Fourteen Bethany College communications majors are bringing their media studies to life this summer with professional internships in print, radio, public relations, social media and more at locations across the country.
Bethany College and Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation have agreed to terms of a contract that will result in drilling for natural gas on non-campus lands owned by the College.
Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller led a national discussion on Financing Sustainability at the annual Climate Leadership Summit last week at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C. The session, which included 125 presidents and vice presidents from throughout the nation, was held in the City View Room of the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU.
Student and faculty representatives of Bethany College’s Spanish and German Clubs recently returned from a two-week May educational trip to Chile.
Bethany College announces the addition of a Fulbright Scholar in Arabic for the 2011-2012 academic year. Muna ALMerri of Bahrain will instruct elementary Arabic 1 and 2, as well as a course addressing topics in modern Arabic culture and society.
Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of five new faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year. The faculty additions are: Dr. Jennifer Franko, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. Jesse Janeshek, Visiting Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Edward Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Education; Dr. Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education; and Dr. David Youngberg, Assistant Professor of Economics.
Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2010-11 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.
The Teagle Foundation of New York has approved a planning grant of $15,000 for a group of five private colleges, including Bethany College, in West Virginia and Virginia for a “Collaborative Course Delivery” project.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently named Bethany College a national leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Bethany was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
Gerald E. “Jerry” Stebbins has been named Dean of Students at Bethany College, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. He will assume the position on July 1.
Valedictorian April M. O’Brien of Columbus, Ohio, completed her college career with top honors during Bethany College’s 2011 Commencement ceremony on May 14. Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, presented O’Brien with the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, given annually to the senior graduating with the highest academic standing.
President of Ogden Newspapers, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates Robert Nutting spoke to Bethany College’s 2011 graduating class as part of the institution’s 171st Anniversary Commencement Weekend. Nutting delivered his remarks, “Your Most Valuable Gift: Time,” to Bethany’s 135 graduating seniors on May 14 in the Nutting Gymnasium of the Hummel Field House.
Bethany College will host its annual Commencement activities May 13-14. A Baccalaureate service is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13 in Commencement Hall at the College’s historic Old Main. The Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will speak at the event. President Miller will host a reception honoring parents and members of the Class of 2011 on the front lawn of Old Main immediately following the Baccalaureate service. In case of rain the reception will be held on the corridor of Old Main.
Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students, faculty and staff with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on April 14 during its annual Honors Day celebrations. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with their awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.
Bethany President Scott D. Miller has announced that President of Ogden Newspapers, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates Robert Nutting will deliver the address at the College’s 2011 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 14. The Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will present remarks during the May 13 Baccalaureate service.
Bethany College will host Invisible Children — an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in Africa — for the third time on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The event is part of the group’s current Congo Tour and is free and open to the public.
Bethany College will honor four of its outstanding alumni during its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on April 30 as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Community Service Award and the Alumnus of the Year Award will be recognized.
Two Bethany College sophomores have been selected to receive this year’s Vira I. Heinz Travel Awards, coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies and designed to “prepare women leaders for tomorrow’s global challenges.”
The Bethany College Department of Visual and Performing Arts invites the public to attend its annual Spring Concert on Thursday, April 14. The event will take place in Commencement Hall at 7.30 p.m.
Bethany College announces the appointment of new Director of Financial Aid Sheila Nelson-Hensley, who began her position with the College on Monday.
While some members of the Bethany community used the recent break in classes to participate in the College’s inaugural Alternative Spring Break, completing volunteer work at 16 area organizations, others engaged in international politics and exploration at a variety of overseas destinations. The activities were all part of the College’s ongoing initiatives to serve the local region and beyond — and to provide greater depth to classroom learning through real-world experiences.
Bethany College Theatre, Dance and Music have teamed up to present the internationally acclaimed Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” winner of nine Tony Awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Performances will be held in Wailes Theatre on the College’s campus from March 31 to April 2 at 8 p.m. An April 3 performance will be held at 2 p.m.
Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski, Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Bethany College, has been presented with the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (WVCTM) 2011 College Teacher of the Year award.
Bethany has announced its schedule of events for the College’s 2011 Alumni Weekend, to be held April 29-May 1. Activities will include class reunions, a student art exhibit, the Darline Nicholson Breakfast, and a special presentation on the literary arts at Bethany by Assistant Professor of English Dr. Wiley Cash — author of “The Rain Barrel,” a novel scheduled to be released by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2012.
The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts announces the schedule for its 49th annual Communications Week, themed “Effective Immediately! How to be Effective Immediately in Your Classes, in Internships, and in Your First Job.” Communications Week will be held March 27-April 1 on the College campus.
The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present its annual Senior Art Show March 28 – April 14. The exhibit will be located in the Renner Art Gallery at the College and will feature fine art from Bethany’s seven visual art students graduating in 2011.
Bethany College and Tropical Illusions will support Locks of Love with a donation event scheduled for March 28. College and surrounding community members are invited to visit Phillips Lounge on campus from 12-3 p.m. Representatives from Tropical Illusions salon will be available to give haircuts to benefit children experiencing hair loss because of a medical condition.
Bethany College celebrated 171 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day on March 3. Festivities included the College’s traditional Founder’s Day Convocation in Commencement Hall. This year’s Convocation featured guest speaker Thomas Buergenthal, a 1957 Bethany graduate, Auschwitz survivor, and former judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Bethany College will celebrate Women’s Month in March with a variety of events on women’s issues open to students, faculty and community members.
Darin Fields, Bethany Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, announces the College’s March 8 Formal Investiture Ceremony officially installing Mary Ellen Komorowski, Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, as this year’s Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics. The event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the College’s Academic Parlour in Old Main, and President Scott D. Miller will present remarks.
Bethany College announces that internationally recognized motivational speaker Alexis Jones, founder of the female empowerment company i am that girl, will address the campus community on March 24 as part of the College’s Women’s Month activities. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weimer Lecture Hall.
Kaye Hearn, a 1972 Bethany graduate and the second woman to serve on the South Carolina Supreme Court, will address Bethany College senior women at this year’s Darline Nicholson Breakfast. The event, scheduled for April 30 at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend 2011, is a long-standing tradition at Bethany and was established to honor female students, faculty and community members.
The Bethany College Department of Social Work has chosen the St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling, W.Va., as its Spotlight Organization and has donated $1,000 towards the home’s Capital Campaign, an initiative to raise $2 million for the home’s new expansion project. The project includes a new 7,000-square-foot residential building that will house all services in one location and will increase the children’s bedroom capacity from eight to 12.
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) String Quintet will perform a free concert for the public at Bethany on February 9 in the College’s Academic Parlour in historic Old Main. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will include a question-and-answer session with the WSO musicians.
Five Bethany football players recently joined the College’s efforts to support the work of Wheeling’s St. John’s Home for Children — a group that provides care for boys age eight to 14 who have suffered abuse or struggle with behavioral problems. Students Matt Grimard, Ryan Busch, CJ Thomas, Robert Baker and Tyler Babinchok spent Saturday morning moving furniture and appliances to a newly constructed home that will expand the organization’s ability to serve area youth.
Bethany College’s Sophomore Class Council will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fundraising dinner to benefit Invisible Children, an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in northern Uganda.
Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2010-11 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade-point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits.
The Bethany College Equine Studies and Social Work Programs will host an Open House on March 26 for high school juniors and seniors. The event is designed to introduce students and their families to Bethany’s programs and facilities that can prepare them for a successful equine career.
Bethany College has announced the 56th annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures, to be held May 2-3 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s featured speaker will be Dr. Bruce Epperly, director of continuing education and professor of practical theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. The event focus will be “Loosely Christian: Theology, Spirituality, and Mission for a Postmodern Church.”
