BETHANY, W.Va. – The campus of Bethany College came alive the weekend of August
26-28 when more than 270 new students joined returning upperclassmen boosting the total enrollment to the highest level in almost a decade. This academic year also marks the 165th anniversary of Bethany College.
Freshmen began moving into their residence halls on Friday, Aug. 26. A Matriculation Convocation was held later that evening where new students “sign in” as students of Bethany. The incoming students continued a tradition dating back to the first students in the 1840s with the original matriculation book open for everyone to view.
Other weekend activities included academic orientation, meeting with the Resident Assistants, foreign language testing, first meetings of First-Year Seminars and more. Special activities included a Student Activities Council sponsored concert with Tim Reynolds and a “Casino Night.” These activities are part of the Student Services program, “165 for 165,” which are 165 events to celebrate 165 years of Bethany.
As the Class of 2009 arrived on campus, full-time and adjunct faculty members were also welcomed to Bethany.
Rebecca Denova, who holds degrees from Bethany College and the University of Pittsburgh, is Renner Visiting Professor in Religious Studies.
Robert Spangler Jr., who holds degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and West Virginia University, is Assistant Professor of Physics.
Brooke Lemmons Deal, with degrees from Southwest Missouri State University and Brite Divinity School, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.
Christina Sampson, with degrees from West Liberty State College and West Virginia University, is Assistant Professor of Education.
Barry Christmas, with degrees from South Chesire College, Staffordshire University and Manchester Metropolitan University, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Studies. He is also the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach and Men's and Women's Golf Coach.
Norman Katz, with degrees from Myers University and John Carroll University, is Assistant Professor of Accounting.
Asha Sharma, with degrees from Western Illinois University and Madras University, is Assistant Professor of Computer Science.
Richard Rushton, with degrees from University of Montevallo and University of Montana, is Assistant Professor of Education.
Gene Valentine, with a degree from Bethany College, is Lecturer in Economics and Business.
Nicolete Villa-Sella, with a Doctorate in Letters and Philosophy from the University of Pavia, Italy, is Lecturer in Foreign Languages.
Sydma Hatzopoulos, with degrees from Randolph-Macon Women's College and Virginia Tech, is Lecturer in Mathematics.
Victor Daniel, with degrees from the University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina and University of Virginia, is Lecturer in Mathematics.
Jennifer Digiacinto, with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University, is Lecturer in Computer Science.
Emily Keener, with degrees from Wheeling Jesuit University and Radford University, is Lecturer in Psychology.
David Wood, with degrees from West Liberty State College and West Virginia University, is Lecturer in Education.
Margaret Bungard, with degrees from West Virginia University, is Lecturer in Education.
James Ford Jr., with degrees from the Ohio State University and the University of Missouri, is Lecturer in Equine Studies.
Classes for Bethany students began on Monday, Aug. 29. The first formal convocation of the academic year will be the Fall Convocation on Sept. 15.