Volume II, Number XXVII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
March 6, 2009

Campus News
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Bob Orr '75 to Address Bethany Scholarship Candidates
Award-winning broadcast journalist Bob Orr, Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News and a 1975 graduate of Bethany College, will deliver the Keynote Address for the 25th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon at Bethany College. The luncheon is part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition for incoming freshmen with superior academic, leadership and service records.

Bethany College Theatre Explores Experiences of Women in Vietnam War With "A Piece of My Heart"
The Bethany College Theatre Department will present “A Piece of My Heart,” a play by Shirley Lauro that showcases the experiences of women during the Vietnam War. Performances are scheduled for April 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the College campus.

Bethany Baritone David Rudari to Span Musical Eras in March Performance
David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music at Bethany College, will present a faculty recital spanning musical periods from Baroque to Modern on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. The event, to be held in Bethany’s historic Commencement Hall, will feature works by George Frideric Händel, Giuseppe Verdi and Frank Loesser, as well as excerpts from Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” and Maurice Ravel’s “Don Quichotte à Dulcinee.”


News Briefs
Former Bethany President Tucker Addresses Founder’s Day Convocation
Dr. William E. Tucker, the 14th President of Bethany College, was the Founder’s Day Convocation speaker Thursday in Commencement Hall. A near capacity crowd heard Tucker reflect on the distinguished history of the College and offer students advice for the future. (To view his Convocation Address, click here)

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Dr. Tucker, who now resides in Fort Worth, Texas, was president of Bethany in the 1970s. President and Mrs. Scott Miller hosted a welcome dinner for Dr. & Mrs. (Jean) Tucker on Wednesday evening at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights. Also attending the dinner were Dr. & Mrs. Rodney B. Hurl. Dr. Hurl is Trustee emeritus of the College and a member of the Class of 1952. Dr. Tucker is Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Christian University. The President’s Cabinet also attended the event.

Beautiful spring weather cooperated for the 169th Founder’s Day. Dr. Miller hosted a luncheon for church leaders in the newly renovated Augustino Room in the Benedum Commons followed by the annual Wreath Ceremony at the Campbell Cemetery. Rev. Thad Allen, Bethany graduate and Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was the speaker.

Morlan Express Eatery Becomes Bethany Beanery
Bethany College and Chartwell’s Dining Service are pleased to announce the selection of a new name for the Morlan Express Eatery. A contest was held during the first month of Spring Semester to rename the coffee shop and café area in Morlan Lobby. More than fifty new names were suggested by 31 students, faculty and staff. The winning entry was submitted by senior Dante Fuscardo. The “Bethany Beanery” will be receiving new signage, menu boards and updated brochures in the coming months.

 

Bethany Wall of Presidents
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Michele Rejoinis (left) and President Scott D. Miller visit the new Bethany College Wall of Presidents in the Board of Trustees Room of Old Main. Each of Bethany's 19 presidents is displayed in consistent bronze etchings taken from their official presidential pictures and portraits.

 

Bethany Art Students to Display Strauss-Inspired Paintings at Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Concert
Painting students of Kenn Morgan, Professor of Fine Arts, were invited to create works inspired by Richard Strauss' 1898 celebrated composition, “Ein Heldenleben.” Maestro André Raphel Smith, Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, came to Bethany and talked with the class about the music and its meanings to further inform their responses. The students listened to "A Hero’s Life" for almost two weeks and will display the results in conjunction with the March 6 Wheeling Symphony Orchestra concert.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the John Marshall Center for the Performing Arts in Glen Dale. Contact Kenn Morgan at 304-829-7824 or kmorgan@bethanywv.edu for more information.

Master Planning Sessions Continue
Performa Higher Education was back on Bethany’s campus this week meeting with various college constituencies to share that preliminary findings concerning Bethany’s Master Plan. These findings included issues related to deferred maintenance, and future residence hall, academic, athletic and student facilities. They met with faculty, staff and students to get their input concerning the recommendations. Performa will be back to campus in April and will present a final plan to the Bethany College Board of Trustees during their meeting in May.

Members of the committee include: President Scott D. Miller, Trustee Gary Novak, Vice presidents Sven de Jong, Darin Fields and William Kiefer, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Gary Kappel, Dean of Students Elizabeth de Jong, Executive Assistant to the President Stephanie Kappel, Director of the Physical Plant Ted Williams, Dr. Mark Affeltranger and Professor Kathy-Shelek-Furbee, alumnus Jason Haswell and students Lindsay Sobotka, and Chris Smurthwaite.

Bethany President Hosts Reception to Welcome New Dean of the Faculty
President and Mrs. Miller hosted a campus community reception last week at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights to welcome new Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty Dr. Darin Fields.  Dr. Fields joined the Bethany family on February 16.  

Dr. Fields comes to Bethany from Wilkes (PA) University where he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Arizona, master of arts in English and Ph.D. in English, both from the University of Delaware.  He resides in historic Highland Hearth, the deanís house at Bethany.

Siblings Weekend to Feature Movie, Carnival, Chili Cook-Off and More!
Siblings weekend, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, Office of Student Life and Sophomore Class Council, will kick off on April 3 with a movie for all ages. Saturday will be a fun-filled day with the Sibs Carnival starting at 11 a.m. Chartwell’s will host a picnic and carnival lunch at the Recreation Center. From lunch to 4 p.m., a variety of games will be held, including inflatable races and an obstacle course. In addition, the Office of Student Life will sponsor a chili cook-off for the Greek Life organizations, and those in attendance will be able to taste and vote on the best chili. The Student Activities Council will sponsor a “Make Your Own Teddy Bear” station and a photo opportunity. Other activities will include sidewalk chalking and the opportunity to create tie-dyed t-shirts.

