Volume V, Number XIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 28, 2011

Campus News
Bethany College Theatre Presents ‘The Increased Difficulty of Concentration’
The Bethany College Theatre will present “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration,” a play written by former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel. Performances will be held November 10-12 at 8 p.m. and November 13 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre.

Bethany to Host Veteran’s Panel Discussion
Bethany College will host a Veteran's Panel Discussion in honor of Veteran's Day on November 9 from 5-6 p.m. The event will be held in the College’s Academic Parlour in Old Main and is open to the public at no charge.

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Osborne Brings Business Experience with Apple Computer to Bethany Talk
John Osborne, Bethany College lecturer in business and economics, spoke with Bethany students, faculty and staff about his experiences working with Apple Computer on Thursday. Osborne is a ’63 Bethany graduate who earned his master’s degree from MIT and an MBA equivalent degree from Stanford University. Osborne has years of professional experience with companies such as IBM and Standard Oil of California, in addition to Apple Computer.

The event was sponsored by the Business and Economics Clubs.

Spanish Club Sponsors ‘Día De Los Muertos’ Celebration
Bethany’s 15th annual community-wide “Día de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) celebration was held to rave reviews on October 26. Sponsored by the Spanish Club and led by Club President Meghan Philp, the cultural celebration commemorated the event that is celebrated on November 1-2 each year throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Authentic Mexican-style food and drink, prayers, poetry and music in Spanish were enjoyed by a large number of Bethany students, staff and faculty. The event was organized by Joe Lovano, Anju Ramjee, Harald Menz and Kim Lawless.

Sororities Focus on Teamwork at Linsly Outdoor Center
Bethany sororities attended a teambuilding event on October 23 at the Linsly Outdoor Center. Jeff Hasis, Linsly Outdoor Center director, presented information on teambuilding as the group began the Center's program involving field activities and low ropes course exercises.

The Linsly Outdoor Center is a facility located adjacent to Racoon Creek State Park near Franklin Springs, Pa.   Forty-five members of Phi Mu, Alpha Xi Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha traveled to the Center to participate in Sunday’s half-day program. The students were accompanied by Zeta advisor Maggie Balistrerie, class of 1995, Alpha Xi advisor, Carol Tyler, and Bethany Trustee Marc B. Chernenko, and Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko, both Bethany 1978 graduates.     

Monigold Attends Ohio Valley History Expo
Sharon Monigold, Director of Bethany Heritage Program and Archivist, attended the Ohio Valley History Expo in Wheeling, W.Va., October 22. This event took place at the Ohio County Library and was sponsored by the Wheeling Heritage Roundtable. Members of the public attended the Expo to meet with featured historians, genealogists, preservationists and archivists to discover various local repositories that can be used for research into local history.

German Club Holds Successful ‘Do Deutsch’ Week
Old Main corridor was filled with fun on Friday night as the German Club and Student Life co-hosted a German-style Octoberfest. Students, faculty and administrators enjoyed a festive atmosphere and some friendly competition while participating in feats of strength, intelligence and coordination all designed to showcase German language and culture.  A menu was graciously provided by Chartwells for the event which was part of "Do Deutsch," a week of activities sponsored by the German Embassy and German Information Center. 

The week began on October 18 with the showing of “In July,” the first movie, in a short series of four movies of German-Turkish director Fatih Akin, enriching the understanding of the diversity of German culture. The day after featured an outreach activity involving students from Bethany’s Heidelberg Exchange program who visited German classes at Wheeling Park High school. The Heidelbergers came bearing presents of Do Deutsch T-shirts and other small gifts for the lively and interested young German scholars. Wednesday’s activities featured two speakers: David Winslow, an executive of the Germany-based Hosch International company, who lectured on German-American business relations, and an interactive bilingual poetry reading by Josef Immergrün Karst, father of 2010 graduate Leah Karst, who presented excerpts from his recently published volume “Neuland.” German professor Dr. Menz read some of his translations of Karst’s poems, while other audience members were invited to give their interpretive readings of Karst’s poetry. The author also signed his new books at the conclusion of his presentation.

