Volume IV, Number XV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 19, 2010

Campus News
Bethany College Presents Music for the Holiday Season Choral Performance, Accepts Donations to Benefit Children in Foster Care
The Bethany College Choir, directed by Assistant Professor of Music David J. Rudari and accompanied by Sun Jung Lee, Lecturer in Music, will present Music for the Holiday Season in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall on December 2 at 7.30 pm. In conjunction with the performance, the College’s Social Work Program will be accepting donations for the Carry On Campaign to benefit West Virginia’s children in foster care.

Bethany to Host Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Football Camp
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announced today that Bethany and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) have approved a five-year agreement for the College to serve as the host location for the OVAC All-Star Football Camp Week. The term will begin in the summer of 2011.

Award-Winning Poet Lisa Russ Spaar to Present Reading at Bethany
Guggenheim Award winner Lisa Russ Spaar will give a poetry reading on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Bethany’s Renner Art Gallery. The reading is open to the public.

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Social Work Program Hosts Christmas Charity Drive for Children in Foster Care
The Social Work Program invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in the program’s 2010 Christmas Charity drive.  This year’s efforts will benefit The Carry On Campaign, sponsored by West Virginia’s foster care system. The goal of the campaign is to provide luggage for children moving to and from foster homes. Many of these children have nothing more than a plastic garbage bag in which to carry their few belongings. There are 4,000+ children in West Virginia’s foster care system.

If you are interested in participating in the Christmas Drive, you can donate new or gently used luggage or duffle bags, empty or packed with the following items: toothbrush and toothpaste; non-perishable snacks; hair brush; books; coloring books and crayons; blanket; disposable camera; stuffed animal; and/or a journal.

Donations can be dropped off in the Social Work offices in Morlan Hall. Items can be picked up upon request by calling 304.829.7150 or by sending an email to socwork@bethanywv.edu. Donations will be accepted through December 10. Items collected will be delivered to the Wheeling office of the Division of Health and Human Services and distributed to foster children throughout the Northern Panhandle.

Sophomores Plan Invisible Children: Share the Love Fundraising Dinner
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda. The event, Invisible Children: Share the Love, will be held on February 14 at Bethany’s Benedum Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and reservations are not required. The dinner is covered under the student meal plan, and the cost for others is $8. The Council will be working closely with Chartwells, the campus dining service, to plan a unique menu that ties together both Ugandan culture and Valentine’s Day. Updates will be posted at www.facebook.com/sccbethanywv.

Senior Class Council Sponsors Finals Survival Kits
Final examinations of the fall semester are rapidly approaching. The Senior Class Council of Bethany College is selling a “Finals Survival Kit” that will be distributed to students during the final examination period. “Finals week is a very stressful time for all students,” said Senior Class President Lindsay Sobotka. “These Finals Survival Kits are a great way to show your scholar that you are thinking of him or her with a wish for successful performance.”

All kits will contain an assortment of food, candies and beverages to stimulate study skills, including a bottle of water, hot chocolate mix, popcorn, assorted candy, a bag of chips, peanut butter crackers, a pepperoni roll, a copy of the schedule of finals, and a personal note from the sender.

The kits are being sold for only $10. To purchase a kit, send $10, with checks made payable to Bethany College, with a completed order form to the following address: Bethany College Office of Student Life, PO Box 446, Bethany, WV 26032. All orders are due by November 19, 2010. Any questions regarding the Finals Survival Kits should be directed to Sobotka at lsobotka@bethanywv.edu.

Faculty Spotlight
Submitted by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

A. R. Buckelew Jr., Professor of Biology, will present a program on saltwater crocodiles at a meeting of the Brooks Bird Club on November 16 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Schrader Environmental Center at Oglebay in Wheeling, W.Va.

Communications and Media Arts
Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts, presented a guest lecture for a graduate class in new media at The University of Illinois at Chicago on October 25. The class had watched Tuszynski's documentary film "IRL (In Real Life)," and she joined them using iChat to do a question-and-answer session about online communities and digital filmmaking.

In September, Tuszynski participated in the Business Conference at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. She was on a panel on September 17 titled "The Business of Communications: Global and Grassroots Media Strategies" with Dr. Louisa Ha, a professor at Tuszynski's alma mater, Bowling Green State University. Julie O'Reilly, Chair of Communications and Theater Arts at Heidelberg, moderated the panel.

