Bethany Pursues Harlaxton
College of England Partnership
Dr. Michael Mihalyo, Provost
and Dean of Faculty, attended the Harlaxton Conference of Partner
Colleges June 3-5, at Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire, UK. The
meeting was designed to bring together current member institutions
as well as those under consideration for partnership.
Harlaxton College, managed by the University
of Evansville (Ind.), has offered a unique study abroad experience
to students of partner institutions for 35 years. The intense
semester-long experience emphasizes the study of British and
European cultures. Along with a rigorous academic component,
the program includes formal and informal travel opportunities
throughout the UK and Europe. In addition, summer programming
Bethany Trustee Named
Vice President for Christian Church Foundation
The Rev. Dr. Darwin W. Collins, a member
of the Bethany College Board of Trustees and regional minister
for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania
since 1994, will join the executive development staff of the
Christian Church Foundation as Vice President for the Great
Foundation President Rev. Gary Kidwell
announced that Rev. Collins will be replacing retiring Vice
President Deborrah Wray. The Great Lakes Region encompasses
Christian Church congregations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois,
Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Northeast
“Darwin brings tremendous pastoral
and administrative skills with him, as well as a good knowledge
of finances,” Kidwell said. “It is important to
remember that first and foremost, the work we do here is ministry.”
The Christian Church Foundation is a
general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
devoted to helping Disciples make a difference through planned
gifts and permanent funds in support of church ministries.
A native of Brownsville, Pa., Rev. Collins
received the Bachelor of Science degree from the University
of Pittsburgh and earned the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity
degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He received the
Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary
and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree
by Bethany College in 2002.
Art Work Sought for
Fall Alumni Exhibit
Alumni artists are invited to submit one
or two pieces of their work for this fall’s Alumni Invitational
Exhibit, which will be held Oct. 3-31 in the Renner Union Gallery.
Pieces may be executed in any 2D or 3D medium and all work must
be received by Sept. 26 in order to be included.
Alumni artists will be guests of honor
at the annual Homecoming Art Exhibit Reception on Friday, Oct.
3 from 8-10 p.m. For additional information, contact Professor
Kenn Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org after July 1.
Camp Canyon Debuts at Bethany
Camp Canyon, Bethany's new residential
summer camp operation, opened its inaugural session last week.
Blending Bethany College's facilities with traditional summer
camp programming, Canyon campers are enjoying fabulous instruction
combined with campfires, hiking, scavenger hunts and so much
more. Campers and staff from as far away as England and Spain
are enjoying an amazing Bethany experience. Canyon's camper
population nearly doubles for its second session beginning in
just over a week.
During this session, a New York film
crew will be on campus to shoot Canyon's new full length promotional
DVD that will help spread the word about the incredible Bethany
campus and the excitement of Canyon. Our campers are thrilled
about their experience and are already writing letters home
to friends telling them about the wonderful time they are having.
Both campers and parents are talking about the friends and family
that are planning to join Canyon's ranks next summer.
Provost Attends ACA
Dr. Michael Mihalyo, Provost and Dean of Faculty, participated
in the Annual Meeting of Presidents and Deans of the Appalachian
College Association on June 7-8 at Berea College in, Berea,
Ky. The ACA is a consortium of 37 colleges and universities
in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
During the meeting, a retirement dinner
to celebrate the long and productive career of Dr. Alice Brown,
President of the ACA, was held. Brown served as President for
25 years. Dr. Paul B. Chewing, President-elect, outlined his
vision for the future direction of the consortium. Chewning,
a Bethany College alumnus and current President of the West
Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU), assumes
his new position on July 1.
Governor's Honors Academy
to Open at Bethany
Bethany College is gearing up to host
the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy from June 29 through
July 20, 2008. Opening ceremonies will take place in Commencement
Hall on Sunday, June 29, beginning three weeks of programming
for 181 students, who represent every county in West Virginia.
The theme of this summer's program is
"Explore the Possibilities." Students will attend
a broad-based and intensive course each day and participate
in unique programming opportunities such as a geo-caching course,
e-missions and various performances and guest speakers. Funding
for the program comes from the West Virginia Department of Education
and the Arts. Bethany College has been chosen to host the Governor's
Honors Academy each summer through 2010.
Cramblet Chosen to
Participate in NEH Summer Institute
Laura Cramblet, Coordinator of Library
Technical Services at Bethany’s Mary Cutlip Center for
Library and Information Technology Services, was chosen to participate
in the fourth Biennial Summer Institute for College and University
Teachers at Ferrum (Va.) College. The Summer Institute is funded
by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Cramblet was one of only 19 teachers
and scholars chosen to participate in the NEH Summer Institute,
which examines issues in Appalachia that link regional study
to the liberal arts. These teachers and scholars, who received
stipends for travel and expenses in order to participate, represent
colleges and universities from 13 states and Japan.
“The NEH Summer Institute makes
an ideal setting for sharing my present knowledge and acquiring
additional instruction for the promotion of both Appalachian
traditions and its future direction,” Cramblet said.
