Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Green & White Enrollment Visitation Days

The first Green & White Day of the Fall Semester will be held this Saturday, October 4, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. in Commencement Hall.

I write with a two-fold purpose: to call this program to your attention, and to encourage you to refer outstanding students to the College.

Green & White days have a pre-determined program that can include campus tours, residence-hall tours, presentations from the Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Center for Enrollment, lunch with faculty members and visits to other areas of special interest.

Registration is available online: http://www.bethanywv.edu/prospective-students/visits/green-white-day-registration/

If you know of a prospective student interested in attending Bethany but unable to participate in the first Green & White Day, please advise him or her that another is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Please feel free to forward this message to interested students and their families.

Should you or prospective students have any questions, please contact Mollie Cecere, Director of Enrollment, at 304-829-7591 or email her MCecere@bethanywv.edu.

Thanks for your assistance.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bethany to host SCJ National Conference

Bethany College, through the Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts, will host the biennial national conference of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) on our campus, October 2-4.

With student journalists and teachers expected to attend from around the country, the conference will focus on latest industry trends and practices in journalism, media, broadcasting and related fields. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 54th annual Communications Week of guest speakers and presentations and the John Keresty Lectures in Journalism, featuring distinguished Bethany alumni and guests. Bethany’s chapter of SCJ is one of the oldest honoraries on our campus with outstanding students inducted each year. Along with Dr. Mort Gamble, Executive Assistant to the President, I am pleased to serve as co-advisor of SCJ.

Please follow the link to a full schedule of events and activities.


Enjoyable night in the Tilock Amphitheatre for Bethany College Theatre’s “Secrets, Scandals, & Shakespeare’s Women”, a Senior Project in Performance by Alanna Hunter-Crump. Alana (fourth from left in the second row) is joined by the cast and her Alpha Xi Delta sisters after the performance. A Colorado native, she is a senior majoring in Theatre with a minor in British Literature.

Enjoyable visit with Karen Stebbins (mother of Elias) and Karen and Rob Grumski (parents to Alexx) at today’s Family Weekend President’s Roundtable in the Academic Parlour of Old Main.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

With host Grant McLaughlin ('91) before the start of the private Bethany College alumni and friends tour of The National Gallery of Art.

With two former Bethany College Student Government Association Presidents -- Matt McCardle ('04) and Sven de Jong ('95) -- at last night's alumni and friends gathering at The Source in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Enjoyable dinner at Christman Manor with our newest Bethanians from seven countries.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Special thanks to J.P. Blaho for 11 years of service on the Bethany College Alumni Association Board of Directors, mostly recently as president.

Enjoyable brunch and discussion with the Bethany College National Alumni Board of Directors at Christman Manor.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Annie and I enjoyed hosting dinner last night for officers of the Student Government Association and Student Activities Council.

On set in the Bethany Broadcasting Network studio in Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center before the recording of the October version of “For the Record”. Pictured: M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts; Dr. Mort Gamble, Executive Assistant to the President; Erik Sprowls, Renner Visiting Scholar in Communications and Media Arts; and Whitney Lewicki, BBN program producer.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bethany College/Harlaxton Study Opportunities Available

Are you a student who is interested in spending a semester in the land of Shakespeare, Premier League Soccer, The Beatles, and such notorious historical figures as “Jack the Ripper”? England may be calling you!

Bethany can help you to spend a semester abroad through Harlaxton College, one of Bethany’s international partner institutions. Just an hour from London by rail, this beautiful college is neatly situated in stately Harlaxton Manor and provides a full range of courses including British studies as well as general education options.

The classes meet only four days a week, so you as a student would have three days every weekend to travel all around the United Kingdom or to the European continent. How cool is that?

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Gary Kappel, The Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities and Professor of History, 202 Morlan Hall. His phone is Extension 7848 and his email is gkappel@bethanywv.edu. Also, please check out the Harlaxton website at http://www.ueharlax.ac.uk/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787.

Join the History Club in the reading of the Constitution on September 17 beginning at 12:15 p.m. outside the Ogden Dining Hall. Additionally, free copies of the U.S. Constitution will be available for anyone that wants one. Please sign our copy of the U.S. Constitution during lunch.

The Office of Student Life will also host a "Do you know your Constitution contest?"

A quick questionnaire on facts regarding the US Constitution. The student with the most correct answers will be given a $50 gift card to the bookstore. In the event of a tie, a student will be drawn from those students with the most correct answers. Complete the quiz at during lunch on September 17, 2014 in Ogden Dining Hall.

