Friday, August 29, 2014

New Choir and Band Directors Named

I am pleased to share the appointment of two new music directors in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Erin Yanacek will be directing the Bethany College Choir this semester, and we hope that all interested singers will sign up for MUSI 105 in what promises to be a new and exciting adventure in singing. Erin is trumpet and vocalist for the acclaimed River City Brass Band and also teaches brass instruments, piano, and music history, while conducting in our music program here at Bethany.

Jason Birch is our new Band Director for the Stampede Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble. Jason comes with a rich knowledge of and familiarity with area band programs and also teaches percussion and band instruments here at Bethany. He performs with the Phoenix Jazz Project which has toured Europe, and other groups in the Pittsburgh-Wheeling area. We invite all instrumentalists to sign up for MUSI 106 as we look forward to a new era with the Stampede, Wind Ensemble, and other performing groups that Jason would like to develop.

I know you join me in welcoming them to the Bethany campus community.

Thursday Night Football - Steelers v. Carolina Panthers with Mort Gamble and Sven and Elizabeth deJong

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr. Larry Grimes’ new book is available on Amazon: Purchase it now and have him sign it at Homecoming!

On this warm summer day, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta are serving lemonade to students of Bethany College (until1:30 p.m.) outside of Old Main or on the library side of Richardson Hall. Pictured: Alanna Bebech and Ashley Worst.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Office of Student Employment hosted a campus job fair today in the Agostino Room of Benedum Commons. Thanks the pictured staff for taking part in today’s program. Bethany has two student employment programs for undergraduate students – the typical federal work study program found on most college campuses and the Bethany Education Employment Program (BEEP). In all, the College has over 900 campus jobs for students each year. The College also offers a limited employment program for graduate students.
Don and Tracey -- I saw your freshman son for the first time today. Classes and cross country are going well...he's been pretty busy...he really likes this place.

Bethany College is pleased to announce the creation of the Coordinator of Greek Life (Greek Life Intern) position. The position was underwritten by generous gifts from several Bethany Trustees. After reviewing the Coalition Assessment Report (Greek Life Report) and with support from the Trustees, the position of the Coordinator of Greek Life position was created.

Erika Clayton is the Coordinator of Greek Life. She comes to Bethany after working in the private sector for the last two years. Erika is a 2012 graduate of Westminster College and a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. Her primary responsibilities will be to support the overall visibility, recruitment strategies, and values of Greek life at Bethany College. Please welcome Erika to the Bethany College community.

Joining us for the picture in Benedum Commons is Sam Goodge, Director of Student Activities.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014-15 National Panhellenic and Interfraternal Council Officers

Greek life is a major tradition of Bethany College. The Greek community generously gives time and service to philanthropy and volunteering, and is a great way to get involved on campus and become a part of something bigger than oneself. Bethany College has the National Panhellenic Council to preside over all sororities on campus. The National Panhellenic Council provides structure and guidelines for the Greek community. The Interfraternal Council presides over the fraternities at Bethany College, providing structure and guidance for members of fraternities.

I am pleased to share that the officers of the National Panhellenic Council are the following:

· President - Briana Breault

· Vice President - Kim Judy

· Treasurer - Rhianna Petrone

· Director of Recruitment - Mary Gardner

· Secretary - Kassie Reed

· Director of Public Relations - Hannah McNearny

· Director of Programming - Mariah Moore

· Interfraternal Council Representative - Taylor Lewis

I am also pleased to share that the officers of the Interfraternal Council are the following:

· President – Christopher White

· Treasurer - Frank Salopek

· Activities Chair - Brandon Martell

· Public Relations Chair - Ian Sheppard.

Congratulations to the new officers of both organizations.

