Friday, February 27, 2015

Enjoyable meeting this morning with Bethany Mayor Jay Eisenhauer. We are so fortunate to have him as mayor. We have a wonderful town-gown relationship.

So proud of the Bison -- PAC Indoor Track and Field Champions!

KUDOS: Junior Umar Moore was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships' Most Valuable Performer, as well as the Field Athlete MVP. Moore took first place in both the long jump (22'10.5") and triple jump (46'4.25") while also placing third in the 60-meter dash (7.12). Moore is pictured with PAC commissioner Joe Onderko.

KUDOS: For the second-straight year, Bison Track & Field Head Coach Andy Upton has been named the PAC Indoor Coach of the Year. Upton led the men's team (109.5 points) to the 2015 PAC Indoor Championship. The Bison also saw seven individual champions crowned on Thursday, including Umar Moore and Whitney Martin who each won twice.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Life Beyond Graduation: How You Can Prepare for Bethany’s Tradition of Continuing Education

Good morning,

Bethany professors and students go above and beyond to ensure success after graduation. Some students choose to attend graduate school, while some are eager to jump right into the work force. An outstanding 40%-45% of Bethany graduates choose to enroll in some sort of post-graduation school or program. In fact, Bethany has been recognized by US News & World Report for being among the top schools in the nation whose alumni go on to graduate school within a year of leaving the College.

The Office of Career Counseling and Preparation works with students to help them prepare for examinations they may take after graduating from Bethany. These exams include the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, OAT, and others. As graduation approaches, I encourage all students, especially seniors, to take full advantage of these opportunities so they can be as successful as possible in taking any of these exams.

If graduate school is not in your future, the Office of Career Counseling and Preparation is well equipped to help you with resume building, job searching, and preparing for interviews. Known as Bethanians Understanding Real Professions (B.U.R.P.), the Job Search Strategies Program gives students the opportunity to prepare themselves for the process of finding a job and the skills needed to network with others in their field.

I would like to wish the best of luck to all our graduating seniors, and hope that you find happiness in whatever you choose to do after Bethany. Remember, it’s never too early to begin the graduate-school or job-search process. Any questions pertaining to job-readiness or graduate school should be directed to the Office of Career Counseling and Placement at 304-829-7150.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Good morning,

Attached is a well-illustrated feature on historic Bethany College and our 175th anniversary in this month’s “Wonderful West Virginia” magazine. We thought you would enjoy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WVBC Radio: A Bethany Tradition

Good morning,

In 2015, WVBC radio celebrates 50 years as the voice of Bethany College. WVBC Radio is a student-operated online station at Bethany College and a member of the Bethany Broadcasting Network (BBN). WVBC studios are located at Bethany House.

For many years, WVBC has provided students with the “on-air” and “behind the scenes” skills to prepare them for the competitive world of communications. WVBC is a live web-streamed station, provided by Stretch Internet. Student programming includes a variety of promotions, coverage of live events, live remotes and radio-show visits by alumni, many of whom began right here at Bethany on WVBC. “Everything I used to get my first radio job, I learned at WVBC,” said the 1982 Student Station Manager George Manahan ’83, of his experience at WVBC.

The station offers specials like Dr. Larry Grimes’ Ghost Stories and holiday celebrations. The station is also involved in the Bethany community, LIVE-STREAMING College and Town public-service events like Relay for Life, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Farmer's Markets, and Greek activities. All of the equipment and studio spaces were updated in 2012. From paint to carpeting, microphones, sound board, mixers, and the addition of the Arrakis system, the radio station is nearly brand new for being 50 years old. The on-air station was refigured to host multi-mic interviews and bands, and will be using a webcam to stream live shows on BCTV next fall.

WVBC has a student music, news and sports staff that consists of about twenty students each semester, including some January Terms. Each of the three areas have student leaders who are responsible for overseeing the other students.

The radio station has a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Patrick Sutherland is the faculty advisor.

Great visiting with Joe Onderko, Commissioner of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, and Bethany Athletic Director Brian Rose at tonight’s PAC Women’s Basketball Tournament game at Hummel Field House.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Good morning,

The Bethany College Office of Human Resources has developed a website with useful information for the campus community.

