Mourns Loss of Historian, Rev. George Miller
Rev. George F. Miller passed away Thursday,
April 2 at Wheeling Hospital. He was 86.
George has been on the Historic Bethany
staff since 1986. He received his B. A. from the University
of Oklahoma, A B.D. from the University of Chicago, and an M.Ed.
from Harvard University.
George was associated with Aleppo College,
Aleppo, Syria, from 1946 until 1966, serving as a teacher and
in various administrative capacities. In 1966, he joined the
American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. In 1986, he
retired from his positions there as Director of the Office of
Tests and Measurements and University Chaplain to return to
the United States.
In Bethany, he began his study of the
family of Alexander Campbell, first as an independent researcher
and later as a member of the staff of Historic Bethany. He computerized
the Campbell Family Genealogy and published the genealogy for
George was well known and respected by
visitors to the Campbell Mansion for his depth of knowledge
and his ability to discuss all aspects of the Campbell family
and church history. He was also known for his gentle demeanor
and his love and care of the Campbell cats at the Mansion.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Mrs. Miller’s address is P. O. Box 387, Bethany, WV 26032.
Bethany recently hosted a visiting team
from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
of Colleges and Schools for the re-affirmation of the institution's
accreditation. The team's visit concluded three years of preparation
by multiple campus constituents including the Self-Study Steering
Committee and many standing and ad hoc committees.
"The visiting team recommended the maximum re-affirmation
of accreditation for Bethany College," said Dr. Scott D.
Miller, President of the College, in a memorandum to the campus
community. "As a result, the visiting team will recommend
that our next comprehensive visit be scheduled for the 2018-19
Dr. Miller added, "Please allow me to express my heartfelt
gratitude to the Re-Accreditation Steering Committee chaired
by Dr. Gary H. Kappel and the entire campus community for the
good work you do to further the mission and purpose of this
Dean of Faculty
Establishes Technology Hotline
Bethany College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
of Faculty Darin Fields has unveiled a new hotline to keep students
and staff informed about the network status on campus. The hotline,
functional 24 hours a day and seven days a week, offers callers
a recorded message of known problems with the system and the
nature of those problems. This feature allows callers to determine
whether their difficulties are campus-wide or isolated incidents.
While individual network users who experience
technical trouble will still need to call the help desk, Fields
noted that changes are being implemented to increase help desk
response time. He hopes to capitalize on adjustments begun prior
to his arrival, while continuing to address technological problems
on campus as they occur. His office is working to improve a
variety of campus technology issues, including Instructional
technology, MS Exchange functionality, wireless operability
and expansion, and administrative computing.
The hotline is operational, and users
can dial 304.829.7038 to take advantage of this service.
Spring Break Trip to Peru
The members of Tri-Beta organized a spring break trip to the
Amazon rainforest in northeastern Peru, four hours up river
by speed boat from Iquitos. Students included Elizabeth Reidy,
the president of Tri-Beta and the chief trip organizer, Susannah
Cartland, Gabriella Casinelli, Ashley Current, Sara Drews, Frank
Gomez, Maggie McCort, Alyssa Petko, Elizabeth Steger and Ashley
Veccio. Dr. John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, accompanied
Eight of the students are enrolled in
a 2-hour course, Amazonia: Geology and Ecology. Activities included
many on-site lectures, hikes and boat trips through the flooded
jungle, as well as fishing for piranhas, visits to native villages,
identification of numerous plants and animals, and a tour of
the jungle canopy via zip lines. The jungle lodge lacked cell
phone contact, had no electricity and used water piped from
the river for the showers. The attendees, however, enjoyed the
experience of visiting such a remote and beautiful jungle paradise.
Bethany Hosts Meeting
of CFOs and HR Directors
Bethany College hosted the East Central Colleges Chief Financial
Officers and Human Resource Directors Meeting on April 1. CFOs,
Accountants and Human Resource personnel from Bethany College,
Hiram College, Mount Union College, Muskingum College, Otterbein
College and Westminster College gathered at the Mountainside
Conference Center for a day-long forum. Attendees discussed
the common issues they are facing and had the opportunity to
learn how other institutions are addressing those issues and
meeting the challenges of today’s economy.
Department to Host Annual Honors Banquet
The Social Work Department is celebrating 25 years of accreditation
with the 2009 graduating class. On April 24 at 6 p.m., the Department
will host its annual Honors Banquet, to be held in Commencement
Hall. In addition to an array of student honors, the Department
will recognize a staff member and field instructor of the year.
