Volume V, Number XXVII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 24, 2012

Campus News
Bethany College Founder's Day to Feature Historian and Johns Hopkins Visiting Scholar Dr. D. Duane Cummins
Bethany College will celebrate 172 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder's Day Thursday, March 1. Festivities will include the traditional Founder’s Day Convocation at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall featuring guest speaker Dr. D. Duane Cummins. A former president of Bethany College, Cummins serves as a visiting scholar in history at Johns Hopkins University, teaching advanced courses in history to graduate students since his retirement as President of Bethany College in 2002.

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Bethany Represented at Higher Education Day at Legislature
Bethany College joined West Virginia’s private and public colleges and universities for the annual Higher Education Day at the Legislature at the Capitol in Charleston, February 10.

Dr. Mort Gamble, assistant to the president, and M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts, represented the College during ceremonies at the office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and on the floors of the House of Delegates and Senate. Proclamations were read at all three locations honoring the contributions of the state’s institutions of higher education.

Bethany also fielded a popular display in the Upper Rotunda of the Capitol. Among the visitors was State Sen. Jack Yost (D-Brooke).

The annual celebration of state higher education is sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, headquartered in Charleston.

Buffalo Seminary to Host Workshop on "Preaching and Praying Holy Week"
On March 8-9 Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College will sponsor a workshop on "Preaching and Praying Holy Week" with Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston '74. The next Buffalo Seminary event will be the 2012 Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be delivered on March 26-27 by Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),  To register for either or both, go to http://www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/church-relations/buffalo-seminary/workshops-and-events/

Taiko Drumming Group Performs
Bethany College Taiko Drumming Group was the main performer for the Multicultural Day at Brooke High School on February 17. The group gave superb performance and received standing ovation.

The group was formed out of the Bethany College Japan Outreach program. The group drums to promote awareness and understanding of Japanese culture. Taiko drumming is powerful, dynamic and fun.

The group members performed at Brooke High School were students George Cothran, Chelsea Marshal, Jamez Murray-Earliwine, Ashley Pack and Khristian Smith and professors Fujiko Sawtarie, Melanee Sinclair and Sachiko Wood. Nobuyuki Tanaka is the coordinator for the group.

The group is also invited as a main performer for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Ohio University, Athens Ohio,  on April 15.

Bethany Theatre to Present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
The Bethany College Theatre Department will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” March 29 — 31 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany College Campus.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a witty and irreverent musical comedy that takes place in ancient Rome and is inspired by the absurd comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus. The show, directed in this production by Bethany College senior Patrick McGregor and features senior Joey Albus in the lead role of Pseudolus, tells the story of a slave trying to win his freedom by playing matchmaker with his young master and the girl next door. Various hilarious situations ensue, including masquerades, mistaken identities, cross-dressing and one very funny funeral.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. In its original 1962 Broadway run, it won several Tony Awards, including best Musical and Best Book. It has since enjoyed several revivals and was made into a successful film.

For ticket information please contact the Bethany College Theatre Box Office at (304) 829-7124.

High-Performance Computer Contest Offers Cash Prizes to Students
West Virginia High-Performance Computational Resources will award cash prizes in a competition open to West Virginia undergraduate students during spring 2012, according to a promotional announcement by the program.

Students or student teams will be challenged to find “novel, innovative and effective uses” of High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources. They “will submit a brief abstract detailing how they used HPC tools to solve a problem by using computations that are not practical without the power of HPC.”

One first-place prize of $1,000 and one second-place prize of $500 will be awarded in this competition.

The application deadline is February 29, 2012; the submission deadline is April 1, 2012. Complete rules and contest details are available at www.wvhpcr.com.

High-Performance Computing is the use of supercomputers or clusters of computers to solve difficult computational problems arising from scientific research.

West Virginia High Performance Computational Resources is an initiative of the WVEPSCoR RII High Performance Computing Training Support Program. Its mission is “preparing West Virginia’s future workforce in High Performance Computing by working with West Virginia’s primarily undergraduate institutions to provide awareness, advice, training, and assistance with incorporating HPC tools in their curriculum.”

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor of Theatre, Tracie Lynn Duncan, is designing sets and lights for the New Players Theater (NPT) production of GOD OF CARNAGE. The play opens Thursday, March 1 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center and runs Thursday - Sunday until March 18.  NPT has brought together four of the capitol city’s most celebrated actors for the Columbus premiere of this Olivier, Tony, and Pulitzer winning comedy. In the play, two affluent Brooklyn couples meet to discuss a violent incident between their 11 year-old sons. An attempt at civilized discourse releases the primal instincts of these one-percenters, leaving us to suspect where the boys learned their bad behavior in the first place.
More information can be found at www.newplayers.org.

Alumni News
Bethany Alum Named Coach of the Year
Bethany Alum and Hartwick head coach Todd McGuinness '02 was selected by his peers as the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year. McGuinness has led the Hawks to the Empire 8 Tournament for the second straight year. Hartwick finished the regular season with a record of 23-2 which ties the program-high for wins. The Hawks also set a record for most conference wins with 12.

Click here to view the article.

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 May 4-May 6, 2012. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than March 9, 2012. Nominations can be sent via email to alumni@bethanywv.edu, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Classes celebrating reunions include 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1972. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2012 slated for May 4-6. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.  For additional information, contact Sean Regan at (304) 829-7238 or sregan@bethanywv.edu.

Attention Bethany College’s Class of 1977!
The organizing of your 35-year reunion has begun.  Please email alumni@bethanywv.edu if you are interested in details about this Homecoming reunion or join the Facebook group “Bethany College Class of 1977: 35th Class Reunion.”

Bison Athletics
#25 Bethany Moves Into Title Game with 82-69 Win Over W&J
Junior Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) scored a career-high 29 points and junior James Barton (Bethel Park, Pa.) added 21 as the 25th-ranked Bethany College men’s basketball team held off upstart Washington & Jefferson for an 82-69 win Thursday in the PAC Tournament Semifinals.

Bethany Heads to Thomas More in Search of PAC Title
After pulling away for a quarterfinal victory Tuesday, the Bethany College women’s basketball team will travel to Thomas More this weekend in search of the program’s first PAC championship since the 2003-04 season.

Bison Set to Begin Second Lacrosse Season
The Bethany College men’s lacrosse program will begin its second season Feb. 27th with a home game against Hanover (Ind.) College, as the Bison return six players who saw significant time in the program’s inaugural campaign.

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


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