International Relations Club Spends Spring Break in Egypt
Members of the International Relations Club — led by Clint Maffett, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, and accompanied by Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of History and Director of International Studies — recently returned from a spring break trip to Egypt March 12-21. The group enjoyed a packed schedule of activities designed to enhance classroom learning with real-world experience. Sight-seeing destinations included, among many others, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, the Red and Bent Pyramids at Dahshour, the Great Pyramid at Giza and Sphinx, the Great Temples of Ramses II, the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, Coptic Churches and the Mohammed Ali Mosque in Cairo, and Hatshepsut’s Temple and Tomb.
Bethany Students Win Teachers of Mathematics Poster Contest
The West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics announced that three Bethany College students, taught by Mary Ellen Komorowski (Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science), were winners in the 2010 West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics poster contest. The poster contest featured the theme “Mathematical Getaway,” and students were challenged to create a poster that demonstrated mathematics using that theme. Joseph Ward was selected for first place, John Trischler for second, and Tanner Coles for third place.
Hamilton Serves as ‘President for a Day’
Casey Hamilton, Vice President of the Freshman Class Council, won a fundraising raffle for the opportunity to experience life as Bethany College’s “President for a Day.” Hamilton’s March 11 activities included a morning briefing; tour of Cochran Hall with Ted Williams, Director of the Physical Plant; a meeting with Bill Kiefer, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs, on textbook leasing and Cochran Hall furniture; a meeting with Tim Weaver, Director of Athletics and Recreation and Head Football Coach, on summer maintenance items; and a lunch with the Cabinet. The day concluded with a trip to Pittsburgh with Sven de Jong, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, that included a meeting with BD & E Marketing and Zamagias Properties, as well as a tour of Reed Smith and dinner at the Duquesne Club with de Jong, Jeff Flick ’82 (pictured), principal owner of BD & E Marketing
and Kristina Martinez (pictured), Principal at BD &E.
Women’s Words Abound! Celebrates Bethany Women
Wrapping up the Women’s Month 2010 activities will be an event, Women’s Words Abound!, celebrating women on Bethany’s campus and beyond who have made a difference in the lives of Bethany community members. The event is scheduled for March 29 at 8 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery.
All members of the Bethany community, including alumni, are encouraged to participate and can do so in several ways. Participants should email Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org with a message telling her about a woman on campus who has been a strong influence, mentor or inspiration for them while at Bethany (include woman’s name). Submit the email by March 26 at noon. Participants can also bring a poem, short story, letter, monologue or any other form of word art and read it at the celebration in honor of someone. Finally, all are invited to attend the March 29 event and enjoy the food, company and presentations in honor of the women at Bethany who have affected the lives of so many.
Attendees are also invited to bring donations for The Lighthouse, a women’s shelter in Weirton, W.Va. Donations can include the following items: small, unopened personal care items; paper products; light bulbs; cleaning supplies; diapers; calling cards; food, store and gas gift cards; and postage stamps.
Poetry Slam Participants Entertain Packed House
Performers at the March 23 Words in Your FACE Poetry Slam greeted a full house at Maxwell’s as they competed for 50 of Heather Taylor’s (Coordinator of the McCann Writing Center) dollars and the title of Bethany College Slam Champ.
Performers completed two rounds in front of a crowd of 41 and panel of two judges. Each round had a three-minute time limit. Round one could be a work by any author, but round two had to be the performer's own material. Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students, and Roni Reynolds, College Counselor, served as judges and stated that the competition was fierce. Ty Holland took home the title of Slam Champ, along with Taylor’s $50 and the Capri Sun Audience Favorite Award. Quinn "Bigg" Taylor took home the second place prize of a gift card supplied by Student Life.
Honoraries Induct New Members
Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary held is spring induction ceremony Thursday night in the Academic Parlour. Left picture, inductees and officers: Jennifer Anderson, Jonas Ankrom, Tiffany Furbee, Kevin Kaauamo, Kelli McAbier, Matthew Swartling, Lindsay Brewer, Samantha Hall, Alissa Moss, and Emily Roth.
Right, officers and inductees of Upsilon Pi Epsilon computer science honorary (also held in the Academic Parlour Thursday): Jonas Ankrom, Adam Fletcher, Kevin Kaauamo, Alexis Evans, and Patrick Miller.
Bethany Hosts Summer 2010 Camps
Bethany College has a busy summer schedule with educational, sports, band and retreats planned for most of the summer.
Governor’s Honors Academy
Bethany College will host the 2010 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy June 26 – July 18, 2010. On campus for the three-week residential program will be 180 rising high school seniors taking intensive and broad-based classes and participating in a daily seminar session, educational events and interactive activities. This will be the final year of a three-year grant award program funded by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts for Bethany College.
Bethany College’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Andrew Sachs, will continue his summer camp director career by offering three basketball camp dates.
Girls High School Team Camp: June 18-20
Boys High School Team Camp: June 25-27
Boys and Girls Individual Development Camp: June 28-July 2
Co-Ed Ages 7-17, Overnight Residential and Commuters
Bethany College alumni are eligible for a discount. For more information please email Coach Sachs at email@example.com.
Camp Canyon has announced its 2010 Summer Session Dates.
June 27-July 16
July 18-August 6
Camp Canyon is where yesterday's traditions and today's advanced opportunities combine to create tomorrow's lifelong friends and memories. Canyon's one-of-a-kind combination of staff, facilities and programs create a level of camping that is unparalleled.
Visit the Camp Canyon website at www.campcanyon.com/index.html or call 800.917.1902 for more information.
Bethany College will host three major sport camps over the summer.
Offense Defense Sports Camp will hold a three-day football camp July 4-7. For more information please visit www.o-d.com/camps/locations/Pittsburgh or, for the brochure, visit www.o-d.com/camps/brochure.
