Volume VIII, Number I
An E-News Service of Bethany College
July 18, 2014

Bethany College Capital Campaign Reaches $47 Million
Officials at Bethany College announced today that “Transformation Now!: The Campaign for Bethany College” has reached the $47 million mark in gifts and pledges.

Bethany College President Co-Edits National Book on Leadership
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, is the co-executive editor of the eighth volume of “Presidential Perspectives,” a thought-provoking leadership series authored by college and university presidents to be published as a book next month.

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Bethany Welcomes Dr. David Ewing
On July 1, Bethany College welcomed Dr. David Ewing as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Ewing will be the college’s chief academic officer and is responsible for establishing academic priorities and overseeing the eleven academic departments, libraries, the McCann Learning Center, Office of International Studies and the Registrar’s Office. To read more about Dr. Ewing and his role at Bethany, click here.

Future Bethanians Visit Campus for Orientation
The third group of incoming students visited campus for orientation today. As the future class of 2018 arrived onto campus, they and their families got pictures taken with Boomer. They were welcomed by President Scott D. Miller, and spent the rest of the day touring residence halls, taking placement exams, learning about campus living, and planning their class schedules. Previous orientations included June 23 and July 14.

(Right) President's Office assistant Catherine Breault and enrollment tour guides Laini Roberts and Marena Cline greeted students at the Early Bird Orientation June 23.

Campus Compact Director Visits Bethany

Kelli Jo McNemar, the new director of the West Virginia Campus Compact met with President Scott D. Miller and Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Chair of the Department of Social Work and Coordinator of Bethany’s Service Learning Center, on July 1. Dr. Miller currently serves as the Chair of the West Virginia Campus Compact Board. The board, an initiative of the Higher Education Policy Commission, is one of 34 Campus Compact organizations throughout the nation. Each state compact supports programs and partnerships that harness the power of higher education in service to the community.

Delta Tau Delta Representative Leads Training at Bethany
David Sirey, the Director of Chapter Services for the Delta Tau Delta Nationals, visited campus June 24 to lead a training for the fraternity's new national consultants. The group stayed at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, conducted training sessions on campus and visited the Founder’s House during their retreat. Pictured with Sirey are President Scott D. Miller and Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs.

Bethany Faculty, Staff Celebrate Independence Day at PNC Park
President Scott D. Miller and many Bethany College employees spent their Foruth of July watching the Pirates take on the Phillies in the PNC Suite at PNC Park (right).

Bethany College trustee Sy Holzer, the President of PNC Pittsburgh, hosted the Bethany group (left).



Bethany 's Dr. Larry Grimes Presents Paper on Hemingway

Dr. Larry Grimes, Professor of English Emeritus and Director of Church Relations, recently presented a paper on Hemingway's "Light of the World" at the 16th Biennial International Hemingway Conference in Venice, Italy. Dr. Grimes is a founding member of the Hemingway Society and co-editor of the recently published book, "Hemingway, Cuba and the Cuban Works."

Zeta Tau Alpha Members Represent Bethany at Convention
Bethany students Chloe’ Rae McClung and Abby Christine Renko represented Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity’s Theta Chapter at the organization’s 52nd National and 41st International Convention in Los Angeles, June 25-29. McClung, chapter president, and Renko, chapter vice president, joined more than 800 ZTAs to discuss brand, recruitment and retention, and the Fraternity’s newest educational programs. The Bethany College chapter received the Academic Achievement Award at the convention.

Student Spotlight
Two students have recently been highlighted through Student Spotlight: Alanna Bebech and Kyle Rockey. In her profile, Alanna discusses how research she's had the opportunity to complete at Bethany has prepared her for graduate school. Kyle discusses how Bethany helped him become the person he wanted to be: involved, confident and ready to take on the world after graduation. Read their stories on our Student Spotlight page.

Pittsburgh Youth Learn About College Life at Bethany
The Neighborhood Academy, a faith-based college preparatory high school for students in grades 8-12 who come from families that demostrate financial need, visited Bethany College earlier this month. While on campus, students experience college level classes while living in residence halls.
This year, students attended sessions on Leadership (Pat Ford, Executive Director at Brooke-Hancock Business Development Corporation), Financial Matters (Mr. Henry "Hank" Hampton, Bethany '06, Financial Advisor), Number Theory (Mr. Adam Fletcher, Bethany '03, Assistant Professor of Mathematics), Clay (Aaron Anslow, Bethany '06, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts), Food Chemistry (Dr. Lisa Reilly, The Goulding-Woolery Professorship in Chemistry, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical Science and Mathematics), and the Importance of Story (Heather A. Taylor, Bethany '05, Coordinator of the McCann Writing Center and Assistant Professor in English).

The students also completed Accuplacer testing and a NASA eMission.  At the end of their stay, students were awarded one Bethany College credit. The organization has been bringing students to Bethany's historic campus for the last seven summers. 