Bethany College honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday on Monday with A Day of Service. Volunteers gathered to share in a variety of service projects, as well as a celebratory dinner featuring remarks by Shaunda Miles, director of programming and cultivation of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia announced that Bethany College Professor of Biology Albert “Jay” R. Buckelew has been selected as one of five finalists for its 2010 Professor of the Year. This is the second time in three years that a Bethany professor has been chosen for the honor. John Burns, also a professor of biology, was a contender for the 2008 award.
Bethany College’s administrative offices will close for the holiday break at the close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, at 8 a.m.
Bethany College will celebrate 171 years as a small college of national distinction with its annual Founder’s Day Thursday, March 3. Festivities will include the traditional Founder’s Day Convocation at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall featuring guest speaker Thomas Buergenthal. A 1957 Bethany graduate and former judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Buergenthal is an Auschwitz survivor who now serves as a professor at The George Washington University Law School.
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller announces the College’s 2011-2012 faculty promotions in rank and tenure.
Marie E. (Zuberbuehler) DeParis — 1983 Bethany College graduate and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and Big East Conference — will deliver the Keynote Address for the 27th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon at Bethany College. The luncheon, to be held March 5, is part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition for incoming freshmen with exceptional academic, leadership and service records.
Katherine Robert, a sophomore at Bethany College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. The daughter of Stephanie and Loyd Butcher of Leon, W.Va., Robert is majoring in biology. She will receive $2,700 in UPS Scholarship funds.
The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts will present the John Keresty Lectures in Journalism on October 27. Bethany graduate Dave Sims ’75, TV voice of the Seattle Mariners and National Radio Voice of NFL Sunday Night Football, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. at the Mountainside Conference Center.
The Bethany College Social Work Department is co-sponsoring a two-day professional development symposium scheduled for November 4-5 at the Mountainside Conference Center in Bethany. The symposium theme is “Empowering the Family in Health and Human Services,” and the event will focus on topics and skills for social workers, nurses, counselors, addiction specialists, domestic violence prevention workers and other helping professionals to assist families in need.
The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has elected Bethany College President Scott D. Miller to serve on the organization’s national Steering Committee. The Committee is comprised of a select number of ACUPCC-member college and university presidents committed to re-stabilizing the Earth’s climate by furthering environmental initiatives at educational institutions across the country.
Dr. Darin Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, announced the appointment of two new department chairs at Bethany College. Dr. William T. Hicks will serve as chair of the Department of Biology, and Dr. Steven A. Carelli will serve as chair of the Department of History and Political Science.
The Bethany College Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present its first concert of the season — Music for an Autumn Evening — on October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall.
Bethany College has announced 12 nominees for the 2010 Homecoming Court. Bethany’s Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities at Saturday’s football game against Waynesburg University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bison Stadium.
A full schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 1-3 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year’s events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni and sporting events, an art show and more.
As part of its annual Homecoming festivities Oct. 1-2, the Bethany College athletic department will enshrine four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) unveiled a new website (www.buildingblocks2020.org) today designed to highlight and support efforts by nonprofit private colleges and universities to increase the number of at-risk students they enroll and to boost the retention and graduation rates of various student populations.
A grant from the Driehorst Family Foundation, Wheeling, W.Va., is supporting a new era of broadcasting via web-streaming technology at Bethany College. The grant enables Bethany’s Department of Communications and Media Arts to broadcast convocations and special events, athletics, and other Bethany activities using the latest in web-streaming technology.
The women of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College will participate in Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Columbus, Ohio, on October 10. Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
The Bethany Open-Air Country Market — featuring local produce, eggs, flowers, handmade crafts, estate sale items and more — will continue a series of contests with a scarecrow competition on September 25. $100 in cash prizes will be awarded.
Bethany students gleaned global perspective on leadership during a series of talks presented as part of the College’s 2010 Fall Convocation activities. Following the September 9 Opening Ceremony, speakers representing diverse backgrounds teamed up to offer their insights on how to succeed on Wall Street — and in life.
Bethany College graduate Robert McCann, Chief Executive Officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas and Member of the Group Executive Board UBS AG, gave the address at Bethany’s Fall Convocation ceremony September 9 in Commencement Hall. McCann was also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.