In collaboration with Student Services and Chartwell’s, Friday’s Oktoberfest, held on the Old Main corridor, was the highlight of the festivities. Despite the chilly weather, an estimated 200 students, employees and community members enjoyed German-style food and drink, listened to traditional music, and engaged in a variety of competitions. The German Club Rave in Maxwell’s on Saturday night was equally well-attended.  Rounding off the week was another movie night featuring Akin’s film “Head-on” on Sunday.  To stress the cross-disciplinary importance of German language and culture, the final activity on Monday afternoon was a treasure hunt across campus, during which student teams had to answer German-related questions in all major departments on campus.

Support from the Hosch International Company and Hogfather’s Restaurant in Washington, Pa., as well as the generous funding received from the German Embassy, was a tremendous contribution to the events. Do Deutsch activities will continue. The dates for two more movies in the film series will be announced soon, and so will an essay contest, whose campus winner will entered into the nationwide competition for a free trip to Germany.

 

Comm Class Visits Heinz Field
Students in Bethany’s Sports Information Directing class recently toured Heinz Field for an up-close look at Steelers public relations strategy. The course is designed to cover sports public relations such as determining sports news, understanding various sports and the terminology used in writing sports copy, developing relationships with the media, using statistics in sports writing, understanding the importance of photography and more.

 

Drive with Pride: Introducing the Bethany College License Plate
Show how green you really are with the new Bethany College license plate.

Available to Bethany College alumni, employees, students, family members and friends, the Bethany plate is a custom-designed, special-issue offering for all Class A motor vehicles currently licensed in West Virginia.

The Bethany College Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is accepting applications NOW for the new plate. We must secure a minimum of 250 applications within the next few months to ensure that the plate is produced.
               
Don’t delay! Applications are available by calling (304) 829-7299, clicking here or writing:

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Bethany College
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
Email: alumni@bethanywv.edu

One Class A vehicle currently registered in West Virginia qualifies for one plate at a cost of $70 per plate. If you have more than one vehicle, order as many as you need!

The School of Education at Bethany College is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on April 15-17, 2012. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the institution, i.e. graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates.

We invite you to submit written comments to:

Board of Examiners
NCATE
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by email to: callforcomments@ncate.org

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the institution for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or institutions.

For questions, please contact Monica Siengo at: msiengo@ncate.org


Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

First-Year Studies
Bethany College students in their first year will soon choose their J-Term experience courses. These small seminar classes cover a variety of academic areas, such as psychology, the visual and performing arts, and communications, among many others. Students will be able to select old favorites, such as “Psychology in Television and the Movies,” “Readings in Rock Music Scholarship,” “Sports Information and Broadcasting,” and “Very Funny,” as well as new offerings, like “Psychology of Harry Potter,” “Hollywood Fairy Tales,” and “The Artist in War.”

Physical Sciences and Mathematics and Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lisa M. Reilly and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Adam C. Fletcher presented at the recent Appalachian College Association Summit in Asheville, N.C. Their presentation, Student Response Systems for Quantitative Literacy: (A) Yes, (B) No, (C) Maybe, discussed the use of clickers with symbolic manipulation capabilities in a liberal arts chemistry course. This presentation gave closure to a year-long ACA/Teagle Foundation quantitative literacy mini-grant received by the pair in August 2010 to purchase the symbolic response systems.

Recently, Bethany College and the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics hosted the 22nd Annual High School Mathematics Symposium at the Mountainside Conference Center.  Assistant Professor of Mathematics Adam C. Fletcher served as the local organizer and presented Who Put Jam in my Donut; or, Obstructions on a Torus, on the subject of algebraic topology. Welcoming remarks were made by Professor Emerita of Mathematics Mary Ellen Komorowski. Amongst the other speakers were alumna Jennifer M. Manor (mathematics/economics, 2008), assistant professor of mathematics at Pierpont Community College, who, with Doug Squire (WVU), presented Problems in Combinatorial Analysis – Learning to Count.  Assistant professor of chemistry Lisa M. Reilly presented on the application of mathematics to the sciences in Chemometrics: Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science in Chemistry.  In all, 20 students from four West Virginia high schools attended the day-long symposium and took part in the connected problem-solving competition.

