Tibetan Buddhist Monks Hold Closing Ceremony
After four days of meticulous work, the visiting Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery completed the construction of a Mandala Sand Painting at Bethany College. The Closing Ceremony was held on March 11 at 4 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The event was open to the public, and community members from Bethany and the surrounding area attended.
The monks’ visit was 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.
After finishing the mandala, the monks swept up the sand as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. Half was distributed to the audience at the Closing Ceremony, and the remainder was carried to Buffalo Creek, where it was deposited. The waters carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world. A reception followed the event.
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New Group Connects Students with Interest in Religion, Spirituality
Bethany College has initiated a new group for all persons interested in religion and spirituality. “The Connection” was founded to help establish connections on campus between all persons of faith, regardless of denomination, tradition or lack of tradition. “The Connection” provides an opportunity for students to connect with other people on campus in an atmosphere of friendship and acceptance. The group, an officially recognized student organization, welcomes all persons whose search for spiritual things is leading them to a deeper understanding of life. “The Connection” meets weekly on Thursday nights — beginning with a meal together in the cafeteria at 5:30 pm, followed by activities of friendship, reflection and fun at locations to be announced each week. Everyone is welcome.
Psychology Club and Department Attend
Eastern Psychological Association Conference
For the first time, all professors in the Psychology Department, as well as several students, attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association conference held in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Mark Affeltranger, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology, presented a poster titled “Remembered visual standard intensity is critical for the validity of sensory scales,” completed in conjunction with students Joe Testa and Mike Mucklewicz. Dr. John Hull, Professor of Psychology, presented “Relationships among levels of exercise and perceived obstacles and benefits” with Dr. Debra Hull, Emily Borchers, Andrea Bova, Monica Prieur and Cassandra Sanderson of Wheeling Jesuit University. Dr. Katrina Cooper, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of First Year Studies, presented “Detection of hormonal changes: Reactions and opinions toward women during menstrual changes” with Leann Romitti and Brittany McAdoo, as well as “Self Compassion” with Jena Hatmaker. In addition to Leann Romitti, Brittany McAdoo and Jena Hatmaker, who presented at the conference, students from Bethany’s Psychology Club also attended this trip. They included Meghan DeLorenzo, Kaitlyn DuLaney, Taylor Morris and Austin Walters.
After attending talks given by world-class psychological researchers, attendees had the opportunity to take in the sights, history and culture of New York City. Highlights included a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, a visit to the World Trade Center Memorial Visitor Center, shopping in Manhattan and walks through Central and Battery Parks.
Bethany Hosts Summer 2010 Camps
Bethany College has a busy summer schedule with educational, sports, band and retreats planned for most of the summer.
Governor’s Honors Academy
Bethany College will host the 2010 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy June 26 – July 18, 2010. On campus for the three-week residential program will be 180 rising high school seniors taking intensive and broad-based classes and participating in a daily seminar session, educational events and interactive activities. This will be the final year of a three-year grant award program funded by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts for Bethany College.
Bethany College’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Andrew Sachs, will continue his summer camp director career by offering three basketball camp dates.
Girls High School Team Camp: June 18-20
Boys High School Team Camp: June 25-27
Boys and Girls Individual Development Camp: June 28-July 2
Co-Ed Ages 7-17, Overnight Residential and Commuters
Bethany College alumni are eligible for a discount. For more information please email Coach Sachs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Canyon has announced its 2010 Summer Session Dates.
June 27-July 16
July 18-August 6
Camp Canyon is where yesterday's traditions and today's advanced opportunities combine to create tomorrow's lifelong friends and memories. Canyon's one-of-a-kind combination of staff, facilities and programs create a level of camping that is unparalleled.
Visit the Camp Canyon website at www.campcanyon.com/index.html or call 800.917.1902 for more information.
Bethany College will host three major sport camps over the summer.
Offense Defense Sports Camp will hold a three-day football camp July 4-7. For more information please visit www.o-d.com/camps/locations/Pittsburgh or, for the brochure, visit www.o-d.com/camps/brochure.
Pro Soccer Camps and DPSoccer Academy are pleased to announce the Bolton Wanderers International Player ID Camp. Bolton Wanderers Football Club, of the English Premiership, will be running the week-long residential and commuter camp open to players age 8-18. This Elite Player ID Camp running July 18-22 will provide Bolton’s International Academy Staff with the opportunity to access the technical, tactical and overall fitness levels of North American players. For more information, please visit http://prosoccercamps.com/.
