Friday, April 29, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Wilfrid W. Csaplar Jr., Professor of Economics, attended the Midwest Economic Development conference in St. Louis during spring break in March. While there Csaplar chaired a session in Economic Development and acted as a discussant for a paper entitled “Taxes, Public Goods and Policies of (In)Competent Politicians,” authored by Odilon Camara of the University of South Carolina.

World Languages & Culture
Heidelberg exchange student and special education major Kathrin Brandt and First Year Spanish & German Education student Gerhard Schultze attended the 58th Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, Md., April 2-3. Accompanied by World Language Professors Joseph Lovano, Harald Menz and Eric Bennett, they attended a variety of workshops and presentations related to the conference topic “Strengthening Connections: Colleagues, Content, & Curriculum.”  The group also met with alumnae Beth Degges ’03 and Jackie Berda ’00, who also attended the conference. Degges and Berda were both Spanish/education majors at Bethany and now hold positions at Maryland and Pennsylvania high schools.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Alumni News

Gray ’09 Receives Grant from United Arts Appeal
Casey R. Gray (B.A. Music, 2009) has recently been informed that he is the recipient of a 2011 United Arts Appeal Project Pool grant. The awards are given to non-profit organizations and individual artists in Chautauqua County, New York State. UAA President Rick Davis observed, “The United Arts Appeal awards grants for career development and artistic projects that benefit the cultural life of Chautauqua County. We received a significant number of quality applications this year and are pleased to be able to support these worthwhile projects.” After being screened for eligibility and fulfillment of requirements, applications were reviewed by an independent allocations panel made up of artists and community leaders. Their recommendations were then approved by the United Arts Appeal board. Gray will perform an organ recital and provide children’s programming at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, N.Y., where he serves as organist.

Casey, a former student of David J. Rudari (Assistant Professor of Music), is completing the coursework and recitals for the completion of the Master of Music in Voice Performance at SUNY Fredonia in May. He is a student of Professor Laurie Lasher Tramuta.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Library Hosts Murder Mystery Party

The T.W. Phillips Memorial Library held a Murder Mystery event on the night of April 16. Based loosely on the board game "Clue," guests enjoyed food and refreshments before breaking up into search parties. Each team journeyed through the library locating hidden clues to help them discover "whodunit." Once each team located their set of 15 clues, they raced to solve the mystery. The first team to correctly identify the suspect and the weapon received iTunes gift cards for their successful sleuthing. Several murder mystery themed door prizes were awarded and all guests received party favors including the symbolic magnifying glass. Reviews of the evening were extremely positive. The Murder Mystery event was envisioned, organized, and hosted by the library's Student Supervisors: Eileen Campbell, Taylor Morris, Catherine Papp, Nicole Salopek and Emily Sechrest.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fedor Earns A Top Spot in Hiram College 2011 Echo Student Literary Competition

Bethany College student Haley Fedor recently won second place in Hiram College’s 2011 Echo Student Literary Competition fiction division. Fedor, a senior English and French major from Munhall, Pa., submitted a story titled “A New Set of Wheels.” She received a cash prize of $100. The winners will be published in The Echo 2011 Student Literary Anthology.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bethany Trivia

How many current professors at Bethany College are Bethany alumni?

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bethany College -- Happy Easter

Friends--We invite you to view our Easter greeting.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, attended an Appalachian College Association workshop at Davis and Elkins College on April 15th entitled "Navigating Risk Management Abroad." The workshop was conducted by Bill Frederick of Lodestone Safety International and drew on his many years of experience with such organizations as Outward Bound and the School for Field Studies. The workshop was for Appalachian College Association (ACA) faculty who lead international trips with students, or those who plan to do so. The workshop was organized by Kim Gardner of the ACA and made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation.

History and Political Science

Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science, attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Curriculum in New Haven, Conn., during the weekend of April 15-17. The association is dedicated to the development of curricula that place the close reading of great books at the center of liberal education. On Saturday, April 16, Sable presented his paper on the Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, entitled “Unveiling a Sufi Politics:  An Esoteric Reading of Mahfouz’s Arabian Nights and Days.”

