Volume VII, Number XII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 1, 2013

Bethany Invites Children to Free Book Club Event
Children in kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to be a part of Boomer’s Book Club on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grace Ryland & William Henry Robinson Children’s Library on Bethany College’s campus.

Bethany College to Hold Sixth-Annual Fall Symposium
Bethany College will hold its sixth-annual Fall Symposium on Nov. 7 and 8 at Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Alternative Interventions” and will feature a keynote speaker for each day as well as a number of workshops.


Bethany Senior VP Visits China
Bethany Senior Vice President Sven de Jong is in China furthering the College's partnership with a number of international institutions.  During his travels he has visited with selective high schools with strong international studies programs in the cities of Shenzhen, Yantai and Xian.

Pictured here with Principal Tian of Shenzhen Hongling School.




While in Asia Sven also visited with two alumni in Hong Kong including classmate and fraternity brother Mohit Kapoor' 95, Global Head of Primed Services Technology, Nomura and Hamed El-Abd '71, the Executive Director and President of WKK Distribution Ltd .





Bethany Celebrates Family Weekend
Bethany welcomed friends and family to campus for Family Weekend Oct. 25-27. Multiple activities were held throughout the weekend, including a Conversation with President Scott D. Miller, which was held Saturday morning. Pictured: Dr. David Black, Provost; Jerry Stebbins, Dean of Students; Kim Tropf, Cleveland; and Dr. Miller.


Spanish Club Sponsors “Día de los Muertos” Celebration
Bethany’s 17th annual community-wide “Día de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) celebration was held to rave reviews on Monday, Oct. 28.  Sponsored by the Bethany College Spanish Club and led by WLAC Section Senior Fellow Chelsea Sebetich and Club President Dakota Maravelis, the cultural celebration commemorated the event that is celebrated on Nov. 1-2 each year throughout the Spanish-speaking world, especially in Mexico.

Authentic Mexican-style food and drink, prayers, poetry and music in Spanish were enjoyed by a large number of Bethany students, staff and faculty.  The event was organized by Joe Lovano, Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Chair of the Department of Humanities; Anju Ramjee, John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professor in Economics and Professor of Finance; Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures, Director of International Studies and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies; and Kim Lawless.

A Spooky Bethany Tradition

Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations and retired English Professor, has been telling ghost stories to Bethany students for years, and this Halloween is no exception. Grimes spoke to KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson Oct. 30, giving a preview of the eerie tales of God’s Acre Cemetery in Bethany. For the complete story and video, click here: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/10/30/paranormal-activity-spooking-up-some-fun-at-bethany-college/

Bethany English Major Writes of Campbell Cemetery Ghost Stories

Emma Shinn, a sophomore English major, recently had an article published in the Observer Reporter of Washington, Pa. In the article, Shinn discusses some of many ghost stories associated with Campbell Cemetery.

“One of the first activities offered to students new and old is the annual telling of ghost stories by Dr. Larry Grimes in the old Campbell Cemetery,” Shinn writes. “Grimes has been a fixture of Bethany College and the community for more than 40 years, and his tales of the supernatural even have the ability to shape how some students see both the school and the area.”

To read the entire article, click here.


Bethany Faculty Attend Convention
Four Bethany College faculty attended the 16th annual Appalachian College Association Summit in Knoxville Oct. 24-26. The event included a variety of discipline forums, breakout sessions and speakers to discuss areas of interest.

Pictured: Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education; Katrina D'Aquin, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of First Year Experience; Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts; and M.E. Gamble, Chair of the Communications and Media Arts Department.

Buffalo Seminary Events
Buffalo Seminary hosted a successful workshop Oct. 28-29. Twenty-one people attended “The Lord’s Supper in the New Testament” presented by Dr. Bonnie Thurston ’74. Participants came from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.

The next Buffalo Seminary event will take place on Feb. 21-22. “Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling” will be presented by Rev. Dr. Victor L. Hunter, Senior Minister at First Christian Church, New Martinsville, W.Va., and Rev. Wesley Howsare, Senior Minister at First Christian Church, Moundsville, W.Va.

