Volume III, Number XXXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
May 7, 2010

News Briefs
Bethany Prepares for Baccalaureate, Commencement Ceremonies
Bethany College will host its annual Commencement activities May 14-15. A Baccalaureate service is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 14 in Commencement Hall at the College’s historic Old Main. Dr. Marylouise Fennell, former president of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and current Senior Counsel for The Council of Independent Colleges, will speak at the event. President Miller will host a reception honoring parents and members of the Class of 2010 on the corridor of Old Main immediately following the Baccalaureate service.

Commencement activities for the Class of 2010 will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 on the Quadrangle of Old Main. Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the College Board, will provide the Commencement address. A special Commencement Day Luncheon will be provided in the main Dining Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m. for members of the graduating class and their guests.

May Morning Breakfast Honors Bethany Women
The 63rd Annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast, sponsored by Panhellenic Council and the Office of Student Life, was held on Saturday, May 1. This breakfast, named in honor of long-time Bethany College employee Darline Nicholson after her retirement, was founded to honor the senior women of Bethany College. Governor Ruth Ann Minner, former Governor of Delaware, addressed the senior women with advice on life after college. The Governor advised the women present that only they can limit what they do in their lives. She urged them not to set limits but to set goals for themselves and to do all that is necessary to reach those goals.

At the breakfast, the Joyce Chernenko Outstanding Advisor award was given to Dr. Elizabeth Langemak, Assistant Professor of English, for her dedication to and support of the female students of Bethany College. Also honored at the breakfast was senior Sarah Walter with the Aleece C. Gresham Leadership Award.

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Scenic Byway Plan Cultivates Area Resources, Wins Award
The Historic Wellsburg and Bethany Scenic Byway plan — designed to promote tourism and support area resources — received a state award from the West Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The byway was designated by the West Virginia Department of Transportation and is a 22-mile loop running from state Route 67 in Bethany to state Route 2 and Pleasant Avenue in Wellsburg, then along state Route 27 and Brooke Hills Park and back to Bethany via state Route 88. Dr. Gary Kappel, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethany, helped announce the award.
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Hands to Haiti Efforts Continue
Panhellenic Council sponsored the most recent Hands to Haiti awareness and fundraising event, Huts for Haiti, on May 4. Student organizations were provided with boxes donated from Eat N' Park and plywood, tarp and ropes from Robert Scott Lumber in Wellsburg, W.Va. Teams that participated included: Woolery Residence Hall; Independent Student Council/Student Artists Guild; Gay Straight Alliance; Outdoor Club;  Phi Alpha, Social Work Honorary; Zeta Tau Alpha; Phi Mu; and Alpha Xi Delta. These teams built and decorated the huts, and the winning teams were determined by the total amount of money raised from members of the campus community who voted with their spare change donations. The winning teams were Phi Alpha and Zeta Tau Alpha. The total amount raised by Huts for Haiti was $339.50.

Weaver Presents Research on Children’s Book Covers
Levi Weaver, junior psychology major, recently presented "You CAN tell a book by its cover (at least somewhat): Information provided by covers of books written for children" at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science. The study, coauthored by John Hull, Professor of Psychology, assessed participants' evaluations of book covers, or pixilated versions of those covers, on a variety of dimensions. His study demonstrated that predominant colors on the book cover are important determiners of those evaluations.

World Languages and Cultures Inducts Honorary Society Members
The World Languages and Cultures Section (Department of Humanities) held their Honors Induction Ceremony for both the German National Honorary Society (Delta Phi Alpha) and the Spanish National Honorary Society (Sigma Delta Pi) on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in Morlan Lounge. Harald Menz and Joseph Lovano, Professors of World Languages and Cultures, presided at the ceremony. 

The following students were inducted as new members in the Lamda Omicron Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha (the German National Honorary Society): Kimberly Foflygen, Sara Patnesky and Amber Yarnell.

The following students were inducted as new members in the Kappa Xi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish National Honorary Society): Katie Heinlein, Kevin Kaauamo, Bethany Lewis, April O'Brien and Amber Yarnell.

After the Induction Ceremony, attendees enjoyed home-made, authentic German and Spanish/Hispanic cultural refreshments.

Students Attend Pirates College Media Day
The first Pittsburgh Pirates College Media Day at PNC Park drew nine Bethany College students and a faculty chaperone. The event, held on April 22, featured eight Pittsburgh area sports media professionals who spoke to the students on a variety of topics, including how to apply for internships and jobs in areas such as media relations, sports photography, sports broadcasting, in-game entertainment and sports newspaper reporting careers.

Bethany College Communication majors attending were Bryan Benzinger, Jennifer Fleahman, Nick Miller, Jeremy Niziol, Lauren Petrovich, Robert Rovnanik, Nicole Salopek  and Rebecca Thomas. Sports Management major Jared Martin also attended.

