Dr. Adkins is survived by her husband,
Thomas P. Lyons, of Bethany, W.Va.; a son, Patrick Todd Adkins of Huntington, W.Va.; a
daughter, Toni Lynn Robinson and her husband William Robinson of Miromar Lakes, Fla.; her brother,
Stephen David Frantz of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and her sister,
Deborah Margaret Dawson of Tampa, Fla. She is also survived by
grandchildren Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson IV
of Miromar Lakes, Fla.
Dr. Adkins had an active career in
higher education. She received her undergraduate degree in
Elementary Education from Marshall University and a Masterís
Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. She earned
a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She
then completed two post-doctorate degrees, one in Women’s
Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a second in Sociology
from the London School of Economics.
She began her career at North Carolina
State where she was a Field Coordinator of Sociology and Social
Work for five years. The majority of her career was spent at
Bethany College where she was the Director of the Teacher Preparation
Program and Social Work and Education. She was the founding
faculty member for Bethany College’s Social Work program.
As a tenured Professor of Education and Social Work, she taught
courses for 30 years in Women’s Studies, Sociology and
Social Work. She retired from Bethany College as Dean of Academic
Services and Professor of Education and Social Work.
Dr. Adkins taught five years at the University
of Pittsburgh as a Professor in the School of Social Work and
served as the coordinator of the undergraduate Child Welfare
Training Program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As coordinator,
she was responsible for enrollment in 14 Pennsylvania universities
and employment in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. During the School
of Social Work’s latest reaccreditation, she was a primary
resource for the School.
In addition to her teaching career, Dr.
Adkins was a member of several professional organizations, including
the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors,
where she served as a chair of the Technology Committee and
was honored for that role by the association in 2008. She held
the ACSW, Academy of Certified Social Workers and was a longtime
member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Dr. Adkins helped found and was president
of the Clara Welty Hospice in Wheeling, W.Va., now called Valley
Hospice. She served on the state board of directors of WVNASW
and was a board member of the Northern Panhandle Head Start.
She was a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Council
on Social Work Education.
As part of her studies and teaching assignments,
Dr. Adkins traveled extensively domestically and abroad. She
traveled to China, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, New Zealand and other
far-flung places. She loved musicals and saw almost all of them
on Broadway, in London and in Canada. Her favorite pastime was
reading and her passion for books was unsurpassed.
Dr. Adkins was Elder Emeritus and a longtime
member of Bethany Memorial Church, Disciples of Christ. She
also served as secretary and treasurer of the Philathea Sunday
School Class and as President and Secretary of the Bethany Book
Club in past years.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests
that contributions be made to the Frantz Fund at Bethany College
to fund the Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson Children’s
Library. Donations can be sent to the Frantz Fund, Center for
Institutional Advancement, Bethany College, Bethany, WV 26032.
A memorial service to celebrate Lynn’s
life will be held at 11a.m. at Bethany Memorial Church on Saturday,
April 11, 2009.
Youth Leadership Program
Members of the Wheeling Area Chamber of
Commerce’s 2009 Youth Leadership Program visited Bethany
on April 9, to learn about the College and the admissions process.
Following a campus tour, more than 50 of the Ohio Valley’s
top-notch students were welcomed by President Scott D. Miller.
Director of Admission Karina Dayich-McCabe then talked to the
high school juniors about what to expect as they begin applying
to college. Several Bethany students also were on hand for a
question and answer session. Stefanie Panas ’05, Director
of Marketing and Communications for the Chamber, coordinated
the event with College staff.
Descendants Visit Bethany
Mrs. Emily Hardesty of Texas and her sister Mrs. Allie Dibble
of Connecticut, visited
Bethany this week seeking their past. (Pictured at left
with Felicity Ruggiero, Curator for Historic Bethany.) The sisters are
descendants of both Alexander Campbell and W. K. Pendleton,
through the marriage of Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Campbellís
daughter, Clarinda. The highlight of their visit was a tour
through Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, given by President
and Mrs. Miller.
They were very
impressed by the beautiful architecture and the wonderful
restoration of the interior. Mrs. Hardesty remarked that it
brought their ancestors to life to be able to walk through the
same rooms. While in Bethany they also visited Old Main, the
Campbell Mansion, the Campbell Cemetery where many of their
relatives are buried, saw the many boxes of Pendleton family
history at the Archives, and brought their familiesí genealogy
up to date.
