CONFERENCE: Jonathan Langham of Wellsburg, a registered piano technician, was among nearly 600 piano service specialists, manufacturers and suppliers from many states, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands who attended the 57th Piano Technicians Guild Annual Convention and Technical Institute in Atlanta July 15-20.
The event offered continuing education in all fields of piano technology, including tuning, repair and rebuilding, institutional work and business, with an emphasis on new developments in piano technology.
Langham attended classes on piano keyboard touch, including how pianos can be altered to suit the touch, whether heavy or light, of the one who plays it; piano construction; and social media in the piano business.
Registered piano technicians must complete three tests: Written, tuning and technical.
BOOK CONTRIBUTOR: Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College, is the co-executive editor of the eighth volume of "Presidential Perspectives," a series of books authored by several college and university presidents.
The series offers perspectives on issues facing higher learning institutions nationwide. The 2013-14 series examines how colleges and universities can support environmental initiatives within their present curriculum.
Chapters focus on preparing students for careers in sustainability, implementing environmentally responsible programs and practices on campus and the future of sustainability and its impact on higher education.
Serving as executive editor for the series is Marylouise Fennell, senior counsel for the Council of Independent Colleges and past president of Carlow University. She and Miller have collaborated on 11 books and are regular columnists for College Planning Management and Enrollment Manager.
In his third year as president at Bethany, Miller has served as a campus chief executive officer for nearly 24 years.
VICE PRESIDENT: David W. Ewing has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Bethany College.
For the past four years, Ewing has served at Canisus College in New York as dean of the college of arts and sciences. He is also a former dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at State University of New York, Fredonia, and held additional academic appointments in chemistry at John Carroll University and Ohio State University.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology and general science from Hiram College and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Ohio University.
As the college's chief academic officer, Ewing will be responsible for establishing academic priorities and overseeing the 11 academic departments, libraries, the McCann Learning Center, office of international studies and the registrar's office.
He was among more than 100 nominees and applicants for the position, according to college officials.
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller said, "I am confident that Dr. Ewing's experience as a dean, department chair, faculty member and scholar is a good fit in an exciting era for Bethany College. I look forward to working with him and welcome him to the Bethany family."
SEMINAR OFFERED: A seminar on creating local church videos will be held at Bethany College's Buffalo Seminary Sept. 12-13.
Presenters will be Peter M. Morgan, president emeritus of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and local church historian of National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.; and John Scott Williams, an electrical engineer and videographer, whose work includes "National City Christian Church ... A Dream Come True," a video celebrating their congregation's 170th anniversary.
Congregations should send teams of two, with one member having computer competency. Single applicants with computer competency will be accepted. Registration is $35 and includes continental breakfast, break and lunch each day. Registration should be done by Aug. 31 by visiting www.wvdisciples.net/buffalo or calling (304) 417-1248. Rooms are available at Gresham Inn, adjacent to the Mountainside Conference Center, where the seminar is held. To make room reservations, call (304) 829-7622 or 829-4343.