Volume II, Number XXIX
An E-News Service of Bethany College
March 20, 2009

News Briefs
Professor Burns Honored at 2008 Professor of the Year Finalists Ceremony
The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia announced the winner of its 2008 Professor of the Year Award on March 17 at a ceremony in the Capitol Complex. Dr. John Burns, Bethany College Professor of Biology, was one of five finalists honored. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Darin Fields represented Dr. Burns, who led a group of Bethany students on a spring break trip to Peru this week, at the event.

Ruth Kershner, an Associate Professor in the Community Medicine Department of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, was named the 2008 winner. Andrea Nazar, a Professor in the Clinical Division of the W.Va. School of Osteopathic Medicine, was first runner-up. Kershner was presented with a $10,000 award, sponsored by United Bank, and a trophy. Nazar received a $1,000 award, and the other three finalists received $500 each.

An internationally-renowned researcher, Dr. Burns is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field of biological rhythms. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant from the United States State Department and spent the first half of 2008 teaching, lecturing and conducting research at several universities in Russia. He was the recipient of the 2007 Allison Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Bethany College Alumni Association and has served the students at Bethany College for the past 24 years.

Higher Learning Commission on Campus
A visiting team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will be on campus March 22-25 as a part of the reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation. A five person team will be touring facilities and meeting with multiple constituents of the College.

Additional Equipment at Fitness Center
Additional equipment has arrived and is in place at the new 24-hour fitness center in the Cummins Community Center. The facility is open to faculty, staff and students.

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Regent’s College Dean Meets with President Miller, Faculty and Students to Discuss Bethany’s Study in London Program
Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller met with Lady Sophie Laws, the Dean of Regent's College, London, on March 12. President Miller and Lady Laws discussed Bethany’s affiliation with Regent’s College through Bethany's study in London program. Regent’s specializes in courses in international relations and economics—and in courses capitalizing on London and its environs—for students from all over the world. Courses in the London theatre include live performances. Art courses are based in London’s museums, and students explore the castles and great houses of Britain in a course in the history of architecture. The campus is located inside Regent's Park, 487 acres of quiet green space near the heart of London. Bethany student Morgan Arthur of Indianapolis, Indiana, is currently studying at Regent’s.

A scholar in Christianity in the Roman Empire who holds degrees in theology from Oxford, Lady Laws has been teaching at Regent's since 1985. During her visit, Lady Laws also met with dozens of Bethany students, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Darin Fields, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies Wallace Neel, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies Marc Sable, and Associate Professor of English and Director of Study in England Elizabeth Hull.

For more information about Bethany’s Regent’s program, contact Dr. Elizabeth Hull at ehull@bethanywv.edu.

Siblings Weekend Announced
Siblings weekend, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, Office of Student Life, and Sophomore Class Council, will begin on Friday, April 3 with a movie for all ages. Saturday will be a fun filled day with the Sibs Carnival starting at 11:00 a.m.

Chartwell’s will be hosting a picnic and carnival lunch at the Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation Center. While lunch is being served and continuing through 4:00 p.m. inflatable races, an obstacle course and other games will be open for students, siblings, family, faculty, staff and community members.

The Office of Student Life will be sponsoring a chili cook-off for the Greek Life organizations and those in attendance will be able to taste and vote on the best chili. Student Activities Council will be sponsoring a “Make Your Own Teddy Bear” station and a photo opportunity. Additional activities will include sidewalk chalking and tie-dye t-shirts.
All Bethany students, their siblings and family members are welcome to participate in any and all events as well as faculty and staff and their families and members of the Bethany community.

Bethany College Summer Camp Schedule Announced
Bethany College has four camps returning this summer and an additional two camps added into the schedule.

Camp Canyon will hold three sessions this summer:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
June 21 - 27
June 28 - July 17
July 19 - August 7

For more information on Camp Canyon please visit www.campcanyon.com.

The Bethany College Basketball Camp will be run by the Head Men's Basketball Coach Michael Summey and Assistant Coach Matt Drahos. The co-ed camp will run from June 21-25, 2009 and welcomes campers ages 7-15 year olds, both commuters and residential.

BLAST or the Bethany Leadership for Student Training Academy will return for its second year from June 21-24, 2009.

New Assistant Football Coach Bill Struble, a veteran camp director, will bring a football camp to Bethany College the week of July 5th, 2009.

The Bethany College Soccer Camps continue for the third year with the high school boys week ages 13-17 from July 19 – 23, 2009. The high school girls week will be on campus from July 24 – 26, 2009.

