Volume IV, Number XXVI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
March 4, 2011

Campus News
Bethany College Founder’s Day Celebration Features Former Hague Judge and Auschwitz Survivor Thomas Buergenthal
Bethany College celebrated 171 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day on March 3. Festivities included the College’s traditional Founder’s Day Convocation in Commencement Hall.

Bethany College to Formally Install Komorowski as Matthew Quay Ammon Endowed Professor in Mathematics
Darin Fields, Bethany Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, announces the College’s March 8 Formal Investiture Ceremony officially installing Mary Ellen Komorowski, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, as this year’s Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics.

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Bethany Celebrates March Women’s Month with Full Schedule of Events
Bethany College will celebrate Women’s Month in March with a variety of events on women’s issues open to students, faculty and community members.

News Briefs
Buckelew Named Finalist for Professor of the Year Award

Professor of Biology Albert R. Buckelew and President Scott D. Miller attended a banquet in Charleston on Tuesday evening honoring the finalists for the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia’s 2010 Professor of the Year Award. This is the second time in three years that a Bethany professor has been chosen for the honor. Buckelew was presented his award by James Casto, President of the Board of Directors for the Faculty Merit Foundation.

Edward Snyder, a geology professor at Shepherd University, received the first-place award, while Robert Rupp, a history and political science professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was the runner-up. Other finalists were Maria Carmen Riddel, a modern languages professor at Marshall University, and John Taylor, an education professor at Glenville State College.

Phi Chapter Celebrates Month of Service
Six Brothers of the Phi Kappa Tau Phi Chapter volunteered at the Wheeling Soup Kitchen in downtown Wheeling on February 26. The group spent the morning organizing food donations to the non-profit organization. This was the first of many trips the Brothers of Phi Chapter will be making to local charities to volunteer their time and services.

The Phi Chapter — in an effort to celebrate their “Founder’s Month of Service,” which commemorates the month surrounding the fraternity’s founding date on March 17, 1906 — is holding a campus-wide, month-long clothes drive. Clothes will be donated to the Wheeling Soup Kitchen. The group has a goal of 500 pounds and invites campus and community members to participate.

Alpha Xi Delta to Sponsor Take Back the Night
The women of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College will host Take Back the Night on March 6 from 12-2:30p.m. at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Health & Recreation Center. During the event the sisters will raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse towards women. Joyce Britt from the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center will speak on sexual assault and prevention. From 12:45-1:30 p.m. Debbie McKay will instruct a self-defense class. Debbie has more than 20 years of experience in karate and self-defense. She has taught karate for eight years at Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, W.Va., and has instructed classes at West Virginia Northern Community College as well as with Ohio County Schools and at a Bethany seminar.

At 1:30 p.m. male students on campus are invited to participate in Walk a Mile in her Shoes. Participants will sponsor the men to walk laps around the track in high heels for $2/lap. Proceeds will be donated to V-Day, an international organization organized to help stop violence toward females. Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students, and Gary Morgan, Director of Safety and Security, will conclude the event by leading the group on a walk through campus to point out areas of concern regarding safety.

“We hope to raise awareness of the importance of women’s issues and safety, especially during Bethany College’s Women month,” said Delta Chapter President Valerie Flatley. “It is important to constantly be aware of what we can do to be safe and defend ourselves if necessary.”

Phi Mu Participates in National Ritual Celebration Week
The inaugural National Ritual Celebration Week will be observed March 1 – 7, 2011.  During this week, fraternity and sorority chapters, campus communities and inter/national organizations will raise awareness of the importance of ritual and allow members to reflect personally on their organization’s ritual while embracing the ritual of other interfraternal organizations.

“Through activities and discussions, members will reflect on why our organization was founded, why fraternities/sororities have rituals, what it means to live by one’s ritual, celebrate the interfraternal community and what being a member of an organization with a ritual means to them personally,” said Nancy Hitt, Chapter President. 

