Volume IV, Number XXII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 4, 2011

Campus News
Bethany College Department of Social Work Donates $1000
to St. John’s Home for Children

The Bethany College Department of Social Work has chosen the St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling, W.Va., as its Spotlight Organization and has donated $1000 towards the home’s Capital Campaign, an initiative to raise $2 million for the home’s new expansion project.

Bethany Football Players Help Move Young Abuse Victims to New Home
Five Bethany football players recently joined the College’s efforts to support the work of Wheeling’s St. John’s Home for Children — a group that provides care for boys age eight to 14 who have suffered abuse or struggle with behavioral problems. Students Matt Grimard, Ryan Busch, CJ Thomas, Robert Baker and Tyler Babinchok spent Saturday morning moving furniture and appliances to a newly constructed home that will expand the organization’s ability to serve area youth.

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Wheeling Symphony Orchestra String Quintet to Perform at Bethany College
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) String Quintet will perform a free concert for the public at Bethany on February 9 in the College’s Academic Parlour in historic Old Main. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will include a question-and-answer session with the WSO musicians.

Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Spread the Love Fundraising Dinner
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda.

News Briefs
Comedian Kevin Shea Coming to Bethany
Bethany’s Student Activities Council has announced that comedian Kevin Shea will perform on February 7 in the College’s Renner Too, located in the basement of Phillips Hall. The event will begin at 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Shea was born in Seoul, Korea, and after being adopted was moved to the United States. He grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and later attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Shea moved to California to begin his stand-up comedy career. He has been featured on major comedy shows such as Tosh.0, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He was named the winner of NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity in 2009. Shea is also currently on tour with the Kims of Comedy Tour.

Campus Mourns Loss of Long-Time Employee Karen Woodburn
The Bethany community mourns the death of Karen L. Woodburn. Woodburn, who passed away on January 28, served in food service and worked for approximately 18 years at Bethany College. Services were conducted on February l at Chambers Funeral Home in Wellsburg, W.Va., with Dr. Larry Grimes officiating. Interment followed in Kadesh Chapel cemetery, Beech Bottom, W.Va.

Listen to WVBC Anywhere
WVBC-Bethany College Internet Radio is now available for free locally on any cell from from Audio Now...and nationally to iPhone users via a special application.

In the Bethany area, to access WVBC on your cell phone anytime, just dial: 304.356.2314 (You will hear a 30 second commercial first-then WVBC.)

iPhone users anywhere can access WVBC on their cell phones by visiting: http://icecast.stretchinternet.com:8000/wvbc

WVBC will be announcing more innovative ways to enjoy the college radio programming soon.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

The Bethany College-Hancock County Response to Intervention-Professional Development School Grant team completed a joint presentation at the Annual West Virginia Reading Association at the Greenbrier in November. The title of the presentation was “RTI Under Construction- What is in your toolkit?” Assistant Professor of Education Janice Garrison Shepherd presented on reading assessments and interventions for RTI. County board representative Betty McGillen, school principal Dan Enich, and school reading specialists and special education team members (Karen Pitchok, Kelly Summers, and Kathy Griffith, who attended Bethany) presented on their parts in this successful implementation at Weir Middle School. The implementation will be moving to the high school level for the final two years of the grant.

Larry Grimes, professor of English emeritus and director of church relations, was included in The Southern Poetry Anthology: Vol. III, Contemporary Appalachian Poets. Also included in the anthology was work by Bethany graduate Jessie Janeshek. Janeshek’s first volume of poems, Invisible Mink, was published in November 2010.

Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor Pandel Collaros and his J-Term class "Readings in Rock Scholarship" produced a video to help immerse participants in the world of classic rocker Neil Young. Their version of "Cortez, the Killer" is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/PandelCollaros#p/u/12/nnRgdqAwBX4.

Alumni News
Harris ’84 Promoted to VP of Limited Brands
James J. Harris ’84 was recently promoted to Vice President, Real Estate – Legal for Limited Brands, Inc. located in Columbus, Ohio. Harris joined Limited Brands in June 2005. Limited Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle, and Henri Bendel, is an international company. It operates more than 2,650 specialty stores in the United States, and its brands are sold in more than 700 company-operated and franchised additional locations worldwide. Harris's daughter, Margaret is a Junior at Bethany majoring in Communications and Media Arts.

Ritter ’98 Featured in The Angelos
Denise Ritter '98 was featured in the Kappa Delta national magazine The Angelos. She was one of nine alumnae highlighted in a winter 2011 article about blogging.

Kappa Delta Alumnae Invited to Founders’ Day Luncheon
In honor of the Sigma Xi chapter of Kappa Delta’s Founders’ Day, the Sigma Xi Graduate Council is hosting a luncheon on March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville, Ohio, for sisters and spouses/partners.

The cost of the luncheon is $16/person and includes appetizers, an entrée selection from a private menu, dessert and choice of water, coffee, iced tea or fountain beverages. Special pricing has been negotiated for other beverage selections. 

Reservations for the event are required by Feb. 11 and payment must be received by Feb. 25. For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Mary Lynn (Harden) Mack ’00 at marylynnmack@gmail.com.

Save the Date
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Florida.

Boca Raton, Fla.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Dinner at the St. Andrews Country Club
17557 Claridge Oval West
Boca Raton
Hosted by Eugene Miller ‘47

Jacksonville, Fla.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Reception at Latitude 30
10370 Phillips Highway
Hosted by Margy Lang ‘81

Tampa/St. Pete, Fla.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Luncheon at Marchand’s Bar & Grill at the Vinoy Renaissance
501 5th Avenue N.E.
St. Petersburg

Estero, Fla.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
2-4 p.m.
Reception at Estero Country Club
at the Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail,

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
at 304.829.7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.  Nominations should be sent to:
    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032
  1. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  2. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  3. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Nominations can be sent via email to alumni@bethanywv.edu, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

Bison Athletics
Follow Bison Basketball Online
Now with the basketball season in full swing, Bethany fans don't have to be at the gym to follow the Bison men's and women's teams pursuit of PAC Championships. You can follow all the action from the comfort of your own home in front of the computer. Between now and the end of the regular season, games will be available through video and audio web streams. Down below is a list of scheduled games to be broadcast, but also be sure to check the Bethany Broadcast Network home page for the complete schedule, including PAC Tournament games which will be determined in late February.

Sat., Feb. 5 - Audio
Women (1 p.m.) & Men Basketball at Grove City

Sat., Feb. 12 - Video
Women (2 p.m.) & Men's (2 p.m.) vs. Thomas More

Wed., Feb. 16 - Video
Women (7 p.m.) vs. Chatham

Sat., Feb. 19 - Audio
Women (2 p.m.) & Men (4 p.m.) at Wash. & Jeff.

Bethany Names Peter Parikakis New Women's Soccer Coach
Former Mary Baldwin College women’s soccer coach Peter Parikakis has been selected as the new head women’s soccer coach at Bethany College, according to Director of Athletics Tim Weaver.

Hackathorn and Taormina Power Bethany Past Thiel 66-58
Behind a double-double from sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) and a season-high in points from junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park), the Bethany College women’s basketball team beat Thiel at Hummel Field House 66-58 Wednesday night.

Bison Try to Bounce Back Saturday at Grove City
After missing a chance to move into a tie for first place in the conference, the Bethany College men’s basketball team will try to regain momentum when it travels to Grove City for a PAC contest at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Bethany to Host Softball Hitting Clinic
The Bethany College softball program will host a hitting clinic for all interested players at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27th at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center on the Bethany campus.

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


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