Bethany Connection Found in New Literary Anthology
There’s a strong Bethany College connection to be found
in “Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers,”
a literary anthology just published by the Knoxville (Tenn.)
Writers Guild. Jessie Janeshek, a 2003 Bethany College graduate,
is one of the anthology’s co-editors.
According to Janeshek, “Outscape:
Writings on Fences and Frontiers,” contains works of poetry,
fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art on the theme of
borders and spaces. The topic references the rugged geography
of East Tennessee — the Appalachian Mountains, Cumberland
Gap, etc. — and the items address the risks and rewards
we face in challenging natural or man-made limitations.
“Boundaries are being broken in
American politics, American technology and American literature,”
Janeshek and her co-editor, Jesse Graves, wrote in the introduction.
“Each of the contributors captured the feeling of leaving
something behind, moving forward and finding a new freedom.”
Adding to the Bethany connection is the
fact that Dr. Larry Grimes, Professor in the Perry E. and Aleece
C. Gresham Chair in Humanities, Professor of English and Chair
of the Department of Literature and Language at Bethany, is
among the 101 esteemed writers and artists who contributed to
the new anthology. Dr. Grimes contributed a poem titled, “Celtic
Janeshek is a doctoral candidate in English
and writing instructor at the University of Tennessee. She holds
an MFA in Poetry from Emerson College in Boston. During her
undergraduate days at Bethany, Janeshek spent 18 months in England,
studying literature at Magdalen College, Oxford University and
Regents College in London. Her poetry appears in Washington
Square, Passages North, EvaMag, Review Americana, Yemassee and
Caduceus and has been anthologized in various collections.
“Outscape: Writings on Fences and
Frontiers” is the eighth literary anthology published
by the Knoxville Writers Guild. Books are priced at $15 and
are may be ordered online at
Position With Appalachian College Association
reception was held in Phillips Hall Thursday night in honor
of Bethany College Provost and Dean of Faculty Dr. Michael P.
Mihalyo Jr. After 14 years of service to the College, Dr. Mihalyo
has announced he is leaving Bethany to accept a position with
the Appalachian College Association (ACA) in Berea, Ky.
The reception was held immediately after
the Bethany College Choir’s Fall Concert. Dr. Mihalyo
performed as the special guest artist at the Fall Concert, providing
piano accompaniment for various selections. The Senior Class
also honored Dr. Mihalyo on Thursday morning with a surprise
party in the Faculty Lounge at Steinman Hall.
Religion in The
Students and professors from the Religious Studies/Philosophy
Club traveled to New York City over Fall break. Seniors Justin
Elkins and Allie Mader made the trip with Dr. Brooke Deal, the
club’s advisor, and Dr. James Farwell, who lived and taught
in New York City for five years prior to his arrival at Bethany
The group attended mid-day prayers at
the Islamic Cultural Center of New York and heard a talk by
Imam Omar Abu-Namous; saw notable examples of sacred architecture
and art in the Jewish and Christian traditions; and attended
meditation and teaching led by a senior monk of the Buddhist
Mountains and Rivers Order at the Fire Lotus Zen Temple in Brooklyn.
After the meditation, everyone enjoyed Brooklyn pizza and walked
back to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge on a beautiful,
A day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
involved tours of the collections pertaining to Byzantine and
medieval Christianity; Egyptian/near Eastern religion; and Indian
and East Asian Buddhism. The trip also included free time visits
to Central Park, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and the midtown/theatre
The trip was an exploratory pilot, testing
real costs and logistics for the possibility of a regular New
York excursion for Bethany students centered on religious practices
and sites in an urban landscape.
Shifts Seamlessly Into New Role
it has done so many times in the past 160 years, historic Hibernia
shifted seamlessly into its new role as Bethany College’s
Renner Visiting Scholars’ Residence on Sunday, Oct. 19.
President Miller and Dr. Peter Morgan ’61, the current
Renner Visiting Scholar, welcomed the Bethany community to the
newly-renovated brick structure at 100 Main Street for the custom
of Open House and House Blessing.
A brief history of Hibernia was presented
by R. Jeanne Cobb, who recently retired after nearly two decades
as archivist and coordinator of special collections at the Mary
Cutlip Center for Library and Information Technology Services.
According to her presentation, Bethany College founder Alexander
Campbell set up his printing press in the high basement of Hibernia
during the early 1840s with the upper stories of the brick building
being added by 1846.
Title to the land upon which Hibernia
sits has changed hands at least 23 times over the years. Since
its beginning as the site of Campbell’s legendary frontier
press, Hibernia has been home to three Bethany presidents —
W.H. Woolery, Patricia L. Poteat and G.T. Smith — along
with various vice presidents, deans and faculty members. As
a residence, guest or boarding house, it has also provided shelter
for members of the Campbell family, students, local residents
and visitors to the campus or the community.
Following the presentation, Dr. Morgan
led a traditional service of House Blessing. The former President
of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Dr. Morgan is
now Historian in Residence at National City Christian Church
in Washington, D.C. During his time on campus as Renner Visiting
Scholar, he is also serving as chaplain for the College and
interim pastor at Bethany Memorial Church.
& Cultures Hold Annual Skit Night
The World Languages & Cultures' "2008 Annual Skit Night"
took place on Wednesday evening, October 22 in Renner Too.
This annual language event highlighted
competitive dialogue skits performed by the respective levels
I and III language Practice Sessions in French, German, Italian
In attendance, among others of the Bethany
College campus community, were the Practice Session Apprentice
Teachers; their Practice Sessions students; the language judges,
Professor David Rudari, Mary Bess Halford and Dr. Joseph Lovano;
and the MC of the evening, Dr. Harald Menz. It was an enjoyable
event and a great success once again this year.
Save the Date! Alumni
Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to
join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday,
May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues
of the Old Main Journal.
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception
with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Tuesday, October 28. The
event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epping Forest Yacht
Club, 1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. The reception
is being hosted by Linda D. ’71 and Rick Hull ’70.
For more information or to register for
any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations
at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register online, click
Spalding Awarded PAC Honor
Bethany freshman Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey)
has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)
Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 20.
Men Picked Second in Conference Balloting
At the 2008-09 PAC Basketball Media Day
Thursday afternoon, which was held at the Heinz History Center
in Pittsburgh, the Bethany men’s basketball team was predicted
to place second this year according to the preseason poll.
Women Tabbed Third in PAC Preseason Poll
The Bethany women’s basketball
team was picked to finish third in the preseason poll released
at the 2008-09 PAC Basketball Media Day, held at the Heinz History
Center in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.