Bethany College Celebrates 170 Years
Bethany College celebrated its annual Founder’s Day on March 4 with a convocation and wreath-laying ceremony. Dr. Walter M. Bortz III, President Emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College and Trustee Emeritus of Bethany College, gave the keynote address — “An Honor to the Age and a Blessing to the World.”
Bortz remarked, “This old college is a special place. And it was special people who made it possible for you and me to play a role in its continuing growth and development as it helps men and women discover themselves, identify ways in which they will participate in life’s challenges and provide leadership for others.” He continued, “The story of Bethany College is a story of leadership and mentoring. It is this Founder’s Day and these ceremonies where we tie together the leadership of Campbell expressed in the founding of Bethany College and the generations who have been and continue to be mentored by learned and caring faculty, experienced staff and those who believe in small colleges as magical islands of learning.”
Bethany President Scott D. Miller presided over the convocation, held at 11 a.m. in Commencement Hall. Newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) officers Bethany Stickradt and Nick Miller were installed as president and vice president, respectively. In addition, students named to the fall 2009 President’s List and Dean’s List were recognized.
Founder’s Day at Bethany College is traditionally observed on the first Thursday of March. The College received its official charter from the Legislature of Virginia on March 2, 1840. The charter was affirmed on June 20, 1863 by the Legislature of the newly formed state of West Virginia.
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Town of Bethany Recognizes Outstanding Worker
Performance During Winter Storms
The Town of Bethany officially recognized Bethany Streets Commissioner Sam Hubbard, as well as the College’s Building and Grounds employees and supervisors, for their outstanding work during the snow storms of February 2010. Workers plowed snow-filled streets and parking lots, maintained walkways for students and residents and took charge of a variety of other issues related to the safety and welfare of the College and community. The workers were commended for their selfless dedication and concern for their co-workers, students and neighbors. Jay Eisenhauer, Mayor of the Town of Bethany, declared March 10, 2010, “Bethany College Building and Grounds Worker Appreciation Day.”
Bethany College™ Granted Official Trademark Registration
Bethany College™ has been granted official Trademark registration by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The application was successful thanks to the efforts of Bill Kiefer, Bethany’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Maria Bernier of Reed Smith in Pittsburgh. Recent cases involving institutions with names similar to each other underscored the need for the College to seek registration and protect the use of its name in its market.
President, Vice President Attend Welcome Reception
President Scott D. Miller and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong attended a welcome reception at the Fort Henry Club in Wheeling, W.Va., for Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, who has been appointed the new president of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Bethany Representatives Attend Campus Activities Conference
Members of the Bethany College Student Activities Council (SAC) attended the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conference in Boston, Mass. The conference, held February 13-17, provided networking opportunities with other professionals, students and associate members. Attracting more than 2,000 delegates from nearly 450 member schools, NACA delegates can view more than 80 live performances ranging from music and comedy to lecture and interactive programs. Educational programs focus on topics such as professional and student leadership development, programming, multicultural education, campus organization dynamics and advising, and identification of current trends in the field of campus activities. These programs also include Featured Speakers in targeted areas of professional development. NACA’s Campus Activities Marketplace gives students and staff the ability to meet member agents and artists face to face, enhancing familiarity with the marketplace and facilitating campus bookings.
Representing the Bethany SAC were Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students; Laurie Conway, Coordinator of Student Activities; Nick Miller, SAC President; Bethany Stickradt, SAC Vice President; and SAC members John Freeman and Casey Hamilton. The delegation booked a number of musicians and comedians as well as artists for the First Fridays Coffee House series for 2010-2011.
Economics Club Attends Las Vegas Conference
Dr. Anju Ramjee, Professor of Finance, accompanied Economics Club members Kelly Sofka, Randal Stuckwish, Tom Kisner, Logan Kowcheck, James Rucker, Cassidy Drilling and Samantha Hall to the annual conference of the Midwest Finance Association in Las Vegas February 23-28. The group attended various sessions on stock investments, mutual fund investments, pension funds and portfolio analysis. Attendees also had the opportunity to take in the sights of the famous Las Vegas strip, downtown Las Vegas and surrounding areas during the evenings and after the conference on Saturday. Students gained valuable insight into post-graduate research and current research trends in corporate finance and investments.
Woo Completes Successful Senior Art Show,
Awaits Graduation After 27 Years
Bethany student John Woo provided the most recent exhibition in the College’s Renner Art Gallery. Woo, slated to graduate in 1983, departed campus after completing all but one of his major requirements —his senior art show. Twenty-seven years later, following the urging of his wife and sons, Woo successfully presented an exhibit of drawings, watercolors and photographs. Woo has been working as a commercial photographer in Washington, D.C., for many years and is now looking forward to his long-awaited graduation in May.
Campus Community Mourns Death of Maxine Lowe
Bethany College was saddened by the passing of long-time former employee Maxine Lowe on Feb. 25. Lowe served the College as the athletic department administrative assistant from September 1967 until her retirement in December 2000. During her loyal years of service, she worked under five athletic directors and was known by countless numbers of student-athletes, as well as the entire campus community, for her friendly smile and willingness to help everyone.
