Communication Week Features Alumni and
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
"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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
if you would like to participate.
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
June 21 - 27
June 28 - July 17
July 19 - August 7
For more information on Camp Canyon please
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.
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.
school girls week will be on campus from July 24 –
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
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.
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
For more information or to register,
please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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:
To book, please:
1) Call Grand Circle Travel Reservations at 800-353-6262, option
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.
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
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
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.
to view the full schedule.
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.
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.