BETHANY PROFESSOR AND ALUMNI HONORED

 

BETHANY, W.Va. - Three members of the Bethany Community have been selected by the Phi Kappa Tau National Fraternity to be inducted into the inaugural class of the National Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame.

Dr. Albert "Jay" Buckelew, Jr., Robert Goin '59 and Joel Rudy '62 have been chosen to receive this special recognition for their dedication to enriching the lives of undergraduate members and for their dependability and commitment to the organization and its members.

Inductees will be honored during the Phi Kappa Tau Centennial Celebration July 20-23, 2006. Buckelew, Goin and Rudy will be recognized during the induction ceremony, which will take place during the Centennial Celebration Kick Off event on Friday evening.

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, in 1968, with a Ph.D. in microbiology, Buckelew began his Bethany career as a Professor in the Biology department. In 1981, he became the Chair of the Department. Buckelew has served as advisor for the Phi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, located at Bethany College, for over 30 years.

"I've enjoyed my years as Chapter Advisor to Phi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau very
much," explained Dr. Buckelew. "I've made a lot of friends among the brothers over the years. This has been more fun than work!"

Buckelew currently serves as Editor of The Redstart, a journal of the Brooks Bird Club, and has authored two books and numerous scientific articles.

He resides in Bethany, W.Va. with his wife Susan. They have two grown daughters, Dana Ann Buckelew of Tucker, Ga. and Sara K. Anderson, M.D., who is currently serving in Iraq as a flight surgeon.

As a student at Bethany, Goin joined Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and immediately got involved, serving as the rush chairman, pledge master and house manager. He didn't spend all of his time at the fraternity though; Goin also captained the basketball team, lettered in football and was awarded the Ohio Valley and Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Awards, as well as the Morgantown Touchdown Club Award.

Goin graduated from Bethany in 1959 and returned to his alma mater one year later as the head baseball coach and assistant football and basketball coach. He was named head football coach in 1963 and remained in the position until 1976. In 1969, he added the duties of Athletic Director and Chairman of the Department of Physical Education to his resume.

Goin left Bethany in 1976 to become the Assistant Athletic Director at West Virginia University, a position he held for three years. He went on to serve as Athletic Director at California University of Pennsylvania, Florida State University, the University of North Florida and most recently, the University of Cincinnati, from which he retired in 2005.

In May of 2004, Goin again returned to his alma mater, this time to become a member of the Board of Trustees. A member of Bethany's Athletic Hall of Fame, Goin was also awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 1991.

Goin and his wife Nancy currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are the parents of four adult children, Doug, Brian, Janice and Bruce.

Rudy graduated from Bethany with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1962. While at Bethany, he was a member of the Beta Beta Beta and Pi Gamma Mu honor societies, as well as having served as president for the Phi chapter of Phi Kappa Tau.

After graduation, Rudy earned a Master's in sociology at Kent State University and then went on to pursue doctoral studies at New York University and the University of Miami. He received a postgraduate certificate from Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management.

Prior to accepting the position as Phi Kappa Tau's Executive Vice President and Executive Director in 1998, Rudy began his career in 1964 with Hunter College of the City University of New York, and went on to the University of Miami in Florida in 1967. He returned to Kent State in 1971, where he served as Dean for Student Residence Life and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Rudy then moved on to Ohio University, where he started a 22-year journey in Student Affairs beginning as Director of Residence Life in 1976. He was named associate dean of students in 1978 and dean in 1982 before being promoted to Vice President in 1995. Rudy is currently listed as the Vice President and Dean of Students Emeritus at Ohio University.

After retiring from his position with Phi Kappa Tau in 2002, Rudy has continued to be involved with the fraternity. He currently serves as the University Relations Director of the National Council and also holds a seat on the Foundation Board of Trustees and the Athens Board for Habitat for Humanity.

Rudy resides in Athens, Ohio with his wife Marlene. They have two grown children, Lisa Michelle who serves Ohio University in the computer services department, and Brian, who resides in Cary, North Carolina with his wife Julie and son Nathan. Brian serves as Chief of Staff and Senior Engineer for Verizon Business Services.

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1906 and the Phi chapter was founded at Bethany College in 1923.

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