2015-16 - News Archives

Bethany College Announces Spring 2016 President’s and Dean’s List

Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Dr. Elizabeth Hull Selected by Council of Independent Colleges to Attend Special Seminar on Teaching European Art

Bethany College’s Dr. Elizabeth Hull has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context. The seminar will be hosted at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and runs from June 20-24.

Bethany Valedictorian Dakota Maravelis Receives Prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award

Valedictorian Dakota Maravelis of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, who completed his “perfect” college career as a double major in Political Science and Economics, was recognized during Bethany College’s 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 14. Dr. Katrina L. D’Aquin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, presented Maravelis with the College’s prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award, which is given annually to the senior graduating with the highest academic standing.

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Former Chief of Naval Operations, Addresses Class of 2016

Retired Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, former Chief of Naval Operations, addressed Bethany College’s 2016 graduating class as part of the institution’s 176th Anniversary Commencement Weekend. Greenert delivered his remarks, “What distinguishes us?” to Bethany’s 136 graduates on May 14 in the Hummel Field House.

Bethany Criminology Students Launch “Let’s Be 28” Campaign

Bethany students in Detective Zack Allman’s Criminology class did more than listen to lectures and take tests this semester. These students spent the semester researching and preparing to create a law in the state of West Virginia against revenge pornography. Currently, the law is in place at 27 states, making the mission of this project “Let’s Be 28.”

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert to Deliver Bethany College Commencement Address

Retired Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, former Chief of Naval Operations, will be the keynote speaker at Bethany College’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony in the Pennington Quadrangle May 14.

Dana Railsback to Speak at Bethany College’s 69th Annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast

Dana Railsback, a 1993 Bethany College graduate and the Senior Manager of Payment Strategies & InStore Banking at Giant Eagle, Inc., will address the women of Bethany College’s graduating class at the 69th Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The annual event will take place on Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s 2016 Alumni Weekend.

Bethany College Announces 2016 Alumni Award Recipients

Bethany College will present a series of awards recognizing outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. Dr. Larry Grimes will be recognized with The Robert A. Sandercox Award, Salvatore Marranca will receive the Alumni Achievement Award and Nick and Nancy Sarap and Dayna Snell will be presented with the Community Service Award as part of Alumni Weekend activities on campus.

Bethany College’s Theatre & Music Programs Present Spring Musical: The Apple Tree

Bethany College’s Theatre and Music Programs will offer a delightful spring musical, The Apple Tree, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Directed by Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Bethany College Theatre, with musical direction by William Ton, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Stampede Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, performances will be held on campus at Wailes Theatre in Steinman Hall on April 21, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m., and April 24 at 2 p.m.

Bethany College to Hold Second Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend

Bethany College will hold multiple events April 8 and 9 for its second annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend. These invitation-only events feature nationally recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae and give female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations.

Bethany Students Travel the World During Spring Break

Five Bethany College student groups witnessed cultural immersion and professional experience first hand as they traveled the world during Spring Break, March 7-11.

Bethany College Women and Leadership Weekend to be Named in Honor of Alumna Ann Wilkin Trombadore ’51

Bethany College’s Women and Leadership Weekend has been named the Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend in honor of one of Bethany’s distinguished alumni.

David Daniel to Give Poetry Reading at Bethany

Award-winning poet, David Daniel, will give a poetry reading on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Academic Parlour of Old Main. Sponsored by Bethany’s English program, the reading is free and open to the public.

Bethany College Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant

Bethany College president Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg recently announced a $1 million challenge gift from Robert J. McCann (Class of '80) and Cindy McCann of Madison, New Jersey.

Bethany’s Fulbright Scholar Receives Honorable Mention for IIE Impact Story Contest

Fulbright Scholar, Ghizlane Fadili of Morocco, was chosen as one of 10 honorable mentions for the Institute of International Education (IIE) Impact Story Contest. Her submission details her experience in the nine-month Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA Program) at Bethany College.

