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.
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
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.
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.
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Bethany to Welcome Class
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.
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
President Miller has completed work on
the organizational structure for the 2008-09 academic year.
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WVICU Head Visits Bethany
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
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
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
Bethany President Attends NCAA
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’
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.
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Honors Academy Wraps
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
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
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
Old Main Journal Resumes
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,
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
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
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.
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Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.