Friday, March 30, 2012

Bethany Attends WVICU Annual Meeting

Bethany College freshman Megan Carnahan speaks to the board of directors and donors at the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities annual meeting in Beckley, W.Va. An English major and mathematics/secondary education minor, Carnahan is receiving a Circle of Vision Scholarship through the generosity of the Schenk Charitable Trust.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gamble Publishes Book Review in International Journal

A book review by Dr. Mort Gamble, assistant to the president and a circus historian, is featured this month in Spectacle, the international online journal of the circus arts (

Inside the Changing Circus: A Critic’s Guide by David Lewis Hammarstrom (Bear Manor Media, 2012) is an in-depth study of the changing art and commerce of the circus industry.  “His book aims to help us understand what’s out there, how and why it’s out there, and what, if any, artistic merit contemporary circus productions possess,” Gamble writes. “The real premise of the book is where will/can the circus business go from here, please audiences enough to fill seats, and remain true to its fundamental mission—‘to dare us to look away.’”

Spectacle is edited and published by Ernest Albrecht, a scholar, biographer, and theatre critic, who has written extensively on show business and the circus for Time, Variety, and other publications. Gamble is a frequent contributor to various circus publications.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bethany College Represented at New York Gala Honoring McCanns

William Kiefer ‘71, Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Sven de Jong ‘95, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, were honored to be guests of Reed Smith, with almost one thousand other attendees, at The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York Gala Benefit in New York City.  Robert ’80 and Cindy McCann were presented with the Deus Caritas Est Award by His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York for their generous charitable work.  The evening raised a record $2.5 million in support of the 60 member agencies that Catholic Charities supports.  The event was emceed by Pat Battle, anchor/reporter NBC 4 New York along with a special performance by Megan Hilty who stars in NBC’s new series Smash.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bethany Trivia

Why in 1855 were 5 students expelled from Bethany College?

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

WVU College of Law Director of Admissions Visits
Tina Jernigan, Director of Admissions, of the WVU College of Law, spoke in Morlan Lounge on Tuesday, February 28.  She presented to interested pre-law students about WVU's programs, the opportunities for practicing law in West Virginia, the Summer Law Institute at WVU for undergraduates, and the steps needed for success in the law school admissions process. [Story submitted by Marc B. Sable, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science.]

Professor Sable Speaks in Ambridge on Egypt and the Arab Spring
On Sunday, February 26, Dr. Marc Sable of the Department of History and Political Science gave a presentation at the Beth Samuel Jewish Center in Ambridge, PA.  The talk highlighted the "soft authoritarianism" of the Mubarak regime, the different strands within the Islamic movement in Egypt (and within the Muslim Brotherhood), the continuing role of the military and implications of the Arab Spring for Israel and for US foreign policy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bethany College to Participate in Teagle Grant Funded Initiative

Bethany College, in cooperation with The University of Charleston, Davis & Elkins College, Emory & Henry College and West Virginia Wesleyan College, all members of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE), will soon begin an experiment in shared faculty thanks to a grant of $150,000 from the Teagle Foundation.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Swim Lessons to be Offered by Bethany College Swim Team

Swimming lessons will be taught by members of Bethany College’s Swimming Team and supervised by Head Coach David Dow. Students of all abilities age 4 and older are welcome.
Lessons will be offered four nights a week (Monday-Thursday) for two weeks. Choose the EARLY (4:30-5:10 p.m.) or LATE (5:20-6:00 p.m.) time period.

    Weekday Sessions:
    SESSION I    March 19 - 29     SESSION II    April 2 - 12     SESSION III    April 16 - 26

There is also a weekend session available (Saturday-Sunday) for three consecutive weeks (12-12:50 p.m.)
    March 24 - 25    March 31 - April 1    April 14 - 15 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gamble, Jolliffe Continue Service to WVU English Department Visiting Committee

Dr. Mort Gamble, assistant to the president, has renewed his commitment as a member of the alumni Visiting Committee of the West Virginia University Department of English. He will serve through 2015.
Gamble, who has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from WVU, drafted the last two reports of the Visiting Committee.

Dr. David A. Jolliffe ’74, Professor, Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas, is also a continuing member of the Visiting Committee. He received his Master of Arts in English from WVU in 1980.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Representatives from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College Visit Bethany

Admissions representatives from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College visited Bethany College on Wednesday, March 7 to speak to students about the top-ranked graduate degree programs offered by the Heinz College. Held in the Academic Parlor, the information session was held in anticipation of a future announcement of the establishment of a dual-degree program between Bethany and CMU’s Heinz College.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Business and Economics
David Youngberg, Assistant Professor of Economics attended the 23rd annual Teaching Economics Conference at Robert Morris University last week. The conference was designed to address the interests of teachers of college level economics. Participants at the first twenty conferences represented over 100 colleges and universities from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Participant presentations were included as complements to the scheduled speakers. Speakers at past conferences include Stanley Brue, James Buchanan, David Colander, Susan Feiner, Robert Frank, Denise Hazlett, Campbell R. McConnell, Michael Salemi, Phillip Saunders, Bradley Schiller, John Siegfried, William Walstad, and Michael Watts.