Good to visit with long-time colleague and friend E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, at his office in Morgantown. So good to have him back in West Virginia.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Greek Life at Bethany College

Joining Greek life can be a wonderful life-changing experience. The Greek system, a valued Bethany tradition dating back to the College’s earliest days, offers a sense of accomplishment through leadership, personal fulfillment through philanthropy and volunteer service, and opportunities to forge lifelong friendships. Greeks often perform well academically, scoring high GPA’s as well as developing valuable leadership skills. Involvement on campus through the Greek community is also a great way to network with others. After graduating, Greeks use their campus relationships to build career connections.

On Bethany’s campus, we have five different fraternities: Sigma Nu, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Kappa Tau, Alpha Sigma Phi, and Delta Tau Delta. There are three sororities: Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Mu, and Alpha Xi Delta. Each house has its own unique style, personality, and set of values. Although they may be different in their history and membership, they all have a common goal—to improve the College and themselves. The community does its best to excel in all ways possible and, at the same time, to represent school spirit through academics, sports, social events, and leadership.

The students involved in Greek life on Bethany’s campus have formed great friendships not just with their Greek sisters and brothers in their own sororities and fraternities, but with members of the faculty as well. The Greek community as a whole has a Greek faculty mixer every year. This is an opportunity for members of Greek life and faculty to interact and form connections. By forming relationships with professors, members of Greek life have the resources and support to reach out to the community, host philanthropic events, and gain professional experience as well.

Greeks also host events with each other. Each year Greeks get together to have the All-Greek Cookout. It is a chance to interact with the other houses and socialize among friends of the Greek community. During the spring semester, Greek Week takes place, a time of fun and competitive spirit. The houses compete against each other in good sport for the title Greek Week Champions, as well as a trophy. The 2014 winners of Greek Week were Delta Tau Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Each fraternity and sorority has its own philanthropy and each house works for its cause, which they feel passionate about. In doing so, members of Greek life have opportunities for leadership and professional growth through service.

An important tradition at Bethany, Greek membership offers exceptional opportunities for enrichment that can last a lifetime.

Keeping College Affordable the Bethany College Way

BETHANY, W.Va. – Seventy-one students from Bethany College spent their summer on campus working a variety of jobs to help fund their education. They were recognized for their hard work at a picnic Thursday, August 14, at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, the historic home of Bethany President Scott D. Miller.

Bethany President Highlights Successes and Goals in State of the College Address

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller discussed “where we’ve been, the challenges and opportunities confronting us today, and our plans for the future” during his annual State of the College address Aug. 19 to faculty and staff in Commencement Hall.

Read the entire article here:

Bethany College Welcomes New Students for 2014-15 School Year

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College marked the start of the 2014-15 academic year with a formal Matriculation Convocation August 22 in the Fred H. Tilock Amphitheatre at the Pennington Quadrangle in the heart of the historic campus.

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With colleagues from the Department of Communications and Media Arts before the start of the all campus social at Christman Manor at at Pendleton Heights: M.E. Gamble (chair), Scott Willyerd, Pat Sutherland, Mort Gamble, Erik Sprowls, and Jason Smith.

A Warm Bethany Welcome

Dear Bethanians,

Welcome to Bethany College!

In my seven years as president of the College, I always find this time of year to be most exciting. It’s great to see familiar faces eager to be back on campus, and it’s just as thrilling to meet those of you who are experiencing Bethany for the first time.

I hope that all of you will immerse yourselves in what Bethany has to offer. Get to know your peers, share your enthusiasm and passion for learning, connect with your professors, and take part in campus activities and clubs. There’s truly something for everyone here.

Good luck as you begin the fall semester and new academic year. Let’s look forward to a year filled with new friendships, challenges, and opportunities.

Services Provided by Campus Chaplain

Since its inception, Bethany College has been a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The religious body, of which Alexander Campbell was one of the principal founders, continues to support and encourage the College, although it exercises no sectarian control. Students from virtually every religious community are welcome and attend Bethany.

