Spirited Greek Week Concludes tonight at Bethany
Members of the Greek community competed this week in hopes of taking home the Greek Week trophy. The week began with a banner contest Sunday. Monday's events took place at Knight Natatorium, and included a relay race, a creative dive contest, an inner tube race and a game of Marco Polo.
Tuesday, organizations turned in soda can tabs as well as performed community service. The night ended with a game of Jeopardy. "Bethany Survivor" took place Wednesday, with an eating contest, a maze and a frozen t-shirt puzzle. Recreation events were held Thursday; groups competed in dodgeball, tug of war and an obstacle course. The week wraps up tonight with Greek Sing, with the week's winner announced after the performances.
Old Main Lighted Blue for Autism Awareness
April is Autism Awareness Month and, as Alpha Xi Delta pairs with Autism Speaks for their national philanthropy, the Delta Chapter responded by partnering with Bethany College to make a bold statement: On Wednesday, April 2, to commemorate the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day, the lights that shine on Old Main every evening were lighted blue. Alpha Xi Delta participates in Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks' yearly initiative, in order to play their role in shining a light on the issue of autism awareness.
Throughout the month, the Delta Chapter will be spreading awareness on the Campus through events such as their Football FrenXi that will take place Sunday, April 12.
Students Experience Japanese Culture in New York
The Students in the Japanese II class took a Japanese cultural field trip to New York City in March 28-30. Three students (Gregory Roberson, Kevin Phelps and Harry Davis) participated in this trip chaperoned by Instructor Nobuyuki Tanaka and the Japan Outreach Co-Director and Professor of Computer Science Fujiko Sawtarie.
The group had a cultural experience without going to Japan. They visited the Ippudo Tea House, Uniqlo clothing store, Menchanko authentic Japanese restaurant, and the Misoya noodle shop, and they stayed at the Kitano Japanese hotel.
Ippodo is a branch of the original tea house established in 1717 in Kyoto, Japan. The group tasted multiple traditional teas and had a hands-on workshop of tea preparation.
Uniqlo is currently ranked fourth (behind ZARA, H&M, Gap) in the global clothing industry. The store on the Fifth Avenue is one of the largest with a wide range of clothing. Students experienced the business and Japanese customer service.
The group enjoyed the authentic Japanese cuisine, although they said eating everything with chopsticks was challenging.
The trip was sponsored by the Bethany College Japan Outreach.
Bethany Hosts PAC FAR Meeting
A proud member of the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Bethany College hosted the spring meeting of the PAC Faculty Athletics Representatives April 1 in the Academic Parlour of Old Main. Pictured: Kevin Fenstermacher ’00, Assistant Commissioner of the PAC; Brian Rose ’98, Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation; Aaron Anslow ’06, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (and Bethany’s Faculty Athletics Representative); and Joe Onderko, Commissioner of the PAC. The PAC will join approximately 450 NCAA Division III college and universities in celebrating Division III Week April 7-13.
Bethany Officials Attend Annual ICE Meeting
Dr. Miller and Senior Vice President Sven de Jong attended the Annual Meeting of the Independent College Enterprise April 1 in Charleston, W.Va. Bethany is a member of ICE, a technology consortium serving eight colleges in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. By pooling resources on a number of technological and administrative processes, the consortium has streamlined procedures and increased service levels to students. Miller and de Jong are pictured with Shelley Nason, Chief Executive Officer of ICE.
Miller currently serves as Chair of the ICE Board of Directors. Pictured are (front row) Jake Schrum, Emory & Henry; Debra Townsley, William Peace; Nancy Moody, Tusculum; Pam Balch, West Virginia Wesleyan; Ed Welch; University of Charleston. Back row: Dr. Miller, Nason, Michael Mihalyo, Davis & Elkins; Rick Creehan, Alderson Broaddus.
Bethany President Attends Meetings at NCAA Headquarters
President Miller with Louise McCleary of the NCAA and Chuck Yrigoyen, Commissioner of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, during a break in NCAA Division III committee meetings at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis. Dr. Miller has been active in a variety of NCAA management groups during his 24 years as a college president.
BBN to air "Words from the DOC"
BBN and BCTV proudly present “Words from the DOC,” a DVD series presented to help better understand the history and ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The series will air noon to 3 p.m. April 6, 13, and 27 and May 4 on BCTV (channel 14.)
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Katrina D’Aquin to participate in CIC Senior Leadership Academy Humanities—English
Dr. Katrina D’Aquin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, is one of an elite group of 25 participants selected for the 2014-2015 Council of Independent College’s Senior Leadership Academy.
This year-long program, described as “a self-directed, self-initiated year-long internship,” consists of seminars, readings, mentorship, career coaching and the development of a professional experience plan to prepare participants to attain senior leadership positions at independent colleges. As her program mentor, Dr. Miller will work with D’Aquin to identify projects that will give her valuable experience in college administration. D’Aquin will also visit other campuses and, with her cohort, explore critical issues in higher education.
D’Aquin joined the Bethany College faculty in 2006, became Director of First Year Studies in 2007, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2012. She currently is serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Visual Art Faculty Show is now on display in the Renner Art Gallery featuring ceramics by Aaron Anslow, Assistant Professor of Visual and Studio Arts; photography and mixed media pieces by Kenn Morgan, Professor of Visual and Studio Arts; and watercolors and ceramics by Maggie Pearson, adjunct Art History professor. The exhibit continues through April 13 with a reception on Saturday, April 12, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
During Spring Break, Jesse Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English, led creative writing workshops for students at Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Va. She also presented a poetry reading at the Winchester Book Gallery.
Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education, attended and participated in the Leaders of Literacy Campaign to support early literacy initiatives across the state of West Virginia on March 26. Hosted in Charleston, W.Va., the meeting included keynote speakers Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Gayle Manchin, President of the West Virginia Board of Education. The event brought together businesses, civic organizations and educators to address the challenges of literacy success in West Virginia.
Social Work Program Sponsors Soup, Shop, and Swap Event
On March 26th, in honor of national women’s history month, the Social Work Program hosted a social event/fundraiser for Brooke Place, a division of Family Connections. The event featured a variety of homemade soups donated by faculty and staff of the College, supplemented by freshly made breads and cookies for dessert. During and after dinner, attendees participated in a swap activity, trading items brought with others present. Four vendors were also available for purchase of items for personal use or Mother’s Day. More than 60 women, including students, faculty, staff and community members were present at the event, which was held in the lower level of Bethany Memorial Church. Approximately $250.00 was raised at the event.