Volume VII, Number XXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 21, 2014

Bethany to Celebrate Founder’s Day with Author and Ethicist Jeffrey Seglin
Bethany College will hold its annual Founder’s Day celebration Thursday, March 6, in honor of its 174 years as a small college of national distinction. Jeffrey L. Seglin — a Harvard lecturer, ethicist and 1978 graduate of Bethany College — will be the guest speaker.

Amber Ridings Featured as Bethany's First Student Spotlight
As a senior graduating in May, Amber Ridings cherishes many memories from her time at Bethany College – and just as many memories very far away from campus as well.

More Than 70 Students Vie for Kalon Scholarships
The 30th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon held Saturday, Feb. 15, brought high school seniors from across the nation to Bethany, as they toured campus and participated in interviews for the $2,500 scholarship. Todd Owens, a nonprofit consulting expert and 1993 Bethany graduate, delivered the keynote address.


Bethanians 'Think Pink' for Cancer Fund

Fans at the women's basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 19, were surrounded by more than Bethany's green and white. "Think Pink Night" was sponsored by Women's Basketball Coaches Association in conjunction with Zeta Tau Alpha. The women's basketball team and coach Becky Upton raised $400 through donations and the sale of T-shirts. Zeta sold scratch-off lottery tickets and also had a raffle drawing for a pink-themed basket, which raised $190. Proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Bethany Represented at State Capitol for Higher Education Day
President Scott D. Miller and Executive Assistant to the President Mort Gamble traveled to Charleston, W.Va., for Higher Education Day at the Legislature Feb. 21. The annual event recognizes the state's colleges and universities and highlights the post secondary opportunities available across the state. While there, Miller met with and gave Bethany bobble heads to Phil Diserio, who represents Brooke County in the House of Delegates, and Jack Yost, State Senator, First District.
Miller also met with Jim Workman, Assistant Managing Editor of The State Journal, at the editorial offices. Miller has written a monthly higher education column for the paper for more than six years.

Bethany Plan Promoted to Prospective Students

In an effort to show the uniqueness of a Bethany education, the College has combined some of its signature parts in what is called The Bethany Plan. Included are the First-Year Seminar, study abroad and internship opportunities, the Capstone Experience and Comprehensive Exams. The Bethany Plan can be found on the College's website here, with the goal of promoting to prospective students the type of education they can receive at Bethany.

Student Spotlight to Highlight Leadership, Achievements
You may have seen in the section above that Bethany has started a new feature section of the website, called Student Spotlight. Every other week, a student who is doing amazing things at Bethany and beyond will be profiled. We'll be sure to include them in the Old Main Journal. For a link to the Student Spotlight page, click here.

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

Humanities - Religious Studies
Dr. Holly Hillgardner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, is presenting a paper at Wake Forest University's conference "The Promise of Religious Pluralism: Comparison and the Introductory Study of Theology" on Feb. 28-March 1 in Raleigh, NC.  Her paper, "Longing and Letting Go: Lessons in Being Human from Hadewijch and Mirabai" is being considered for inclusion in a textbook that will be the result of this conference.

Humanities - English
Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, has a poem in the latest issue of the print journal Paper Nautilus.  

Alumnus to Serve as Chairman of Biotechnology Company's Board of Directors
Dr. Stelios Papadopoulos '70 has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Biogen Idec's Board of Directors. The company is the third-largest biotechnology company in the world, and it develops, manufactures and commercializes therapies focusing on neurology, oncology and immunology.

Papadopoulos began serving as a Director of Biogen Idec in 2008. He is the former Vice Chairman of Cowen & Co. LLC and is the current Chairman of the Board at Exelixis, Inc., a drug discovery company that he co-founded in 1994.

Papadopoulos is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of BG Medicine, Inc. Read the entire press release here.

Bethanian Named Gateway Head Football Coach
Tom Nola '75, who coached the Clairton High School football team to national prominence, was named the new coach at Gateway High School on Feb. 18, 2014.

“Before the end of my coaching career, I maybe wanted a different challenge and different opportunity that Gateway gave me -- and that is coaching at a bigger school,” Nola told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Read the entire article here.

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.

Bison Come Up Big in Pivotal PAC Showdown
The Bethany College men’s basketball team (20-4, 13-2 PAC) used an efficient scoring night and 26 points from junior guard Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) to outlast Thomas More College 80-77 on Wednesday night.

Bison Falter at Home
The Bethany College women’s basketball team suffered a 108-59 defeat to Presidents’ Athletic Conference foe Thomas More College on Wednesday evening.

Bison Softball Selected Third in PAC Preseason Coaches Poll
Coming off a 19-19 season (10-8 PAC) a year ago, the Bethany softball program was selected third in the 2014 PAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Brandon Martell Grabs Second Straight All-Conference Honor
Bethany College Swimming & Diving sophomore Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) culminated a solid season by being named an All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference Second-Team selection announced the conference on Monday.

Martell/Prato Named Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week
Swimming & diving sophomore Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) and track & field senior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Joyce Named to D3Hoops.com Team of the Week
After helping the Bison men’s basketball team pull into a tie for first place in the conference with a 85-65 win over Saint Vincent on Saturday, junior Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week.

Three More Records Fall in Second Day of PAC Championships
The Bethany College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued to show well in the second day of the PAC Championships/James E. Longnecker Invitational hosted by Grove City College on Friday. The teams combined to score points in nine different races and set three new Bethany marks on the day.

Bison Track and Field Post Strong Performances at Mid February Meet
The Bison Track & Field program received impressive individual efforts at the Baldwin Wallace Mid February Track Meet on Friday.

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

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