Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Taiko Drumming Group Performs

The group was formed out of the Bethany College Japan Outreach program. The group drums to promote awareness and understanding of Japanese culture. Taiko drumming is powerful, dynamic and fun.

Bethany College Taiko Drumming Group was the main performer for the Multicultural Day at Brooke High School on February 17. The group gave superb performance and received standing ovation.

The group members performed at Brooke High School were students George Cothran, Chelsea Marshal, Jamez Murray-Earliwine, Ashley Pack and Khristian Smith and professors Fujiko Sawtarie, Melanee Sinclair and Sachiko Wood. Nobuyuki Tanaka is the coordinator for the group.

The group is also invited as a main performer for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Ohio University, Athens Ohio,  on April 15.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bethany Theatre to Present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

The Bethany College Theatre Department will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” March 29 — 31 at 8 p.m. in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany College Campus.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a witty and irreverent musical comedy that takes place in ancient Rome and is inspired by the absurd comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus. The show, directed in this production by Bethany College senior Patrick McGregor and features senior Joey Albus in the lead role of Pseudolus, tells the story of a slave trying to win his freedom by playing matchmaker with his young master and the girl next door. Various hilarious situations ensue, including masquerades, mistaken identities, cross-dressing and one very funny funeral.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. In its original 1962 Broadway run, it won several Tony Awards, including best Musical and Best Book. It has since enjoyed several revivals and was made into a successful film.

For ticket information please contact the Bethany College Theatre Box Office at (304) 829-7124.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bethany Alum Named Coach of the Year

Bethany Alum and Hartwick head coach Todd McGuinness '02 was selected by his peers as the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year. McGuinness has led the Hawks to the Empire 8 Tournament for the second straight year. Hartwick finished the regular season with a record of 23-2 which ties the program-high for wins. The Hawks also set a record for most conference wins with 12.

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Bethany Trivia

How many U.S. presidents have visited the school?

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Plans Under Way for Relay for Life at Bethany College

Della Serevicz, area coordinator for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life visited campus on Wednesday. She met with sophomore Aerika West (chair), President of the College Scott D. Miller and Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins to discuss plans for Bethany’s relay for Life in March.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Visual and Performing Arts
The work of Aaron Anslow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, was recently shown in Clay Times ceramic magazine. The ceramic sculpture can be seen in the 2011 Pre-Holiday issue of Clay Times, (Volume 17, Issue 92), on The Gallery Page, by visiting

Dr. David Rudari and Ms. Sun Jung Lee of the Music Faculty presented a recital at St. Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, WV on Sunday, February 19.  Featured artist was Mr. Casey Gray, Tenor  (Bethany Class of 2009).   Repertoire was from the works of Handel, Teleman, Schubert, Verdi, Ravel, Puccini, and Bizet.

Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Technical Theatre, Tracie Lynn Duncan, in her role as a member of New Players Theater in Columbus, OH will be presenting: Mark Twain's THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE, staring NPT company members, award winning actors, and real-life sweethearts Mark Mann and Danielle Mann.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve is based on EXTRACTS FROM ADAM’S DIARY (1904) and EVE’S DIARY (1906). Twain’s own unique take on the Creation Story shows us that, as Shakespeare said, “the course of true love never did run smooth”. 

Ms. Duncan serves as New Players Production Designer and Technical Director, in addition to serving on the artistic board.

History and Political Science
On Friday, February 10, Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science, gave a talk entitled, "Egypt after the Arab Spring," at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  A large audience of between 80 and 100 offered well-informed questions about Egypt's recent elections, the character of the Muslim Brotherhood and the implications for foreign policy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bethany Alumni Featured

Bethany Alumni, Angela Ryder Bado ('77) and Matt Bado (’01) were featured in the Columbia Journalism Review’s profile on the Bados’ hyperlocal news website,

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Play4Kay Fundraiser Event Held at Bethany

For the fifth consecutive year, the Bethany women's basketball program participated in the WBCA's Play 4Kay event. It's a nation-wide effort that joins hundreds of basketball programs to raise funds and awareness in the battle against cancer. The basketball program partnered with the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, whose philanthropy is the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, to raffle off two gift bags, gift cards, t-shirts, bracelets, rally towels and keychains. By the end of the night, their efforts helped raise $743, but it's not too late to give. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt and/or making a donation, please contact head women's basketball coach Rebecca Upton at or 304-829-7267

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bethany Alumni Join Former President Clinton

Mark Horan (’84) joined former President Bill Clinton and Robert J. McCann (’80, H '10), CEO UBS Group Americas for the Clinton Foundation and UBS Wealth Management Americas as they celebrated the successful conclusion of a small Business advisory program pilot in New York City Metro Area.

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de Jong Named to The State Journal's Generation Next - 40 Under 40

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong '95 has been named as one of The State Journal's Generation Next -- 40 under 40. The State Journal's Generation Next: 40 Under 40 is an annual award designed to highlight the amazing things professionals younger than 40 are doing in West Virginia.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bethany to Present Acclaimed Author Danielle Evans

Bethany College will welcome Danielle Evans, author of the acclaimed story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, on Wednesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery.