The workshop will be held at the Mountainside Conference Center.
You can sign up or learn more about the Buffalo Seminary, here: http://www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/church-relations/buffalo-seminary/workshops/workshop-registration/.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations at Bethany College, at 304-559-8213, or e-mail him at lgrimes@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany President Attends Organizational Meetings
Bethany President Scott Miller attended four external board and committee meetings this week:

  • Executive Committee, West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Board of Directors, Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Campus Compact Strategic Planning Committee
  • NCAA Nominations Committee

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Social Work
Melanee W. Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Field Placements, participated in a teleconference hosted by Horizon Health on Oct. 16 at OVMC.  The continuing education teleconference focused on ways that psychiatric hospitals can engage community partners.  During the teleconference Professor Sinclair explained how the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, or EAGALA, currently offered by the Bethany College Social Work Program at the Robert C Byrd Center, is assisting their clients.

Other participants in the teleconference included Joanne Davis, who with the assistance of development department office staff members Shirley Kemp and Rebecca Rose, wrote "Finding Pepper."  Horizon hosted the teleconference as a continuing education offering for nurses and social workers throughout their system.  Horizon is a national provider of mental health services with locations across the county.  Carlie Fisher, a senior social work major, attended the event as part of her field placement at the Robert C Byrd Center

Humanities: World Languages and Cultures
The World Languages & Cultures Section (Dept. Of Humanities) Annual Skit Night took place on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  in Renner Too.  This annual language event highlighted competitive dialogue skits performed by the respective levels I and III language practice sessions in German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  In attendance, among others of the Bethany College campus community, were the language Practice Session Apprentice Teachers, their Practice Session students, the language judges, Jessie Janeshek, AnjuRamjee, Marc Sable, Fujiko Sawtarie, and Carolyn Walsh, together with Harald Menz and the MC of the evening, Joseph Lovano.

Bethany Mourns Passing of Trustee Emeritus
Dr. Harry Martens, a 1950 graduate and  Trustee Emeritus of the College, passed away on October 21. He was a resident of Weston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Martens, 85, an economics major at Bethany, earned an MBA from New York University, completed the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School, and was a senior executive with Commercial Union Insurance Companies. He received the honorary degree of Business Administration degree from Bethany in 1983. He was elected to the Bethany Board of Trustees in 1984. With his wife Virginia (Ginny) he was the parents of two children. A private inurnment ceremony will be held at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey.

Alumni Weekend Date Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2014 slated for May 2-4, 2014. 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 October 10-11, 2014.  Classes celebrating reunions include 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2013.

Phi Kappa Tau Plans Reunion Nov. 1-3
Phi Taus young and old will reunite on campus Nov. 1-3 for the fraternity's 90th anniversary at Bethany. For details and to register, visit the Chapter website at http://pktphichapter.org/.

No Tricks, Just Treats for BCVB in 3-0 Victory Over Thomas More
The Bison Volleyball team became the first program in the history of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to start the season 17-0 in conference play as they defeated Thomas More College, 3-0, on Thursday evening.

Field Hockey Drops Season Finale to Washington And Jefferson
The Bethany College field hockey team lost, 6-1, to Washington and Jefferson in its regular-season finale on Thursday evening at Bison Stadium.

Men’s Soccer’s Rally Comes Up Short Against Washington and Jefferson on Senior Day
The Bethany College men’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Washington and Jefferson in its final regular season home match on Wednesday afternoon at Hoag Field.

Bison Football to Host Thiel on Senior Day
Coming off a last-minute, 7-6, defeat at the hands of Westminster College, the Bethany College football program will look to rebound and get back to the .500 mark as they host the Tomcats of Thiel College on Saturday afternoon.

Baker Named PAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Bethany College junior, Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week announced the conference office on Monday afternoon.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Defeat Alfred in Home Opener
The Bethany College men’s and women’s swim team defeated Alfred in its home-opener on Saturday at the John J. Knight Natatorium.

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

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