Volume III, Number XXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 26, 2010

Campus News
Bethany College to Celebrate Founder's Day
Bethany College will celebrate 170 years as a small college of national distinction with Founder’s Day on March 4. Festivities will include a formal convocation and wreath-laying ceremony. Dr. Walter M. Bortz III, President Emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College and Trustee Emeritus of Bethany College, will give the keynote address.

Endowed Award Named in Honor of Bethany Professor Randolph Cooey
W. Randolph Cooey, a graduate and long-time economics professor of Bethany College, will be honored with the establishment of an endowed award, The W. Randolph Cooey Value Added Award, made possible through an $11,000 contribution by an anonymous donor. He will retire from the College at the end of the current academic year.

Bethany College's 'Hands to Haiti' Presents
Project RED Week

The Bethany College Hands to Haiti initiative continues Feb. 22-26 with Project RED Week, hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Activities Council (SAC). Hands to Haiti programs were designed to raise funds and support for victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

Bethany College Continues Fundraising
for Earthquake Victims

The Bethany College Freshman Class Council is working in coordination with Chartwells and Bethany’s Office of Student Life to raise funds and awareness for Haiti with a Haitian dinner on March 3. The event, part of the College’s Hands to Haiti initiative, will be held in Bethany’s cafeteria from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

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News Briefs
Bethany Officials Attend ASJMC Workshop at Atlanta’s CNN Center
Two Bethany College officials attended a Feb. 19-20 workshop at the CNN Center in Atlanta as part of the Winter Workshop for the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC). Dr. Mort Gamble, Assistant to the President, and Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication, attended the workshop sessions, which included tracks for academic administration and advancement.

CNN executives met with the ASJMC participants after a special tour of the facilities to discuss ways that college students could become more involved using CNN products such as NewsSource. Other workshop sessions included such topics as online course offerings, leadership in journalism and mass communication programs in tough economic times, fundraising, and the process of forming advisory boards.

Sutherland is finishing a three-year term as national representative for small communication programs to the ASJMC Executive Council. Bethany College communication alumni such as Toria Tolley and Keith Piasecki have worked for CNN News in Atlanta.

"It was a very upbeat workshop,” stated Sutherland. “CNN executives stressed that they actually added employees last year and the meetings and sessions confirmed that digital media curriculum and campus media software and hardware upgrades, such as ones recently made at Bethany College, are in line with what employers such as CNN see as essential for graduates to have in order to work in the fast-changing industry.”

Pink Zone Event Brings in $850 to
Help Fight Cancer

The Women’s Basketball team and Zeta Tau Alpha announced that a successful WBCA Pink Zone Game was held on Saturday, February 20. The groups brought in $850 that will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Funds were raised through donations, as well as sales of Pink Zone t-shirts, breast cancer awareness bracelets, ribbons and key chains, and Pink Zone Rally Towels. Zeta Tau Alpha also held raffles for a gift card and an iPod and worked with the Office of Student Life to host a pink costume competition. Last Saturday night saw one of the biggest home crowds this season, with many attendees dressed in shades of pink! 

Women’s Month 2010 Set for March
The Office of Student Life, in conjunction with the Writing Center, the Social Work Department, Health Services and Counseling, invites the Bethany community and friends to Women’s Month 2010. Kicking off the month will be award-winning slam poet Crystal Tennille Irby as she hosts a slam poetry session on March 1 at 8 p.m. in The Bethany Beanery. Irby and a friend, Thea Monyee, will host a workshop on March 2 for all female students. The workshop will address how women treat the other women in their lives and their relationships. Events will also include Popcorn and PJs: A Girls Night In on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church. The evening will feature a movie showing. A Family Planning Clinic on March 8, offered in conjunction with Brooke County Health Department, will offer cervical and breast cancer screenings.

Additional events after spring break will include programs by Bethany College faculty Kathy Furbee, who will present “I’m Stuck Here: Why You Stay in Bad Relationships” at 7 p.m. on March 22, and by Dr. Katrina Cooper, who will speak on “We’re So Happy:  Identifying Good Relationships and Keeping Them That Way” at 7 p.m. on March 24. Heather Taylor of the Writing Center will present “Words in Your Face,” a slam poetry session for students on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. More programs will be presented throughout the month. Additional details can be found on the College calendar and will be announced as they approach.

Bethany Represented at WV Higher Education Day
Bethany was represented at West Virginia Higher Education Day at the Legislature by President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong on February 19 in Charleston. This is an annual occasion for all colleges and universities in West Virginia to display exhibits at the State Capitol and participate in activities sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Participants can meet with the Governor and members of the Senate and House of Delegates. This year Katherine (Katy) Reuning, Senior Fellow in the Communication Department, attended with Renner Visiting Scholar M.E. Yancosek Gamble. Reuning shadowed Governor Manchin’s photographer, Steve Rotsch, and interviewed and worked alongside the Governor’s media staff. She met First Lady Gayle C. Manchin, presidents of other institutions and members of the Legislature.


Bethany Featured on NAICU Home Page
Bethany College is now a featured institution on the Web site of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The College is included in the rotation of schools displayed at the top of the main page, as well as on all second-level pages. The Bethany logo is also featured at the bottom right of the home page and links to Bethany’s Web site.

The NAICU site drew more than 133,000 visitors in January and approximately 345,000 page views for the month.

The Bethany Beanery Unveils New Look

Thanks to a generous gift by the late Bethany College graduate Lynn Coleman ‘65, new furniture has been ordered and placed in The Bethany Beanery, a high-traffic coffee shop and café area for students, faculty and staff. Booth seating, café tables and lounging chairs were added to provide the Bethany community with a comfortable place to grab lunch, study, visit or take a break between classes. The new furniture was delivered on February 18, and the response has been very positive. 

