Hosts Student-Athlete Appreciation Banquet
The Bethany Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted
its annual Student-Athlete Appreciation Banquet in Benedum Commons
Monday, April 20. Every Bison student-athlete was invited, as
were members of the Bethany athletic department and campus community.
Following a brief opening and buffet dinner, the evening was
highlighted by each member of SAAC speaking about their individual
team’s season. Sophomore Bob Rovnanik then introduced
the keynote speaker for the evening, Mr. Frank Coonelly, the
President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Following Mr. Coonelly’s speech
was the presentation of the Bison Backer of the Year Award,
which goes to a member of the Bethany community for their constant
support of Bison athletics throughout the year, and the Derek
Hoffman Memorial Awards to one senior male and female student-athlete.
Members of SAAC nominate
and vote on the awards. The 2009 Bison Backer of the Year was
awarded to Dr. Miller, and the Hoffman Award winners were football
player Terry Akers and women’s basketball player Kaitlyn
McCormick. The evening concluded with a Year-in-Review Video,
which included a tribute to the 2009 Senior Class.
Every institution is mandated to have
a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee by the NCAA. The mission
of Bethany’s SAAC, which is congruent with the mission
statement of the NCAA’s SAAC, is “To enhance the
total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting
student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete
image at Bethany College."
Major Presents Research at STaR Symposium
Kaitlyn DuLaney, a junior in Psychology, presented her original
research, entitled “Male and Female Opinion of Female
Promiscuity According to their own Level of Sexuality,”
at the Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Symposium in
Charleston, W.Va., on April 14. DuLaney was the first psychology
student from Bethany to present in this competitive student
research venue. In her research, she discovered that a person’s
gender and their own level of sexual behavior do not determine
their opinions of an openly sexual woman. Instead, participants
devalue women based on that particular woman’s sexual
promiscuity alone. Kaitlyn conducted this research under the
supervision of Dr. Katrina Cooper, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
Announces 2009 Online Summer Courses
The Summer 2009
OCICU Online Course listing is now available on the Bethany
College website at this address:
Bethany College students may earn a maximum of 12 online OCICU
credits toward their degree requirements.
The cost for each credit is $325 and unless otherwise indicated,
all courses are three credits.
For additional information, please send
your questions to:
Social Work Department
to Host Annual Honors Banquet
The Social Work Department is celebrating 25 years of accreditation
with the 2009 graduating class. The Department will host its
annual Honors Banquet on April 24 at 6 p.m. in Commencement
Hall. In addition to an array of student honors, the Department
will recognize a staff member and field instructor of the year.
Special awards will also be given for participation in the activities
recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled 25 Acts of
Random Kindness. Social Work alumni have been invited to attend
and added to the celebration by establishing a junior class
Honors Day award. Approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty
and honored guests are expected. Food will be provided by Chartwell's
Catering service. Questions about the event should be directed
to Amy VanHorn, Administrative Assistant, at 304.829.7150.
Oreon E. Scott Lectures
and members from all branches of the Stone-Campbell movement
gathered at the Mountainside Conference Center at Bethany College
April 20-21 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s
“Declaration and Address of the Christian Association
of Washington.” Lecturers included Dr. Paul M. Blowers,
Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History at the Emmanuel School
of Religion; Dr. Douglas Foster, Professor of Church History
and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene
Christian University; and Dr. Mark G. Toulouse, Principal and
Professor of the History of Christianity Emmanuel College of
Victoria University and the Toronto School of Theology.
Dr. William Turner, Director of the Doctor
of Ministry Program and Director of Continuing Education at
Lexington Theological Seminary, spoke at the Timothy Luncheon,
where Alan Dicken and Luke Luallin, Bethany senior Pre-Ministerial
students, were introduced. His topic was “Pastoral Leaders
for Postmodern Times.” Dr. Turner also met with ministers
interested in pursuing a D.Min. program to be offered at Bethany.
to Monday’s worship service, President and Mrs. Scott
Miller hosted a reception at their home. At the worship service
in Bethany Memorial Church, Dr. D. Duane Cummins, President
Emeritus of Bethany College and noted Disciples historian, gave
the sermon appropriately titled “We Are One.”
