Volume II, Number II
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 15, 2008

Campus News
Delta Tau Delta Rededicating Founder's House at Bethany
More than 700 Delta Tau Delta brothers and alumni from across the country will be making a pilgrimage to Bethany College on Friday, Aug. 15. As part of the fraternity's 150th anniversary celebration (Karnea) in Pittsburgh, a fleet of buses will transport the entire Karnea convention body to Bethany for the formal rededication of the Delta Tau Delta Founders House.

Bethany Professor Hosts Sabbatical Art Show
Herb Weaver, the Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts at Bethany College, will return to the Bethany College campus with a Sabbatical Art Show from Aug. 21 to Sept. 26 at the College's Renner Union Art Gallery. An Artist's Reception is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Dedication Set for Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights
Following an extensive restoration and renovation project that was completed during the 2007-08 academic year, the historic president's house at Bethany College will receive a new name this fall as part of a dedication ceremony honoring a special friend of the state’s oldest institution of higher education.

Bethany Names Director of Admission and Student Financial Planning
Karina J. Dayich-McCabe is the new Director of Admission and Student Financial Planning at Bethany College. Her appointment was announced by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Doty Promoted to Registrar at Bethany College
Susan Doty has been promoted to the position of Registrar at Bethany College. She had served as Assistant Registrar for the College since 2000. Her promotion was announced by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

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Bethany Included in 2008-09 'Colleges of Distinction' Guide
Bethany College is one of a select group of colleges and universities nationwide selected for inclusion in the 2008-09 "Colleges of Distinction" guide. The "Colleges of Distinction" guide is produced annually by Student Horizons, Inc., a digital services company devoted to higher education.

Princeton Review Lists Bethany Among Best Colleges in Southeast
Bethany College has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast Region, according to the Princeton Review. The nationally-renowned education services company selected Bethany as one of 139 institutions it recommends in the "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region. This marks the fifth time Bethany has been selected for inclusion in the Princeton Review's regional guide.

Bethany Equestrian Program to Move to Pegasus Farm
Bethany College has announced that the Equine Studies Program has found a new home. Starting this fall, students taking classes in Equine Studies will attend classes at Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center in Wheeling, W.Va. The College has also announced that Anne Kaufman, co-owner of Pegasus Farm, has been named Coordinator of Equine Facilities and Riding and Dr. Amanda Stewart, who is entering her second year as Assistant Professor of Biology at Bethany, has been named Director of Equine Studies.

President's List to Honor Superior Academic Performance
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the creation of the President's List to recognize students for superior academic performance. At the end of each semester, students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours will be designated as members of the President's List.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.

News Briefs
Bethany to Welcome Class of 2012
The faculty, staff and students of Bethany College will welcome the Class of 2012 with a formal Matriculation Convocation on Friday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. As part of a long-standing Bethany College tradition, all entering students will participate in the ceremony by signing a matriculation book as they enter college. Upon graduation, each student will “sign out” by signing a similar book and submitting their Senior Project at the Senior Class Dinner.

The Bethany College Matriculation Book, which is signed by each student, was introduced in the late 1800s. Although the original book was destroyed in a fire, the tradition lives on nearly 170 years after Alexander Campbell founded the College.

The Convocation starts with a processional from the Oglebay Gates. The President of the College welcomes the entering students and wishes them well as they begin their college years. The Provost and Dean of Faculty charge the faculty to honor their commitment to the entering class and the Dean of Students charges the entering class for their commitment to their education.

Immediately following the Convocation, students will be received by the Bethany College family at a Welcome Picnic on the lawn of the College’s historic Old Main. For more information about the Matriculation Convocation, please call the Office of Student Affairs at (304) 829-7631.

President Announces Formation of Leadership Council
President Miller has announced the formation of a Leadership Council for the College. The Leadership Council will be advisory to the President of the College and will meet once a month. Members of the Leadership Council include:

  • Dean of Students: Elizabeth de Jong
    Director of Financial Affairs: Dan Pajak
    Director of Business Affairs: Saralyn Dague
    Director of Physical Plant: Ted Williams
    Director of Communications: Rebecca Rose
    Director of Alumni and Parent Relations: Michele Rejonis
    Director of Church Relations: To Be Announced
    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid: Karina Dayich-McCabe
    Director of Athletics and Recreation: Tim Weaver
    Director of the McCann Learning Center: Chris Sampson
    Director of the Cutlip Center: Jeff Devlin
    Director of Food Services: Necol Dunson
    Director of Safety and Security: John Wroten
    Registrar: Susan Doty

2008-09 Organizational Chart Announced
President Miller has completed work on the organizational structure for the 2008-09 academic year. To access the organizational chart, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

WVICU Head Visits Bethany College
Rita Ray, new Executive Director of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU), visited the Bethany College campus recently to meet with President Miller and tour the Mountainside Conference Center. The WVICU will hold its annual meeting at the Mountainside Conference Center in February.