I encourage you to explore:

The site includes current employment opportunities at Bethany, student work listings, course catalogs, college calendar, organizational charts, and policy documents/manuals.

Should you have any questions, please contact the appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet.
Bethanian Elizabeth Verrier ’96, Vice President and Senior Counsel of American Express, was the keynote speaker at the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Luncheon. Dr. Katrina D’Aquin, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, and Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Professor/Chair of Social Work and Director of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Program, joined me in expressing appreciation by presenting an Old Main print to Liz.

With Dr. Katrina D’Aquin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Kathy Shelek-Furbee, Chair of the Social Work Department and Director of the Kalon Leadership Scholars Program, and Alanna Bebech, Senior Kalon Scholar and Co-Advisor, just before the start of the opening session of the Kalon Leadership Scholars Competition in Commencement Hall.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lunch in Nashville today with two of my favorite recent Bethany grads -- Morgan Jacobs and Cameron Cooper. Both 2014 grads, Morgan worked as a President's Associate during her time at Bethany and Cam was our valedictorian. Cam is enrolled in the highly selective master of accountancy program at Vanderbilt University and is interning with Ernst and Young. Morgan is entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Belmont University.

Office of Communications Resources Available

Good morning,

The Office of Communications, located in Erickson Alumni Center, provides a wide variety of services to support and promote the campus community.

I encourage you to explore services provided at the three links below:

Faculty/Staff Media Requests, Power Point Templates, Business Card Requests, Publicity and Photograph Requests

Bethany Today magazine (current issue and archive)

Downloadable scenic Bethany Wallpaper for your computers

Kudos to Becky Rose, Director of Communications, and Alex Koscevic, Communications Specialist, for developing this useful resource.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bethany College Comm. 412, Integrated Marketing, pose outside of the Washington County Courthouse Complex, after meeting with members of the 2015 class of Leadership Washington County. Several members of the class, Derrick Williams, Megan Butler, Ian Shepard, Robert Ostrowski and Dion Williams made the visit. The class is preparing integrated marketing campaigns for the organization, and will present them to the Board of Directors for LWC in early May.

Tour Bethany’s Historic Sites

Good morning,

In the hustle and bustle of everyday activity at Bethany, we don’t often have the opportunity to fully appreciate some of the historic landmarks on our campus. Bethany is the home of many historic sites such as Campbell Mansion, Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, and the Old Meeting House. These properties, among the oldest in West Virginia and pre-dating the establishment of the state itself, are iconic reminders of the rich heritage of our institution.

Campbell Mansion was once home to the College’s founder, Alexander Campbell. Campbell Mansion has welcomed Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederacy; James A. Garfield, trustee of Bethany College and a president of the United States; and Judge Jeremiah Black, U.S. attorney general under U.S. President James Buchanan, among other notables.

Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, constructed between 1841-42, and the home of Bethany’s second president, William Kimbrough Pendleton (1817-99), has been home to many of Bethany’s presidents, and is also the oldest building on campus. The home has hosted U.S. presidents, governors, and Congressmen, and even served as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era.

The Old Meeting House is a church that was used for regular worship services from 1851 until 1915. Members of the church in 1912 voted to tear the church down, but the idea was abandoned thanks to Decima Campbell Barclay, youngest daughter of College founder Alexander Campbell. The new Bethany Memorial Church was built in 1914-1915, but the Old Meeting House was and is still used for special occasions.

This link connects to additional information about Historic Bethany:

If you haven’t visited these sites, I encourage you to make an appointment and tour the beautiful historic treasures Bethany has on campus and nearby. To schedule an appointment to see any of the icons mentioned and more, email

Buffalo Seminary of Bethany College Spring Offerings

Good morning,

Bethany College values its relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Our Buffalo Seminary, a joint ministry of the College and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia, has provided a number of programs each year to benefit a wide audience. Last year, over 300 students enrolled in Buffalo Seminary of Bethany College courses.

I am writing to call your attention to several programs offered this spring:

On Feb. 24, the Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will present “Church Leadership: Best Practices” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at Bethany Memorial Church. Dr. Adams will be leading and teaching on the art of church administration, best understood as pastoral care for the church. Dr. Adams is regarded as a leading practitioner and teacher in the areas of stewardship.

