Bethany College Celebrates March Women’s Month with Full Schedule of Events

BETHANY, W.Va. — 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.
 
Women’s Month kicked off with a Journaling Session on March 1 led by Coordinator of Writing Center Heather Taylor. The event was designed to encourage writers to put their pen to the paper and express themselves through writing. Journaling sessions will also take place March 8, 22 and 29.
 
Tamika Harper, also known as Georgia Me, performed on March 2. Harper is a slam poet and is known as “The Queen of the Spoken Word.” Georgia Me also represents Harpers motto of “God’s apostle, moving everyone.” Showcased in the Tony Award-winning “Def Poetry Jam,” the Booker T. Washington High School graduate is known for having come to terms with her size and expressing it through poems.
 
Throughout the course of the month the sisters of Phi Mu will present “Post- It Notes.” This activity is part of Operation Beautiful, which encourages young women to write notes to themselves that feature positive and inspiring thoughts.
 
As part of Bethany’s First Friday Coffee House series, singer Megan James will perform on March 4 at 8 p.m. in Maxwell’s.
 
The Office of Student Life will feature a Girls Night Out: Movie Marathon. The event is set for March 4 at 9:30 p.m. and will continue until March 6 at 5 p.m. On March 5 the recently released movie “Secretariat” will be played at 8 p.m. and will include free popcorn for attendees.
 
The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta will co-feature an event on March 6 from 12-2:30 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Walk A Mile in Her Shoes and Take Back The Night events were designed to go hand-in-hand to help stop violence against women. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence) helps raise awareness of these issues and how to stop them. During this time men wear women’s shoes to show support for the cause. The second part of the event, Take Back the Night, was initiated to help end sexual violence in all of its forms, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence and domestic violence. Take Back the Night also promoted safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.
 
Linda Hooper, a former middle school principal who is now an inspirational speaker, will address the Bethany College community on March 7 in the lounge of Phillips Hall. Her talk is slated for 8 p.m. Hooper is known for her work as principal at Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee. While there, she realized the students were having difficulty grasping the extent of six million victims in relation to the Holocaust. To give them a visual representation, she encouraged them to collect six million paper clips. The story of Hooper and the small-town school was made into a film that has won several awards.
 
Bethany’s Panhellenic Council and the Office of Student Life will co-sponsor “Thank You Notes” on March 21-22. During lunch and dinner students will have the opportunity to write thank you notes to women who have served important roles in their lives.
 
Internationally recognized motivational speaker Alexis Jones, founder of the female empowerment company i am that girl, will address the campus community on March 24. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weimer Lecture Hall. Well-known for her ability to engage young audiences through compelling and entertaining presentations, 26-year-old Jones is a noted expert on Generation Y and the many pressures and expectations that confront its members. A former teen model, Jones earned a master’s degree in communication from the University of Southern California and was a final contestant on the CBS show Survivor Micronesia. She also works as a writer and television host.
 
Bethany College will also host a Locks of Love event on March 28 from approximately 12-3 p.m. Tropical Illusion Hair Salon will be in the lounge of Phillips Hall for those wishing to donate. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are under age 21 and suffering from long-term medical hair loss.  With a hair cut of 10 inches or more and a donation to Locks of Love, the hair cut is free. With any haircut less than 10 inches, there is a $10 charge and all of the money will be donated to Locks of Love foundation.
 
Concluding the events for the month will be a poetry slam led by Taylor. The event is scheduled for March 30 in Maxwell’s. The winner will be named “Bethany Slam Champ” and will receive $50. The audience will determine the winner through money donations in each slammer’s donation bucket. All of the money from the votes will be donated to CASA, a non-profit organization in Brooke and Hancock Counties in West Virginia that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
Women’s Month was initiated six years ago by a committee in Student Services headed by Elizabeth de Jong, Bethany College Dean of Students. For questions or more information please contact de Jong at edejong@bethanywv.edu.
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. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.