Volume VI, Number XII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 2, 2012

Family Weekend Schedule Announced
The schedule for Family Weekend, November 2-4, has been announced and is available online at www.bethanywv.edu/students/family-weekend/.

Congressman McKinley Visits Campus
West Virginia First District Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., met with Bethany students and senior administration on Oct. 26 during a campus visit.

A native of Wheeling, Congressman McKinley is a first-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives who sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

He was briefed on higher-education issues by President Scott D. Miller; Dr. Darin E. Fields, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty; William R. Kiefer, executive vice president and general counsel; and Dr. Mort Gamble, executive assistant to the president.

Congressman McKinley, who was accompanied by Field Representative Brooke Fletcher, then met with Bethany students and was interviewed for the Tower Online campus newspaper and BBN News.

Students meeting Congressman McKinley included Dakota Maravelis, Nicolette Rea, Casey Hamilton, Jimmy Reeves, Katrina Miller, Dan Sabatino, Noelle Wright, and Johnathan Foster. They were joined by Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Arts M.E. Yancosek Gamble and Communications Director Rebecca Rose of the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Bethany President Attends ACA Meeting
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller attended the quarterly meeting of the Appalachian College Association Executive Committee in Bluefield, Va. this week.  The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 36 private four-year liberal arts institutions spread across the central Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Collectively these higher education institutions serve over 54,000 students.  Miller represents the colleges from West Virginia on the Executive Committee.

Spanish Club Sponsors Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Bethany’s 16th annual community-wide Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration was held to rave reviews on Oct. 29. Sponsored by the Bethany College Spanish Club, and led by WLAC Section Senior Fellow Gabriela Núñez and Club President Chelsea Sebetich, the cultural celebration commemorated the event that is celebrated on Nov. 1-2 each year throughout the Spanish-speaking world, especially in Mexico.

Authentic Mexican-style food and drink, prayers, poetry, and music in Spanish were enjoyed by a large number of Bethany students, staff and faculty.  The event was organized by chair of the world languages and cultures department Joe Lovano, professor of finance Anju Ramjee, professor of world languages and cultures Harald Menz and Kim Lawless.


Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities — English
Jessie L. Janeshek, assistant professor in English, has three poems forthcoming in the online journal Otoliths.

Humanities — World Languages and Cultures
Bethany College’s World Languages and Cultures Section of the Department of Humanities held their 2012 Annual Skit Night on Oct. 24 in Renner Too. This annual language event highlighted competitive dialogue skits performed in Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. In attendance, among others of the college’s campus community, were the language practice session apprentice teachers, practice session students, language judges, and Fulbright Scholar Basma Baazaoui, Renner Visiting Scholar Holly Hillgardner, assistant professor of English Jessie Janeshek, professor of finance Anju Ramjee and Alisa Van Syckel. Professor of world languages and cultures Harald Menz was MC for the evening.


Bethany alum partners with Ethiopians for veterinarian project
Capt. Heather Stone ‘92, a veterinarian from Bethany, W.Va., graduate from Bethany College, and Army reservist, assisted from Oct. 22-28 in the continuing education of the local animal health workers in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley in the town of Hirna as part of a Veterinary Civic Action Program.

The VETCAP was organized as a partnership between the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, Oromia Province veterinary professionals, and the U.S. Army’s 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team from Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa in order to assist locals in enhancing their livestock sustainability efforts. District animal health workers received continuing veterinary education and local farmers’ cattle, sheep, and goats were examined, treated, and vaccinated against disease.

Bethany Alum Vogrin ’95 Sworn in as West Virginia ADA
Stephen L. Vogrin ‘95 was formally sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Monday in federal court. Upon a motion made by U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II, Vogrin was administered the oath of office in United States District Court by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

The full story can be found at www.wtrf.com/story/19946909/bailey-swears-in-vorgin-as-wva-ada.

Despite Risks, International Relief and Development's Keys ‘67 Hands Out $3 Billion in Foreign Aid
Bethany alum Dr. Arthur Keys ‘67 has given out $3 billion in aid to the world's poorest families. As founder and CEO of one of the largest U.S. nonprofit agencies, International Relief and Development (IRD), he is still handing out about $500 million in aid a year.

And because poverty and need are highest in countries handicapped by conflict, Keys has helicoptered along with the aid into some of the world's most dangerous areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan.

The full story can be found at www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-barber/despite-risks-irds-keys-h_b_1987676.html.

Geomicrobiology Expert Yuri Gorby ‘83 Joins Rensselaer as Blitman Professor of Engineering
Geomicrobiology expert and Bethany College alum Yuri Gorby ‘83 recently joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as the Howard N. Blitman ’50 P.E. Career Development Professor in Engineering. He is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The full story can be found at news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=3098.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for September 27-28, 2013. 

Alumni Directory Update
Publishing Concepts, Inc (PCI), the company printing the new 2012 Alumni Directory, has informed the College that the directory will now be shipped out to alumni in mid-November.  The Alumni Office sincerely apologizes in the delay, but does not have any control over the change in the delivery date.  Any issues with orders can be handled by calling the customer service line at 1-800-982-1590.  Thank you to all of those alumni that participated in the 2012 Alumni Directory.

Atlanta Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends Event with President Scott D. Miller and host Neil Christman '55 at Atlanta Athletic Club on Sunday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.


Bison Aiming to Bring Home PAC Volleyball Title This Weekend
The Bethany College volleyball team will head to Thomas More this weekend for the 2012 PAC Volleyball Tournament with the goal of bringing back the program’s first conference title

Bison Home Stretch Starts Saturday with Thomas More Match-Up
The Bethany College football team will play its final two games of the 2012 season on its home turf, beginning Saturday with a visit from Thomas More. Kickoff at Bison Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Bison Move on in PAC Tournament with Sweep Over Grove City
With a 3-0 victory (25-14, 25-21, 25-21) over visiting Grove City Tuesday night, the third-seeded Bethany College volleyball team advanced to the PAC Tournament semifinals Friday.

PAC Honors Bethany’s Baker as Swimmer of the Week
After gathering four first place finishes in Saturday’s dual meets, Bethany College sophomore Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) was rewarded with Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Female Swimmer of the Week honors.

Bethany’s Joyce Tabbed PAC Defensive Player of the Week
After helping the Bethany College football team post season-lows in points allowed and yards allowed in a 26-13 win at Thiel Saturday, junior defensive back Jordan Joyce (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Player of the Week.

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


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