Volume III, Number X
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 16, 2009

Campus News
George Davis Selected Bethany “Alumnus of the Year”
George M. Davis of Owings Mills, Maryland, will be the inaugural recipient of the Bethany College Alumnus of the Year Award, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Bethany Social Work Dept. to Host Fall Symposium
The Bethany College Social Work Department is co-sponsoring a two-day professional development symposium scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany. The symposium theme is “Diversity Issues in Health and Human Services,” and the event will focus on developing cultural competence skills for social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists and other helping professionals.

Pollock to Present Fiction Reading at Bethany College
Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock will read from his PEN/Robert Bingham Award winning story collection “Knockemstiff” on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery at Bethany College. The stories, set in the small community of Knockemstiff, Ohio, paint the often terrifying yet humorous portraits of people who are down on their luck and out of good options. The book will be available for purchase in the College bookstore and on the night of the reading. A book signing and reception will follow Pollock’s presentation.

Bethany President Attends CIC/New York Times Partnership Meeting
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller was part of a group of private college presidents from throughout the United States that met with officials from The New York Times on Monday in New York City to discuss academic collaboration between the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges and the New York Times.

Bethany College Homecoming 2009: Walter crowned Queen, Testa King
Sarah Walter of Weirton, W.Va. and Joe Testa of Amity, Pa., were crowned 2009 Homecoming Queen and King respectively during halftime of Saturday’s football game against Thiel College.


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Student Literary Magazine Publishes 2009 Edition

The 2009 edition of The Harbinger, the student literary magazine of Bethany College, is now available. This year's edition is dedicated to Dr. Larry Grimes, who recently retired from Bethany College's Department of Literature and Language as the Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair of Humanities after four decades of service. In his introduction to The Harbinger, alumnus and New York Times contributor Jeff Seglin ’78 reflects on the legacy of Grimes from the perspective of a former student and a life-long friend. Junior Literature and Language major Jade Bragg served as the editor of this year's edition of the magazine, and, with the assistance of the members of the Bethany College Writers' Club, selected the best work from more than two hundred submissions. This year's edition of The Harbinger features a full-color cover photograph by alumnus Kelly Medkeff-Rose ’09, as well as the visual art, prose and poetry of Bethany College students.  

To read The Harbinger, click here.

Bethany Students Visit Egyptian Embassy, U.S. Congress and More During Trip to Washington, D.C.                                                 
Dr. Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, is accompanying 17 Bethany students on a trip to Washington, D.C. The group departed campus on Thursday and will attend presentations at the Egyptian Embassy, the Department of State, the U.S. Congress and International Relief and Development (IRD). Bethany alum and Board of Trustees member Dr. Arthur Keys ’67 serves as IRD’s founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Participants will host a reception for D.C. alumni on Friday evening.

On Saturday the group will tour "Solar Decathlon" houses on the National Mall. The Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build and operate the most attractive, effective and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

Bethany Students Receive Scholarships to Support Study in Germany
Bethany juniors Andrew Eskelund and Sara Patnesky have just completed their four-week intensive language course at the Goethe Institut in Berlin. Junior Richard Kemmerer completed his course in the medieval town of Schwäbisch Hall. All three are now heading to Heidelberg, in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, to begin their semester at the University of Education (PH Heidelberg). Sophomore Catherine Papp, who will be going to Germany in the spring of 2010, is following their experiences on Facebook pages and blogs. 

All of these students are recipients of the competitive Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM, a scholarship created to meet the following goals: “The objective of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students is to promote the international exchange of highly qualified German and foreign students. Moreover, the program aims to encourage links between the universities in Baden-Württemberg and their foreign partners and to develop and strengthen these bonds on a reciprocal basis.“ (www.bw-stipendium.de/home/home-neu.html&lang=2 )

Bethany’s long-standing partnership with the PH Heidelberg is an example of this reciprocity. Since the inception of the program in 1990, more than 125 students from both sides of the Atlantic have participated in the Heidelberg-Bethany Exchange Program. Currently, two students from Heidelberg, Cornelia Bluemler and Andrea Witzmann, are attending Bethany College. Since 2002, the majority of the program participants have received support through the Baden-Württemberg- STIPENDIUM. Bethany’s first recipient, Tessa Wegener ’04 is featured on the program website at www.bw-stipendium.de/en/stipvisite/profil-tessa-wegener-englisch.html.

