alumni, help give current members an even greater sense of their true potential.
President Valeria Flatley said, "We are so excited to be able to spend this time with our alumnae. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to catch up, share memories and learn from one another. Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential. Our alumnae are an integral part in this process and we look forward to getting together again as a family!”
Alpha Xi Delta national sorority was founded in 1893 at Lombard College, now Knox College, in Galesburg, Ill. Dedicated to the advancement of women’s education, leadership, scholarship, and service to the community, the sorority has more than 130,000 members.
Bookstore Stocks PAC Tournament Attire
Bethany’s Bookstore now features PAC Tournament Champ T-shirts in sizes small-XL for $20. Customers can call 304.829.7255 to make a purchase.
Wheeling Symphony Presents Music of Led Zeppelin
The Wheeling Symphony will present the Music of Led Zeppelin in the last performance of its College Concert Series (no charge to students with college ID and half-price tickets to faculty and staff), on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. For tickets, call 304.232.6191.
Buffalo Seminary Presents Comparative Theology Seminar with Dr. James Farwell
The conference will last from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and offers ½ CEU. The Bethany community is invited to attend the lectures at no cost. If individuals wish to join the group for lunch, a formal registration is needed. Participants can register on-line at www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/church-relations/. Call Dr. Larry Grimes at 304.559.8213 or e-mail email@example.com for further information.
Buffalo Seminary of Bethany College will present The Way, The Truth. . .and Other Religions: Comparative Theology Today on March 26 at the Mountainside Conference Center. The event will examine issues such as: “What is the meaning of my neighbor’s faith for myfaith?” and “How can deep engagement with another faith tradition enhance my own faith tradition?” Christians in America share a religious landscape with Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and those of many other traditions. Beyond the mere cultivation of tolerance, could it be that Christian faith can actually be better expressed after an encounter with other traditions’ religious texts, rituals and beliefs?
This conference will explore the new wave of “comparative” theology in which theology in one tradition is done by “passing over” into a sympathetic appreciation of another tradition and bringing that experience back to the original.
The morning will include time with The Rev. Dr. James Farwell, Thomas W. Phillips Professor of Religious Studies at Bethany College and a Fellow of the Luce Foundation’s Summer Seminars on Comparative Theology and Religious Pluralism. In the afternoon, participants will engage in discussion around a portion of Dr. Paul Knitter’s most recent book, “Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian.”
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
History and Political Science
The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies invited Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, to give a lecture on Russian writer Maxim Gorky. Lippman presented his work — “Maxim Gorky as a Religious Type” — at Pitt on March 23 to an audience of Russian history and religious studies scholars.
Marc B. Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies, spoke before an audience of 110 at Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, S.C., on March 6. His talk, “Mubarak's Egypt — And After,” expanded on his earlier comments in Bethany on the current political unrest in Egypt. He elaborated on its roots in Egyptian government policies over the past 30 years, the prospects for democratization, the role of the military and the Muslim Brotherhood in the transition, and implications for Israel and the United States.
Visual and Performing Arts
Herbert G. Weaver Jr., Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts, as well as his daughters Anda and Raven and wife Anita, completed a community service project for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) by painting a new sign for the organization located in Wellsburg, W.Va. The CASA chapter in Wellsburg (childsplacecasa.com) is managed by Rhonda Stubbs, Executive Director, who is a 1988 graduate of Bethany College.
Aaron Anslow, Adjunct Professor of Art, presented and defended his M.F.A. Senior Thesis Exhibition (March 11 - April 2, 2011) at the Mesaros Gallery, located in the Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University. Anslow's exhibition, titled "Immediacy and Gesture," features 30 salt-fired and wood-fired clay artworks completed in the last six months. "The attention to surface detail and clay body formulation on Aaron's work is simply captivating," said Herb Weaver, who attended the reception on March 18. Anslow is a 2006 graduate of Bethany College.
Former Bethany Soccer Coach Taal ’98 Named Head Coach for N.C. Wesleyan
N.C. Wesleyan has named Bethany graduate and former Bethany coach Frankie Taal ’98 the new head men’s soccer coach. Taal previously served as assistant coach for the Bishops for seven season after working almost 10 years as a player and coach at Bethany. He was a member of the College’s 1994 Division III National Championship team.
Berry College Promotes McDowell ‘87 To Full Professor
Berry College has granted full professor status to previously tenured Dr. Eric McDowell ‘87, a professor in the institution’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. McDowell has worked at Berry College since 1998 and holds a master’s degree from Miami University and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University.
Bethany Football to Hold 2011 Bison Classic Golf Outing
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on May 7 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Bethany College Alumni Council Seeks New Members
Would you like to give back to your Alma Mater? Volunteering as a member of the Bethany College Alumni Council is a great way to do just that, and the Council is seeking new members. The Alumni Council is comprised of alumni who are elected to govern the activities of the Alumni Association. In addition to attending two meetings on campus annually and assisting with Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, council members are assigned to a standing committee with various objectives.
Those interested in more information or in serving on the Alumni Council should contact Michele Rejonis in the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at email@example.com.
Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Boston area on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Nashville area on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend, to register for BASA, contact John Cunningham at (304) 639-0648 or
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Classes celebrating reunions include 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966 and 1971. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.