Volume VI, Number XXVII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
March 8, 2013

Bethany College Founder's Day Celebration Features West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman ‘73
Bethany College celebrated 173 years as a small college of national distinction on March 7 with its annual Founder’s Day activities

Bethany College Receives National Recognition for Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service recently named Bethany College a national leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Children's “Seusstacular” Celebration Planned at T.W. Phillips Memorial Library
The T.W. Phillips Memorial Library in conjunction with the Bethany College Department of Education will hold a Children's “Seusstacular” Celebration from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013. .

Bethany President Joins Washington Discussions on Diverse Higher Education Issues

Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College, was back in Washington, D.C., this week participating in meetings focusing on legislative policy, fiscal sustainability, shared efficiencies, affordability, technology, and globalization. 

On Saturday and Sunday he attended a meeting of the International Association of University Presidents. The meeting focused on opportunities for international partnership development and issue engagement.  IAUP recognized Bethany Professor Joe Lovano in 2012 with a Faculty Achievement Award. Miller took part in discussions of global engagement with Latin America, the role of U.S. higher education in international development and the role of the president as catalyst for internationalization. 

Sunday evening, he was the guest of Liz McMillen, editor, and Mireille Grangenois, publisher, of the Chronicle of Higher Education for a by-invitation-only discussion of the reinvention of American higher education. 

On Monday, he attended the Presidents’ Alliance meeting for the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability. Bethany joined the group last year. 

Monday afternoon, he was one of seven higher-education presidents serving on a panel, sponsored by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, focusing on campus business and financial issues for the future. 

Monday evening, he attended an executive briefing for presidents of new initiatives of Ellucian, Bethany’s technology provider through the Independent College Enterprise. Bethany and seven other colleges in four states are part of the I.C.E. consortium. 

Sunday through Tuesday he attended presidents-only discussions on federal relations, technology, finance, collaboration and innovation sponsored by the American Council on Education.  He also lunched with General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan.

Author and Professor Sutherland Donates Book Set

Dr. Pat Sutherland, professor of communications and media arts, recently presented a 2013 copyrighted book set donation titled "American History Through American Sports" to Bethany College Librarian Trevor Onest.

The three-volume set includes a chapter Sutherland wrote titled "ESPN: Television Transforms Sports Culture."

Seventh Annual Math/Science Day Held
The Bethany College Mathematics and Computer Science Club, led by Keith Bartlett and Mindy Bierhals, in conjunction with the American Chemical Society student chapter, led by Jacob Fischer, the Tri-Beta Biology honorary, led by Amber Lancaster, the Society of Physics Students, led by Olivia Pavlic, and Bethany Kalon Scholar Morgan Jacobs, recently invited local high-school students to Bethany College’s Mountainside Conference Center for a day of friendly competition in mathematics and the sciences. 

This student-led competition has occurred every March since 2007, and consists of an individual exam and several group activities. The students were addressed by Carolyn Kitchens, visiting assistant professor of chemistry. 

On March 1, academic coaches from Buckeye Local High School, including alumna Kelli McAbier ’11, John Marshall High School, Ringgold High School and Valley High School brought 110 students to Bethany’s campus. Bethany College faculty, including Scott Brothers, assistant professor of chemistry; Adam Fletcher, assistant professor of mathematics; Mary Ellen Komorowski, professor emeritus of mathematics; Lisa Reilly, assistant professor of chemistry; and Joseph Walsh, assistant professor of mathematics, assisted with contests and grading throughout the day.

The next Math/Science Day Competition will be held March 7, 2014.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities – English
Jessie Janeshek, assistant professor of English, has three poems in the recently released fifth volume of Smoking Glue Gun poetry magazine.

Thaddaeus Allen ’92 and West Virginia Disciples Spearhead Gift of Years Pilot Project
The Rev. Thaddaeus Allen ‘92, regional minister and president of the National Benevolent Association (NBA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in partnership with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia recently announced the launch of a pilot initiative, the "Gift of Years Project," a ministry centered on, for, and with older adults.

The mission for the "Gift of Years Project" is to name and affirm the gift of years for older adults so that all people may experience life as holy, joyful, and abundant sustaining wholeness for all the days of life.

As a region, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia and western Maryland, named and affirmed to intentionally focus on the needs of older adults.

Allen stated, “The Region has named ministry with Seniors as a priority. We are gifted to live in a region in which we are surrounded by seniors, sages and saints. By all accounts this trend will continue in our regional church and in the places we live. This is a gift to be received and an opportunity for effectiveness in ministry to be seized. The “Gift of Years Project” is indeed a gift to the world and to Christ's body. The “Gift of Years” represents contextual ministry at its core and we are excited for this time and ministry with NBA.”

Retired professor and current Dean of Buffalo Seminary and Director of Church Relations at Bethany College, the Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes, said “we seek to develop and share a biblical theology of aging that provides a powerful counter-narrative to our culture’s medical-therapeutic story about aging. Our focus with the “Gift of Years Project” will be on the joys, hopes, and opportunities that come with age rather than on the horrors and fears that so often are the story related to aging.”

This pilot project between the NBA and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia will serve as a case study in how ministry with and for older adults may benefit other churches and communities across the Disciples denomination.

More information can be found at www.nbacares.org and www.wvdisciples.org.

Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2013 slated for May 3-5. Classes celebrating reunions include 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1973. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for September 27-28, 2013. 

Bethany’s Foster Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
A year full of athletic and academic awards for Bethany College senior football player Johnathan Foster (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) continued this week when he was announced as one of 29 male student-athletes in the country to earn a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship worth $7,500.

Bethany’s Taormina Named PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month
Bethany College women’s basketball senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., PA/Quigley) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete for the month of February in 2013.

Bethany's Jump Named PAC Pitcher of the Week
After striking out 14 batters in 13 innings while posting a 2.08 ERA and opening the season 2-0 last week, senior Emily Jump (Milford, Del./Polytech) was named the PAC Pitcher of the Week for March 4th.

Bethany Baseball Eyes Return to PAC Tournament
The Bethany College baseball team enters the 2013 season with high hopes, as six starters in the field and three starting pitchers are back to try to lift the Bison back to the PAC Tournament.

Bethany Earns Split at Beach Blast Behind Big Game from Jump
Senior Emily Jump (Milford, Del./Polytech) belted a two-run homer that provided the winning runs and threw a complete game in the circle to lift the Bethany College softball team to a 5-4 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan Saturday on the second day of the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast.

Bison Lacrosse Falls to 0-2 with Loss at Saint Vincent
Senior Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson), playing in his first lacrosse game since his sophomore season, had a hand in every score with one goal and two assists, but the Bethany College men’s lacrosse team could not overcome a huge first quarter by Saint Vincent in a 29-3 Bearcat win Saturday.

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

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