Chemistry Students & Professor to Present at ACS Meeting in Puerto Rico
Chemistry students Shannon L. Smuck, Lindsay A. Sobotka, Allison M. Winwood and Christopher B. Smurthwaite, along with Chemistry Assistant Professor Daniel J. Phillips, will attend the 2009 American Chemical Society Southeastern Regional Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 21-25 to present their student research projects done at Bethany at Phillips’ lab. Phillips will also give an oral presentation of work done in his lab.

Smuck, Sobotka and Winwood will present “Synthesis and Characterization of C8- Guanine Modified DNA Oligonucleotides to Study B Form to Z Form Transitions in DNA Secondary Structure.” Smuck will also present work she completed with Jennifer C. Miller and Amanda M. Law: “Synthesis and Characterization of (E)-1-Methyl-9-(2,2,2-Triphenylethylidene)-Fluorene.” Smurthwaite will present “Progress in the Synthesis of 2,7-Di-tert-Butyl-4-Cyanomethyl-9-(2,2,2-Triphenylethylidene)-Fluorene,” and Phillips will give an overview talk of the work done by students that have or are working on the model motor project in his lab. Students include: Melanie D. Ward, Dino R. Phillippi, Smuck, Miller, Law, Tiffany R. Furbee, Stacy R. Meeks, Sobotka, Smurthwaite and Kenneth C. Barrows. The title is “Synthesis and Characterization of Substituted 9-(2,2,2-Triphenylethylidene)-Fluorenes.”

Relay for Life Set for November 7
Bethany College and the American Cancer Society announce the 2009 Bethany College Relay for Life to be held on November 7. The event will run from noon, through the final home football game of the season, until midnight. The Relay allows teams from across campus and the community to raise funds dedicated to cancer education and research and to walk to show their dedication to this cause. Visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=24759 for more information or call the Office of Student Life at (304) 829-7631. Students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to start a team and participate.

Faculty Spotlight
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Visual and Performing Arts
Tracie Duncan, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and four Bethany students have been accepted to present at the 2010 South Eastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, Ky., March 2-5. They will present "Making More With Less: Adapting the Shops and Designs When the Budget is Reduced but the Shows Aren't." Presenting students include: Devon Farris (junior/Technical Theatre Major), Evan Oslund (junior/Performance Theatre Major), Johnna Valenti (Senior/Education Major) and Shane Buydasz (junior Art major).

David Rudari has been invited to perform with the Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Company, Penn Yan, N.Y., as an Artist-in-Residence for the Summer of 2010. The production will mark his debut performance as Tevye in Bock and Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof. As Artist-in-Residence, in addition to his preparation for the role, Rudari will present Masterclasses and solo performances and will assist the resident production team in the musical preparation of the production. The company, known in the community as PYTCO, is a community organization that presents a variety of theatrical productions throughout the year, concentrating efforts on community and children’s theatre during the summer season. Penn Yan is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York state, about one hour southwest of Syracuse.  Rudari was invited to appear with the Company as Tony Esposito in their production of The Most Happy Fella during the summer of 1997.

Rudari has again been engaged to serve as Cantor/Song Leader for the televised weekly Mass and Sunday 10:30 Mass from St. Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, on the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1 with Bishop Bransfield presiding.


Alumni News
Coleman ’90 Receives Milken Foundation Educator Award
Bethany alum Ed Coleman ’90 was recently presented with a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Coleman teaches English and serves as the English department chairman at North Central High School in Indiana. Recipients of Milken Educator Awards must demonstrate exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school as well as exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession. For more details, visit www.mff.org/mea/notif2009.taf?page=videos&vid=1053 and www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009910130359.

Homecoming 2009
Hundreds of alumni flooded back onto the Bethany campus last weekend for Homecoming 2009 and none of them had any trouble keeping themselves occupied. Homecoming officially got under way Friday morning with the fifth annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble at Highland Springs Golf Course.

