Volume VI, Number XV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
November 30, 2012

Bethany Chaplain Travels to Republic of Ireland
The Rev. Scott Thayer, chaplain of Bethany College, traveled to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Northern Ireland on Nov. 1-16 with a group of eight clergy from the upper Ohio River Valley.

This trip was part of a three-year-long study opportunity with the Institute for Clergy Excellence. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the group is studying alternative expressions of Christian faith that are emerging outside the institutional church. They met with numerous groups and individuals in Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland to determine the degree of religious involvement of people in those countries, especially young adults. Some of the most fruitful conversations occurred in pubs, hotel lobbies, and on the streets. The group also visited a number of historical sites that were important in the founding of the Presbyterian Church and the Disciples of Christ, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ahorey.

President, Senior Staff Attend Post-Election ACE Briefing
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller, Senior Vice President Sven de Jong and Executive Assistant to the President Mort Gamble recently attended a briefing by American Council on Education Senior Vice President Terry Hartle on what the 2012 elections mean for higher education. The briefing included a detailed discussion of the fiscal cliff and its potential effects on education funding.

Bethany President Attends ICE Board of Directors Meeting
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller recently attended a meeting held by the board of directors of Independent College Enterprise. A consortium of eight colleges, I.C.E. is collaborating on academic and administrative software systems. The board approved long-range plans and heard updates on several projects including portal installation, document imaging and the Teagle Foundation funded collaborative online math program.

2013 Girls High Schools FUTSAL Tournament to be Held
The Bethany College Women’s Soccer Program will host on Jan.5-6 the 2013 Girls High School FUTSAL Tournament in the Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation Center on Bethany’s campus. The tournament is open to all girls’ soccer players in grades 9-12.

The tournament will be played using FUTSAL goals and the lines on the court as boundaries. The tournament will be a six-on-six format and games will last 32 minutes and will have a continuous clock. Each team will be allowed a maximum of 10 girls on the roster. The cost of the tournament is $250 per team.

The deadline for registration is Dec. 22, click here for a registration form. For more information, contact Peter Parikakis at 304.829.7031 or by email at pparikakis@bethanywv.edu. Each member of the team will receive a t-shirt.

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Over Thanksgiving break, Joseph Greschner and Tyler Buchanan, both senior biology majors, and Jennifer Franko, assistant professor of biology, attended the 41st Annual Autumn Immunology Conference in Chicago, Ill. The regional conference, sponsored by the American Association of Immunologists, was held Nov. 16-19.  During the conference, Franko presented data she generated during a 2012 West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence summer faculty fellowship at West Virginia University in the lab of Rosana Schafer, Ph.D. 

These studies focused on understanding the role of the “XX” sex chromosome. The talk was titled, “XX sex chromosome complement confers increased sensitivity to propanil-mediated immune modulation.”  Schafer and Franko are continuing to collaborate on this project and both Greschner and Buchanan have committed time to participating in these studies.  Buchanan also presented both an oral and poster presentation based on data he generated during his 2012 summer research internship in the tumor immunology laboratory of Walter Storkus at the University of Pittsburgh. His presentation was entitled, “Analysis of the adaptive immune response against tumor pericytes and VECs in the RENCA RCC model.”

Franko’s travel was funded by a travel grant awarded by the WV-INBRE program.  Additional research accomplishments for 2012 include contributing to five peer-reviewed articles that have been accepted for publication. 

Social Work/Equine Studies/Education
The social work, equine studies and education programs on Nov. 15 coordinated a “Read to Me Day” event at the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg, W.Va. Amy Van Horn, administrative assistant for social work career counseling and placement, developed, planned and coordinated the event which featured Lois Szymanski, author of 22 children’s books on the Chincoteague ponies found in Maryland.

Szymanski prepared a PowerPoint presentation, which provided detailed information on the ponies, their environment and how she develops and writes her stories. Following her presentation, she visited with members of the audience and autographed copies of her books.

Approximately 60 people were in attendance, including over 30 children. Bethany College volunteers from the equine studies and education programs provided the children with coloring books and other information about the ponies. Each child was also treated to a visit with Sea Feather, one of the Chincoteague ponies currently leased to Amy Van Horn and her daughter, Eden Rice. A glimpse of Sea Feather can be had at the Bethany College Paddocks area, where he is currently boarded.

Jon-Erik Gilot ‘06 Honored at Kent State University
Jon-Erik Gilot ‘06 from Mount Pleasant, Ohio, has received the H.F. Group Preservation Award from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. The award is given to a recent graduate who, as a student, demonstrated outstanding scholarship and an interest in the area of library preservation. The award was presented at the 2012 SLIS Alumni and Friends Honors and Awards Program in October.

Scanlon ’94 Named Bordas & Bordas Director of Communication and Philanthropy
Bordas and Bordas has named Carrie Scanlon ’94 as the new director of communications and philanthropy. She will coordinate the firm’s communications, community and media relations and philanthropic efforts.

Scanlon has more than fifteen years of experience in marketing, public relations and sales. In previous appointments, she has been responsible for grass-roots public relations efforts as well as award-winning advertising campaigns, record-breaking special events and product launches.

A graduate of Bethany College with a degree in public relations, Scanlon also holds a Master's degree in communication theory and research from West Virginia University and is finishing her doctoral studies in communication media and instructional technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Scanlon has presented at national and regional communication conferences on public relations and the use of social media. In 2011, she presented at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Applications regarding the use of social media as legal evidence in family court.

Save the Date: Florida!
Bethany College Alumni and Friends in the Florida area will have four opportunities to attend a reception with President Scott D. Miller in late January. Please save the dates and make plans to join us in:

Boca Raton, Fla.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tampa/St. Pete, Fla.
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Estero, Fla.
Sunday, January 27, 2013

More details to follow in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2013
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2013 slated for September 27-28, 2013. 

Atlanta Alumni Event
Alumni and friends joined Dr. Scott D. Miller in Atlanta on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Hosting the event at the Atlanta Athletic Club was Neil Christman ‘55. Click here to view photos of this event.

Alumni Directory Update
The Alumni Directory has been mailed out. It should be arriving at your doorstep soon, if it has not already. Any issues with orders can be handled by calling the customer service line at 1-800-982-1590.  Thank you to all of those alumni that participated in the 2012 Alumni Directory.

Join Bethany’s LinkedIn Group!
Bethany College has an alumni group on LinkedIn.  The Bethany College Alumni-Bethany, West Virginia group is to help with networking and connecting alumni.  The group also includes 20 subgroups that cover a variety of professional fields that alumni can join. Click here (http://goo.gl/hGD0Y ) to join this group and start connecting with other Bethanians.

Bison Erupt in 2nd Half for 92-67 Win Over Waynesburg
Already leading by eight at halftime, the Bethany College men’s basketball team shot a sizzling 68 percent in the second half and pulled away for a convincing 92-67 victory over visiting Waynesburg Wednesday night in the PAC opener for both teams.

Bethany Falls Short Against Waynesburg in 62-58 Setback
The Bethany College women’s basketball team chopped a 16-point deficit with 3:49 left down to four, but ran out of time and visiting Waynesburg held on for a 62-58 victory over the Bison Wednesday night in the opening PAC contest of the season for both teams.

Bethany Women’s Cross Country Wins PAC Sportsmanship Award
The Bethany College women’s cross country team earned the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Fall Team Sportsmanship Award, as announced by the conference office.

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

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