Relations Club Hosts Model United Nations Conference
The International Relations Club hosted the 18th Annual Bethany
College Model United Nations Conference on April 2 at the Mountainside
Conference Center. The event is a one-day, mock simulation of
the procedures of the U.N. General Assembly and various committees.
This year the conference attracted a record number of more than
150 students representing nine area high schools. The conference
is supervised by Dr. Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political
Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political
Each participating school in the conference
sends a delegation representing a specific country. Student
delegates research various international issues for specific
committees, write position papers representing their nation's
views, devise strategies in conjunction with other schools,
debate other delegations according to parliamentary procedure
and vote on resolutions. In addition, the conference provides
students with educational materials, advice and research support.
The conference presents "best delegate" awards at
the conclusion of the General Assembly.
Presents at Statewide Conference
Ariana Lalos, a Bethany College sophomore, was one of only two
college students from around the state selected to present a
workshop at the Fourth Annual West Virginia Student Service
& Civic Engagement Conference held in Charleston, W.Va.,
March 6-8. The conference, also known as the Capitol Convergence
Conference, was opened by West Virginia state Sen. John Unger.
A host of other state dignitaries, including First Lady Gayle
Manchin; Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant; and U.S. Rep.
Shelley Moore Capito were on hand to encourage student leaders
from around the state to give back to their communities.
Lalos presented a workshop titled “Learning
Meets Life.” Her presentation discussed service learning
and how it could be used as an educational strategy to facilitate
the transfer of what is learned in the classroom to real-life
situations. This workshop offered innovative ideas for educators
to use in harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of students to
make lasting change in their communities.
Credits Bethany’s Chris Sampson
with Help Overcoming Learning
ESPN recently featured Ball State quarterback and National Football
League draft prospect Nate Davis and his success in confronting
a learning disability. Davis, who enjoys mentoring young students
facing similar difficult situations, credited Chris Sampson,
Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the McCann
Learning Center at Bethany College, with discovering his disability
and developing the strategies he needed to learn more effectively.
Sampson and Davis met regularly as he
advanced from junior high to high school. At the same time,
Davis’ academic confidence grew, and his football skills
became increasingly apparent. “As soon as I started working
with her, I saw that I could do this,” Davis said in ESPN’s
For more on the story, visit sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=4047057&type=story.
Beta Theta Pi Wins Charity Tournament for Autism
Bethany College’s Beta Theta Pi Fraternity was the winning
team in the second annual Adult Charity Kickball Tournament,
held at the Dimmeydale baseball fields in Wheeling on April
4. Proceeds from the event, organized in conjunction with Autism
Awareness Month, will go to the Augusta Levy Learning Center
in Wheeling to help students with autism attend college.
Director of Alumni & Parent
Relations Attends ICAA Conference
Michele Gockstetter Rejonis ’94,
Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, attended a conference
hosted by the Independent College Advancement Associates on
April 6-7 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. Presenters
covered topics that included energizing an annual giving program,
solicitations, branding, new postal service regulations, reunion
programs and correcting phonathon challenges.
Department to Host Annual Honors Banquet
The Social Work Department is celebrating 25 years of accreditation
with the 2009 graduating class. On April 24 at 6 p.m., the Department
will host its annual Honors Banquet, to be held in Commencement
Hall. In addition to an array of student honors, the Department
will recognize a staff member and field instructor of the year.
Special awards will also be given for participation in the activities
recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled 25 Acts of
Random Kindness. Social Work alumni have been invited to attend
and added to the celebration by establishing a junior class
Honors Day award. Approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty
and honored guests are expected. Food will be provided by Chartwell's
Catering service. Questions about the event should be directed
to Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant, at 304.829.7150.
Bethany to Celebrate
Honors Day on April 16
Bethany College will honor many of its outstanding students
at its annual Honors Day and Convocation on April 16. The event
is held each year to recognize students who have demonstrated
significant academic achievement. Several college-wide and departmental
awards will be presented, including the Francis O. Carfer Prize
(Outstanding Senior), Bethany 2000 Prize and the Pittsburgh
Bethany College Club Award (Outstanding Junior Woman).
