Miller Welcomed By Bethany Memorial Church
President Miller was touched by the warm
welcome he received, during a special service at the Bethany
Memorial Church on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dr. Peter Morgan ’61,
who is serving as the church’s interim pastor during his
time as Renner Visiting Scholar at the College, led the congregation
in a special service that featured prayers of support and thanksgiving
for Bethany College and its new president on the weekend of
his formal installation. The former President of the Disciples
of Christ Historical Society, Dr. Morgan is Historian in Residence
at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.
Joining Dr. Morgan in the special service
and presenting President Miller with gifts to commemorate the
occasion were Dr. Douglas A. Foster, Professor of Church History
and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene
(Tex.) Christian University, and Dr. D. Duane Cummins, Historian
for the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and President
Emeritus of Bethany College.
Dr. Foster presented President Miller
with an autographed copy of the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell
Movement. Dr. Foster was one of three general editors for the
sweeping 854-page historical reference volume.
Dr. Cummins, who served as President
of Bethany College from 1988-2002, presented President Miller
with Volumes One and Two of Alexander Campbell: Adventurer in
Freedom. The extensive literary biography of the founder of
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Bethany College
was written by the late Eva Jean Wrather and edited by Dr. Cummins,
who is currently in the editing process for Volume Three of
the epic work.
Hibernia Open House and House
Blessing Set For Oct. 19
Renner Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Morgan
’61 and President Miller will host an Open House and House
Blessing at the newly-restored and renovated Hibernia on Sunday,
Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. The event will showcase the results of
the renovation project at the historic house as Hibernia transitions
into its new role as the Renner Visiting Scholar Residence.
The official ceremony will get under
way at 2:30 p.m. with the presentation of a brief history of
the house. That will be followed immediately by the House Blessing
service, conducted by Dr. Morgan. Hibernia is located at 100
Main Street, just two blocks from the Bethany College campus.
Major improvement projects recently completed at the residence
include a new roof along with extensive painting and interior
The property upon which Hibernia is located
was owned by Alexander Campbell when he founded Bethany College
in 1840. Campbell operated a print shop in the high basement
of the house for several years. He produced a number of publications
during the early days of the College, including The Millennial
Harbinger — still regarded as one of the most prominent
religious periodicals ever to emanate from a frontier press.
Annual ‘Study Abroad Talk’
Presented In Morlan Lounge
Power Point presentations by a number
of Bethany College students who have recently spent time studying
overseas highlighted the Department of World Languages and Cultures’
annual “Study Abroad Talk” on Wednesday night in
the Lounge at Morlan Hall.
The event — part of Diversity Week
on the College campus — was organized by Bethany senior
Veronica Jae, a double major in French and International Relations
who is the Senior Fellow for the Department of World Languages
and Cultures in the fall semester. Power Point presentations
and audience discussions were led by students who had studied
in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
World Language and Cultures Professors
Dr. Harald Menz and Dr. Joseph Lovano were joined by Dr. Marc
Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director
of International Studies in highlighting the numerous options
available to Bethany College students in an increasingly global
Students in attendance were updated on
the abundant Study Abroad opportunities available to them in
France, Germany, Spain, England and Japan. Additional options
such as exchange programs arranged through the InterAmerican
Consortium and East Central Colleges were also explained along
with other new programs. Refreshments were provided by the Bethany
College Spanish Club.
President Miller Attends WVICU
Presidents’ Council Meeting
President Miller attended the quarterly
meeting of the Presidents’ Council for the West Virginia
Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU) on Wednesday.
The meeting was hosted by West Virginia Wesleyan College in
Bethany College will host the WVICU’s
annual meeting in February.
Busy Schedule Highlights Diversity
Week at Bethany
The International Student Association
(ISA) is wrapping up a full slate of events today as the annual
Diversity Week (Oct. 5-10) winds down on the Bethany campus.
Diversity Week events began on Sunday, Oct. 5 when President
Miller, Vice Presidents Sven de Jong and William Kiefer and
master gardener Rob Brown joined Bethany instructors Sachiko
Wood and Fujiko Sawtarie to plant the first Japanese cherry
tree on the College campus. The Bethany College Japan Outreach,
headed by Wood and Sawtarie, plan to plant 170 cherry trees
on campus in time to celebrate the College’s 170th anniversary
during the 2010-11 academic year.
There was a presentation on International
Relations at Morlan Lounge during the noon hour on Monday and
the ISA’s International Fashion Show was held on the lawn
at Old Main that afternoon. The Spanish Club presented “The
Motorcycle Diaries,” a biographical film chronicling a
motorcycle trip South American activist Che Guevara took across
that continent during his youth.
