Volume II, Number XIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 31, 2008

Campus News
Bethany College Theatre to Present Musical
The era of big bands and live radio springs to life in the Bethany College Theatre’s second production of the 2008-09 academic year. Five performances of Walton Jones’ The 1940’s Radio Hour will be presented at the Wailes Theater on the College campus. The dates are Nov. 6-7-8 and Nov. 13-14. All performances start at 8 p.m.

Bethany College Hosts Science Day 2008
Bethany College will be welcoming science-oriented juniors and seniors from area high schools to campus on Friday, Nov. 14 for Science Day 2008. Students will have the opportunity to observe classes and demonstrations by the College faculty and will also be given a tour of the Bethany campus.

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

News Briefs
Dr. Gary Kappel Appointed Interim Dean of Faculty
President Miller announced that he has asked Dr. Gary Kappel, Professor of History and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, to act as Interim Dean of Faculty as the search continues for a Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty.

Dr. Kappel has assumed responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Dean’s office. He will be chairing academic committee and faculty meetings and maintaining the general flow of business. Dr. Kappel will benefit from the assistance of Dr. Wally Neel, who continues with his current duties as Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies and Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Sports Studies.

President Miller and Dr. Kappel each stressed the temporary nature of the appointment and made it clear that Dr. Kappel was not a candidate for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs. President Miller said he hopes to have a new Vice President of Academic Affairs in place at the earliest possible date, preferably January.

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Kristallnacht Survivor Dr. Herman Stone ’45 to Speak
Dr. Herman Stone ’45 will talk about his memories of Kristallnacht and the remarkable story of his escape at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Academic Parlour at Old Main. This year is the 70th anniversary of the Nazi Germany pogrom, which has become known as Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken Glass).

On a single night - Nov. 9-10, 1938 - nearly 100 Jews were murdered, more than 200 synagogues were destroyed, thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were ransacked and as many as 30,000 Jews were arrested and deported to concentration camps by the Nazis. Many historians mark that event as the official beginning of the Holocaust.

Dr. Stone witnessed these events as a teenage boy from his home in Munich. He and his immediate family fled to the United States in the spring of 1939. Several other members of his family who remained behind died in the Holocaust.

Dr. Stone enrolled in Bethany College in 1943 and graduated in 1945. He has been returning to his alma mater for more than a decade for a presentation marking the anniversary of that terrifying night. A brief reception will follow Dr. Stone’s talk.

Phi Tau Fraternity Celebrates 85th Anniversary on Campus

More than 60 members of the Phi Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity gathered at Bethany College over the weekend of Oct. 24-25 to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the chapter’s founding. Events kicked off on Friday with tours of the campus and a barbecue at the Phi Chapter House.

The 85th Anniversary Founder’s Day ceremony was held on Saturday, highlighted by a very informative talk on the history of the chapter by Christopher Berry ’85. This was followed by a formal chapter and business meeting. A brotherhood banquet concluded Saturday’s festivities. During the banquet, Dr. Albert Buckelew was recognized for his 32 years of service as advisor for the Phi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau. Several activities were organized for family members throughout the weekend.

To view a transcript of Christopher Berry’s speech, click here.

Spanish Club Sponsors ‘Dia de los Muertos’ Celebration
Bethany’s 12th annual community-wide “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebration was held to rave reviews on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Sponsored by the Bethany College Spanish Club, the cultural celebration commemorates the event that is celebrated on Nov. 1-2 each year throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Authentic Mexican-style food, prayers, poetry and music in Spanish were enjoyed by a large number of Bethany students, staff, faculty, administration and town residents. The event was organized by Joe Lovano, Anju Ramjee, Harald Menz and Kim Lawless.

Relay for Life Set for Nov. 15-16
Bethany College’s annual Relay for Life event will be held from 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 to 7 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center. Jim Forbes, faculty advisor for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley in Wheeling, will deliver the keynote address at approximately 7:40 p.m. The popular luminaria ceremony starts at 9 p.m.

The Relay for Life events are the most significant fundraisers in support of the American Cancer Society. Organizers for the Bethany relay are sending out a special call for cancer survivors willing to participate in the survivor lap that follows the keynote address.

Anyone interested in forming a relay team, joining an existing relay team or walking as a survivor or caregiver should call Professor Kenn Morgan at (304) 829-7824 or (304) 829-4804.

Family Weekend Underway
Parents of Bethany College students are invited to join us for Family Weekend 2008, slated for Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Several activities, from a Cabaret Dinner Theater to a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, are being planned. For detailed information about all of the Family Weekend events, click here.

Alumni News
Alumni Events
Houston Alumni: Save the Date!
Houston-area alumni should save the date of Wednesday, Nov. 19 on their calendars and plan to join us at a reception with President Scott D. Miller. More details will be forthcoming in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

For more information or to register for any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Holiday Gift Ideas at Expanded Bethany Bookstore
The recent expansion and renovation of the Bethany College Bookstore has created a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor to their holiday celebrations.

With twice as much space to work with, the Bookstore now stocks everything from official Bethany logo apparel to coffee mugs and smaller trinkets that would make perfect stocking-stuffers.

To shop from the comfort of your own home, visit the Bethany College Bookstore online.

Save the Date! Phi Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its 70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7, 2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal

Save the Date! Alumni Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Florida Alumni Reception
More than a dozen Bethany Alumni and Friends got together in Jacksonville, Fla. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller. The event was held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville and was hosted by Linda D. ’71 and Rick Hull ’70.

To view photos of the Jacksonville Event, vist the Alumni Event Photo Gallery.

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Cook Voted Third Team Academic All-District
Bethany junior Megan Cook (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) has been voted to the ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-District II Women’s Soccer team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Mitzen Earns PAC & ECAC Player of the Week Honors
Bethany College junior Nelson Mitzen was awarded Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Player of the Week and ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against conference foe Waynesburg. These are his first career weekly honors from both the PAC and ECAC.

Bethany Knocks Off Waynesburg 31-24 on Late Touchdown
Freshman QB Chad Smith (Washington, Pa.) threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to sophomore RB Marcus Santini (Seminole, Fla.) with 1:29 to play and the Bethany defense made it stand by forcing two turnovers in the final 68 seconds to give the Bison (2-5, 1-4) a 31-24 victory over visiting Waynesburg (4-3, 1-2) Saturday afternoon at Bison Stadium.

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


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