Later that evening, four new members were enshrined at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony while the men’s and women’s soccer teams played a doubleheader under the lights at Bison Stadium. The busy evening concluded with the "MEGALOMANIA" Art Show, featuring Guy Gellner '99

The ninth annual Allison’s Run helped get everybody’s blood flowing on Saturday morning. It was followed by the Homecoming Parade, football game and numerous tailgate festivities.

Mark you calendars for next year and plan to join us for Homecoming, October 1-3, 2010.

To view photos from the weekend, visit the online Alumni Event Photo Gallery at: www.bethanywv.edu/AlumniEvents/Homecoming09/index.html

Bethany Softball Alumni Beat Current Team in Homecoming Game
The Bethany softball program held their Alumni Game to help close out Homecoming festivities last Sunday. Thanks to a late rally, the Alumni won 8-5 over the current Bison squad. In the top of the seventh inning, 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Amy (Stefan) Bergin scored to make the score 5-4 and bring the alumni within one run of a tie. Two batters later, 1999 All-American Raquel Burns-Davis crushed a two-run homer to very deep right-center field to put the alumni ahead 6-5. The alums then tacked on two more insurance runs and the “Baby Bison” could not score in the bottom of the 7th. The victory by the Alumni was their second straight.

Attention Bethany Alumni!
Have you started a new job, received a promotion or were you recently married? Have you expanded your family with the birth of a new baby? We want to know what you’ve been up to. Please forward your news to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at alumni@bethanywv.edu. We will publish the information in the Classnotes section of an upcoming issue of Bethany Today.

Student Callers Work to Bolster Bethany Fund
Your phones will soon be ringing! Bethany’s student callers will begin reaching out to alumni and friends of the College asking you to support The Bethany Fund. Please answer the phone and consider making a pledge. The dollars raised help the Bethany tradition continue. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Save the Date!
Attention Atlanta-area Alumni & Friends! Save the date and join President Scott D. Miller for a reception Sunday, November 22, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The event is hosted by Neil Christman ’55. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or via email at alumni@bethanywv.edu.

Thomas More Alumni & Parent Event
More than 20 Bethany alumni, parents and friends joined President Scott D. Miller and Vice President Sven de Jong for a pre-game gathering on Saturday, Oct. 3 at John Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar in Crestview Hills, Ky. The Bison football contest versus Thomas More followed the luncheon. To view photos from the event, click here.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations
for Alumni Awards

The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards.  Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit: www.bethanywv.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/alumni-recognition-program/.

Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.

While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.

Bethany Launches New Online Alumni Community
How many times have you thought about your friends from college but didn't have a clue how to reach them?

Bethany's new online alumni community will help you get re-connected.

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.

To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu.  Click on "first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.

If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact bethanylive@bethanywv.edu.


Bison Athletics
Bethany Roars Back to Beat Geneva 3-2
After dropping the first two sets Thursday night at Geneva, the Bethany volleyball team came all the way back to pull out a 3-2 (14-25, 21-25, 25-19, 30-28, 15-9) victory and improve to 12-11 overall this season.

Bethany’s Cruse Honored by D3Football.com
Senior Matt Cruse (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) was chosen as one of three wide receivers for this week’s D3Football.com National Team of the Week following his performance in Bethany’s win over Thiel Saturday.

Bethany's Dahle Earns PAC Laurels
Bethany senior free safety Matt Dahle (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 12.

Bison Look for Second Win in a Row Saturday vs. Westminster
The Bethany football team will try to even its record at 3-3 and its PAC mark at 2-2 when Westminster (2-4, 1-2) invades Bison Stadium Saturday afternoon for a 1:30 kickoff.

Bison Stay Close But Grove City Claims 2-0 Win
The Bethany men’s soccer team stayed within striking distance of Grove City Wednesday night until a goal in the 88th minute gave the Wolverines a 2-0 victory.

Bethany Loses to Chatham in Final Home Match
The Bethany women’s tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to visiting Chatham Wednesday afternoon in their final home match of the season.

Bison Fall Short Against Grove City
For the second straight match, the Bethany women’s soccer team played one of the PAC’s top teams down to the wire, but a tie-breaking Grove City goal with 11:08 left sent the Wolverines to a 3-2 victory over the Bison Tuesday night.

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

 

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