Individuals from a variety of West Virginia colleges and universities presented displays, distributed information and answered questions throughout the morning. Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong was accompanied by Assistant to the President Mort Gamble and Renner Visiting Scholar, Assistant Professor of Communications and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts M.E. Yancosek Gamble in representing Bethany College. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presented event sponsors and participating institutions wih a proclamation declaring February 17, 2011, Higher Education Day.
The event was initiated to honor West Virginia’s higher education institutions and to inform potential students, policymakers and the general public about post-secondary educational opportunities.
Greek Community Welcomes New Members
The Greek Community welcomed 71 new members on February 4, with chants from Greek Hill heard throughout campus. The fraternities collectively extended 43 bids to men on campus. Alpha Sigma Phi has fourteen new members, Beta Theta Pi has three new members, Delta Tau Delta has 11 new members, Phi Kappa Tau with nine new members and six new members for Sigma Nu. The women going through recruitment picked up their bids on Friday in Wailes Theatre and went up to Greek Hill to join their new chapters. Alpha Xi Delta and Phi Mu both extended invitations for membership to nine young women, while Zeta Tau Alpha extended 10 invitations for membership. Additional bids are being extended by each chapter and new members are joining daily.
Vice President Addresses Education Issues at Area Panel Discussion
Sven de Jong, Bethany’s vice president for institutional advancement, represented the College at the 2011 Leadership Wheeling Program Education Session held on February 1 at Wheeling Jesuit University. De Jong participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. Topics included an understanding of governance, funding and ongoing development in public and private education. After giving their presentations, de Jong and other panel members welcomed questions from attendees.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
History and Political Science
Marc B. Sable, assistant professor of political science and director of international studies, presented a public lecture, "Mubarak's Egypt--And After" in the Academic Parlor on February 15. Sable explained the current political unrest in Egypt, its roots in Egyptian government policies over the past 30 years, and the prospects for a transition to electoral democracy, the role of the army and the Muslim Brotherhood in the new regime, as well as international implications.
Visual and Performing Arts
David J. Rudari, assistant professor of music and director of the Bethany College Choir continues in his appointment as Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. He will appear as Baritone soloist in the Requiem setting of Gabriel Fauré with the West Virginia University Choirs in the first of the Stained Glass Series Concerts at the Cathedral on February 27 at 3 p.m.
Dr. Rudari served as an adjudicator at the WVMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival held at West Liberty State University on February12.
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros has uploaded a vintage audio file just received from Denis Blaser, German exchange student at Bethany from 1999-2000. The file is a 2000 Bethany College Choir performance in Commencement Hall of the Kyrie Mass movement by Collaros. To listen, go to http://home.comcast.net/~collaros623/CollarosKyrieBethanyCollegeChoir.mp3.
Lowes, University of Maryland Honor Wolfe’s (’01) Work in Education
Stanley Wolfe (’01) was honored by Lowes and the University of Maryland on February 5 with the Top Terp Excellence in Education Award. Wolfe was honored with an on-court presentation before the Maryland vs. Wake Forest men’s basketball game. The award is given to recognize influential educators throughout the community who have demonstrated "Excellence in Education.” Wolfe is a school administrator at Northwestern High School in Baltimore, Md.
Kappa Delta Alumnae Invited to Founders’ Day Luncheon
In honor of the Sigma Xi chapter of Kappa Delta’s Founders’ Day, the Sigma Xi Graduate Council is hosting a luncheon on March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville, Ohio, for sisters and spouses/partners.
The cost of the luncheon is $16/person and includes appetizers, an entrée selection from a private menu, dessert and choice of water, coffee, iced tea or fountain beverages. Special pricing has been negotiated for other beverage selections.
Reservations for the event are required by Feb. 11 and payment must be received by Feb. 25. For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Mary Lynn (Harden) Mack ’00 at email@example.com.
Miller, de Jong Attend Florida Alumni & Friends Gatherings
President Scott D. Miller and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong recently visited the Sunshine State for several Alumni & Friends gatherings. Eugene Miller ‘47 hosted a dinner in Boca Raton, while Margy Lang ‘81 hosted an event in Jacksonville. Gatherings also were held in St. Petersburg and Estero. Photos from the gatherings can be viewed at: www.bethanywv.edu/AlumniEvents/Florida2011/index.html.
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 April 29-May 1, 2011. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.
Nominations can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.