PRSSA Holds Induction Ceremony
The 2010 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) held its spring Induction Ceremony at Hibernia on May 6, 2010.   President Scott D. Miller was also inducted as an honorary member because of his constant support and excellent public relations example.   Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Chair of the Department of Communication also attended Twelve members were inducted, Eileen Campbell, Liz Casey, Ben Donovan, Jennifer Fleahman (President), Jon O’Grady, Carly Pavlecic (Treasurer), Lauren Petrovich, Anna Presutto, Nicole Salopek (Vice President) and Marcie Zampini.  The Bethany Chapter of PRSSA has been active this year on various projects and fundraising efforts.   Bethanian Dan Verakis, Owner of VERAKIS ASSOCIATES, LLC, in Chicago continued as the professional mentor, and M.E.Yancosek Gamble, Renner Scholar, is the advisor.

Bethany Hosts Summer 2010 Camps
Bethany College has a busy summer schedule with educational, sports, band and retreats planned for most of the summer.

Governor’s Honors Academy
Bethany College will host the 2010 West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy June 26 – July 18, 2010. On campus for the three-week residential program will be 180 rising high school seniors taking intensive and broad-based classes and participating in a daily seminar session, educational events and interactive activities. This will be the final year of a three-year grant award program funded by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts for Bethany College.

Basketball Camp
Bethany College’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Andrew Sachs, will continue his summer camp director career by offering three basketball camp dates.

Girls High School Team Camp: June 18-20
Boys High School Team Camp: June 25-27
Boys and Girls Individual Development Camp: June 28-July 2
Co-Ed Ages 7-17, Overnight Residential and Commuters

Bethany College alumni are eligible for a discount.  For more information please email Coach Sachs at asachs@bethanywv.edu.

Camp Canyon
Camp Canyon has announced its 2010 Summer Session Dates.

Session 1
June 20-26
Session 2
June 27-July 16
Session 3
July 18-August 6

Camp Canyon is where yesterday's traditions and today's advanced opportunities combine to create tomorrow's lifelong friends and memories. Canyon's one-of-a-kind combination of staff, facilities and programs create a level of camping that is unparalleled.

Visit the Camp Canyon website at www.campcanyon.com/index.html or call 800.917.1902 for more information.

Sport Camps
Bethany College will host three major sport camps over the summer.

Offense Defense Sports Camp will hold a three-day football camp July 4-7. For more information please visit www.o-d.com/camps/locations/Pittsburgh or, for the brochure, visit www.o-d.com/camps/brochure.

Pro Soccer Camps and DPSoccer Academy are pleased to announce the Bolton Wanderers International Player ID Camp. Bolton Wanderers Football Club, of the English Premiership, will be running the week-long residential and commuter camp open to players age 8-18. This Elite Player ID Camp running July 18-22 will provide Bolton’s International Academy Staff with the opportunity to access the technical, tactical and overall fitness levels of North American players. For more information, please visit http://prosoccercamps.com/.

For information about bringing a camp or conference to the Bethany College Campus, please email sdague@bethanywv.edu.

Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.

Applications must be postmarked by May 28.

Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 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. For additional information, please send your questions to: sdoty@bethanywv.edu.


Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Library
Heather Ricciuti, Director of Libraries, attended the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Spring Library Director’s Meeting on April 29-30 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va. During this meeting library directors representing the 35 member colleges of the ACA assembled to discuss issues surrounding the resources and services provided by the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia (BCLA). Members also received a sneak peek at the unreleased redesigned ACA website, approved revised operating guidelines for the BCLA and began planning the library discipline portion of the October 2010 ACA Summit.

Social Work
Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Professor and Chair of Social Work, and Melanee Sinclair, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Field Instruction, attended the West Virginia National Association of Social Workers Annual Continuing Education Conference on April 28-29. Shelek-Furbee convened a workshop entitled “Ten Things You Should Know about Kids.” Accompanying Shelek-Furbee and Sinclair were four social work majors: Amanda Barner (Senior Fellow), Justin T. Miller, Alicia Boyer and Stephanie Laine. Miller was named a scholarship recipient for the event. The scholarship provided free registration to the conference and covered other expenses.

Visual and Performing Arts
David J. Rudari, Baritone and Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Bethany College Choir, was a featured soloist along with Linda Cowan, Soprano and Associate Professor of Music at West Liberty State University, with the West Liberty State University Wind Ensemble in a concert featuring excerpts from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The performance was conducted by Matthew Inkster, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, on April 27 on the West Liberty Campus.


Alumni News
2006 Bethany Alumnus Receives National Geographic’s Young Explorer’s Funding

Beginning in May of 2010, Patrick “Bama” Raney, a 2006 Bethany alumnus, will begin working on a project funded through National Geographic’s Young Explorer’s program to investigate the effects of climate change on groundwater fed wetlands, i.e. fens.

