Bethany Stickradt Elected SGA
Bethany Stickradt, a junior from Newark, Ohio, daughter of Jack and Sheryl Stickradt, was elected President of the Student Government Association (SGA) in an election by the student body. Serving as her Vice President will be Nick Miller, a sophomore from Mars, Pa., son of Janet and Guy Miller. Stickradt and Miller are working on putting together a Cabinet to assist them with their work representing and guiding the Bethany College student body. The new SGA Cabinet will take office and begin their term on January 25 at the start of spring semester.
PR Class Hosts Mock Press Conference
The Bethany College Comm 204 Principles of Public Relations class hosted a Mock Press Conference in Commencement Hall on December 4 and 7. More than a dozen faculty and administrators played the parts of the media, making the conference more realistic by asking questions, as well as by providing ideas and thoughtful comments. The press conference format is intended to help the students focus on the key issues of the campaign and respond to criticism and hard questions responsibly. Because of the conference, students were forced to think critically about the rationale, techniques and real reasons for a “Bethany Smiles” campaign.
Society for Collegiate Journalists Reactivated, Initiation Ceremony Held
Bethany College’s Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) National Honorary was reactivated, and an initiation ceremony for six new members was held on December 7 in the Academic Parlour of Old Main on the Bethany campus.
Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller was the Presiding Officer of the Ceremony. New SCJ student members at Bethany College include SCJ President Marcie Zampini, Vice President Eileen Campbell, Secretary Chelsea Rommes and Treasurer Anne Wilson. Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Chair of the Communication Department, and Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communication, were also welcomed as new SCJ members.
In welcoming remarks, Sutherland noted that the first journalism course at Bethany College was taught by E.E. Roberts in 1935. The Communication Department at Bethany College continues to value quality journalism instruction
and practices while rapidly adjusting to emerging technologies affecting the communication field. Sutherland noted that despite the economic downturn, Bethany College Communication graduates continue to get jobs in the field locally, such as at West Virginia Media (WTRF 7 News) and the Wheeling News-Register.
Frosh Broadcasting Class Visits WTRF-TV
The Freshman Seminar Class in Sports Broadcasting and Announcing visited the WTRF, Channel 7, studios on December 4. Students met with Jim Forbes, host and anchor of the WTRF-TV News and Distinguished Lecturer in Communication at Bethany College. This visit was the capstone of a semester-long experience for the freshmen.
Class Visits Historic Hibernia
The Comm 345 Intercultural Communication class, taught by M.E. Yancosek Gamble, met in Hibernia for its last session on December 8. Members of the class presented their cultural analysis papers and toured the 1840 home, including the basement that housed the original printing press for Alexander Campbell’s Harbinger. During the semester, students learned about and grappled with a variety of cultures, including the Bethany campus culture. The first of a series of articles about the Bethany culture appeared in the December 4 edition of The Tower.
Bethany Fund Provides Important Year-End Giving Opportunity
As the calendar turns to the last page of the year and the holiday season is upon us, we are reminded that many Bethany College alumni choose to give during the holiday season. Although your gift is welcome at any time during the year, the approach of 2010 reminds us to remind you – Please don’t forget to make your year-end gift.
To qualify for a charitable-gift deduction for tax year 2009, your gift must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2009. Your support assists Bethany in providing the highest quality educational experience, underscoring our reputation as a small college of national distinction. If you would like to speak with someone in the Office of Institutional Advancement about your gift, please call 304.829.7723. Gifts can be mailed to Bethany College, Erickson Alumni Center, Bethany, WV 26032. You can also donate online by visiting
Holiday Gift Ideas at Bethany Bookstore
Make plans to visit the Bethany College Bookstore — a one-stop shop for anyone wishing to add a Bethany flavor and unique gifts to their holiday celebrations. The Bookstore stocks everything from official Bethany logo apparel to coffee mugs and smaller trinkets that would make perfect stocking-stuffers.
To shop from the comfort of your own home, visit the Bethany College Bookstore online.
Eugene Miller ’47 to Receive NSCF Distinguished Alumni Award
Eugene Miller ‘47 was recently notified that he has been selected as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the United States Navy Supply Corp Foundation (NSCF). Miller joined the Navy in 1943 and retired as Commander in 1966. The award recognizes his significant accomplishments in the private sector — accomplishments that represent professional growth and the enhancement of skills he utilized as a Supply Corps officer. Miller will join 37 other former Supply Corps officers selected from more than 40,000 potential constituents.
Alumni Basketball game Set for January 23
Save the date and join us for the annual alumni basketball game slated for Saturday, January 23. More details will follow in future issues of the Old Main Journal.
Alumni Association Accepting Nominations
for Alumni Awards
The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards. Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities slated for April 30-May 2, 2010. To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit:
Attention PSI Beta's - 150th Anniversary Celebration
The PSI Chapter of the Beta Theta PI Fraternity will be celebrating its 150 year anniversary as a chapter at Bethany College. Events are being planned, and will be held on the Bethany College Campus June 18-20, 2010.
While the full agenda is being formed, tentatively, there will be golf on Friday for those that can attend, a cookout on Friday night, a full agenda of activities on Saturday, including activities for the spouses/significant others, and a dinner on Saturday evening, and finishing on Sunday with a Brunch. Rooms will be available on Campus. More to come.
PSI Beta Alumni - Mark your calendars. June 18-20, 2010.
Bethany Online Alumni Community
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations recently launched Bethany Live. The Web-based community will allow you to keep up with alumni news, create a profile, post class notes and photos, participate in discussions via the message board and communicate with your classmates in a very similar manner to that of Facebook.
To log in for the first time, visit www.live.bethanywv.edu. Click on
"first-time login" at the top of the page on in the green bar. Enter your name and your constituent ID when prompted and you'll be on your way. The system will walk you through each step to create a profile, upload photos, edit personal information, etc.
If you do not yet have a Constituent ID number or you have problems logging in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bison Post 68-55 Win Over Pitt-Bradford
Paced by career-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia), the Bethany women’s basketball (2-5) came away with a 68-55 victory over visiting Pitt-Bradford (2-6) Tuesday night.
Bethany Improves to 2-0 in PAC With Win at Waynesburg
Senior Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points as the Bethany men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in the PAC with a 70-52 victory at Waynesburg Saturday.
Bison Swimmers Post Win Over Penn State-Altoona
Freshman Liz Rubash (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) won the 50 Freestyle and helped two relays take first place to lead the Bethany women’s swimming team to a 108-98 victory over Penn State-Altoona Saturday.
Please visit Bethany
Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.