Monday, September 30, 2013

Honoring Former Student-Athletes

A pleasure to honor three amazing student-athletes before Saturday's Homecoming football game. Maria Vallone ('13) --softball and women's tennis -- the Susan Hann Award; Nick Wilcox ('13) -- basketball -- the William Hanna Award; Jessica Zavatchen ('13) -- volleyball --the Scholar Athlete Award (and class Valedictorian). Brian Rose, Director of Athletics and Recreation, is pictured on the left.
Nice visiting with Rich Jackson ('78), journalist with WVIZ PBS, WCPN NPR, WCLV NPClassic, during 2013 Homecoming


With my good friend Boomer at Saturday's Homecoming Game.
Carlie Fisher, three years an Associate in the Office of the President at Bethany, was on the Homecoming Court at Bethany College. Her boyfriend, KC Lindley, was also on the Court. KC's sister, Megan, is an Assistant in the President's Office and is a cheerleader and member of the Stampede, Bethany's marching band.

With Professor-emeritus Jay Buckelew at Bethany College Homecoming.

The Trio!

With Dr. Zachary Marshall, Director of the Bethany College Choir, and Matt White, Director of The Stampede, Bethany's marching band, before the start of Saturday's game.
Visiting with "Lupe", President of the Black Student Alliance, at their tailgate party before Saturday's Bison v. Grove City Homecoming football game.

Hoag Field Rededication

With legendary former Bethany soccer coach John Cunningham and Betty Hoag at a special ceremony honoring the memory of Bill Hoag and recognizing the Hoag Family for their amazing support of Bethany College at Hoag Field Saturday.

Thirteenth Annual Allison's Run

Great turnout at the Cunningham Sports Complex for the 13th annual Bethany College Allison's Run in memory of Jim Allison ('62), long time Professor of Mathematics.  Professor Allison passed away in 2000.  Pictured with Judy Allison and Professor Kenn Morgan, the talented artist who designs the race shirts every year. Enjoyed running the race with Bethany cross country coach Mike Guinn. 

Former Student-Athletes Receive Awards

With 2013 graduates Nick Wilcox and Jessica Zavatchen at the Hall of Fame Dinner Friday night. Nick, a four-year All-PAC and former PAC Player of the Year in basketball, and Jessica, four-time All-PAC and two-time Academic All-American, are pursuing further studies this year (Nick in nursing, Jessica Physical Therapy). Nick received the William Hanna Award and Jessica the Scholar Athlete Award at Friday's Dinner.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Welcoming Back Alumni, Friends

Back for Homecoming: Legendary former Bethany, Florida State, and University of Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin ('59). So many great stories of Bob's time at Bethany.
 Nice visiting with Georgette Kaukane, sister of the late Hugh "Tiger" Joyce, and her friends, in town for Homecoming and the 9th annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Tournament at Highland Springs Golf Course.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Welcoming Keresty Lecture Speaker

Enjoyable lunch today at Christman Manor with Jeff and Lynn Lapin (center). Jeff ’75 is our John G. Keresty Lecturer in Journalism tonight. He is Principal of Lapin Media Advisors, Chicago, Illinois. Joining us for lunch (from left): Dr. Pat Sutherland, Professor of Communications and Media Arts; M.E. Gamble, Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts; and Dr. Mort Gamble (right), Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Professor of Communications. Tonight’s Keresty Lecture will be webcast by the Bethany Broadcasting Network and broadcast on WVBC radio beginning at 7 p.m

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This Week's Bethany Trivia Question

Q: What men's basketball player holds the record for most career points?
A: Keith Schubert (1998-2002) scored 2,127 points in his career. In 105 games as a Bison, Schubert also tallied 711 rebounds, 44 blocked shots and 148 three pointers made.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Labyrinth Dedication

With Rev. Stephen Bentley, Minister of Disciples Men and Regional Associate Pastor, Christian Church in Ohio; Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes, Dean of the Buffalo Seminary of Bethany College; and Bethany College Senior Vice President Sven de Jong at Saturday's Labyrinth Dedication at the Campbell Mansion.

Rainy football game day

Saturday was a rainy day for football at Bison Stadium. Good day to hang out in the press box. Pictured with Joe Onderko, Commissioner of the Presidents' Athletic Conference, and Matt Neverett, sophomore Communications and Media Arts major. Matt's father, Tim, is the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Basketball Team Anniversary

With Bison head basketball coach Andrew Sachs and Joe Kurey ('62), then assistant coach and long-time former Bethany administrator, at Friday's 50th Anniversary Celebration for the only undefeated basketball team in BC history. Members of the 1963-64 team in attendance included Bard Hickman, Charlie Cross, Rev. Larry Deitch, Jim Uhrig, Jim O'Roark, John Simms, Phil Harrison, Ed Kidd, Tom Lash, Rich Cipullo, Rev. Harry Bolen, Ed Blundon, and Howard Hoffman. Joe spearheaded the planning for the event.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Over 2,000 guests for various events at Christman Manor this past year. Clark Creel, Executive Chef, and Shawn Stewart of catering services always impress guests with wonderful menus and service.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Diversity Week

Faculty, staff and students wore red in support of Diversity Week on campus.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, Annie and I had an enjoyable dinner with officers of the Bethany Student Government Association and Student Activities Council at Christman Manor. Alex Henry, Princess Serrano, Jared Roque, Jacob Fischer (SGA President), Derek Brown, and Hannah McNerney, joined David Black (Provost), Jerry Stebbins (Dean of Students), Lisa Reilly (Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry & SGA Advisor), and Sam Goodge (Director of Student Activities).

