Volume I, Number XIX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
May 16, 2008

Campus News
Bethany College Sets Commencement Schedule
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller has announced that the College’s annual Commencement activities will be held May 16-17, 2008.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.

News Briefs
President Miller Announces Fresh New Look for Bethany Web Site
A major component of Bethany’s new “branding” effort came to fruition this week with the launching of the College’s new and improved Web site. The site is more contemporary and helps promote the outstanding academic traditions of Bethany. The fresh new look is the result of hours of work put in by a team led by Vice President Sven de Jong, Rebecca Rose, Jeff Devlin and Brian Rose. They began working on the project in January.

Look for more functionality to be added during the summer months. Special thanks to the team and Vice President de Jong for their efforts in transforming the site.

Please visit the site at www.bethanywv.edu.

Students, Professors Work With Middle School Teachers
Two Bethany College students and their Education Department professors recently conducted a joint professional development session for teachers at Weirton Middle School. The seminars were held in conjunction with the Response to Intervention (RTI) grant, a pilot program from the West Virginia Department of Education sponsoring the partnership between Bethany and Hancock County Schools.

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Bethany College Assistant Professor of Education Janice Shepherd and Lecturer in Education Jaclyn Riffle opened with presentations and discussions about the RTI initiative. They were joined by senior Michele Glasgow of Dillonvale, Ohio and junior Casey O’Donnell of Canonsburg, Pa., who presented a collection of targeted middle school work stations developed by students in the Education Department.

Shepherd then conducted a training session about the “Read Naturally” fluency intervention program. O’Donnell followed by sharing data outlining the success of students in her reading clinic who used this intervention program. The teachers were very enthusiastic in their response to all presentations and plans for additional development, collaboration and sharing as part of this alliance are already in the plans for the 2008-09 school year.

Bethany Professor Emeritus Honored in China
Bethany College Professor of History Emeritus Dr. John W. Lozier has been presented with the West Lake Friendship Medal from Zhejiang Province in China. The presentation was made “. . . in appreciation of enthusiastic . . . support for Zhejiang Province’s construction.” Professor Lozier is presently teaching at Zhejiang University in the northern China city of Hangzhou.

Professor Lozier, who taught at Bethany from 1964-2007, has visited many schools in the province to discuss life in the United States, promote friendship between China and the United States and suggest new methods of teaching English and American culture and history. He has also assisted with student and faculty exchanges between China and other countries and has arranged for several graduates of Chinese colleges to study abroad.

Lexington Theological Seminary Visitors on Campus
Several top administrators from Lexington Theological Seminary visited Bethany College recently to continue discussions about developing educational partnerships between the oldest college and the oldest seminary of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Among the programs under consideration are short- and long-term courses designed to encourage the development of vocational and lay leaders.

Participating in the discussions were: Lexington Theological Seminary President Dr. R. Robert Cueni; Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller; Dr. Richard Lowery, Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lexington Theological Seminary; Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo, Jr., Provost and Dean of Faculty at Bethany College; and Dr. William L. Turner, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Director of Continuing Education at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Mentoring Program Established for Faculty Grants
In an attempt to increase grant acquisition for the College, President Miller has announced a new Faculty Grants Mentoring Program that is designed to encourage members of the Bethany faculty to engage in these important activities. The program was designed with four primary objectives:

  •   To increase the number of faculty involved in external funding opportunities

  •   To assist those lacking experience in securing such funding

  •   To develop a core group of faculty who are recognized for their expertise in these activities

  •   To increase the level of external funds to support overall development of the College

Grant writing workshops will be conducted throughout the year by faculty members, Bethany partners and professional grant writers. Faculty will be expected to write a grant proposal following each workshop. Upon submission, the faculty member will receive a stipend of $125. An additional stipend of $250 will be awarded after notification of approval by the funding agency. The new program will go into effect on July 1.

Presidential Student Assistants Honored at Pendleton Heights
President and Mrs. Miller honored the seven students who have served on the staff of the Office of the President since December 2007 with a luncheon at Pendleton Heights. The students serve in a variety of capacities that includes working as greeters and providing staffing for special events. They also work to support the daily activities of President Miller and his Executive Assistant, Stephanie Kappel.

Ryan Tempalski, Justin Miller, Dexter Meyers, Sheila Schrader, Mary Lu Adams and Stephanie Laine attended the luncheon at the
presidential residence. The seventh student assistant, Katie Horr, was unable to attend as she was traveling with the Bethany softball team at the NCAA Division III Regional championship tournament in Ithaca, N.Y.

Bethany Announces Summer Online Course Schedule
To view the printable brochure and registration, click here.

To view course listings or register online, click here.