Special awards will also be given for participation in the activities
recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled 25 Acts of
Random Kindness. Social Work alumni have been invited to attend
and added to the celebration by establishing a junior class
Honors Day award. Approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty
and honored guests are expected. Food will be provided by Chartwell's
Catering service. Questions about the event should be directed
to Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant, at 304.829.7150.
Major Autumn Mayle Presents Paper at University of Pittsburgh
Undergraduate Research Symposium
History major Autumn Mayle presented a paper entitled “Friend
or Foe?: The Connection between Catherine the Great and Nikolai
Novikov” at the University of Pittsburgh’s “Europe:
East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium.” The event
was held March 27. Her presentation explored the relationship
between Catherine and Novikov as a lens through which Catherine’s
increasing conservatism throughout her reign might be understood.
Mayle is the first Bethany student to participate in the conference.
The annual event is open to undergraduates from all majors and
offers them the opportunity to gain valuable experience presenting
Attend ICE Annual
Board of Directors Meeting
President Miller and Bill Kiefer, Executive Vice President and
General Counsel, recently attended the Annual Meeting of the
Independent College Enterprise (ICE). ICE is a consortium of
seven colleges (Bethany, Alderson-Broaddus, University of Charleston,
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Emory & Henry College, Nichols
College, and Davis & Elkins College) with a mission of providing
academic technology collaboration and support.
The meeting was held in Charleston. Dr. Miller serves on the
Summer Camp Schedule Announced
Bethany College has four camps returning this summer and an
additional two camps added into the schedule.
Camp Canyon will hold three sessions
June 21 - 27
June 28 - July 17
July 19 - August
For more information on Camp Canyon please
College Basketball Camp will be run by the Head Men's Basketball
Coach Michael Summey and Assistant Coach Matt Drahos. The co-ed
camp will run from June 21-25, 2009 and welcomes campers ages
7-15 year olds, both commuters and residential.
or the Bethany Leadership for Student Training Academy will
return for its second year from June 21-24, 2009.
New Assistant Football Coach Bill Struble,
a veteran camp director, will bring a football
camp to Bethany College the week of July 5th, 2009.
The Bethany College Soccer Camps continue
for the third year with the high
school boys week ages 13-17 from July 19 – 23, 2009.
school girls week will be on campus from July 24 –
Along with the West Virginia Governor's
Honors Academy returning, Bethany College will host high school
band and sports camps, youth retreats, adult conferences and
educational programs over the summer months. For more information
or brochures on all Bethany College Summer Camps or for group
camp availability please email Saralyn Dague at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany to Celebrate
Honors Day on April 16
Bethany College will honor many of its outstanding students
at its annual Honors Day and Convocation on April 16. The event
is held each year to recognize students who have demonstrated
significant academic achievement. Several college-wide and departmental
awards will be presented, including the Francis O. Carfer Prize
(Outstanding Senior), Bethany 2000 Prize and the Pittsburgh
Bethany College Club Award (Outstanding Junior Woman).
Full Slate of
Activities Scheduled for Siblings Weekend
Siblings weekend, sponsored by the Student Activities Council,
Office of Student Life, and Sophomore Class Council, will begin
on Friday, April 3 with a movie for all ages. Saturday will
be a fun filled day with the Sibs Carnival starting at 11:00
Chartwell’s will be hosting a picnic
and carnival lunch at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation
Center. While lunch is being served and continuing through 4:00
p.m. inflatable races, an obstacle course and other games will
be open for students, siblings, family, faculty, staff and community
The Office of Student Life will be sponsoring
a chili cook-off for the Greek Life organizations and those
in attendance will be able to taste and vote on the best chili.
Student Activities Council will be sponsoring a “Make
Your Own Teddy Bear” station and a photo opportunity.
Additional activities will include sidewalk chalking and tie-dye
All Bethany students, their siblings
and family members are welcome to participate in any and all
events as well as faculty and staff and their families and members
of the Bethany community.
to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing,
the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs
Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30
a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison
Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes
with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing
social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact
Head Coach Tim Weaver at email@example.com
if you would like to participate.
Save the Date!
Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students!
Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for
Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009.
Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided
in future issues of the Old Main Journal.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Wiley Cash’s story "Bottle Rocket"
was recently accepted for publication in the literary magazine
Carolina Quarterly, and a second story, "Swannanoa,"
was accepted for publication in The Anthology of Appalachian
His essay "What Do Charles W. Chesnutt
and Thomas Wolfe Have To Tell Us About North Carolina?"
was published in The Thomas Wolfe Review, and a second piece,
"'What Men Dream About Doing': A Conversation With Ernest
J. Gaines," was published in The Mississippi Quarterly.
He has also had several book reviews
appear in various publications.
