Bethany Announces Keresty Lecture Speaker,
Communications Week Schedule

BETHANY, W.Va. – Greg Hammaren, a 1981 Bethany College graduate and vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit, will give the keynote address at this year’s John Keresty Lecture in Journalism. The lecture is part of the 54th Communications and Media Arts Week, which will focus on “a great digital future” and will take place Sept. 27 to Oct. 2.

Hammaren is a 30-year veteran of the regional sports business. Through Turner Sports and FOX Sports, he has worked with team owners and executives in multiple large markets. He is primarily responsible for the network’s relationship with the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons as well as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the MHSAA. 

Hammaren’s leadership has helped FOX Sports Detroit become the highest-rated cable channel in prime time in Michigan as well as among the highest rated and most-watched regional sports networks in the country. Hammaren is a five-time Michigan Emmy winner for Station Excellence.

The Keresty Lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Bethany’s Academic Parlour.

While the Keresty Lecture is often the most publicized of Communications Week events, presentations and workshops from prominent Bethany College alumni and professionals in communications and media arts will take place all week. 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 is presented by the Bethany College Department of Business, Communications & Media Arts.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 28 – James “Jim” Carty Jr. Day

  • Noon, Benedum Commons: WVBC Radio celebrating Bethany radio’s 50th anniversary
  • 6:30 p.m., Mountainside Conference Center: “Bigfoot the Movie” and the panel featuring Jared Show, director; Curt Wooton, “Pittsburgh Dad;” and other cast members.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 – Hal Shaver Day

  • 5:30 p.m., Weimer Lecture Hall: “Technology Symposium – What has changed, what is changing, how are you keeping up?” featuring Laurie Conway ’09, WTRF-TV 7 evening news anchor; Jennifer Fleahman ’11, pharmaceutical sales specialist; Nicole Salopek ’11, pharmaceutical sales specialist; and Rachel Samlall ’13, director of digital strategy at McKinsey Development.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 – James Keegan Day

  • 3:00 p.m., Commencement Hall: Job fair
  • 5:00 p.m., Commencement Hall: Internship fair
  • 6:30 p.m., Commencement Hall: Technology Colloquium featuring Ian Hicks ’09, staff writer at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register; The Honorable Joyce Dumbaugh-Chernenko ’78, judge of the family court for the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia; and Alecia Ford ’91, consultant for city planning and downtown revitalization in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Thursday, Oct 1 – John Keresty Lecture

Friday, Oct. 2 – E.E. Roberts Day

  • 1:25 p.m., Renner Too: Ben Brownlee ’06, NCAA’s Assistant Director of Championships and Alliances, Playing Rules and Officiating
  • 2:30 p.m., Richardson Hall, Room 21: “Life after College” featuring Anthony Sparks ’13 of Sparks Production and video producer for Inner Action Media.
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., BBN Studios, Johnson Visual Arts Center: Faculty, staff and alumni mixer.

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.