BETHANY, W.Va. — One of the first things Bethany College students will notice when they return to campus this week is the extensive renovation and expansion project that took place over the summer, turning the College Bookstore and Boomers Student Union and grill at Benedum Commons into a modern and fully-functional Student Center.
The interior of the building has been completely refurbished, making liberal use of Bethany College photos, trophy cases and displays designed to enhance the Student Center atmosphere. There is plenty of seating for students, whether they’re stopping in to sample the all-new menu at Boomers or checking out the two new pool tables and assorted video games.
The addition of new technology is one of the most striking components of the renovation process. Five state-of-the-art SONY 52-inch Flat Panel HD Television sets have been strategically located throughout the Center, offering a wide selection of viewing choices. There is also an internet café where students will be able to go online for research or recreation.
Another major aspect of the Student Center renovation was the expansion of the College Bookstore to nearly twice its previous size. The Bookstore now has enough room to stock a complete line of Bethany College branded apparel and accessories. It also carries many textbooks in stock along with a wide range of school supplies, books and other necessities of college life for the 21st Century student.
“This is just one example of the exciting transformation under way on our historic campus,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “The expansion and renovation of the Student Center enables us to provide a more comprehensive and contemporary array of services for our students as they prepare for the start of the 2008-09 academic year.”
Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in the state.