Humanities, History and Political Science and Education
Liz Langemak , Assistant Professor of English, has poems forthcoming in Literary Imagination: The Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics and The Beloit Poetry Journal, where her poems will be featured in the December edition of their online Poets Forum. In January she will spend two weeks in residence at The Vermont Studio Center.

Joseph Lovano, Professor of World Languages and Cultures; Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures; Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political Science; Steven A. Carelli, Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science; Christina M. Sampson, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the McCann Learning Center; and Kimberly Lawless, Lecturer in World Languages and Cultures, attended and participated in the FACDIS 30th Annual Workshop in International Studies titled “Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” on November 11-12 at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, W.Va. FACDIS is the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies. Lovano, Menz and Lawless were participants in the session dealing with the international issue of women and modern slavery.

Alumni News
Students for Life of America Leader Kristan Hawkins ’05 Declared Winner of Life Prizes
The Gerard Health Foundation announced that Bethany College 2005 graduate  Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America (SFLA) Executive Director, was chosen as one of six recipients of the 2009-2010 Life Prizes awards totaling $600,000. Under her leadership since 2006, SFLA has more than doubled the number of campus pro-life groups in the U.S. by creating 330 new student pro-life organizations and training more than 5,000 student activists. Hawkins has been recognized for her innovative use of the internet in motivating future activists as well as the movement’s veterans. She helped to mobilize more than 70 current pro-life and pro-family leaders in the national Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition to fight government funding of abortion in healthcare reform this past year. Hawkins is the youngest recipient of this year’s awards.

Hawkins stated, “I am humbled to receive this award amidst those trail blazers who have fought for life since even before I was born. Their progress combined with the creativity and energy of America’s youth will achieve an end to abortion in our lifetime.” The awards will be given at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on January 22.  

President, Vice President Visit D.C. Alumni
Nearly 50 guests joined President Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong for a special Alumni & Friends event in Washington D.C., on November 16. The gathering began with a V.I.P. tour of the Norman Rockwell Exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A reception followed at Zaytinya. The event was hosted by Grant McLaughlin '91. To view photos from the event, click here

Bethany Alumni Association Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others.


  1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
  2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
  3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.  Nominations should be sent to:

    Office of the President
    Bethany College
    Old Main
    Bethany, WV 26032

  1. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
  2. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
  3. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Bison Athletics
Bethany Wins ECAC South Volleyball Championship
After rallying from a 2-0 deficit to down Swarthmore 3-2 in the semifinals, the third-seeded Bethany College volleyball team swept past top-seed and host Saint Vincent 3-0 Saturday to claim the 2010 ECAC South Region Tournament Volleyball Championship.

Five All-PAC Accolades and Coach of the Year for the Bison
After ending their season in the ECAC semifinals, five Bison of the Bethany College Men’s Soccer team were awarded 2010 All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) selections, along with the honor of Coach of the Year to head coach Sean Regan.

Bethany's Spalding and Wabrick Earn 2nd Consecutive All-PAC Accolades
Junior Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) and senior Lisa Wabrick (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) were honored with All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) First and Second Team accolades, respectively, for the Bethany College women's soccer program following the 2010 season.

Bethany Places 13 on All-PAC Football Teams
After finishing with a 5-5 record for the first .500 season since 2001, the Bethany College football team had 13 players honored when the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) teams were announced Monday.

Bethany Suffers First Loss at Baldwin-Wallace 76-71
Junior British Alexander (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) tallied 18 points, but Baldwin-Wallace rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to come back for a 76-71 victory over the Bethany College men’s basketball team Thursday evening.

Bethany Starts Season Off With 65-54 Win Over Carnegie Mellon
Four players scored in double digits to pace the Bethany College women’s basketball team to a 65-54 season-opening victory over Carnegie Mellon Monday night at Hummel Field House.

Bison Slip Past Saint Vincent 35-28 to Finish 5-5
Junior Eric Walker (New Brighton, Pa.) scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard run with 3:04 to play and the Bethany College defense stopped two potential game-tying drives in their end of the field to preserve the Bison’s 35-28 victory over Saint Vincent in the 4th Annual “Green Game”.

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


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