2016-17 - News Archives

Bethany College Announces Spring 2017 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 2016-2017 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List much have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours.

Bethany Valedictorian Olivia Konopka Receives Prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award

Valedictorian Olivia Konopka of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who completed her “perfect” college career as a double major in History and Interdisciplinary Studies, was recognized during Bethany College’s 2017 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20. Dr. Larry Grimes, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, presented Konopka with the College’s prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award, which is given annually to the senior graduating with the highest academic standing.

Former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate Addresses Class of 2017

Former majority leader of the United States Senate and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, Senator George J. Mitchell, addressed Bethany College’s 2017 graduating class as part of the institution’s 177th Anniversary Commencement Weekend on Saturday, May 20, in the Dr. Fred H. Tilock Amphitheatre at the Pennington Quadrangle.

Senator George Mitchell to Deliver Commencement Address

Former Majority Leader of the United States Senate and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, George J. Mitchell, will be the keynote speaker at Bethany College’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony in the Pennington Quadrangle on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m.

Bethany College Announces 2017 Alumni Award Recipients

Bethany College will present a series of awards recognizing outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. Lee Smedley and Dean Sparks will be recognized with the Community Service Award, and Dr. Dean Haubrich and Thomas Miller will receive the Alumni Achievement Award as part of Alumni Weekend activities on campus.

Bethany Alumnus Attended White House Gathering for Community Bankers

Salvatore Marranca, a 1968 Bethany graduate and Chairman of the Board for Cattaraugus County Bank in Little Valley, New York, attended a gathering at the White House for the Independent Community Bankers Association on Monday, May 1.

Jessica Skywatcher to Speak at Bethany College’s 70th Annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast

Jessica Skywatcher, a 2000 Bethany College graduate and Architect for Michael Baker International, will address the women of Bethany College’s graduating class at the 70th Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The annual event will take place on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s 2017 Alumni Weekend.

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins to Keynote Bethany College Baccalaureate

The Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, will be the featured speaker for the annual Bethany College Baccalaureate Service to be held Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church.

Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on Thursday, April 20, during its annual Honors Day Convocation. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Bethany College Announces Presidential Scholarship Recipients

Bethany College has awarded four incoming freshman with the Presidential Scholarship. These academically talented high school seniors will be awarded a full tuition scholarship to reward their outstanding achievements. These students include Carlyn Amon of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; Riley Meyers of DuBois, Pennsylvania; Kennedy Quillen of Vienna, West Virginia; and Jenna Scott of New Castle, Indiana.

Bethany College Theatre Presents Calling Time

The Bethany College Theatre program will present Derek Webb’s dark comedy, Calling Time. Directed by Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Bethany College Theatre, evening performances begin at 8 p.m. on April 6-8, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 9 in Wailes Theatre.

Bethany College Presents Senior Art Exhibition

The Bethany College 2017 Senior Art Show is now open in the College’s Renner Art Gallery. The exhibit, which features the work of Darrian Bruster, Trace Butler, Willett Farkas-Worthy, Kevin Phelps and Ashley Worst, will be available until April 8.

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

Bethany College will hold multiple events March 24 and 25 for its Third Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend. These invitation-only events feature nationally recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae, and give current female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations.

Bethany College Names Dr. Joseph Lane as Provost

Bethany College President Dr. Tamara Rodenberg has announced that Dr. Joseph Lane has been appointed provost at Bethany College. He will start in his new role on July 1, 2017.

Bethany College Celebrates 177 Years During Founder’s Day

Bethany College celebrated Founder’s Day with events on campus Thursday, March 2. This year’s program honored the College’s history and tradition of academic excellence spanning 177 years.

Barki ’96 to Address Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarship Candidates

Joseph (Joe) Barki, a 1996 Bethany College graduate and Prosecuting Attorney of Brooke County, will deliver the keynote address for the 33rd Annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on Saturday, Feb. 18.

New Initiative Targets Enhanced Career Opportunities for Students and Improved Admissions Competitiveness

Bethany College today announced the launch of a new campaign to raise $250,000 that will be used to enhance the capabilities of the college’s Office of Career and Professional Development. The funds will be used to create a comprehensive career services platform that will help more Bethany students obtain competitive internships and career opportunities with regional and national employers directly within their field of study.

Bethany College Announces Fall 2016 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 2016-17 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours.