Pro Soccer Camps and DPSoccer Academy are pleased to announce the Bolton Wanderers International Player ID Camp. Bolton Wanderers Football Club, of the English Premiership, will be running the week-long residential and commuter camp open to players age 8-18. This Elite Player ID Camp running July 18-22 will provide Bolton’s International Academy Staff with the opportunity to access the technical, tactical and overall fitness levels of North American players. For more information, please visit http://prosoccercamps.com/.
The Universal Dance Association will host an instructional dance camp for high school and all-star teams at Bethany College August 8-10. Please visit
uda.varsity.com for more information or contact State Director Sonya Weathers at 800.969.6541. Registration forms are available at http://register.varsity.com/camps/register/UDACampSearch.aspx.
For information about bringing a camp or conference to the Bethany College Campus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.
Applications must be postmarked by May 28.
Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:
Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: email@example.com.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Economics and Business
Wilfrid W. Csaplar, Jr., Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business,
presented "Optimal Incentive Gini Coefficient to Work Harder" at the Midwest Economic Association meeting held outside of Chicago. He also discussed a paper and chaired a session.
History and Political Science
Erich Lippman, Assistant Professor of History, attended an organizational meeting on March 9 in Morgantown to explore the potential for bringing National History Day to West Virginia. National History Day is an academic program and competition aimed at elementary and secondary school students. Participants choose historical topics related to a theme, conduct extensive primary and secondary research, and present their findings at regional, state and national contests. West Virginia is currently the only state in the United States to lack a National History Day program.
Hearn ’72 to Give Charleston School of Law Commencement Address
Kaye Hearn, 1972 cum laude graduate of Bethany College, was featured in the Charleston Regional Business Journal for her upcoming participation in the Charleston School of Law’s graduation ceremony on May 15. Hearn, who will provide the commencement address, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also earned her master’s degree in law from the University of Virginia’s program for judges. She was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 2009 and is a member of the Charleston School of Law Board of Advisers, where she is also a distinguished visiting professor.
Save the Date!
Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends gathering in your area.
Tuesday, May 25, Dallas
Wednesday, May 26, Houston
More details forthcoming in future issues of the Old Main Journal.
Bethany College Alumni Council Seeks New Members
Would you like to give back to your Alma Mater? Volunteering as a member of the Bethany College Alumni Council is a great way to do just that, and the Council is seeking new members. The Alumni Council is comprised of alumni who are elected to govern the activities of the Alumni Association. In addition to attending two meetings on campus annually and assisting with Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, council members are assigned to a standing committee with various objectives.
Those interested in more information or in serving on the Alumni Council should contact Michele Rejonis in the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRD Haiti Benefit and Raffle
As part of Bethany College's "Hands to Haiti" partnership with IRD,
we invite you to attend a fundraising event sponsored by IRD.
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5:00 p.m. at the Continental Modern Pool
Lounge in Arlington, Va. Event tickets are $10 each. Raffle
tickets are $10 each or five tickets for $40. Tickets are
available at the door, or by calling Candi Carpenter at
For more information about the IRD Haiti Benefit and Raffle,
Bethany Students Raise Support for The Bethany Fund
Your phones should be ringing! Bethany’s student callers have been 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.
If you have not made a gift and would like to make one
online, click here.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Friday, April 16, 2010
12:00 p.m. - Golf Scramble - Highland Springs Golf Course
5:00 p.m. - Dinner - Drovers Inn
6:30 p.m. -
Women's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Bison Stadium
7:30 p.m. -
Social - Bison Inn
Saturday, April 17, 2010
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - Men's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex
1:00 p.m. - 7 vs.7 Alumni Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex
3:30 p.m. - Picnic - Cunningham Soccer Complex
8:00 p.m. - Star of Honor Reception - Renner Art Gallery
Sunday, April 18, 2010
11:00 a.m. - Brunch - Benedum Commons
For more information please contact
John Cunningham at email@example.com
Sean Regan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Barry Christmas at email@example.com
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.
Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration -- Update
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.
The full agenda, along with daily activity alternatives and a listing of housing alternatives, is now available at www.psibeta.net/150. There will be golf on Friday, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday (including activities for spouses/significant others) and a dinner on Saturday evening. Sunday will feature a brunch. Rooms will be available on campus.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pittsburgh Author/Historian Jim O'Brien to Speak at Bethany
Award-winning author and noted Pittsburgh historian Jim O’Brien will be the keynote speaker at the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Banquet on Thursday, April 29, according to Tim Weaver, Director of Athletics and Recreation.
Bethany's Kubis Recognized by PAC
After leading the team to a 5-1 record over spring break last week, Bethany College freshman Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 22.
PAC Honors Bethany's Marinacci as Hitter of the Week
Bethany College senior shortstop Ashley Marinacci (Bellaire, Ohio/Bellaire St. John’s) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Hitter of the Week for March 22.
Bethany's Dahle Selected for All American Bowl
Bethany College senior strong safety Matt Dahle (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox) has been selected to participate in the 14th Annual All American Bowl College All-Star, scheduled to be played Saturday, March 27 at Laidley Field in Charleston, W.Va., at 1:05 p.m.
Bison Track Begins Year with Sterling Efforts
A limited number of competitors began the season Saturday for the Bethany College outdoor track and field teams, but they produced outstanding efforts at the California (Pa.) University Early Bird Invitational.
Westminster Squeaks Past Bison 5-4
Senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) and junior Dustin Opalka (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) teamed for a win in doubles and both claimed their singles matches, but the Bethany College men’s tennis team fell by a narrow 5-4 count at Westminster Wednesday.
Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or email@example.com for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.