Volume II, Number XX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
January 16, 2009

Campus News
Bethany's Burns Chosen as Finalist for Professor of the Year
Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Five finalists for the 2008 Professor of the Year honor have been chosen.

Early Discoveries Childcare Center Opens at Bethany
Bethany College will hold a Grand Opening for its Early Discoveries Childcare Center at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The facility is located on the first floor of the newly-renovated Judith R. Hurl Education Center, which also serves as home to the College’s Education Department. The new Childcare Center will be able to accommodate children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

Bethany Mourns Death of Former College President
The Bethany community is mourning the passing of former College President Todd H. Bullard, Ph.D. He died Thursday, Jan. 1 at the age of 77 in Charlottesville, Va.

Bethany College President Featured in New Book on College Leadership
Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller is one of 22 presidents interviewed and profiled in a new book on presidential leadership.


News Briefs
A Busy January Term
Almost 500 students are back on Bethany’s campus over January Term. Students are taking a wide variety of courses during this traditional mini-semester at Bethany. Some seniors are preparing for their senior comprehensive exams, one of the hallmarks of the Bethany educational experience. Others are actively participating in sports and study abroad opportunities.

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Oreon 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 jpyle@bethanywv.edu.

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.

Current Interim Pastor Named
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, Ohio.

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).

Baccalaureate 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 of faith.

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 the denomination.

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.

Performa Master 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 future opportunities.

Student Teaching 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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Dr. Miller represented the College at a number of other meetings last week as well:

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.

Bethany College Faculty and Alumni Chosen to Teach at 2009 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy
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.


Alumni News
Bethany Alumnus 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 Events
Florida
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 here.

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.

San Diego, Calif.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Moorpark, Calif.
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Charleston, W.Va.
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 alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

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.


Bison Athletics
Bethany 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.

Bethany 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.

Bethany 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.

Three 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.

 

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