BETHANY, W.Va. — Allison Engel '94, vice president of executive services at PNC Bank, will be the featured speaker at the 66th annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast to be held at 9:30 a.m. on May 4 in Benedum Commons.
Engel attended Bethany from 1990 to 1994 as an international economics major. Later, in 1995, she acquired her Slovene Language Proficiency Certificate from the University of Ljubljana before beginning her career in the retail services group at PNC Bank. In 1998, Engel joined Mellon Bank serving as an associate relationship manager in the international financial institutions group. During her time at PNC and Mellon, Engel attended the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business where she received her MBA in 1999.
After graduate school, Engel took a role as a senior associate and later a director with PNC Capital Markets, a position she would work for seven years. Following that, she became the program manager for the corporate and institutional banking development program at PNC, later serving in 2010 as the vice president of talent development until her current position.
“Allison embodies everything this breakfast represents – namely, female accomplishment and empowerment. It’s an honor to have her speak to our female students, faculty and staff about her life’s work and how she got to be where she is today,” said Bethany College President Scott D. Miller.
The Darline Nicholson May Morning 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 May Morning 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 from the Bethany community 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.