Bethany College Announces New Majors for 2017-18 Academic Year

Bethany College is pleased to announce three new majors: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity – Information Assurance and International Business. The College’s faculty members approved these new majors on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Bethany College Professor Selected as 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute Fellow

M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Associate Professor of Communications and Media Arts and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts at Bethany College, has been selected as a fellow to the 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute by The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Cronkite School.

Bethany College Announces Allison Award Winners

Seniors Ashley Worst and Stephanie Sowers have been announced as winners of the 2016-2017 James Allison Award scholarships at Bethany College.

Bethany College Professor Awarded Research Grant by Neubauer Collegium for Culture & Society

Dr. Aaron M. Honsowetz, Assistant Professor of Economics, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Weaver from the University of Chicago, was awarded a Collaborative Research Projects and Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Grant by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.

Annual Light Up Night Celebration to Take Place at Bethany College

Bethany College will hold their Sixth Annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

Bethany College’s PreK-K Education Endorsement Now 100% Online

Bethany College’s Education Department has announced that their PreK-K Multicategorical with Autism Endorsement is now 100% online. The College received formal notification on Monday that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved Bethany’s request to be able to offer the education endorsement fully online.

Bethany Professor Receives Research Grant from WV INBRE

BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Matthew Swearingen, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a West Virginia INBRE (Idea-Network for Biomedical Research) pilot grant in the amount of $14,977 to employ Next Generation Sequencing technology to study catheter infections caused by bacterial biofilms.

Bethany College Theatre Presents Reckless

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Theatre program will continue their 2016-2017 season with Craig Lucas’ dark comedy, Reckless. Directed by Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Bethany College Theatre, evening performances begin at 8 p.m. on Nov. 10-12, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 13 in Wailes Theatre.

Bethany College to Celebrate National Bison Day with Week of Activities

The Bethany College Community will celebrate the fourth annual National Bison Day on Saturday, November 5. The Office of Student Life has planned a week’s worth of activities (Nov. 1-5) leading up to National Bison Day.

Bethany Professor Publishes Two Books in 2017

Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at Bethany College, has two book publications forthcoming in 2017.

Dr. Tamara Rodenberg Installed as Bethany’s 20th President

Bethany College installed Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg as the College’s 20th President at the formal presidential inauguration on Friday, October 7.

Bethany to Host Japanese Embroidery Workshop

Bethany College will host a workshop on the art of sashiko on Tuesday, Oct. 4, featuring Japanese embroidery artist Itsuko Hotta.

Bethany’s Education Department Receives Grant to Help Promote Family Literacy

Bethany College’s Education Department was awarded a $4,100 Leaders of Literacy Grant from the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA 6). This grant will help fund a variety of services to promote family literacy initiatives in West Virginia.

Pioneer of the Concept of Dark Matter and its Role in the Universe Tapped for Keynote Address

Dr. Adrian Melott, Bethany Alumnus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, will give a keynote lecture at Bethany College on Saturday, October 8, as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The presentation is part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend.

Bethany College Annual Fall Convocation Held on Campus

Bethany College officially opened the 2016-17 academic year during the College’s Annual Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in Commencement Hall.

Disciples of Christ Historical Society Sets Dedication at New Facility

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society will host a building dedication and blessing to celebrate its new home at Bethany College on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Bethany College Senior Wins Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society Award

Bethany College senior Stephanie Sowers was named a recipient of the 2016 Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship and was presented with the award by President Rodenberg on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Phillips Lounge.

Bethany College Welcomes New Students for 2016-17 School Year

Bethany College marked the start of the 2016-17 academic year on August 26 with a formal Matriculation Convocation held at Commencement Hall.

Bethany College Welcomes Fulbright Scholars for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Bethany College will welcome two Fulbright Scholars to campus for the 2016-17 academic year. Wei Qu of the People’s Republic of China and Mohamed Ezouine of Morocco will serve as teaching assistants in Chinese and Arabic, through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.

Bethany Awards 11 Incoming Students with Kalon Leadership Scholarships

Eleven future Bethanians will receive the Kalon Leadership Scholarship, an annual $2,500 award based on leadership, character, service and academic performance.

Bethany College Announces Career & Professional Development Center for Fall 2016

Slated to open in the fall of 2016, Bethany College has announced a new 1,700 square foot Career & Professional Development Center which will be located in Morlan Hall. The Center will provide a comprehensive program of resources to help Bethany students and alumni utilize their liberal arts education to optimize their employment opportunities.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Authors New Book to be Published December 2016

Dr. Holly Hillgardner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has authored a new book, titled “Longing and Letting Go: Hindu and Christian Practices of Passionate Non-attachment.”
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