The French Club took center stage on
Tuesday with a Cheese Tasting event during the afternoon and
a screening of the film, “Paris, Je t’aime,”
in the evening at Maxwell’s. Wednesday’s schedule
featured a Japanese Sweet Making Workshop and Tea by the Japan
Outreach in the Back Dining Room at Benedum Commons along with
the annual “Study Abroad Talk” presented by various
students and the World Languages and Cultures Department in
the Lounge at Morlan Hall.
Thursday’s schedule belonged to
the German Club, which delivered a number of cultural presentations
in the Lounge at Morlan Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. That was
followed by a screening of the movie, “Good Bye Lenin!”
at Maxwell’s on Thursday evening.
Diversity Week concludes today with another
Japanese Sweet Making Workshop set for 11 a.m. on the top floor
of the Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center. The ISA’s
traditional International Dinner will bring down the curtain
tonight from 6-8 p.m. in the Back Dining Room at Benedum Commons.
Bethany Alum Will Be Guest Speaker
On Domestic Violence
The Bethany College Student Counseling
Services will host a presentation on domestic violence by Sara
DeLong ’91 on Monday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in Renner Too
at Phillips Hall. DeLong’s talk, titled “A Little
Bit of Heaven,” is one of the events marking October as
Domestic Violence/Healthy Relationship Month at Bethany. It
is open to the entire campus with no admission charge.
DeLong, a licensed Social Worker, earned
her B.A. in Social Work at Bethany in 1991 and holds a Master’s
in Social Work from West Virginia University. She will be sharing
her personal story of triumph over family abuse as a multi-trauma
survivor. DeLong says she is telling her story not just to help
people understand the impact of domestic family violence but
to make other trauma survivors aware that peace and hope is
available to them.
College Counselor Veronica Reynolds cautions
that the presentation may contain sensitive subject matter.
For more information, call Reynolds at (304) 829-7572 or send
an e-mail to email@example.com.
Social Awareness Club Holding
Pet Show on Sunday
The Bethany College Social Awareness
Club will hold a Pet Show on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. in front of
the cafeteria on the College campus. In case of inclement weather,
the show will shift to the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center.
The event, which is open to all ages,
is being used as a fundraiser for Heifer International and features
competition in nearly 20 different categories. There is a $1
entry fee per category while a $5 donation will permit entry
in unlimited categories. Some of the categories include best
in show (people’s choice), best of breed (purebred and
Heinz 57), biggest pet, smallest pet, best costume (pet only)
and best costume (pet and owner).
To register for the Pet Show or to obtain
additional information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (304) 829-7183.
President’s Higher Education
Column Now Available Online
President Miller continues to submit
monthly columns on Higher Education to the State Journal newspaper
in Charleston, W.Va. His October column referenced the coming
election and called for higher education to take a leadership
role in key issues affecting all Americans.
Links to all of President Miller’s
Higher Education columns can be accessed through the Bethany
College website by opening the President’s Welcome section
and then clicking on “Selected Speeches and Articles”
in the right-hand menu. The column can also be accessed by clicking
on the following link: Higher
Education: State Journal-October 2008
4th Annual Hugh ‘Tiger’
Joyce Golf Scramble a Success
The weather was terrific and the course
was in wonderful condition on Friday, Oct. 3 as Bethany College’s
Homecoming Weekend festivities teed off with the fourth annual
Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble at Highland Springs
Golf Course near Wellsburg, W.Va.
The event was a huge success as more
than 120 golfers hit the links, taking advantage of an excellent
opportunity for alumni and friends of Bethany College to share
old memories and make a few new ones. Special guests on hand
to participate in the event included 2008 Hall of Fame inductees
Ed Blundon ’66, Dan Swickard ’72 and Jeff Weekley
Organizers of the event send out a special
thank you to the corporate sponsor, H.E. Neumann Co., and the
19 individual hole sponsors. Every dollar raised through the
Huge “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble goes directly to
the Bethany College Athletic Department for the benefit of our
student-athletes. This event is just another example of our
alumni and community coming together to ensure Bethany’s
standing as a small college of national distinction.
Homecoming 2008: Something For
Hundreds of alumni flooded back onto
the Bethany campus last weekend for Homecoming 2008 and none
of them had any trouble keeping themselves occupied. Homecoming
officially got under way Friday morning with the fourth annual
Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble (see above) at
Highland Springs Golf Course.
Later that afternoon, Dr. Scott D. Miller
was installed as the 19th President of West Virginia’s
oldest private college. Four new members were enshrined at the
Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night while
the men’s and women’s soccer teams played their
first-ever doubleheader under the lights at newly-refurbished
Bison Stadium. The busy evening concluded with the annual Alumni
Invitational Art Exhibit Reception.
The eighth annual Allison’s Run
helped get everybody’s blood flowing on Saturday morning.
