Volume I, Number XIV
An E-News Service of Bethany College
April 11, 2008

Campus News
Bethany Junior Receives Shaw Travel Award
Bethany College’s Casey Gray of Wheeling, W.Va. has been selected as this year’s recipient of the College’s Benjamin Chandler Shaw Travel Award. Gray, a junior Music Major with a Vocal Track, will use the grant to participate in the prestigious Schlern International Music Festival at the tiny resort town of Voels am Schlern in northern Italy this summer.

Bethany Welcomes Portrayal of Pearl S. Buck
Noted actress and researcher Karen Vuranch will be bringing her portrayal of the late Pearl S. Buck, renowned West Virginia author and social activist, to Bethany College’s Wailes Theater at the Steinman Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, April 15 at 8:30 p.m.

TV Personality to Lead Ghost Hunt at Bethany
Chris Fleming, co-host of the Biography Channel’s “Dead Famous” series and one of the nation’s most popular authorities on paranormal and supernatural phenomena, will be giving a unique presentation at Weimer Lecture Hall in Bethany College’s Richardson Hall of Science on Saturday, April 12 at 9 p.m.

Bethany Fraternity Hosts Charity Spaghetti Dinner
The brothers of Bethany College’s Phi Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity will hold their fifth annual Charity Spaghetti Dinner from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 at the Bethany Memorial Church. All proceeds will benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which is Phi Kappa Tau’s national philanthropy.

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Bethany Announces Summer Online Course Schedule
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For more information please e-mail onlinecourses@bethanywv.edu or call the registrar's Office at 304-829-7831.

International Tea Party Draws Crowd
The International Student Association (ISA) and Bethany College’s Office of International and Diversity Services welcomed a number of community members, faculty and students to Phillips Hall on Friday, April 4 for the annual International Tea Party.

Those in attendance were treated to a true multi-cultural event, sampling teas from Japan, India, Turkey, Russia, Jamaica, Germany, China, Jordan and Poland. Numerous appetizers and desserts were also provided, including German hefezopf with nutella, Jamaican rum cake, Romanian pastries and apple cake, Gambian pineapple cake and Israeli burekas. One of the evening’s highlights was a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Organizers expressed their gratitude to Anju Ramjee, Fujiko Sawtarie, Michiko Oda and Sachiko Wood along with their guests, James and Kathleen Keegan, Andrea Veithen, Margo Carr, Mericia Chambers, Marissa Perelstine, Temeitayo Biobaku, Laura Strassguetl and Susanne Katterman for taking the time to share their recipes and their cultures with the College community.

Sexual Assault Survivor Speaks At Bethany
Author and sexual assault survivor Marlane Zillman Renner came to the Bethany campus Wednesday night to deliver an inspirational talk about her ultimate triumph over tragedy. Raped at the age of 12 by a stranger, Renner struggled through 17 years of nightmares and dysfunctional relationships before facing her fears, forgiving her attacker and embarking on a journey of emotional healing that continues today.

Renner discussed her book, The Elephant in My Living Room, which she said was written to help others find their own path to healing. Renner told the audience that the principles she embraced in her book are designed to help people identify the“elephant” – divorce, alcoholism, addictions, abuse, etc. – in their own living room and kick-start the healing process.

Bethany Senior Earns Statewide Honor
Sarah Goho, a Senior German Major with a Secondary Education Minor from Sommerhausen, Germany, has been honored as one of West Virginia’s “Outstanding Students” by the West Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (WV-AATG). Goho received the award last week at the WV-AATG Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with a statewide workshop on “Meaningful Art Integration in the German Classroom” at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Goho was accompanied to the workshop by two of her Bethany instructors. Dr. Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Culture, and Tessa Wegener, Lecturer in World Languages and Culture, represented the College at the event. Dr. Menz presented a section of the workshop entitled “Postage Stamps: Tiny Artworks With Huge Potential.” During the workshop, Dr. Menz was elected to his second two-year term as President of the WV-AATG.

Bethany Celebrates Siblings Weekend
Bethany College celebrated its annual Siblings Weekend Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6 with a variety of activities and entertainment. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council and the Sophomore Class Council, the event opened with a bang on Friday night when nearly 150 people attended a performance by nationally-renowned mentalist Craig Karges at Renner Too.