Raney is currently working on his Ph.D. in conservation biology at The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. Raney and his advisor, Donald J. Leopold, first became interested in the project when they realized that despite the notoriety of these natural communities for their decidedly northern floral assemblages occurring in otherwise temperate, very little attention had been given to the response of these unique sites to climate change. In addition, fens are biologically diverse and may be buffered from the full effects of climate change due to inputs of comparably colder groundwater.
           
Raney’s first year of field research coupled with a review of previous publications suggest that fens will have a rather complex response to climate change. Over the next two years, he will be traveling all over New York State to 50+ wetlands establishing an extensive temperature sensor network. The resulting weather data will be utilized to develop models projecting site level temperatures in these fens under various regional warming scenarios. These models and data will allow Raney and his advisor to inform a number of their partnering conservation agencies as to which sites and plant populations are the most susceptible to changes in regional climate.

Raney completed his Masters of Science with a concentration in Environmental Management from Stamford University in 2007 and is currently a Ph.D student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is returning to Bethany College for the second time as a faculty member for the 2010 West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy.

Alumni Weekend 2010
More than 100 Bethany grads returned to campus for Alumni Weekend 2010, April 30-May 2, with the Class of 1960 celebrating their 50th reunion. Alumni Weekend officially got underway Friday afternoon with registration, followed by a welcome dinner. The evening concluded with the Student Art Exhibit Reception in Renner Gallery.

The Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast kicked things off on Saturday. Attendees had the opportunity to take tours of campus before the Alumni Association Luncheon, which was followed by the McCann Investment Group Student Presentation. The day concluded with the Alumni Award Dinner and a reception at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.

The 2010 festivities ended Sunday morning with the Scroll Society Breakfast, which honored members of the class of 1960.
Mark your calendars for next year and plan to join us for Alumni Weekend, April 29-May 1, 2011.

To view photos from the weekend, visit www.bethanywv.edu/AlumniEvents/Alumn Weekend 2010/index.html.

Phonathon Reaches Goal
Thanks to the support of Bethany Alumni & Friends, the student callers who staff the annual phonathon have exceeded their goal of $115,000 in pledges. Dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Thank you for answering your phones, chatting with the students and pledging your support to The Bethany Fund. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Save the Date!

Washington D.C.
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Washington, D.C.,  from 5:30–7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the offices of International Relief and Development (IRD), 1621 North Kent Street, 5th Floor, Arlington, Va. The event is hosted by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. '67, President and CEO of IRD.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Dallas
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Dallas, Texas, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, at the Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 North O'Connor Road, Irving, Texas. The reception is hosted by John '69 and Marjorie Mullen. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Houston
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in Houston, Texas  from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, hosted at the residence of Jay ‘71 & Marsha ‘73 Smith.
To RSVP or for the complete address, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

San Francisco
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the San Francisco area on June 8, 2010. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

San Diego
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the San Diego area on June 11, 2010. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.

Boston Area
You are cordially invited to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Boston area from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, August 7. The gathering will be hosted at the East Falmouth, Mass., residence of Jeffery ‘78 & Nancy Seglin.

To RSVP or for the complete address, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration -- Update
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.

The full agenda, along with daily activity alternatives and a listing of housing alternatives, is now available at www.psibeta.net/150. There will be golf on Friday, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday (including activities for spouses/significant others) and a dinner on Saturday evening. Sunday will feature a brunch. Rooms will be available on campus.

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
Bethany's Marinacci Voted Academic All-District
Bethany College senior Ashley Marinacci Bellaire, Ohio/Bellaire St. John’s) has been voted to the Third Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II softball team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bethany Set to Host 2010 PAC Softball Tournament This Weekend
After rolling through the regular season with a 29-11 overall record and an 11-3 conference mark, the Bethany College softball team earned the #1 seed and hosting right for the 2010 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Tournament.

Bethany's Jump Honored as PAC Pitcher of the Week
After helping the Bethany College softball team go unbeaten last week, freshman Emily Jump (Milford, Del./Polytech) was chosen as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Pitcher of the Week for May 3.

Bison Sweep W&J for Forsty's 600th Win and Clinch PAC Top Seed
By sweeping visiting Washington & Jefferson Saturday by scores of 3-1 and 7-1, the Bethany College softball team not only gave head coach Jan Forsty her 600th career win, but also clinched the #1 seed and hosting rights for next weekend’s PAC Tournament.

McNeil Earns MVP, Bison Women Take 3rd at PAC Track Champ
The Bethany College track and field teams enjoyed a stellar day at the 2010 PAC Championships Saturday at Grove City, as senior Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) earned Men’s Track MVP and the Bison women finished third out of seven teams.

Huge Rally Gives Bethany Split with Westminster
Sophomore catcher T.J. Zarewicz Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) belted a two-run home run to cap off a seven-run fifth inning, which the Bethany College baseball team used to erase a six-run deficit and claim a 7-6 game one victory over visiting Westminster Friday at sun-splashed Bethany Park.

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

 

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