The campus ministry at Bethany College takes many forms, but the most important aspect of the ministry is the chaplain's visibility and availability to all students and staff. Along with the Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes, the chaplain meets once per month in mentoring sessions with the Campbell Scholarship fellows. The Chaplain regularly teaches a freshman seminar course and a January term class on social justice. He also leads a number of Connections workshops on topics ranging from spiritual growth to diversity awareness to international relations. As Minister of Bethany Church, the Chaplain leads regular worship services and Bible studies which are open to everyone. As a "Confidential Reporter" under the College’s Title IX policy, the Chaplain serves as a counseling resource for the campus community. As a member of the Student Life Team, he also serves as an adviser to Alpha Phi Omega, a Greek service organization.

Bethany’s ministry is an active part of campus life. We encourage you to participate in activities and services provided by the Bethany Office of Campus Ministry.

Bethany Dining Facilities Offer Options for Faculty/Staff

Start your mornings off right by enjoying a cup of Seattle’s Best coffee or espresso and either a fresh baked donut or one of the new signature bagel sandwiches at The Bethany Beanery. In addition to the new signature bagel sandwiches, The Beanery has expanded its grab ‘n go offerings for more efficient service and added variety. Now you will have plenty of time to enjoy a meal or a quick snack between classes.

Come together with the rest of the campus community for lunch or for dinner in the Ogden Dining Hall where you will enjoy traditional campus favorites as well as some new menu offerings. Ogden Dining Hall is a great value as an all-you-care-to-eat dining option. Chartwells would like to extend the discounted lunch rate of $5.00 for faculty and staff, with a current Bethany College Identification Card, through May 16, 2015. Look for the new Balanced U healthy eating options and the designated station for anyone who has special dietary needs or food allergies.

Relax and play at night in Boomer’s while enjoying some of your favorite treats! Your favorites like Bison Boneless Wings, burgers, subs, and milkshakes are sure to please after a fulfilling day on campus. Look for rotating features designed to add more variety to the regular Boomer’s menu.

To learn more about Bethany dining services:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chris Wroniak, Coordinator of Duplicating Services and the Mailroom, joins me in showing our New Student Orientation tour guides the new campus post office and duplication center on the ground level of Morlan Hall.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014-15 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Officers

Bethany College sponsors 22 intercollegiate athletic teams and an equestrian club team. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee represents the best interests of student-athletes to coaches, the department, and the administration.

Officers of the SAAC for the upcoming year are:

President -- Rhianna Petrone, a senior, Pre-Physical Therapy major and member of the cross country and track teams from Canonsburg, PA.

Vice President/Treasurer -- Marina Baker, a senior, History major and member of the swimming team from Winchester, VA.

The mission of the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is "To enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image at Bethany College."

The SAAC is composed of student-athletes assembled from each sport who provide insight on the student-athlete experience at the college. They meet regularly with the Director of Athletics and Recreation and at least once per semester with me.

Congratulations Rhianna and Marina.
Even a current Bethany student -- Dakota Kotsol, a Communications and Media Arts major -- joined the Bethany alumni and friends group at the Pirates game last night.
With Martha (Davis) Mitchell '84 and John U. Davis '56 at the Bethany alumni and friends gathering at Pirates Theatre
Nice visiting with Paige Prato ('14) at the Bethany College alumni and friends gathering at Pirates Theatre at PNC Park. Paige graduated in May and is a doctoral student at Ohio University. She is also the Presidents Athletic Conference nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. Pictured with us is Brian Rose, Director of Athletics and Recreation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scavenger hunt day for the Residence Hall Assistants. This group received bonus points -- picture with the President.

