Bethany Communication Department Announces Upgrades

BETHANY, W.Va. -- The Communication Department at Bethany College has started its fifth decade with major upgrades to its course curricula and learning laboratories, a newly endowed Journalism Speakers Series and collaborative learning projects.

Communication Department Chair Dr. Patrick Sutherland noted that a new study sequence, Digital Media and Journalism, begins this fall at Bethany. One of the new departmental course offerings is titled Digital Media and Digital Culture and will be taught by Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Bethany College Assistant Professor of Communication. An interdisciplinary course, News Literacy, also will be offered for the first time this fall.

In addition, Bethany College’s Communication Department has unveiled two new state-of-the-art digital computer laboratories featuring IMac 24-inch flat screen monitors and Adobe Creative Suite 4 software for use in the college’s Student Publications Center and Graphic Design laboratories.

“These hardware and software additions position us as a cutting-edge program in Digital Media and Journalism, Web 2.0 and Integrated Marketing Communications (advertising and public relations) studies, within a small liberal arts setting,” Sutherland stated.           

Students at Bethany College’s campus TV station, BCTV Channel 14, will be producing and submitting news programs this fall for a statewide audience as part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Campus Connect news program that airs Sunday afternoons beginning in mid-September. Additionally, on Sept. 23, Bethany College begins its annual Keresty Journalism Speaker series by welcoming alumna and USA Today financial reporter Sandra Block (formerly of New Martinsville, W.Va.) to the College’s Mountainside Conference Center for a 7 p.m. address.

Sutherland said, “Our Communication Department’s over 1,000 alumni working around the U.S. and around the world testify to the effectiveness of Bethany’s combining rigorous academic instruction with hands-on learning opportunities such as our Bethany graphic design studies partnership with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.”           

Sutherland recently returned from an Association of Schools of Mass Communication and Journalism meeting in Boston, where he serves as national representative to small communication programs in the U.S.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.