Bethany Trivia

How many PAC titles has the men’s basketball team won?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music and Ms. Sun Jung Lee, Distinguished Lecturer in Music, Piano, were Guest Conductor and Accompanist for the 2012 Pittsburgh Diocese High School Honors Choir festival, held at Oakland Catholic High School and Seton-LaSalle High School on Friday, February 3.  The program featured works by Copland, Andre Thomas, Matthias Seiber, Verdi, and Randall Thompson.  This marks Dr. Rudari's third appearance as Guest Conductor with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Ms. Lee's first.

Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros engineered the recording of alumna Amanda McCoy's bass performance for "The Coming Down Rain," a new song by the progressive rock band Zasz.  To hear the finished song and learn more about Zasz, go to

Humanities: English
The official launch event for Wiley Cash's first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, is scheduled for Sat., April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery on the campus of Bethany College. There will be a reading, followed by a book signing. Books will be available to purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will go to raise money for the Brooke County Library. Although the novel and the e-book will be released on April 17, 2012, you can pre-order both from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all independent bookstores. You can also see the cover and read the first chapter here

"Cash’s debut novel is a chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy in small town North Carolina. The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep." - Publishers Weekly.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bethany College Announces 2012 Oreon E. Scott Lectures

Bethany College has announced Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins as the featured speaker for the 57th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures, to be hosted by the college March 26-27 at Bethany's Mountainside Conference Center. Watkins is currently serving as the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, and is considered the Disciples' primary leader. This year's event will focus on "The Challenge of Being Church in the 21st Century."

Monday, February 13, 2012

Emmy Award-Winning Producer to Address Bethany College Kalon Scholarship Candidates

Emmy Award-winning producer Jhamal K. Robinson— a 1998 Bethany alumnus who serves as Executive in Charge of Production for the Style Network in Los Angeles—will deliver the Keynote Address for the 28th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon to be held March 24 at Bethany College. The luncheon is part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition, which recognizes incoming students who possess special leadership potential.

Bethany Trivia

Where is the Lone Grave?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros' biographical entry on African-American blues legend Robert Johnson has been accepted for publication in Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, edited by Jacqueline Edmondson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

Physical Education and Sport Studies
Janice L.  Forsty, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Head Softball Coach, and Head Women’s Softball Coach, has been appointed chair of the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Top 25 committee for the 2012 season.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bethany Trivia

What was the first Broadcast on Bethany College’s Television Station?

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Kalon Scholars to Hold Leadership Academy

The Kalon Scholar Service Leaders will be holding a Leadership Academy on Saturday, February 11 to help Bethany Students expand their leadership potential and gain valuable experience for their future education or employment.

The event will take place at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature Chad Barnett, Bethany alumnus and Headmaster of the Linsly School, as keynote speaker with his presentation on “Using the College Experience to Maximize Your Leadership Potential”. Other session topics will include “Personality Types and Leadership”, “Managing vs. Leading”, “Conflict Resolution” and “Team Building”.

Chad Barnett is a recipient of the NAIS Edward E. Ford Fellowship Award for Emerging Leaders and is a published scholar with another forthcoming article in Philosophical Studies in Education.  He has served as Headmaster of Linsly School since 2008, and has previously served the school as Director of Admissions, Director of Summer School, English teacher, basketball and soccer coach, dormitory master, and intern. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership through the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as Teaching Fellow at the School of Education with a graduate course on Education and Society

The Kalon Leadership Academy is free and open to all Bethany students. Participants will receive a certificate for attending.

Friday, February 3, 2012

PNC Bank – Pittsburgh President To Deliver Commencement Address at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. – Sy Holzer, President of PNC Bank – Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote address at the 172nd Anniversary Commencement Ceremony at Bethany College, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Commencement will be held May 12 at 10 a.m. in the Tilock Amphitheatre in the Pennington Quadrangle.

“As the state's oldest private college, Bethany has been a small college of national distinction," Dr. Miller said. “Sy Holzer is a highly respected leader in the Pittsburgh corporate community—a community that has been an important part of our history. It is fitting and proper that our graduates have the opportunity to hear firsthand from a leader of his prominence.”  

Holzer has overall client, community and employee responsibilities, which include Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management in Western Pennsylvania. He also oversees financial services relationships with all large government entities, higher education institutions, health care organizations and labor unions throughout the ten-county Southwestern Pennsylvania market. He also has corporate-wide responsibility for all international labor unions.

Holzer joined the bank in 1971 and has held various executive positions in corporate and retail banking. He was named President of PNC Bank - Pittsburgh in May 1997 and is Co-Chair of the PNC Management Committee.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Visual and Performing Arts
On January 7, Herb Weaver, Professor of Fine Arts, delivered the keynote address at the "Advanced Placement Strategies Conference & Workshop" in Dallas, Texas. Titled "Look Up From Your Art", the content of the address focused on innovative art curricula for high school teachers.
Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of the Bethany College Theatre, and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts,  has a principal role in an upcoming mini-series, 'The Men Who Built America' for the History Channel.  The episode is an enactment of The Homestead Riots and Luke is the leader of the Pinkertons, Bill Heinde.  You may not recognize him as he is bearded, toting a gun and pistol-whipping a striker.  He's back to normal now.

Phillips Library
Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries & Learning Resources, traveled to the University of Charleston in West Virginia on January 9th for the 2012 Appalachian College Association Summit Planning Committee meeting.  ACA Summit XV, "The Changing Landscape of Higher Education in Appalachia: Opportunities, Challenges, and Successes," will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bethany Trivia

Who was the first non-athlete to be inducted into Bethany's Athletic Hall of Fame?

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