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Bethany Trustee Neil Christman '55 Receives Honorary Degree

Neil Christman ’55 has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Bethany College. A long-time Bethany Board member and benefactor, Christman was presented with his degree by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, and Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, during a visit with Christman and his wife, Jackie, near their home in Alpharetta, Ga.

Texas Alumni Reception

On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Bethany Alumni and Friends gathered for a reception with President Scott D. Miller in Houston, Texas. The Event was hosted by Jay ’71 and Marsha ’73 Smith. The event was held from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Houston City Club. It is anticipated that two events per year will be hosted in the Houston area.

Brother Robert D "Bob" Mackenzie '77 #1071 is 4th from left

BethCom TV-14 Produces Five-Part Series on Vietnam Mission

Bethany Communication major Korey Mullin and Jim Forbes, faculty advisor for BethCom TV-14 and Managing Editor/Anchor for WTRF-TV and Fox Ohio Valley in Wheeling, W.Va., produced a five-part series about their recent mission of mercy to Vietnam. The series has been airing on the 6 p.m. news broadcast of WTRF-TV and the 10 p.m. news broadcast of Fox Ohio Valley throughout the week.

The series — the first full-length televised production of BethCom TV-14 — was titled, “Be the Blessing.” It followed 16 people from the local area, including Forbes and Mullin, on an emotional two-week trip to distribute free wheelchairs to residents of Vietnam who have been unable to walk due to serious injuries caused by land mines left behind from the Vietnam War.

The “Be the Blessing” series will serve as Mullin’s Senior Project. Forbes also noted that Brandon Essington, another Communication major, enhanced the series with his graphic talents. The trip was sponsored by the Vineyard Church of Wheeling. Each of the five video segments is being archived on the station’s website.

Academic Laurels for Beta Theta Pi

The Psi chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity learned this week that it was ranked among the top five Beta chapters across North America in combined Grade Point Average with a 3.52 GPA for the spring semester of the 2007-08 academic year.

Chapter president Ian McNally said four brothers from the Psi chapter – Ron Ermlick, Tom Kisner, Ryan Sipe and Bob Rovnanik – have been nominated for Academic All-American honors.

President Miller Speaks at Seven Springs Event

President Miller accepted an invitation to be the dinner speaker when a group of Beta Theta Pi alumni from Bethany College gathered for a group function on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pa.

Following an excellent meal, President Miller brought the Betas up to speed on the Transformation Now! campaign at Bethany College. He also provided updates for them on the progress of several specific projects at their alma mater.

Paul Chewning ’75 Named New ACA President

The Appalachian College Association (ACA) has named Dr. Paul B. Chewning ’75 as its new president, effective July 1. Chewning succeeds Alice Brown, who has led the ACA since 1983 and is retiring as its founding executive. Bethany is an ACA member institution.

Chewning has spent the past six years as president of West Virginia Independent College and Universities, Inc. (WVICU), a consortium of the nine private colleges and universities in the state. Prior to that, Chewning served for 14 years as vice president at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C.

A 1975 Bethany graduate, Chewning was the College’s Alumni Director during the late 1970s and served as director of development for the West Virginia University Foundation from 1984-86. He also held fundraising positions at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. Chewning has a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and earned his Doctorate in Education at Drake.

The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 37 private two-year and four-year liberal arts colleges and universities in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. Collectively, these institutions of higher education serve approximately 42,000 students and 3,500 faculty.

Bethany Fraternity ‘Kicks Off’ Autism Awareness Month

Bethany College’s Psi chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity teamed up with the Augusta Levy Learning Center (ALLC) to kick off Autism Awareness Week with a Kickball Tournament at Bethlehem Community Park in Wheeling. The event was a fundraiser for the ALLC, which offers the Ohio Valley’s first intensive treatment program for autism.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bethany student body and the enthusiasm of the community, the Psi chapter raised more than $800 for the cause. The Psi Diamond Association — Psi Chapter Alumni — agreed to match those funds for a total donation of $1,600 to the ALLC. The Beta Theta Pi team capped the weekend event with a 7-5 victory against Mail America in the tournament championship game.

Bethany Alum New Assistant District Chief for Beta Theta Pi

David Cottington ’79 has been appointed Assistant District Chief for District 7 of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. The announcement was made this week by Charlie Warner, Executive Secretary of the Beta Theta Pi General Fraternity in Oxford, Ohio.

Cottington’s main duties will include appointing and coaching members of the local advisory team, challenging and supporting the implementation of fraternity standards and developing relationships with key constituencies. Now residing in Butler, Pa., Cottington will be working closely with the officers, alumni and advisors of the fraternity’s Psi Chapter at Bethany College and the Gamma Iota Chapter at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Bethany Senior, Teacher Back From Vietnam Mission

Bethany College senior Communication major Korey “Chops” Mullin and Jim Forbes, Distinguished Lecturer
in Communication and Faculty Advisor for BethCom TV, are back on the Bethany campus after a two-week
charity mission to southern Vietnam.

Forbes and Mullin were part of a small group from the Vineyard Church in Wheeling, W.Va. that traveled
through Saigon, Nha Trang, Ben Tre, and Phan Thiet from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12. In conjunction with the
non-profit organization, Free Wheelchair Mission, members distributed more than 500 specially-designed
wheelchairs to needy individuals. The church had raised funds for the trip and the wheelchairs through
various events in the Wheeling area.

“It was an unbelievable experience for me,” Mullin told Forbes in an interview posted on the WTRF-TV
website. “I’m just glad to share this experience with other students. People need to realize you can
help people everywhere. It just takes a willing heart.”

Forbes, who is also managing editor and anchor of WTRF-TV News in Wheeling, and Mullin have teamed up
to compile a video record of their trip. Their series, titled “Be the Blessing,” will be featured in
Channel 7’s news broadcasts next week, beginning Monday at 5 p.m.

Bethany Hosts Greek Leadership Retreat

The Bethany College Greek Leadership Retreat was held last weekend at Mountainside Conference Center.
The event brought representatives from every campus fraternity and sorority together for a weekend of
planning to further the development of Greek life on campus.

The 83 participants concentrated on the areas of courageous leadership, accountability, communication,
community building and promoting Greek life on the Bethany campus. Facilitators Rick Barnes of
CampuSpeak and Megan Vadnais from the University of South Florida worked closely with Interfraternity
Council president Ron Ermlick, a member of Beta Theta Pi, to coordinate the event.

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Last updated: February 27, 2014