Social Work
Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Chair and Professor of Social Work, and Melanee W. Sinclair, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Field Placements, attended a training session sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education on February 24 and 25 in Alexandria, Virginia. The two-day training will provide the basis for beginning the self-study due in April 2013. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the Social Work Program since the 1983-84 academic year.

Bethany hosts The Pittsburgh Fellows
On Tuesday, February 21st, Bethany College representatives and students met with Becca Chapman, Director of The Pittsburgh Fellows. The Fellows is a nine-month, post-graduate leadership program “pursuing the goal of raising up the next generation of ethical and values-driven leaders in all sectors of society who have fully integrated their faith with their calling.”Today, more than ever before, there is a clear need for ethical leaders in the business world.

The Pittsburgh Fellows program offers college graduates the opportunity to launch their careers through a nine-month paid internship while further developing their Christian leadership skills. Each Fellow works Monday through Thursday in an internship position with a local business chosen to match the fellow’s interests and qualifications, then joins the other Fellows in graduate level Leadership Formation and Christian Studies courses on Friday, earning 12 graduate credits from Trinity School for Ministry. Throughout the nine-month program there are opportunities to attend national and regional conferences, paid for by The Fellows program. Fellows also participate in weekly service activities and meet with a mentor bi-weekly for encouragement and support. Once weekly dinners bring the Fellows together for bonding and relaxation. Housing is provided at no charge, the program covers travel and education costs, and each Fellow receives an $18,000.00 stipend to cover food and personal expenses.

Many Pittsburgh Fellows continue in their employment at the end of the nine months, while others make contacts leading to full-time employment.  Employers love the solid character and excellent preparation of students who come through this program. Most Fellows alumni have settled in the Pittsburgh region and are now contributing positively to the business climate in our city. This is a wonderful opportunity to you're your career off to a solid start by developing professional connections and adjusting to life a beautiful and growth-oriented city.

For more information about this post-graduate internship opportunity, go to or contact Becca Chapman directly at

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

American Council of Education Fellow Visits Bethany

Bethany College welcomed to campus Scott A. Carnicom, Ph.D. Associate Dean of the Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University and currently an ACE Fellow at Kenyon College along with Nick Perlick '00, Director of Development Middle Tennessee State University. During the day long visit, Dr. Carnicom and Mr. Perlick met with President Miller, Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Sven de Jong, Vice President for Advancement to discuss institutional leadership and operations as part of Dr. Carnicom's ACE Fellowship development program. The visit concluded with dinner at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights with President Miller and his wife Annie, Vice President Fields, Vice President de Jong, and Vice President Bill Kiefer.

RA Appreciation Day Celebrated

The Resident Assistant Staff of Bethany College was honored Wednesday, February 29 in correlation with “RA Appreciation Day” — an annual national celebration which recognizes the hard work, care, and dedication of the Student Life Office student staff.

Resident assistants Cassie Allen, Annie Grogan, Amber Ridings, Tyler Eyerman, KC Lindley, Emerald Cavoto, Aerika West, Heather Hamm, Brittany Marsh, Lindsay Arnold, Siobhan McDonagh, Margaret Harris, Joe Douglas, and Kayla Smuck were treated to massages throughout the day, and joined President Scott D. Miler at his home, Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights for a dinner in their honor.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bethany College Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Trustees

Gregory B. Jordan, Chair of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, has announced the election of three new members to the Board. Joyce Pollack Jefferson '77, Gayle Connelly Manchin H'07, and William (Bill) E. Strickland Jr. H'09. 

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Bethany Trivia

Who was the first English teacher at Bethany College?

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Bethany College Founder's Day Celebration Features Noted Historian and Johns Hopkins Scholar D. Duane Cummins

Bethany College celebrated 172 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day on March 1. Festivities included the College’s traditional Founder’s Day Convocation in Commencement Hall. This year’s Convocation featured guest speaker Dr. D. Duane Cummins, who served as president of the College from 1988 until his retirement in 2002 and is now a visiting scholar in history at Johns Hopkins University. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Buffalo Seminary to Host Workshop on "Preaching and Praying Holy Week"

On March 8-9 Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College will sponsor a workshop on "Preaching and Praying Holy Week" with Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston '74. The next Buffalo Seminary event will be the 2012 Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be delivered on March 26-27 by Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),  To register for either or both, go to