Psychology
John Hull, professor of psychology, and his spouse, Debra Hull, professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University, and Christina Knopp ('08) have had the paper, "The Impact of Color on Ratings of 'Girl' and 'Boy' Toys," accepted for publication in the North American Journal of Psychology.

Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. David J. Rudari, assistant professor of music and director of the College Choir, was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University, in May 2011. Completing the requirements in December, 2011, he "walked" at the College Convocation, with his family in attendance.

This past summer, Rudari attended the Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy, and the Arts at St. John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota.  The conference focused on the implementation of the New Roman Missal.  Rudari, as a member of the Diocesan Music Sub-Committee, is leading two workshops for the Priests of the Wheeling and Clarksburg Vicariates on the implementation of the Chants of the new Missal. He is frequently seen as Cantor/Conductor for the Internet/Television broadcasts of the weekend Liturgies seen throughout the region (http://www.dwc.org/computer-information-systems/weekly-mass.html).

Rudari has been invited to serve as guest conductor for the Pittsburgh Diocese Senior High School Honors Choir in January 2012. He continues to maintain an active solo performing career and will appear as the title character in Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" at the Cathedral in April 2012. He will also give a recital and talk for the Dewitt Community Library (N.Y.) during the summer of 2012.


Alumni News
Gray ’09 Earns Master of Music
Casey Gray, who earned a degree from Bethany in music in 2009, was awarded the Master of Music in Voice Performance from the State University of New York College at Fredonia in May 2011. He was a student of Laurie Tramuta, who was the Mezzo Soprano Soloist for Bethany's performances of Messiah in 2006 and 2007.

Gray serves as organist for the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia and as a studio accompanist within the School of Music. He maintains a small vocal studio and is active as an accompanist and coach in a number of Chautauqua County Schools. Gray was named Chorusmaster for the Hillman Memorial Opera production of Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," which opens in November. He recently sang the role of "The Evangelist/Victim" in the world premiere of Dr. Sean Doyle's oratorio, "Samaritan," that was commissioned by First United Methodist Church in honor of their two hundredth anniversary celebration.

Award-Winning Chef Fischer ’80 Set to Open Fourth Restaurant
Mark Fischer '80, who graduated with a degree in biology and later went on to attend cooking school, will soon open his fourth restaurant. Fischer has become a nationally recognized and award-winning chef and restaurateur and is based in Denver, Colo. Esquire Magazine named his most recently opened restaurant in Glenwood Springs, Colo., The Pullman, one of the best new restaurants in the U.S.

 

1972 Phillips Hall RA Group Returns for Bethany Reunion
A 1972 Phillips Hall RA group recently returned to campus for a reunion after more than 30 years. They enjoyed a tour of the campus and had lunch with President Miller and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong at Bethany Club. Participants included Kathy Downey '75 (RA), Cheryl Mitchell Ellis '76, Cindy Seedhouse Walsh '76, Janet Banks-Mott '76, Kathy Ryan Hall '76 and Sue Erich '76.

 

Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


Bison Athletics
Bison Clinch #2 Seed with Win Over W&J
The Bethany College volleyball team (27-4) rolled to a 3-0 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) win over Washington & Jefferson Tuesday night, improving their record to 14-3 in the PAC and clinching the #2 seed in next week’s PAC Tournament.

Thomas More Edges Bison in Regular Season Finale
The Bethany College volleyball team closed the regular season on a down note Thursday with a 3-2 loss (25-16, 18-25, 28-26, 24-26, 11-15) to visiting Thomas More on Senior Night at Hummel Field House.

Bethany and Waynesburg Battle to 1-1 Draw
The Bethany College women’s soccer team kept its slim hopes for a berth in next week’s PAC Tournament alive by battling Waynesburg to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night

Bison Fall at Waynesburg 3-1
The Bethany College men’s soccer team scored the match’s first goal early in the second half, but host Waynesburg answered with three scores in less than 10 minutes to come away with a 3-1 victory over the Bison Wednesday night.

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

 

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