A two-day workshop, “Exploring Resurrection in the Synoptic Gospels,” will be held March 16 and 17 at the College's Mountainside Conference Center. The Rev. Bonnie B. Thurston, noted local author, retreat leader, seminary professor and lecturer, will present this workshop in preparation for Easter. The schedule is as follows:

March 16
Preparing to think about resurrection theology/history/literature; What’s good news about Mark 1-8?; Soldiers & Seeing: Matthew 27:62-28:15., 1 – 5 p.m.
The Women as Witnesses; General discussion, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

March 17
The One Who Walks Beside You: Luke 14:13-35; What happened and what does it mean? How will we preach and teach it?, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration information for both events is available online at, or by contacting the Rev. David Chafin at or 304-428-1681.
Congratulations to Bethany women's basketball's lone senior, REL Neal, who was recognized before Saturday's game with Waynesburg University. Thanks for your many contributions to the program and campus life during your four years here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Reminder: New Departmental Mail Addresses

Good morning,

A FRIENDLY REMINDER: As communicated earlier, Bethany College now offers postal services for offices and students through a new facility on the ground floor of Morlan Hall. As we transition, please notify your contacts, journals and vendors of your new address.

For a listing of department addresses:

Thanks for your assistance.
Bethanian Frankie Taal ('98) was the speaker at the Black Alliance Leadership Dinner and Awards Program in Commencement Hall. A native of The Gambia, West Africa, Frankie is in his 11th season with the North Carolina Wesleyan men's soccer program and fourth as the squad's head coach. After graduating from Bethany with a B.S. in Political Science, he served two seasons as head women's soccer coach before going to NCWC. Joining us for the picture Jared Roque (Student Government Association President) and Dylan Martinez (SGA Vice President).

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bethany to host 60th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures

I write to call your attention to a program of historicial significance to Bethany College -- the 60th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 13-14 at the Mountainside Conference Center.

The Oreon E. Scott Lectures are funded through the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, which was established to strengthen the Christian Church and support Disciples-related colleges and institutions. Since its founding in 1840 by Alexander Campbell, Bethany has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Now in its 60th year, the first Scott Lectures were held on March 1, 1956, with Professor Arthur M. Schlesinger, Harvard University historian, as the lecturer.

The Rev. Stephanie Paulsell, The Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will keynote this year’s program which is titled “Lost in the Mystery of God.” Rev. Paulsell is the author of “Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice,” and co-author of “Lamentations and the Song of Songs.” She is co-editor of “The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teachers.” Her writing appears regularly in The Christian Century.

For a brochure that outlines the entire program or to register, please contact the Office of Church Relations at 304-829-7723 or email

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Federal Higher Education Issues Impacting Private Colleges

Good morning,

Last week I attended a briefing for college presidents and government-relations officers on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Dr. David Warren, President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and his staff provided in-depth analysis of what they consider to be the 15 most critical issues impacting private colleges such as Bethany.

In keeping with prior practice, I share the attachment which summarizes the 15 issues.

As always, I welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues further.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nice visiting with Bethanian Richard Strockbine '61, Director of Athletics at the University of Dallas, at today's meeting at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis.

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Safety and Security Services

Good morning,
In an effort to expand the reach of safety and security on campus, the President’s Cabinet has approved two recommendations made by an ad hoc committee that I appointed in December. These recommendations are explained below:

Student Parking Enforcement Assistant

The student work/study position will be supervised by the Director of Safety and Security. Primary responsibilities include:
Assisting distribution of and registering vehicle parking permits;
Assisting with daily enforcement of parking regulations and locations;
Providing accurate information regarding vehicle registration and information regarding vehicles parked inappropriately on campus.

Position Requirements: The student must possess a high degree of personal integrity, be punctual, understand all campus parking and vehicle-registration policies and standards, and be able to work during the daytime hours of 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Partial shifts are welcome.

Student Safety Guide

The student work/study position will be supervised by the Director of Safety and Security. Primary responsibilities include:
Will work from the Security Office, providing walking escort for students wishing to have someone accompany them across campus;
Must not have any negative student-conduct records or infractions;
Must have the ability to walk across campus multiple times in an evening.

Work hours will be 7 days a week from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Student must have the ability to work evening and weekend hours.