It was followed by the official dedication of Christman Manor
at Pendleton Heights and an Open House at the Judith R. Hurl
Education Center. That set the stage for the Homecoming Parade,
football game — televised on a tape-delay basis by WTOV-TV9
— and numerous tailgate festivities, including a concert
featuring a live band from Boston, Mass. Mandy Kaufman was selected
as the 2008 Homecoming Queen while Anthony Adelianakis was the
2008 Homecoming King.
Saturday evening, the Alumni Awards Banquet
was held in Commencement Hall. The presentation of the Distinguished
Service to Alma Mater Award to Linda Comins ’77 and the
presentation of the Alumni Community Service Award to David
Jolliffe ’74, along with the induction of Rev. Dr. A.
Dale Fiers '29 into the Bethany Wall of Fame highlighted the
To view photos from the weekend visit
the online Alumni Event Phot Gallery at: www.bethanywv.edu/Homecoming2008.
Memorial Service for Elizabeth
Mayer Hersh ’79
On Saturday of Homecoming Weekend, 55
Bethanians attended a memorial service for Elizabeth Mayer Hersh
’79 in the Academic Parlour at Old Main. Hersh passed
away on Sept. 21 after a year-long battle with breast cancer.
Members of eight different fraternities and sororities were
represented at the service.
William B. Allen ’62, Regional
Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), officiated
at the service while Faith Skowronski Daniels ’79 presented
the eulogy. Also participating in the service were Elizabeth
Stevens Chewning ’79, Patty Head Wilson ’79, Joyce
Dumbaugh Chernenko ’78, Mark Scorpion ’79 and 20
active members of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity.
Softball Team Prevails
Bethany College head softball coach Jan
Forsty had a chance to show off the newly-renovated softball
complex adjacent to Bison Stadium to some very familiar faces
on Saturday, Sept. 27. That’s when nearly a dozen former
Bethany softball players returned to campus to take on the current
Bison squad in an Alumni softball game.
The old grads adapted quickly to their
upgraded surroundings, pulling out a 2-1 victory against Coach
Forsty’s current team in a seven-inning game. Both teams
celebrated afterward at a barbecue sponsored by the Office of
Alumni & Parent Relations.
‘Ringing’ in the New School Year
Your phone will soon be ringing! Student
callers are gearing up for next month’s start of the annual
Phone-A-Thon. Alumni participation in the Bethany Fund rose
from 17 percent to 22 percent last year. The goal for the 2008-09
campaign is to increase alumni giving to 27 percent.
We hope you will answer the phone and
respond to our students by continuing to support the Bethany
Fund. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
W.Va. Public Broadcasting
Seeks Full-Time Reporter for Bethany
West Virginia Public Broadcasting is seeking
a full-time reporter for its Bethany College newsroom. The person
would be a state employee teaching an average of one course
a semester as an adjunct professor at the College and would
work out of an office in Bethany’s WVBC-FM complex.
The successful candidate must possess
excellent reporting, interviewing, writing and electronic newsgathering
skills to produce substantive radio/television stories for a
statewide and regional audience while also serving as a journalism
instructor and working with interns. This person must be able
to maintain high journalistic standards of fairness under deadline
pressure and, above all, must work collaboratively with others
in a multi-media newsroom.
Two years of reporting experience are
required. A bachelor’s degree is required with a master’s
degree preferred or an appropriate combination of education
and experience. To apply, send a written request for application
to: News and Public Affairs Reporter/Producer Search, West Virginia
Public Broadcasting, PO Box 9004, Beckley, WV 25802-9004.
An application can also be requested
online at email@example.com.
Please specify the job application requested. A resume and work
samples should be submitted with the completed application.
All requested materials must be returned to the above mailing
address postmarked no later than Oct. 14, 2008. No telephone
calls or walk-ins will be accepted.
Save the Date! Alumni
Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to
join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday,
May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues
of the Old Main Journal.
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception
with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Tuesday, October 28. The
event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epping Forest Yacht
Club, 1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. The reception
is being hosted by Linda D. ’71 and Rick Hull ’70.
For more information or to register for
any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations
at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online, click
Loses at W & J in Non-Conference Match
The Bethany College women’s tennis
team was defeated 8-1 Thursday at Washington & Jefferson,
which dropped their record to 2-9 overall.
Lose Tight Contest to PAC Leader Westminster
The Bethany College volleyball team battled
PAC front runner Westminster to the end of three highly competitive
sets, but came up on the short end of a 3-0 loss (27-29, 24-26,
Unbeaten Streak Ends at Grove City
The Bethany College women’s soccer
team saw their five-game unbeaten string snapped Wednesday with
a 6-0 loss at Grove City in the Bison’s PAC opener.
and Thiel Face Off Saturday for First PAC Win
The Bethany College football team will
travel to Thiel (0-5, 0-2) Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff
at Alumni Stadium, with the winner to come away with their first
PAC triumph of the season.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.