Volume II, Number V
An E-News Service of Bethany College
September 5, 2008

Campus News
Former Attorney General Thornburgh to Address Fall Convocation
Richard L. “Dick” Thornburgh, former Attorney General of the United States and Governor of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Fall Convocation address to students, faculty, staff and friends of Bethany College on Thursday, Sept. 11. The Fall Convocation will begin at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall at Old Main. Thornburgh will also be conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Partners With Bethany College
The Presidents of Bethany College and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh have signed a Junior Year College Affiliate Program and Transfer of Credit Agreement which provides enhanced academic offerings for students from both institutions. The signing was announced by George L. Pry, President of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.


News Briefs
Leadership Council Holds First Meeting
The newly-appointed Leadership Council met for the first time on Wednesday. This 13-member group will continue to meet throughout the academic year with the goal of improving communications with the various administrative departments on campus.

With President Miller chairing the Leadership Council, the President’s Cabinet serves as ex officio members. The next meeting will be held in early October.

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Bethany to Install New and Improved E-Mail System
Bethany is about to install a new and improved e-mail system that utilizes industry-standard Microsoft products. Servers for the new system are already in place and the software is being prepared for a launch in the very near future. As part of the improvements, all Windows-based computers on campus will be upgraded to Microsoft Outlook 2007 and a new browser-based service will be activated. Campus computers running on the Macintosh platform will also be supported.

The College began the move toward industry-standard authentication and systems management last year with the implementation of Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Active Directory. This next step in the progression will provide many benefits, including better mail delivery, rich HTML support, folder and contact sharing, Instant Search and more.

ICE Consortium Paying Off for Bethany
Several members of the Bethany College administrative staff recently joined their Independent College Enterprise (ICE) colleagues in a very productive series of training and user group meetings. The ICE is a nonprofit consortium of seven private colleges that have joined forces to share administrative software, experiences and expertise.

Each meeting was dedicated to a specific area such as Admission, Financial Aid, Registrar and input was encouraged from each member school. That focus resulted in a full day of targeted training, support and networking for all participants.

A total of 11 sessions were conducted by ICE during July and August with the aim of elevating the overall efficiency of all member programs with many more planned throughout the 2008-09 academic year.

Reception for Herb Weaver’s Sabbatical Art Show Set
The opening reception for Professor Herb Weaver’s Sabbatical Art Show will be held tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Renner Union Gallery. This outstanding exhibit is already open for viewing and will be on display at Renner Union through Sept. 21.

Weaver has approximately 40 pieces in the exhibit. Most of them are examples of his low-fired or polychrome ceramic sculptures. He estimated that he created about 60 new pieces of original art during his sabbatical along with nearly 1,000 pieces of pottery.

Guests are reminded that the gallery’s viewing hours have changed this semester in hopes of providing more staffing and security. The Renner Union Gallery will now be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays along with Noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Hours will be expanded on occasion for special weekend events and private viewing opportunities are available by appointment. All art exhibits and related receptions are presented by the Fine Arts Department and Student Activities Council. The Office of Alumni Relations assists with the Homecoming Show.


Alumni News
Frances McDormand ’79 Stars in Burn After Reading
Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand '79 returns to the silver screen next week with the release of her latest film, Burn After Reading. McDormand plays the female lead in a star-studded cast that also features Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton. The movie, described as a dark spy comedy, was chosen to open the prestigious Venice Film Festival last month and is scheduled for a 1,000-screen nationwide release on Friday, Sept. 12.

Burn After Reading was written, directed and produced by the team of Joel and Ethan Coen, who won multiple Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director) for their work in last year’s No Country for Old Men. McDormand has been married to Joel Cohen since 1984.

The daughter of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor and a graduate of Monessen (Pa.) High School, McDormand earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany in 1979. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1996 in recognition of her performance as chief of police Marge Gunderson in the movie, Fargo. McDormand has also received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000) and North Country (2005).