President Miller Publishes Book
President Miller and Dr. Marylouise Fennell have joined forces once again to publish a book. “Presidential Perspectives: Enabling Campus Growth and Optimization” is the third book completed as a joint collaboration by Drs. Miller and Fennell. The book was published by Aramark Publications.

Bethany Upgrades Door Security Devices on Campus
Bethany College has installed new state-of-the-art exit devices on many of its controlled access dormitory doors. The new devices are designed to withstand greater abuse, ensuring increased security for the student residents. The key feature of the new devices is a deadbolt latching mechanism which prevents anyone from forcing the latch out of the jamb or roller-strike bar.

The devices incorporate a new patented center case that fit the same “footprint” as the existing devices, which eliminated the need for costly refitting on each door. Retrofit kits were made available to convert the existing mechanisms to the new function. Four buildings have already received the new devices with additional replacements planned.

In an effort to help deter and detect any vandalism to the dormitory exteriors, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies installed several digital CCM cameras. Additional door security measures include Schlage computer-managed stand-alone control locksets in various laboratories and the campus radio station.

Bethany President Attends NCAA Meeting
President Miller recently returned from the quarterly meeting of the NCAA Division III Membership Committee in Indianapolis. Dr. Miller is serving a three-year term on the national committee.

August Edition of AAC&U News Links President’s Editorial
President Miller’s editorials in The State Journal are drawing attention far beyond the borders of West Virginia. His June column about the unique ability of liberal arts colleges to prepare their students for success in a rapidly-changing world was linked as the lead article for the “Perspectives” section on the front page of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ August newsletter.

The AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Founded in 1915 by college presidents, AAC&U has grown to encompass more than 1,150 accredited colleges and universities that collectively educate more than 5 million students each year.

To read the column, click on the link below or paste it into your browser.

Honors Academy Wraps Up
The 2008 West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy (GHA)ended on the Bethany College campus Saturday, July 21, 2008 with 181 students receiving completion certificates and medals. Students from around the state attended an intensive course, seminar and broad-based course daily during each of the three weeks of the Academy. The courses were interactive and varied between math, science, the arts and humanities.

The three week program featured many educational and entertaining activities. Students went on field trips to museums, to see the West Virginia Dance Group and the Moundsville Penitentiary. On-campus, students participated in a geo-teaming course, e-mission learning, had a visit from Governor Manchin and attended a speech by John Bul Dau. Dau, featured in the award winning documentary "God Grew Tired of Us" and author of a book by the same title, is a Lost Boy of Sudan and founder of several non-profits working to improve the life at refugee camps in his native country. The GHA students embraced his cause and raised $1000 for his charity and awareness of the plight of the Sudanese people by handing out flyers prior to attending a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

"The students were engaged and unafraid to participate and learn. This was a wonderful example of a liberal arts education for these high school seniors, and Bethany College was the perfect environment in which to hold this Academy," said Saralyn Dague '89, Dean, GHA.

GHA is a grant awarded program from the Department of Education and the Arts. Bethany College will be hosting the GHA for two more summers, with the up-coming summer featuring a special 25th Anniversary of GHA.

President Miller Authors Monthly Column in The State Journal
President Miller is contributing monthly columns on the subject of “Higher Education” to The State Journal, West Virginia’s award-winning state-wide newspaper. To read his most recent column, click on the link or paste it into your browser.

New Look Bethany Today Debuts
A new-look college magazine, Bethany Today, debuted recently. The magazine will be published twice a year and is available at no cost to alumni, parents and friends of the College. If you’d like to receive the magazine but are not currently on the mailing list, please send an e-mail to alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Chemistry Professor, Students Give Research Presentations at WV INBRE Symposium
Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips and four of his research students: Shannon L. Smuck, Eric S. Scheller, Allison M. Winwood and Stacy R. Meeks attended the West Virginia IDEA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) research symposium. It was held in Morgantown, W.Va. at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on July 31.

Scheller and Winwood presented their research which was done in Phillips’ lab at Bethany. It was funded by a WV-INBRE grant Phillips received. The title was “Synthesis of Blocked, Activated C8-Aminomethylphenyl-2’-deoxyguanosine and C8-t-butoxymethylphenyl-2’-deoxyguanosine.”

Old Main Journal Resumes Weekly Publication
This edition of the Old Main Journal marks the start of our regular weekly publication schedule for the 2008-09 academic year. Classes begin for all students on Monday, Aug. 25.

