Volume II, Number XXXIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 17, 2009

Campus News
Bethany College Recognizes Outstanding Students with Honors Day Awards
Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students, faculty and staff with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 16 during its annual Honors Day celebrations. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with their awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

To view the video of Honors Day, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser.


News Briefs
Bethany Launches New Honor Society Chapter
Bethany College has been granted a charter for the newest chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Theta Alpha Kappa began in 1976 at Manhattan College in the Bronx and has grown to more than 200 chapters across the nation. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in the study of religion and theology in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate institutions, hosting conferences, publishing an academic journal and offering scholarships and competitive fellowships to its members.

Eligibility for membership in the society requires high performance both in general studies and in the study of religion. Seniors Alan Douglas Dicken and Alicia Marie Mader will be inducted this spring as the two inaugural members of Bethany’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa.

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47th Annual Communication Week Features Alumni and Media Professionals
The Bethany College Communication Department celebrated its 47th annual Communication Week, held April 14-19, by welcoming distinguished alumni and local media professionals to campus to speak on current issues in the field. Each presentation addressed the week’s theme, "Walking the Line: Taking a Look at Ethics in Mass Communication."

"I think the importance of ethics is something that can't be stressed enough in the field of communication," said Ian Hicks, who organized the week's festivities along with Zach Macormac as department co-senior fellows. "As students we can gain a lot by listening to advice from people who have been there and done that," Hicks said.

Communication Week kicked off on Tuesday evening in the Academic Parlour of Old Main with presentations from J. Michael Myer, Executive Editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and Kurt Franck '78, Managing Editor of the Toledo Blade, which won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for its investigative series on atrocities committed by the elite Tiger Force squad during the Vietnam War. Both talks focused on the changes and ethical dilemmas that the Internet and other innovations have brought to the newspaper business.

Communication Week events continued on Wednesday evening, as Bethany welcomed Dan Verakis '94, Principal of Verakis Associates, Inc., out of Chicago. Since graduating from Bethany, he has worked in corporate communications for several high profile employers, including Monsanto, United Airlines and Whirlpool.

The evening closed with Jennifer Braum '07, Executive News Producer for WTOV-9, and Stephanie Panas '05, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, giving advice to students on subjects like resume writing, internships and what to do and what not to do during job interviews. Both stressed the importance of working one's way up and keeping job expectations realistic, especially in the current economic crisis.

The final event of the week will be Sunday's annual Communication Awards Reception, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room of Benedum Commons.

Bethany Blood Drive Draws Record Number of Donors
Bethany held its semiannual Red Cross Blood Drive on April 1 with approximately 100 people volunteering to donate. Seventy-three full pints and one partial pint were collected, making it one of the most successful drives in Bethany. The housing units with the highest number of donors were Sigma Nu and Alpha Xi Delta. Each received cash prizes of at least $100.

Professor John Hull and Joanne Sykes co-chaired the committee in charge of the event and were assisted by a number of students, faculty and staff who helped make the drive possible.

Social Work Department to Host Annual Honors Banquet
The Social Work Department is celebrating 25 years of accreditation with the 2009 graduating class. On April 24 at 6 p.m., the Department will host its annual Honors Banquet, to be held in Commencement Hall. In addition to an array of student honors, the Department will recognize a staff member and field instructor of the year. Special awards will also be given for participation in the activities recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled 25 Acts of Random Kindness. Social Work alumni have been invited to attend and added to the celebration by establishing a junior class Honors Day award. Approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty and honored guests are expected. Food will be provided by Chartwell's Catering service. Questions about the event should be directed to Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant, at 304.829.7150.

Bethany Football to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.

Bethany College Summer Camp Schedule Announced
Bethany College has four camps returning this summer and an additional two camps added into the schedule.

Camp Canyon will hold three sessions this summer:

Session 1
June 21 - 27

Session 2
June 28 - July 17

Session 3
July 19 - August 7

For more information on Camp Canyon please visit www.campcanyon.com.

The Bethany College Basketball Camp will be run by the Head Men's Basketball Coach Michael Summey and Assistant Coach Matt Drahos. The co-ed camp will run from June 21-25, 2009 and welcomes campers ages 7-15 year olds, both commuters and residential.

BLAST or the Bethany Leadership for Student Training Academy will return for its second year from June 21-24, 2009.