Students, siblings and family members are welcome to be involved in any and all events. Faculty and staff families and community members are also encouraged to participate.

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.

Bethany Psychology Students, Faculty Present Research at Pittsburgh Conference
Shannon Finch and Mary Lu Adams will present posters at the Eastern Psychological Association conference on March 6 at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. Under the guidance of Dr. Katrina Cooper, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of First Year Studies, both students have collected and analyzed data and written reports on their findings. Finch’s poster is an examination of the phenomenon of gender stereotype threat in mathematics, while Adams’ poster focuses upon perceptions of men and women who spread rumors about others.

Dr. John Hull, Professor of Psychology, will chair a session on Teaching Psychology. In addition, he will present a poster concerning gender-stereotyped toys, along with Dr. Debra Hull, Professor of Psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University, and Bethany alumna Christina Knopp ‘08.

Bethany Women’s Month Showcases Health, Safety and Entertainment
In honor of Women’s Month, celebrated annually in March, Bethany will host a variety of activities addressing women’s issues. The Fifth Annual Safety Walk will be held March 9 at 8 p.m. and will alert participants to areas of concern on campus. Attendees should meet in front of Old Main, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a flashlight if possible. An STD Clinic will be offered March 10, from 1-4 p.m. at Byrd Health Services. No appointment is necessary. A movie night, featuring “The Women,” will be held March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Maxwell’s. A comedy show with the Upright Citizens Brigade will be held March 27 at 8 p.m. in Renner Too. In addition, a book discussion will take place March 30, 4:30-6 p.m., in the Berkman Room. Discussion will focus on “Bitter is the New Black,” by Jen Lancaster. Also, watch for more details to come about the “Power of Women” conference, which will be held March 28 from 1-4 p.m. in Benedum Commons.

Bethany Women’s Month is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Student Activities Council and Counseling.

Media Writing and Integrated Communication Classes Visit WPXI Studio
On February 25 Bethany college students from the classes of Media Writing and Integrated Marketing Communication visited the new WPXI TV facility in Pittsburgh. Eighteen students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, attended. Participants toured the facility and gained a greater understanding of what is involved in the production and engineering of news casts.

Director of Engineering Annette Parks led a forum discussing the aspects and operations of her department. Five other members of her team explained the past, present and future of new technology. Dean Iampietro ‘91, a Bethany Communication alumnus, addressed the group during the lunch session of the tour.

Student Tom Nelson said, “The trip was very interesting and informative, and it was much more technical than I have ever imagined.”

Professor Herb Weaver Wins First Place Merit Award in Winter Art Exhibition
On March 1, Herb Weaver, Bethany’s Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Fine Arts, received a "First Place Merit Award" at the Center of Music and Art in the 2009 Winter Art Exhibition. The event was held in Wintersville, Ohio. Weaver’s award-winning piece, titled "High Voltage," garnered acclaim in the "Mixed Media" category, a step outside of the ceramic artwork for which he is known.

"I hope to continue working in a variety of media," Weaver said. "It's not only challenging but also keeps me in better sync with the students’ needs."

Two works of ceramic sculpture by Herb were also juried into the "Crosscurrents" competition at the Stifel Art Center in Wheeling and will be on display through April 3.

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.


Alumni News
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.

Alumni Events
SAVE THE DATE-
Save the date and plan to join Bethany Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in your area.

Charleston, W.Va.
Friday, March 20, 2009
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at the home of
Bob '88 & Susanne Coffield

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.

Get Free Bethany Wallpaper Downloads From Website
Free Bethany College wallpaper downloads for your laptop or home computer are now just a click or two away on the College website. Computer users have their choice of eight images depicting various familiar Bethany vistas, including Old Main, Gresham Garden, Commencement Hall and the Campbell Mansion.

To get your Bethany College wallpaper, visit www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/bethany-wallpaper/ and follow the directions for downloading the wallpaper — PC or Mac — are at the bottom of the page.

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. The weekend will be packed full of activities that include a golf scramble and an alumni soccer tournament. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.


Bison Athletics
Alumni & Parent Relations to Host Gatherings in Florida
Save the date and plan to join Bethany Parents, Alumni and Friends at receptions with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Florida.

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Baseball - Game starts at 8:45 a.m.
Picnic reception to follow at 11:30 a.m.
at Lawnwood Sports Complex
1302 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, Fla.

Sunday, March 15, 2009
Softball - Game starts at 9:00 a.m.
Picnic reception to follow at 11:30 a.m.
at Legends Way Ball Field
2350 Legends Way Blvd.
Clermont, Fla.

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

Bison Nipped at Behrend in ECAC Quarterfinal
The Bethany men’s basketball team’s season came to an end Wednesday night with a 73-69 loss at Penn State Behrend in the ECAC South Tournament Quarterfinals.

Bethany Places Three on All-PAC Teams
The Bethany men’s basketball team had three players selected for All-PAC honors Tuesday when the conference office released the postseason all-star teams.

Three Bison Awarded All-PAC Accolades
Three Bethany women’s basketball players were named All-PAC when the all-conference teams were announced Friday night between the league’s tournament semifinal games at Thomas More.

Bethany Names Veteran Coach Struble New Def. Coordinator
Bethany Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach Tim Weaver has announced that Bill Struble, the former long-time head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan, is the Bison’s new defensive coordinator.

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

 

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