Volume VII, Number XVI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
December 6, 2013

Bethany Students, Faculty Receive NASA Research Funding
Six Bethany College students and three faculty members have received funding through the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, according to Bethany Professor of Biology Dr. John T Burns. Burns serves as the College’s NASA WV Space Grant Representative.

Bethany College Announces 2014 Oreon E. Scott Lectures
Bethany College has announced Dr. Charisse L. Gillett will deliver the 59th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 28-29, 2014, at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center.

Annual Holiday Celebration Raises Money for Local Charity
The third-annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction, held Thursday, Dec. 5, raised $1,815 for Bernie's Kids. The charity, which is named in honor of the late Brooke County sheriff and commissioner Bernie Kazienko, provides Christmas presents for needy children in the county.

Faculty, staff and student organizations donated themed trees, which included a "Duck Dynasty" tree, a baking tree, a movie night tree and a 2014 Olympics tree, among many others.

The event also included the official lighting of the Bethany College tree, and the evening concluded with an appearance by Santa.

Kenn Morgan and the Bethany MO Bros

For the last three years, Professor of Fine Arts Kenn Morgan '71 has been enlisting his students, colleagues and friends to join the Movember Campaign to raise awareness and financial support for the international MOvement against prostate and testicular cancers. Each year, more Bethanians have become involved in this important event, which is especially meaningful to Morgan, an 11-year survivor of prostate cancer. This year the Bethany College Swim Team raised $1000 for Movember.
Photo: (From right to left) Front, Kenn Morgan, Harrison Rightmyer, Professor Aaron Anslow, Cameron Cooper and Jimmie Gifford. (Not pictured: Professor Bill Hicks, Zach Burton, Jeff Findling and Zac Everhardt)

AIDS Awareness
There are two sections of the US National AIDS Quilt on exhibit on the Bethany campus. One is hung in the Renner Art Center, and the other is displayed in the sanctuary of Bethany Memorial Church. The quilt section at the church contains blocks representing AIDS victims who come from our local area. These quilt sections will be on display until the Christmas break. The campus community is invited to stop by and view these beautiful works of art, reflecting on the victims and their families. There is still no cure for HIV/AIDS, and a vaccine is being sought. This year's theme in the fight against AIDS is "Getting to Zero."

Bethany SAAC Gives Back During Holiday Season
Bethany's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently took time to complete a service project in support of a local youth home. To help get ready for the holiday season, some of the members put together blankets to donate to the children of Bernie's Kids. The purpose of Bernie's Kids is to provide needy children in the Brooke County area with an opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas. Bethany junior and SAAC President Rhianna Petrone presented the blankets to a representative from Bernie's Kids during Bethany's Annual "Light-Up Night" on Thursday, Dec. 5th.

Among those who helped with the project included: Petrone, junior Marina Baker (swimming), junior Chris Berg (football), sophomore Julia Mouch (volleyball), sophomore Matt Neverett (baseball), sophomore Tyler Pannabaker (soccer), senior Paige Prato (track), sophomore Kyle Pytlak (golf), freshman Katie Vallone (tennis) and senior Skylar Williams (women's basketball).

This group is also working on a clothing drive in conjunction with the PAC SAAC Charity Challenge through the 2013-14 academic year. Bethany's SAAC is collecting clothes through Monday, Dec. 9th and will be donating everything to the House of the Carpenter in Wheeling. If you have clothes you would like to donate, please contact Petrone (rpetrone@bethanywv.edu) or SAAC advisor/Director of Athletics & Recreation Brian Rose (brose@bethanywv.edu).

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities - English
Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, has three new poems in volume 3.1 of The Destroyer. The magazine's editors have nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize.

Humanities - Religious Studies
Dr. Holly Hillgardner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, presented a paper for the "Canons and Contemplations" panel at the Society of Hindu-Christian Studies annual meeting at the American Academy of Religion national conference on Nov. 22.  The paper was entitled "Beyond the Individual Mystic: Mirabai and Hadewijch in Relation to Contemplation and Scripture."

Florida Alumni: Save the Date!
Please save the date as Dr. Miller will be traveling to Florida to meet with Bethany Alumni and Friends at different locations around the state Feb. 8-12, 2014. Event locations and more details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Alumni Weekend Date Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2014 slated for May 2-4, 2014. Classes celebrating reunions include 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969 and 1974.

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

Men's Basketball Opens PAC Play With Victory Over Waynesburg
Receiving double-digit points from all five starters, the Bethany men’s basketball team (5-0) opened Presidents’ Athletic Conference play with a 68-65 victory over Waynesburg University (4-3) on Wednesday evening.

Women's Basketball Drops PAC Opener to Waynesburg
The Bethany College women’s basketball team opened Presidents’ Athletic Conference play with a 71-54 loss at the hands of Waynesburg University on Wednesday.

Bison To Host US Baseball Academy Camp
The Bethany College baseball team has announced that it will host a U.S. Baseball Academy training camp in the Spring of 2014. The camp will run on four-consecutive Sundays, starting on Jan. 19 and ending on Feb. 9.

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

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