Bethanian Thomas Buergenthal (’57) Featured in “The Power of Liberal Arts Education”

A feature about Bethanian Thomas Buergenthal (‘57) on the Council of Independent Colleges "Securing America's Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education" website:

Bethany welcomes Fulbright Scholar Mai Ahmed Baddar of Alexandria, Egypt, to campus. Through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, Mai will teach multiple Arabic language and culture classes. Joining us for the picture Anne Taylor and Monica Westerheide.
Sad to learn of the passing of my first presidential mentor, long time colleague and friend – Dr. Paul C. Hayes. Dr. Hayes was President of the University of Rio Grande from 1977 to 1983 and again from 1986 to 1991. Rio Grande Facebook friends will remember him for his transformational, no nonsense leadership style. David Black and I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Hayes a couple of months ago at his home in Wilmington, Ohio. David and I have always been appreciative of the significant role Dr. Hayes played in our lives.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Homecoming 2014 Set for October 10-11

A complete schedule for Homecoming 2014 is now available:

Please mark your calendars and join the entire Bethany Family for an enjoyable weekend.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Intercollegiate Athletic Schedules

Bethany College sponsors 22 intercollegiate athletic teams and an equestrian club team. This program is an important part of the fabric of the College.

Student-athletes appreciate the strong turnout for their various contests.

For your convenience, we have compiled a composite schedule for all of our fall intercollegiate sports. That schedule is attached in PDF form for your use. (Please note that weather and some other variables may result in time changes. We encourage you to verify date/time on our website.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu received six awards at their 2014 National Convention. They include: Formal Recruitment Quota Award, Academic Honor Roll, Perfect 10 on Finance Portion of CTE (Commitment to Excellence) for One Year of the Biennium, Perfect Risk Management Score on the CTE, Most Improved CTE Score, and 75th Anniversary Award. Pictured with me (from left): Macy Holdcraft, Marena Cline, Laini Roberts, Katie Vallone, and Samuel Goodge, Director of Student Activities.

2014-15 Student Activities Council Officers

I am pleased to share the slate of officers of the Student Activities Council for the new academic year: 

President – Madison T. Ifft; Sophomore; Education; Pittsburgh, PA
Vice President of Marketing – Kaylah Barger; Sophomore; Education; Indianapolis, IN
Vice President of Cultural Events – Marcus Hooks; Sophomore; Social Work; Norwalk, CT
Vice President of Campus Events – Taylor Van Dyke; Sophomore; Communications; Natrona Heights, PA

We congratulate Madison, Kaylah, Marcus and Taylor on assuming these important positions. The SAC plays a critical role in the quality of student life and we thank them for their service.

New Campus Mail Center

Some of you may have seen the construction taking place in the garden level of Morlan Hall this summer. Since learning that the Bethany Post Office will likely be reducing hours of operation this fall, we are in the process of implementing a new campus mail center for our students.

Students will be able to have mail sent directly to them at the College, and will not need to purchase post office boxes through the United States Postal Service. Yesterday we received confirmation on the mailing address to be used for student accounts and campus offices. Please watch your email in the coming days to be informed of the box number that has been assigned to you and the USPS approved mailing address for all postal mail and packages.

In addition to having mail boxes for all students, faculty and campus offices in Morlan Hall, the Duplication Center is also being moved to the area adjacent to the Campus Mail Center. Currently, no students will be able to purchase stamps or mail packages from this location; that service will continue to be provided by the Bethany Post Office located on Pendleton Street.

I would like to especially acknowledge Hank Cook from our physical plant for building the new mail center and installing the over 900 mail boxes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

“Transformation Now!” Capital Campaign Reaches $47 million

“Transformation Now!: The Campaign for Bethany College” has reached the $47 million mark in gifts and pledges.

Launched during the 2008-09 academic year, the campaign has a Phase I, five-year goal of $52 million for capital improvements, endowment and operations. The overall goal is to raise $68 million by 2019-20 to fully fund the College’s master plan, “Bethany 2020.”

According to the campaign plan, $20 million is identified for capital improvements, $25 million for endowment, and $7 million for operations during Phase I (2008-09 to 2013-14).

