Gamble Speaks on History of the Circus in U.S.
Dr. Mort Gamble, Assistant to the President, spoke to the Vandalia Rotary in Charleston, W.Va., on January 13 on the history of the American circus. His presentation, which was attended by West Virginia First Lady Gayle Manchin and other leaders in government, education and business, focused on the evolution of circuses in America from origins in Philadelphia in 1793 to more recent formats such as Cirque du Soleil.
Gamble gave a special circus presentation to the January Term course in Appalachian studies ("Myth Busters," taught by Laura Cramblet, Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor of Learning Resources) on January 7. Gamble worked for two seasons for Circus Kirk, a traveling, 3-ring, big top circus that performed throughout the eastern United States.
Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.
Applications must be postmarked by May 28.
Campbell Mansion Prepares for New Year of Visitors
Surprising answers come from visitors to the Campbell Mansion — home of Alexander Campbell, founder of Bethany College. Campbell emigrated from Ireland in 1809 and settled in Washington, Pa., only to marry in 1811 and settle in the house in Bethany, Va., built by his father-in-law, John Brown. During the following 55 years, until his death in 1866, Campbell added on to the home three times, built a study in the yard, fathered 14 children, established a college and was a founding member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
His home, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994, is open for tours year-round. As visitors register they are asked, “Where do you live?” In 2009 visitors came from 28 states and six countries. People from Alabama and Australia, from Nevada and Zimbabwe, and from West Virginia and Ohio all found their way out the country roads to the Campbell Mansion. Visitors come for church heritage visits, for genealogy research and Campbell research, and as tourists to see the two National Historic Landmarks in Bethany. To many it is a once-in-a-lifetime visit. For some, it is more often. When one guest came for his 50th visit, he was presented with a certificate to mark the occasion. Several times during the year buses from Arkansas or Tennessee visit Bethany and Washington, Pa., during a church heritage trip. Usually visitors tour the Campbell Mansion and Study, visit the Campbell Cemetery and the Old Meeting House (where they often conduct a short service), and visit Old Main. Many also enjoy seeing the Campbell Room at the T. W. Phillips Memorial Library, where rare Campbell memorabilia is displayed.
January is a slow month at the Mansion, giving the staff an opportunity to do a thorough “spring cleaning.” But when the snow melts, it will be interesting to hear the varied answers to “Where do you live?” again as another year of visitors make their way to Bethany.
The Mansion is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on weekends by appointment. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Bethany President Attends Council of Independent Colleges Meetings
President Miller was active last week at the annual Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Presidents Institute:
- He currently chairs the CIC New Presidents Program and spoke to 31 new presidents and their spouses about independent higher education and services provided by CIC. He has served on the New Presidents Program faculty for nine years.
- He attended a dinner, sponsored by Sungard Higher Education and hosted by CIC, at which the new book “President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II”—co-edited by Dr. Miller — was released.
- He attended the Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was elected to the four-person executive committee of the Council.
- He chaired the board of directors meeting of the InterAmerican Consortium. Bethany, five other American institutions and 11 international colleges, comprise the consortium.
- He was the speaker on “Multiple Presidencies” at a Presidents Institute session.
- He attended a dinner, hosted by Aramark Corporation, that included the announcement of a new book — co-edited by Dr. Miller and Dr. Marylouise Fennell — entitled “Presidential Perspectives: Leadership in the Great Recession,” which will be released in August.
- He attended a meeting of the participants in the American College and University Presidents Climate Control Initiative.
Financial Aid Reminder
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.
Bethany Posts New Public Calendar
To facilitate communication, a new public calendar has been added to the front of the Bethany College website. All events open to the general public will be listed on the calendar.
Brian Rose, Director of Sports Information, will be responsible for any athletics and recreation listings; Mickey Ulrich in the Office of Student Affairs will manage not athletic items.
Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:
Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Named to Mazeroski Anniversary Celebration Committee
President Miller has been appointed to the committee coordinating the “Bill Mazeroski 50th Anniversary Home Run Celebration” by Frank Coonley, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates. On October 13, 1960, “Maz” hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that defeated the New York Yankees in the seventh and deciding game of the World Series. The Committee is planning a series of events to commemorate the event.
