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.
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.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
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.
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.
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.