Volume VII, Number XXXVI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
May 9, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to Deliver
Bethany College Commencement Address

Tom Ridge, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will be the keynote speaker at Bethany College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony in the Pennington Quadrangle May 17.

Dr. Katrina D'Aquin Selected for Senior Leadership Academy
Dr. Katrina D'Aquin, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

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Class of 1964 Celebrates Anniversary at Alumni Weekend
Bethanians of all ages returned to campus for Alumni Weekend 2014 May 2-4, including the Class of 1964, pictured above, who celebrated their 50th anniversary.

All alumni were invited to various events on campus, including tours of the College, class photos, breakfast with the Board of Directors, and the Alumni Awards Dinner. The class was also welcomed to the home of fellow '64 graduate Dr. Larry Grimes and his wife, Carol (Duecker) Grimes '66, for a Reunion Reception.

The weekend was capped off by the Scroll Breakfast, which recognized the Class of 1864 and was open to all alumni who have already celebrated their 50th reunion. Each member signed the Scroll, which is held in the archives of the College and signed in successive years. Randy Cooey is signing the Scroll.

To view photos from the weekend, visit Bethany's Flickr page.

Alumni Weekend Awards Dinner Recognizes Stellar Accomplishments
Four outstanding Bethanians received honors at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner on May 3. Beth Athol '82 of Sewickley, Pa., was recognized as Alumna of the Year. George Manahan '83 of Charleston, W.Va., received the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater award. Dr. Cheryl Mitchell '76 of Stockton, Calif., was presented the Alumni Achievement Award. Don Wells '43 of Alexandria, Va., received the Community Service Award.

To read more about these alumni, click here.


Seniors Put Their Knowledge to the Test During Comprehensive Exams
Many seniors reached the culmination of their Bethany College education during Comprehensive Exams May 5-9.

New Members Inducted into Psychology Honor Society

The annual induction ceremony for Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, welcomed the largest group ever to be inducted into the Bethany College chapter.

The ceremony, which was held May 5 in Kirkpatrick Hall, included: Daniel Bishop, James Penatzer, Katherine Santor, Kenisha Brown, Rebekah Hudock, Kenneth Lindley, Briana Breault, Kyle Pytlak, Isabella Schau, Marissa Beech, Sara Hogan, and Casey Wynn. Also pictured are Psi Chi Advisor Kelly L. Schuller, Katrina D’Aquin, and John Hull. Not pictured are Erika Steers and Heather Hamm.

Humanities Scholars Recognized
Members of the Bethany College Humanities Department held their honor society induction May 6 at the Bethany Beanery in Morlan Hall. Pictured are Dr. Miller; Brooke Deal, Co-Chair of the Department; Kelsey Bish; Gerhard Schultze; Tyler Davis; Taylor Verrico; Katrina D’Aquin, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Harald Menz, Co-Chair of the Department.

Bethanian Honored as Outstanding Advisor

Director of Alumni and Parents Relations Ashley Kanotz '06, who is the advisor to Zeta Tau Alpha, was recently named recipient of the Joyce Chernenko Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. The award, which is presented by Panhellenic Council, honors a Greek organization advisor who has gone above and beyond in his or her duties, including leadership and time commitments. The annual award was presented at the Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast.


Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Visual and Performing Arts
Luke Hardt, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and Director of Bethany College Theatre, recently acted in a short film for a series of works called "A Hundred Words On..." The films allow only 100 words of dialogue. Produced by film makers from North Carolina called Susie Films, Hardt's short is titled "A Happier Yesterday." The film features images familiar to Ohio Valley residents and is to be included in a festival of the shorts this coming September.  It is also now available for viewing here

Hardt also recently shot a commercial for the Tom Corbett for Governor campaign in March. Which is playing in Pennsylvania markets.


Faculty Social Hour at the Bethany Beanery
The Business, Communications and Media Arts Department hosted a faculty/staff social hour last Friday in the Bethany Beanery. It was the final “wind down” event before Senior Comps and Finals Week.

Social Work
On Friday, April 25, the Social Work Department hosted its annual Honors Banquet at Harder Hall. This year’s dinner featured Dr. John Hull, Professor of Psychology, as the opening speaker. Dr. Hull spoke about his work as a volunteer EMT/firefighter and the value of service. Dr. Hull and Ed Stough of the Bethany Information Technology Department were recognized for their contributions to their communities through their work in the volunteer fire departments.

Bethany College Counselor Renee Stock, who has her master's in social work, was recognized for her organization of Suicide Prevention Week (Fall) and Sexual Assault Awareness Week (Spring). The Honorable Joyce Chernenko, Family Law Master, was the recipient of the Faithful Angel Award, which reflects her lifelong commitment to volunteer and service work and her continuing contributions to the Bethany Campus community. Jill Eddy of Family Services Systems was the recipient of the Field Instructor of the Year Award. Approximately 60 students, friends and family members were in attendance at the banquet.

Prior to the dinner, several social work majors were inducted into Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society. Students inducted include sophomores Becca Westcom and Mariah Moore; junior Allison Cipoletti; and seniors Laura Biroschak, Alyssa Laughman and Sara Hogan. Alumni members not present, but to be inducted at a later date include Carole (Core) Stryker '84 and Joshua Nirella '09.


Golf Classic Raises Money for Bison Football
More than 90 golfers showed up to play in the 2014 Bison Golf Classic Saturday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. at Highland Springs Golf Course. Head Football Coach Bill Garvey said they welcomed alumni from across the country, as well as friends of the team, parents of current players, and family members of coaches. The outing included a continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch and beverages on the course, and a post-outing buffet and social. The winning team of four received a cash prize. Raffle, auction and door prizes also took place throughout the day. All of the money raised will go to the Bison football program.

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.

Bison Softball Places Five On All-PAC Teams
Following a season where they made their first Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament appearance since 2011, the Bison softball team was honored by having five players be named to the PAC’s All-Conference teams. Sophomore Deanna Mihalco (Patterson, N.Y./Brewster) and junior Kadie Kelly (Royal Oak, Md./St. Michaels) led the way, as each earned First-Team All-PAC honors.

Mihalco/Miller Honored as SAAC Athletes of the Week
Bison softball first baseman, sophomore Deanna Mihalco (Patterson, N.Y./Brewster) and third baseman, freshman Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin), have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Bison Baseball Look To Make Statement In PAC Tournament
Making their first appearance since 2006, the Bison Baseball team (19-15, 14-10 PAC) will look to make splash in the upcoming Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament as they travel to Washington, Pa. on Thursday.

Bison Show Skills At Grove City Mini Invitational
The Bethany College track and field teams looked to fine tune, as they competed at the Grove City College Mini Invitational hosted by Grove City on Friday afternoon.

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

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