President Miller is pleased to announce the following speakers
for Spring 2009 events:
Dr. William Tucker,
Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Christian University and former
President of Bethany College (1976-79) will be the speaker at
the Founder’s Day Convocation. Dr. Tucker graduated from
Atlantic Christian College and holds a B.D. from Brite Divinity
School along with an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
An acclaimed church historian and author,
Dr. Tucker became Bethany’s 14th President on July 1,
1976 after serving as Dean of the Brite Divinity School at Texas
Christian University. He served for three years before leaving
in August 1979 to assume the Chancellorship of Texas Christian
The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins,
General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ), will be the Baccalaureate Speaker. Dr. Watkins earned
her bachelor’s degree in French and Economics at Butler
University and holds a Master of Divinity from the Yale Divinity
School. She earned her Doctor of Ministry at Phillips Theological
Seminary and was ordained in 1984 at Hamden, Conn.
In her role as General Minister of the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Watkins is the general
pastor of the nearly 700,000-member denomination. She is responsible
for representing the wholeness of the church, reconciling differences
and helping the church maintain its clarity of mission and identity.
As President, she is the chief executive officer for the denomination,
responsible for overseeing the work of the church’s various
structures. She strives to help the Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ) remain faithful to God’s calling and to do
its work effectively and efficiently.
Bill Strickland, President
and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries,
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training
Center (BTC), in Pittsburgh, will be the Commencement speaker.
A Pittsburgh native and one of the nation’s leading social
entrepreneurs, Strickland is a graduate of the University of
Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in American History
and Foreign Relations. Strickland returned to the Pittsburgh
neighborhood he grew up in and created a model for turning underprivileged
people into productive workers. He founded MCG to teach life
skills to at-risk children through the arts and followed through
with BTC, an innovative partnership with local companies which
provides displaced adults with the training they need to land
jobs in those companies. Each program has grown into $3 million
a year operations. He is also the author of “Make the
Impossible Possible” and the founder of the Grammy-winning
MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.
Strickland has received numerous awards
in recognition of his contribution to the arts and his community.
These include the MacArthur Genius Award for leadership in 1996
and the Coming Up Taller Award, which was presented to him by
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a 1998 White House ceremony.
Strickland also served a six-year Presidential appointment as
a Council Member to the National Endowment for the Arts and
is a member of numerous boards and councils domestically and
Distinguished Bethany College professors Dr. James W. Farwell
and Dr. Robert A. Paysen were honored with a formal investiture
on Friday, Nov. 14. Dr. Farwell was installed as the Thomas
W. Phillips Chair in Religious Studies while Dr. Paysen was
installed as the Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry.
A video of President Miller’s remarks
at the investiture ceremony is now available by clicking on
the following link: Investiture
The formal ceremony of investiture illustrates
the connection between the scholarship of our leading instructors
and the tradition of philanthropy in support of that scholarship
that has been a hallmark of Bethany College for nearly 170 years.
Education To Aid In Planning
Bethany College has chosen Performa Higher Education to develop
a 10-year master plan that will help address future needs and
deferred maintenance. It will serve as a foundation for the
development of a strategic master plan. Performa Higher Education
is based in Green Bay, Wis.
“Transformation Now! The Plan for
Bethany College” will be developed over the next 10 months
and will include involvement of all college constituencies.
The first campus visit and committee meeting has been scheduled
for Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Dr. Sable Attends
Annual NAFSA Meeting
Dr. Mark Sable, Bethany College Director of International Studies,
traveled to Pittsburgh on Nov. 6-7 to attend the annual Region
VIII meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
The organization, founded in 1948 as the National Association
of Foreign Student Advisers, has updated its name to reflect
its status as the nation’s largest professional association
of international educators. The Region VIII meeting is the largest
regional meeting in the association.
During his two days in Pittsburgh, Dr.
Sable attended workshops on the subjects of maximizing the effectiveness
of an OPO (One-Person Office); changes in educational standards
in member nations of the European Union; assessment mechanisms
for Study Abroad programs; and emergency planning for students
Club Meets With Alumni in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Clinton Maffett, Chair of the Department of History and
Political Science, will be accompanying 16 students from Bethany’s
Political Awareness Club on a trip to Washington, D.C. this
weekend. Among the highlights of a busy agenda is a visit to
the Jamaican Embassy along with tours of the Pentagon, Capitol
Building and other monuments.