The Bethany community gathered September 4 for the dedication of the new Lynn Frantz Adkins Plaza, named in honor of the founder of the College’s social work program. President Scott D. Miller presented remarks
The Bethany College Honors Committee has announced the appointment of the College's Senior Fellows for the 2010-11 academic year. Senior Fellows are students who have demonstrated unusual excellence in a major along with the character and ability necessary to do the work in the department.
Bethany College’s Office of Student Life, Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council will host a Greek Leadership Conference September 10-11 at the Mountainside Conference Center. The gathering will focus on strengthening the Greek community at Bethany through a variety of chapter meetings and breakout sessions.
Bethany College graduate Robert McCann, Chief Executive Officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas and Member of the Group Executive Board UBS AG, will give the address at Bethany’s Fall Convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 9. The event, an annual tradition at the 170-year-old College, will begin at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall in Old Main.
Bethany College will again host Invisible Children — an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in Africa — as part of the group’s 2010 Face-to-Face Tour. The event, free and open to the public, will be held on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall.
Four Bethany College students helped advance the field of biomedical research by participating in the 2010 West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Program, funded through the National Institutes of Health.
The Bethany College Theatre and Student Activities Council present the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s (PICT) production of “St. Nicholas,” a tale of second chances by contemporary Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Performances will be held September 9-11 at the amphitheatre located behind Bethany’s Steinman Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany College is among the top 107 liberal arts colleges in the country according to a recent report by Washington Monthly. The publication rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.Ds), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Continuing a strategic pattern of qualitative growth outlined in the master plan “Bethany 2020”, full-time enrollment at Bethany College increased by 10.7 percent this year, according to R.J. Zitzelsberger, Director of Enrollment.
Bethany College marked the start of the 2010-2011 academic year with a formal Matriculation Convocation August 21. Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College, was joined by the faculty and staff in the ceremony that added over 350 new students to the campus community, making the past three new-student classes the largest three consecutive enrollment years on record.
Bethany College ranked solidly among First Tier National Liberal Arts Colleges according to an announcement by U.S. News and World Report released this morning. Bethany is the only West Virginia institution to be included in the First Tier listings.
Bethany College President Scott D. Miller delivered the annual State of the College Address to a packed Commencement Hall and online viewers worldwide August 17. In his fourth such speech as Bethany’s 19th president, he outlined the College’s wide array of recent successes — as well as a strategic vision that celebrates Bethany’s unique identity.
Bethany College celebrated the restoration and official reopening of one of its historic buildings, Cochran Hall, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 16. Cochran Hall will serve as Bethany’s newest residence, housing 72 students in its newly renovated modern suite-style rooms.
Bethany College is pleased to welcome Sharon Monigold to its staff. Monigold will serve as the College’s Director of Bethany Heritage Program and Archivist.
“Transformation Now!: The Campaign for Bethany College” surpassed the $29 million mark in gifts and pledges after just two years, according to Sven de Jong, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
Bethany College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company The Princeton Review. It is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2 on PrincetonReview.com. This marks the seventh year Bethany has been selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s regional guide.
Bethany College has announced the appointment of M.E. Yancosek Gamble as the institution’s 2010-2011 Renner Scholar and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts.
Beginning July 31, residents of Bethany and surrounding communities will be able to buy and sell local foods and goods through Bethany’s new Open Air Country Market. As part of the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” effort to increase the availability of fresh, affordable foods, the market is the first of its kind in the area. In addition to promoting healthy eating, such markets are known for strengthening local economies and tourism.
Bethany College has announced that eight incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 academic year have been awarded the prestigious Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarships.
Bethany College announces the establishment of Buffalo Seminary, a continuing education arm of the College designed to strengthen Bethany’s relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and to cultivate the College’s unique heritage.
Bethany College has announced the establishment of its first graduate degree program — a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) — set to begin with the start of the 2010-2011 academic year. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools gave its official endorsement of Bethany’s program this week.