Volume V, Number II
An E-News Service of Bethany College
July 15, 2011

Campus News
Bethany College and Marcellus Shale: The Board's Statement
Bethany College announced on June 30, 2011 that it reached an agreement with Chesapeake Energy in regard to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.  The news was carried in local media, national wire services and in the Old Main Journal.  Within the next week, some alums raised questions to the College and some individual Board members, while others have commented on a Facebook page. 

Kennedy Center Selects Bethany Student Valerie Flatley for Summer Internship
Bethany College student Valerie Flatley — a senior history major and long-time dancer, performer and instructor — was selected as the Summer 2011 Dance Programming intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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Bethany College Communications Students Build Cutting-Edge, Professional Media Experience with Summer 2011 Internships
Fourteen Bethany College communications majors are bringing their media studies to life this summer with professional internships in print, radio, public relations, social media and more at locations across the country.

News Briefs
Bethany College Well-Represented at Christian Church (DOC) General Assembly
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) held their General Assembly this past week in Nashville, Tenn., and Bethany College was prominently involved in a number of important activities.

The Bethany College booth in the assembly center, staffed by Sven de Jong (Vice President for Institutional Advancement), Dr. Larry Grimes (Director of Church Relations), and students Annie Grogan (junior, Religious Studies, Hawaii) and Katherine Warren (sophomore, Communications and Media Arts, Illinois), hosted a number of visitors, including church leaders, clergy and prospective students throughout the week. The booth contained information materials about the College and a variety of promotional "giveaway" items.

President Miller was recognized on the floor of General Assembly as an officer of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church. The Council represents the 14 colleges and universities in covenant relationship with the Church. The Council unveiled a new marketing/branding campaign to promote the affiliated institutions. 

Following that session, the Bethany president attended the Council of Presidents meeting. He is currently a corporate officer and member of the Executive Committee of that group. 

Dr. Miller also hosted a luncheon for approximately 80 church leaders and alumni at the Renaissance Hotel. Guests heard comments at State of the College presentation by the President, as well as comments from Dr. Grimes and Grogan and Warren. Bethany College Trustee-emeritus Hal Watkins, Trustees Janet Long, Bill Allen, Darwin Collins and Fred Harris attended the luncheon, along with Regional Minister Thad Allen.  

In the evening, Bethany Trustee Bill Newton and his wife Bell hosted a gathering for alumni and friends at their Nashville home. Trustee John Mullen was also in attendance at the event.

To view photos from the gatherings, click here.

Campus Upgrades Underway
Work is progressing on the new patio and handicap accessibility parking area at the front of Benedum Commons and the Ogden Dining Hall.  It is a part of a privately-funded $400,000 upgrade to campus dining facilities to be completed this summer. 

Gamble Attends D.C. Media Conference
M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Communications and Media Arts Department, attended the 25th Annual College Media Conference in Washington, D.C., June 29 – July 1, 2011. The conference was sponsored by the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) and American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). While there she toured newsrooms, visited The Chronicle of Higher Education and listened to experts from online (Slate, The Daily Beast, bloggers and freelancers) and traditional news outlets in print, broadcasting and social media.  She met producers and reporters from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and other news outlets.  The conference also hosted a reception for participants at the National Press Club, where members heard a presentation about the future of journalism in the digital age.

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, or writing:

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Bethany College
P.O. Box 389
Bethany, WV 26032
Email: mrejonis@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!

Old Main Journal to Resume Regular Schedule
Regular weekly publication of the OMJ will resume on August 19.

Alumni News
Riggs ’68 Featured in Disciples Home Missions
Jennifer Riggs, ’68, recipient of the Bethany College Alumni Achievement Award in Religion in 2002, was featured in Disciples Home Missions for her 31 years of work with the Disciples of Christ.  Her ministry has focused largely on refugee and immigration treatment in the United States. For 12 years, she has worked as an officer of the Church World Service Board of Directors and has served the National Council of Churches in the USA. As she enters her retirements, she says, “Thank you, Disciples, for giving me all these experiences. Thank you, Disciples, for giving the opportunity for new life for all these refugees and immigrants. May this ministry continue to flourish in the midst of our denomination, not only for the sake of refugees and immigrants, but also for the sake of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).”

Stefanie Suzann Hill Receives M.Ed. in Reading
Stefanie Suzann Hill, received her M.Ed. in Reading from Edinboro University. Commencement was held on May 7, 2011.

France ’50 Publishes Book of Letters from Women in Ministry
Chalice Press has recently published “Dear Church - Intimate Letters from Women in Ministry,” written by Dorothy D. France ’50. France is a popular speaker, writer and retreat leader who has been a leader in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for many years. She has served as a pastor, a teacher and a leader in ecumenical groups such as Church Women United, CROP and Church World Service Refugee Program. She has written for countless church publications and is the author of many books, including “Listening with the Heart Brings Healing and Hope to Those Who Grieve,” “Bless Us, O God, - Services and prayers for Special Days” and “At Christ’s Table – Meditations and Prayers for Communion.”  France was the recipient of the Bethany Alumni Achievement Award in 1992, and her daughter D. Gail Frankle ‘77 was the 2010 recipient of the Bethany Alumni Community Service Award.

Alumni & Friends
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.

San Diego Area Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends Event in San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, August 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the residence of Rick '76 and Mary '77 Clancy. For more information or 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!
Please save the date and join us for Homecoming 2011 on October 7-8 and for Alumni Weekend 2012 on May 4-6. Detailed information will appear in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Finley Chosen as PAC SAAC Student-Athlete of the Month
Bethany College senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for June.

Bethany Places 29 on PAC Academic Honor Roll
A total of 29 Bethany College student-athletes were honored recently when the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) released its Spring 2011 Academic Honor Roll.

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


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