Thursday, May 30, 2013

Informative discussion of federal student financial aid issues with U.S. Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV today.

Enjoyable visit with former long time West Virginia University president David Hardesty today.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Bethany Trivia

In 1972, what were students expected to wear to formal Convocations?

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award

A very special day for me today in Edinboro, PA. Returned to General McLane High School for the first time since graduation in 1977 for the Lancer Legacy Celebration. Such an honor to be named the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Pictured with General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bethany Trivia

When did psychology become part of the Bethany Curriculum?

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Katrina D'Aquin (Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs) and I had an opportunity to visit after graduation with the family Johnathan Foster (Francis Carfer Prize recipient as Outstanding Senior). Johnathan is special to us both.

M.E. Yancosek Gamble was recognized as a national nominee for the T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Performance at the pre-graduation Communications and Media Arts Celebration at Bethany House this morning. There are 14 eligible nominees from Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) colleges and universities nationally.

Retiring Vice President Bill Kiefer was recognized with a resolution at Friday's Board of Trustees Meeting. A 1971 graduate, Bill has served as a member of the Alumni Council and Board of Trustees before being named a Vice President in 2005.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dr. Darin Fields (Vice President for Academic Affairs) joins me for the traditional ceremony of Bethany College diploma signing by the officers of the college. Faculty sign this afternoon. Trustees will sign tomorrow. Commencement is Saturday at 10 a.m. Watch the event live on BBN.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bethany Trivia

What fraternity came to Bethany College in 1852?

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dean Fields, Sponsor Kathy Shelek-Furbee and me with the honorees at tonight's Kalon Honors Banquet at The Bethany Club.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

American Red Cross Campus Blood Drive Challenge

Tanner Coles (Bethany Campus Coordinator) is all smiles after Bethany College was named the winner of the American Red Cross Campus Blood Drive Challenge recently. Joining us for the picture is Jennifer Fleahman-Rohrig (Bethany '11), Donor Recruitment Field Representative for the American Red Cross, and Kody Niedzwiecki, our 2013-14 campus coordinator.

Monday, May 6, 2013

After 25 years of service with the Japan Outreach Program at Bethany College, Sachiko Wood (center) announced her retirement at the end of the current academic year. Friends and colleagues celebrated her Bethany career with a reception in Benedum Commons today. Joining us for the picture is Fujiko Sawtarie, Professor of Computer Science.

Bethany Trivia

When was the Steinman Hall of Fine Arts created?

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

With J.P. Blaho (Chair of the Bethany College Alumni Association Board of Directors) and Ashley Kanotz (Director of Alumni and Parent Relations) after the Alumni Weekend breakfast at Harder Hall. The two provided an inspiring update regarding many activities sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The Honorable Kaye Gorenflo Hearn '72 -- 2013 Bethany College Alumni Achievement Award

Jeffrey Flick '82 of Pittsburgh -- 2013 Bethany College Alumnus of the Year

William R. "Bill" Kiefer '71 -- Robert A. Sandercox Award

The 50th Reunion Class - 1963

Donald Wells '43 of Florida celebrated 70 years since his Bethany graduation during Alumni Weekend. Five generations of his family have attended Bethany.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Presidential Perspectives

(This month's issue of Presidential Perspectives, a presidential thought series, published by Scott D. Miller and Marylouise Fennell with support of Aramark Higher Education). 

This month's chapter is titled "Higher Education: A Complicated Commodity in a Clamorous Marketplace."

Spring's Timeless Blessings

(The President's Letter, May 2013)

Spring has arrived at Bethany, and with it, the timeless blessings that accompany this season of hope and regeneration. Although winter prompted extra vigilance this year, and many called for the demise of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, nature has redeemed itself through a mild and lovely spring arrival on campus.

It is one of the busiest periods at Bethany, capped by Honors Day, Alumni Weekend, comps, and Commencement. We pause, barely, for May Term before a deceptively quiet summer of planning for the fall term. Such is life at a nationally ranked small college where schedules never really slow down, given the urgency to keep enrollment strong, fundraising reliable, and students well prepared. The world they will face as career professionals is not leisurely, and so neither can we afford to be in guiding them.

But amid the excitement of spring and the promise of a busy next few months, let me take a moment to offer updates about some very special individuals at Bethany.

We welcome Mollie Cecere to the Bethany family as our Director of Enrollment Management. A 2003 graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., Mollie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. With over ten years of experience working in enrollment management, Mollie has spent the last nine years at Point Park University where she served as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Mollie, her husband Joe, and their son reside in Bethel Park, Pa.

In June we’ll be saying thank you and congratulations to a key member of our administrative staff, William “Bill” Kiefer, who is retiring from the College. Bill, a 1971 graduate of Bethany, was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, and has served the College in many capacities. He was on the Bethany College Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years, and for six years was a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees. For the last eight years, he has held the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Bethany College.

