Volume III, Number XIV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 13, 2009

News Briefs
Relay for Life Earns More Than $15,000
Bethany College and the American Cancer Society hosted the 2009 Bethany College Relay for Life on November 7. The event — designed to celebrate cancer survival, remember those who have lost their lives to the disease, and raise money for cancer education and research — ran from noon to midnight at the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center, overlapping the last home football game of the season.

The event committee, chaired by junior Emily Roth, spearheaded by Bethany’s junior class Kalon Scholarship recipients and supported by the Office of Student Life, provided a full day of activities in addition to the traditional walk around the track. Speakers included Dr. Scott Miller, President of Bethany College, and Carol Tyler at the opening ceremonies. First-year student Corey Mays of Urbana, Ohio, introduced the Survivor’s Lap, held during halftime of the football game, which featured more than twenty survivors. Professor Kenn Morgan and Judge Joyce Chernenko also spoke during the evening at the Luminaria and Closing ceremonies, sharing their stories of how they have been impacted by cancer. The Bethany College Student Activities Council and Student Government Association, as well as the Bethany Memorial Church, served as Gold Level Sponsors for Bethany College Relay for Life.

The fundraising total at this time is more than $15,000, making this a record-setting year for Bethany College’s Relay for Life and monies donated to the American Cancer Society. Donations and contributions are still being accepted at: main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=24759.

To view photos from Relay for Life 2009, click here.

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Bethanians Recognized at Special Ceremony
On Thursday, November 12, 2009 in the Academic Parlour, four Bethanians were recognized for their academic excellence. Dr. John Hull, Professor of Psychology, received the T.A. Abbot Award for Faculty Excellence, presented by Dennis Landon from the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. John Burns was recognized as a finalist for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE national teaching award. Dr. Gary Kappel was invested as the Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities, and Dr. Darin Fields was invested as the Sarah B. Cochran Professor of English.

To view the ceremony, visit: www.vimeo.com/7583520.

Gamble Represents Bethany College at Brooke County
Veterans Day Commemoration

Assistant to the President Dr. Mort Gamble represented Bethany College at the November 11 Brooke County Veterans Day commemoration at the Wellsburg Christian Church. On behalf of the College, Gamble signed the West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) declaration, part of a program by the Department of Defense devoted to education, information and mediation for employers of National Guard and Reserve members of the military.

The event was attended by local veterans from eras of conflict dating to World War II, as well as family and friends, including area public officials. The keynote speaker was a decorated Vietnam War veteran, CDR Larry McNeely (USN, retired) of Charleston, W.Va. He is chairman of the West Virginia ESGR.

Bethany Remembers Fall of Berlin Wall
Bethany students and staff celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9. Students from Professor Harald Menz’s “Constructing Remembrance” course came up with the concept for the events and decided that they wanted the event to be a participatory learning experience that would involve as many students as possible.

The centerpiece of the remembrance activities became an eye-catching, symbolic recreation of the Wall — a joint project of Professor Herb Weaver’s Sculpture I course and the German Club. The Wall was set up first at the front steps of Old Main, obstructing students’ regular access to classrooms. Sophomore Catherine Papp, the main organizer of the event, said, “Our Wall was intended to disrupt normality, in order to make people think and ask questions.”  For the second part of the day, the wall was set up in front of Morlan Hall, standing in the way of people on their way to the Bethany Beanery for their lunch. Here, the German Club was selling Berliners, the jelly-filled doughnuts referencing John F. Kennedy’s “I am a Berliner” speech from June 26, 1963. Copies of the speech were distributed with the Berliners.

Additional activities included the display of “Wall poetry” provided by students from the Writers’ Club, advised by Assistant Professors Elizabeth Langemak and Wiley Cash, along with reproductions of Wall art from the original Berlin Wall. The program was rounded out by two movies illuminating some of the historical background. Throughout the day, others shared their memories of the events of 1989. One reaction to some Facebook photos of the project came from Germany. Julia Müller, a 2001-02 Heidelberg exchange student who is now a Berlin resident, commented, “Cool!!! I was at Brandenburg Gate yesterday . . . Such a great day to remember - and so great, that it was even an event in Bethany.”

