Sara Patnesky, a senior double majoring in both Spanish and German, has recently been selected to receive a competitive grant through the Spanish Ministry of Education Program, in conjunction with the Embassy of Spain to the United States, to serve as a North American Language (English) and Culture Assistant, in the K-12 Spanish Public School System in the La Rioja Autonomous Region of north-central Spain for the academic school year September 2011-June 2012.
Joseph Chris Suppa, a senior majoring in French, has recently been selected to receive a competitive grant through the French Ministry of Education Program, in conjunction with the Embassy of France to the United States, to serve as an English Language Teaching Assistant in the K-12 French Public School System in northern France for the academic school year 2011-2012.
Library Hosts Murder Mystery Party
The T.W. Phillips Memorial Library held a Murder Mystery event on the night of April 16. Based loosely on the board game "Clue," guests enjoyed food and refreshments before breaking up into search parties. Each team journeyed through the library locating hidden clues to help them discover "whodunit." Once each team located their set of 15 clues, they raced to solve the mystery. The first team to correctly identify the suspect and the weapon received iTunes gift cards for their successful sleuthing. Several murder mystery themed door prizes were awarded and all guests received party favors including the symbolic magnifying glass. Reviews of the evening were extremely positive. The Murder Mystery event was envisioned, organized, and hosted by the library's Student Supervisors: Eileen Campbell, Taylor Morris, Catherine Papp, Nicole Salopek and Emily Sechrest.
Women’s Basketball Team Launches Finals Survival Kit Fundraiser
The Women’s Basketball team is conducting fundraisers for the upcoming season and invites family and friends of current Bethany students to treat them to a Finals Survival Kit. The kits are being offered for $25 and will be delivered to recipients at the start of finals week.
Two kit options are available. The original “survival kit package” includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag containing pens, pencils, post-its, pop, chips, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars, candy, and other treats. A package featuring healthier snacks is also being sold. It includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag with fresh fruits, assorted nuts, granola bars, Gatorade and water, fruit snacks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and sticky notes. Both packages offer the opportunity for gift-givers to include a personal message.
To order, download and send the order form and payment (made out to Bethany Women’s Basketball) to Cassandra Donelan, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Bethany College, Hummel Field House, Bethany, WV 26032.
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Dr. John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, attended an Appalachian College Association workshop at Davis and Elkins College on April 15th entitled "Navigating Risk Management Abroad." The workshop was conducted by Bill Frederick of Lodestone Safety International and drew on his many years of experience with such organizations as Outward Bound and the School for Field Studies. The workshop was for Appalachian College Association (ACA) faculty who lead international trips with students, or those who plan to do so. The workshop was organized by Kim Gardner of the ACA and made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation.
History and Political Science
Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science, attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Curriculum in New Haven, Conn., during the weekend of April 15-17. The association is dedicated to the development of curricula that place the close reading of great books at the center of liberal education. On Saturday, April 16, Sable presented his paper on the Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, entitled “Unveiling a Sufi Politics: An Esoteric Reading of Mahfouz’s Arabian Nights and Days.”
Service Learning Center
The first Service Learning Center Awards Reception was held on Monday, April 18 in Phillips Hall lounge. Organized by the staff of the Service Learning Center, the reception highlighted service efforts by current faculty and students and recognized community agencies that collaborated on service projects throughout the past year.
The event opened with remarks by President Scott D. Miller, who discussed the importance of community service. His remarks were followed by a summary of the year’s work, reviewed by current Service Fellows, Lindsay Sobotka (Chemistry) and Taylor Morris (Social Work). Following the opening remarks and summary, certificates were awarded to those recognized for their efforts.
Special awards were presented to senior April O’Brien for her work with the Wheeling YWCA Women’s Boutique and to Elizabeth Langemak, Assistant Professor of English, for her dedication to incorporating service learning assignments into her courses and her work in establishing the first 5K race for Easter Seals, held on Saturday, April 16.
World Languages & Cultures
Heidelberg Exchange Student and Special Education major Kathrin Brandt and First Year Spanish and German Education student Gerhard Schultze attended the 58th Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, Md., April 2-3. Accompanied by World Language Professors Joseph Lovano, Harald Menz and Eric Bennett, they attended a variety of workshops and presentations related to the conference topic “Strengthening Connections: Colleagues, Content, & Curriculum.” The group also met with alumnae Beth Degges (2003) and Jackie Berda (2000), who were in attendance at the conference. They were both Spanish/Education majors at Bethany and now hold positions at Maryland and Pennsylvania high schools.
Gray ’09 Receives Grant from United Arts Appeal
Casey R. Gray (B.A. Music, 2009) has recently been informed that he is the recipient of a 2011 United Arts Appeal Project Pool grant. The awards are given to non-profit organizations and individual artists in Chautauqua County, New York State. UAA President Rick Davis observed, “The United Arts Appeal awards grants for career development and artistic projects that benefit the cultural life of Chautauqua County. We received a significant number of quality applications this year and are pleased to be able to support these worthwhile projects.” After being screened for eligibility and fulfillment of requirements, applications were reviewed by an independent allocations panel made up of artists and community leaders. Their recommendations were then approved by the United Arts Appeal board. Gray will perform an organ recital and provide children’s programming at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, N.Y., where he serves as organist.
Casey, a former student of David J. Rudari (Assistant Professor of Music), is completing the coursework and recitals for the completion of the Master of Music in Voice Performance at SUNY Fredonia in May. He is a student of Professor Laurie Lasher Tramuta.
Bethany Football to Hold 2011 Bison Classic Golf Outing
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on May 7 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the New York City area on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Nashville area on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Boston area on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend, to register for BASA, contact John Cunningham at (304) 639-0648 or
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Classes celebrating reunions include 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971 and 1976. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.