Along with the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy returning, Bethany College will host high school band and sports camps, youth retreats, adult conferences and educational programs over the summer months. For more information or brochures on all Bethany College Summer Camps or for group camp availability please email Saralyn Dague at sdague@bethanywv.edu.

Residence Life Survey Prize Winners Announced
The Bethany College Residence Life Survey was available online from December 2008 to February 2009 and allowed students to give anonymous feedback on various aspects of residential living. Participants were able to enter a random drawing for one of three prizes at the completion of the survey. The winners of the drawing are: Sheila Schrader, $50 Visa Gift Card; Tiffany Georges, $25 Bookstore Gift Certificate; and Erin Chalmers, $25 Boomer's Bucks.

Bethany’s Rudari and Carey to Perform at Wheeling Church March 27
Guitarist Aaron Carey, Adjunct Lecturer in Music, and baritone David Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music, will perform in a recital at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling on Friday, March 27 at noon. The recital will be given in the church sanctuary. Rudari will be accompanied by Robert Troeger, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Matthew’s. Casey Gray, an Organ Scholar and tenor at St. Matthew’s, will be an assisting artist.

Upright Citizens Brigade to Perform Comedy Show March 27
As part of Bethany’s Women’s Month activities, the Upright Citizens Brigade will perform a comedy show on March 27 at 8 p.m. in Renner Too. For more information on the group, visit www.uprightcitizens.org.

Video Conferencing Available at Mountainside Conference Center
Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center now houses equipment that allows collaborative meetings or data sharing with up to five other locations via video conferencing. The best of the current units available, the new equipment operates using International Telecommunications Union standards for IP-based communications over the Internet. It is a true high definition (720p) capable video conferencing system, having both a high definition camera and high definition outputs. Its dual 52” 1080p displays mounted on a mobile cart for simultaneously displaying both presented content as well as the remote video site(s) makes the new system unique. It can be moved from room to room within the conference center to accommodate different group and conference sizes.

The equipment is available to faculty, staff and outside organizations. Please contact Donna White at the Mountainside Conference Center at 304.829.7622 for more information.

Bethany Names New Student Financial Planning Associate
Annie Labrosse has been named Student Financial Planning Associate at Bethany College. She has served in an interim capacity for the past several months.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Paint Crews Work on Historic Phillips Hall
For the past two months, paint crews have been plastering and repairing public areas of the historic residence hall, Phillips Hall. During the past year, the facility has received extensive rehabilitation including replacement of some furniture, carpeting and extensive painting. Additional work in Maxwell’s and Renner Too is expected to be completed this summer.

Save the Date! Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students! Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009. Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Bethany Football to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at tweaver@bethanywv.edu if you would like to participate.


Alumni News
Parents and Alumni Gatherings during Baseball, Softball Spring Trips
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosted two gatherings in Florida during spring break in cooperation with the Bison baseball and softball trips. President Miller visited with parents and alumni at both events.

The baseball team spent spring break playing a variety of opponents at the Lawnwood Sports Complex in Fort Pierce, Florida while the softball team participated at the Legends Way Field in Clermont, Florida.

To view more pictures from these events, click here.

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. To register online, click here.

Alumni Events
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.

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 full schedule is listed below.
Bethany Alumni Soccer Association Weekend Events

Friday, May 1, 2009

Noon Golf Outing Highland Springs Golf Course
5 p.m. Social Gathering Drover’s Inn
7 p.m. 7x7 Tournament Draft Bubba’s Bison Inn
10 p.m. Posting of the Teams  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

7-9 a.m. Breakfast Benedum Commons
11 a.m. Registration John S. Cunningham Soccer Complex
11:30 a.m. 7x7 Tournament John S. Cunningham Soccer Complex
2-4:30 p.m. Picnic, Awards and Social Gathering John S. Cunningham Soccer Complex
8 p.m. Star of Honor Reception Renner Union Gallery

Sunday, May 3, 2009

9-11 a.m. Brunch Benedum Commons

Bison Athletics
Bethany's Terrell Named PAC Pitcher of the Week
Following a week in which she gained her first collegiate save, victory and no-hitter, Bethany freshman Summer Terrell (Bridgeville, Pa./Chartiers Valley) was selected as the PAC Pitcher of the Week for March 16.

Bethany Narrowly Misses Sweep to Close Out Florida Trip
After beating Suffolk 5-1 to open their final day in Florida, the Bethany softball team committed a costly sixth-inning error to help Westfield State rally for a 5-2 win over the Bison, who finished with a 4-6 record during the spring break schedule.

Bison Defense Falters in Loss to Delaware Valley
The Bethany baseball team made three errors in a five-run second inning, which opened the door for Delaware Valley to pull away for a 12-0 victory over the Bison Thursday afternoon.

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

 

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