Bethany College to Welcome Award-Winning Media Professionals for 49th Annual Communications Week

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts announces the schedule for its 49th annual Communications Week, themed “Effective Immediately! How to be Effective Immediately in Your Classes, in Internships, and in Your First Job.” Communications Week will be held March 27-April 1 on the College campus.

The series will feature presentations from prominent Bethany College alumni and professionals working in a wide variety of positions in communications and media arts. The program is designed to help students better understand the diverse and quickly evolving world of media communications, take advantage of the wide array of potential experiences as undergraduates, and move through their undergraduate years and into their professional careers successfully.

Communications Week will also include an awards reception on March 31 in the Humphrey Room at the Mountainside Conference Center. Students will be recognized for their contributions to campus media and communications organizations throughout the past academic year.

Listed below is the schedule for Communications Week 2011.

Sunday, March 27 (Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights)

3-4 p.m.: Society of Collegiate Journalists Spring Induction Ceremony

Monday, March 28 (Commencement Hall, streamed live on

7-8:30 p.m.: 7 Things Your First Boss Wants You to Know on Day One (co-sponsored by SGA)

Speakers are Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg, co-authors of “Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job.” Bennington is a founding partner of Professional Sudio 365 and leads workshops and programs that help companies better utilize the talents of employees new to their careers. Lineberg is the Chief Innovation Officer for Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC in Charleston, W.Va. He was a founding partner of Maple Creative, LLC, a marketing and communications firm, and is the founder and primary contributor to “Marketing Genius from Maple Creative,” named one of the top business blogs on the Internet.

Tuesday, March 29 (Agostino Room and streamed live on

5-6:15 p.m.: How to be Effective Immediately Regardless of the Position, Place or Person

Denise Ritter ’98, Matthews Distributing Co., and Marnette Shields Schweiss ’95, formerly of WBAL

Wednesday, March 30

2:30-5 p.m.: How to be Effective Immediately in a Changing Journalist World (Bethany House, 101)

    A. Parker “Park” Burroughs, Editor, Washington, Pa., Observer Reporter

3-4 p.m.: Department of Communications and Media Arts Open House (Bethany House, First Floor)

4-5 p.m.: Communications and Media Arts Department Internship Fair (Bethany House, 101)

6-7:30: Effective Immediately Anywhere (Weimer Lecture Hall; New York; Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Charleston, W.Va.; Chicago; covered live on WVBC at

Virtual Communication Week Event, moderated by Josh Eachus, Evelyn del Cerro ’98, Grant McLaughlin ’91, Larry Meltzer ’80, George Manahan ’83, and Dan Verakis ’94.

Thursday, March 31

9:30-11 a.m.: How to be Effective Immediately in All Areas of Comm Law (Weimer Lecture Hall)

Kelly Stepno, TMG Strategies

4-5 p.m.: Department of Communications and Media Arts Award Ceremony (Humphrey Room, Mountainside Conference Center)

5:30 p.m.: Proper Communications and Etiquette Dinner (Harder Hall, co-sponsored by Career Week, Chartwells)

Friday, April 1

11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: 7 Things About Social Media in the World Today That You’re Not Going to Learn in College (Weimer Lecture Hall)

Steve Radick ’03, Lead Associate, Booze Allen Hamilton

For more information, contact M.E. Yancosek Gamble (Renner Visiting Professor, Assistant Professor of Communications, and Interim Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts) at 304.829.7710 or

Bethany College 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 state’s oldest private college.