Bethany College Celebrates Women’s Month 2010

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Office of Student Life announces a full schedule of activities slated for March in recognition of Women’s Month 2010. Events, designed to celebrate womanhood and increase awareness of women’s issues, are open to Bethany community members and friends.

The Office of Student Life is working in cooperation with a variety of campus groups, including the Writing Center, Social Work Department, and Health Services and Counseling, to present a program that encompasses a wide range of topics.

Women’s Month kicked off March 1 with a slam poetry session hosted by award-winning slam poet Crystal Tennille Irby. The session was followed on March 2 with a workshop —led by Irby and her friend, Thea Monyee—dealing with how women treat the other women in their lives.

Popcorn and PJs: A Girls Night In will be held March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethany Memorial Church. The evening will feature a showing of the movie “Now and Then.” Another Popcorn and PJs: A Girls Night In will take place on March 26 and will feature the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

A family planning clinic, offered in conjunction with the Brooke County Health Department, is set for March 8 and will offer cervical and breast cancer screenings for students and community members. Appointments are recommended and begin at 3:30 p.m. Contact Carol Tyler at for more information.

Following spring break at the College, Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work, will present “I’m Stuck Here: Why You Stay in Bad Relationships” at 7 p.m. on March 22. Furbee’s talk will take place in Renner Too (Phillips Hall) on the Bethany campus. Katrina Cooper, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of First Year Studies will speak on “We’re So Happy: Identifying Good Relationships and Keeping Them That Way” at 7:00 p.m. on March 24, also in Renner Too.

Heather Taylor, Director of the McCann Writing Center, will present “Words in Your Face,” a slam poetry session for students on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. in Maxwell’s (Phillips Hall).

A book discussion of “He’s Just Not That Into You” is scheduled for 4 p.m. on March 25. Chocolate and cheese fondue will be served. A Delta Epsilon Pi Mary Kay Cosmetics party will be held in Phillips Lounge at 7 p.m. on March 27. An Assertiveness Workshop will be held the next day, March 28, in the back dining room of Bethany’s cafeteria at 7 p.m.

The last week of Women’s Month events will feature a Women’s Words Abound! Gathering at 8 p.m. on March 29 in the Renner Art Gallery. Participants will honor the women of Bethany College with their own words or selected works. The movie documentary “Sisters of ‘77” will be shown in Maxwell’s at 5:30 p.m. on March 30. And community members are invited to compete in a Food TV Chocolate Competition on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. A prize will be awarded for the best chocolate appetizer, chocolate entrée, chocolate drink and chocolate dessert.

Additional programs and details will be posted on the Bethany College calendar at Contact Elizabeth de Jong, Dean of Students, at 304-829-7631 with questions.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Bethany is the state’s oldest degree-granting institution.