Bethany Announces 2011 Alumni Weekend Celebrations

BETHANY, W.Va. – 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.

Alumni Weekend will kick off with a Welcome Dinner on Friday, April 29, followed by the annual Student Art Exhibit Awards Reception.

Saturday’s events will feature the Darline Nicholson Breakfast at which the recipient of the Aleece C. Gresham Leadership Award will be announced. The prize is given to a senior woman who has exhibited sound academic accomplishment, participated in and displayed leadership in a variety of co-curricular activities and shown dedication and commitment to the College. The Joyce Chernenko Outstanding Advisor Award will also be presented. This award is given in honor of dedicated service to the College to a woman who fosters growth in the women of Bethany by helping them to better themselves and the community and who serves as a positive role model.

A Saturday Alumni College Experience session featuring Professor Cash and Bethany junior Jenny Preston will address “The Literary Arts at Bethany College.” Cash and Preston will discuss the College’s major and minor in creative writing, the rebirth of Bethany’s student literary magazine The Harbinger, and student and faculty publications.

Reunion class photos will also be taken on April 30, followed by an Alumni Awards Dinner and Reception.

Annual athletic events will include the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association’s Golf Outing on April 29 at the Indian Run Golf Course, a Memorial at Hoag Field on April 30, as well as a Star of Honor Reception that evening.

The 2011 Alumni Weekend will conclude with the annual Scroll Breakfast, open to all alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunion. This year’s breakfast will specifically honor the members of the class of 1961.

To view the full schedule of events or to register, visit To make hotel reservations, contact the Gresham Inn at 304.829.4343.


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.