BETHANY, W.Va. — The 65th annual Darline Nicholson Spring Breakfast honoring Bethany College senior women will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons. It will feature Susan Lister ’89 — Bethany alumna and senior specialist in global communications for Whirlpool — as guest speaker for the event.
Susan Lister (née Ryan) attended Bethany College as a communications major and participated actively in the Tower newspaper and WVBC as well as Phi Mu sorority. She was a Kalon Scholar and a recipient of the Scripps-Howard Journalism Scholarship. Lister graduated cum laude in 1989 and was hired as sports information director for the College.
Lister went on from Bethany to serve as associate athletic director at Duquesne University, associate commissioner for the Big Ten Conference and communications coordinator of Lake Michigan College. She now holds the position of senior specialist of Global Communications for Whirlpool Corporation.
In service to her community, she has volunteered as creator and organizer of a Stamp out Hunger food drive as well as a committee member for the United Way Campaign at Lake Michigan College. She donates her time to the Christian Service Center food pantry in Niles, Mich., and is a school board member for St. Mary’s Elementary. Susan Lister resides in Buchanan, Mich., with her husband James Lister and their two daughters.
The Darline Nicholson Spring Breakfast began in 1947 as the May Morning Breakfast, which was an event intended to bring female faculty members and senior women together to honor the soon-to-be graduates. The Panhellenic Council assumed sponsorship of the breakfast during the 1960s and the event was expanded to include all female Bethany College students, faculty and staff along with invited guests. In the early 1970s a fashion show was added as part of the festivities. The May Morning Breakfast was renamed the Darline Nicholson Spring Breakfast in 2000.
The breakfast is traditionally served by the men of Sigma Nu fraternity, and the menu always includes strawberries and cream. The program also includes a toast by the Outstanding Junior Woman and the announcement of the recipient of the Aleece C. Gresham Award — a prize given each year to a senior woman who has displayed sound academic accomplishments, participated and displayed leadership in a variety of co-curricular activities and shown dedication and commitment to the college. All women on Bethany’s campus are invited to attend this event.
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.