The group will also attend a speech at
the home office of International Relief and Development, a non-governmental
organization founded by Bethany alumnus and Board of Trustees
member Rev. Dr. Arthur B. Keys ’67, Jr. As president and
founder of IRD, Dr. Keys oversees management of $300 million
annually for development assistance worldwide. Members of the
club are also scheduled to have dinner with a group of Bethany
alumni currently working in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bethany at FACDIS Workshop
Dr. Mark Sable, Director of International Studies, was joined
by Dr. Joseph Lovano and Dr. Harald Menz, Professors of World
Languages and Cultures, in representing Bethany at the 28th
Annual West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development
in International Studies (FACDIS) Workshop held on Nov. 13-14
at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown,
The workshop was attended by more than
100 college faculty members from institutions across the state
of West Virginia. Sessions included focused discussions on Economic
Migration, the history of United States Immigration Policy,
the United State-Mexican border and United States and International
Presenting Paper at Philadelphia Convention
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Erich Lippman is in Philadelphia
this weekend to present a paper at the annual Slavic Convention,
the nation’s premier conference of Slavic scholars. Dr.
Lippmann’s paper, “Co-Opting Orthodoxy: Orthodox
Symbolism in Gorky’s Godbuilding Works,” will be
presented as part of a panel he arranged titled, “God,
Man and Man-God: The Godbuilding Impulse in Maxim Gorky’s
The other members of the panel –
Barry Scherr of Dartmouth University, Mary Louise Loe of James
Madison University, and Edith Clowers of the University of Kansas
– are among the foremost Gorky scholars in the country.
Science Day 2008
Was A Success
A large number of local high school students traveled to Bethany
on Friday, Nov. 14 for the second annual Science Day. Among
the schools represented were Brooke High School, John Marshall
High School, Oak Glen High School, Weir High School and Weirton
Madonna High School. The students were greeted by President
Miller and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Daniel J. Phillips,
who organized the event in conjunction with the Office of Admission.
The visiting students were given a tour
of the campus and their departments of interest by Bethany students
in those departments. The visitors also observed classroom instruction
and demonstrations by faculty, attended a presentation by the
Office of Admission and were treated to lunch at the cafeteria.
The idea for Science Day was conceived as a Kalon Scholar project
by Bethany student Lindsay A. Sobotka.
Departmental representatives participating
in the event were:
Biology (Environmental Science): Dr.
Albert J. Buckelew and Dr. William T. Hicks
Chemistry (Biochemistry): Dr. Robert A. Paysen and Dr. Daniel
Mathematics/Computer Science: Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski, Prof.
Adam C. Fletcher, Dr. Majid A.
- Sawtarie and Dr. Robert A. Spangler
Psychology: Dr. Mark A. Affeltranger and Dr. John H. Hull
Texas Alumni Reception
On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Bethany
Alumni and Friends gathered for a reception with President Scott
D. Miller in Houston, Texas. The Event was hosted by Jay ’71
and Marsha ’73 Smith. The event was held from 5 to 7 p.m.
at The Houston City Club. It is anticipated that two events
per year will be hosted in the Houston area.
Florida: Save the Date!
Bethany College Alumni and Friends in
the Florida area will have three opportunities to attend a reception
with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, in early
Please save the dates and make plans
to join us in:
- Tuesday, January 6, 2009
- Thursday, January 8, 2009
- Saturday, January 10, 2009
Additional information will be provided
in future editions of the Old Main Journal.
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
Holiday Gift Ideas
at Expanded Bethany Bookstore
The recent expansion and renovation of
the Bethany College Bookstore has created a one-stop shop for
anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor to their holiday celebrations.
With twice as much space to work with,
the Bookstore now stocks everything from official Bethany logo
apparel to coffee mugs and smaller trinkets that would make
To shop from the comfort of your own
home, visit the Bethany College Bookstore online.
Save the Date! Phi
Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter
of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its
70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7,
2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and
make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration
that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional
details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal
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.
Take Down LaRoche in Opener 77-61
Junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity)
scored a game-high 21 and senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling,
W.Va./Wheeling Park) notched a double-double with 20 points
and 11 rebounds to lead the Bethany men’s basketball team
to a 77-61 victory over visiting LaRoche Monday night in the
season opener for both teams.
Women Eye Playoff Bid in 08-09
With all five starters and two other key
contributors returning after a 15-win season last year, the
Bethany women’s basketball program believes their first
postseason bid since 2004 is within reach.
Bison Garner All-PAC Football Accolades
Eight Bethany football players were honored
Monday when All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)
teams were announced after voting by the league coaches.
Women's Soccer Duo Grabs All-PAC Recognition
After leading the Bethany women’s
soccer program to its most successful season since 1999, a pair
of Bison were honored with All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Place Five on All-PAC Teams
Five members of the Bethany men’s
soccer team were recognized with All-Presidents’ Athletic
Conference (PAC) accolades Tuesday.
Shatters Receiving Record in 44-14 Bison Win
Bethany senior WR Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook,
Conn.) celebrated Senior Day in style, catching 10 passes for
a school-record 279 yards and two touchdowns, as the Bison closed
out the season with a 44-14 victory over invading Saint Vincent
Saturday in “The Green Game.”
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.