Volume VII, Number XXXVIII
An E-News Service of Bethany College
May 23, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge
Addresses Bethany College 2014 Graduates
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge provided the keynote address to Bethany College’s 2014 graduating class capping the institution’s 174th Anniversary Commencement Weekend. One hundred and thirty eight students graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Tilock Amphitheatre of the Pennington Quadrangle.

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Bethany Valedictorian Cameron Cooper Receives Prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award
Cameron A. Cooper of Hurricane, West Virginia, completed a “perfect” career at Bethany College Saturday, earning top academic honors at the 2014 Commencement ceremony. Cooper finished with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in course work, earned distinction on his Senior Comprehensive Examinations, and was recognized with the prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award as the graduating senior with the highest academic standing.

Kappa Pi Welcomes New Members
Kappa Pi, the international honorary art fraternity, held an induction ceremony May 16. Membership is limited to students who have completed 12 credits of Visual Arts courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and with a cumulative 3.0 GPA as well. Pictured are Alaina Heck; Aaron Anslow, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts; Erika Steers; Deanne Gamble; Kelsey Bish; and Kenn Morgan, Professor of Fine Arts.



Bethany-Columbia Dual Degree Student Visits Bethany
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller visited with Bethanian Seth Cawoski during Commencement Weekend. Seth just finished his first year at Columbia University as a part of the Bethany - Columbia dual degree program in Engineering. He attended Bethany for three years and will graduate with degrees from both institutions.



Graduates Attend/Speak at Trustee Luncheon
Four members of the Class of 2014 attended a lunch with the Bethany College Board of Trustees. The four graduates were active student scholars, and each spoke about their Bethany experience and prospects for the future. Pictured are Peter Franklin, Amber Ridings, Morgan Jacobs and Valedictorian Cam Cooper.

Bethany Senior Project Book Available for Review
Graduating seniors received a commemorative booklet “The Senior Project Experience: Class of 2014” during the senior reception held on May 12.  The booklet provides a concise snapshot of the various research and experiential projects completed by members of the graduating class. All seniors were encouraged to submit a brief summary of their project for inclusion in the booklet. “The Senior Project Experience: Class of 2014” is the fourth edition of the publication, which began in the spring of 2011.

The booklets serve as an additional record of the work completed by Bethany College seniors and will be kept on file, along with copies of the full projects, in Archives & Special Collections in the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library. To view this year's booklet, click here.

Bethany’s Williams Honored at PAC Banquet
Bethany senior women’s basketball player Skylar Williams was one of 19 student-athletes recognized at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet, held May 19 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

The PAC launched the event as another way to recognize the league's best and brightest senior student-athletes for their athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom and outstanding community service efforts. Each institution in the conference selected a male and female scholar-athlete to be honored.

Williams was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter on the basketball court for the Bison and enjoyed her top season as a senior, as she set a career-high with 4.0 points per game and led the team with 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Off the hardwood, she earned Dean’s List recognition all eight semesters she was on campus. Williams was a member of the Education (Kappa Delta Pi) and Physical Education (Phi Delta Psi) Honorary Societies, received the Secondary Education and S. Elizabeth Reed Award (Physical Education) during Honors Day Convocation and was awarded the Aleece C. Gresham Award during May Morning Breakfast.

Pictured are Brian Rose, Director of Athletics & Recreation; Williams; her mother, Tracy; and Rebecca Upton, head women’s basketball coach.

Bethany's top male scholar-athlete was senior football player and Valedictorian Cameron Cooper, who was unable to attend the banquet due to a previously scheduled family function. He was a four-year member of the football program and was named captain of the team prior to the 2013 season. Academically, he won the Business Award and Kirkpatrick (Economics) Awards at Honors Day convocation and completed his Bethany career by earning the Oreon E. Scott Award given to the graduating senior with the highest academic standing. Cam will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall.

Bethany President, VP Attend Meeting with Former U.S. Presidents
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller and Senior Vice President Sven de Jong traveled to Washington, D.C., May 19 for a discussion with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The event, which was hosted by Bethanian Bob McCann '80, was held at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Pictured at a rooftop social after the event are Bethanians Tom Miller '77, Arthur Keys '67, McCann, and de Jong '95.

Long-time Presidential Colleagues Visit

Two of the longest serving college and university presidents in the country – Dr. E. Gordon Gee of West Virginia University and Bethany President Scott Miller – re-connected recently in Morgantown. Dr. Gee is serving for the second time as President of West Virginia University. He has also served as president of Ohio State (twice), Colorado, Vanderbilt and Brown. In addition to Bethany, Dr. Miller has served as president of Wesley College (10 ½ years) and Lincoln Memorial University (7 years). The two have over 56 years of combined presidential service in this picture.

Dr. Miller Meets with Education Alliance President

President Miller visited with Dr. Amelia Davis Courts, President of The Education Alliance, this week. Based in Charleston, The Education Alliance advances policies and practices connecting business and education.

Bethany President Chairs WV Campus Compact

President Miller is pictured with the new executive director of Campus Compact, Kelli Jo McNemar. Miller serves as statewide chair of the organization, a collaboration of 28 colleges and universities facilitating community engagement throughout the state.

Old Main Journal Switches to Summer Schedule

The Old Main Journal will switch from a weekly to monthly publication schedule for the summer. The next Old Main Journal will be released on June 20 with the second summer issue scheduled for July 18. The Old Main Journal will resume its regular weekly publication on August 22.

Save the Date! Bethany Announces Homecoming 2014
We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2014 slated for Oct. 10-11.  Classes celebrating reunions include 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2013.

Bethany's Umar Moore Earns All-American Distinction at NCAA Track Championships

Bethany College sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) culminated a fantastic sophomore season by capturing his first All-American honor in the long jump on the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

Bison Baseball Falls To Penn State Behrend In ECAC Semifinal
The Bethany College baseball team (19-18) finished their 2014 campaign, falling to Penn State Behrend 8-2 in the semifinal round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division-III South Regional Tournament.

Bison Track Competes In Final Day of ECAC Championships
Led by a fourth-place performance from sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), individuals from the Bethany College men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in solid performances in day two of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships hosted by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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

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