The Universal Dance Association will host an instructional dance camp for high school and all-star teams at Bethany College August 8-10. Please visit
uda.varsity.com for more information or contact State Director Sonya Weathers at 800.969.6541. Registration forms are available at http://register.varsity.com/camps/register/UDACampSearch.aspx.
For information about bringing a camp or conference to the Bethany College Campus, please email email@example.com.
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.
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.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Brooke Deal, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, will present a paper entitled "A New Year's Festival at Bethel: proposing a common origin for Papyrus Amherst 63, Psalm 20 and Psalm 45" on March 12 at the Mid Atlantic Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in New Brunswick, N.J.
James Farwell, Thomas W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities, has been named a Fellow of the Luce Foundation’s Summer Seminars on Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology. He is one of only 46 scholars of religion and theology in North America to have been selected for this fellowship. Over the course of two summers, Dr. Farwell and other fellows will work with leading scholars to explore the significance of religious pluralism to the teaching of religion and the possibility of enriching the expressions of one religious tradition by the respectful incorporation of the ideas and practices of another. The project will end with the publication of a volume of collected essays on these topics.
The Social Work Department is co-sponsoring a series of workshops during the month of March, which is National Social Work Month. The first series of workshops will be held at Wheeling Hospital (co-sponsor of event) on March 16 and March 31. Local social work professionals will receive six continuing education credits at no charge.
The second series of workshops will be held on March 9, April 13 and May 11 at noon and are titled Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice. There are three offerings in the series: Autism, Homelessness and Female Adolescent Bullies. The workshops are co-sponsored by Altenheim Resource Center. The workshops will take place at the lunch hour and a CEU is provided for each event.
IRD Haiti Benefit and Raffle
As part of Bethany College's "Hands to Haiti" partnership with IRD,
we invite you to attend a fundraising event sponsored by IRD.
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5:00 p.m. at the Continental Modern Pool
Lounge in Arlington, Va. Event tickets are $10 each. Raffle
tickets are $10 each or five tickets for $40. Tickets are
available at the door, or by calling Candi Carpenter at
For more information about the IRD Haiti Benefit and Raffle,
Save the Date!
Please join Dr. Scott D. Miller at a Parents, Alumni and Friends reception following the Bison Baseball contest versus Earlham College in Fort Pierce, Fla. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m., Monday, March 15, at Cobb’s Landing Restaurant. To RSVP by March 12, or for directions and more information, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or email@example.com.
Take a short break between Bison Softball games and join President Scott D. Miller
Thursday, March 18, 2010,
at the pavilion adjacent to the ball fields at Hancock Park.
R.S.V.P. by March 16, 2010.
For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 304.829.7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Students Raise Support for The Bethany Fund
Your phones should be ringing! Bethany’s student callers have been 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.
If you have not made a gift and would like to make one
online, click here.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Friday, April 16, 2010
12:00 p.m. - Golf Scramble - Highland Springs Golf Course
5:00 p.m. - Dinner - Drovers Inn
6:30 p.m. -
Women's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Bison Stadium
7:30 p.m. -
Social - Bison Inn
Saturday, April 17, 2010
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - Men's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex
1:00 p.m. - 7 vs.7 Alumni Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex
3:30 p.m. - Picnic - Cunningham Soccer Complex
8:00 p.m. - Star of Honor Reception - Renner Art Gallery
Sunday, April 18, 2010
11:00 a.m. - Brunch - Benedum Commons
For more information please contact
John Cunningham at email@example.com
Sean Regan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Barry Christmas at email@example.com
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 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.
Lyonett Wins Twice, but Bison Fall at Saint Vincent
Despite wins by senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) in doubles and singles, the Bethany College men’s tennis team lost a 7-2 decision at Saint Vincent Wednesday to fall to 1-1 this season.
Bison Season Ends With 67-65 Loss in ECAC Semifinals
The Bethany College men’s basketball team was holding to a one-point lead, but Penn State Behrend’s Chris Saltzman scored nine of his game-high 26 points in the final 1:47 to help the Lions rally to nip the Bison 67-65 in the ECAC South Region Semifinals at Catholic (D.C.) University.
Bison Hope Experience, Depth Lead to PAC Crown
Bolstered by eight returning position players and two pitchers, as well as a strong incoming class, the Bethany College softball team brings aspirations of capturing its 13th PAC championship into the 2010 season.
Bison Baseball Readies for 2010 Season
When the 2010 season opens for the Bethany College baseball team March 9 against Denison at Chillicothe, Ohio, the focus will be on the Bison returning to the PAC Tournament and a chance at competing for the conference title.
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.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.