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Volume VII, Number II
An E-News Service of Bethany College
August 23, 2013

Bethany President Discusses Achievements and Challenges in State of the College Address
The 174th year of Bethany College will be filled with both challenge and promise, said President Dr. Scott D. Miller during his annual State of the College Address Aug. 20 to faculty and staff in Commencement Hall.

Click here to view the State of the College.

Bethany Awards Ten Incoming Students Kalon Leadership Scholarships
Ten future Bethanians will receive the Kalon Leadership Scholarship, an annual $2,500 award based on leadership, character, service and academic performance.

Future Bethanians Honor Underground Railroad Museum Curator
Students in the Beth-Bridge program at Bethany College held a luncheon Wednesday, August 7, to honor Dr. John Mattox, curator and founder of the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio.

Bethany Professor Using Equine Therapy for Children’s Behavioral Health
Friday, August 16, OVMC’s Robert C. Byrd Child & Behavioral Health Center had a special guest: Gordon the pony. Gordon and Bethany College professor Melanee Sinclair are part of a team that will help children and adolescents admitted to the center.

Bethany Welcomes New Vice President for Finance
Eileen Greaf has been named Bethany’s new Vice President for Finance. She and her husband Bob attended the Welcome Back All-Campus Social at Christman Manor Aug. 20. Eileen served for more than 30 years in a variety of senior financial capacities at Youngstown State University.


Bethany Alumnus Hosts Poetry Reading, Open Mic Night

The Artworks Around Town Gallery and Art Center in Wheeling hosted "An Evening of Words" with Marc Harshman '73 Aug. 16. A Bethany graduate, Harshman (West Virginia Poet Laureate) shared poems from his new book “All That Feeds Us: West Virginia Poems.” While Harshman read, Aaron Carey (Bethany Lecturer in Music) played classical compositions on guitar. Carey also played a solo set during the intermission. Harshman was Bethany’s Founder's Day speaker in March.

Prior to the poetry reading and music, guests were invited to take the stage and read original or cover poems. Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Bethany College Assistant Professor of English, read a sample of her work. Her poems and reviews are published in a variety of print and online journals, including "Prairie Schooner, Otoliths, and Thrush.” She co-edited the literary anthology "Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers” and authored a book of poems, "Invisible Mink.”

Department Chairs Join President Miller for Lunch

The chairs of the Bethany College academic departments joined Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, for lunch at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights on Wednesday.

Pictured, front row, from left: Lisa Reilly (Physical Science, Mathematics & Computer Science), Kathy Shelek-Furbee (Social Work), M.E. Gamble (Communications & Media Arts), Bill Hicks (Biology), and Katrina D'Aquin (Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs). Standing with Dr. Miller, Joe Lovano (Humanities), Steve Carelli (History and Political Science), Harald Menz (International & Interdisciplinary Studies), Luke Hardt (Visual & Performing Arts), Sherri Theaker (Education), Jan Forsty (Physical Education & Sports Studies), and David Black (Provost).

Gambles Attend West Virginia Press Association Conference
Dr. Mort Gamble, Executive Assistant to the President, and M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts, represented Bethany at the opening reception of the annual conference of the West Virginia Press Association at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center.

The Gambles met with David Corcoran, the president of the Association, as well as Bethany Trustees Bob and Ogden Nutting and Ogden's wife Snookie.

The Association's conference unites newspaper and other media professionals in West Virginia for several days of workshops and briefings on issues impacting journalism.

Dr. Scott D. Miller, who was unable to attend the conference, is a member of the Press Association.


President Miller Welcomes New Faculty at Christman Manor

President Scott D. Miller hosted new faculty and their spouses for dinner Aug. 19 at Christman Manor.

Pictured, from left: Dr. Miller, Zachary K. Marshall (Music from East Tennessee State University), Mark Peterson (Political Science from Purdue University), James Yoo (Economics from Northern Illinois University), Travis Straub (English from University of Pittsburgh) and David Black (Sarah Cochran Visiting Executive in Residence from Eastern University).  Not pictured: Kathleen Hill (Education from Arizona State University).

Resident Assistants Volunteer, Focus on Teambuilding During Training
Although school hasn’t started yet, the Bethany College Resident Assistant staff is already hard at work. The staff of 15 students returned to campus on August 14 in preparation for the upcoming year. Training began with a cook out and team building exercises. Much of their time was spent at the Mountainside Conference Center where numerous guest speakers met with the RAs and spoke to them about their areas on campus. These speakers included:

Jerry Stebbins – Dean of Students
Carol Tyler – Director of Health Services  
Renee Stock – Campus Counselor
Bob Ribar – Director of Campus Safety and Security
Jay Eisenhauer – Supervisor in Physical Plant
Hilary Loso – Director of Student Engagement and Responsibility

The staff also spent time off campus as a group. They volunteered at the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia in Wheeling on Aug. 17, handing out food and water, as well as working the finish line and throughout the course. After participating in a Team Challenge course at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville, the staff took part in an EAGALA session at the Olgebay Stables with Associate Professor of Social Work, Melanee Sinclair and Equine Specialist, Amy McGreal.

