Bethany College Announces Homecoming Court 

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced 12 nominees for the 2008 Homecoming Court. Bethany’s Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities at Saturday’s football game against Thomas More College. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bison Stadium.

The Homecoming King nominees are Anthony Adelianakis, Terry Akers, Justin Elkins, Ron Ermlick, Brandon Essington, Casey Gray, Ian McNally, and Korey Mullin. The nominations for Homecoming Queen include Caitlin Dieguez, Mandy Kaufman, Kelly Medkeff-Rose, Jen Naylor, Rachel Reed, Elizabeth Steger, Mandy Swiger and Courtney Teets.

Dieguez, a Social Studies Major representing Alpha Xi Delta sorority, is the daughter of Jill Dieguez of Weirton, W.Va. Dieguez is Chapter Life Vice President for Alpha Xi Delta. She is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Gamma Mu honor societies, the History Club and the Religious Studies Club.

The daughter of Sharon and Wayne Kaufman of Glen Dale, W.Va., Kaufman is a Communication major with an Advertising emphasis. Representing Phi Mu sorority, Kaufman serves as a Communication Department assistant, is Vice President of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a two-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a three-year member of the volleyball team.

Medkeff-Rose is an Environmental Science Major representing Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The daughter of Brian and Mary Medkeff-Rose of Camp Hill, Pa., she currently serves as president for both the German Club and the Environmental Science Club. Medkeff-Rose is also a member of Tri-Beta, Amnesty International and the Senior Class Council.

A Social Work major, Naylor represents Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She is the daughter of Homer and Joyce Naylor of Eighty-Four, Pa. Naylor is a member of Social Awareness Club, serves as Ritual Chair for Alpha Xi Delta and is Secretary of the Senior Class Council. She is currently interning at the Belmont Correctional Institute in St. Clairsville, Ohio for senior field placement.

Reed, a History and Psychology major, is the daughter of John and Lynne Reed of Finleyville, Pa. Representing Phi Mu sorority, Reed is a member of the Psychology Club, International Relations Club, BOSS, and the Political Awareness Club.

The daughter of Steve and Vicki Steger of Madison, Ohio, Steger is representing Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. A Biology major, Steger is president of Alpha Xi Delta. She is also a member of Tri-Beta, the Environmental Science Club, German Club, Amnesty International and the Senior Class Council.

Swiger is the daughter of Mark and Dawn Swiger of Wheeling, W.Va. She is representing the independent student body. Swiger is an Elementary Special Education major and a member of the Student National Education Association (SNEA). She is also a student assistant with the cross country team. Swiger was a member of the track and field team for one year and played on the basketball team for two years.

An Elementary Education major with a Reading specialization, Teets is the daughter of Marvin and Cindy Teets of Independence, W.Va. Teets is the Treasurer and Alumnae Coordinator for Phi Mu sorority. She is captain of the varsity soccer team and serves as president of the Soccer Club and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters club. Teets is also a member of SNEA and the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA).

The son of Kostas and Chrisoula Adelianakis of Canonsburg Pa., Adelianakis is representing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Adelianakis is a Communication major with a Public Relations emphasis. He is also a member of PRSSA, the Spanish Club, and BethCom TV-14.

Representing the independent student body, Akers is the son of Denise and Terry Akers of Barnesville, Ohio. A Physical Education major, Akers is a member of the football team and serves as Treasurer for the Physical Education Club.

Elkins, a Psychology and Religious Studies major, is the son of Randy and Harriet Elkins of Columbus, Ga. A representative of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Elkins is a member of the Psychology Club and the Religious Studies Club.

A Psychology major, Ermlick is the son of Robert and Martha Ermlick and Laura Fogel of Charleroi, Pa. Representing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he is a member of the football team and the Psychology Club. Ermlick also serves as president of the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and chairs the Student Programming Board (SPB).

Essington, the son of Mark and Marsee Essington of Mount Pleasant, Pa., is representing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He is a Communication major with an Electronic Media emphasis. Essington is a Resident Assistant, Chair of the Philanthropy Club, a member of BethCom TV-14 and serves as Communication Webmaster.

The president of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Gray is the son of Jeff and Cindy Gray of Wheeling, W.Va. A Music Vocal Performance major, Gray is president of the Music Club, a Bethany Broadway Group Coordinator, and a member of the Bethany College Choir. He is also a Kalon Scholar, a member of the Music Honor Society and the Organ Scholar for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling.

A Political Science major, McNally is the son of Bill and Kathy McNally of Pittsburgh, Pa. President of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, McNally is also a member of the football team and the IFC.

Mullin, the son of Madonna and Mark Mullin of Acme, Pa., is a Communication major with an emphasis in Advertising. Representing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he is a member of BethCom TV-14 and recently participated in a mission trip to Vietnam.

The 12 members of the 2008 Homecoming Court were selected by a vote of Bethany College students. Balloting will be conducted this week on campus to select the King and Queen from the nominees.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.