The Institute began June 8 and will run
through the Fourth of July. The final week will be spent in
Caretta, W.Va., where participants will work on community-based
research with a local community development organization.
Students Attend Regional Conference
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Daniel
J. Phillips and four of his research students attended the Central
Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (CERMACS),
held June 10-14 in Columbus, Ohio. Students joining Phillips
on the trip were Shannon Smuck and Allison Winwood of Weirton,
W.Va.; Stacy Meeks of St. Clairsville, Ohio and Eric Scheller
of Upper Arlington, Ohio. The trip was made possible through
the support of Bethany College and the WV/NASA Space Grant Consortium.
Smuck presented a poster illustrating
research work she has completed and additional work she is continuing
to pursue in the laboratory at Bethany. Professor Phillips gave
an oral overview of the research performed in his lab at the
Chemistry Department. Professor Phillips and his students also
attended many other research presentations and events during
College German Club
Returns From European Tour
The Bethany College German Club has returned
from a two-week tour of German-speaking countries in Europe.
Faculty member Tessa Wegener accompanied students Jessica DeWitt
of Sigel, Pa.; Kelly Medkeff-Rose of Camp Hill, Pa.; and Jillian
Zewe of Bridgeville, Pa. on a two-week trip through Luxembourg,
Austria, Germany and France.
While on the tour, the group stopped
in Heidelberg, Germany to meet with former Bethany foreign exchange
students Andrea Veithen, Benjamin Heid, Susanne Kattermann and
Rebecca Ansmann. They also assisted with an information session
for prospective foreign exchange students held at Bethany’s
partner institution, the Padagogische Hochschule Heidelberg.
Bethany will be welcoming 11 German exchange students to campus
for the 2008-09 school year.
Current Bethany students Laura Strassguetl,
a native of Germany, and Beth Ann Shaffer, who is studying in
Heidelberg this summer, joined the tour group on their visits
to Heidelberg and Strasbourg, France.
Center Welcomes Alums
The Mountainside Conference Center-Gresham
House offers Bethany College alumni a 25 percent discount on
room rental charges for any function. The Conference Center
provides more than 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting space,
40 fully-equipped guest rooms and Harder Hall, a 100-seat banquet
room for catered events.
Contact Donna White, Conference Center
Manager, at (304) 829-7622 or email@example.com to discuss
any meeting, retreat or training function you may be planning.
Old Main Journal Now
on Summer Schedule
The Old Main Journal has switched to a
monthly publication schedule for the summer months. The final
summer edition is scheduled for July 18. Regular weekly publication
will resume on August 15.
Thomas Buergenthal ’57 Shares
Gruber Foundation Justice Prize
Thomas Buergenthal ’57, who serves
as the lone American judge on the International Court of Justice
at The Hague, has been selected as one of two recipients of
the prestigious 2008 Gruber Foundation Justice Prize. The Gruber
Foundation Justice Prize has been presented annually since 2001
to individuals or organizations which have advanced the cause
of justice delivered through the legal system.
Buergenthal and Jerome Shestak, U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations’ Commission on Human
Rights and former president of the American Bar Association,
are the first Americans to be honored with a Gruber Foundation
The announcement was hailed by U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I applaud the selection
of Thomas Buergenthal and Jerome Shestak as Justice Prize recipients,”
Ginsburg said in a Gruber Foundation press release. “Throughout
their distinguished careers, both have devoted their bright
minds and brave hearts to repairing tears in their local communities,
the nation and the world. Justice, equal and accessible to all,
has been their constant pursuit.”
The 2008 Justice Prize of the Peter and
Patricia Gruber Foundation will be officially presented at a
fall ceremony in honor of the recipients, who will share the
$500,000 prize. In addition to the cash award, Buergenthal and
Shestak will receive a gold medal of honor and a citation.
Alumni Meet President
Miller at Reunion Weekend
Bethany alumni returned to campus on Friday,
June 13 to participate in Reunion Weekend and to meet the College’s
new President, Dr. Scott D. Miller. Members of the Bethany Class
of 1958 were back on campus to celebrate their 50-year milestone.
Festivities got under way Friday night
with an All-Reunion Dinner followed by a social gathering at
Harder Hall. On Saturday, alumni had the opportunity to take
part in a Round Table Discussion hosted by President Miller
in the Phillips Hall Lounge. Many alums took advantage of the
chance to ask questions and learn about the future goals President
Miller has in mind for Bethany.
Following dinner on Saturday, President
and Mrs. Miller graciously opened their home — the newly-restored
Pendleton Heights — for the Reunion Afterglow. Reunion
Weekend concluded Sunday morning with the annual Scroll Breakfast
at Harder Hall.
