Volume IV, Number XVII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 10, 2010

Campus News
Bethany College Professor Wiley Cash Signs Book Deal with Harper Collins
Bethany College Assistant Professor of English Wiley Cash’s novel “The Rain Barrel” has been sold to William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, in a two-book deal.

News Briefs
The Bethany College Community Mourns John R. Taylor, ’44
The Bethany College Community mourns the passing of John R. Taylor, ’44, on this day, December 9, 2010.  Mr. Taylor died of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Bethany on December 8, 2010.

Professor Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Bethany College in 1944.  He was a senior fellow, received distinction on his comprehensive exams, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.  He received a Masters degree from Princeton University, and did additional work at the University of Akron, University of Kansas, University of Birmingham, (England), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and University of Oxford.  He received an honorary doctorate in Humanities degree from Bethany College in 1991.

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Professor Taylor served as a faculty member in English from 1955 until 1992.  He continued to teach as Professor of English Emeritus until 2009.  In 1982 he received the James E. Allison Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 1987 he received the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award, both presented by the Bethany College Alumni Association.

A legendary teacher and generous benefactor, Professor Taylor dedicated his entire professional life to educating students at Bethany College.  A passionate and demanding scholar of Shakespeare, Professor Taylor opened the eyes of countless Bethany students to the brilliance of the Bard.  For many years Professor Taylor’s semester long course in Oxford was a mainstay of Bethany’s study abroad opportunities.  He also served the alumni of Bethany by leading regular excursions to Oxford.

Most recently, the 2010 edition of the Bethany College literary magazine the Harbinger was dedicated to him “for decades of steadfast dedication to teaching Latin, Shakespeare, and life lessons to the students of Bethany College.” In his own words, inscribed on a plaque he dedicated beneath a tree located at the Erickson Alumni Center, Professor Taylor wrote, “Found a Universe at this Small College.” He will be sadly missed by colleagues, alumni and friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Starlight Breakfast Held
On December 8, 2010, more than 350 students took a break from studying for finals to attend the Starlight Breakfast hosted by the Student Activities Council and Chartwell’s with the help of many volunteers. This year’s event featured the very popular AquaMassage beds, two massage therapists, a chocolate dipping station and a variety of breakfast foods.

Volunteers were numerous this year and included (but were not limited to): President Scott Miller, Dr. Darin Fields, Elizabeth de Jong, Sven de Jong, Tracy Depew, Necol Dunson and Chartwells Dining Service, Joe Lovano, Karen McFadden, Kelly Schuller, Anju Ramjee, Lisa Reilly, Roni Reynolds, Heather Taylor, Carol Tyler, Tracie Duncan, Shirley Carter, Tim Weaver, Rev. Scott Thayer, Heather Ricciuti, Shannon Smuck, Jon Geyer and the Student Activities Council. Heather Mullendore, Director of Student Activities, expresses thanks to the students, faculty and staff who helped make the event a success.

Multilingual Caroling a Tradition in Bethany
One of the many treasures of Bethany is the annual singing of carols.  Once again this year, on Wednesday, December 8, Bethany faculty and students from the German and Spanish Clubs delighted the Bethany community with Christmas caroling.  This all-student group was led by Dr. Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures; Dr. Joseph Lovano, Professor of World Languages and Cultures; and Dr. Gary Kappel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The group of more than a dozen sang Christmas carols in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish at several homes in the town of Bethany.

Registration Open for Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Bethany College continues to accept applications and enrollments for its newly established Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Initiated in Fall 2010, the MAT degree at Bethany is a progressive program created to serve individuals who have earned their baccalaureate degree in education and teaching certification and wish to further their professional development through graduate work in pedagogy. In addition, the MAT program provides a pathway into teaching for those who hold a baccalaureate degree outside of education, allowing them to pursue graduate-level studies while completing the requirements for initial teacher certifications in elementary (grades K-6) or middle school education (grades 5-9).

Bethany’s MAT program also provides an option for Bethany undergraduates entering their senior year to seek provisional admission to the program and begin coursework. This plan enables students to graduate in five years with a baccalaureate degree, initial licensure and an MAT degree. The MAT program is designed to be a part-time program lasting approximately two years. Graduate classes will be held on evenings and weekends during regular semesters, along with January and summer term coursework. Online classes may also be offered. The program culminates with a full-time, semester-long internship in a public school.

Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Share 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. The event, Invisible Children: Share the Love, will be held on February 14 at Bethany’s Benedum Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and reservations are not required. The dinner is covered under the student meal plan, and the cost for others is $8. The Council will be working closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together both Ugandan culture and Valentine’s Day. Updates will be posted at www.facebook.com/sccbethanywv.

Faculty Spotlight
Submitted by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Physical Education and Sports Studies
Kosmas Mouratidis, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education and Sports Studies, was a delegate at the OPHEA and Physical & Health Education National Conference held in Toronto, Canada, October 21-23.  This provided an excellent opportunity to examine and address best practices in Physical Education Pedagogy. Mouratidis attended several workshops over the course of the weekend, which included:

Critical Literacy in the Physical Education Curriculum; Teaching Tactical Understanding Through Simple Game Forms; Fun, Fast, & Fit; Functional Fitness Blasts for the Brain and Body; and Activating Minds: Developing Literacy Through Game Play In Secondary PE.