Bethany College Receives Approval from W.Va. Board of Education for New Education Endorsements

The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved Bethany College’s revised, proposed PreK-K, K-6 and 5-Adult Multicategorical Special Education with Autism Program in Dec. 2015. This approval ranks Bethany as the only college in the state of West Virginia to offer the PreK-K, K-6 and 5-Adult for Multi-Categorical Special Education with Autism Program.

Bethany College Celebrates 176 Years During Founder’s Day

Bethany College celebrated Founder’s Day with events on campus Thursday, March 3. This year’s program honored the College’s 176 years as a small college of national distinction.

Bethany College Announces 2016 Oreon E. Scott Lectures

Bethany College has announced that Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will deliver the 61st annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 4-5 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s lecture series is titled “Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations.”

Bethany to Celebrate Founder’s Day

Bethany College will hold its annual Founder’s Day celebration Thursday, March 3, in honor of Bethany’s 176 years as a small college of national distinction. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg — Bethany’s recently appointed President — will address attendees at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall.

Benedict ’07 to Address Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarship Candidates

Jessica Spencer Benedict, a 2007 Bethany College graduate and Associate at Dinsmore & Shohl, will deliver the keynote address for the 32nd annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on Feb. 20.

Bethany Student Activities Council Nominated for National Award

Robert Johnson, President and CEO of Power Performers, has announced that the Bethany College Student Activities Council has been named a finalist for a Campus Event Planner of the Year Award for 2015.

Bethany Announces Fall 2015 President’s and Dean’s List

Bethany College has announced the President's List and the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Bethany’s Hull Named Finalist for West Virginia Professor of the Year

Dr. John Howard Hull, Professor of Psychology at Bethany College, has been named a finalist for West Virginia’s 2015 Professor of the Year, according to Ken Sullivan of the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia.

Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg Begins Tenure as Bethany College’s 20th President

January 1 marks Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg's first day as Bethany College's 20th president. Rodenberg, who has served as the Vice President of Advancement at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2011, was chosen after a nationwide search.

Bethany College Joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Bethany College has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 600 new commitments announced by IIE.

Bethany College Hosts Breakfast with Santa

More than 160 children, alumni and community members attended Bethany College’s Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event, which was sponsored by the Student Alumni Association, gave attendees the chance to enjoy breakfast at the College’s Benedum Commons, followed by a meet-and-greet and photo with Santa.

‘Invasion Day’ Brings Wellsburg Middle School Students to Bethany

More than 100 Wellsburg Middle School students got hands-on experience in the science fields at Bethany College’s Invasion Day on Nov. 13. The event is held each semester, and gives Bethany’s student teachers a chance to plan a lesson and teach local students.

Bethany College Awarded 2016 Military Friendly School Designation

Bethany College has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This is the fifth year in a row Bethany has received this distinction.

Christmas Tree Auction, Light Up Celebration to Take Place at Bethany

Bethany College will hold its fifth annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The evening will begin with the official lighting of the tree, and a charity tree and wreath auction will follow.

Student Veteran Club Formed at Bethany College

A newly created student organization at Bethany College is helping student veterans become college graduates. Bethany’s chapter of Student Veterans of America was founded last month by senior Andrew Drilak, who served in the U.S. Navy. Throughout the week of Veterans Day, the organization is holding events to honor those who have served.

Bethany American Chemical Society Honored with National Award

Bethany College’s American Chemical Society student chapter was recently recognized with a Commendable Award by the Society Committee on Education for its activities held during the 2014-15 academic year.

Bethany Theatre to Present ‘Cloud 9’

The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present “Cloud 9,” a comedy about power, politics, family, the Victorian Empire and sex. The play will be presented Dec. 3-5 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Bethany Faculty Chosen to Present at International Education Conference

Three Bethany College faculty members have been chosen to present a workshop at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. They will present their research, data and videos from Invasion Days, which invite local elementary school students to “invade” Bethany’s campus for a day and learn from Bethany education majors.