Kevin Morrissey ’75,
Presents Book at Reunion Weekend
On Saturday, June 14, Kevin Morrissey
presented his book, "The Uphill Climb: Defying the Odds
on the Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway," to
Bethany Alumni and Friends attending Reunion Weekend. After
giving a short introduction during the luncheon at Harder Hall,
Morrissey continued the presentation with a full Power Point
show in the media room at the Renner Visitors Center.
completed a journey that began in 1975 with his senior project,
when Dr. John Lozier suggested the study of the Wellsburg, Bethany,
and Washington Railway as a possible area for research. "The
Uphill Climb: Defying the Odds on the Wellsburg, Bethany, and
Washington Railway," discusses the history and impact the
Wellsburg, Bethany, and Washington Railway had on area communities
and Bethany College. The Railway, which was launched
in June 1908, gave the world better
accessibility to Bethany.
Ann Wilkin Trombadore ’51,
Emeritus Trustee, Passes Away
The College community was saddened to
learn of the passing of Ann Wilkin Trombadore ’51. A retired
attorney and Emeritus member of the Bethany College Board of
Trustees, Ann passed away on May 4 in Bound Brook, N.J. She
A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Ann grew
up in Wellsburg, W.Va. as the daughter of Bethany alums Judge
William S. Wilkin ’12 and Helen Porter Wilkin ’
21. Ann graduated magna cum laude from Bethany with a degree
in Economics in 1951 and received her law degree from the University
of Michigan in 1954. She married fellow law student Raymond
Trombadore in 1954 and they founded the law firm of Raymond
R. and Ann W. Trombadore in Somerville, N.J. in 1965. Ann served
as a partner in the firm, now known as Trombadore and Wilson,
until her retirement.
Ann was a great supporter of her alma
mater. Her father had been Chairman of the College’s Board
of Trustees and Ann followed in his footsteps on May 28, 1977
when she was appointed to the Board. She was an active Trustee
for more than two decades and was made an Emeritus Life member
following the 1998-99 school year. In addition to her work with
the College, Ann was a member of the Bound Brook Presbyterian
Church for 47 years, serving as an elder and deacon. She also
served for 11 years on the Bound Brook Board of Education.
Ann is survived by five of her six children:
Raymond R. (Mary) Trombadore of Purcellville, Va.; David W.
(Suzanne) Trombadore of Somerville, N.J.; Tom (Clare) Trombadore
of Mill Valley, Calif.; Mary Ann (Cort) Gross of San Francisco
and Matthew Paul (Joanne) Trombadore of Lincoln, Mass. She is
also survived by 10 grandchildren. Ann was predeceased by her
husband, Raymond, and her eldest son, John William Trombadore.
A memorial service was held May 9 at Bound Brook Presbyterian
Church. Memorial donations were requested for The Bethany Fund
at Bethany College or the Somerset County Bar Foundation in
West Coast Tour: San
Diego to Seattle
President Miller and Vice President Sven
de Jong have returned from a trip to the West Coast where they
met with alumni and friends of the College. During their time
out west, President Miller and Vice President de Jong had the
opportunity to reconnect with many Bethanians at a pair of alumni
Their tour kicked off with an Alumni
Event in San Diego, Calif. This event was hosted by John ’55
and Donna Palafoutas at the Palafoutas’s home. The next
stop was an Alumni Event in San Francisco, hosted by Stephen
Ruben ’70 and Ken Bado ’77 at the Ruben Law Firm.
After attending these gatherings, President Miller and Vice
President de Jong also met with several other Bethanians before
wrapping up their West Coast swing in Seattle, Wash.
To view pictures of these and other regional
alumni events, click
Wilma Allen ’37 Passes
Away in Weirton
Wilma Jane Schramm Allen ’37, a
long-time Bethany College employee and the widow of a prominent
Bethany professor, passed away on June 6 in Weirton, W.Va. at
the age of 96.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Dr. John S.V. Allen; a son, William Allen; and two brothers,
Donald and Richard Schramm. She is survived by a son, Stephen
Allen of Toronto, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Iris Schramm of Marion,
Ind.; a grandson, Benjamin Allen of Delaware, Ohio; and several
nieces and nephews.
Wilma graduated from Bethany College
in 1937 and spent 16 years as a secretary in the business office.
A member of the Bethany Memorial Church, Wilma was married to
Dr. Allen on Sept. 6, 1931. Following his death in 1964, family
and friends endowed the J.S.V. Allen Memorial Award that is
presented annually to the outstanding Physics major at Bethany.
Family graveside services were held on June 12 at Campbell Cemetery
Alumni Event Slated
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception
with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday,
June 22. The event will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club
from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and will be hosted by Neil Christman
For more information or to register for
this event please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at
(304) 829-7411 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online, click
Academic Honor Roll Features 24 Bison Student-Athletes
A total of 24 Bethany College student-athletes
were honored Friday when the Presidents’ Athletic Conference
(PAC) released the Spring 2008 PAC Academic Honor Roll.
Bodo Earns Academic All-District
Bethany College sophomore Jodi Bodo (Steubenville,
Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) was voted to the ESPN the
Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II track/cross country
team by the College Sports Information Directors of America
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.