Volume VI, Number III
An E-News Service of Bethany College
September 1, 2012

Bethany College Welcomes New Students for 2012-13 School Year
Bethany College marked the start of the 2012-13 academic year on Aug. 25 with a formal matriculation convocation held in the Dr. Fred H. Tilock Amphitheatre at the Pennington Quadrangle.

Bethany College Service Learning Center to Hold Agency Fair
The Bethany College Service Learning Center will hold its annual Agency Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in Commencement Hall.

Bethany Announces Partnership with Oglebay to
Benefit Equine Programs
Bethany College recently announced a partnership with Oglebay Stables at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center that stands to benefit the college’s equine studies and riding programs.

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President Leads National Thought Leaders’ Focus on Responding to
Commoditization of Higher Education
Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College, will serve as co-executive editor of the seventh volume of “Presidential Perspectives,” a thought provoking leadership series authored by college and university presidents.

College Faculty and Staff Honored For Years of Service at Dinner
A dinner on Tuesday at Christman Manor was hosted by President Scott D. Miller in honor of Bethany College faculty and staff who have worked for the college for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

Donna Lovato of the housekeeping staff was recognized for 25 years of service to the college. Others recognized were: Dr. Wilfrid W. Csaplar, Jr., chair of the department of economics and business, and the John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen professor of economics, 10 years; Luke Hardt, chair of the department of visual and performing arts, associate professor of theatre and director of the Bethany College Theatre, 10 years; Dr. J. Walton Turner, associate professor of English and director of writing across the curriculum, 10 years; Bobbie Jo Puskarich, housekeeping, 10 years; Thomas Furbee, director of media services, 10 years; Mickey Ulrich, secretary for the office of student life, 10 years; Kay Rowland, assistant manager of the Mountainside Conference Center, 10 years; Dr. Joseph B. Lovano, chair of the department of humanities and professor of world languages and cultures, 15 years; Chuckie Taylor, buildings and grounds, 15 years; and Linda Crow, housekeeping, 15 years.

These awards are based upon an employee’s continuous service as calculated and maintained by the personnel services office.

Gamble to Present Paper on Historic Site of Beatles’ First U.S. Concert
“The Washington Coliseum: Where the Circus, and Much More, Once Reigned in Our Nation’s Capital” will be presented by Dr. Mort Gamble, assistant to the president, at the 2013 joint conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Washington, D.C.

The paper will focus on the former Uline Arena’s colorful history as a Washington, D.C., sports, concert, and circus arena which hosted the first live U.S. concert by the Beatles in 1964, following their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”  Gamble’s paper will also reference the exciting new possibilities for the building’s proposed preservation and rehabilitation as a mixed-use facility in Northeast Washington.

A circus historian and author, Gamble first attended the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the arena in 1962.  Decades later, during his daily rail commute from Frederick, MD, to The George Washington University prior to joining the Bethany staff, he would pass the building, located alongside tracks near Washington’s Union Station; the arena was then being used as an indoor parking lot.

Gamble last presented at the PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio in 2011.




Bethany College Parent Enrolls Third Child
Bethany College parent Donna Joyce met with President Scott D. Miller recently at the third summer orientation. This semester, Joyce truly demonstrated her Bison pride by enrolling her son Jeremy with the college for the 2012-13 academic year. Jeremy joins his two brothers Jeffrey and Jordan. All three brothers are members of the Bison football team.



Bethany Alumni Artists Invited to Submit Work
The department of visual and performing arts, the office of student life and the office of alumni and parent relations invites Bethany College alumni to submit works of art in any medium to the Bethany Alumni Biennial Art Exhibition, “A Show of Hands.” The exhibition will be displayed Sept. 20 through Oct. 6 in the Renner Art Gallery. The first such event was held 16 years ago and has continued every few years since then as part of homecoming weekend.

All alumni are invited to submit four pieces of work to Kenn Morgan at the Renner Art Gallery, Bethany House, Bethany, W.Va., 26032, by Sept. 18. Artists should label their work with their name, graduation year, address and phone number, title, medium and price, or not for sale value. Bethany does not receive a commission on sales.

Exhibiting alumni artists will be special guests at the Friday night Homecoming Art Reception October 5, 8 – 10 p.m. Please contact Professor of Fine Arts and Renner Art Gallery Coordinator and Curator Kenn Morgan at 304.829.7824 or kmorgan@bethanywv.edu for questions/information.

Click here to download the submission form.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Visual and Performing Arts
Luke Hardt, chair of the department of visual and performing arts, work included two industrial films and a commercial over the summer. Highlights included ejecting a co-worker from a cherry-picker to his death (in a parody of the "mayhem guy" commercials) and a performance as a sympathetic dad. The latter can be seen playing in the Pittsburgh market.

Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros performed with the Lava Lounge Hounds on July 7 at Mudflats in Galena, Ohio, and with Principally Speaking on July 27 at Kenyon College. Set lists featured classic rock and originals by Collaros.

Dr. David J. Rudari, associate professor of music, will serve as guest conductor in November for the Jefferson-Lewis County Bi-County Music Festival in New York. Rudari, in his role as music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling, W.Va., will also serve as conductor and as a cantor for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston's pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., in mid-September.

Communications and Media Arts
In May, Dr. Jay Libby, assistant professor of communications, attended the Spring Convocation at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass. The theme for this event was "Politics, Pulpit and the Press: Faithful Leadership in the Public Square.” The keynote address was on "The Use and Abuse of Religion and Politics" and panel discussions included "Interface Between Media and Faith" and “How Faith Leaders Navigate in the World of Instant Communication." Libby also provided pulpit supply on June 24 and August 19 for St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Pleasant Unity, Pa.   

Dr. Kelly L. Schuller, assistant professor of psychology, presented "Death and Dying: An Interactive Presentation" at the Buffalo Seminary of Bethany College Aging Workshop on August 18 at the Mountainside Conference Center. She also led a lively discussion on the issues surrounding talking about death with children. This built upon the talk titled "The Advantages of Age," which she presented at the Buffalo Seminary Ministry of Sages pre-assembly workshop on April 25 at the First Christian Church in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Economics and Business
A few months ago, Dr. David Youngberg, assistant professor of economics, submitted a commentary to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which was published in the August issue. The commentary is titled "5 Reasons Why Online Education Won’t Replace College (and Why You Should Still Pay Attention to It).”

An online version was published on August 20. The article can be found at: http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Online-Education-Wont/133531/.

The department of humanities welcomes the following new faculty members this fall: Basma Baazaoui, Fullbright Scholar Teacher of Arabic; Renee Edwards, lecturer of Spanish; Holly Hillgardner, Renner Visiting Scholar, assistant professor of religious studies; Dr. Jessie Janeshek, assistant professor of English; and Dr. Brandon Lamson, assistant professor of English.

Physical Science
New faculty member, Dr. Scott Brothers, assistant professor of chemistry, defended his Ph.D. dissertation work in October of 2011. In December of 2011 he graduated from Texas A&M University.

In Spring 2012, he served as a lecturer for a general chemistry course in the first-year program of Texas A&M University and taught general chemistry and English for chemistry to a group of Saudi Arabian students in a transfer program to the English Language Institute of Texas A&M University.

In June 2012, he served as a post-doctoral fellow where he continued his graduate school research and completed a series of manuscripts.

Between 2011 and 2012, he authored or co-authored four peer-reviewed journal articles in top-tier chemistry journals, including two in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in November 2011 and July 2012. Brothers has also contributed segments to four other journal articles that should be submitted for review in either 2012 or 2013.

Social Work
Katherine Shelek-Furbee, chair and professor of social work, attended two continuing education events over the summer. The first, in May, provided content on suicide prevention. The event was sponsored by Wheeling Hospital and the training was provided by suicide prevention specialists with the Aspen Center.  The second training, in June, was offered to staff from college campuses in the state of West Virginia on the topic of working with and providing services for veterans. Renee Stock, college counselor, also attended this training. The training was provided by the Center for Deployment Psychology.

Over the summer, Melanee W. Sinclair, associate professor of social work, completed Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association certification.  EAGALA has over has over 3,500 members in 41 countries and provides training in the therapeutic use of equines.  EAGALA is a solution-focused, experiential model of treatment.  Sessions are co-facilitated by a mental health professional, equine specialist, and at least one equine. Sinclair also completed an EAGALA internship at Painted Horses, LLC, in Maine. Painted Horses provides equine-assisted psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups.  Clients include children and adults in need of psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, trauma, conduct disorder, and criminal behaviors. 

Newman ’49 Elected to Board of Trustees
Joseph H. Newman ’49 was recently elected to the board of trustees of the Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, Ohio.

His term on the board began July 1, 2012. Newman was also honored this summer for his continuing commitment to the Euclid Creed Watershed Council, which is a consortium of nine cities in Northeast Ohio.

Decolati ’85 Given “Excellence in Government” Award
John “Dino” Decolati ’85, staff accountant at the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was recognized this summer by the Federal Executive Board as a community service bronze award winner in the 2012 “Excellence in Government” program for his work last year as a softball umpire for the 31st-annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

To read more of this story, visit www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/a-newsmaker-you-should-know-liberty-man-wins-fair-play-award-at-wheelchair-games-642314/.