In May he is traveling to Boston to present
a paper entitled "The Family Home as Microcosm of the South
in the Literature of Thomas Wolfe" at the American Literature
Elizabeth Hull is offering
a new course for Fall 2009, ENGL 434, Jane Austen and Virginia
Woolf. Jane Austen remains one of the most popular writers of
all time, with 14 films about her life or made from her novels
coming out in the past 10 years. This fall, ENGL 434 will pair
the popular novelist with modern author Virginia Woolf, whose
novels, like Austen’s, are short but rich and full of
life. Texts in this seminar will include Austen’s parody
of the gothic romance called Northanger Abbey; and her romantic
novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma;
and Woolf’s novels Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and
Orlando; Flush (an “autobiography” by poet Elizabeth
Barrett Browning’s pet spaniel); her short stories; and
the famous essay “A Room of One’s Own.”
Over Spring Break, Wilfrid W. Csaplar, Jr.
attended the Midwest Economic Association conference in Cleveland,
where he chaired a session.
History and Political
Erich Lippman recently agreed to review two
books: What the God-seekers Found in Nietzsche: The Reception
of Nietzsche's Übermensch by the Philosophers of the Russian
Religious Renaissance for Canadian Slavonic Papers; and A. A.
Ermichëv's Religiozno-filosofskoe obshchestvo v Peterburge,
1907-1917: khronika zasedanii, for Modern Greek Studies Yearbook.
He is currently writing an article entitled “Co-opting
Orthodoxy: Religious Symbolism in Gorky’s Godbuilding
Works,” based on the paper he presented at the American
Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies conference
in November as part of the panel he organized on the Godbuilding
impulse in Maxim Gorky’s writings.
Dr. Lippman has also organized a panel
for the fall conference of The Association for the Study of
Eastern Christian History and Culture and will present a paper
called “The Personalist Alternative from French and Russian
Dan Phillips was recently awarded a $12,500
grant from the WV-INBRE Faculty Research Development. The grant,
Synthesis and Characterization of C8-Substituted Guanine Modified
DNA, has been approved for the fiscal year 2009-2010. Dr. Phillips
will be working closely with students to complete the work for
Brooke Deal presented a paper titled "The
Shegal of Psalm 45" on Friday, March 27 in Baltimore at
the Society of Biblical Literature's Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.
Fine and Performing
Luke Hardt and Tracie Lynn Duncan
escorted a contingency of twelve students to the Southeastern
Theatre Conference in Birmingham, Ala., March 4-8. Hardt and
Duncan participated in numerous workshops, discussion groups
and networking opportunities, while the students added job search
to their activities. Several have already secured professional
theatre jobs for the summer.
Over Spring Break, Herb Weaver
had his works in solo exhibition at the University of Louisiana
and gave a clay workshop at McLaughlin Middle School at Lake
Wales, Fla. He has also recently
been awarded certification by the Virginia Institute for Social
Services Training Activities on "Child Abuse and Neglect:
Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators."
To see Pandel Collaros
at work, visit www.youtube.com/PandelCollaros,
where 10 videos can be accessed. These videos consist of his
solo performances, performances with students at recitals and
performances with other musicians in the community. The most
recent video was uploaded on March 29 and features an old blues
song by Bo Diddley, "Before You Accuse Me."
Aaron Carey and David
Rudari recently performed at the Lenten Music Series
at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling. Mr. Rudari
was accompanied by Robert Troeger, Director of Music at St.
Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling. Mr. Troeger is
a former Bethany faculty member.
Members of the Bethany College/Hancock County PDS grant partnership,
sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, have
been focusing on professional development in Year 2 of their
Response to Intervention (RTI) grant. Bethany College Education
Department Assistant Professors Janice Shepherd,
Jaclyn Riffle, Lisa Hicks
and Richard Rushton spent March 5-7 with Hancock
County RTI Team members and teachers at Best Practices Institute:
Using Differentiated Instruction to Facilitate Literacy, hosted
by the University of Virginia. This institute focused on differentiated
instruction at the middle school level and was led by Dr. Carol
Tomlinson, a well-known author and researcher in this field.
