BETHANIANS TO BE HONORED AT ALUMNI AWARDS LUNCHEON
BETHANY, W.Va. – Five Bethanians will be honored Saturday June 9 at the Alumni Awards Luncheon as a part of Reunion Weekend 2007 on the campus of Bethany College.
Those being honored are Ruth Caine ’64, Logan Hassig ’70, William B. Allen ’62, Sandra Block ’81 and John Burns.
Caine will receive the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award. This award is the highest recognition given to recipients annually for alumni involvement, volunteer service and support to Bethany.
A New Jersey native, Caine was elected to the Bethany College Alumni Council in the early 1990s and became president in 2002.
During her term, she initiated a long range plan for Alumni Council in support of institutional objectives, rekindled the Bethany Class Agent Program, wrote for the Alumni Newsletter and Bethany Bulletin, initiated the alumni seminar programs for Alumni/Reunion Weekend and during a period of transition helped drive the effort to more actively include alumni in Bethany’s strategic direction.
After graduating from Bethany with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Caine had a successful 24 year career with AT&T, Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies and Bell Atlantic, most of it spent in consumer affairs and public relations. Her corporate career highlight was writing the proposal to establish a corporate foundation at Bell Atlantic, designing the program strategy and having the opportunity to implement several award winning partnerships.
She currently resides in Vienna, Va. with her husband, Stephen Loughran.
Hassig is receiving the Community Service Award, given periodically to recognize alumni who demonstrate significant leadership and service to their region or community.
He has been employed by Snyder & Hassig Law Firm since 1973 and is presently Senior and Managing Partner. Hassig’s area of concentration is real estate, estate planning, financial institutions and business litigation.
Hassig has provided pro bono legal counsel for Mid-Valley Habitat for Humanity serving Wetzel and Tyler Counties, Wetzel County Historical Association, New Martinsville Riverfront Development Committee, ArtsLink, Inc., Greater New Martinsville Development Corporation, New Martinsville Public Library, various high school academic and athletic booster organizations and area churches and religious organizations.
Hassig’s involvement in the community includes: serving as president of the Board of Trustees of New Martinsville Public Library from 1987 to present, being a charter member of New Martinsville Main Street, and a charter member of Greater New Martinsville Development Corporation. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors representing Wetzel County for three terms and president of the Board of Directors for two terms at Northwoods, Inc., as well as a board member from inception to 2002 at Northwoods Foundation. A Wetzel County Fire Board member, Hassig also served as chairman of the Wetzel County Civil Service Commission for Deputy Sheriffs from 1973 to 1991.
He was named New Martinsville Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Man Award in 1976 and Greater New Martinsville Development Corporation Citizen of the Year in 2002.
Hassig received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 1973. He and his wife Deborah, a 1972 graduate of Bethany, reside in New Martinsville, W.Va.
Receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award are Allen and Block. This award is presented to alumni who have achieved and contributed to their profession.
Allen is currently the Regional Minister, for the West Virginia Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He serves as the vice president of the College of Regional Ministers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia, on the general Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), General Conference of Disciples Men, secretary of the West Virginia Council of Churches Board of Directors and is on the Bethany College Board of Trustees.
After graduating from Bethany, Allen received his Master’s of Divinity from Yale University in 1965, his Doctor of Ministry degree in the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, Calif., in 1981 and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Bethany in 1990. He was the pastor of Bethany Memorial Church and chaplain of Bethany College for 18 years.
Allen resides in Parkersburg with his wife Gwen. They have three children, Thad, Julia and Amanda.
Block has been a reporter for USA TODAY since December 1995. She has been a personal finance reporter for USA TODAY since 1997 and has written the Your Money column, which appears every Tuesday, since 1998.
Before joining USA TODAY, Block was a personal finance reporter for the Akron-Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio. From 1993-1994, she was a fellow at the Knight-Bagehort Fellowship program in economics and business journalism at Columbia University in New York. Block has also worked for Dow Jones News Service, where she wrote for the Dow Jones newswire and the Wall Street Journal, and McGraw-Hill’s business trade publications. She began her journalism career at the Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va.
Block has been a frequent guest on CNN Headline News and Marketplace Money, a weekly public radio program.
The daughter of Patricia and Kennett Block of New Martinsville, W.Va., Block and her husband, Dennis Gainer, the photo director for USATODAY.com, reside in Arlington, Va.
Burns will receive the James E. Allison Award for Teaching Excellence. This award, presented periodically to a current or past faculty member, is in honor of the late James Allison, who was Professor of Mathematics and Chairman of the Mathematics Department. The recipient is one who has displayed outstanding service and involvement in teaching, accomplishment and research in their discipline and student life.
Burns, Professor of Biology, joined the faculty at Bethany College in 1985. He has taught at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. and at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. For five years before coming to Bethany, he was the excecutive director of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2003, Burns received a bronze medal and grant from the Edward R. Dewey Institute of Cycle Research in recognition of his circadian rhythm research.
Recently Burns was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture on biological rhythms and physiology at Novosibirsk State University in Russia in 2008. During the summer of 2008 he will conduct research on the effect of east-west travel on the circadian rhythms of fruit flies utilizing the Trans-Siberian railroad.
At Bethany, Burns is advisor to the Tri-Beta Biological Honorary Society and has accompanied students to Spain, Dominica, Toronto and to many zoos, museums and aquaria in the United States.
Burns a native of Richmond, Ind., received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1965 from Wabash College. He received an M.S. degree in Zoology in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Vertebrate Zoology and Physiology in 1977, both from Louisiana State University.
He resides in Bethany, W.Va. with his wife Anne. They are the parents of two grown sons, Thomas R. Burns ’01, who was a double major in Political Science and History and David A. Burns, a 2004 graduate in International Studies at Mount Union College.
The Bethany College Alumni Association introduced its annual awards program with the presentation of the first Alumni Achievement Awards in 1958. Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany.