Volume II, Number XXXIV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 24, 2009

Campus News
Bethany College President Announces Excellence in Performance Awards
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller presented the first President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance to members of the Bethany faculty and staff during the College’s Honors Day Convocation on April 16. Dr. John Burns, Professor of Biology, and Christina Sampson, Director of the McCann Learning Center, were this year’s award recipients.

Steelers to Challenge Bethany Players in Basketball Game for Charity
The Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers Basketball team will face off against a team of Bethany students on Monday, April 27 in a charity basketball game. The event will mark the third consecutive year Bethany has hosted the Steelers’ touring basketball squad. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at Hummel Field House.

News Briefs
Bethany Hosts Presidents’ Athletic Conference Meeting
Bethany College hosted the Spring Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) at the Reed Smith Suite of the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh. Bethany President Scott Miller is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the PAC.

Based in Wexford, Pa., the PAC includes 10 colleges and universities with similar missions and purposes. Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver and Faculty Athletics Representative Wally Neel reported at the meeting on behalf of their respective colleagues at PAC schools.

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Bethany Hosts Student-Athlete Appreciation Banquet
The Bethany Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its annual Student-Athlete Appreciation Banquet in Benedum Commons Monday, April 20. Every Bison student-athlete was invited, as were members of the Bethany athletic department and campus community. Following a brief opening and buffet dinner, the evening was highlighted by each member of SAAC speaking about their individual team’s season. Sophomore Bob Rovnanik then introduced the keynote speaker for the evening, Mr. Frank Coonelly, the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Following Mr. Coonelly’s speech was the presentation of the Bison Backer of the Year Award, which goes to a member of the Bethany community for their constant support of Bison athletics throughout the year, and the Derek Hoffman Memorial Awards to one senior male and female student-athlete. Members of SAAC nominate and vote on the awards. The 2009 Bison Backer of the Year was awarded to Dr. Miller, and the Hoffman Award winners were football player Terry Akers and women’s basketball player Kaitlyn McCormick. The evening concluded with a Year-in-Review Video, which included a tribute to the 2009 Senior Class.

Every institution is mandated to have a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee by the NCAA. The mission of Bethany’s SAAC, which is congruent with the mission statement of the NCAA’s SAAC, is “To enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image at Bethany College."

Bethany Psychology Major Presents Research at STaR Symposium
Kaitlyn DuLaney, a junior in Psychology, presented her original research, entitled “Male and Female Opinion of Female Promiscuity According to their own Level of Sexuality,” at the Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Symposium in Charleston, W.Va., on April 14. DuLaney was the first psychology student from Bethany to present in this competitive student research venue. In her research, she discovered that a person’s gender and their own level of sexual behavior do not determine their opinions of an openly sexual woman. Instead, participants devalue women based on that particular woman’s sexual promiscuity alone. Kaitlyn conducted this research under the supervision of Dr. Katrina Cooper, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Bethany Announces 2009 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2009 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. The cost for each credit is $325 and unless otherwise indicated, all courses are three credits.

For additional information, please send your questions to: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.

Social Work Department to Host Annual Honors Banquet
The Social Work Department is celebrating 25 years of accreditation with the 2009 graduating class. The Department will host its annual Honors Banquet on April 24 at 6 p.m. in Commencement Hall. In addition to an array of student honors, the Department will recognize a staff member and field instructor of the year. Special awards will also be given for participation in the activities recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled 25 Acts of Random Kindness. Social Work alumni have been invited to attend and added to the celebration by establishing a junior class Honors Day award. Approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty and honored guests are expected. Food will be provided by Chartwell's Catering service. Questions about the event should be directed to Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant, at 304.829.7150.

Bethany Hosts Oreon E. Scott Lectures
Pastors and members from all branches of the Stone-Campbell movement gathered at the Mountainside Conference Center at Bethany College April 20-21 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s “Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington.” Lecturers included Dr. Paul M. Blowers, Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History at the Emmanuel School of Religion; Dr. Douglas Foster, Professor of Church History and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University; and Dr. Mark G. Toulouse, Principal and Professor of the History of Christianity Emmanuel College of Victoria University and the Toronto School of Theology.

Dr. William Turner, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Director of Continuing Education at Lexington Theological Seminary, spoke at the Timothy Luncheon, where Alan Dicken and Luke Luallin, Bethany senior Pre-Ministerial students, were introduced. His topic was “Pastoral Leaders for Postmodern Times.” Dr. Turner also met with ministers interested in pursuing a D.Min. program to be offered at Bethany.

Prior to Monday’s worship service, President and Mrs. Scott Miller hosted a reception at their home. At the worship service in Bethany Memorial Church, Dr. D. Duane Cummins, President Emeritus of Bethany College and noted Disciples historian, gave the sermon appropriately titled “We Are One.”

The 100 participants in this year’s Lecture series traveled from 11 states and the District of Columbia to mark this monumental occasion in church history.

Dr. Larry E. Grimes, newly appointed Director of Church Relations, announced that Dr. Bonnie Thurston, Disciples scholar, pastor and author of the new book, “For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer” (Notre Dame University Press, 2009), will give the 2010 Scott Lectures (April 12-13).The general subject of the lectures will be The Lord’s Prayer and His Disciples’ Prayer Life.

almostGOLFTM Announces 2009 College Tour Stop at Bethany College
Bethany College is the third tour stop on the 2009 almostGOLFTM College Tour. The Student Activity Council is hosting the campus golf event for students as part of its Fun Friday Student Program on April 24 from 12-5 p.m. The almostGOLFTM College Tour will transform the area outside Bethany College’s Byrd Health and Wellness Center into a driving range and golf course and is open to all students.

almostGOLFTM is the maker of the #1 off-course golf ball. The 2009 almostGOLFTM College Tour will be played across college and university campuses during the Spring and Fall of 2009. Student organizations, Recreational Intramural Sports Departments as well as the staffs of the Alumni, Admissions and Resident Life Offices use the almostGOLFTM College Tour as a fun, healthy way to engage students and alumni, foster Greek Life, foster quality recreational programs and raise money for philanthropic causes. For more info, go to www.almostgolf.com.

