President Keynotes Oreon E. Scott Lectures
The 59th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures were held April 28-29 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. The lecture series, titled “Sustaining Pastors in Ministry: Key Factors in Clergy Health and Wellness," was presented by Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, President of Lexington Theological Seminary, with more than 20 years of successful administrative experience in higher education. Dr. Miller and Dr. Gillett are pictured with Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations and Dean of Buffalo Seminary.
Also participating in the Oreon E. Scott Lectures were Bethany Students Maci Caster, Sarah Smith, Matt Sipos and Nathan Tennant. The four were speakers at the Campbell Scholars Luncheon in Harder Hall.
NFL Referee Speaks at Student-Athlete Banquet
Gene Steratore, a current NFL referee and NCAA basketball official, visited Bethany April 27 as the guest speaker at the annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee banquet. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Bethany College is composed of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience at the college.
Steratore, a native of Washington, Pa., and current supervisor of football officials for the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, started as a NCAA Division I basketball official in 1997 and became an NFL field judge in 2003. He was promoted to referee at the start of the 2006 season and has been working the collegiate basketball and professional football circuit ever since, along with owning his own janitorial supply business. Pictured are Brian Rose, Director of Athletics & Recreation; Rhianna Petrone, SAAC Chair; Steratore and Dr. Miller. To view photos of the event, visit Bethany's Flickr page.
Presidents Office Scholars Recognized
hosted a year-end dinner at Christman Manor for student assistants/associates in the Office of the President. Pictured are (back row) Assistant to the President Stephanie Gordon, Anne Taylor, Amelia Parks, Jennifer Urbaniak, Peter Franklin, Lynsie Mandt, and Megan Lindley. Front: Carlie Fisher, Amber Ridings, and Chelsea Benson. Unable to attend: Morgan Jacobs and Mindy Bierhals. Each senior received a Bethany mat and frame for their diplomas.
Kappa Delta Pi Inducts New Members, Installs
Kappa Delta Pi, an education honorary, welcomed new members and installed officers at a meeting April 27.
Angela Icard, KDP Advisor; Dr. Larry Grimes, speaker, Professor of English Emeritus and Dean of the Buffalo Seminary; Dr. Sherri Theaker, Chair of the Department of Education; and Dr. Miller welcomed new inductees. New members: Maci Leigh Caster, Carolena Marie Gasbarro, Brooks Mastin Kursey, Elizabeth Anne McGreevy Newhouse, and Christina Marie Schamp.
New officers include Lynsie Mandt, president; Lizzie Newhouse, vice president; Christina Schamp, secretary; and Maci Caster, treasurer.
Bethany President Hosts Society of Collegiate Journalists
The Bethany College chapter of the Society of Collegiate Journalists inducted six new members at a ceremony on April 27 at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights.
Dylan Blaschak, Jocelyn Nelson, Emily Miner, Kayla McQuillan, Candace Pacheco and Daryl Fenton are the new members of the Society at Bethany, which nationally is the oldest honorary society for collegiate mass communications. SCJ admits as members only those persons who exemplify the dignity, personal freedom and initiative that are the hallmarks of excellence in collegiate communications.
The new members signed the chapter’s Honor Roll and received pins and certificates.
The Bethany chapter of SCJ is advised by President Scott D. Miller and Dr. Mort Gamble, both longtime communications specialists. Bethany Communications and Media Arts Chair M.E. Yancosek Gamble is coordinating the national conference of SCJ, to be hosted by Bethany in October 2014.
Kalon Scholars Recognize Member Achievement
Members of the Kalon Leaders Scholarship Program joined Dr. Miller for dinner and an awards program at Christman Manor April 30. Kalon Scholarship members are chosen from high school seniors across the nation based on demonstrated achievement in leadership, a superior academic record and a required essay on an assigned topic.
Lynsie Mandt, pictured right, helped plan the dinner. Mandt is an education major from Columbus, Ohio. She is pictured with Dr. Miller and Kathy Furbee, Chair of the Department of Social Work and Advisor to the Kalon Program.
Service Learning Center Hosts Campus-wide
The Service Learning Center Awards Ceremony was held in Benedum Commons on April 28. Students were honored for combining meaningful community service with their own educational experiences in order to teach civic responsibility and promote a greater understanding of the community.
Multiple organizations and students were honored. Two Greek organizations, Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Tau, received the Spirit of Service Award. Renee Stock received the individual Spirit of Service award for her work during Suicide Prevention Week.
The Relay for Life group received an award for most service hours, with 800, and Monica Westerheide won the individual award in that category, with 346 hours given to OXFAM America Hunger/Poverty Week.
Kappa Delta Pi won Most Impressive, with its Boomer's Book Club events. Jordan Ault also received the award for work as a volunteer firefighter.
In athletic awards, the equine club/team received the Most Hours award for 560 hours given to rescuing horses. The Spirit of Service award went to the baseball team, which hosted a baseball camp for a local baseball league and many other charitable projects. The softball team was awarded Most Impressive, for work with the Lanie Bug Christmas project at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital's cancer floor.
General Special Recognition awards were given to those who have gone above and beyond to support students, clubs, groups and teams. Those honors include President Scott D. Miller; Necol Dunson, Chartwells; Ted Williams, Physical Plant; Heather Ricciuti, Library; and Brian Rose, Athletic Department.
Academic Special Recognition awards were given to Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society (with Jenn Franko) for its spring break trip to Puerto Rico; the Communications Department for Comm Week; Education Department seniors for student teacher placements; the Social Work Department for its Fall Symposium; and the Department of Humanities for Humanities Week.
Dr. Miller is pictured with fellows Jessica Miller and Amber Lancaster, Center Advisor Kathy Furbee, and Assistant Amy Van Horn prior to the start of the event. To view photos of the event, visit Bethany's Flickr page.
Black Alliance Hosts Soul Food Cookout
Students, faculty and staff gathered at Renner Too and the Phillips Hall patio for the spring Soul Food Cookout April 27 sponsored by the Black Alliance. Brandon Doman and Atraile “Lupe” Brown coordinated the event. Pictured are Katrina D’Aquin, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; joined Doman, Brown and Dr. Miller.
Phi Kappa Tau Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser a Success
The brothers of the Phi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau held their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Bethany Memorial Church April 27.
The fraternity raised approximately $450 for Serious Fun Children's Network.