Volume IV, Number XXXVIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
June 17, 2011

Campus News
Bethany Welcomes Fulbright Scholar in Arabic Language, Culture
Bethany College announces the addition of a Fulbright Scholar in Arabic for the 2011-2012 academic year. Muna ALMerri of Bahrain will instruct elementary Arabic 1 and 2, as well as a course addressing topics in modern Arabic culture and society.

Bethany College Welcomes Five New Faculty for 2011-2012
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of five new faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year. The faculty additions are: Dr. Jennifer Franko, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. Jesse Janeshek, Visiting Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Edward Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Education; Dr. Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education; and Dr. David Youngberg, Assistant Professor of Economics.

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Spanish and German Clubs Travel to Chile
Student and faculty representatives of Bethany College’s Spanish and German Clubs recently returned from a two-week May educational trip to Chile.

Bethany College Announces Spring 2011 President’s List and Dean’s List
Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2010-11 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.

Bethany College Partners with Consortium to Enrich Student Learning
The Teagle Foundation of New York has approved a planning grant of $15,000 for a group of five private colleges, including Bethany College, in West Virginia and Virginia for a “Collaborative Course Delivery” project.

News Briefs
Bethany Featured in State Magazine, Goldenseal
Bethany College is featured in the summer 2011 issue of Goldenseal, West Virginia’s magazine of traditional life, published by the Division of Culture and History in Charleston.

The issue contains an article, co-authored by Dr. Mort Gamble and Laura Cramblet, which chronicles the history of the Wellsburg-to-Bethany trolley line. The railway served Brooke County from 1908 through the mid-1920’s.  Several historic photos of the trolley and Bethany from that period are included.

Gamble’s article on circus life in West Virginia was published in the fall 2009 issue of the magazine.

More information on Goldenseal is available at The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305; chgoldenseal@wv.gov; phone 304-558-0220.

Miller, Fields Attend Appalachian College Association Meeting
President Miller and Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, attended the Annual Meeting of the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Monday and Tuesday hosted by Mars Hill College near Asheville, N.C. Presidents and academic vice presidents of the ACA member institutions meet each summer to formulate plans for the new academic year.

Bethanian Dr. Paul Chewning (’75) is President of the ACA.

Dr. Miller was elected to the Executive Committee of the 36 member Board of Directors at the meeting.

The Appalachian College Association is a non-profit consortium of 36 private liberal arts colleges and universities spread across the central Appalachian mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to achieve its goals, which include promoting cooperation and collaboration among its member institutions to serve the people of Appalachia through higher education and related services.

Bethany President Elected to AALI and AS, Inc. Boards
President Miller has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) and Academic Search (AS), Inc.

He is one of 11 members of The American Academic Leadership Institute Board.  AALI, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization which works to strengthen academic leadership in all sectors of public and private higher education.

AALI’s services include:

  • Identification and development of leadership talent
  • Seminars and workshops for academic leaders in various administrative positions to enable them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve
  • Consultation to academic leaders and boards of trustees concerning traditional and emerging issues facing higher education and its governance
  • Assistance during periods of administrative leadership transition
  • Support for higher education research and publications

He is one of five members of the Academic Search Board. According to the organization’s web site, Academic Search has been the leader in the design and implementation of search processes for college and university senior executives since 1976.  Over 1000 client institutions later, Academic Search has established a set of “best practices” that meet the highest standards and expectations of our clients.

Bethany Staff Appointed to New Positions
Bethany staff members Deidra Hall-Nuzum, Stephanie Kappel, Merlinda Lees and Justin Miller have recently assumed new responsibilities at the College. Hall-Nuzum, who previously served as Director of Personnel Services, has been appointed to the position of Executive Assistant to the President. Kappel, former Executive Assistant to the President, is now Director of Student Records and Retention. Lees, whose history at Bethany includes work in admissions and as an assistant in alumni and parent relations, now serves as the College’s Director of Personnel Services. Miller, former Enrollment Counselor, is now serving as the College’s Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

2011 graduate Ryan McFadden has accepted a position as Enrollment Counselor.

Old Main Journal Continues Summer Schedule
The Old Main Journal will continue its monthly publication schedule for the summer. The next Old Main Journal will be released on July 15. Regular weekly publication will resume on August 19.

Alumni News
Roberts ‘90 Helps Tornado Victims with Joplin Comedy Show
Bethany communications graduate Rik Roberts ’90 will perform in the Stand Up for Joplin comedy show at Lifepoint Church on June 18. Proceeds will benefit Convoy of Hope and its efforts to help individuals affected by the recent tornadoes in Joplin, Mo.

Simms ’72 Under Consideration for Superintendent Position
Cynthia Simms, interim superintendent of the Los Gatos Union School District, is being considered as a potential new superintendent for the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District in California. If the proposed three-year contract is approved by the Board of Trustees, Simms will begin work in her new position in July. Simms graduated from Bethany in 1972 with a degree in elementary education. She earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Virginia and a master’s in public administration and a doctorate in school administration from the University of Denver.

Lohmann ’98 Nominated for Emmy
Dan Lohmann ’98 has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work at Pikewood Creative. View one of the commercials nominated by visiting http://www.pikewoodcreative.com/united-bank-anticipation/.  

Irish America Magazine Names McCann ’80 One of Year’s Top 100 Irish Americans
Bob McCann ‘80, CEO of UBS Wealth Management Americas, has been named a 2011 Top 100 Irish American by Irish America magazine for excellence in the field of business. Irish America has published the list annually for 25 years.

McDormand ’79 Wins First Tony Award
Bethany alum Frances McDormand ’79 recently won her first Tony Award in recognition of her performance as best leading actress in a play. McDormand played a South Boston blue-collar woman in David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People.”

Reed Smith Named to Law360's Global 20 list
A series of smart mergers helped Reed Smith LLP quickly expand its international capabilities and offer superior cross-border support to some of the world's largest multinationals — including Johnson & Johnson, General Electric Co., Bank of America Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. — in 22 offices across three continents, winning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 list.

Gregory Jordan '81, global managing partner at Reed Smith, serves as Chair of the Bethany College Board of Trustees.

Alumni & Friends
More than 60 people joined President Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong at an Alumni & Friends event in Pittsburgh, June 4, at the Reed Smith Center. The gathering was hosted by Greg Jordan ‘81. From the Reed Smith terrace, guests enjoyed great views of the city and fireworks following a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. To view photos from the event, click here.

Nashville Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted at the residence of Bill ’75 and Bell Newton on Tuesday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m. For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Boston Area Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted at the residence of Jeffrey ’78 and Nancy Seglin on Saturday, July 23 from 1-3 p.m. For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in California.

  • Saturday, August 6 – San Diego
  • Monday, August 8 – San Francisco

Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Adds Field Hockey as 22nd Varsity Sport; Names Coach
Bethany College has announced the addition of women’s field hockey as its 22nd varsity sport beginning in the fall of 2012, according to Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver.

Bethany Names David Dow Head Swimming & Diving Coach
State University of New York, Cortland assistant David Dow has been selected as the new head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Bethany College, as announced by Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver.

Bethany Women's Track Earns PAC Sportsmanship Award
For the third consecutive year, the Bethany College women’s track and field program was honored with the PAC Sportsmanship Award when all six spring sports awards were recently announced by the conference office.

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


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