According to Associate Dean of Students Brian Fernandes, several hundred students, siblings, alumni, faculty, staff and community members flocked to the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center for Saturday afternoon’s Carnival. The Senior Art Show Reception at Renner Union and the BOHO Ball in Renner Too were also well attended on Saturday night. The weekend festivities closed on Sunday with another good crowd at Renner Too for the Freshman Class Council Talent Show.

Physical Education Majors Attend National Convention
Dr. Wallace B. Neel, Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies and Dean of Professional Studies, and six Physical Education Majors are attending the 123rd annual American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend as an activity of the Physical Education Club. The event runs through Sunday at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Dr. Neel said this marks the eighth consecutive year that the club, through a combination of club fundraising and support from the Student Government Association, has been able to send representatives to the AAHPERD national convention. The College’s PE Club also sent two students to West Virginia’s AAHPERD state convention in Charleston during the fall.

The six Physical Education majors who accompanied Dr. Neel to Texas were Terry Akers of Barnesville, Ohio; Caelyn DiSanti of Tarentum, Pa.; Staci Luehm of McKeesport, Pa.; Taylor McNeil of Old Saybrook, Conn.; Gary Valusek of Uniontown, Pa.; and Brad Zink of Washington Court House, Ohio.

Bethany Senior Announces Recital
Bethany College senior Jonathan Bashioum will perform his Senior Recital on Sunday, April 20, beginning at 3 p.m., at the Bethany Memorial Church.

Bashioum, a Music Major from Bentleyville, Pa., will sing selected pieces from works by Robert Schumann, Gabriel Faure, Aaron Copeland and Mozart. Bashioum will also be performing selections by Bach and Paganini with the Bethany College Classical Guitar Ensemble.

Bashioum is the son of Robert and Lisa Bashioum of Bentleyville, Pa. His Senior Recital was overseen by David Rudari, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts-Music at Bethany, and Aaron Carey, Lecturer in Fine Arts at the College.

53rd Annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures Held
A large crowd of 75 participants, including Ministers from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia gathered at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany as Dr. Marvin Meyer presented the 2008 Oreon E. Scott Lectures.

Dr. Meyer (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University; M. Div., Calvin Theological Seminary) is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and Co-Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University. Using as his theme Disciples and Gospels – Lost and Found, Dr. Meyer gave individual presentations on the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Judas.

Bethany College preministerial students were introduced at Monday’s Timothy luncheon and Dr. Dan P. Moseley, Herald B. Monroe Professor of Practical Parish Ministry, Christian Theological Seminary, was the luncheon speaker.

Equestrian Club Team Riders Compete at Nationals
All three equestrian club teams have had very successful showing seasons. Ashley Anderson, captain of the Dressage team has qualified for Nationals and is currently the top-ranked Dressage rider at First Level in the Region. Joanna Mongelluzzo has qualified for Nationals for the Western team as well and will be competing in Los Angeles in May. The Hunt Seat team finished the year in 3rd place in the Region. Jennifer Herron qualified for Regionals and placed 3rd in Novice Flat. Kaelin Creange also qualified for Regionals and earned 5th place in the Cacchione Cup making her the 5th ranked Hunt Seat rider in the Region.

Bethany Students Head To Russia For Spring Break
Bethany College Assistant Professor of History Dr. Erich Lippmann led 11 students from the International Relations and Political Awareness Clubs on a seven-day excursion to Russia over Spring Break. The group met with professors from the Department of Public Administration at Moscow State University and toured the university grounds.

They also visited numerous historical, cultural and religious sites. Included on their tour were Red Square, the Kremlin, the old KGB headquarters and St. Basil’s Cathedral along with the new Church of Christ the Savior, the largest Orthodox church in the world.

Bethany Professor Receives Grant to Upgrade Instrumentation
Dr. Daniel J. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received an $8,800 grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh to upgrade the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer in the chemistry department. The instrument is used in both the teaching laboratories and for student research projects. The NMR is used to determine the structure of compounds.

Bethany Professors Present Papers At Conference
Drs. Erich Lippmann and Dr. Marc Sable of the Department of History and Political Science will present papers this afternoon at Bethany College’s International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights, Individualism and Globalization. Both presentations will be delivered during Session Four, which runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Academic Parlour at Old Main.