Alumni News
Former Bison Basketball Star Headed to NFL
Former Bethany College basketball standout Jim Sperlazza ’99 is on his way to the National Football League. Sperlazza has been hired by the NFL as an On-Field Player Monitor and Game Day Assistant to the officiating crew at all Pittsburgh Steelers home games. Sperlazza, who lives in Wellsburg, W.Va., was the subject of a feature story in The Intelligencer and Wheeling (W.Va.) News-Register by Sports Editor Jim Elliott.

Sperlazza will be monitoring the usage of defensive helmet transmitters during the games. His duties include pre-game meetings with equipment managers from both teams, checking before each play to be sure that there is only one defender on the field with a helmet transmitter, and ensuring that all transmissions from coach to player are stopped before the play clock ticks past 15 seconds.

The 32-year-old Sperlazza was a PAC scoring champion during his basketball playing days at Bethany but followed his father into football officiating immediately after graduation. He has worked high school playoff games in West Virginia and Ohio and will be moving up to the collegiate (NCAA Division II) ranks this fall. He is employed by Jefferson Behavioral Health Systems in Steubenville, Ohio.

Bethany Alums Featured Prominently in Award-Winning Series
Two Bethany College Hall of Famers were featured prominently in a series of stories that won first place in the West Virginia Press Association’s 2008 Better Newspapers Contest. The multi-part series, which appeared in The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register during July 2007, was titled “Patriot Games.” It told the story of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s 1946 Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Football Game and the OVAC’s decision to invite players who had just returned from World War II to participate.

One installment focused on future Bethany Hall of Famers Jim Collins’49 and the late H. Edgar Martin ’50, who were fighting for playing time at the same running back position during the pre-game camp — which was held at Bethany College. Two weeks later they were thrown together as roommates and teammates at Bethany, touching off a deep and lasting friendship.

The story was based on a lengthy interview with Collins and was written by Don Clegg, who was Executive Sports Editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. Now retired from the newspaper business, Clegg is the Media Relations Specialist for Bethany College.

Homecoming 2008 Set for Oct. 3-5
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Homecoming 2008, scheduled for Oct. 3-5. There are many activities slated for the weekend, highlighted by the annual Alumni Awards Banquet. This year’s honorees include: Linda Comins ’77, Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award; and David Jolliffe ’74, Alumni Community Service Award.

For detailed information about all of the Homecoming events, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Bethany will induct four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming festivities Oct. 3-4. The four new members include: from the Class of 1966, Ed Blundon (basketball); from the Class of 1972, Dan Swickard (football); from the Class of 1986, Margaret (Peggy) Fillinger (softball); and from the Class of 1996, Jeff Weekley (baseball).

Hall of Fame inductions will be Friday, Oct. 3, at a banquet at Harder Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. The four enshrinees will receive their plaques and be honored again at halftime of Saturday's football game against Thomas More.

The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 to bestow honor upon persons who have made exceptional contributions to the intercollegiate athletics program at Bethany. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to Bethany College in athletics.

The inaugural ceremony in 1977 included the induction of 10 charter members. Since the inception of the Hall of Fame, more than 150 former student-athletes have been inducted, as well as four former coaches and one team, the 1994 men’s soccer national championship team.

Art Work Sought for Fall Alumni Exhibit
Alumni artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of their work for inclusion in the Alumni Invitational Exhibit, which will be held Oct. 3-31 in the Renner Union Gallery. Pieces may be executed in any two-dimensional or three-dimensional medium. Alumni are reminded that all work must be received by Sept. 26 in order to be included.

In conjunction with the exhibit, alumni artists will be guests of honor at the annual Homecoming Art Exhibit Reception, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3 from 8-10 p.m. For additional information, send an e-mail to Professor Kenn Morgan at kmorgan@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Fourth Annual Hugh 'Tiger' Joyce Golf Outing
Homecoming Weekend 2008 will begin on Friday, Oct. 3, with the 4th Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble. The event will once again be held at picturesque Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Registration for the outing begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up however, as registration is limited to the first 144 golfers. For more information, contact Debbie Soly at 304-829-7240 or dsoly@bethanywv.edu.

To register, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:

Changes Give Bison Football New Look in '08
Although 17 starters are returning for the Bethany College football team for the 2008 season, there is still quite a bit of change affiliated with the Bison program, which is entering its third year under the direction of head coach Tim Weaver.

Bethany Announces Six New Assistant Coaches
With the start of the 2008-09 school year just weeks away, the Bethany College athletic department has announced six new assistant coaches who will be filling out their respective programs’ staffs this season.

Bison Football Tabbed Sixth at PAC Media Day
The Bethany College football team was chosen to finish sixth in the preseason poll released Wednesday during the 2008 PAC Football Media Day, held at Saint Vincent College. Voters in the poll included conference head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media who were in attendance at the event.

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


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