E. Scott Lectures Set
This year's Oreon E. Scott Lectures (April 20-21) will celebrate
the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Thomas Campbell's
"Declaration and Address."
Lectures will be given by Drs. Mark G.
Toulouse (Emmanuel College of Victoriia University, Toronto
School of Theology), Douglas A. Foster (Abeline Christian University)
and Paul Blowers (Emmanuel School of Religion). Dr. D. Duane
Cummins (President Emeritus, Bethany College) will preach at
the Monday evening worship service.
For more information or to register for
the lectures call the Office of Church Relations (304-829-7723)
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Director of Alumni
& Parent Relations Participating in Leadership Program
Michele Gockstetter Rejonis '94, Bethany's Director of Alumni
& Parent Relations, has been selected by the Wheeling Area
Chamber of Commerce to be a member of the Leadership Wheeling
Class of 2009. The Leadership Wheeling Program is designed to
expand the leadership potential of individuals chosen from all
sectors of the Wheeling Metropolitan Area. Participants are
selected through an application and review process. Program
participants will learn about the history of the Ohio Valley,
entrepreneurial achievement, community involvement, local economic
development and government and financial planning.
The Rev. David T. Chafin was called as Deputy Regional Minister
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia
on January 2, 2008, and he was installed at the Regional Assembly
the following April. He previously served as Pastor of the Central
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Huntington, W.Va.,
following a co-pastorate with his wife, the Rev. Jayne L. Chafin,
at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hubbard,
A graduate of Marshall University where
he studied music, Rev. Chafin received the M.Div. degree from
Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and he served congregations
of the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ
prior to his ordination in 1994 at the First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) in Chillicothe, Ohio. He previously chaired
the West Virginia Regional Commission on the Ministry, and he
has served in numerous ecumenical and community organizations
in West Virginia and Ohio.
The Chafins reside in Parkersburg and
are the parents of four children: Christie Needham, Scott Waggoner,
Leslee Buckner and Katelyn Chafin. They have four grandchildren
(and are expecting their fifth grandchild later this month).
Speaker to Deliver Sermon at National Prayer Service
The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has been selected
to deliver the sermon at President-Elect Barack Obama’s
National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral on Wednesday,
January 21. Rev. Watkins will be the first woman to deliver
the sermon at this inaugural event, a tradition dating back
to George Washington, which will celebrate America’s diversity
As General Minister of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada,
Dr. Watkins is the general pastor of the 700,000-member denomination.
As General President, she is the chief executive officer for
Dr. Watkins is a member of the Central
Committee of the World Council of Churches. In 2006, she was
a representative at the World Council’s General Assembly
in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree
from Phillips Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from
Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor’s Degree in French
and Economics from Butler University.
Planning in Full Swing
A team five member team from Performa Higher Education visited
Bethany campus for four intensive days to help develop the ten
year campus master plan for Bethany. The team which consisted
of specialists in all aspects of college planning met with members
of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, students, alumni
and community members. During their visit they examined the
entire physical plant of the college, did classroom use assessments,
financial modeling and spent an extensive amount of time with
college constituents to learn more about the institution and
to be Offered in Spring
The Education Department will offer spring student teaching
this semester. After a successfully piloting student teaching
last spring with two students, ten student teachers and interns
will complete the semester-long student teaching experience
in the tri-state area this spring. The Education Department
has agreements with areas schools for student teaching placements
in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. This past fall, thirty
student teachers and interns completed the semester-long experience.
In an effort to provide more flexible
scheduling for students, several Education courses, including
the student teaching block, are offered both semesters. To advance
to student teaching, students must first be admitted to the
Education Program. Program admission requires a written application,
two letters of recommendation, passing WV scores on the Praxis
I national exam, a completed WV criminal background check, and
a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
President Attends Higher
Education Meetings in Florida
For the eighth year, President Miller served as the chair of
the two day Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) New Presidents
Institute. The program was held in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Dr. Miller chairs the group. His long time associate Dr. Marylouise
Fennell is the Executive Director of the program.
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represented the College at a number of other meetings last week
The InterAmerican Consortium Board of Directors
-- The annual Board of Directors meeting is held in conjunction
with the CIC Presidents Institute each year. Six American institutions
and 11 foreign colleges and universities are members of the
consortium. Dr. Miller is the Chair of the Board of Directors.
CIC Presidents Institute -- He also attended
the annual CIC Presidents Institute that followed that program.
A former Vice Chair of the CIC Board of Directors, Dr. Miller
has been active in CIC for 21 years.
Datatel Presidents -- He attended the meeting
of Datatel Corporate user presidents. Datatel is the academic
and administrative software provider for the Bethany campus
via the ICE consortium.
