The festivities began Friday night with a casual dinner in Benedum Commons. Dinner was followed by the Alumni Association Meeting in the Campbell Village Community Center after which, alumni were able to mingle and catch up with old friends.
Saturday dawned bright and early with activities beginning at 7:30 a.m. These activities included a bike ride with Dr. Larry Grimes and a bird walk with Amy Furda.
After breakfast, alumni had the opportunity to attend two different workshops given by members of Bethany's Faculty. Those in attendance could choose between such workshops as Introduction to Tai Chi, The Troye Paintings and Martin Glass, The DaVinci Code: Partly Truth but Mostly Fiction, Alternative Energy Sources, the Creativity Workshop and a tour of WVBC, the campus radio station.
At noon, almost 200 alumni and friends gathered in Commencement Hall for the Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. Those honored this year included, Archie Pollock '55, R. Jeanne Cobb, Col. Steven E. McKinley '73, Kathy Fuller '87 and Katherine Shelek-Furbee.
Pollock, who received the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award, is a retired principal. He volunteers his time to help Bethany College and the Admission Office recruit students in the state of New Jersey. Pollock attended over a dozen college fairs this past fall and visited numerous high schools throughout the state.
Cobb received the Outstanding Service to Bethany College Award which is periodically awarded to non-alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the mission, goals and programs of Bethany College through volunteer service or financial support. She began her career at Bethany in 1988 as the assistant librarian and in 1990 she became the archivist and coordinator of special collections for Bethany College, managing over a dozen different archives.
McKinley and Fuller were awarded Distinguished Achievement Awards.
McKinley, a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, retired from the Marines in 2002, and was recalled in 2004 to become the Commanding Officer of the Fifth Civil Affairs Group. He served in Al Anbar province in Iraq from February through September 2005. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.
Fuller, returned to the Ohio Valley in 1998 after spending 10 years teaching education in the Washington D.C. area. In June 2005, she founded the Augusta Levy Learning Center in Wheeling, W.Va. She currently serves as director for the center, which is the first intensive autism treatment program in the Ohio Valley.
Katherine Shelek-Furbee, who was presented the James E. Allison Award for Teaching Excellence, has taught at Bethany since 1984. She is a Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Work Program and is currently serving as the co-director of the Kalon Leaders Program and recently helped create the Bethany Buddies Program for the First Year Seminars.
After a barbeque dinner Saturday night, a Reunion Celebration was held in Commencement Hall. Members of the classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 were honored with special recognition and presented with reunion gifts. After the Reunion Celebration, the gathering moved across the street to Phillips Lounge for the After Glow.
On Sunday morning, alumni that have been graduated for 50 or more years gathered with the class of 1956 for the Scroll Breakfast. The Breakfast, held in the Private Dining Room of Benedum Commons, is an annual event to honor those who are celebrating their 50th class reunion. The weekend concluded with a final gathering of alumni in Boomers for brunch.
Next year's Reunion Weekend is scheduled for June 8-10, 2007.