For more information please e-mail onlinecourses@bethanywv.edu or call the Registrar's Office at (304) 829-7831.

Alumni News
Reunion Weekend
Please join us for Reunion Weekend June 13-15. To learn more about the weekend and to register, please click here.

Bethany Alum Launches Web Site to Thank Troops, Families
Bethany College alumnus Kirk Collins ’77 has launched a charitable Web site (www.CHAMPusa.org) designed to help all Americans set aside 5-10 minutes of their time on Memorial Day to express our appreciation for the service and sacrifices of past and current members of our military and their families. CHAMP is an acronym for “Circle to Honor American Military Personnel.”

The Web site encourages Americans to join hands in a circle at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Memorial Day, May 26, for an organized “CHAMP Ceremony.” The Web site provides a suggested agenda for the ceremony and a CHAMP pledge to be recited at the beginning and end of the event. The Web site also provides places to register your ceremony and check out a list of other ceremonies.

Collins is hoping to register 10,000 ceremonies involving 100,000 people at this year’s inaugural events. He hopes to see those numbers grow to a million ceremonies and 10 million people by 2010. All money collected from donations to the site will be used to pay expenses with the remainder donated to one of the many military charities listed on the America Supports You Web site.

Kapral ’78 Named OVAC Coach of the Year
Former Bethany track and field athlete Robert “Bubba” Kapral ’78 was introduced as the winner of the Wheeling News-Register/Bill Van Horne OVAC Coach of the Year Award on Monday. The announcement highlighted the 23rd annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Banquet of Champions, held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, W.Va.

Kapral was honored after leading his Bellaire (Ohio) St. John Central’s girls’ track team to its first-ever Ohio Division III state championship in 2007. His teams were runners-up in 2005 and 2006. Kapral is a five-time Ohio Eastern District Coach of the Year who has led his teams to 11 OVAC team titles and coached 13 individual state champions during his 20 years at the St. John Central helm. Kapral is also the coach of a highly-successful girls’ basketball program at St. John Central.

The OVAC is the largest high school athletic conference of its kind in the nation. It contains 46 schools in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia with a combined enrollment approaching 18,000 students and crowns 62 team champions in 19 sports. Kapral, now the managing editor of the Times Leader newspaper in Martins Ferry, Ohio, was a four-year letterman on the Bethany track team.

Reunion Weekend Will Tee Off With Golf Outing
With Reunion Weekend rapidly approaching (June 13-15), Bethany College alumni are reminded that this year’s event tees off with a golf outing at Brooke Hills Park. The Alumni Golf Outing will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13.

Included in the outing are a round of golf, lunch, prizes and an afternoon of outdoor fun with your fellow alumni. A box to register for the Alumni Golf Outing has been provided on the registration form for Alumni Weekend. Please click here for more information. See you on the course!

Kappa Delta Sisters to Celebrate 85th Anniversary
The alumni sisters of Kappa Delta sorority will be celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Sigma Xi Chapter at Bethany College from June 6-8. A full weekend of activities has been planned by the Sigma Xi Graduate Council. Those events include a welcome luau reception, semi-formal dinner dance and Graduate Council elections.

Although Bethany’s Sigma Xi Chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority closed several years ago, a small group of sisters has remained active in celebrating events at the College. For information about the weekend or the Graduate Council, send an e-mail to SigmaXiGraduateCouncil@gmail.com.

Alumni Events Slated
San Diego
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in San Diego, Calif. on Wednesday, May 28. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the residence of John '55 and Donna Palafoutas.

San Francisco
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, May 30. The event will be held at The Ruben Law Firm and will be hosted by Stephen Ruben '70 and Ken Bado '77. Please R.S.V.P. by May 28, to The Ruben Law Firm at (415) 399-6830.

Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, June 22. The event will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.and will be hosted by Neil Christman '55.

For more information or to register for any of these events please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu. To register online, click here.

Directors of Alumni/Parent, Church Relations Openings Posted
President Miller recently authorized the advertisement of two positions within the Office of Institutional Advancement. The job descriptions for the positions of Director of Alumni and Parents Relations and Director of Church Relations have been posted on the College's Web site.

Both positions will report to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. de Jong at sdejong@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Leasure Earns First Team All-PAC
Bethany College sophomore Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) was named First Team All-PAC by the coaches of the conference Monday.

Late Rochester Runs Sends Bison to 2-1 Loss
Third-seeded Rochester scored twice in the sixth inning and held on for a 2-1 victory over the sixth-seeded Bethany College softball team in the regional consolation final to knock the Bison out of the NCAA Tournament.

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

Around Campus
Friday, May 16, 2008
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Commencement Hall

Saturday, May 17, 2008

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Old Main Quadrangle

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