Students will be able to register to vote during lunch and dinner as part of Constitution Day Celebration and Your Vote, Your Voice Campaign.

Student Government Association will man Voter Registration sites on September 17 and 23 in the Ogden Dining Room during lunch.

To learn more about the U.S. Constitution: www.constitutionday.com

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joining the Rev. Scott Thayer, pastor of Bethany Memorial Church, and the Rev. Dr. Peter Morgan ’61 of National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday at the commemorative worship service marking the laying of the cornerstone of Bethany Memorial Church in 1914. Peter delivered the sermon, “At the Corner of Yesterday and Tomorrow,” and I brought greetings from the Bethany College campus community.

The congregation gathered after the 100th anniversary commemorative worship service at Bethany Memorial Church to receive a special blessing from the Rev. Dr. Peter Morgan and the Rev. Scott Thayer. The cornerstone of the church was laid a century ago.

The Rev. Dr. Peter Morgan ’61, who delivered the sermon Sunday at the commemorative worship service marking the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Bethany Memorial Church, arrives at the church in style courtesy of a Model T.

Nice visiting with Bethanian Bill Somplatsky-Jarman '69 of Louisville, Ky, at Saturday's Bethany College Cross Country Invitational. Bill ran cross country and track at Bethany and was on the 1966 PAC championship team.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sophomore Brittany Fullbright (Wadsworth, Ohio) is presented the Richard B. Kenney First-Year Leadership Award by Jerry Stebbins, Dean of Students and me at the Fall Convocation. The award is presented each year to a student for outstanding scholarship, leadership, character and service and devotion to the College Community during their first year at Bethany. A stellar student-athlete, she had a goal and an assist for the women’s soccer team in a 3-2 victory over Marietta College.

With Amy DiBartolomeo, operations manager for the Bethany Equestrian Center at Oglebay Stables, and Brian Rose, Director of Athletics and Recreation, at the faculty/staff social hosted by Oglebay Resort.

With Douglas Dalby, President & CEO of Oglebay Resort, at last night’s faculty and staff social at the Bethany Equestrian Center at Oglebay Stables. The Bethany/Oglebay partnership has resulted in first class facilities for the Bethany equestrian team.

The Alpha Xi Delta sisters of Delta Chapter have won the honor for having the highest grade point average among Bethany College sororities.

Enjoyable lunch at Christman Manor with Fall Convocation speaker Dr. Linda Lewis and her family. Pictured with us at the luncheon: Jared Roque (Student Government Association President) and Dylan Martinez (SGA Vice President).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 Fall Convocation to be Webcast on BBN

Bethany College will hold Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Commencement Hall.

Dr. Linda D. Lewis ‘61, will deliver the Convocation Address. 

Alumni, students and friends may watch the live webcast of the Convocation on the Bethany Broadcasting Network:


Learn More About Bethany/Carnegie Mellon University Dual-Degree Programs

Bethany College is pleased to welcome David Eber, Director of Admissions for the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, on October 1 at 4 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery. Mr. Eber will speak on the Bethany/CMU dual-degree programs.

The School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College is rated as one of the world's top public affairs graduate schools. In 2012, Bethany College entered into an agreement with the Heinz College of CMU which allows Bethany College students to earn both their Bethany degree and a master’s degree in one of six areas in a total of five years. These programs provide an excellent pathway for motivated students to achieve their educational goals, saving time and money.

Mr. Eber will provide information on graduate study at the Heinz School, as well as Bethany’s 3/2 partnership programs in the following areas:

· Master of Science in Public Policy and Management

· Master of Science in Health Care Policy

· Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management

· Master of Arts Management

· Master of Information Systems Management

· Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management.

All are invited to attend.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

OCR Visit September 22 and 23

Campus sexual violence is an important issue that Bethany College takes very seriously. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently reviewing the College's policies and practices related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is the federal law that prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Representatives from OCR will be on campus on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, and invite you to participate in focus group sessions to discuss issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. OCR will also be available to speak privately during individual meetings with anyone regarding these issues, including those who do not identify themselves in any of the groups listed below, or to anyone who is a survivor of sexual violence or sexual harassment who may wish to speak with OCR.