I thank the ad hoc committee for their outstanding work in defining these responsibilities in the interest of campus safety and security.

Legendary Football Coach Jim Tressel to Speak at Bethany’s Spring Athletic Banquet

Good morning,

I am pleased to announce that Jim Tressel, President of Youngstown State University and an iconic figure in college sports in Ohio, will be the featured speaker for Bethany’s Athletic Banquet (sponsored by the Student Athletic Advisory Council) on May 5.

Mr. Tressel was named President of YSU in 2014 after serving as Executive Vice President at the University of Akron. Before that, he had a storied career as head football coach at both YSU (1986-2000) and The Ohio State University (2001-2011). He has won 5 National Championships between the two schools, and was recently elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, he played quarterback while his father was head coach. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace in 1975 with a degree in education. He earned his master’s degree in education at The University of Akron, where he was also a graduate assistant and helped coach the quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs.

I would also like to thank Bethanian Jim Greene ‘63, a Trustee at YSU, for his assistance in scheduling President Tressel.

Passing of Robert L. Martin

Dear Bethany Community,

We are saddened to share the passing of friend and benefactor Robert Lee Martin, 98, of Elmhurst, Wheeling, WV, on Friday, February 6, in Wheeling.

He was born on September 15, 1916, in Minersville, Ohio, the son of the late Albert Henry Martin and Zona Gress Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Austin Martin.

Surviving are a cousin, Linda Baxter Nickerson of Wellsburg, WV, his Elmhurst family of friends and staff, and special friends Dee and Chuck Monfradi.

Bob was a 1936 graduate of Warwood High School. He earned a B.A. degree from Bethany College, class of 1940, and a B.S.L.S. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Bethany College in 1990. Other honors include the Stifel Prize, National Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu, and Phi Delta Kappa.

Bob was a veteran of World War II. In his professional career, he was for twenty-five years the Chief of the U.S. Army Research Laboratories Sci-Tech Information Division in Natick, Mass.

Bob’s love for and devotion to Bethany College are well known. He was a great benefactor and lifelong donor to Bethany College, including restoration of the Academic Parlour, exterior lighting of the entire Old Main, and brick walkways at Old Main, as well as being a significant donor and motivating force for the Alumni Center, plus many other projects on campus. Bob also funded the endowment for the Robert L. Martin Chair in English Literature.

Bob was an avid collector of antiques and collectibles, often frequenting antique auctions and sales in the Wheeling area.

Friends will be received Tuesday, February 10, at Kepner Funeral Home, National Road, Wheeling, WV, from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Sarah Webb officiating.

Burial will follow at the Campbell Cemetery in Bethany at a future time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany College, c/o Office of Institutional Advancement, Bethany College, 31 East Campus Drive, Bethany, WV 26032-3002, or Elmhurst, House of Friendship, 1228 National Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003.

Help Fight Cancer! Join Relay for Life

I would like to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to participate in Relay for Life 2015! This year, Relay will be held on Friday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at the Hummel Field House. There will be lots of games, activities, and raffles available throughout the night, and many prizes will be given away! The pool will be open for participants and movies will be shown as well.

Contribute to the fight against cancer by joining an existing team or making your own team today for a $10 registration fee per participant. You can sign up at Any questions can be forwarded to Rhianna Petrone, Relay for Life Chair, at

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bethany Paintings Featured in Special Exhibition

Good afternoon,

You might recall that two treasured paintings from the Bethany College art collection are featured in a special exhibition devoted to the works of Edward Troye at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, through March 29. “Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye” features two of Troye’s signature works: A Bazaar at Damascus (1856) and Syrian Ploughman (1856), on loan by Bethany to the Museum ( The mural-sized paintings required months of planning for professional removal from their permanent home in Bethany’s Academic Parlour in Old Main and transport to Virginia for the exhibition.

Claudia P. Pfeiffer, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art at NSL, recently blogged about the collection (including our involvement):

Our thanks to Kenn Morgan and Dr. Mort Gamble for their significant work facilitating our involvement in this project. Dr. Gamble represented Bethany College at the exhibit’s preview reception and banquet last fall.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Room Reservation System with Website in Place

For your convenience, the College has decided to change the way organizations plan and schedule events on campus. There is now one all-inclusive website,, that directs you to the Room Reservation Form as well as the Event Registration Form. This system will prevent the inconvenient double-booking of rooms and any other scheduling conflicts that may arise.