The 100 participants in this year’s
Lecture series traveled from 11 states and the District of Columbia
to mark this monumental occasion in church history.
Dr. Larry E. Grimes, newly appointed
Director of Church Relations, announced that Dr. Bonnie Thurston,
Disciples scholar, pastor and author of the new book, “For
God Alone: A Primer on Prayer” (Notre Dame University
Press, 2009), will give the 2010 Scott Lectures (April 12-13).The
general subject of the lectures will be The Lord’s Prayer
and His Disciples’ Prayer Life.
Announces 2009 College Tour Stop at Bethany College
Bethany College is the third tour stop on the 2009 almostGOLFTM
College Tour. The Student Activity Council is hosting the campus
golf event for students as part of its Fun Friday Student Program
on April 24 from 12-5 p.m. The almostGOLFTM College Tour will
transform the area outside Bethany College’s Byrd Health
and Wellness Center into a driving range and golf course and
is open to all students.
almostGOLFTM is the maker of the #1 off-course
golf ball. The 2009 almostGOLFTM College Tour will be played
across college and university campuses during the Spring and
Fall of 2009. Student organizations, Recreational Intramural
Sports Departments as well as the staffs of the Alumni, Admissions
and Resident Life Offices use the almostGOLFTM College Tour
as a fun, healthy way to engage students and alumni, foster
Greek Life, foster quality recreational programs and raise money
for philanthropic causes. For more info, go to
Japan Outreach to Hold Japanese Drum Performance, Workshop
The Bethany College Japan Outreach will hold a Japanese Drum
Performance/Workshop on April 28 at 4 p.m. in Commencement Hall.
The event will feature internationally known drummers Takumi
Kato and Ryo Shiobara, the first place winners of the Tokyo
International Taiko Drumming Competition in 2007 and 2008. The
workshop is free and open to the public.
Alcohol and Dating Risks with Bethany Students
Office of Student Life and the Athletic Department welcomed
national speaker Brett Sokolow to campus to speak with athletes
and Greek Life members. Sokolow is a specialist in campus safety,
security and high-risk student health and safety issues. He
is the President of the National Center for Higher Education
Risk Management, a national multidisciplinary risk management
consulting firm. Approximately 350 students came together on
April 22 to hear Sokolow present a legal case on “Drunk
Sex or Date Rape.” The students heard the details of the
case, voted as a jury would on whether they believed the case
to be a sexual assault under the law and then debated their
thoughts on the case. Sokolow spoke of the legal implications
of mixing alcohol with dating and provided tips on safety to
Save the Date!
Family Weekend Set for September
Attention parents and family members of Bethany College students!
Please save the date and make plans to join us on campus for
Family Weekend, set to begin on Friday, September 18, 2009.
Many activities are being planned. More details will be provided
in future issues of the Old Main Journal.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
The Communication Department has added COMM 200 - Digital Media
and Digital Cultures for Fall Semester 2009. The course will
cover the history of the Internet and the web and discuss the
evolution of online activities such as blogging, social networking
and computer-mediated interaction. This course will also address
the shift from analog to digital media and some of the unique
ethical situations that arise in the digital age.
The course fulfills a Liberal Arts Core
requirement for Cultural Awareness. It will be offered MWF from
Roger (Wiley) Cash’s essay, "'Those
folks downstairs believe in ghosts': The Eradication of Folklore
in the Novels of Charles W. Chesnutt," was just published
in the new book, Charles Chesnutt Reappraised: Essays on
the First Major African American Author.
John Hull and senior psychology major Ruthie
Pettle coauthored the paper, College Students’ Use
of Rituals and Superstitions While Watching and Participating
in Sports, presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the
West Virginia Academy of Science. The paper was based in large
part on Pettle's senior project, and it confirmed and expanded
upon similar studies recently conducted at Bethany College.
Heather Taylor, Director of the McCann Writing
Center, attended the East Central Writing Center Association
Conference at Purdue University April 3-4. While at the conference
she had the opportunity to network with Writing Center Staff
from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Next year's conference
will be held in Michigan, and Heather is preparing a presentation
on Bethany's Writing Center to be given at that conference.
