Bethany’s PASS Program Chosen for National Attention
Bethany’s Program for Academic and Social Success (PASS) has been chosen by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) as one of eight outstanding programs submitted to their College Access and Success project. The goal of the project is to highlight programs that demonstrate success in reaching out to underserved student populations and improving access to a college education.
The eight programs were shared with members of President Barack Obama’s staff as models in support of the president’s goal of making the United States the country with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. The PASS program was also cited repeatedly this past week at the NAICU’s annual conference.
The PASS program is designed to assist students with identified learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. It is housed in the McCann Learning Center in Cramblet Hall under the leadership of Dr. Christine Sampson and includes a staff of three fulltime and three adjunct learning specialists. Students who participate in the program must first be admitted to the institution. Among the activities provided by the program are weekly 1:1 appointments (up to four per week) with Learning Center staff, as well as 1:1 instruction in Multisensory Language, Learning Strategies, time management skills and organization skills. Students also have the option to take part in social support groups and social coaching. Throughout the past four years, the PASS program has posted a nearly 85% retention rate from year to year among its participants. Further, a majority of the students who leave Bethany do not leave higher education altogether, but rather transfer to other institutions.
Bethany has also developed another program to improve access to college, the Beth-Bridge program, designed to identify students who exhibit potential to be successful but lack academic skills necessary to realize that potential. Bethany only invites students into the program who demonstrate a sincere interest in attending college, but whose records indicate that there will be great benefits gained from a meaningful early college experience. This two-week summer program consists of several preparatory courses for academic credit, transition-to-college workshops and planned on- and off-campus activities. Students continue their relationship with Learning Center staff through the first semester, and beyond at the student’s request.
Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Construct Mandala Sand Painting at Bethany
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting February 8-11 at Bethany College. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The Opening Ceremony will be held on February 8 at 7 p.m. The Closing Ceremony will be held on February 11 at 4 p.m. Both events — which will feature chants, music and dance — will take place in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall. The monks will continue to work in Commencement Hall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on February 9-10 and from 10 a.m. through the Closing Ceremony on February 11. The public is welcome to attend.
The monks’ visit is part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a world tour co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling. The tour, endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and operated under the guidance of Drepung Loseling Monastery (re-established in exile in south India), was designed to make a contribution to world peace and healing through sacred art; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.
Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half will be distributed to the audience at the Closing Ceremony on February 11, while the remainder will be carried to Buffalo Creek, where it will be deposited. The waters carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. A reception will follow the Closing Ceremony.
Employee Fundraising Campaign Benefits United Way
As a partner in the community, Bethany College will be supporting the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and the agencies it serves through an employee fundraising campaign. Although the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley benefits most of the northern panhandle counties, this year the funds raised in Brooke County will STAY in Brooke County. Some of the organizations that receive support from the United Way include the Brooke County Committee on Aging, the Brooke County 4-H, the Salvation Army and the Brooke County Library to name just a few. A gift of $1 per week – the cost of two cans of soda – will provide a child of a low-income family with two days of quality daycare and two senior adults with escorted transportation for an appointment OR it will provide four seniors with a nutritious meal at a congregate site, provide two adult scout volunteers with basic training and a homeless person with one night’s shelter and meals. A pizza party will be held in the spring for the employees who elect to participate in the campaign.
Bethany President on Capitol Hill
President Miller was active on Capitol Hill this week, a period tabbed by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) as “Higher Education Week.” On Monday, he attended NAICU briefings on private college national public policy issues by Dr. David Warren, NAICU President, and his staff. He also participated in discussions on education policy with: Luke Swarthout, senior education policy advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; David Baime, Vice President for Government Relations, American Association of Community Colleges; David Shulenburger, Vice President of Association of Public and Land Grant Colleges; and David Skorton, President, Cornell University. A national media discussion was led by David Gregory, Moderator, Meet the Press, and Charlie Cook, Publisher, The Cook Political Report, and National Journal Columnist. On Tuesday, he attended a higher education discussion with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and an economic impact analysis led by David Leonhardt, New York Times Economics Scene columnist. The afternoon was devoted to visits to the offices of the West Virginia congressional delegation.
Coke Is It – for Bethany College
After completion of a comprehensive bidding process, a new five-year agreement between Bethany College and Coca-Cola, the largest beverage company in the world, makes Coca-Cola the exclusive beverage provider for the College in both vending and fountain service areas. As a part of the agreement, Coca-Cola will run customized marketing promotions each semester and collaborate on campus activities and events.
New equipment was installed in the Benedum Commons Dining Hall, Boomer’s and the Bethany Beanery over January Term. Vending equipment additions and upgrades will be placed throughout campus during the month of February, including the Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreational Center, Cummins Community Center and Cramblet Hall.
To kick off the new partnership Coca Cola will be running a promotion with Chartwell’s to give away a Pittsburgh Steeler jersey and lift tickets at Seven Springs during the Spring Semester with raffle registration at the on-campus dining locations.
Bethany President Attends Council of College and
University Presidents (DoC) Meeting
President Miller attended the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Council of College and University Presidents of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Sunday night in Washington, D.C. The Council represents the 14 colleges and universities in covenant relationship with the Church.
Dr. David Arnold, President of Eureka College, is chair of the Council. Other members of the Executive Committee include Dr. Butch Drake, President of Midway College, Dr. Ken Garren, President of Lynchburg College, and Dr. Miller.
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College Web Site Features Weekly Bethany Trivia
Bethany College’s web site, www.bethanywv.edu, now features a trivia question dealing with Bethany’s rich past. Questions will change weekly, and topics will include presidents, faculty, fraternities and sororities, sports, noted alumni, campus buildings and more. Visit the Bethany College home page to find out how much you know about the state’s oldest degree-granting institution!
Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or email@example.com for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.
Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.
Applications must be postmarked by May 28.
Financial Aid Reminder: File Your FAFSA
For New Year
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.
Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:
Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Basketball Games to be Web Cast
After successful video web casts in the fall of selected football and men's and women's soccer games, Bethany has scheduled video web casts of three basketball doubleheaders coming up later in the season. Videos can be viewed live and can be found in the archived files by clicking on the following link: http://secure.stretchinternet.com/demo/games.php?user=bethanywv&o=cal_stamp&sd=today.
The video web casting project is done in cooperation between the Bethany Communication and Sports Information departments. Jeff Pfister oversees the project and works with interested students in producing the broadcasts, which fans can view for free.
The three scheduled doubleheaders that fans will be able to watch include key men's and women's games against PAC rivals as the regular season winds down and positioning for the PAC Tournament intensifies. In addition to the three doubleheaders, any contests hosted by Bethany in the PAC Tournament will be video web cast as well.
Sat., Feb. 6 vs. Grove City (Women at 2 p.m./Men at 4 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 10 vs. Saint Vincent (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
In addition to the video web casts, Bison fans will also be able to follow their hoops teams on the road throughout January and February. Bethany Sports Information Director Brian Rose will be on site when the basketball squads go on the road to provide audio web casts. Fans can access those feeds by clicking on the following link: http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=3724. Match-ups scheduled for free audio web casts are below but schedules are subject to change, so be sure to check out Bethany's athletic web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics to find out when you can follow your Bison hoops teams in their pursuits of PAC Championships.
Sat., Feb. 13 at Thomas More (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 17 at Chatham (Women at 7 p.m.) PAC Tournament Schedules TBA
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Visual and Performing Arts
David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music, has been invited to serve as cantor/soloist for the two Rite of Election Services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse (N.Y.) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on February 20 and 21. Thomas M. Andino, Director of Music and Organist at Rudari’s home parish, St. Michael/St. Peter, will serve as organist. The Rite of Election is a service in which the Bishop receives individuals who seek initiation into the Catholic Church and their Godparents/sponsors, and the Church formally recognizes their readiness. Clergy, religious, lay leaders and parishioners of every parish in the diocese will attend to show community support.
Given the size of the Syracuse Diocese and the number of people attending the service, the Diocese performs the rite twice during the weekend of the First Sunday of Lent. The Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, who was installed as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse in May 2009, will preside. These services mark Rudari’s first performances in ministry at the Syracuse Cathedral after a fifteen-year absence.
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. James Farwell, Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities, presented a paper on "Jean-Luc Marion's Phenomenology of Faith and Its Relationship to Liturgical Action" at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in January. The paper was presented to a group of scholars working on emerging critical resources for the study of liturgy and ritual.
Faculty Fundraising Efforts
The Social Work Department’s fundraiser in December for the Women’s Shelter in Wheeling resulted in donations that supplied 12 women at the Center with bags that included a $25 gift card, personal supplies and candy. Additional donations made possible through the efforts of the faculty, staff and students included a new vacuum and dryer for the facility. A staff member reported that a woman came into the Center on Christmas day, following a domestic violence incident that caused her to be hospitalized, and cried when receiving the bag. The items donated had a total value of more than $1,000.
Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Spangler’s Halftime String Band raised $550 for Haiti Relief last Friday.
Jeffrey Seglin ‘78 Featured on Fox25 Morning Show
Jeffrey Seglin, a 1978 graduate of Bethany College, was featured on Monday’s Morning Show at Fox25, Boston’s Fox affiliate, for his work on handling ethical dilemmas. Seglin, who also authored a column in this month’s Real Simple magazine, answered a variety of ethical questions on issues such as relationships, sporting events, charitable donations and more. To view the interview, visit www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/morning/ethical-dilemmas.
In addition to his undergraduate degree from Bethany, Seglin earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. To learn more, visit Seglin’s web site at www.jeffreyseglin.blogspot.com.
Amanda McCoy Releases New CD
The Coshocton Tribune featured Bethany 2009 graduate Amanda McCoy for her work as a musician. McCoy, who received a bachelor’s degree in music from Bethany, recently released a CD, “Jade.” She credited Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music at Bethany, for being her mentor and was quoted as saying,” Even after college, he keeps pushing me to step out of my comfort zone. That was one of my most important life experiences."
To read the entire story, click here.
Merial Taintor ’66 Honored by Cambridge Who’s Who
Cambridge Who’s Who recently recognized Bethany graduate Merial G. Taintor ’66 for her excellence in teaching reading and music with Leon County Schools in Florida. While a student at Bethany, she earned her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in music, art and drama.
For more on the story, click here.
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.
Attention Florida Alumni and Friends!
Please join President Scott D. Miller at an upcoming gathering in your area.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
260 1st Avenue South #100
Sunday, February 21, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Estero Country Club at The Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Vibeke Toohill Alpizar '74
Thursday, February 25, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Richard '70 & Linda '71 Hull
To RSVP or for the complete address, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or email@example.com .
Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.
While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany's Testa Voted to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team
Bethany senior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) has been voted to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II Men’s Basketball team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Bethany Edges Thiel 55-52 for First Road Win
Sophomore Audra Droginske’s (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) lay-up with 45 seconds to play broke a 51-51 tie and the Bethany College women’s basketball team held on to come away with a 55-52 victory at Thiel Wednesday night.
Bethany Falls in Thriller at Thiel 86-84
Senior forward Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) scored a career-high 35 and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to keep Thiel from pulling out an 86-84 victory over the Bethany men’s basketball team Wednesday night.
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Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.