The following campus improvements are a result of the campaign:
Renovation of historic Cochran Hall to serve as suite-style student housing for 72 students.
Acquisition and renovation of the former Bethany Primary School to serve as the Judith R. Hurl Center for Education.
Artificial turf, new track and lights at Bison Stadium.
Renovation of historic Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights to again serve as the president’s residence.
Renovation of historic Hibernia to serve as the Renner Visiting Scholars House.
Establishment of 18 new endowed funds, most notably the Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics.
Establishment of the McCann Student Investment Fund – a unique $1.5 million investment portfolio managed exclusively by students as a learning experience.
New softball field.
Resurfacing of the Ewing Tennis Center courts.
Renovation of the Cummins Community Center to serve as a 24-hour fitness center.
A video conferencing center at Mountainside Conference Center.
Renovation and expansion of the Bethany Bookstore.
Renovation and expansion of Benedum Commons to include:
Ogden Dining Hall, a food court-style dining facility.
The Bethany Club/Agostino Room – for private dining.
Boomer’s, a student game room, multi-television room and eatery.
Establishment of the Bethany Beanery in Morlan Hall, a new coffee shop and eatery.
Renovation and expansion of the Bethany House classrooms/offices/labs for the Department of Communications and Media Arts and establishment of the Bethany Broadcasting Network (BBN).
Extensive upgrade of technology to include partnership in the Independent College Enterprise (academic and administrative information and technology system collaborative) and connection of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library into the Bowen Central Virtual Library of Appalachia.
Upgrading of the outdoor quadrangle and amphitheatre in honor of the Pennington Family and Dr. Fred Tilock, respectively.
“Seed” funding for two new intercollegiate sports (men’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey), and upgraded facilities and competitive status for the Equestrian Club team.
Addition of four new parking lots.
Establishment of the Adkins Plaza and new accessibility entrance to Cramblet Hall.
Extensive commitment to corrective/deferred maintenance.

In addition, the campaign has funded numerous endowed scholarships and programs for academic and co-curricular initiatives, such as the student service-learning center.

One hundred percent of the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council, and approximately one third of the College’s alumni, contributed to the campaign. There have been 3,211 donors to the campaign, including 1,100 new contributors. Thirty-eight percent of Bethany alumni contributed to the campaign. The endowment has grown from $41 million to $53 million during the campaign – the best among private colleges in the state.

“Transformation Now! The Campaign for Bethany College” is the second formal fundraising campaign in the College’s 174-year history. The campaign was recommended by James L. Fisher, LTD., a Florida-based higher education consulting firm that completed a comprehensive Institutional Review at Bethany during the 2007-08 academic year.

On the eve of our 175th year, never before has the opportunity to sustain and enhance academic excellence been so great at Bethany College. Increased commitments by alumni and friends are critical to help fund important programs and needs of the College.

During these most difficult economic times, our alumni and friends have remained true to Bethany College. While Bethany College has both historic and excellent facilities, its future depends on the ability to grow and serve the students of tomorrow.

2014-15 Resident Assistants

Fifteen students have been selected as Resident Assistants for the 2014-15. Reporting to Andrew Lewis, Director of Residence Life, they play a critical role in an important part of our student life program:

· Kaylah Barger, Indianapolis, IN, Sophomore

· Alex Fenstermaker, Kirtland, OH, Sophomore

· Dakota Kostal, Niles, OH, Junior

· Megan, Lindley, Bentleyville, PA, Sophomore

· Dakota Maravelis, Berkeley Springs, WV, Senior

· Dylan, Martinez, Wahiawa, HI, Sophomore

· Eric Miller, Claysville, Pa, Junior

· Julia Mouch, Toledo, OH, Junior

· James Penatzer, Gibsonia, PA, Junior

· Kyle Rockey, Harrisburg, PA, Senior

· Kaitlyn Tate, Falling Waters, WV, Senior

· Anne Taylor, Lancaster, NY, Senior

· Brandon Trinh, Woodbridge, VA, Junior

· Monica Westerheide, Zanesville, OH, Senior

· Ashley Worst, Apollo, PA, Sophomore

Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your service to Bethany College.