Two new awards will be given that
dayóThe Presidentís Award for Excellence in Performance (one for
faculty and one for staff).
to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing,
the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs
Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30
a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison
Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes
with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing
social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact
Head Coach Tim Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to participate.
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.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Keely Camden presented a paper at the National
Council for Exceptional Children conference in Seattle, Wash.,
on April 4. Her presentation, “Psychotropic Medication
for Children with Disabilities: Common Side Effects and Classroom
Considerations,” included a hands-on workshop component.
Several Bethany students and two Bethany
graduate interns attended the conference and assisted in the
presentation: Ashley Pietrangelo, Erika Brettschneider, Laura
Lindenfelser, Sarah West, Christina Johnson and Patrick Rupert.
As Club Advisors to the German, French and Spanish Clubs, Joe
Lovano and Harald Menz are helping
to coordinate Bethany's Speak Out! Day,which will take place
on April 14 in front of Old Main from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Volunteers
will perform in 15-minute segments throughout the day. Events
include readings, songs and other performances in languages
other than English.
Lovano and Menz will accompany a group
of students to the North East Conference on the Teaching of
Foreign Languages, the second largest language conference in
the country, April 16-19.
Menz, current president of the West Virginia
Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, is
organizing a German Teachers' Retreat on "Expanding the
German-Speaking World: Namibia in the DaF Classroom" for
April 24 and 25. The workshop is the result of Dr. Menz's sabbatical
research on the topic. Co-presenter of the workshop will be
Bethany alumna Vanessa Plumly, who is pursuing an M.A. in German
at the University of Kentucky. The workshop will be held at
Bethany Hurl Education Center.
Menz will accompany a group of 10 German
Club students on a study trip to Southern Germany May 18-June
1. Students will get to know that part of Germany by bicycle.
Also on the program is a visit to Bethany's exchange institution,
the PH Heidelberg.
Menz will participate in the Advanced
Placement German Reading in July in Lincoln, Neb., evaluating
a growing number of German Advanced Placement exams.
Finally, in September Menz will present
a paper at the annual conference of the West Virginia Foreign
Language Teachers' Association in Elkins, W.Va. The topic will
be "Making Everything Count: The European Language Portfolio
(ELP) or LinguaFolio as a Tool to Build and Showcase Students’
Jonathan Martin, Adam Fletcher and Mary
Ellen Komorowski presented at the Annual West Virginia
Council of Teachers of Mathematics meeting on March 20 and 21.
Gerald Schultze of the McCann Learning Center also presented.
Five students accompanied Fujiko
Sawtarie to the Robotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University
on March 31.
On March 29 James Farwell took 10 Bethany students
to visit the “Palace of Gold,” one of the most striking
religious sites in West Virginia. Located south of Bethlehem,
the palace was built as a home for Srila Prabhupada, an Indian
guru important to the Krishna movement in the United States
in the late 1960s and 70s. Students spent the afternoon touring
the Palace and the nearby temple, which is home to a local religious
community in the Hindu Vaishnava tradition.
Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Herb Weaver and Larry
Grimes served as judges for the Freshman Talent Show,
held on April 5 in the Judith R. Hurl Education Center auditorium.
Twelve acts were judged, with a variety of talents that included
singing, dancing, gymnastics and the making of a peanut butter
sandwich while blindfolded. A large number of students and siblings
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
For more information or to register,
please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Attention PSI Beta’s
– 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating
its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College.
Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College
Campus June 18-20, 2010.
While the full agenda is being formed,
tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can
attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities
on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant
others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday
with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni – Mark
your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Alumni Weekend Schedule
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin
on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click
here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click
here. To register online, click
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and
make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer
Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1.
to view the full schedule.
Bodo Receives Second PAC Honor
Bethany junior Jodi Bodo (Steubenville,
Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) was named the Presidents’
Athletic Conference (PAC) Female Runner of the Week Monday,
her second award of the young season.
Sweeps Past Saint Vincent
The Bethany softball team used 20 hits
and seven Saint Vincent errors to pull away for 8-2 and 9-0
(5 innings) victories over the visiting Bearcats Wednesday afternoon.
Rally From Deficit but Lose Lead Late in 10-8 Loss
After trailing 6-0 following the first
inning, the Bethany baseball team battled back to take the lead,
but Waynesburg scored four times in the last of the eighth to
pull out a 10-8 triumph over the Bison Wednesday at Mylan Park
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.