Disciples of Christ Historical Society Breaks Ground at Bethany College

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society broke ground at Bethany College, the society’s new home, on Friday, Oct. 2. The archives are currently housed in Nashville, Tennessee, but will soon be moved to Bethany. The building will be part of the Campbell Mansion and Renner Visitor Center complex, adjacent to the College’s campus.

Bethany Alumni Added to Communications Wall of Fame

Bethany alumni Jeff Flick ’82, Steve Radick ’03 and Ashley Dougherty ’05 have been named to the College’s Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame. The three were recognized by M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Chair of the Department of Business, Communications and Media Arts during a reception Oct. 2 during Homecoming Weekend. The Wall of Fame, located in the H.C. Ogden Lounge in Bethany House, was established in October 2010 to honor distinguished communications graduates.

New York Times Best-Selling Author Returns to Bethany College for Homecoming

As part of Bethany College’s Homecoming celebration, New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash will return to campus as the featured speaker for the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The second-annual series will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Bethany Names Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg as College’s 20th President

Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg has been named as Bethany College’s 20th president, effective January 1, 2016. Rodenberg, who has served as the Vice President of Advancement at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2011, was chosen after a nationwide search.

Bethany Announces Keresty Lecture Speaker, Communications Week Schedule

Greg Hammaren, a 1981 Bethany College graduate and vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit, will give the keynote address at this year’s John Keresty Lecture in Journalism. The lecture is part of the 54th Communications and Media Arts Week, which will focus on “a great digital future” and will take place Sept. 27 to Oct. 2.

Bethany College Theatre to Present Sci-Fi Original

Bethany College will soon debut the world premiere of “Naked Emperors,” a sci-fi play written by the College’s Director of Theatre, Luke Hardt. Hardt, who is also an Associate Professor of Theatre will also direct the performance.

Bethany's Sasak Receives Award at Fall Convocation

Bethany College sophomore Taylor Sasak received the Richard B. Kenney First-Year Leadership Award for the 2014-15 school year during Fall Convocation held in Commencement Hall Thursday, Sept. 10.

HELM President Addresses Students at Bethany College’s 2015 Fall Convocation

Rev. Bernard “Chris” Dorsey, president of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), addressed Bethany students at the College’s 2015 Fall Convocation Sept. 10 in Commencement Hall.

Bethany College Welcomes Fulbright Scholars

Bethany College will expand its world language curriculum this year as two Fulbright Scholars spend the academic year on campus. Lyu-Wei Chen of Taiwan and Ghizlane Fadili of Morocco will not only teach courses, but will also learn more about life in the United States during their time in Bethany.

Bethany College Joins National Communication Honor Society

Bethany College’s Department of Business, Communications & Media Arts was recently selected as a new member of the National Communication Association’s Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. The College joins more than 600 chapters across the nation dedicated to recognizing the work of outstanding communication students.

Bethany College Welcomes New Students for 2015-16 School Year

Bethany College marked the start of the 2015-16 academic year on Aug. 21 with a formal matriculation convocation held at its Dr. Fred H. Tilock Amphitheatre at the Pennington Quadrangle.

New York Times Bestselling Author to Speak at Bethany College

Contemporary writer and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will speak at Bethany College Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The presentation is part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend.

Bethany College Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

Bethany College has announced the addition of four faculty members.

Bethany College Announces 2015 Fall Convocation Speaker

Rev. Bernard “Chris” Dorsey, president of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has been as announced as the speaker for Bethany College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 10. Dorsey will address incoming and returning students at 11 a.m. in Commencement Hall at the College's historic Old Main.

Bethany Named a ‘Best College in the Southeast’ by The Princeton Review

Bethany College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists Bethany among its "Best in the Southeast" recommended schools in its "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature, posted on August 3 at PrincetonReview.com. Only 140 colleges in 12 Southeastern states made the "Best in the Southeast" list for 2016.