Bethany Basketball Games to be Web Cast
After successful video web casts in the fall of selected football and men's and women's soccer games, Bethany has scheduled video web casts of three basketball doubleheaders coming up later in the season. Videos can be viewed live and can be found in the archived files by clicking on the following link: http://secure.stretchinternet.com/demo/games.php?user=bethanywv&o=cal_stamp&sd=today.
The video web casting project is done in cooperation between the Bethany Communication and Sports Information departments. Jeff Pfister oversees the project and works with interested students in producing the broadcasts, which fans can view for free.
The three scheduled doubleheaders that fans will be able to watch include key men's and women's games against PAC rivals as the regular season winds down and positioning for the PAC Tournament intensifies. In addition to the three doubleheaders, any contests hosted by Bethany in the PAC Tournament will be video web cast as well.
Wed., Jan. 27 vs. Waynesburg (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 6 vs. Grove City (Women at 2 p.m./Men at 4 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 10 vs. Saint Vincent (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
In addition to the video web casts, Bison fans will also be able to follow their hoops teams on the road throughout January and February. Bethany Sports Information Director Brian Rose will be on site when the basketball squads go on the road to provide audio web casts. Fans can access those feeds by clicking on the following link: http://www.teamline.cc/teampage?teamcode=3724. Match-ups scheduled for free audio web casts are below but schedules are subject to change, so be sure to check out Bethany's athletic web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics to find out when you can follow your Bison hoops teams in their pursuits of PAC Championships.
Wed., Jan. 20 at Wash. & Jeff. (Men at 6 p.m./Women at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 30 at Geneva (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 3 at Thiel (Women at 6 p.m./Men at 8 p.m.)
Sat., Feb. 13 at Thomas More (Women at 1 p.m./Men at 3 p.m.)
Wed., Feb. 17 at Chatham (Women at 7 p.m.) PAC Tournament Schedules TBA
President Miller Completes Term on NCAA Division III Membership Committee
President Miller recently attended his final meeting as the presidential appointee to the Membership Committee of the NCAA Division III. He was appointed to a two-year term on the Committee in 2006.
Jordan Featured in Pittsburgh Business Times
Bethany College alum and Chair of the Board of Trustees Greg Jordan ’81 was featured in a Q&A by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The article focused on his work as global managing partner with Reed Smith LLP, a 132-year-old firm based in Pittsburgh that has grown to become an international operation and the city’s second-largest law firm. Jordan was selected as the firm’s youngest managing partner in 2001.
To read the complete article,
Walkley to Pastor Virginia Church
Joel Walkley ’05 has been chosen to pastor Saint Luke's United Church of Christ in Timberville, Va. His installation will take place February 7.
Attention Florida Alumni and Friends!
Please join President Scott D. Miller at an upcoming gathering in your area.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
260 1st Avenue South #100
Sunday, February 21, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Estero Country Club at The Vines
19801 Tamiami Trail
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Vibeke Toohill Alpizar '74
Thursday, February 25, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
hosted at the residence of Richard '70 & Linda '71 Hull
To RSVP or for the complete address, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or email@example.com .
Alumni Basketball Game Set for January 23
Men’s Basketball Alumni are invited to play in the annual alumni basketball game slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, at the Hummel Field House. For more information or to RSVP, contact Head Coach Andrew Sachs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Coach Matt Drahos at email@example.com. Both coaches can be reached via telephone at (304) 829-7246.
Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.
While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bison Women Try to Bounce Back Saturday Against Chatham
After coming up just short in upsetting Thomas More Wednesday night at home, the Bethany women’s basketball team will try to bounce back Saturday when they host Chatham in a 2 p.m. tip-off at Hummel Field House.
Bison Fall Just Short in Upset Bid Over Thomas More
The Bethany women's basketball team nearly toppled #17 Thomas More Wednesday night at Hummel Field House, but the Saints (12-2, 5-1) scored the final seven points in overtime to come away with a 78-71 win over the Bison (4-10, 1-4).
Bethany Falls at the Buzzer to Thomas More
Jan. 13 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Thomas More's Daniel McKeehan's scored on a putback as the buzzer sounded, giving the Saints a 90-88 victory over the Bethany men's basketball team Wednesday night in a battle for first place in the PAC.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.