Bethany’s Japan Outreach to Hold Japanese Drum Performance, Workshop
The Bethany College Japan Outreach will hold a Japanese Drum Performance/Workshop on April 28 at 4 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The event will feature internationally known drummers Takumi Kato and Ryo Shiobara, the first place winners of the Tokyo International Taiko Drumming Competition in 2007 and 2008. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Sokolow Addresses Alcohol and Dating Risks with Bethany Students
The Office of Student Life and the Athletic Department welcomed national speaker Brett Sokolow to campus to speak with athletes and Greek Life members. Sokolow is a specialist in campus safety, security and high-risk student health and safety issues. He is the President of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting firm. Approximately 350 students came together on April 22 to hear Sokolow present a legal case on “Drunk Sex or Date Rape.” The students heard the details of the case, voted as a jury would on whether they believed the case to be a sexual assault under the law and then debated their thoughts on the case. Sokolow spoke of the legal implications of mixing alcohol with dating and provided tips on safety to the students.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

The Communication Department has added COMM 200 - Digital Media and Digital Cultures for Fall Semester 2009. The course will cover the history of the Internet and the web and discuss the evolution of online activities such as blogging, social networking and computer-mediated interaction. This course will also address the shift from analog to digital media and some of the unique ethical situations that arise in the digital age.

The course fulfills a Liberal Arts Core requirement for Cultural Awareness. It will be offered MWF from 3-3:50 pm.

Literature and Language
Roger (Wiley) Cash’s essay, "'Those folks downstairs believe in ghosts': The Eradication of Folklore in the Novels of Charles W. Chesnutt," was just published in the new book, Charles Chesnutt Reappraised: Essays on the First Major African American Author.

John Hull and senior psychology major Ruthie Pettle coauthored the paper, College Students’ Use of Rituals and Superstitions While Watching and Participating in Sports, presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science. The paper was based in large part on Pettle's senior project, and it confirmed and expanded upon similar studies recently conducted at Bethany College.

Writing Center
Heather Taylor, Director of the McCann Writing Center, attended the East Central Writing Center Association Conference at Purdue University April 3-4. While at the conference she had the opportunity to network with Writing Center Staff from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Next year's conference will be held in Michigan, and Heather is preparing a presentation on Bethany's Writing Center to be given at that conference.

A Poetry Slam is also being considered for next year. This involves a poetry contest for local high school students with culminating activities at Bethany. Goals are to focus on writing and to host high school students on the campus.

Tim Weaver, Herb Weaver and Kathy Furbee served as judges for the Greek Sing. Greek Sing is the final competitive event each year that concludes Greek Week. This year’s event took place in the Cafeteria on April 18 from 8:30-10 p.m.

Alumni News
McCartney ’83 and Sangerman ’81 to Perform National Anthem at PNC Park
Bethany graduates Margie McCartney ’83 and Jae Sangerman ’81 will be performing the National Anthem at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on Saturday, September 5 when the Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. For more information about ordering tickets or about the special offer the Pirates are extending to alumni and friends of Bethany, click here.

Bisutti ’83 Receives Fourth Coaching Honor of the Season
Tony Bisutti ’83, coach of the Dublin Scioto Irish high school basketball team, was recently named Coach of the Year by the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch honors include players and coaches in all four divisions in the newspaper’s central Ohio coverage area. The honor marks the fourth award Bisutti has received this season. Others were the Associated Press Ohio Division I Coach of the Year and the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Cardinal Division and Division I Central District Coach of the Year.

Veteran sports reporter Steve Blackledge, who writes for the Dispatch, stated that Bisutti turned “a group of talented athletes into a cohesive basketball team.” Blackledge also noted that the Irish run to the regional final helped solidify a three-year record of 66-6 in which the Irish didn’t lose an OCC game.

Bisutti’s coaching career includes more than 300 wins and numerous awards and accomplishments. He has coached more than 25 players into college programs. One former athlete is playing professionally for the National Basketball Association. He is a six-time OCC Coach of the Year, a five-time District 10 Coaches Association Coach of the Year and a three-time Associated Press Central District Coach of the Year. He was named Associated Press State of Ohio Coach of the Year in 1993.

Baltimore-Area Alumni Reception
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 11. The gathering will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD. The event is being hosted by George ’78 & Patricia Davis.

For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Football to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click here. To register online, click here.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1. Click here to view the full schedule.

Bison Athletics
Bison's Terrell Receives Second PAC Award of the Year
Bethany freshman Summer Terrell (Bridgeville, Pa./Chartiers Valley) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 20.

Bethany's Wilson Jumps to PAC Accolade
After a standout performance Saturday at the Indiana (Pa.) University Invitational, Bethany sophomore Clint Wilson (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) was selected as the PAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for April 20.

Bison Split With W&J, Clinch Spot in PAC Tournament
Sophomore 2B Chelsea Butler (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) singled in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Bethany softball team a 2-1 win in the second game at Washington & Jefferson after the Presidents took the first match-up 9-4.

Missed Chances Sink Bison in 12-7 Loss
Although they posted a 19-14 advantage in hits, the Bethany baseball team couldn’t overcome 11 stranded runners in dropping a 12-7 decision at Saint Vincent Thursday afternoon.

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


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