Volume VII, Number XXVI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 28, 2014

Bethany Professor Emeritus Releases Book on Hemingway
Dr. Larry Grimes, Professor of English Emeritus and Director of Church Relations at Bethany College, has used his knowledge from years of studying Ernest Hemingway in the new release “Hemingway, Cuba and the Cuban Works.” The volume is edited by Grimes and Bickford Sylvester, emeritus professor at the University of British Columbia.

Hurl Collection Unveiled
The T.W. Phillips Memorial Library unveiled the Dr. Rodney B. Hurl ’52 Baseball Collection Feb. 25 in honor of Dr. Hurl’s 84th birthday. Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries & Learning Resources, and Dr. Scott Miller presented the collection, which includes more than 100 titles about Hurl's favorite pastime.

The collection includes profiles of individual players and teams, the history of the sport, and baseball-inspired works of literature.

Hurl has donated multiple books to the library, mostly in the categories of history, military history and politics, Riccuiti said. "Dr. Hurl has been a supporter of the library for many years," she said. "His donation added significant breadth and depth to these areas of our collection."

Bethany Officials, PAC Commissioner Talk Athletics

Dr. Miller and Bethany Athletic Director Brian Rose met with Presidents Athletic Conference Commissioner Joe Onderko Tuesday, Feb. 25, to talk about growth opportunities in the conference. The group discussed new sports and championships in the conference such as this week’s Indoor Track & Field Championships. In addition, they touched on what is happening in the NCAA and other issues pertinent to Division III.

Former College President Releases Book on Bethany

"Bethany College: A Liberal Arts Odyssey" by former Bethany College president and noted historian D. Duane Cummins is now available for sale. The book tells stories of Bethany's past, starting with College founder Alexander Campbell. Cummins leads readers on a journey from the late 1800s to now, discussing the College's successes and failures, while putting into perspective the challenges facing the region and country and how Bethany adapted.

Cummins delves into Bethany's history and its contributions to religion and education in America. "Bethany College: A Liberal Arts odyssey" was published by Chalice Press and is available here.

Nineteen Participate in Pastoral Care Workshop
Buffalo Seminary sponsored a workshop on Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling Feb 21-22, led by Rev. Dr. Victor Hunter and Rev. Wesley Howsare. There were 19 participants from West Virginia and Maryland.

The next Buffalo Seminary workshop, "Seeing the Word," will be held March 28-29 at Bethany Memorial Church. Dr. Barbara Sutton from St. John's Seminary in Minnesota will lead this workshop built around the beautiful images from the St. John's Bible. Contact Dr. Larry Grimes for more information at grimes@bethanywv.edu.

Nominations Sought for President’s Awards
Bethany President Scott D. Miller is again seeking nominations from all campus constituencies for the President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance. One will be awarded to a member of the faculty and another to a member of the staff. Recipients will be announced during the annual Honors Day Convocation. Nominations should be sent directly to the President at Office of the President, Bethany College, Old Main, Bethany, WV 26032.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Physical and Computational Sciences
Joseph Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Matthew Quay Ammon Professor in Mathematics, attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md., in January as part of his Project NExT fellowship.  He acted as a judge during the undergraduate research poster session and participated in panel discussions about innovations in teaching mathematics at the college level.

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching), run by the Mathematical Association of America, is a highly competitive professional development program for those who have recently received a doctorate in the mathematical sciences.  It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities.

Dr. Brandon Lamson, Assistant Professor of English, has an article, "Sitting with Suffering Buddha," to be published in the next issue of Buddhadharma Quarterly, and his poem "Unsmoked Systems" appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper and is now online on their website.


Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts
M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts, joined President Miller and Dr. Mort Gamble for Higher Education Day at the Legislature, Friday, Feb. 21, in Charleston, W.Va. The annual event features displays from West Virginia's higher-education institutions and meetings with legislative leaders and the Governor of West Virginia. During the trip, M.E. visited Bethanian George Manahan '83, a member of the Communication and Media Arts Wall of Fame, and updated him on initiatives within the program.

In a lunchtime ceremony, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared Feb. 21 "Higher Education Day" in West Virginia.

President Miller also met with Jack Harrison, Government Relations Officer with West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities, Ned Rose, Chair of the WVICU Board, and Pam Balch, President of West Virginia Wesleyan & Chair of the President's Council.

Bethany Accepting Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumnus of the Year Award was established by the Office of the President to recognize outstanding loyalty and accomplishment by alumni of Bethany College. The award recognizes not one achievement, but is reserved for those who have attained and maintained excellence throughout their career and in their service to others. Nominations should be sent to Office of the President, Bethany College, Old Main, Bethany, WV 26032


1. Must hold a degree from Bethany College.
2. Must demonstrate outstanding professional accomplishment and personal deeds on behalf of Bethany College.
3. Nominations may come from all constituency groups of the College.
4. Nominations should be made in the form of a formal letter detailing the strengths of the nominee.
5. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations & President's Cabinet will serve as the screening committee for the award.
6. The President of the College will choose the recipient.

Alumni Weekend Date Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2014 slated for May 2-4. Classes celebrating reunions include 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969 and 1974.
 For a schedule of the weekend, 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.

Bethany Softball Eyes 14th PAC Title in 2014
After narrowly missing the Presidents’ Athletic Conference postseason by one game a year ago, the Bethany softball team will look to bounce back and once again make a run at their 14th conference crown.

Addy/Verrico Named SAAC Athletes of the Week
Bethany basketball seniors Leslie Addy (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Bison Fall to Hanover in Home Opener
The Bethany lacrosse program dropped its first home game of the season, a 20-2 decision to visiting Hanover College, on Wednesday afternoon.

Verrico’s Career Night Not Enough in OT Loss at Washington & Jefferson
Despite a career night from senior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley), the Bethany College women’s basketball team saw their season come to a close, falling in a wild overtime battle to Washington & Jefferson (85-81) in the Quarterfinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Tuesday evening.

Bison Fall to Geneva in PAC Quarterfinals
The Bethany men’s basketball team (21-5) saw their run at a PAC title come to end as the Bison fell 61-59 to Geneva College on Tuesday evening.

Bison Test Skills at Kent State Tune Up
The Bethany College Track and Field program continued their indoor seasons Saturday night by competing at the highly competitive Kent State Tune Up.

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

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