Bethany Announces Homecoming 2012
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2012 slated for Oct. 5-6. Click here to see a full schedule of events.

Bethany Accepting Reservations for Homecoming Tailgate Tent Space
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is now accepting reservations for tailgate tent space to be utilized during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 6. The cost for a 10 x 10 area is $20. Due to limited space each group will be restricted to one tent only. For more information or to make a reservation contact Ashley Kanotz at (304) 829-7299 or via email at akanotz@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Baseball Alumni Game Set
Head baseball coach Rick Carver has announced the Bethany Baseball Alumni Game has been set for Sept. 15. Batting practice will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a double-header at noon. Carver said a picnic luncheon will be held after the games, and family members are welcome to attend as well.

Those interested can RSVP at rcarver@bethanywv.edu with the number of participants and if they plan to play.

Bethany Celebrating the 12th Annual Allison’s Run
In conjunction with Homecoming 2012, the 12th Annual Allison’s Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman’s Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-register or sponsor the race should contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison ’64 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.

Alumni Directory
The Alumni Office and Publishing Concepts, Inc (PCI), the company printing the new 2012 Alumni Directory, will have it available in October.  For those alumni that ordered a copy, please be on the lookout for it to arrive to your home by that time.

Chicago Area Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted by Jeffry '75 and Lynne (Miller) Lapin '75 in the Chicago area on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. The Lapin’s will host the event at their home in Geneva, Ill., in conjunction with Geneva’s Festival of the Vine. 

For exact details of the gathering and to RSVP, please contact the Alumni Office at (304) 829-7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Richmond, Va. Alumni & Parents Events
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted by Hugh Joyce and James River Air Conditioning on the weekend of Sept. 14-15, 2012. Join Dr. Miller and Mr. Joyce on Friday, September 14, at the Speakeasy at the Hippodrome Theater in downtown Richmond from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Starting at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 15, a tailgate gathering at Gallery Flux in Ashland, Va., will precede the opportunity to cheer on the Bison football team as they take on Randolph-Macon.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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

Philadelphia Area Alumni Event
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with President Scott D. Miller, hosted by Pat Hosey '80 in the Philadelphia area on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Pat Hosey ’80 will host the event in his home in Wilmington, Del. 

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

Attention Bethany College’s Class of 1977!
The organizing of your 35-year reunion has begun.  Please email alumni@bethanywv.edu if you are interested in details about this Homecoming reunion or join the Facebook group “Bethany College Class of 1977: 35th Class Reunion.”

Bison Football Online Gear Store Opens
Bethany football fans can order the newest Bison gear online. The store will be open from Aug. 30 through Sept. 16. Please allow three-to-four weeks for delivery after the order is placed. Click here for online ordering instructions and available gear.

Bethany Field Hockey Ready for Return to Field in 2012
The Bethany College women’s field hockey program will officially become the 22nd varsity sport at the school when the Bison open the 2012 season Sept. 1st with a road game at Oberlin (Ohio) College.

Bison Set to Open Gridiron Slate Saturday against Centre
The Bethany College football team will open the new season Saturday with its stiffest challenge in head coach Tim Weaver’s seven-year tenure, as the Bison play host to 2011 playoff qualifier Centre (Ky.) College. Kickoff at Bison Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Bethany Volleyball Takes Second in PAC Preseason Poll
Coming on the heels of its second place finish last year, the Bethany College volleyball team was predicted to take second place again in the 2012 PAC Preseason Poll, as voted by the coaches of the league.

Bison Men’s Soccer Tabbed Fourth by Conference Coaches
The coaches of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) predicted the Bethany College men’s soccer team to finish in fourth place this upcoming fall, according to the preseason poll released by the league office.

Bethany Women Runners Picked Seventh in PAC
The Bethany College women’s cross country team was forecast to place seventh this season according to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Poll was released by the conference office.

Bethany Men Predicted to Place Eighth in Preseason Poll
The Bethany College men’s cross country team were given an eighth-place ranking when the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Poll was released by the conference office.

PAC Coaches Pick Bethany Fourth in Preseason Poll
The Bethany College women’s tennis team finished in a tie for fourth place in the PAC Preseason Poll as voted on by the conference coaches and released by the league office Saturday.

Bethany Tabbed 6th in PAC Women’s Soccer Poll
The Bethany College women’s soccer team was predicted to finish in sixth place in the 2012 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Poll, released Saturday.

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