A Poetry Slam is also being considered
for next year. This involves a poetry contest for local high
school students with culminating activities at Bethany. Goals
are to focus on writing and to host high school students on
Tim Weaver, Herb Weaver and Kathy Furbee
served as judges for the Greek Sing. Greek Sing is the final
competitive event each year that concludes Greek Week. This
year’s event took place in the Cafeteria on April 18 from
and Sangerman ’81 to Perform National Anthem at PNC Park
Bethany graduates Margie McCartney ’83 and Jae Sangerman
’81 will be performing the National Anthem at Pittsburgh’s
PNC Park on Saturday, September 5 when the Pirates take on the
St. Louis Cardinals. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. For more information
about ordering tickets or about the special offer the Pirates
are extending to alumni and friends of Bethany,
Receives Fourth Coaching Honor of the Season
Tony Bisutti ’83, coach of the Dublin Scioto Irish high
school basketball team, was recently named Coach of the Year
by the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch honors include players
and coaches in all four divisions in the newspaper’s central
Ohio coverage area. The honor marks the fourth award Bisutti
has received this season. Others were the Associated Press Ohio
Division I Coach of the Year and the Ohio Capital Conference
(OCC) Cardinal Division and Division I Central District Coach
of the Year.
Veteran sports reporter Steve Blackledge,
who writes for the Dispatch, stated that Bisutti turned “a
group of talented athletes into a cohesive basketball team.”
Blackledge also noted that the Irish run to the regional final
helped solidify a three-year record of 66-6 in which the Irish
didn’t lose an OCC game.
Bisutti’s coaching career includes
more than 300 wins and numerous awards and accomplishments.
He has coached more than 25 players into college programs. One
former athlete is playing professionally for the National Basketball
Association. He is a six-time OCC Coach of the Year, a five-time
District 10 Coaches Association Coach of the Year and a three-time
Associated Press Central District Coach of the Year. He was
named Associated Press State of Ohio Coach of the Year in 1993.
Join Bethany Alumni and Friends at a reception with President
Dr. Scott D. Miller on Thursday, June 11. The gathering will
be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant inside
the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore,
MD. The event is being hosted by George ’78 & Patricia
For more information or to register,
please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-829-7411
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to Hold 2009 Bison Classic Golf Outing May 2
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing,
the Bison Golf Classic, on Saturday, May 2 at Highland Springs
Golf Course in Wellsburg. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30
a.m., and golf will be followed by a social at Bubba's Bison
Inn in Bethany. The cost is $85 per golfer and includes 18 holes
with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch and the post-outing
social. All proceeds will benefit the Bison Football Program.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact
Head Coach Tim Weaver at email@example.com
if you would like to participate.
Alumni Weekend Schedule
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
has announced the schedule for Alumni Weekend, set to begin
on Friday, May 1, 2009. To view the schedule online click
here. To print the Alumni Weekend brochure, click
here. To register online, click
Calling all alumni soccer players! Please save the date and
make plans to join us on campus for the Bethany Alumni Soccer
Association weekend, set to begin on Friday, May 1.
to view the full schedule.
Terrell Receives Second PAC Award of the Year
Bethany freshman Summer Terrell (Bridgeville,
Pa./Chartiers Valley) has been selected as the Presidents’
Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 20.
Wilson Jumps to PAC Accolade
After a standout performance Saturday
at the Indiana (Pa.) University Invitational, Bethany sophomore
Clint Wilson (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) was selected
as the PAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for April 20.
Split With W&J, Clinch Spot in PAC Tournament
Sophomore 2B Chelsea Butler (Cortland,
Ohio/Lakeview) singled in the winning run in the bottom of the
eighth inning to give the Bethany softball team a 2-1 win in
the second game at Washington & Jefferson after the Presidents
took the first match-up 9-4.
Chances Sink Bison in 12-7 Loss
Although they posted a 19-14 advantage
in hits, the Bethany baseball team couldn’t overcome 11
stranded runners in dropping a 12-7 decision at Saint Vincent
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.