The Tower Features Snowstorm 2010 in Special Photo Edition
The Tower announced a special photo edition to commemorate the snowstorm of 2010. More than 100 photos were submitted by Bethany students and staff, and the best of these were selected for publication in the special issue. Bethany residents can pick up a print copy at the usual locations around campus or go to The Tower Web site and download a PDF file of the paper: www2.bethanywv.edu/comm/tower.html. The Tower will resume its regular publishing schedule with the March 5th issue.

Bethany Expands Equine Web Presence
Bethany’s Equine Program information has been updated and expanded at www.bethanywv.edu. To find out more about the program, click on the Athletics and Riding link at the top of the College’s home page, and choose Equestrian under Select a Team on the right. Visitors can now browse among featured information such as Coaching Staff, Ranking/Standings, Rosters and Schedules. The Bethany Equestrian Club offers competitive riding opportunities for College students in three divisions – Hunter Seat, Dressage and Western.

Photos of Bethany Available on Flickr
To view campus shots and winter weather photos of Bethany, visit: www.flickr.com/photos/bethanycollegewv/

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Visit Rescheduled for March 8-11
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting March 8-11 at Bethany College. The event, originally slated for February, was rescheduled due to winter weather. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. The Opening Ceremony will be held on March 8 at 7 p.m. The Closing Ceremony will be held on March 11 at 4 p.m. Both events — which will feature chants, music and dance — will take place in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall. The monks will continue to work in Commencement Hall from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 9-10 and from 10 a.m. through the Closing Ceremony on March 11. The public is welcome to attend.

The monks’ visit is part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a world tour co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling. The tour, endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and operated under the guidance of Drepung Loseling Monastery (re-established in exile in south India), was designed to make a contribution to world peace and healing through sacred art; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half will be distributed to the audience at the Closing Ceremony on March 11, while the remainder will be carried to Buffalo Creek, where it will be deposited. The waters carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. A reception will follow the Closing Ceremony.

Sign up for Bethany Information via RSS Feeds, E-Scores and Twitter!
You can sign up to receive athletics scores, headlines and other information on your cell phone or e-mail by visiting http://escores.stretchinternet.com/login.php?sch=bethanywv. You can also sign up to keep the latest Bethany news at your fingertips by clicking on the RSS Feed link on the College’s home page: www.bethanywv.edu.

To learn even more about what is happening at Bethany, keep in touch with the College’s three Twitter accounts:

  • Bethany_College – is the news, sports and events Twitter address of the College
  • BethanyCollege1 – is the Twitter address of Dr. Scott Miller, President of the College
  • BethanyCollege2 – is the Twitter address of Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.

Applications must be postmarked by May 28.

Financial Aid Reminder: File Your FAFSA For New Year
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.

Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:

Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.

Faculty News
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Visual and Performing Arts/Religious Studies
Brooke Deal, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music, performed on alumna Amanda McCoy's ’09 country-rock tune, "I Tried."  A preview can be accessed online at http://home.comcast.net/~collaros623/iTriedPreview.mp3. The track will appear on the Bethany Rock Ensemble's upcoming CD, Thick Is Blooder.  

Literature and Language
Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English, will present his paper, "I'll Take My (One Night) Stand: Thomas Wolfe's Non-committal Relationship with the South," at the annual meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society in Greenville, S.C. May 28-30.

Alumni News
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced

Friday, April 16, 2010

12:00 p.m. - Golf Scramble - Highland Springs Golf Course

5:00 p.m. - Dinner - Drovers Inn

6:30 p.m. - Women's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Bison Stadium

7:30 p.m. - Social - Bison Inn

Saturday, April 17, 2010

9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - Men's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex

1:00 p.m. - 7 vs.7 Alumni Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex

3:30 p.m. - Picnic - Cunningham Soccer Complex

8:00 p.m. - Star of Honor Reception - Renner Art Gallery

Sunday, April 18, 2010

11:00 a.m. - Brunch - Benedum Commons

For more information please contact
John Cunningham at jcunningham@bethanysoccercamps.com
Sean Regan at sregan@bethanywv.edu
or Barry Christmas at bchristmas@bethanywv.edu

McCoy’s CD Available for Purchase
Bethany College 2009 graduate Amanda McCoy’s recently released CD, “Jade,” is now available for $8. To purchase a CD, contact Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music, at pcollaros@bethanywv.edu. Visit McCoy’s web site at http://amandamccoy.com/.

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

Florida Alumni Event
Look for the Alumni Event photos from the Florida events in next week's issue of the Old Main Journal.

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.

Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu.  Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bison Fall in PAC Semifinals at Thomas More
The Bethany College men’s basketball team saw a seven-point second half lead disappear under a 25-4 blitz, as Thomas More rallied for an 88-73 victory over the Bison in the PAC Tournament semifinals Thursday night.

Five Bison Swimmers Voted All-PAC
Five Bethany College men’s swimmers were voted Honorable Mention All-PAC by the coaches of the conference Wednesday afternoon. The All-PAC honors are awarded based on the cumulative individual results at the 2010 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Grove City Feb. 18-20.

Bison Upset Bid Foiled in Closing Seconds at W&J
The Bethany College women’s basketball team rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to lead Washington & Jefferson in the closing seconds, but W&J’s Kennan Killeen hit a jumper with 4.4 seconds left to give the Presidents a 66-65 win over the Bison in the PAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or tweaver@bethanywv.edu for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.

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


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