Dr. Sable’s paper is titled, “The Moral Grandeur of a Bill of Lading: Lincoln, Prudence and the Emancipation Proclamation.” Dr. Lippmann will speak on “The Personalist Alternative: Russian, French or Both.”

German Club Presents ‘Kinders Garten’
The Bethany College German Club took advantage of last weekend’s Kids Korner Story Time Series at the Mary Cutlip Center for Library and Information Technology to entertain the youngsters with a presentation of “Kinders Garten.”

With Siblings Weekend also being celebrated on campus, several younger brothers and sisters of current Bethany students were able to participate in activities, games and crafts revolving around a springtime theme.

Campbell Mansion Visitors
On Thursday, April 3, members of the Ten Mile Christian Church from Meridian, Ida., visited the Campbell Mansion, Campbell Cemetery and the Old Meeting House as part of their Church Heritage Tour. They traveled to Cane Ridge in Kentucky after their visit to Bethany.

Historic Bethany also received visitors from Pastor’s classes from several Disciples churches on Saturday, April 5. First Christian Church, Zanesville, Ohio, brought eight students; First Christian Church, Alliance, Ohio, brought 20 students; and First Christian Church, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, brought 10 students. After a guided Mansion tour, the students visited the Campbell Cemetery, had lunch on campus, and ended with a short visit to the Old Meeting House.

16th Annual Bethany College United Nations Model Conference
The Department of History and Political Science hosted the 16th annual Bethany College Model United Nations Conference last week at the Mountainside Conference Center. In their role as delegates from various United Nations member states, participants from local high schools presented position papers, engaged in debates and voted on resolutions.

The conference was chaired by Bethany students from the International Relations Club and supervised by Dr. Clinton Maffet, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science.

Dr. Miller Interviewed on WTVX
Click here to view Dr. Miller's first WTVX interview.

Alumni News
Bethany Alum Selected to Participate in Summer Institute
Laura Cramblet '72 has been selected to participate in Ferrum College's National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, "Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up-Close", June 8 - July 4. She will be focusing her efforts on creating an Appalachian studies database and on corroborative information literacy initiatives for freshmen studies.

Only 15 scholars throughout the country were selected for the institute.

Alumni Events Slated
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, April 12. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Union League Club's French Room. The event is being hosted and underwritten through the generosity of Arthur '62 and Charlene Low.

Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Tuesday, April 22. The event will be held in the Tour Theatre at PNC Park from 5:30 p.m. to game time. Hosted by Board of Trustees Member Robert Nutting, the event will precede the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the Florida Marlins. R.s.v.p. by April 18, 2008 to reserve discounted tickets for the game following the reception.

*Reservations are required for attendance at this event.

New York
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, April 30. The event will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the residence of Dr. Linda Donelle Lewis '61 in New York City.

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.

Directors of Alumni/Parent, Church Relations Openings Posted
President Miller recently authorized the advertisement of two positions within the Office of Institutional Advancement. The job descriptions for the positions of Director of Alumni and Parents Relations and Director of Church Relations have been posted on the College's Web site.

Both positions will report to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. de Jong at sdejong@bethanywv.edu.

Bison Athletics
Record Falls, Two Qualify for ECAC's at Geneva Track Meet
The Bethany College track and field teams enjoyed a stellar day at the Geneva PAC Quad Meet Wednesday afternoon, as the men’s team finished first out of four schools and the women took second.

Bethany's Immesberger Receives PAC Honor
Bethany College senior Heather Immesberger (Rumson, NJ/Rumson Fair Haven) has been recognized as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 7.

Simmons Takes 6th at Thiel Golf Invitational
Senior Kris Simmons (East Liverpool, Ohio) paced the Bethany College golf team’s efforts at the Thiel Invitational Monday afternoon by finishing sixth overall out of 33 golfers.

BC Brings Home Split From Saint Vincent
Senior pitcher Heather Immesberger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) struck out eight in four innings of work and freshman RF Cortney Lax (Orrville, Ohio) slammed two home runs to lead the Bethany College softball team to a 9-4 victory over Saint Vincent Tuesday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader.

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


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