Volume II, Number XXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
February 20, 2009

Campus News
Founder's Day to Feature Acclaimed Author and Church Historian Dr. William E. Tucker
Bethany College will celebrate 169 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day Thursday, March 5. Festivities will include a Convocation at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall featuring guest speaker Dr. William E. Tucker, Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Christian University and former President of Bethany College.

Bethany College Announces Oreon E. Scott Lecturers Bethany College has announced the 54th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures, to be held April 20-21 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s “Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington (Pa).”

Bethany College Theatre to Present 'Returns'
The Bethany College Theatre Department has announced the production of Joshua Casteel's "Returns," an autobiographical journey through Casteel's experiences as an interrogator in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Five performances of the play are scheduled for April 1, 3, 6 and 8 at 8 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m in Wailes Theatre on the College campus.


News Briefs
Bethany President Co-Authors Opinion Column in NCAA News
President Miller and Dr. Marylouise Fennell, former President of Carlow University and Senior Counsel at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), have an opinion column about the application of the "Rooney Rule" to higher education in the most recent issue of the NCAA News.
To view the column, click here or paste www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=45469 in your browser.

Active in leadership issues at the NCAA Division II and III level during his 18 years as a college president, Dr. Miller is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC).

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New Student Government Association Officers Start Work
The new officers of the Bethany College Student Government Association (SGA) are:

♦  President, Randy Stuckwish, a junior Math and Economics major from McDonald, Pa.
♦  Vice President, Bethany Stickradt, a sophomore Political Science major/Philosophy minor from Newark, Ohio
♦  Treasurer, Kelly Sofka, a junior Economics major from Wheeling, W.Va.
♦  Secretary, Kelly McAbier, a sophomore Math major from Gnadenhutten, Ohio
♦  Clubs and Committees Chair, Ashleigh Gardner, a sophomore Psychology major/Communication minor from Kingston, Jamaica
♦  Public Relations, April O’Brien, a sophomore Spanish major/Communication minor from Columbus, Ohio
♦  Parliamentarian, Nick Miller, a freshman (undecided major) from Mars, Pa.

The new officers began work February 9-13 with budget hearings addressing spring requests from student clubs and organizations. The SGA serves as a representative body for all students.

Bethany Basketball Takes on Breast Cancer
On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Bethany women’s basketball program participated in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone™ initiative. The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. This year, over 1,250 programs and organizations participated in the WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative, which runs from Feb. 13-22.

In addition to the basketball game against Westminster, which the Bison won 82-74 in front a large crowd forming a sea of pink in the stands, other events for the evening included selling of raffle tickets for two gift baskets and a handmade lamp; selling of WBCA Pink Zone™ t-shirts and pink bracelets; a sign contest, which was won by the brothers of Sigma Nu fraternity; and donation cans being passed through the stands. The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha were instrumental in organizing events throughout the night and the Bethany men’s basketball team supported the cause as well by wearing pink t-shirts during warm-ups. By the end of the evening, a total of $600 was raised, which will all be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

'Kingdom of Heaven' to be Shown in Maxwell's
The Religious Studies Club and the History Club will co-sponsor a screening of the Ridley Scott film "Kingdom of Heaven," this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Maxwell's. Set against the backdrop of the Crusades, this historical epic tells the story of a young knight's quest for meaning and value in a violent, chaotic world. A short discussion of the film with Drs. Farwell and Lippman will follow. Pizza and other refreshments will be served.

New Cardio Equipment Ready for Use at Cummins Community Center
Tim Weaver, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Bethany College, announced that new cardiovascular equipment has been set up in the Cummins Community Center 24-hour fitness facility. The equipment is available for immediate use and includes two treadmills, two elliptical trainers and two stationary bikes. The machines complement those already in place at the Center in conjunction with extensive renovations and strength-training equipment installed during the fall semester.

Bethany President Leads ‘Presidential Perspectives’ Series
For the fourth year, Dr. Miller and Dr. Marylouise Fennell, former President of Carlow University and Senior Counsel for Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), have served as co-executive editors of the best practices in higher education series “President Perspectives,” sponsored by Aramark Corporation.

“Presidential Perspectives" is a monthly thought leadership series authored by college presidents, for college presidents. At the end of the year, the chapters are cumulatively published in book form.

The online version can be viewed at: www.presidentialperspectives.org.

Nationally Recognized ‘Step Afrika’ to Perform at Bethany
Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping—an art form rooted in the songs and dances of African American college students. Step Afrika completes an annual, 50-city tour of American colleges and universities from Maine to Mississippi. This year, Bethany College is a part of that tour. The group will perform on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Wailes Theatre.

Founded in December 1994, the company is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance traditions used as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Based in Washington, DC, the company has been featured on CNN, BET, PBS & NPR as well as numerous books, documentaries and articles that seek to explore the tradition of stepping.

Step Afrika’s appearance at Bethany is sponsored by the Student Activities Council and the Office of Student Life. For more information on the group, visit www.stepafrika.com.


Alumni News
Judge Buergenthal ’57 Honored by WVU College of Law
Judge Thomas Buergenthal '57, the American jurist on the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands, and one of the world's leading authorities on international law and human rights, delivered a public lecture February 16 at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown. His topic was "International Courts: How They Work, Why They Matter."

Thirteen Bethany College students, accompanied by Dr. Clinton W. Maffett, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, and joined by Dr. Mort Gamble, Assistant to the President, met with Judge Buergenthal prior to his lecture for a question-and-answer session. A survivor of the Holocaust, the Judge credits Bethany College with providing important scholarship support as he began his post-war life in America and his education that continued with degrees from New York University Law School and Harvard Law School.

Today Judge Buergenthal is a renowned scholar, educator, author and jurist on issues of international law. During his lecture, he described the diverse issues that come before international courts, including cases involving territorial borders, commerce, the environment and use of force. His memoir of World War II, “A Lucky Child,” is due to be published in the U.S. in April. He was profiled in the Summer 2008 issue of Bethany Today.

Maffett provided greetings from Bethany College and comments that paid tribute to the Judge's remarkable life and numerous contributions to humanity.

Among the Bethany alumni attending the lecture were Robert Broadwater ’07, August Gardner ‘06, Kenneth Hopper ‘06, and Jessica Spencer ‘07.

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.

Alumni Events
California
More than a dozen Bethany College alumni and friends gathered in San Diego on Feb. 11 at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong. The event was held at the home of John ’55 & Donna Palafoutas. Miller and de Jong also traveled to Moorpark, Calif. on Feb. 15 for a get-together at the home of Dean ’74 & Suzanne ’75 Lesiak. To view pictures of the events, click here.

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.

Save the Date!
Phi Mu Anniversary Weekend Set For March 6-7
Bethany College’s Beta Nu chapter of the national Phi Mu female fraternity will celebrate its 70th year at Bethany with an Anniversary Weekend on March 6-7, 2009. Phi Mu alumni are being asked to save those dates and make plans to join their sisters for a weekend of celebration that will include a luncheon, auction and house tours. Additional details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal

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
Bethany Battles W&J Saturday for PAC's #2 Seed
The stakes will be quite high when the Bethany men’s basketball team visits Washington & Jefferson Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams, as the winner of the match-up will earn the #2 seed for next week’s PAC Tournament.

Bison Close Out Regular Season Saturday at #21 W&J
The Bethany women’s basketball team will put their seven-game winning streak on the line when they play their final regular season game Saturday afternoon at #21 Washington & Jefferson in a 2 p.m. tip-off.

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

 

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