Mouratidis completed his Director of Coaching Diploma during the weekend of November 5. This 21-hour non-residential course was held on the campus of the University of Indianapolis and is designed to address the issues confronting the Director of an American club. The curriculum is created jointly by US Club Soccer and the NSCAA and examines technical, conceptual, leadership and administrative skills of current and future directors of coaching for youth soccer clubs for the purpose of developing players. Highlighted topics included organizational structure, methods of coaching, leadership theory, evaluation and development of coaches and players as well as fiscal, moral and legal responsibility.

Mouratidis attended the 89th Annual WVAHPERD Convention in Davis, W.Va., at Canaan Valley State Park-Resort. PETE student Alex Tylka joined him.  Professor Mouratidis currently serves as the Section Chair for West Virginia and was elected as Vice President Elect for Higher Education for 2010-2011. He also served as a presenter.  His topic was Soccer Savvy – How to use extension, refinement and application principles in the teaching of soccer at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels.

Physical Science
Lisa Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and the Department of Physical Science have been awarded an Instrumentation Grant from the Division of Science and Research (DSR) of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission. The proposal entitled “From the Ground State to Excitation: Introduction of Raman Spectroscopy in Liberal Arts and Majors Chemistry Courses” will provide funds ($13,511) for the purchase of a Raman spectroscope which will be incorporated into the department curriculum. The Instrumentation Grant Program is designed to provide funds for faculty at West Virginia’s undergraduate institutions for the purchase of laboratory equipment.

During the spring 2011 semester, Reilly is also offering an experimental course on Enology, the art and science of winemaking. Students will study wine fermentation, analyze wine and beer compositions, and utilize sensory perception to explore the role of science and technology in the production of food. If any alumni or friends of Bethany have experience in the field of winemaking and would be interested in sharing their expertise with the class, please contact her at lreilly@bethanywv.edu.

Kimberly Fisher, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was awarded a West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer [2011] Fellowship. She will be working with Dr. William Wonderlin, Associate Professor of Biochemistry at West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center School of Medicine.

Fisher will use this fellowship opportunity to diversify her technical skills in the area of Biomedical Research.  She will be studying how protein aggregates can stimulate the physiological activity of ribosome-bound translocons (RBTs) in the endoplasmic reticulum. The outcome of this research is highly relevant to understanding the pathophysiological basis of Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease.

Visual Arts
Herb Weaver, Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts, spent part of Thanksgiving Break in Istanbul, Turkey, conducting a two-day ceramics workshop at Robert College. While there he toured many ancient structures and visited landmarks of historical significance in an effort to better inform his teaching at Bethany College.

Alumni News
Donahue ’02 Honored by Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Donahue ’02 was presented with a meritorious assistant prosecutor award by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (OPAA) at the group’s annual meeting December 2-3. Donahue is the first assistant prosecutor from Meigs County to be honored with an award from the OPAA.

After earning his degree in psychology from Bethany in 2002, Donahue attended the University of Dayton Law School in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated in 2005. He has been an attorney since November 7, 2005 and has been with the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorneys Office since March 1, 2006.

Donahue has been active as an assistant prosecutor in each of the three Meigs Courts—Common Pleas, Juvenile and County Court.  In addition, Donahue has been involved in the civil side of the Prosecutor’s Office as well, overseeing much of the efforts to collect delinquent property taxes, meeting with and advising other departments of the county government, township trustees, school boards and other governmental entities.

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 should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than December 31, 2010. 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.

Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Soltis Named All-Region by D3Football.com
Bethany College senior offensive lineman Jason Soltis (Port Vue, Pa./South Allegheny) can add one more award to his impressive collection after he was voted Third Team All-South Region by the national web site D3Football.com.

Bison Escape With 60-59 Win at Ohio-Eastern
With the game tied at 56 with two minutes to play, the Bethany College women’s basketball team scored four straight points and then held off Ohio-Eastern for a 60-59 victory Tuesday night in a non-conference match-up.

Bison Go To 2-0 in PAC With 87-59 Win Over Waynesburg
Sparked by 52 percent shooting from the floor and 27 forced turnovers, the Bethany College men’s basketball improved to 2-0 in the PAC with a convincing 87-59 victory over visiting Waynesburg Saturday night at Hummel Field House.

Women's Relay Breaks Record to Highlight Big Day for Bison Swimming
The Bethany College women’s 200 Free Relay broke a school record, which highlighted a big day for the Bison swimming and diving teams, as the women faced Penn State-Altoona and Ursuline in a double-dual meet and the BC men took on Penn State-Altoona.

Bethany's Soltis Selected For All-Star Game
Bethany College senior offensive lineman Jason Soltis (Port Vue, Pa./South Allegheny) has been selected for The DIII Football Senior Classic in Salem, Va.

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


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