Bill earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1974. After more than 10 years in private law practice, he joined Weirton Steel, serving as a senior executive for over 20 years. In recognition of his service to his alma mater, Bill will receive the Robert A. Sandercox Award during Alumni Weekend, May 3-5. This unique award was created to honor those who contribute to the heritage and history of Bethany College, in a way compatible to our mission and with beneficial impact on students, faculty, administration, and alumni. Bill will be only the third individual to receive the award since it was established in 1997. We wish him and his wife Maria, also of the Class of 1971, the very best.

The Bethany College 2013 Senior Art Exhibit was on display April 5-14 in the Renner Art Gallery. The show featured the combined works of senior studio art majors Carl Dean Cosentino, Marcus D’Aguiar-Alexander, Brennan Davies, Elizabeth Kletzli, Kayla Smuck and Victoria Spriggs. The exhibit was comprised of various works created during their career at Bethany College, using painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and other media.

We also celebrated the release of a new, Juniper-Prize-winning poetry collection by Assistant Professor of English Dr. Brandon Lamson on April 12 in the Academic Parlour. Dr. Lamson read from his “Starship Tahiti,” his first book of poems. A 2010 graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, he is also the author of a chapbook of poems titled “Houston Gothic,” which was published in 2007. His work is also in a forthcoming analogy to be published this year titled “Poets for Living Waters: An International Response to the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.”

The year’s achievements by Bethany students were celebrated on April 18 during the annual Honors Day Convocation in Commencement Hall. As I reminded them in my welcoming remarks, “leadership and academic excellence are qualities of a thriving and vital liberal arts college—and the tradition of recognizing achievement is not limited to a single award ceremony.” Yet there were some amazing accomplishments recognized during the morning’s ceremonies.

Some of the special award recipients included Katrina Miller for the John R. Taylor Memorial Award in Liberal Arts; Amber Ridings and Shannon Marks for the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Women; Cameron Cooper for the W.F. Kennedy Prize as Outstanding Junior Man; Gabriela Nunez for the Bethany 2000 Prize; and Johnathan Foster for the Francis O. Carfer Prize as the Outstanding Senior.

Library Director Heather Ricciuti received the President’s Staff Excellence Award, and Professor of Finance Anju Ramjee and Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts and Chair of the department M.E. Yancosek Gamble were recipients of the President’s Faculty Excellence Award. For highest scholastic standing this year, Alpha Xi Delta won the Bourne Award, with Beta Theta Pi receiving the W. Kirk Woolery Award. Congratulations to the many other students who were honored on this day, some of whom were joined by their families for this special occasion.

So as we enjoy spring and hurry to finish our semester obligations, we are reminded by the achievements of many in our campus community of the rich blessings of Bethany College. We send to you our warmest wishes for a beautiful spring season, along with our appreciation for your year-long support of A Small College of National Distinction.

May's Schedule

Upcoming Events and Meetings

May 2 – Thirsty Thursday, Generations Restaurant & Pub, 6:00 p.m.

May 3 – Annual Student Art Exhibit Awards Reception, Renner Art Gallery, 7:30 p.m.

May 3-5 – Alumni Weekend

May 3-4 – Bethany Alumni Soccer Association Weekend

May 4 – Bison Football Golf Classic, Highland Springs Golf Course, 8:30 a.m.  

May 4 – Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast, Ogden Dining Hall, Benedum Commons, 9:30 a.m. 

May 4 – Alumni Awards Dinner, Commencement Hall, 5:30 p.m. 

May 6-7 – Written Comprehensive Examinations

May 7 – 4th Annual World Languages and Cultures Honors Induction Ceremony into Delta Phi Alpha (German National Honorary Society) and Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish National Honorary Society), Morlan Lounge, 7 p.m. 

May 8-11 – Oral Comprehensive Examinations

May 9 – Kalon Honors Banquet, Bethany Club, Benedum Commons, 5:30 p.m.

May 10 – SGA Professor Honor Reception, Academic Parlour, Old Main, 4:30 p.m.

May 10 – Faculty & Staff Open House, Christman Manor, 5:30 p.m. (RSVP required)

May 10 – Last day of classes & grades due for students graduating who are not taking Comprehensive Exams

May 13 – Moonbeam Breakfast, Ogden Dining Hall, Benedum Commons, 8:00 p.m.

May 13-15 – Final Exams

May 17 – Baccalaureate, Commencement Hall, 6:00 p.m.

May 17 – Senior Class Reception, Old Main Corridor, 7:15 p.m.

May 18 – Commencement, Tilock Amphitheater, Pennington Quadrangle, 10:00 a.m.

May 20 – Final Grades Due May 20 – First Day of Mini-Term/Summer Classes (Two, Three and Four Week Courses)

May 27 – Memorial Day – Employee Holiday

(Faculty and students are invited to breakfast or lunch with the president; contact the Office of the President to schedule)

Athletic Events

May 10 – Track and Field at Allegheny Invitational

May 16-17 – Track and Field at ECAC Outdoor Championships (Springfield, MA)


May 7, 14, 21 – President’s Cabinet

May 8 – Athletic Management Council

May 8 – Leadership Council

May 9 – Independent College Enterprise Board Meeting

May 16 – Faculty Meeting

May 23 – West Virginia Campus Compact President’s Council

Schedule and attendance at events subject to change