Gates Open to Class of 2013
Bethany’s 170th academic year opened August 20 with the incoming Class of 2013 marching through the Oglebay Gates, up the hill past the Gresham Garden and Old Main to Commencement Hall. This and last year’s Class of 2012 rank as two of the three largest in the past 40 years.
Residence halls are full, with renovations on Cochran Hall beginning soon, on schedule for occupancy next fall. With signs of vibrancy throughout campus, we are poised for an amazing future.
These new students have joined Bethany at a transformational time in our history. For two straight years, Bethany has been recognized as one of the top 175 colleges in the nation by Forbes magazine; for six consecutive years, the College has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast by the nationally renowned education services company, The Princeton Review. We’re one of five Appalachian College Association institutions recognized as “national liberal arts colleges” by US News and World Report. We’re also cited as a “Best Buy” by Barrons…the list goes on and on.
Bethany has always taken great pride in attracting some of the finest students from throughout the United States. As a group, the Class of 2013 hails from 11 states. Pennsylvanians are the largest constituency, followed by Ohioans. Our new matriculants boast an average ACT score of 23 and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.27. Over 70 percent of class members took part in high school athletics, and 40 percent were in the National Honor Society.
Moreover, class members have expressed an interest in 23 majors, 18 sports and 31 clubs. Our statistics clearly show that they’re going to be an active and interesting class.
A snapshot of the Class of 2013 includes:
Aspiring teachers, researchers, musicians, artists, politicians, athletes and coaches, to name a few.
We have a good number of West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy graduates, Promise Scholarship recipients and students from our sponsoring denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
This class includes students such as
Margaret Helme and Rachel Samlall, both fifth generation Bethanians;
Kimberly Hoag, granddaughter of the namesake for Hoag Field, site of so many memorable soccer games;
There’s also Jessica Chivers…a non-traditional student and mother of two;
And, if you’ll forgive some family pride, my nephew, Corey Mays.
The Class even includes a transfer, Betty Sheets, a 70-year- old social work major.
It is also a pleasure to welcome eight new Kalon Scholars to Bethany College.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously compared President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to “a bottle of champagne.”
“Meeting him was like opening the bottle. Knowing him was like drinking it,” Churchill remarked. The Class of 2013 promises to be equally exhilarating.
Our impressive new class is going to be guided by equally exceptional people, dedicated educators and leaders such as:
Dr. Chris Sampson, who heads the acclaimed McCann Learning Center. She was recognized this past spring with the President’s Award for Excellence in Performance for staff.
Dr. John Burns, who has devoted his life to teaching and research at Bethany College. He was a finalist for state professor of the year, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Performance and is a nominee for CASE National Professor of the Year.
Dr. John Hull was recognized nationally with the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You’ll also find that he plays a mean game of noon time basketball as well. He promises participants “exercise, competition and a chance to develop social skills.”
Randy Cooey, the John F. and Evelyn Casey
Steen Professor of Economics, who begins his 44th year on
the faculty of Bethany.
Then, there’s Dr. Larry Grimes, who devoted approximately four decades to Bethany as an esteemed member of our faculty. We heard fascinating stories of his travels following his “retirement” in May. He’s now back as our Director of Church Relations.
These people love Bethany College. This passion is evident in their everyday work. There are many others with similar stories.
It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with all of you.
Beloit College’s 2009 “Mindset” list reminds us that students beginning their college educations this fall—born mostly in 1991—have always obtained news in “real time,” have always eaten salsa rather than ketchup and think that “Shrek” is the “Jolly Green Giant.” Like other classes before them, they’ll delight us, surprise us and challenge us. Welcome to the 2009-2010 academic year!
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President of the College
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