"The Harbinger" Release

Enjoyable 2013 "The Harbinger" release celebration in the Academic Parlour of Old Main. Pictured with Dr. Jessie Janeshek (Faculty Advisor), Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing-Across-the-Curiculum, and Jessica Miller (Editor). The Harbinger is the student literary journal of Bethany College.

PAC Kickoff

Brian Rose, Director of Athletics and Recreation, and I joined PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko and our counterparts at Geneva College for a special "coin toss" to commemorate the start of the PAC football season Saturday night. The Bison dropped the contest to the Golden Tornadoes.

Alumni Council

Five members of the Bethany College National Alumni Council returned to campus over the weekend for a panel discussion "Giving Back to Alma Mater." Pictured with Ashley Kanotz (left), Director of Parent and Alumni Relations and me are: Craig Williams ('96) of  Maryland; Margy Lang ('81) of Florida; Amy Callahan ('95) of North Carolina; Bruce Fahey ('77) of Ohio; and J.P.  Blaho ('94) of Massachusetts.  Students from the Undergraduate Alumni Association and Connections class attended the panel. 

Enjoyable breakfast at Christman Manor with the Bethany College National Alumni Council.  I had the pleasure of presenting Margy Lang (’81) with recognition of her nine years as a member of the Council and the declaration of her Director-Emeritus status.  A former President of the National Alumni Council, Margy has worked tirelessly to build the organization and has hosted events for alumni and friends in Jacksonville, Florida.  A true Bethanian!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Faculty, Students Receive Awards at 2013 Fall Convocation

Dr. Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures, Director of International Studies and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, received a standing ovation in a packed Commencement Hall as he receives the John R. Taylor Award for the Liberal Arts. Provost David Black presents the award.

Dr. Menz also received the International Association of University Presidents Faculty Achievement Award at today's Fall Convocation.
Kathy Furbee, Chair/Professor of Social Work, accepts Bethany College's recognition on the 2013 President's Community Service Honor Roll at today's Fall Convocation. It is the second time in three years that Bethany has been recognized. Prof. Furbee spearheads the College's community service/service learning programs.

 Sophomore Ann Taylor (Communications and Media Arts major) receives the prestigious Richard B. Kenny Award from Jerry Stebbins (Dean of Students) as the outstanding freshman for the 2012-13 academic year at today's Fall Convocation. Ann has a near perfect grade point average and is active in a wide variety of campus activities (including assistant in the president's office).

Phi Kappa Tau fraternity won the Woolery Cup (for outstanding academic performance) for the Spring 2013 Semester. It added to Harald Menz's special day. He serves as the Phi Tau advisor. Evan Marmie accepts the award for Phi Tau.

Alpha Xi Delta sorority won the Anna Ruth Bourne Award (for academic performance) for the Spring 2013 Semester. Shannon Marks accepts the award for the sorority from Dean of Students Jerry Stebbins.

Meeting with Follett

Afternoon meeting yesterday with our partners at Follett Higher Education Group, managers of the Bethany Bookstore.  Pictured with James P. O'Connor, Vice President of Operations (Oak Brook, Illinois), Ann Craft (Bethany Bookstore Manager), and Tom Drewes, Regional Manager (Pittsburgh).

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Five Installed into Endowed Positions

Five members of the Bethany College faculty were recognized today with endowed distinctions at a ceremony in the Academic Parlour of Old Main. Joining Senior Vice President Sven de Jong (left) and me for the presentation: Dr. Lisa Reilly, The Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Anju Ramjee (The John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professor of Finance); Dr. Joseph Walsh (The Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics); Dr. David R. Black (Sarah B. Cochran Visiting Executive in Residence); and, Travis Straub (The R. Richard Renner Visiting Scholar in English).

It was a special day for Dr. Joseph Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, who was installed as The Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics at Bethany College. Dr. Walsh (with plaque) is joined by Sven de Jong (Bethany Senior Vice President), Paul Gaberson, Carolyn Walsh, and Kathy Gaberson (benefactor who created the professorship in honor of her late son).

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kalon Scholars

Dinner last night at Christman Manor with the first year Kalon Leaders Scholars.  Pictured:  Aida Garvey, Sara Ferrier, Christine Pray, Ashley Worst, Megan Lindley, Grant Ashcraft, Sarah London, and Andrew Bondi.  Not pictured: Alaina Roberts and Michelle Paugh.  Kathy Furbee, Chair/Professor of Social Work and Advisor of the Kalon Scholars Program, is also pictured.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Cathy Gordon (sitting), Executive Secretary to the Provost. She's pictured at lunch in Benedum Commons with her daughter Stephanie Gordon (Assistant to the President), Saralyn Dague (Director of Business Affairs) and Heather Taylor (Coordinator of the Writing Center).

Miss Madeline's Wise Words

Greeted at the doors of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library by housekeeper Madeline Wilson.  “Miss Madeline” (as she is known to many) has worked at Bethany for 46 years.  She greets every visitor with a “Good morning, how are you?”  When visitors indicated “We’ll be much smarter when we come out this door,” she replied, “That’s why we’re here – knowledge.”  Great answer!