Luke Hardt, Chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts and Director of Bethany College Theatre, NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Prof. Hardt has an opportunity to take part in a one-of-a-kind project:  The World Cast Movie.  It works like this:  Actors audition for parts via the Internet. If cast, the actor is sent a complete blue screen studio which he or she will then use to record their performances. Once all the actors have submitted their scenes, Ryan James, the director, will assemble it into a full length movie.  The actor also gets to keep the equipment.  After the final edit, the film will be shopped around to various film festivals in hopes of picking up a distributor. 

So, if you want to take part in a unique cinematic event, help a Bethanian get seen by a larger audience and help Bethany pickup a free blue-screen studio in the process, PLEASE click on : http://worldcastmovie.com/151abab1723b03, register and VOTE for Luke!

“Great work, sir! Grounded, menacing, yet fun. You're a solid actor, my friend! Thanks again for throwing your hat in the ring, and for doing such a nice job to boot. Much appreciated!”
-- Ryan James, Director on Luke Hardt's audition


Ninety-One-Year-Old Alumnus Continues Work as Real Estate Developer
After a career that consists of working on the Manhattan Project, teaching, and raising seven children with his late wife, 91-year-old Dr. Raymond Sheline (’43) still hasn’t stopped working. His latest title is property developer, as he’s currently working to sell a remaining 43 homesites in Tallahassee, Fl., as a part of the Gadsden County residential community Magnolia Forest.

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Bethanian Named One of Top Lawyers in California
Bethanian Stephen B. Ruben ('70) of San Francisco has been named to "Top Lawyers in California" by The Legal Network for 2013. Ruben is the Managing Director of The Ruben Law Firm, P.C. located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Ruben’s practice is devoted to complex family law litigation including high net worth divorce cases, financial issues, spousal and child support, high conflict custody disputes, and dissolution, including non-marital and domestic partnerships.

Alumnus Reappointed to WLU Board of Governors
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has reappointed Bethany graduate George Couch (’79) to serve on West Liberty University’s Board of Governors as Vice Chairman in an announcement made Aug. 16.

Couch was first appointed to the WLU Board of Governors in August 2010 by Gov. Joe Manchin III. He served as Board Secretary beginning in July 2011 and has been Board Vice Chairman until this reappointment, which ends on June 30, 2017.

Couch is Vice President of Wheeling Hospital. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of Ohio Valley Medical Center/East Ohio Regional Hospital, chief executive officer of Wetzel County Hospital as well as was the owner/administrator of New Martinsville Health Care Center.

Bethany Graduate, Lawyer Selected as Future Leader
Bethany Alumnus and Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC associate Joseph R. Williams (’06) has been named to the list of 2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer. Williams is one of 38 Pennsylvania attorneys chosen to receive this distinction, and the only family lawyer included on the list.

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Regional Alumni Events
You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends event with Bethany President Scott D. Miller at one of the following locations:

Baltimore, Md.
Thursday, September 12

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Hosted by George '78 & Patricia Davis

For more information on the locations and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 304-829-7299 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for Sept. 27 and 28. Click here to see a full schedule of events, including class photo times for reunion years 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2012.

Bethany Accepting Reservations for Homecoming Tailgate Tent Space
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is now accepting reservations for tailgate tent space to be utilized during the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 28. The cost for a 10 x 10 area is $20. Due to limited space each group will be restricted to one tent only. For more information or to make a reservation contact Ashley Kanotz at (304) 829-7299 or via email at akanotz@bethanywv.edu.

Bethany Celebrating the 13th Annual Allison’s Run
In conjunction with Homecoming 2013, the 13th Annual Allison’s Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman’s Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to pre-register or sponsor the race should contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Those who pre-register can also purchase Chinese auction tickets in advance. Prizes last year included donations from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Heinz History Center and Washington Wild Things. Tickets are two for $1.00, 12 for $5.00, and 25 for $10.00. Those who pre-register and purchase Chinese auction tickets in advance will receive two additional tickets for free. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary T-shirt. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison (’62) while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.

2013 Bison Football Preview
When the 2013 Bethany College football team takes the field this season the Bison will have a new, all be it, familiar face patrolling the sidelines, as well as a new look and feel on the turf.

2013 Bison Volleyball Preview
Coming off back-to-back 30-win seasons and their third straight ECAC South title, the Bethany College volleyball program and seventh year head coach Courtney Kline will look to capture the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title that has eluded them, this season.

2013 Bison Men's Soccer Preview
The Bethany College men’s soccer team looks for a return to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference playoffs (PAC) and its place on top of the PAC standings in 2013.

Bethany Women’s Soccer Picked 8th in PAC Preseason Poll
The Bethany College women’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth in the 2013 preseason Presidents’ Athletic Conference coaches poll, announced by the league office Tuesday.

Bethany Women’s Tennis Picked Eighth in PAC Preseason Poll
The Bethany College women’s tennis team was picked to finish eighth in the 2013 preseason Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) coaches poll, announced by the league office Wednesday.

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

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