Volume VII, Number XXIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 7, 2014

Bethany Professor of Philosophy and General Science Emeritus Passes Away
Dr. Stanley Leonard Becker, 84, passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, at his residence. A retired Professor of Philosophy and General Science, Dr. Becker spent more than three decades (1968-2003) educating students at Bethany College.

Dr. Becker was a native of Syracuse, N.Y. He held a bachelor’s degree from New York State College of Forestry and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham, Maine. Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Bethany College.

J-Term Class Visits Washington, D.C.
As part of a January Term class titled "How Can I Make a Difference?" 12 Bethany students participated in a three-day field trip to Washington, D.C. The students visited the King Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and they spent time with important leaders who are making a positive difference in the world, such as Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson (retired), the first openly gay bishop, and Rev. Stephen Baines, Religious Outreach Director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The class also visited Capitol Hill, where they interviewed staff members of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. They were scheduled to visit with Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis, but inclement weather forced an early departure for home.

The class was chaperoned by Scott Thayer, instructor of the class, and Sam Goodge, Director of Student Activities.


John Marshall Faculty Visit Bethany

Members of the teaching staff from John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, W.Va., visited campus Thursday, Feb. 6. The group met with the President Scott D. Miller and members of the Administration and Academic Chairs throughout the day to learn more about Bethany and discuss co-curricular initiatives for their students. Pictured with Dr. Miller is Jason Marling, a 1999 graduate of Bethany and assistant principal at John Marshall.



Nominations Sought for President’s Awards
Bethany President Scott D. Miller is again seeking nominations from all campus constituencies for the President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance. One will be awarded to a member of the faculty and another to a member of the staff. Recipients will be announced during the annual Honors Day Convocation. Nominations should be sent directly to the President at Office of the President, Bethany College, Old Main, Bethany, WV 26032.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros and his J-Term class, Readings in Rock Scholarship, produced a video that can be seen here. Students performing on the soundtrack and the video are Josh Fisher, Jesse Lathrop, Dominique Lovell, Kvanna Diaz, Craig Starks and Danny Faix.

Social Work
Melanee W. Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Field Placements, participated in a United Way determination of funding for community organizations on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Sinclair served with other representatives from the education and business community, reviewing requests from local nonprofit organizations. This committee determines the final amount of United Way funding to be provided to the organizations, based on contributions from local citizens.

Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others. Nominations should be sent to Office of the President, Bethany College, Old Main, Bethany, WV 26032.


1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.
4. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
5. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
6. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards. Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for May 2-May 4. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/alumni-awards/.

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than Feb. 10. Nominations can be sent via email to alumni@bethanywv.edu, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.

Florida Alumni: Save the Date!

Please save the date as Dr. Miller will be traveling to Florida to meet with Bethany Alumni and Friends at different locations around the state Feb. 8-12.

Saturday, February 8
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Marchand’s Bar & Grill at the Vinoy Renaissance
501 5th Ave NE
St Petersburg, FL

Sunday, February 9
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Estero Country Club
19501 Vintage Trace Cir
Fort Myers, FL 33967

Wednesday, February 12
6:00-8:00 pm
Latitude 30
10370 Phillips Hwy
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Hosted by Bob ’59 & Nancy Goin

Alumni Weekend Date Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2014 slated for May 2-4. Classes celebrating reunions include 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969 and 1974.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2014
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2014 slated for Oct. 10-11.  Classes celebrating reunions include 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2013.

Williams to Participate in “So You Want To Be A Coach” Program
Bethany College women’s basketball guard senior Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson), has recently been named by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as a member of the 12th annual WBCA “So You Want To Be A Coach” program.

Men’s Hoops Dismantles Westminster in Conference Win
The Bethany College men’s basketball team (17-4, 10-2 PAC) used 10 three-point makes and aggressive defense, to defeat Presidents’ Athletic Conference foe Westminster, 74-58.

Seniors Shine As Bison Knock Off Westminster
Senior standouts Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) and Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) both notched double-doubles, as the Bison women’s basketball team upended Westminster College, 85-78, on Wednesday evening.

Swimming & Diving Teams Fall to Grove City
The Bethany College swimming & diving teams came up short against Presidents’ Athletic Conference opponent Grove City on Saturday. The women dropped a 151-123 decision, while the men were defeated 148-122.

Addy/Williams Earn SAAC Athlete of the Week Awards
Bethany basketball standouts, senior Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and senior Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Delonte’ Joyce/Sami Schott Earn SAAC January Athletes of the Month
Men’s basketball guard junior Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and women’s basketball forward sophomore Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Month for the month of January, the Bethany SAAC announced on Friday.

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