Bethany to offer course for congregational videographers, historians

Peter M. Morgan and John Scott Williams will be leading a seminar on creating local church videos at Buffalo Seminary of Bethany College in Bethany, W. Va., Sept. 12-13. Their work will be based on National City Christian Church…A Dream Come True, a video they created in celebration of their congregation’s 170th anniversary. (Link to the video: )

Morgan, president emeritus of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and local church historian of National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., will lead participants in exploring options for script preparation. Williams, electrical engineer and videographer, will share techniques for filming and editing. He will also identify software for enhancing video history sharing.

The seminar, held at the college created by Disciples founder Alexander Campbell, will also include visits to Disciples historical sites in Bethany and a celebration of Campbell’s 226th birthday.

Congregations should send teams of two with one member having computer competency. Single applicants with computer competency will be accepted.

Registration is $35 which includes continental breakfast, break and lunch each day.

Thank you, Bethanian Jeffrey L. Seglin, for challenging me to the ice bucket challenge for ALS: Here is my ALS challenge to Bethanians everywhere! (See my Twitter or Instagram for the video)

Resident assistants arrived on campus yesterday. Fall student-athletes begin to arrive this week. For those of us at Bethany College today marks the unofficial end to the summer season. Spent an enjoyable weekend with family and friends at Bethany Beach. My favorite picture from the weekend: Annie and I with our adorable 6-month-old granddaughter, Addison "Addie" Sanders.

West Virginia's oldest! Small College of National Distinction....

Friday, August 8, 2014

WVU President E. Gordon Gee and Bethany Executive Assistant to the President Dr.Mort Gamble visit during the opening reception of the West Virginia Press Association convention at Canaan Valley Resort. President Gee spoke to attendees at the reception. Mort, who studied Gee's leadership style for his doctoral dissertation, and M. E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of Bethany's Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts, are representing Bethany College at the annual conference of the state's media leaders.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Leadership Council, 2014-15

I am pleased to share the membership of the Leadership Council for 2014-15:

Mollie Cecere, Director of Enrollment Management
Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs
Katrina D’Aquin, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sven de Jong, Senior Vice President
Necol Dunson, Director of Dining Services
Dave Ewing, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Thom Furbee, Director of Media Services and Classroom Technology
Mort Gamble, Executive Assistant to the President
Sam Goodge, Director of Student Activities
Eileen Greaf, Vice President for Finance
Deidra Hall-Nuzum,Assistant Vice President for Finance
Ashley Kanotz, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Andrew Lewis, Director of Residence Life
Jason McClain, Director of Financial Aid
Doug McConahy, Director of Human Resources
Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages & Cultures
Malorie Porter, Director of Student Engagement & Responsibility, Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor of Chemistry, the Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry
Heather Ricciuti, The Mary Cutlip Director of Libraries and Learning Resources
Brian Rose, Director of Athletics and Recreation
Rebecca Rose, Director of Communications
Chris Sampson, Director of The McCann Learning Center
Jerry Stebbins, Dean of Students
Ed Stough, Director of Network Operations
Ted Williams, Director of Physical Plant

The Leadership Council meets with me once a month during the Academic Year.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hosted the summer meeting of the Independent College Enterprise Board of Directors this morning at the Mountainside Conference Center. Honored to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of ICE, an eight college (from four states) technology consortium. Pictured with Shelley Nason, CEO of ICE.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Enjoyable dinner at the Bethany Club with Dr. Tang Chai Yoong, Chief Executive Officer of Putra International College in China. Bethany will have several students from China this fall.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thanks to Marsha Peters Smith '73 and Jay Smith '71 for an enjoyable Bethany Alumni/Friends event and dinner afterwards at The Reef in Houston, Texas.

Enjoyable time visiting with Bethany College Alumni and Friends at the home of Jay and Marsha Smith last night in Houston, Texas. Pictured with Nan Schmidt, Byron Shindler, Mark Schmidt, and Bob Mackenzie.