Pictured are students with (front row, left) Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs; (right) Heather Taylor, Program Director; (back row, right) new Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Dave Ewing; and Dr. Scott Miller. Click here to learn more about the Academy.

Bethany Alumni Create Mini Library
The town of Bethany now has a nationally registered Little Free Library which was constructed by Jack Hoffman '61 and decorated by Professor Kenn Morgan '71. The Library, an homage to Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," is adjacent to Chambers General Store and was installed there by Hoffman and Bob Chambers '60. Everyone is invited to take a book and/or leave a book at any time!

Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series Nears Fundraising Goal
At the end of last year, the College announced the establishment of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, an initiative sponsored by the Alumni Council. The goal is to raise $100,000 within the first year of the series’ announcement. To date, Bethany has reached $86,873 of that goal. The College would like to thank those who have already contributed to the fund and guaranteed its bright future.

If you have not yet given and would like to contribute, or find out more information on the Grimes Lecture Series, please do so here. Your contribution to the fund is greatly appreciated by not only the Alumni Council but also the students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who will be enriched by this series.

In honoring Dr. Grimes, the series will bring different voices to campus and showcase a variety of disciplines. View the Alumni Council Board of Director's short video on the Grimes Lecture Series here.

Bethanian Inducted into Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine has announced that Dr. Bruce Blank '80 has been inducted into the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held on Friday, May 16, at the 10th Annual Glass Slipper Fete held at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. The Hall of Fame Society recognizes distinguished Kent State alumni who display exceptional dedication to the College of Podiatric Medicine and contribute to achievements within the podiatric medical community.

Blank has been hughly involved in the politics of podiatric medicine and surgery throughout his career. He was named one of “America's Most Influential Podiatrists” by Podiatry Management Magazine in 2006 and 2012. He received the Thomas J. Meyer Award for Dedicated Service and Outstanding Leadership from the OPMA in 2006. He also was honored to receive the Champion of Podiatry Award from the OPMA at the 2009 OPMA House of Delegates. His practice was also voted as Reader's Choice of Best of the Valley by the Times Leader newspaper for 12 of the last 13 years.

Bethany College graduate Allysen Todd named Dean of Arts and Sciences at Columbus State
Columbus State Community College in Ohio has named Dr. Allysen Todd '77 as Dean of Arts and Sciences.

She most recently served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. During her tenure there, Todd also served as an Interim Vice President, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Head of the English Department and Professor of English. As the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Columbus State, she will collaborate with faculty and staff to implement articulation agreements and faculty relationships with four year institutions.

Todd has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bethany.

Bethany Alum Opens Brewery
Jeramy Debord '99, co-owner of Numbers Brewing Co., spoke to The Beer Blog about plans to open the brewery within the next few months in Lisbon, Ohio. Debord said he and his business partner chose the name "Numbers" based on their time at Bethany.

“We ended up joining the same fraternity, Beta Theta Pi,” DeBord said. “When pledging is completed, each new member is provided a roll number. That roll number gives each member a kind of seniority. The lower the numbers, the better."

To read more about the brewery, click here.

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.

Regional Alumni Events
Dallas, Texas
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Dallas, Texas, from 5:00–8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, at the La Cima Club. The reception is hosted by Ken Bado ‘77. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Houston, Texas
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Houston, Texas  from 5:00–7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 31, hosted at the residence of Jay ‘71 & Marsha (Peters) ‘73 Smith. To RSVP or for the complete address, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Tour Theatre at PNC Park Tuesday, August 19, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Afterwards enjoy the game as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Atlanta Braves. First pitch at 7:05 p.m.; game tickets are $22 a person. For more information or to reserve and pay for your ticket contact the Alumni Office at 304-829-7299 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Three Bison Named to USA College Football DIII Preseason All-America Teams
Bethany College football standouts, seniors Wyssmy Despange (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale) and Stephen Amic (McDonald, Pa./West Allegheny) as well as junior Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver), have all been named to the 26th USA College Football Division III Preseason All-America teams, announced USA Football Network, Inc. on Tuesday evening.

Women's Swimming & Diving Earns Scholar Team Award
The Bethany College women’s swimming & diving team has been named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, announced the CSCAA.

Zack Miller Wins Inaugural "Bison Performance of the Year" Contest
Following three weeks of voting from fans and students from all around the Bison community, you the fans have selected freshman baseball standout, Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin), as the recipient of this year's "Bison Performance of the Year" award.

Bethany College Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
The Bethany College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 2014 class of the Bethany Hall of Fame. The Class of 2014 will include: Kathleen (McGowan) Wack (’98), Jill (Kamerer) Smith (’01), Jodi Jackfert (’98), Nevada Smith (’02) and Michael Mezerski (’99).

Bison Place 21 On 2014 PAC Spring Academic Honor Roll
A total of 21 Bethany College student-athletes were recently named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester.

Bethany’s Prato Selected as PAC’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
Bethany College Track & Field standout Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) has recently been selected by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to represent the PAC for this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Woman of the Year Award.

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