Service Learning Center

The first Service Learning Center Awards Reception was held on Monday, April 18 in Phillips Hall lounge. Organized by the staff of the Service Learning Center, the reception highlighted service efforts by current faculty and students and recognized community agencies that collaborated on service projects throughout the past year.

The event opened with remarks by President Scott D. Miller, who discussed the importance of community service. His remarks were followed by a summary of the year’s work, reviewed by current Service Fellows, Lindsay Sobotka (Chemistry) and Taylor Morris (Social Work). Following the opening remarks and summary, certificates were awarded to those recognized for their efforts.

Special awards were presented to senior April O’Brien for her work with the Wheeling YWCA Women’s Boutique and to Elizabeth Langemak, Assistant Professor of English, for her dedication to incorporating service learning assignments into her courses and her work in establishing the first 5K race for Easter Seals, held on Saturday, April 16.

World Languages & Cultures
Heidelberg Exchange Student and Special Education major Kathrin Brandt and First Year Spanish and German Education student Gerhard Schultze attended the 58th Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, Md., April 2-3. Accompanied by World Language Professors Joseph Lovano, Harald Menz and Eric Bennett, they attended a variety of workshops and presentations related to the conference topic “Strengthening Connections: Colleagues, Content, & Curriculum.”  The group also met with alumnae Beth Degges  (2003) and Jackie Berda (2000), who were in attendance at the conference. They were both Spanish/Education majors at Bethany and now hold positions at Maryland and Pennsylvania high schools.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Alumni News

DeStefano ‘09 Named Darlington County School District Outstanding First Year Teacher
Darlington (S.C.) High School teacher Jessica DeStefano ’09 has been named Darlington County School District’s Outstanding First Year Teacher. She was selected from among seven nominees. DeStefano earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethany in physical education with a minor in special education and is a certified exceptional education teacher. She also serves as the head volleyball coach and an assistant girls’ basketball coach for the school, as well as the student council sponsor.
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Alumni Council Holds Bi-Annual Meeting
The Bethany College Alumni Association Board of Directors met on campus Saturday, April 2, 2011, for their bi-annual meeting. Following a breakfast at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights hosted by President and Mrs. Scott D. Miller, the Council received updates on various areas of the College and toured the newly renovated Communications & Media Arts department. The tour was preceded by a presentation by M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the department.

The members also worked on goals and objectives for the board as the group continues looking forward to long-range planning. The Bethany College Alumni Council meets on campus twice a year and communicates frequently in committee meetings via conference calls.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bethany College Announces May 13-14 Baccalaureate, Commencement Speakers

Bethany President Scott D. Miller has announced that President of Ogden Newspapers, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates Robert Nutting will deliver the address at the College’s 2011 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 14. The Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will present remarks during the May 13 Baccalaureate service.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Invisible Children to Make Third Stop at Bethany for Congo Tour

Bethany College will host Invisible Children — an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in Africa — for the third time on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The event is part of the group’s current Congo Tour and is free and open to the public.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Bethany Trivia

What awards are presented to fraternities and sororities for outstanding academic achievement?

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Larry Grimes, Professor of English Emeritus and Director of Church Relations, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Previously he served two terms as a Citizen Member of the Program Review Board of the Council. The Council provides grant support for a number of Humanities based projects in the state through distribution of National Endowment for the Humanities funds and private funding.

Physical Education and Sports Studies
The Physical Education and Sports Studies program has added another service learning project. The School Health class will participate as presenters in a health fair at the Wellsburg Primary School on Friday, April 15. The fair is directed by Ms. Jenny Stucin, the physical education teacher at the school, with the assistance of Sandy Rogers of the Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center on Bethany’s campus. The fair utilizes the expertise of numerous health care professionals and volunteers from the area.  Bethany students engaging in the fair are: Mike Bashioum, Desiree Finley, Anna Koller, Anthony Martier, Jason Soltis, Antonio Spinks, Alex Tylka, Skylar Williams and Kelly Zogran. Wally Neel, Professor of Physical Education, is the instructor for the course.