Another professional development opportunity
provided by this grant was the West Virginia Reading Research
Symposium. Janice Shepherd collaborated with
Hancock County middle school interventionists to attend daily
sessions with well-known author Janet Allen. These sessions
focused on a wide variety of methods used in middle school reading
classrooms as well as ideas for literacy instruction in the
content areas. Additional sessions provided by WVDE staff focused
on state initiatives in reading and reading resources for middle
Bethany College students who are taking
Reading Assessment and Instruction and Special Education Assessment
have regular placements in reading and special education classrooms
in Hancock County RTI schools. Reading Clinic students are tutoring
struggling readers at Weirton Heights Elementary School and
assisting with administering reading assessments to students
at Weirton Middle School. In conjunction with the grant, Janice
Shepherd will be presenting a professional development
session for Hancock County teachers in early April, focusing
on the Dynamic Indicators of Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
and its use in the middle school.
Lisa Hicks attended
the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s
(ASCD) annual conference, Learning Beyond Boundaries, March
13-16, in Orlando, Fla.
Katherine Shelek-Furbee and Melanee
Sinclair co-presented a workshop titled “Ethics
and the Workplace” on March 14, 2009 at West Virginia
Northern Community College (WVNCC). This workshop was a first-time
collaboration with WVNCC in support of the 2 + 2 agreement recently
established between Bethany and WVNCC. Professors Shelek-Furbee
and Sinclair will be presenting on the topic again in April
at the NASW-WV Continuing Education conference for social workers
in Charleston, West Virginia.
Over Spring Break Melanee Sinclair
attended the Baccalaureate Program Directors’ Conference
(BPD) for social work educators in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference
is an annual event focused on the improvement of education in
As a nationally elected member of the executive council of the
Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
(ASJMC), Patrick Sutherland attended a Winter
2009 workshop held in Mexico City Jan. 29-31.The main topics
at the workshop included "glocalization" of Mexican/Latin
America mass media, student exchange program between Mexico,
Latin American countries and U.S. colleges/universities and
new course innovations in communication.
Dr. Sutherland also submitted a newsletter
article on the workshop to the ASJMC Newsletter titled "Insights,"
which should be distributed nationwide in a few weeks.
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President
Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 11. The gathering will
be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside
the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore,
MD. The event is being hosted by George ’78 & Patricia
For more information or to register,
please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meets on Campus
The Bethany College Alumni Council met on campus Saturday, March
28. During the meeting, President Dr. Scott D. Miller updated
Council members on the progress of various campus projects,
recent partnerships formed between Bethany and other educational
institutions and goals for the future of the College. Vice President
Sven de Jong ‘95 and Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
Michele Rejonis ’94 also provided updates.
Following lunch and a presentation by
Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of
the Faculty, council members discussed ways for the council
to help the College reach its goals.
The Bethany College Alumni Council meets
on campus twice a year and communicates frequently in committee
meetings via conference calls.
Christmas Markets along the Danube
Calling all Bethany travelers to join
a Christmas Markets along the Danube tour. Seasoned travelers,
Sue (’64) and Chuck Yale have organized the trip for interested
alumni. The nine day river cruise departs November 26, 2009.
Pre and Post extensions to Munich and Vienna are available.
Discounted rates and free travel insurance are being held for
alumni and friends who book by April 30th.
Information about the Christmas Market
along the Danube experience: www.gct.com/gcc/general/default.aspx?oid=256815&
To book, please:
1) Call Grand Circle Travel Reservations at 800-353-6262, option
2) Mention “Service Code TRAA100 and Group Number 22462”
3) Deposit is $500
Those who prepay their trip as part of
the GCT’s “Good Buy Discount”, will receive
extra savings and a price protection against potential fuel
increases by airlines. www.gct.com/gcc/general/default.aspx?oid-256815&
Spaces are limited, so join us now!
Alumni Weekend Schedule
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin
on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click
here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click
here. To register online, click
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and
make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer
Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1.
to view the full schedule.
Rallies Twice to Slip Past Bethany
The Bethany softball team fell victim
to a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh of game one
and then Geneva scored six unanswered runs in the second game,
as the Golden Tornadoes knocked off the Bison 5-4 and 7-2 Wednesday
Fall in the 9th at Thiel 7-6
The Bethany baseball team took Thiel (16-5,
8-1) down to the wire Wednesday, but the Tomcats scored once
in the bottom of the ninth inning to come away with a 7-6 victory.
Fauth Garners PAC Award
Bethany junior Bridgette Fauth (Pittsburgh,
Pa./Carrick) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic
Conference (PAC) Hitter of the Week for March 30.
Announces 2009 Football Schedule
The Bethany football program has announced
its 2009 schedule, which features three opponents who made the
NCAA playoffs last season, as well as the first home night game
in school history.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.