Volume II, Number XXXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
May 1, 2009

Campus News
Social Work Program Celebrates 25 Years of Accreditation
The Bethany College Social Work Department presented its 2009 Annual Social Work Honors Banquet on April 24. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the Social Work Department’s accreditation and featured an awards ceremony and dinner, as well as an address given by Bethany President Scott. D. Miller.


News Briefs
College Honors Retiring Faculty Members on May 14
Bethany College will honor two of its longest-serving faculty members upon the completion of their last semester of teaching with a reception on Thursday, May 14. Dr. Larry E. Grimes, Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities and Chair of the Department of Literature and Language, and Dr. T. Gale Thompson, Professor of Psychology, will be stepping down after nearly 75 years combined service on the faculty. Thompson, who holds all three of his degrees from the University of Missouri, joined the faculty in 1974, rising through the ranks and serving for a number of years as Chair of the Department of Psychology. Grimes, an alumnus of the college, class of ’64, joined the faculty in 1970 and has served as Chair of the Department of English, Dean of Arts and Sciences and for many years directed the First Year Studies program. The reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Phillips Hall Lounge. All members of the Bethany community are invited to attend.

Bethany Launches Twitter Time with President, Vice President
Follow Bethany President Scott D. Miller and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong on Twitter at twitter.com. Get an inside glimpse into what takes place on a daily basis at Bethany College. Follow Dr. Miller by selecting BethanyCollege1, and follow Sven de Jong by selecting BethanyCollege2. You might be surprised by all that occurs on “The Banks of the Old Buffalo.”

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President Hosts Dinner for Emeritus Faculty
President and Mrs. Miller hosted dinner at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights Thursday night for area Emeritus Faculty to meet new Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Darin Fields. Dr. Fields came to Bethany in February after serving for many years as Dean at Wilkes University.

Study Abroad Liaisons Present Information on Bethany’s Pamplona, Spain Program
Drs. Concepción Martínez Pasamar and Carmen Blanco presented information on Bethany’s Department of World Languages and Cultures Spain Program in the Library Hess Room on April 24. Both professors serve as liaisons for Bethany College students who study in Pamplona, Spain, at the Universidad de Navarra (UNAV). The event marked the first visit to Bethany by a UNAV liaison. Twenty Bethany students, two faculty and one alumna attended the presentation, which was followed by a reception in the Library lounge. The reception, held in honor of the visiting professors, was sponsored by the Spanish Club and the World Languages and Cultures faculty.

Martínez Pasamar is the Director of the Institute of Spanish Language and Culture (ILCE) Program and Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the UNAV. Blanco is the Academic Secretary of the ILCE Program and UNAV Professor of Spanish Language and Literature. Both professors work closely with Bethany students who study in the program. Since about 1990, nearly 50 Bethany College students have benefited from this study abroad opportunity, the first such Spanish language and culture program established in Spain. The ILCE Program at the UNAV is certified by the “Instituto de Cervantes," an entity of the Spanish Ministry of Education. The UNAV is considered to be one of the top universities not only in Spain, but also in the European Union.

J-Term Class to Travel to China
Jack Lozier, Professor of History Emeritus, will teach Introduction to China during J-Term 2010. The course will introduce students to the Chinese economy, culture, society and politics through travel to China. While the trip will involve visits to some tourist sights, the course will focus on places not commonly visited by tourist groups. The class will stay at Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, a modern provincial city with a half-million people in the dynamic growing region south of Shanghai. Students will observe rural life in a farm village of the type in which 800 million Chinese live. Other destinations include the world-famous Yiwu Commodities Market, Hangzhou's scenic West Lake (where President Nixon planted a California Redwood) and Shanghai.

Students will be paired with English-speaking Chinese students to enhance their learning of Chinese life. Chinese professors will assist with course instruction, and students will keep diaries on what they learn about China and themselves. The group will meet several times before leaving for China, and the class will take a final exam and assessment upon return.

For more details on the trip itinerary and cost, contact Jack Lozier at doctorjwlozier@yahoo.com.

Steelers v. Bethany Basketball Raises More Than $600 for Charity
The Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers Basketball team defeated a team of Bethany students 96-58 on April 27 in a charity basketball game. The game, played at Hummel Field House, brought in more than $600 to be donated to Alpha Sigma Phi’s charity, Canine Companions for Independence. This year’s event marked the third consecutive year Bethany has hosted the Steelers’ touring basketball squad. Here to play for the Steelers were: Charlie Batch, Max Starks, Dennis Dixon, Anthony Madison, Ryan Mundy and Tony Hills.