All sessions will be held in the Academic Parlor in the Old Main building. The schedule of the focus groups is as follows:

Monday, September 22
10 a.m.: Resident assistants
11 a.m.: Bethany College staff
1 p.m.: Bethany College faculty
2 p.m.: Student Government Association members and campus leaders (club/activity presidents or board members)
3 p.m.: Individual meetings with OCR. Please call an OCR representative at the number below to schedule a private meeting. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Tuesday, September 23
9 a.m.: Individual meetings with OCR. Please call an OCR representative at the number below to schedule a private meeting. Walk-ins are also welcome.
10 a.m.: Student-athletes
11 a.m.: Members of fraternities
12 p.m.: Members of sororities

OCR has asked the College to inform individuals attending focus groups and meetings that OCR will be taking notes of what is shared by participants. OCR will not, however, be identifying individuals by name or otherwise collecting the names of those who attend the focus groups. The information OCR collects is analyzed by authorized personnel within the agency and is used only for authorized civil rights compliance and enforcement activities. Information collected by OCR is considered a government record and is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, pursuant to the Privacy Act, OCR redacts or removes any personal identifying information before disclosing any records requested under FOIA.

If you are unable to come to a focus group or to a private meeting with OCR while they are on campus, the following OCR staff who will be visiting the campus are also available on an ongoing basis before and after their visit to speak on the telephone with you during their normal business hours. Please feel free to call or e-mail either of them.

Elizabeth Cavallucci, Equal Opportunity Specialist

Andrea DelMonte, Attorney
(215) 656-8554

The Power of Liberal Arts Education

Three Bethanians are profiled on the Council of Independent Colleges "Securing America's Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education" website:

· Thomas Buergenthal ’57 -- http://www.cic.org/Research-and-Data/Liberal-Arts/Testimonials/Pages/Buergenthal.aspx

· Robert J. McCann ’80 -- http://www.cic.org/Research-and-Data/Liberal-Arts/Testimonials/Pages/McCann.aspx

· Kelly Sofka ’10 -- http://www.cic.org/Research-and-Data/Liberal-Arts/Testimonials/Pages/Sofka.aspx

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sergeant First Class James Upton from the United States Army Recruiting Command and the brother of Bison assistant coach Andy Upton is pictured with Bethany Director of Athletics Brian Rose at Bison Stadium prior to Saturday's football game against Mount Union. Sergeant Upton donated a Garrison Flag to Bethany to be flown over Bison Stadium which was presented to him in recognition of his service during his tour in Afghanistan. The flag flew over the US Embassy in Kabul which came under attack from insurgent forces in Sept. 2011 and Sergeant Upton led the multinational forces that repelled the attack. Following the presentation, Mr. Rose and Sergeant First Class Upton with the officials for the ceremonial coin toss. Sergeant Upton used a military commander's coin for the opening coin toss prior to kickoff.

Kevin P. Lyden, Regional Vice President, Mid Atlantic Region, for Chartwells (Bethany's food service) presents the Chartwells Mid Atlantic Region Vice President's Award to Necol Dunson, Bethany's Director of Food Services. Joining us for the presentation is Chartwells District Manager Jeff Gauger.

Bethany College “Elevator Pitch” Card

Often in our travels, whether they be to Wheeling or Europe, we are always meeting new people and possibly prospective students or donors. Throughout the past six years our Office of Communications has dedicated time and effort to developing "Elevator Pitch" cards.

An Elevator Pitch, in business lingo, is a short summary that can help define a person, profession, product, service, or organization. The idea behind this is that if asked by a stranger, “Where is Bethany College and what is it noted for?” you should be able, within the time of a short elevator ride, to provide essential information. That could lead to an inquiry for enrollment or maybe even a gift to The Bethany Fund.

With Bethany's great resume of accomplishments as well as our outstanding reputation around the world, this basic information in printed, business-card size becomes one convenient method for communicating quickly our programs and reputation. The new Elevator Pitch cards are available from any of our Vice Presidents, the Director of Communications, or the Office of the President. We invite you to use them to communicate essential information about Bethany College—whether you are in or out of an elevator.

Former Ohio State football All-American running back Maurice Clarett on campus speaking to our students about the consequences that come with decisions. Senior Greg Roberson introduced him to the audience in Benedum Commons.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall Convocation

Please join us on Thursday, September 11, at 11 a.m. as we officially open the 2014-15 academic year with the Fall Convocation in Commencement Hall. Bethanian Dr. Linda Lewis is our keynote speaker.

