Volume II, Number XI
An E-News Service of Bethany College
October 17, 2008

Campus News
Bethany College to Host Health and Human Services Symposium
The Bethany College Department of Social Work will host a Symposium on Current Topics in Health and Human Services Nov. 6-7 at Mountainside Conference Center. The event, titled “Help Starts Here,” is sponsored by Bethany College along with West Virginia University, Ohio University, West Virginia Northern Community College, the Brooke County Health Department, Ohio Valley Medical Center and the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center.

Please visit Bethany News for these and other Bethany news stories.


News Briefs
Business Magazine Runs Interview Series With President Miller
President Miller’s reputation as a higher education administrator who is not afraid to think “outside the box” is attracting positive publicity from a number of media outlets. The Greentree Gazette is currently in the midst of a series of interviews with President Miller that will appear as part of the magazine’s regular feature, “A Gazette Minute.”

Based in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Greentree Gazette is a national business magazine for higher education. The October installment of President Miller’s interview is now available in the Gazette’s online edition and can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Gazette Minute Interview.

The rest of the series will be posted to the magazine’s website, www.GreentreeGazette.com. The interviews will also appear in the print edition, which is published six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November.

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Hibernia Open House and House Blessing Set For Oct. 19
Renner Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Morgan ’61 and President Miller will host an Open House and House Blessing at the newly-restored and renovated Hibernia on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. The event will showcase the results of the renovation project at the historic house as Hibernia transitions into its new role as the Renner Visiting Scholar Residence.

The official ceremony will get under way at 2:30 p.m. with the presentation of a brief history of the house. That will be followed immediately by the House Blessing service, conducted by Dr. Morgan. Hibernia is located at 100 Main Street, just two blocks from the Bethany College campus. Major improvement projects recently completed at the residence include a new roof along with extensive painting and interior work.

The property upon which Hibernia is located was owned by Alexander Campbell when he founded Bethany College in 1840. Campbell operated a print shop in the high basement of the house for several years. He produced a number of publications during the early days of the College, including The Millennial Harbinger — still regarded as one of the most prominent religious periodicals ever to emanate from a frontier press.

Communication Professor Attends Texas Conference
Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communication, attended the second Flow Conference in Austin, Texas from Oct. 9-11. Hosted by the University of Texas’ Department of Radio, TV and Film, the Flow Conference is a biennial gathering that brings together media studies scholars and professionals to discuss current issues in media culture and scholarship.

Dr. Tuszynski represented Bethany College on a roundtable titled, “Online and Offline Fan Communities.” Before coming to Bethany, Dr. Tuszynski had attended the inaugural Flow Conference in 2006 as part of a panel discussing “Television’s Future and the Role of TV Scholarship.”


Alumni News
Bethany Alum Plays Role in Historic Space Flight
A Bethany College alumna filled a significant behind-the-scenes role this week in Richard Garriott’s successful quest to become the world’s first second-generation astronaut. Garriott, an American computer-game developer and the son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, was aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule that was launched from Kazakhstan on Sunday, Oct. 12 and docked with the International Space Station on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Garriott’s historic flight was organized by Space Adventures, Ltd. Stacey Collins Tearne, a 1993 graduate of Bethany College with a degree in Communication, is Vice President of Communications for Space Adventures, Ltd. A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Tearne is the daughter of Jim Collins ’49, a member of the Bethany College Hall of Fame and an Emeritus Trustee.

Space Adventures, Ltd., based in Vienna, Va., is the world’s leading private space tourism company. The company first gained worldwide attention in 2001 when it brokered the flight of Dennis Tito, the first privately-funded space tourist, to the International Space Station.

Garriott, who is Vice Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., paid a reported $30 million to become the sixth private individual to make the trip. Garriott will complete 170 earth orbits before his scheduled return on Friday, Oct. 24.

President Miller Speaks at Seven Springs Event
President Miller accepted an invitation to be the dinner speaker when a group of Beta Theta Pi alumni from Bethany College gathered for a group function on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pa.

Following an excellent meal, President Miller brought the Betas up to speed on the Transformation Now! campaign at Bethany College. He also provided updates for them on the progress of several specific projects at their alma mater.

Alumni Gather in Washington D.C.
More than 30 alumni and friends of Bethany College gathered at a reception with Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, Vice President Sven de Jong and Mort Gamble, Special Assistant to the President on Thursday, October 9 in Arlington, Va.

Dr. Arthur B. Keys '67 hosted the get-together at International Relief and Development (www.ird-dc.org), an organization of which he is President and CEO. In addition to Dr. Miller providing an overview about his future goals for Bethany College, Dr. Keys shared a video presentation about IRD’s 10th anniversary, which served as a moving tribute for the great works IRD does throughout the world.

To view photos of the event, click here.

Annual Phone-A-Thon ‘Ringing’ in the New School Year
Your phone will soon be ringing! The annual Phone-A-Thon got under way earlier this week with current Bethany students reaching out to former Bethany students. Alumni participation in the Bethany Fund rose from 17 percent to 22 percent last year. The goal for the 2008-09 campaign is to increase alumni giving to 27 percent.

We hope you will answer the phone and respond to our students by continuing to support the Bethany Fund. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Save the Date! Alumni Weekend Set for May
Please save the date and make plans to join us here on campus for Alumni Weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1, 2009. More details will be provided in future issues of the Old Main Journal.

Alumni Events
Florida
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President Dr. Scott D. Miller on Tuesday, October 28. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epping Forest Yacht Club, 1830 Epping Forest Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. The reception is being hosted by Linda D. ’71 and Rick Hull ’70.

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.


Bison Athletics
Bethany Breaks Shutout Mark With 2-0 Blanking of Waynesburg
Freshman Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) scored twice and another stout effort by the defense paved the way for the Bethany College women’s soccer team to post a 2-0 shutout over visiting Waynesburg Wednesday night at Bison Stadium.

Bethany to Battle Westminster Saturday for PAC Win
The Bethany College football team will open the second half of their 2008 schedule Saturday when they travel to Westminster for a PAC contest. Kickoff with the Titans is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Bethany Tripped Up by Chatham 5-4 in Tennis
Although they managed to split the six singles matches, the Bethany College women’s tennis team couldn’t overcome losing two out of three in doubles, as Chatham came away with a 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon in a PAC match.

Bethany's Missed Chances Costly in 1-1 Tie
Several missed chances for an insurance goal proved costly, as the Bethany College men’s soccer team was forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with visiting Waynesburg Wednesday afternoon in a PAC match at Hoag Field.

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

 

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