Volume III, Number XXXI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 9, 2010

Campus News
Bethany Student Sets Sights on 2012 Olympic Competition
For freshman Emily Andrews, Bethany College — with its classical curriculum, competitive athletic programs and conveniently located 1,300-acre campus — provides the ideal setting in which to pursue a rigorous academic program while following her dream to represent the USA as an Olympic athlete. And, as the end of her first year at Bethany draws near, Andrews’ goal to compete in the 2012 Summer Games appears well within her grasp.

Ruth Ann Minner to Speak at Bethany May Morning Breakfast
Ruth Ann Minner, who recently completed two terms as the first female governor of Delaware, will address Bethany College senior women at this year’s Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The event, scheduled for May 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend 2010, is a long-standing tradition at Bethany established to honor female students, faculty and community members.

Bethany College Theatre Presents ‘night, Mother’
Bethany College Theatre will present “‘night, Mother” by Marsha Norman on April 9-10 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre. An open dress rehearsal on April 8 at 8 p.m. will be followed by a talkback session addressing the issue of suicide, the play’s central theme. Veronica Reynolds, College Counselor, will host the discussion.

News Briefs
President Miller Attends ICE, PAC Meetings
President Miller took part in the spring Board of Directors meetings of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE) and the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) on Wednesday.

Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, and Karen Kaauamo, Applications Support Analyst, also attended the ICE meeting.

ICE is a consortium of seven colleges in three states partnering to provide collaborative technology services to member campuses. Bethany has been a member of ICE for four years.

Bethany is one of 10 members of the PAC.

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Bethany College Communication Week
The Bethany College Communication Department celebrated its 48th annual Communication Week with record attendance at events this week. The theme was “Engaging in New Media: Breaking through the Bethany Bubble.” Guest speakers made presentations to students about the importance of social media skills and trends in new technologies.

On Wednesday, April 7, the theme was “Developing and Managing Strategies for Online Social Media Success.” Kara Schultz Gray ‘97, owner of a freelance public relations business in Wheeling, W.Va.; Carrie Scanlon West ’94, adjunct faculty member in the Communication Department at Wheeling Jesuit University; and Thom Furbee, Director of Media Services at Bethany College spoke about the need to develop and maintain online strategies.

On Thursday, April 8, the theme was “Relevant, Responsible and Original Uses of Social Media.” Bob Coffield ’88, health care attorney with Flaherty, Sensabaugh, Bonasso PLLC, Margy Lang ’81, founder of Sportive Sports Marketing in Jacksonville, Fla., and Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Bethany College Department of Communication, discussed some of the relevant implications of using social media such as privacy and information gathering.

Yet to come will be the Communication Awards Reception on Sunday, April 11, Augustino Room in Benedum Commons. 

Gambles Present on the American Circus at Culture Conference
Renner Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor of Communication M.E. Yancosek Gamble and Dr. Mort Gamble, Assistant to the President, co-presented a paper at last week’s joint national conference of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association in St. Louis, Mo.

Their topic addressed organizational and aesthetic elements of the American circus that are disappearing, raising questions about the production values and viability of one of America’s oldest forms of popular amusement. Other presenters in the circus track included representatives from Yale University, George Mason University and Saginaw Valley State University.

Bethany Faculty and Alumnus to Teach at GHA 2010
Bethany College current faculty and graduates are among the 2010 teaching staff for the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy (GHA). The Academy brings 180 high school rising juniors to campus from around the state for a three-week intensive educational experience as a scholarship award. The 2010 GHA marks the final year of a three-year grant award to the College from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
The following individuals were chosen to teach during GHA 2010:
Dr. Jay Libby, Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Eric Reynolds, Adjunct Professor of Physics
Fujiko Sawtarie, Professor of Computer Science
Heather Taylor, Director of the McCann Learning Center and Learning Specialist
Sachiko Woods, Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Cultures

Bethany College graduate Henry “Hank” Hampton, 2006, will return for his third year and his second year as faculty representative to the Academy.

GHA runs from June 27-July 18, 2010.


Gamma Sigma Epsilon Inducts New Members
Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the chemistry honor society of Bethany College, held its spring induction on Thursday in Richardson Hall. Inductee Samantha Vitale is pictured with Robert Paysen, The Goulding-Woolery Professorship in Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical Science, and Lisa Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.


Alpha Epsilon Delta Welcomes New Members
Alpha Epsilon Delta, the health pre-professional honor society of Bethany College, held its spring induction on Thursday afternoon in Richardson Hall. Pictured are new inductees (from left) Patrick McCarthy, Emily Sechrest, Ryan Johnson, Angela Tipton and Stacy Meeks.


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.

Basketball Camp
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 asachs@bethanywv.edu.

Camp Canyon
Camp Canyon has announced its 2010 Summer Session Dates.

Session 1
June 20-26
Session 2
June 27-July 16
Session 3
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.

Sport Camps
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/.

For information about bringing a camp or conference to the Bethany College Campus, please email sdague@bethanywv.edu.

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: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Patrick J. Sutherland, Chair of the Department of Communication, has been reappointed for 2010 to the Peer Review Board of the Journal of Communications Media Studies. Sutherland also had an article published in INSIGHTS, the journal of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), in the Winter 2010 issue. The article is titled "Flocking South for the Winter: ASJMC Members Attend Workshop in Mexico City."

Sutherland attended the February 19-20 ASJMC Winter Workshop at the CNN Center in Atlanta. Workshop sessions included topics such as Online Education, Building Academic Unit Morale in Tough Economic Times, and Renewing Your Leadership Clarity: The Vital Role of Peer Consultation, Demonstrated and Applied.