National Ritual Celebration Week will intentionally end on March 7, 2011, which is the National Panhellenic Conference International Badge Day.  Additional information about International Badge Day can be found at www.npcwomen.org. National Ritual Celebration Week was created by Phi Mu Fraternity in December 2010.  To learn more about National Ritual Celebration Week, visit www.phimu.org/nationalritualweek

Wheeling Symphony Presents Music of the Beatles Concert
The Wheeling Symphony will present a Music of the Beatles concert featuring Classical Mystery Tour on March 11 at Capitol Theater. College tickets are being offered for $5.50 and can be ordered by calling 304.232.6191. 

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

International Studies
Marc Sable, Director of International Studies, attended a February 28 workshop at Pikeville College on designing and managing faculty-led international travel courses. Topics included course design, location selection, recruitment, group management and health and safety issues.  The workshop was sponsored by the Appalachian College Association and was funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Phillips Library
Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries & Learning Resources, was selected to serve on the planning committee for the 2011 Appalachian College Association Summit.  The committee met at the University of Charleston in West Virginia on February 21 to begin preparations for the 14th Annual Summit, which is scheduled for October 13-15, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville, N.C. 

Physical Education and Sports Studies
Kosmas Mouratidis, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies, attended a meeting of the executive committee of  WVAHPERD in Bridgeport, W.Va. The committee was gathered to discuss and finalize preparations for the 2011 WVAHPERD Convention and to prepare for the AAHPERD Convention in San Diego in April.  Mouratidis serves as the Vice-President Elect for Higher Education for this organization.

Alumni News
Wegener ’04 Wins Fulbright Research Grant
Bethany College graduate Tessa Wegener ’04 was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Grant, which will allow her to conduct nine months of research in Vienna, Austria, toward the completion of her dissertation. She is a Ph.D. candidate in German Studies at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from the University
of Kentucky. In 2007-2008, she taught German at Bethany College.

Just ’02 Named Laurel Highlands Football Coach
The Laurel Highlands School Board (Pa.) has unanimously approved the hiring of football coach Zach Just, a 2002 Bethany graduate who now holds a five-year contract to coach the Mustangs. Just was raised in western Pennsylvania and reports that he looks forward to returning to his native region. Following his 2002 graduation from Bethany, he coached eight football seasons in Virginia and South Carolina.

Bison Athletics
Listen to The Bison's NCAA Tournament Game Live Online
Bison Fans, your men's basketball team is beginning their pursuit of a national title Friday night when they play Manchester (Ind.) College at Wooster in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Even if you can't make it out to Ohio to watch the game, you can follow all the action from your home. Bethany Sports Information Director Brian Rose will be calling all games and you can access the audio broadcast for free here...


In addition, you can follow Live Stats provided by Wooster by clicking... http://livestats.prestosports.com/wooster/

A Bison win Friday over Manchester advances them into the second round Saturday night at 7 p.m. against either Wooster or Benedictine (Ill). You will be able to follow that game through audio and live stats as well at the links above. So be sure to follow every step of your Bethany Bison's trip through the NCAA Tournament from your computer.

Bison Begin National Title Chase Friday Against Manchester
Making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, the Bethany College men’s basketball team will begin its pursuit of a national championship Friday night at 5:30 in a first round match-up against Manchester (Ind.) College in one of two opening round games at the College of Wooster (Ohio).

Bison Lacrosse Loses Season Opener to Division II St. Andrews
The Bethany College men’s lacrosse team opened its first season as the 21st varsity sport at the school with a loss to Division II St. Andrews Presbyterian College out of North Carolina Thursday afternoon at Bison Stadium.

Bethany Men Second in PAC All-Sports Trophy Race
The Bethany College men’s athletic program is in second place in the PAC All-Sports Trophy race following the completion of the winter sports season.

Bethany's Alexander and Wilcox Named All-PAC
Two members of the Bethany College PAC champion men’s basketball team were honored with All-PAC recognition Tuesday when junior British Alexander (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) was named First Team and sophomore Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp.) received Second Team distinction.

Three Bison Women Named All-PAC
A trio of Bethany College women’s basketball players were recognized with Honorable Mention All-PAC status when the conference announced its all-star teams over the weekend at the PAC Tournament.

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


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