Homecoming 2008 Set for Oct. 3-5
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Homecoming 2008, scheduled for Oct. 3-5. There are many activities slated for the weekend.

For detailed information about all of the Homecoming events, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:
www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/events/homecoming-2008/

Deadline Approaching for Fall Alumni Exhibit
Alumni artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of their work for inclusion in the Alumni Invitational Exhibit, which will be held Oct. 3-31 in the Renner Union Gallery. Pieces may be executed in any two-dimensional or three-dimensional medium. Alumni are reminded that all work must be received by Sept. 26 in order to be included.

In conjunction with the exhibit, alumni artists will be guests of honor at the annual Homecoming Art Exhibit Reception, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3 from 8-10 p.m. For additional information, send an e-mail to Professor Kenn Morgan at kmorgan@bethanywv.edu.

Alumni Softball Game Set for Sept. 27
Head coach Jan Forsty and the Bethany College softball team are inviting all former players back to campus on Sept. 27 for the annual Alumni Softball Game. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the Office of Alumni Relations will provide a picnic dinner following the game.

This is a chance for former Bethany softball players to renew old friendships while getting an up-close look at the tremendous strides that have been taken in upgrading the softball facilities. To register for the event, send an e-mail with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, t-shirt size and graduation year to Coach Forsty at jforsty@bethanywv.edu. For questions or additional information, give Coach Forsty a call at (304) 829-7271.

Florida Alumni: Save the Date!
Please save the date and join Bethany Alumni and Friends for a gathering in the Jacksonville, Fla. area on Tuesday, Oct. 28. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.


Bison Athletics
Bethany Opener at Otterbein to be Webcast
If fans can’t make it to Otterbein (Ohio) College Saturday afternoon for the Bethany College football season opener, they will still be able to listen to all the action from their computer.

That’s because for the fourth consecutive year, Bethany College and TEAMLINE will team up to bring fans as many Bison athletic events as possible during the 2008-09 year. The first free webcast will be this Saturday, when Bethany sports information director Brian Rose will be live at Otterbein's Memorial Stadium, bringing you all the action of BC’s season opener. The web cast will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m., 15 minutes prior to the 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

To listen to the live free webcast, just go to Bethany’s athletic web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics and click on the TEAMLINE logo. From there, click on the sport you want to listen to and follow the instructions to hear all the action.

This is just the first of many planned Bethany athletic webcasts this year. To see which events will be available to listen to over TEAMLINE, please continue checking the Bethany athletic site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics.

Bethany Season Opener on Tap for Saturday at Otterbein
The Bethany College football team will kick off the 2008 season Saturday when they travel to Westerville, Ohio, to take on Otterbein (Ohio) College in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Kickoff at Otterbein’s Memorial Stadium is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Bethany Falls in Season Opener at LaRoche
The Bethany College volleyball team had their 2008 season opener end on a down note Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss (21-25, 18-25, 21-25) at LaRoche (Pa.) College.

Bethany on Short End of 1-0 Decision to LaRoche
Although the Bethany College women’s soccer team had more shots than visiting LaRoche (Pa.) College Wednesday, the Redhawks (2-1) were the only team to put one in the net, as they came away with a 1-0 victory over the Bison (1-1).

Bison Men Defeated by Frostburg State
Bethany College freshman Cameron Ward (Toronto, Canada/Mowat) scored his second goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Bison men’s soccer team from dropping a 4-1 decision to visiting Frostburg State (Md.) University Wednesday afternoon.

Fourth Annual Hugh 'Tiger' Joyce Golf Outing
Homecoming Weekend 2008 will begin on Friday, Oct. 3, with the 4th Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble. The event will once again be held at picturesque Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Registration for the outing begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up however, as registration is limited to the first 144 golfers. For more information, contact Debbie Soly at 304-829-7240 or dsoly@bethanywv.edu.

To register, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:
www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/hugh-tiger-joyce-golf-scramble/

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

 

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