Volume II, Number XXXI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 3, 2009

Campus News
Bethany Announces Annual Communication Week
The Bethany College Communication Department has announced the schedule for its 47th annual Communication Week, themed “Walking the Line: Taking a Look at Ethics in Mass Communication.” Communication Week is slated for April 14-19 on the College campus.


News Briefs
Bethany Officials Take Part in HEA Webinar
Utilizing some of Bethany's new technology, officials gathered in the Humphrey Room of the Mountainside Conference to take part in a multi-media conference on the implications of the Higher Education Amendments recently passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.

177 colleges and universities took part in the webinar, conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The program reviewed the extensive new legislation and timelines for action.

The ability to host the interactive program is a result of new technology recently installed on the campus.

Christman Manor Social for Alumni Council
President and Mrs. Miller recently hosted a Friday Evening Social at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights in honor of the Alumni Council of Bethany College. The event preceded the spring meeting of the Alumni Council.

For pictures from the event, visit www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/.

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Bethany 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 Historic Bethany.

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 Completes Re-Affirmation Process
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 academic year."

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 outstanding college."

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.

Tri-Beta Organizes 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 the group.

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.

Social Work 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.

History 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 their research.

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 ICE Board.

Bethany College 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 this summer:

Session 1
June 21 - 27

Session 2
June 28 - July 17

Session 3
July 19 - August 7

For more information on Camp Canyon please visit www.campcanyon.com.

The Bethany 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.

BLAST 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. The high school girls week will be on campus from July 24 – 26, 2009.

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 sdague@bethanywv.edu.

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 a.m.

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 members.

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 t-shirts.

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.

Bethany Football 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 tweaver@bethanywv.edu 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.


Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Literature and Language
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 Writers.

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 Association Conference.

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.”

Economics and Business
Over Spring Break, Wilfrid W. Csaplar, Jr. attended the Midwest Economic Association conference in Cleveland, where he chaired a session.

History and Political Science
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 Perspectives.”

Physical Science
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 this application.

Religious Studies and Philosophy
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 Arts
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.

Education
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 school teachers.

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.

Social Work
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 social work.

Communication
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.


Alumni News
Baltimore-area Alumni Reception
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 Davis.

For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411 or via e-mail at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Alumni Council 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 #3
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 Announced
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 here.

BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
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. Click here to view the full schedule.


Bison Athletics
Geneva 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 afternoon.

Bison 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.

Bethany's 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.

Bethany 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.

 

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