Bethany College hosted the 10th Annual Can-Am Soccer Friendlies this past weekend. The soccer festival attracts participants from both sides of the border. This weekend saw over 250 student athletes flocking to campus. The PHED 300 Officiating of Sports class utilized these matches as another opportunity for practical application of their class instruction. The students have also been officiating the basketball intramurals for similar purposes this spring. The Friendlies would like to thank the Gresham Inn and Chartwells for their assistance throughout the weekend. The Can-AM Friendlies are directed by Kosmas Mouratidis, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies, and Pro Soccer Camps.

Visual and Performing Arts
Tracie Duncan, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Technical Theatre, will be working with The New Players' Theater Festival of Dublin, Ohio, this summer in their inaugural season. She will be serving as the Set Designer/Technical Director for their productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, which will be seen in rotating repetition from mid-June to mid-July. First-year student Emerald Cavoto will also be joining the company as an Assistant Stage Manager.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alumni News

Bethany Trustee John Mullen ’69 Named Direct General CEO
Direct General announced that it has named John W. Mullen, former Unitrin Specialty President and Bethany Trustee and 1969 graduate, as its new Chief Executive Officer. 

Mullen brings to the position 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, including service as President of Unitrin Specialty, President of Financial Indemnity Company, Western Region President and SVP Claims for Windsor Insurance Group, and held various leadership roles with Great American Insurance, Unigard Insurance Company, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

"John Mullen brings extensive experience and a great track record in leading personal and casualty insurance organizations," said Robert Sandler, Chairman.  "I know that he will drive execution of our near-term business plan and build a platform for future growth."

Bado ’77 Joins MarkLogic as Chief Executive Officer
MarkLogic® Corporation has announced that 1977 Bethany College graduate and Trustee Ken Bado, a veteran technology executive who most recently was the executive vice president of sales and services at Autodesk, has been named chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Bado was at Autodesk for eight years and led sales and services under former Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz. During his time there, he was key in driving revenue from $800 million to more than $2.3 billion. The company’s share price increased more than 800% during his tenure.

Prior to his success at Autodesk, Bado spent 11 years at Mentor Graphics, in positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, customer support and consulting before becoming senior vice president of world trade, where he managed 1,200 people. Bado previously was a top sales representative at Intergraph Corporation. He has been a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees since 2006.

MarkLogic’s flagship product is a purpose-built database for unstructured information.  Customers in industries including media, government and financial services use MarkLogic to develop and deploy information applications at a fraction of the time and cost as compared to conventional technologies such as relational databases and search engines.

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Jill Nutter ‘77 Releases First Novel
Jill Nutter, LISW, counselor for the Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati, Ohio, has written a series of historical romance novels for the inspirational market under the pen name Jillian Kent. “Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book One” will be released on May 3 in both trade paperback and e-book formats. You can find out more and read the first chapter at  “Secrets of the Heart” is the story of an English noblewoman who rescues a runaway from a lunatic asylum in 1818. Best-selling suspense author James Scott Bell calls the book “A feast for fans of historical romance, and a superb debut from Jillian Kent.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bethany College Women Receive Vira Heinz Travel Awards

Two Bethany College sophomores have been selected to receive this year’s Vira I. Heinz Travel Awards, coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies and designed to “prepare women leaders for tomorrow’s global challenges.”
“Bethany College is deeply committed to enhancing classroom learning with real-world, international experiences, and the Vira Heinz program is an integral part of that mission,” stated Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. “We are grateful to the University of Pittsburgh for facilitating this extraordinary opportunity for our students.”

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bethany College Announces 2011 Alumni Award Recipients

Bethany College will honor four of its outstanding alumni during its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on April 30 as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Community Service Award and the Alumnus of the Year Award will be recognized.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Bethany Trivia

What was the original purpose of the Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center?