New Assistant Football Coach Bill Struble, a veteran camp director, will bring a football camp to Bethany College the week of July 5th, 2009.

The Bethany College Soccer Camps continue for the third year with the high school boys week ages 13-17 from July 19 – 23, 2009. The high school girls week will be on campus from July 24 – 26, 2009.

Along with the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy returning, Bethany College will host high school band and sports camps, youth retreats, adult conferences and educational programs over the summer months. For more information or brochures on all Bethany College Summer Camps or for group camp availability please email Saralyn Dague at sdague@bethanywv.edu.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Literature and Language
Elizabeth Hull of the Department of Literature and Language attended the fifth annual meeting of the Bluegrass Ancient Societies Symposium at Centre College in Danville, Ky., April 10-11. Twenty scholars of literature and the classical world from the Appalachian region gathered to discuss "Eros in the Ancient World," with texts drawn from classical Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin and Sanskrit lyric poetry. Hull has published two articles on seduction lyrics from Classical Rome through the Renaissance and teaches a seminar on the erotic lyric tradition in the West. She gave a short presentation on the setting of erotic love in a social context in the “Song of Songs.” Other presentations dealt with “New Songs from a Jade Terrace,” “The Tales of Ise,” Vidyakara’s “Subhasitaratnakosa,” Ovid’s “Amores 1.5,” “Sappho 16” and “Catullus 85.”

Larry Grimes was invited to give a keynote address, "Santiago’s Women: An Afro-Cuban Reading of The Old Man and the Sea," at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. The College hosted an exhibition and conference, Celebrating Cuba and the Arts, in March. While in New Jersey, Grimes also attended a reception in honor of Renee Villarreal, who for twenty years served as major domo at Ernest Hemingway's Cuban home, the Finca Vigia. Grimes was instrumental in securing a publisher for Villarreal's memoirs, “Hemingway's Cuban Son,” which will be available from Kent State University Press at the end of this month.

Alumni News
Former WVBC DJs to Broadcast Live During Homecoming 2009
WVBC has been broadcasting as “Ohio Valley’s Unique Radio Station” for more than 40 years. As part of Bethany’s 2009 Homecoming Events, former WVBC DJs will be invited to broadcast live from the tailgating location to help raise funds for the station. Twenty-minute spots for single DJs or teams will be available for participants to play music from their era and relive their DJ experience. Current students will assist with event technology. For more information email WVBC.REUNION@gmail.com.

Baltimore-Area Alumni Reception
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 11. The gathering will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD. The event is being hosted by George ’78 & Patricia Davis.

For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Christmas Markets along the Danube
Calling all Bethany travelers to join a Christmas Markets along the Danube tour. Seasoned travelers, Sue (’64) and Chuck Yale have organized the trip for interested alumni. The nine day river cruise departs November 26, 2009. Pre and Post extensions to Munich and Vienna are available. Discounted rates and free travel insurance are being held for alumni and friends who book by April 30th.

Information about the Christmas Market along the Danube experience: www.gct.com/gcc/general/default.aspx?oid=256815&

To book, please:
1) Call Grand Circle Travel Reservations at 800-353-6262, option #3
2) Mention “Service Code TRAA100 and Group Number 22462”
3) Deposit is $500

Those who prepay their trip as part of the GCT’s “Good Buy Discount”, will receive extra savings and a price protection against potential fuel increases by airlines. www.gct.com/gcc/general/default.aspx?oid-256815&

Spaces are limited, so join us now!

Attention PSI Beta’s – 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College.
Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.

PSI Beta Alumni – Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click here. To register online, click here.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1. Click here to view the full schedule.

Bison Athletics
Bison Women Take 1st, Men 2nd at PAC South Quad Meet
The Bethany women’s track and field team brought home first place, while the men finished second at the PAC South Quad Meet held at Geneva Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany's Newland Receives Pair of Awards
Bethany sophomore Cortney Newland (Carmichaels, Pa.) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Pitcher of the Week, as well as the Division III Softball Central Region Player of the Week for April 13.

Another Big Comeback Gives Bison Sweep at Grove City
After cruising to a 7-1 victory in the opener, the Bethany softball team used their second big rally in the last four days to wrestle a 12-11 victory in eight innings away from Grove City for a PAC sweep.

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


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