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.