History Club Tours Gettysburg and Other Historic Sites
Drs. Steve Carelli and Erich Lippman, Assistant Professors of History, led members of the Bethany History Club on a trip to the Gettysburg battlefield April 17-19. Participants spent a day touring the battlefield and viewing the extensive collections in the Gettysburg museum. In addition to touring the monuments, cemetery and site of Lincoln's address at Gettysburg, the group also spent an afternoon at historic Harper's Ferry, where John Brown conducted his famous raid and which was the scene of a later Civil War battle that resulted in the largest-ever surrender of U.S. forces. The club also visited a site associated with an important event from America's Colonial Period: Fort Necessity, where a young George Washington surrendered to the French at the opening of the French and Indian War.

Bethany Announces 2009 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2009 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:
www.bethanywv.edu/academics/lifelong-learning-at-bethany/ocicu-summer-courses/

Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. The cost for each credit is $325 and unless otherwise indicated, all courses are three credits.

For additional information, please send your questions to: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany’s Japan Outreach to Hold Japanese Drum Performance, Workshop
The Bethany College Japan Outreach held a Japanese Drum Performance/Workshop on April 28 in Commencement Hall. The event featured internationally known drummers Takumi Kato and Ryo Shiobara, the first place winners of the Tokyo International Taiko Drumming Competition in 2007 and 2008. The workshop was free and open to the public.

 

Bethany College Summer Camp Schedule Announced
Bethany College has four camps returning this summer and an additional two camps added into the schedule.

Camp Canyon will hold three sessions this summer:

Session 1
June 21 - 27

Session 2
June 28 - July 17

Session 3
July 19 - August 7

For more information on Camp Canyon please visit www.campcanyon.com.

The Bethany College Basketball Camp will be run by the Head Men's Basketball Coach Michael Summey and Assistant Coach Matt Drahos. The co-ed camp will run from June 21-25, 2009 and welcomes campers ages 7-15 year olds, both commuters and residential.

BLAST or the Bethany Leadership for Student Training Academy will return for its second year from June 21-24, 2009.

New Assistant Football Coach Bill Struble, a veteran camp director, will bring a football camp to Bethany College the week of July 5th, 2009.

The Bethany College Soccer Camps continue for the third year with the high school boys week ages 13-17 from July 19 – 23, 2009. The high school girls week will be on campus from July 24 – 26, 2009.

Along with the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy returning, Bethany College will host high school band and sports camps, youth retreats, adult conferences and educational programs over the summer months. For more information or brochures on all Bethany College Summer Camps or for group camp availability please email Saralyn Dague at sdague@bethanywv.edu.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.


Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Communication
Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communication, attended the annual National Popular Culture/American Culture Conference in New Orleans in early April. Tuszynski presented a paper entitled "A Postmodern Nativity Story: Allegories of the Bible in Cuaron's 'Children of Men'." The paper was part of the Film Adaptation track at the conference. This was the second of three conference acceptances for Tuszynski this year.

First Year Studies
Katrina Cooper will teach a May term course for students who need to make up credits for their First Year Seminar. This course will draw on a variety of content areas but will primarily focus on the processes of reading, writing and constructing arguments. This seminar is available to any Bethany student who did not receive credit for their original First Year Seminar.

In addition to seminar traditions such as "Bethany College History: The Truth" and "Who am I Now?" five new seminars will be offered in the fall. These include the following:

Exploring Frontiers in the Health Sciences. This seminar is an exploration of current topics in the health sciences. These include diagnostic methods, mainstream and alternative treatments, ethical issues and the mind-body interactions for healing. The course does include a short overview of the history of several health fields. (Robert Paysen, The Goulding-Woolery Professorship in Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical Science)

I’m in Charge! Feel like things are always happening TO you? Instead of complaining, why don’t you take a stand?! You CAN control your education, social life and the world in which you live. You simply need the right tools and know-how. By interacting with a variety of media and experiences, the students in this class will strengthen their abilities to advocate for justice in education, society and the world at large. (Traci Tuttle, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Program for Academic and Social Success; and Heather Taylor, Director of the Writing Center)

Sports Information and Broadcasting. This is a First Year Seminar course for those who show an interest in sports and sports broadcasting. The course will integrate writing, copying and production skills with varsity sports at Bethany College. We will use historical research, written and oral exercises. Actual game day-broadcasts on radio, TV or web will be communicative outcomes of this seminar. (Jay Libby, Assistant Professor of Communication)

Living on the Fringe. This seminar will focus on the lives of people with disabilities throughout history. Through an examination of films, speakers and readings about and by people with disabilities, as well as service learning, members of our seminar will be given the opportunity to understand and appreciate the capabilities of this marginalized group in our society. (Christina Sampson, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the McCann Learning Center)