A 1961 alumna, Dr. Lewis is currently a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. After graduating magna cum laude from Bethany, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from West Virginia University’s School of Medicine. After post-doctoral training, Dr. Lewis began her medical career in New York City as Chief of Neurology Clinics at Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Lewis has shared her expertise in various academic roles at Columbia since 1969, including as Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She’s also taken her knowledge abroad – she served as a visiting professor at universities in Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

Dr. Lewis has received many awards throughout her career, including the Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Outstanding Woman Doctor of the Year. She also serves on Bethany’s Board of Trustees.

Dinner at Christman Manor last night with first year Kalon Scholars. Starting from top of steps: Donny Bierhals, Logan Montague, Zachary Lowe, and Alexis Archer. Front, from left: Alexandra Grumski, MacLaine Murad, Emily Anderson, Abigail Kojsza, and advisor Kathy Shelekz-Furbee. Taylor Sasak was unable to attend.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Equine Studies “Saddles Up” for Competition and Growth

The Bethany College Equine Studies Program has been restructured and strengthened to position it for growth.

On the operational side, Amy DiBartolomeo-McGreal has been appointed Interim Equestrian Manager, in charge of all aspects of the operation of Oglebay Stables, and reports to Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs. These facilities have served as a boarding space and learning laboratory for the Bethany Equine program for the last two years and are in addition to the College’s own pasturelands and paddocks currently in use. The Oglebay facilities allow the College to host Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions. Bethany will host two such events this fall, a Western show on Oct. 11 and a Hunt Seat Show on Oct. 12. The partnership with Oglebay also means Bethany can offer expanded service learning activities, internships and experiential learning opportunities.

The Equestrian Club teams will have new coaches leading the three disciplines. Beth Johnson is the new Hunt Seat Coach and brings over 25 years of hunt seat riding experience to the program. She has qualified for and competed in national and international shows. Amanda Mokri is the new Dressage Coach and has been working around equestrian programs for 10 years, including being one of the top riders for Bethany’s Dressage team prior to graduating in May, 2014. Shannon Vaught, the new Western Coach, brings over 25 years of Western experience to Bethany. Coupled with her educational background, she has an impressive array of experiences to bring to the program. All of these coaches, who will report to Brian Rose, Director of Athletics & Recreation, will be leading the Bethany programs in competitions against IHSA Zone 2, Region 5 programs such as West Virginia University, Allegheny College, California (Pa.) University and Saint Vincent College, among others.

On the academic side, Dr. Amanda Stewart will resume her position as Director of the Equine Studies Program in January, after her sabbatical, and will report to Dr. William Hicks, Chair of the Department of Biology. Bethany’s Equine Studies Program offers students the opportunity to major in equine management and pre-veterinary medicine, as well as enroll in an equine studies minor and an equine-facilitated therapy certificate program. These programs are designed to provide students with a strong base of knowledge to support the wide variety of careers within the equine industry, as well as to experience methods, techniques and management philosophies in addition to improving and developing the necessary communication skills for professional development.

Enjoyable visit with Equestrian Club at the Bethany Beanery in Morlan Hall. Officers of the Club are in the front row (from left) Grace Beck, secretary; Vanessa Chisler, president; Ashley Worst, vice president; Ali Malcanas, public relations; Brooke Belden, SGA Representative; Julie Bromyard, Treasurer.

I am pleased to welcome Larry Palmer to the Bethany College staff as the new Director of Safety and Security. Mr. Palmer has formerly served as a Lieutenant for the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department, Chief of Police for the Town of Bethany, West Virginia, and on the Wellsburg Police Department. Mr. Palmer has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement. Mr. Palmer will join the staff on September 15, 2014.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

With members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and their advisor Dr. Lisa Reilly at the Labor Day Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer in the Renner Art Gallery. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Larry Palmer named Director of Safety and Security

I am pleased to welcome Larry Palmer to the Bethany College staff as the new Director of Safety and Security. Mr. Palmer has formerly served as a Lieutenant for the Brooke County Sherriff’s Department, Chief of Police for the Town of Bethany, West Virginia, and on the Wellsburg Police Department. Mr. Palmer has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement.

Mr. Palmer will join the staff on September 15, 2014.

I know you join me in welcoming Mr. Palmer to the Bethany College family.

With the Bethany Broadcasting Network mobile unit crew at Saturday's Bethany v Goucher field hockey game.
Alpha Xi Delta Autism Speaks display at Philanthropy Phair on the Richardson Hall lawn.
Zeta Tau Alpha Think Pink table at the Philanthropy Phair.