Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Notice of Combined Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report Availability

Bethany College is committed to assisting all members of the Bethany community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available on the Bethany College website at:

If you would like to receive the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Office of the President at Old Main, Room 110, Bethany, WV 26032 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (304) 829-7111. This is information is required by law and is provided by the Bethany College Department of Safety and Security.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bethany College to Celebrate National Bison Day

Bethany College is planning numerous activities for Nov. 1-2 in celebration of National Bison Day.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 students will be able to decorate bison shaped cookies in the cafeteria and Bethany College mascot Boomer the Bison will be available during meals for pictures and to encourage students, faculty and staff to “vote bison.” 

The “vote bison” campaign is part of an initiative sponsored by the International Buffalo Council, the National Bison Association and the Wildlife Conservation Society that aims to see the bison elected as the national mammal. The initiative believes the iconic bison is impeccably qualified to join the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States. As the largest land mammal in the country, the bison helped shape the Great Plains and the lifestyle of the Native Americans who lived there. Bison have been important for centuries to history and culture, and today, they live in all 50 states. Bethany College and its long-standing tradition as a bison community is proud to be a partner of this campaign. More information can be found at

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Cancer Memorial Blood Drive to be held at Bethany College

The Pre-Health Professions Club recently announced it will be hosting a Cancer Memorial Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the private dining rooms of Benedum Commons at Bethany College.

“The drive is being held in honor of those who lost their lives to cancer and in honor of those that continue the fight,” said Tanner Coles, site coordinator and training provider for the American Red Cross River Valley Chapter and the Greater Alleghenies Blood Service Region.

Those that volunteer and donate will receive a free pint of ice cream while supplies last and also will be entered to win a Sheetz gift card.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fifth Term at Reed Smith Helm for Jordan

Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh’s eighth-largest private company, Tuesday said Gregory Jordan '81 has been elected to a fifth three-year term as global managing partner. Jordan, 53, will lead the law firm through 2015, giving him the longest tenure in Reed Smith’s 136-year history.

Click here to read the whole story from the Pittsburgh Business Times, or visit Bethany College's website for more stories.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bethany Students Participate in Pittsburgh Discussions About Career Development, National Issues

“America’s Growth: Your Future” and “Revitalizing America” were the themes of distinctive presentations attended by Bethany students October 18 in Pittsburgh.

The day began at Reed Smith with a discussion featuring Dave Egan ’79, Chief Marketing Officer for Reed Smith. Students had the opportunity to ask questions regarding career paths, employment after graduation and the global market place. Lunch and a tour of Reed Smith’s Global Headquarters were included as part of the presentation.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

National City Church in Washington, DC celebrates Bethany College Heritage

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller, along with vice president Sven de Jong '95, Carol Grimes '66 and students Annie Grogan, Matthew Sipos and Jacob Bray on Oct. 13 attended a Buffalo Seminary forum entitled “Speaking Truth to Power” at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.

Panel members included T.W. Phillips Chair of Religious Studies Dr. Brooke Deal, Chaplain of the college the Rev. Scott Thayer, dean of Buffalo Seminary and director of church relations the Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes '64 and Bethany graduate the Rev. Dr. Adam Kradel '95. On Oct. 14, Dr. Grimes joined the Rev. Dr. Peter Morgan for a forum celebrating the Bethany College/National City Christian Church heritage.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Bethany College Children’s Collections Expands to T.W. Phillips Memorial Library

The Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson Children's Library, fully renovated and redesigned, has taken up residence on the main floor of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library.

The Children’s Library, under the guidance of Heather Ricciuti, director of libraries and learning resources since 2009, evolved from a small collection of children's materials originally housed on the upper level of the main library. Education major Leslie Lacaria ’03 re-envisioned the space into “Kids Korner” for her senior project. The project turned the space into a welcoming, family friendly resource and featured handmade decorations, a chalkboard table, stuffed animals, games, reading materials and more.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reminder: Alumni Directory

The Alumni Office and Publishing Concepts, Inc (PCI), the company printing the new 2012 Alumni Directory, will have it available at the end of October.  Those alumni that that order books only can expect them to be delivered to their homes within the next two weeks.  For those that ordered the CD or book/CD combo can expect those in three weeks. Any issues with orders can be handled by calling the customer service line at 1-800-982-1590.  Thank you to all of those alumni that participated in the 2012 Alumni Directory.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Atlanta Alumni Event!

You are cordially invited to attend an Alumni & Friends Event with President Scott D. Miller and host Neil Christman '55 at Atlanta Athletic Club on Sunday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information on the location and to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (304) 829-7299 or

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bowers ’73 Receives Junior Hockey Award

Bethany alum Sydney Bowers ’73 was recently the recipient of the 2012 Junior Hockey Award, which was awarded by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Bowers coaches kindergarten through eighth-grade sports at Hill, an independent school of 230 students in Middleburg, Va.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Bethany Trustee Jordan ’81 Announces Reed Smith Office in Singapore

Global Managing Partner of Reed Smith and Chair of the Bethany College Board of Trustees Gregory B. Jordan ’81 has announced the firm has continued its expansion into Asia with the opening of an office in Singapore this month.