MyNews.com: News Literacy. This course will help students to become more discriminating news consumers. Topics covered include a limited historical overview of journalism and its practices in the United States and how to recognize differences between news and propaganda, news and opinion, assertion and verification and evidence and inference in news articles and broadcast/internet news reports. Students will study how the journalistic process works and how professional journalists make decisions. The effects of emerging technologies and innovations such as Web 2.0 features, cell phones, texting and blogging on the news industry will also be examined. (Patrick Sutherland, Professor of Communication, General Manager of WVBC Radio and Chair of the Department of Communication)

Literature and Language
Elizabeth Hull attended the Appalachian Colleges Association Honors Council meeting at Ferrum College in Tennessee April 17-18. She will attend a conference on the works of John Milton in San Diego May 21-24, where she will give a presentation on “Paradise Lost.”

Religious Studies and Philosophy
Last weekend seven students from within and beyond the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, along with Brooke Deal and Jim Farwell, visited Pittsburgh’s Rodef Shalom Synagogue, home to the oldest Jewish congregation in western Pennsylvania. The guided tour through the building and a close look at the congregation’s Torah scrolls was followed by dinner on Craig Street and a visit to Caliban Book Shop.

Social Work
Kathy Shelek-Furbee and Melanee Sinclair will attend the West Virginia National Association of Social Workers Spring Conference April 29-May 1, where they will co-present on Ethics and Supervision, as well as convene other sessions. Seven Bethany social work majors will attend the conference with them.

Visual and Performing Arts
Pandel Collaros is making finishing touches to several tracks recorded by the Bethany Rock Ensemble, which he directs and produces. Two additional CDs are slated to be released by the beginning of the next school year. A preview track by Eli Richie, entitled "Cinderella," can be accessed as an mp3 file at the following url: home.comcast.net/~collaros623/CinderellaPreview.mp3. Players on the track include students Eli Richie, Leah Karst and Amanda McCoy.

Following the run of “Returns” and “A Piece of My Heart,” which highlighted post-traumatic stress disorder issues in and out of the military, Luke Hardt booked a role in a film the National Guard was shooting about the same issue. Hardt, as Lt. Baker, counsels a Sgt. Witmer before the symptoms escalate into crisis. Much of what he brought to the role was the direct experience the representatives from the Veteran's Administration had shared in their talk-back sessions as well as the military research done in developing the plays.


Alumni News
Christmas Markets along the Danube
Calling all Bethany travelers to join a Christmas Markets along the Danube tour. Seasoned travelers, Sue (’64) and Chuck Yale have organized the trip for interested alumni. The nine day river cruise departs November 26, 2009. Pre and Post extensions to Munich and Vienna are available. Discounted rates and free travel insurance are being held for alumni and friends who book by April 30th.

Special rates for Bethany Alumni will end on May 4th.

Information about the Christmas Market along the Danube experience: www.gct.com/gcc/general/default.aspx?oid=256815&

To book, please:
1) Call Grand Circle Travel Reservations at 800-353-6262, option #3
2) Mention “Service Code TRAA100 and Group Number 22462”
3) Deposit is $500

Those who prepay their trip as part of the GCT’s “Good Buy Discount”, will receive extra savings and a price protection against potential fuel increases by airlines. www.gct.com/gcc/general/default.aspx?oid-256815&

Spaces are limited, so join us now!

McCartney ’83 and Sangerman ’81 to Perform National Anthem at PNC Park
Bethany graduates Margie McCartney ’83 and Jae Sangerman ’81 will be performing the National Anthem at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on Saturday, September 5 when the Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. For more information about ordering tickets or about the special offer the Pirates are extending to alumni and friends of Bethany, click here.

Baltimore-Area Alumni Reception
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 11. The gathering will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD. The event is being hosted by George ’78 & Patricia Davis.

For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu.


Bison Athletics
Bison Set More Records at PAC Track Championships
At the 2009 PAC Track and Field Championships Saturday, the Bethany men’s and women’s teams broke four school records and earned 10 All-PAC honors on a warm day at Westminster.

Bison Finish Regular Season with Losses at Muskingum
The Bethany softball team completed its regular season Sunday by falling 10-2 (6 inn.) and 9-1 (5 inn.) at Muskingum.

Bison Lose One Game to LaRoche, One to Rain
The Bethany baseball team suffered a 15-1 setback to visiting LaRoche Tuesday afternoon at Bethany Park in the front end of a non-conference doubleheader.

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

 

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