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded two month-long fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, where he will work on his second novel. Notable alumni of MacDowell and Yaddo include Willa Cather, James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker and Jonathon Franzen. Cash's first novel, "The Rain Barrel," is scheduled to be released by William Morrow/HarperCollins in early 2012.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bethany College to Host Disciples Men’s Gathering

Pre-planning meetings were held March 25-27 on campus and at the Mountainside Conference Center for the 2012 Disciples Men’s Gathering, Extreme Faith Bold Action, to be hosted by Bethany College July 13 – 15, 2012. The new regional event will be open for men of all ages to attend sessions and participate in fellowship, worship and service projects. The event will be campus-wide and involve Historic Bethany and the Bethany Memorial Church. For information and promotional items about the event visit:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bethany College Students Spend Spring Break in Area Volunteer Service, International Travel

While some members of the Bethany community used the recent break in classes to participate in the College’s inaugural Alternative Spring Break, completing volunteer work at 16 area organizations, others engaged in international politics and exploration at a variety of overseas destinations. The activities were all part of the College’s ongoing initiatives to serve the local region and beyond — and to provide greater depth to classroom learning through real-world experiences.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Phi Chapter Volunteers with Local Animal Shelter

Twelve Brothers of the Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Chapter volunteered on March 26 at the Brooke County Animal Shelter in Beech Bottom, W.Va. The Brothers spent the morning helping out the workers of the shelter by walking dogs and cleaning cages and various parts of the facility.

During the month of March, Phi Kappa Tau recognized their “Founder’s Month of Service” celebrating the month surrounding the Fraternity’s founding date of March 17, 1906.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bethany Trivia

What is Upsilon Pi Epsilon?

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Janice Garrison Shepherd, Bethany College RTI-PDS grant coordinator; Betty McGillen, Hancock County Schools RTI administrator; Dan Enich, Weir Middle School Principal; and Kelli Summers, Karen Pitchok and Kathy Griffith, WMS RTI interventionists, presented “Balancing 21st Century Learning and Assessment in a Response to Intervention — Professional Development School Partnership” while attending other PDS related sessions at the National Professional Development School Conference in New Orleans March 9-13. On March 23rd, this RTI leadership team hosted Wood County, W.Va. school administrators, principals, and interventionists at Weir Middle School to share their presentation and provide a school tour demonstrating RTI implementation at the middle school level. Larry Fontanarosa, Bethany Education Department Interim Chair, and Rita DeMundo, Education Department Field Placement Coordinator, also attended the event. The Bethany College-Hancock County RTI-PDS partnership is one of three such PDS partnerships funded by the West Virginia Department of Education to develop models for implementing Response to Intervention in West Virginia schools.

Faculty/Staff Women’s Tea
Faculty from the Communications and Media Arts and Social Work departments hosted a tea in honor of female faculty and staff of Bethany College on March 24 in Phillips Hall Lounge. Approximately 15 women attended the event, which featured a variety of teas, finger sandwiches and desserts. The hostesses for the event hope to make this an annual feature of the Women’s Month events held each March. The event provided an opportunity for the women to take a break from daily chores and visit.

Physical Education and Sports Studies
The Department of Physical Education-Sports Studies has added another service learning project as they continue to expand opportunities for students to construct their personal concept of the teaching-learning process.

The PHED 215 Leisure Studies class is providing weekly rhythmic lessons as service- learning projects to students at St. John the Evangelist Early Learning Center and special needs students at Wellsburg Middle School. These projects, developed from a senior project of current senior Kate McCabe, were developed as a result of recommendations by physical education alums to expand the early field experience opportunities in the Lab Analysis courses. The service project provides learning opportunities that the schools are currently unable to provide and enable physical education majors to have hands-on experiences working with students in authentic teaching-learning environments. Wally Neel, Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies, serves as the instructor for the course and coordinates the project.

Additionally, students in Education 353, Integrated Methods in Health and Physical Education, are providing the health and physical education curriculum at St. John the Evangelist Early Learning Center. This has been an ongoing project for nearly a decade and is an excellent service-learning project. Bethany students teach more than 60 health and physical education lessons each semester to 3, 4, and 5-year old children. Bethany instructors for the project are Kosmas Mouratidis, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Coordinator of Sports Studies, and Neel.

Visual and Performing Arts
Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music, performed with the Amanda McCoy Band on March 16 at the House of Manuel. Manuel, also known as the "Rhinestone Rembrandt," held a special showcase featuring McCoy and her band at his studio in Nashville.

McCoy’s band consists of Professor Collaros on bass, electric guitar and vocals, along with Nashville musicians T-Bone Smith on electric guitar and vocals, Sean Sunderland on drums, and Alice Pitts on fiddle.

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