The launch has been in the works for about two years and marks the firm’s fourth office in Asia after Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Jordan said the firm will have a tailored focus in Singapore and will concentrate on its trading and commodities practice, shipping and international arbitration.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Bethany President Active at CIC-sponsored NYC Initiatives

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller on Monday attended the annual meeting of the Presidents’ Council of the New York Times and Council of Independent Colleges partnership at the New York Times headquarters. Twenty CIC presidents currently serve on the Council. Bethany has sent student editors to the NYT editors’ workshop in the spring.
Dr. Miller also attended the Conversation between Foundation Officers and College and University Presidents at the TIAA-CREF headquarters. The program is sponsored by the CIC.  Approximately 80 presidents and 20 foundation leaders attended the discussion.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Homecoming 2012 Pictures!

This year's Bethany College Homecoming was a major success, and pictures from all of the weekend's activities can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Relay for Life Set for Next Week

Relay for Life will be held from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Oct. 12-13. There will be events held throughout the night and donations will continue through the 2 p.m. Bethany vs. Waynesburg game. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase that will offer the chance to win 10 different baskets. The drawing will be held during half-time of the football game.

If interested in donating, donations can be sent to Aerika West, Relay for Life chair, at PO Box 262, Bethany, WV 26032.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bethany College Awarded Military Friendly Schools Title from Victory Media, Inc.

Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, recently named Bethany College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. 
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

“It’s an absolute honor to be named to the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools. We strive to accommodate our military students and their families in any way that Bethany College can. Our small school of national distinction embraces our country’s servicemen and women and aims to serve and aid in all their academic pursuits,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College.  

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Sven de Jong promoted to Senior Vice President

President Miller is pleased to announce the promotion of Sven de Jong (’95) to Senior Vice President of Bethany College.  de Jong has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement of Bethany since 2005.

“Sven has played an important role in the qualitative growth of Bethany College,” Dr. Miller said.  “This is a fitting and proper way to recognize an individual who loves Bethany College and devotes his full energies to its prosperity.”

As senior vice president, he oversees external affairs programs of the College including the Center for Institutional Advancement (development, alumni & parent relations, communications & marketing, government relations, church relations, sports information, and Historic Bethany) and the Center for Enrollment (undergraduate & graduate enrollment, transfer & pre-collegiate programs, and financial aid). He serves as the senior vice president responsible for administrative facilitation/coordination for the President’s Cabinet and is a liaison for board of trustees’ relations.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Bethany Homecoming 2012!

We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2012 slated for Oct. 5-6. Click here to see a full schedule of events!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bethany Department Chair Performs in Political Ad

Luke Hardt, chair of the visual and performing arts department and director of Bethany College Theatre, can be seen in a political attack ad in the Stebenow/Hoekstra Michigan Senate race. In the commercial, he plays the director of a soap opera frustrated in his attempt to keep the actors from improvising political jabs into their scripted lines. 

Although the ad is airing in Michigan, it was shot at WQED studios in Pittsburgh. In addition to flexing his acting muscles, Luke also enjoyed hanging out at X the Owl and King Friday's Castle set pieces still extant from “Mister Roger's Neighborhood.”

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bethany College to Hold Fifth-Annual Fall Symposium

Bethany College will hold its fifth-annual Fall Symposium on Nov. 1-2 at the Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s theme will focus on “Life Stages: the Circle of Life,” and will feature a keynote speaker for each day as well as a number of workshops.
Co-hosts for the event include West Virginia Northern Community College, the West Virginia University Masters of Social Work Program, Wheeling branch, and the Brooke County Health Department.

More than 100 professionals, including social workers, nurses, counselors, addictions specialists and domestic violence prevention specialists are expected to attend the symposium. One difference in the schedule this year will be the addition of tracks. Following the keynote presentation each morning, each series of sessions will feature an offering on infants/children, teens/young adults and middle/older adults.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Own a Piece of Bethany History

This year at Homecoming Bethanians will have the opportunity to buy yearbooks from various years in Bethany's history. The yearbooks will be available in the Alumni Tent and have a suggested donation price of $50.

All proceeds will be designated  for materials, preservation, promotion, and outreach for Archives and Special Collections in the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library. Please contact Sharon Monigold, Director of Bethany Heritage Program and Archivist, at (304) 829-7898 or with any questions.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Presentation on the Amazon to be Held

There will be a video presentation on the Amazon at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Kirkpatrick, room 105. John T. Burns, professor of biology, will present a video presentation on the three trips that he and Bethany College students have taken to Tahuayo Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon Basin.

The presentation is expected to last approximately 45 minutes and there will be time afterwards for questions regarding the video the planned Ecology of the Amazon course – which is set to be offered during the May 2013 term – and other possible research projects, internships and community service opportunities in this unique area. Snacks will also be provided.

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