Volume VII, Number XXXV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
May 2, 2014

Elizabeth Athol Selected as 2014 Bethany Alumna of the Year
Elizabeth (Beth) Sweeney Athol, a 1982 Bethany College graduate and Pittsburgh attorney, has been named Alumna of the, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. She will be honored at the Alumni Weekend Awards Dinner in Commencement Hall on May 3.

Janeen Driscoll to Speak at Bethany’s 67th Annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast
Janeen Driscoll, a 1992 Bethany College graduate and public relations director for the United States Golf Association, will address the women of Bethany College’s graduating class at the 67th Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The annual event will take place Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ogden Dining Hall of Benedum Commons as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend 2014.

Bethany College Announces 2014 Alumni Award Recipients
Bethany College will present a series of awards recognizing outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Dinner on May 3 in Commencement Hall. George Manahan, Dr. Cheryl Mitchell and Don Wells will be presented with special honors as a part of Alumni Weekend activities on campus.

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LTS 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

Dr. Miller 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 2014-15 Officers
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 Induction
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 Recognition Program
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.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Dr. Jennifer Franko, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded $63,687 in funding from the WV-INBRE program to purchase equipment that will be used enhance the biomedical research opportunities available to students at Bethany College.
Equipment to be purchased with the funding includes:

  • NanoDrop 2000c  (measures RNA concentrations for gene expression analysis/DNA for molecular analysis)
  • 40 BenchtopPriorclave (a sterilizer to eliminate bacterial contamination in tissue culture samples)
  • -86 degree ultra low chest freezer (Proper storage of reagents/samples...as of now I store my samples at WVU or NIOSH in Morgantown
  • Legend XTR centrifuge and tissue culture accessories (utilized for cell culture maintenance) CO2 Incubator (needed for cell culture)

Alumnus to Receive International Award for Education
Dr. Michael Hynes '94 has been selected to receive the Phi Delta Kappa International Friends of Education Award that goes to educators who demonstrate leadership, research and service within their communities. Dr. Hynes, who is superintendent of the Shelter Island School District in New York, was nominated by the Board of Education. This year, Dr. Hynes has collaborated with two other superintendents to focus on alternatives to the controversial Common Core standards and to organize a forum of international educators. Despite financial constraints, Dr. Hynes has successfully launched a collaborative teaching program on Shelter Island, creating two major centers of study in secondary education. Dr. Hynes is to receive the award on June 13 at a dinner and ceremony.

Golf Classic to be Held This Weekend
The 2014 Bison Golf Classic will be held this Saturday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. at Highland Springs Golf Course. Golfers are asked to donate $100, and alumni who have graduated between 2011-14 are asked for $60. Money raised will go to the Bison football program. The outing includes a continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch and beverages on the course, and a post-outing buffet and social. The winning team of four will receive a cash prize. Raffle, auction and door prizes will take place throughout the day. If you're interested in attending, register here.

Alumni Weekend is Here!
Bethany will welcome Bethanians of all ages back to campus for Alumni Weekend 2014 this Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4. Classes celebrating reunions include 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969 and 1974.
 For a schedule of the weekend, click here.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2014
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2014 slated for Oct. 10-11.  Classes celebrating reunions include 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2013.

Bison Surge Past Titans In 9-5 Victory
Using a strong pitching performance from Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) and an eight-run third inning, the Bison (18-13, 13-8 PAC) were able to defeat Presidents' Athletic Conference foe Westminster (9-5) on Thursday evening.

Bison Lacrosse Falls In PAC Championship Tournament Semifinal
The Bison lacrosse team saw their quest for a Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship come to an end as the fell 13-2 to St. Vincent College on Thursday.

Bison Softball's Run At Conference Title Ends On Day One
The Bison softball team (18-24) dropped a pair of one-run games as they were eliminated from the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Thursday. Bethany fell to top-seeded Thomas More, 4-3, before dropping a 3-2 decision to W&J in the elimination round.

Bison Football Announces 2014 Schedule
The Bethany College football team has released their 2014 game schedule and the Bison will see three new teams on the schedule compared to the previous two seasons.

Prato/Koegel Tabbed as SAAC Athletes of the Week
Bison track & field standout, senior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and Bison baseball first baseman, freshman Chris Koegel (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area), have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Dan Petrella Named PAC Pitcher of the Week
After collecting his second win of the season last week, Bethany College junior Dan Petrella (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 28.

Bison Compete in Final Day of PAC Championships
Highlighted by Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), the Bethany College track & field teams performed well on final day of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Westminster College on Saturday. The women finished sixth scoring 48.50 points, while the men notched an eighth-place finish logging 58 points.

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

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