Performa Master Planning -- He also met with
representatives of Performa Higher Education Inc. of Green
Bay, Wisconsin to discuss the upcoming four day visit to campus
to begin the campus master plan and corrective planning process.
New Library Director Announced
Heather May-Ricciuti has been appointed as Library Director
for the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library and the Grace Ryland
and Henry Robinson Children's Library at the Hurl Education
Center. A familiar face on campus, Heather has served in numerous
positions in the library since her arrival in 1997, most recently
as Associate Director. She will be in charge of all aspects
of the library’s operations, including budgeting and staff,
and will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
IT operations will continue to report to Vice President Kiefer.
Faculty and Alumni Chosen to Teach at 2009 West Virginia Governor’s
Five members of the Bethany College Faculty and staff and one
alumnus have been chosen to teach at the 2009 West Virginia
Governor’s Honors Academy (GHA) from June 27 through July
18, 2009. Candidates were chosen from submitted faculty application
and interviews by a committee appointed by the West Virginia
Department of Education and the Arts.
Selected to teach are:
Dr. Jay Libby, Assistant Professor of Communications, Dr. Erich
Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, Heather Taylor, Director
of the McCann Writing Center and Learning Specialist and 2005
Bethany College Graduate, Sachiko Wood, Lecturer in Foreign
Language and Culture, Fujiko Sawtarie, Professor of Computer
Science. Returning to teach for the second year is Henry “Hank”
Hampton a 2006 Interdisciplinary Major.
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary Year
of GHA with the theme “Cultivating Curiosity” this
summer will be an increased number of students from previous
year. The 200 high school rising juniors will come to the Bethany
College Campus for three weeks of classes, activities, fieldtrips
and other educational opportunities. Student applications are
currently being accepted from all fifty-five counties in the
state of West Virginia. Bethany College is in the second summer
serving as host of a three-year grant award funded by the West
Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
Leads First-Rate American Chemical Society Student Chapter
Under the direction of Dr. Don Weser '64, Frostburg State University's
chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
(SAACS) has been selected to receive an Outstanding Chapter
Award for its 2007-2008 activities. Frostburg's SAACS is one
of only 40 outstanding chapters among more than 1,000 chapters
overall to receive and outstanding rating. The FSU chapter was
noted particularly for its efforts in community service, communication
and recruiting new members from the chemistry and biology majors.
The winners will be presented with plaques in March at the ACS
National Meeting in Salt Lake City.
Son of Alumna
Records Message with President Clinton
Justin deParis, son of Marie deParis, ’83 has recorded
a video message with President Clinton to encourage kids to
make healthy eating decisions and to help curb childhood obesity.
The message that can be viewed on
YouTube is part of a national
campaign by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Following a nation-wide search by the
Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Justin was selected to
join its inaugural "Youth Advisory Board." The Board,
made up of 21 youth representing a diverse mix of backgrounds
will not only provide feedback on the Alliance Kids’ Movement
programs and strategies, but also generate new ideas on how
to make healthy living the norm, not the exception. The Youth
Advisory Board will also lead the way in their community and
amongst their peers as they spread the word about the importance
of young people living healthy.
Alumni and friends in various parts of Florida kicked off 2009
with three separate alumni events. President Scott D. Miller
and Vice President Sven de Jong traveled to Estero on January
6, Stuart on January 8 and St. Petersburg on January 10. To
view pictures of the events, click
SAVE THE DATE-
Save the date and plan to join Bethany
Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D.
Miller in your area.
Wednesday, February 11,
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
For more information or to register for
any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations
at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online, click
Save the Date! Phi
Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter
of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its
70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7,
2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and
make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration
that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional
details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal
Save the Date! Alumni
Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to
join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday,
May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues
of the Old Main Journal.
Names Sean Regan Head Men's Soccer Coach
Washington & Jefferson College assistant
Sean Regan has been selected as the new head men’s soccer
coach at Bethany College, according to Tim Weaver, Director
of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.
Edges Chatham 60-56 for First PAC Victory
The Bethany women’s basketball team
(5-9, 1-4) overcame a sluggish start and a three-point halftime
deficit to pull out a 60-56 victory over visiting Chatham Wednesday
night for their first PAC win of the season.
Cruises Past Franciscan 93-56
All 12 players who saw time scored and
five reached double figures, as the Bethany men’s basketball
team rolled to a 93-56 victory Monday night over visiting Franciscan
in non-conference action.
Bison Honored by Collegiate Baseball
Three Bethany College baseball players
were recently selected by Collegiate Baseball as Players to
Watch for the 2009 season, marking the 19th straight season
the national publication has recognized Bison players.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.