Education Dept. Offers Summer Autism Course
The Bethany College Department of Education will offer two 600-level courses in autism as part of an intensive, month-long summer program. The two courses, when combined with an existing certification in behavior disorders or multi-categorical special education, will result in an endorsement in autism. Appropriately licensed persons successfully completing the two courses in autism will be recommended for endorsement by their county system. The two courses will be held at the Bethany College Hurl Education Center June 21-July 16. For more information and for an application, click here.
Applications must be postmarked by May 28.
Financial Aid Reminder: File Your FAFSA
For New Year
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online, and Bethany students and parents can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out the application.
Bethany Announces 2010 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2010 OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany College website at this address:
Degree seeking Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU credits toward their degree requirements. For additional information, please send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Graduate students in the Department of Zoology at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India, presented a research paper February 19-20 at a physiological symposium in Ghaziabad, India. The paper was based on joint research with John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, completed last summer during his visit to India. The presentation was on the effects of neurotransmitter precursor drugs given in various temporal relations (circadian rhythms). The researchers studied the circadian rhythms of locomotion and the seasonal reproductive activity of Indian Palm Squirrels that are native to Varanasi. For this species, the phase of the rainy or dry season seems more important than the photoperiod in regulating their annual cycle.
Trevor Onest, College Librarian, attended a Webinar on February 23 at West Virginia University entitled “Text Message Reference: Enhancing Reference Services with SMS.” The Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries hosted the event.
Heather Ricciuti, Director of Libraries, attended the 2010 New College Library Directors Group sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on the campus of Emerson College in Boston, Mass., January 11-15. This intensive seminar included sessions on budgeting, accreditation, employee performance evaluations and information literacy. Additionally, participants took a tour of the Iwasaki Library at Emerson College and shared ideas with colleagues and past participants in the ACRL program. Ricciuti was one of 14 new directors selected to be members of the Class of 2010.
Miller, de Jong Attend Florida Alumni & Friends Gatherings
President Scott D. Miller and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong recently visited the Sunshine State for several Alumni & Friends gatherings. Vips Toohill Alpizar ’74 hosted the reception in Melbourne, while Richard ’70 and Linda ’71 Hull hosted an event in Jacksonville. Gatherings also were held in St. Petersburg and Estero. Photos from the gatherings can be viewed at www.bethanywv.edu/AlumniEvents/Florida2010/index.html.
Bethany Students Raise Support for The Bethany Fund
Your phones should be ringing! Bethany’s student callers have been 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.
If you have not made a gift and would like to make one
online, click here.
Save the Date!
Please join Dr. Scott D. Miller at a Parents, Alumni and Friends reception following the Bison Baseball contest versus Earlham College in Fort Pierce, Fla. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m., Monday, March 15, at Cobb’s Landing Restaurant. To RSVP by March 12, or for directions and more information, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at (304) 829-7411 or email@example.com. Check next week’s issue of Old Main Journal for information about a gathering during Bison Softball contests in Clermont, Fla.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Friday, April 16, 2010
12:00 p.m. - Golf Scramble - Highland Springs Golf Course
5:00 p.m. - Dinner - Drovers Inn
6:30 p.m. -
Women's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Bison Stadium
7:30 p.m. -
Social - Bison Inn
Saturday, April 17, 2010
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - Men's Round Robin Soccer Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex
1:00 p.m. - 7 vs.7 Alumni Tournament - Cunningham Soccer Complex
3:30 p.m. - Picnic - Cunningham Soccer Complex
8:00 p.m. - Star of Honor Reception - Renner Art Gallery
Sunday, April 18, 2010
11:00 a.m. - Brunch - Benedum Commons
For more information please contact
John Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Regan at email@example.com
or Barry Christmas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2010 slated for April 30-May 2. Classes celebrating reunions include 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.
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 Online Alumni Community
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 email@example.com.
Bison Edge Neumann 70-68 in ECAC Quarterfinals
Freshman Nick Wilcox (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) scored the go-ahead bucket with 36 seconds left and a Neumann (Pa.) University three-pointer at the buzzer was off target, giving the Bethany College men’s basketball team a 70-68 win over the Knights in the ECAC South Region Quarterfinals.
Trio of Bison Voted All-PAC
Bethany College seniors Joe Testa and Jay Lyonett and freshman Nick Wilcox were honored Tuesday when the All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) men’s basketball teams were announced by the league office.
Bethany's Wilson Named Second Team All-PAC
Bethany College sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) was voted Second Team All-PAC by the coaches of the conference when the league announced its all-star teams.
Bethany Football Program to Hold Bison Golf Classic
The Bethany Football Program will hold its annual Bison Golf Classic on May 1 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va. The cost for the event is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks on the course, and a post-outing social at Bubba’s Bison Inn. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. We hope to see as many football alums as possible at this year’s outing. Proceeds go to benefit the football program. Please contact Tim Weaver in the football office at 304-829-7242 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.