Janice Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Education, attended a grant-planning meeting with administrative staff from Hancock and Tyler counties regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s “Innovations in Education Grant” at RESA VI in Wheeling, W.Va.

Members of the Education Department faculty and staff, including Lisa Hicks, Assistant Professor of Education; Richard Rushton, Assistant Professor of Education and Interim Chair of the Department of Education; Janice Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Education; and Regina Thayer, Secretary for the Hurl Center of Education, attended the WVDE Higher Education Spring Conference in Bridgeport, W.Va., April 1-2. Topics included Title II reporting, Curriculum Area Reports and Praxis data management.

Mathematics and Computer Science
Adam Fletcher, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Mary Ellen Komorowski, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented sessions at the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference held March 19-20 in Flatwoods, W.Va. Both sessions focused on the Bethany College Mathematics Placement Exam process and the on-line courses being taught to enhance student learning of mathematics.

Visual and Performing Arts
Cheryl Pompeo, Adjunct Dance Instructor, will help present a Spring Concert — “DANCE… What else??” — on May 7 at 7 p.m. in Wailes Theatre. The event will feature Bethany College dance students, along with dancers from the Oglebay Institute's School of Dance. Admission is $5 per person.

Tracie Lynn Duncan, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Technical Theatre, will adjudicate at the West Virginia Thespian Festival on April 8-10 in Charleston, W.Va. It is a High School Play Festival for which West Virginia high schools produce one-act plays to be performed in competition. Duncan is one of the tech judges and will judge the stage managers.

The West Virginia State Thespian Festival is a volunteer organization run by theatre teachers and theatre students for the purpose of providing a safe and enriching environment for the high school and middle school students of West Virginia to showcase their artistic work in the theatre. The organization’s goals include the following: to create and reinforce theatrical education and expression in West Virginia; to build bridges between administrators and educators that foster a greater support for the arts; to help the theatre teachers of West Virginia create better theatrical productions for their communities; and to help students become successful theatre artists in their high school and post-high school careers. To this end, the West Virginia State Thespian Board puts on six area festivals and one West Virginia State Thespian Festival to showcase the acting and technical talents of the students of West Virginia.

Alumni News
Bethany Mourns Passing of Emeritus Trustee Joseph Sakach ‘58
Joseph Michael Sakach Jr., alumnus (1958) and Emeritus Trustee of Bethany College, passed away unexpectedly on April 4. Sakach, 75, was from Parkersburg, W.Va., and died at his residence in Florida.

After graduating from Bethany College in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Sakach worked for Borg-Warner Chemicals. He later was named Technical Director for Borg-Warner’s ABS products and eventually became Executive Vice President and General Manager for Worldwide Plastics at Borg-Warner Chemicals Inc. In 1989 he was named President of GE-Plastics Europe.

Sakach was a United States Army veteran and is survived by his wife, Lea Delores Turner Sakach. He had five children and three stepchildren, as well as 12 grandchildren.

To view the full obituary, please visit www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/528496.html?nav=5062&showlayout=.

Save the Date!

Washington D.C.
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Washington, D.C.,  from 5:30–7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the offices of International Relief and Development (IRD), 1621 North Kent Street, 5th Floor, Arlington, Va. The event is hosted by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67, President and CEO of IRD.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Houston, Texas  from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, hosted at the residence of Jay ‘71 & Marsha ‘73 Smith.
To RSVP or for the complete address, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Dallas Area
Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends gathering in the Dallas, Texas area, Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

More details forthcoming in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Boston Area
Attention Boston area alumni! Please save the date and join us for an Alumni & Friends gathering on Saturday, August 7. More details to come in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Bethany College Alumni Council Seeks New Members
Would you like to give back to your Alma Mater? Volunteering as a member of the Bethany College Alumni Council is a great way to do just that, and the Council is seeking new members. The Alumni Council is comprised of alumni who are elected to govern the activities of the Alumni Association. In addition to attending two meetings on campus annually and assisting with Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, council members are assigned to a standing committee with various objectives.

Those interested in more information or in serving on the Alumni Council should contact Michele Rejonis in the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at mrejonis@bethanywv.edu.

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 jcunningham@bethanysoccercamps.com
Sean Regan at sregan@bethanywv.edu
or Barry Christmas at bchristmas@bethanywv.edu

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 -- Update
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.

The full agenda, along with daily activity alternatives and a listing of housing alternatives, is now available at www.psibeta.net/150. There will be golf on Friday, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday (including activities for spouses/significant others) and a dinner on Saturday evening. Sunday will feature a brunch. Rooms will be available on campus.

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 bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany Walks Off With 9-8 Win Over Thiel
Senior Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) broke the school’s career home run record, but it took a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth to give the Bison a 9-8 victory over visiting Thiel Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany Loses Final Home Match to W&J
Senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) posted doubles and singles victories, but the Bethany College men’s tennis team lost in their final home match of the season by a 6-3 count against Washington & Jefferson Thursday.

Walk-Off Double Gives Bison Split With Marietta
Senior catcher Bridgette Fauth (Pittsburgh, Pa./Carrick) stroked a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored the winning run in the Bethany College softball team’s 5-4 game-one win over visiting Marietta Tuesday afternoon.

McNeil, Finley Earn PAC Weekly Track Accolades
Bethany College seniors Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) have been selected as the PAC Men’s Track and Women’s Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of April 5.

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 tweaver@bethanywv.edu 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.


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