To schedule an event, you must first choose a location on campus to host the event by filling out a Room Reservation Form. Once you receive a Room Reservation Confirmation Number, your room reservation will be tentatively held for one week. Your event must be approved through the Event Registration Form process in order to solidify your room reservation. Once approved, you will be able to reach out to individual offices to request items for your event (i.e. food, speakers, tables, etc.).

I hope this website and improved way of scheduling make it easier for clubs and organizations to host all the wonderful events held on our campus every day. If you have any questions about the matter, please contact Sam Goodge in Student Life.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Former Bethany President & DOC Scholar to Speak at Wreath Laying March 5

Former Bethany College President and Disciples of Christ Scholar Dr. D. Duane Cummins will be the speaker for the wreath laying at Campbell Cemetery (also known as God’s Acre) as a part of Bethany College’s 175th Founder’s Day on March 5. The wreath laying will immediately follow lunch.

Campbell Cemetery is located across from Campbell Mansion and the Historic Bethany Visitors Center on Main Street. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Old Meeting House on Main Street.

Dr. Cummins has been Visiting Scholar in American History at Johns Hopkins University since 2002. He is President Emeritus of Bethany College, past President of the Division of Higher Education, and past Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a former Darbeth-Whitten Professor of American History at Oklahoma City University and former interim president of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. Dr. Cummins has authored or edited multiple books on both Disciples history as well as American history and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, and in regions and congregations across the nation. His most recent book is “Bethany College: A Liberal Arts Odyssey.”

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Black History Month Events

Join Bethany College as we celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February. Black Alliance, Student Activities Council, and Student Government Association have developed a variety of events that we encourage students to attend. Following is a list of events and dates for Black History Month:

February 10 – 8 p.m. – Academic Parlour – Ric Sheffield – Brown v. Board of Education and Freedom Press. This is a Black Alliance-sponsored event.

February 13 – 6 p.m. – Commencement Hall – A banquet will be held to honor black students who have been successful in academics, athletics and leadership. This event is co-sponsored by SGA and Black Alliance Club.

February 20 – 7 p.m. – Renner Too – A Martin Luther King, Jr., speaker will be reenacting MLK in some of his historical moments. Along with the speaker, the group 1NE Ministry will be performing songs that were associated with religion and civil rights. This is a co-sponsored event by SAC and Black Alliance Club.

February 23 – 7 p.m. – Academic Parlour – William McDaniels, "African American Music and its Effect on American Culture." This is a Black Alliance- sponsored event.

February 25 – 8 p.m. – Academic Parlour – Eric Holmes, Commander for Zone 2 in the Pittsburgh Police Department, and a motivational speaker, will be sharing his thoughts on dedication, hard work, and attaining goals. This event is sponsored by SAC.

February 27 – "Dear White People," film, will be shown at Relay For Life. This is sponsored by Black Alliance Club.

Be sure to keep your eyes open for any additions to the Black History Month schedule. I hope to see you there!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bethany College President Scott D. Miller is pictured with Roland H. King former Vice President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and currently of PhairAdvantage Communications. King completed a major national research project: "Who is Writing the Op-eds? The Presidents Behind the Words." Dr. Miller ranked third in the survey behind Wesleyan University in Connecticut’s Michael Roth. Four of the top writers were presidents of residential liberal arts colleges, including Roth (1), Miller (3), Christopher Nelson, St. John’s College (4), and Daniel Porterfield, Franklin & Marshall College (5).

Bethany College will again host training camp for OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game this summer. The College/OVAC have signed a five year contract to keep the camp at Bethany. Pictured with me at the signing ceremony (from left): Brian Rose, Director of Athletics and Recreation; Saralyn Dague, Director of Business Affairs; Sven de Jong, Senior Vice President; Tom Rataiczak, secretary/treasurer for OVAC; and Bob Koch, OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game Director.

Nice visiting with good friends Cheryl Hyatt and Michael Mihalyo at the Super Bowl Party on Capitol Hill. Michael is former Provost at Bethany and is now President at Davis and Elkins College. Cheryl is partner of Hyatt-Fennell of Pittsburgh.