Student Activities Council Presents Slam Poet Night with Alvin Lau
Bethany’s Student Activities Council hosted a Slam Poet Night on November 11 in the Bethany Beanery. More than 75 students, faculty and staff turned out to hear poet Alvin Lau. Lau is a Chicago native, writer of poetry and prose, and proud son of Chinese immigrants. Lau is the highest ranking Asian-American slam poet of all time, a two-time champion of Louder than a Bomb: the Chicago Youth Poetry Slam, a two-time champion of Brave New Voices: the national youth poetry slam, a four-time regional slam champion, a four-time individual finalist in national competition, individual runner-up at the National Poetry Slam and a Pushcart Nominee. He was named "Poet of Conscience" of Amnesty International in 2006. His poetry has appeared across various media, including Rattle Magazine, the Poetry Foundation online, National Public Radio, numerous anthologies and the fifth and sixth seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Lau performed his poetry for more than an hour, including his award-winning poem “To My Hair.”

Bethany Professors Participate in International Studies Conference
Professors Joe Lovano, Clint Maffett and Marc Sable recently visited Morgantown to attend the 29th annual meeting of West Virginia Faculty and Curriculum Development in International Studies (FACDIS). Lovano and Sable attended workshops on the political economy of Brazil, while Maffett attended workshops on the impacts of oil economies on Middle East politics and society. Sable also attended the annual meeting of FACDIS institutional representatives. FACDIS is one of the few state-level organizations in the country devoted to helping faculty develop their own knowledge in curriculum, across disciplinary boundaries.

Public Relations Students Attend Conference on
Local Food System and Economic Development

Bethany College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) students Jennifer Fleahman and Nicole Salopek and M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Renner Visiting Scholar in Communication, attended the West Virginia Growing Local Foods Conference on November 4 at Stonewall Resort. The conference goal was to enhance efforts with the local food system for economic development in West Virginia. Bethany was the only college invited to attend and cover the event. Students learned not only about the promotion of the conference, but about the entire local food campaign in West Virginia. Bethany students shot video and stills and conducted interviews with Brian Snyder, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture; Dr. Allen Arnold, Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia; and Dale Hawkins, Executive Chef, Stonewall Resort, Owner of Fish Hawk Acres. Students also had lunch with fellow Bethanian Rev. Dennis Sparks ’71, a Communication Department graduate who is now the Executive Director of the West Virginia Council of Churches.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Literature and World Languages
Larry Grimes was named President Elect of the Hemingway Section at the November meeting of the Southern Modern Language Association.

Visual and Performing Arts
Thirteen students from the VISA 221 Clay I course are participating in a "showcase display" at the Brooke County Library in Wellsburg during the month of November. Robyn Cole arranged for the exhibition. Herb Weaver selected works from various students to engage in this artistic endeavor. The students involved are: Bethany Stickradt, Kimberly Foflygen, Nicole Solopek, Maggie McCort, Caroline Hoag, Brennan Davies, Sarah LeDonne, James Joseph, Amanda Silvers, Katy Reuning, Kelly Sofka, Katie Horr and Jessica Sarro.

Pandel Collaros has uploaded a third preview from the upcoming Bethany Rock Ensemble CD, Thick Is Blooder.  The song is "Anything" by alumna Amanda McCoy.  The stream can be found at home.comcast.net/~collaros623/AnythingPreview.mp3.  For more information on Amanda McCoy and her current Nashville activities go to amandamccoy.com/.

Writing Center
Heather A. Taylor will be presenting "It's My Life: From Autobiographies to Academic Writing" at the West Virginia Reading Association Conference in Charleston on November 13. The interactive presentation will focus on how to connect to students through music, poetry, readings and popular culture with a focus on journal keeping and engaging the student in writing. 


Alumni News
Save the Date!
Attention Atlanta-area Alumni & Friends! Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for a luncheon Sunday, November 22, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The event is hosted by Neil Christman ’55. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations
for Alumni Awards

The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

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.

Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu.  Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.


Bison Athletics
Kline, Two Bison Honored With PAC Volleyball Honors
Bethany head volleyball coach Courtney Kline was selected as the PAC Coach of the Year and two Bison were lauded with All-PAC honors when the conference awards were announced following the tournament championship match Saturday at Thomas More.

Bethany Travels to Saint Vincent Saturday for "The Green Game”
The 2009 season will come to an end Saturday for the Bethany football team when they travel to Saint Vincent for the 3rd Annual “Green Game”, which is part of Rivalry Week in the PAC. Kickoff at Chuck Noll Field in Latrobe, Pa., is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Youthful Bison Looking to Grow in 09-10
With only two of their top eight scorers back from last year’s 15-12 team, the Bethany women’s basketball team will have a very different look when they begin the 2009-10 season Nov. 16 at Carnegie Mellon.

Bethany Aimng for Same Results With New Coach, New Look
Even though they have their third head coach in as many seasons and six of the top eight players from last year are gone, the Bethany men’s basketball team is still hoping to keep up their recent string of success in 2009-10, which includes five consecutive trips to the postseason.

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

 

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