Volume VII, Number XXIV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 14, 2014

Greek Organizations Garner New Members
Recruitment week for Greek Life was held last week at Bethany. Concluding with Bid Day on Friday, February 7.

Students got the chance to find out more about Greek life through open invitations throughout the fall semester, which were hosted by Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council.  In December 2013, Panhellenic Council began tweeting and encouraging women to “Go Greek” on Facebook pages.

During Recruitment Week for the men’s organizations, each fraternity is encouraged to host open house events for potential new members to meet the men and to learn more

about each organization. Panhellenic Council is structured to a much greater degree.  Each woman attended all three open houses. Through a mutually exclusive process, the women and the sororities narrowed down their choices.

For photos of some of the sororities and fraternities welcoming their new members, click here.

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

Communication and Media Arts
Professor Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Professor of Communication, was named a 2014 National Association of Television Program Executives Foundation Faculty Fellow. Fewer than 30 applicants a year are accepted for the position. Faculty Fellows attend both a one-day Faculty Seminar on digital programming related to teaching issues/concerns, and a three-day professional conference for NAPTE members. The conference was held this year in Miami Beach, Fla.

Topics discussed at the workshops included upcoming changes in TV programming including news, global collaborations with U.S. faculty/TV professionals, and global partners such as China's Huace Film and TV Company; the integration of more social media platforms in TV news such as with Twitter; and talks with top executives from companies such as Netflix, GroupM, Weigel Broadcasting and The Lippin Group (Integrated Marketing).

Social Work
At its February meeting, the Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education reviewed a self-study document prepared in spring 2013 by the social work department. After a careful review of the self-study document, a site visit report prepared following the September 2013 site visit, and the Program’s response to the prior items, the Commission voted to reaffirm the accreditation of the program for eight years, ending in February 2022.

This May marks 30 years of continuous accreditation for the social work program. Bethany is the only private college within the state of Wet Virginia with this accreditation. A celebration of the reaffirmation will be held during the annual Social Work Honors Banquet on Friday, April 25, beginning at 5 p.m. at Harder Hall (Mountainside Conference Center). Social work alumni are invited to attend and can RSVP for this event at socialwork@bethanywv.edu.

Alumnus to Focus on Public Relations Firm
Sean McBride '90, former Executive Vice President for Communications & Membership Services at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, announced Feb. 13 that he is leaving GMA to re-constitute his public relations and consulting firm, DSM Strategic Communications & Consulting. He will also serve as Counselor at Edelman Public Relations, a global leader in public relations that helps its clients communicate, engage and build relationships with their stakeholders. For the entire press release, click here.

Florida Alumni Connect
Dr. Miller and Senior Vice President Sven de Jong visited Bethany alumni and friends throughout the state of Florida Feb. 8-12. Events were held in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Jacksonville.

For pictures of the events, click here. (more to be added soon)

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.

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.

Three School Records Highlight First Day of PAC Championships
Highlighted by the breaking of a record which has stood for 41 years, the Bison women's and men's swimming & diving teams finished day one of the PAC Championships/James E. Longnecker Invitational ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.

Bison Capture Third Straight PAC Victory
The Bethany College women’s basketball team used strong performances from Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) and Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) to grab their third straight Presidents’Athletic Conference victory, as they upended Chatham University 87-78, on Wednesday night.

Men's Basketball Cages Tomcats
The Bethany College men’s basketball program (18-4, 11-2 PAC) received a 23-point game from junior Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and a double-double from senior Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) to help propel the Bison to a 71-62 win over Thiel College on Saturday.

Schott Named Corvias ECAC Player of the Week

Bethany College sophomore women's basketball standout Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) has been named the Corvias/Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Women's Basketball Player of the Week, announced the ECAC on Tuesday.

Schott/Minger Earn SAAC Athlete of the Week Awards
Bethany women’s basketball sophomore forward Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) and sophomore track athlete Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Sami Schott Named PAC Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week
Bethany College sophomore Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week announced the conference office on Monday.

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

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