The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number VII An E-News Service of Bethany College September 30, 2016


Bethany to Host Japanese Embroidery Workshop

Bethany College will host a workshop on the art of sashiko on Tuesday, Oct. 4, featuring Japanese embroidery artist Itsuko Hotta.

Pioneer of the Concept of Dark Matter and its Role in the Universe Tapped for Keynote Address

Dr. Adrian Melott, Bethany Alumnus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, will give a keynote lecture at Bethany College on Saturday, October 8, as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The presentation is part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend.



Bethany Students Wore Gold on Thursday

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Bethany College wore gold to spread awareness for pediatric cancer. Bethany's Love Your Melon Club sponsored the event. Pictured are members of Bethany's Love Your Melon Club. They had a lemonade stand in front of the soccer fields on Sept. 23. Love Your Melon is an organization run by students at different colleges and universities. Their mission is to give a hat to every child battling cancer. To learn more, click here.


Bethany's Database Administrator Presented at PADUG Conference

Carolyn Walsh, Bethany's Database Administrator, gave a presentation at the 10th Annual PADUG conference on Monday, Sept. 26. Her presentation was titled "Actually Implementing Degree Audit at Bethany College," and addressed institution-level degree audit implementation issues. This included unclear requirements, cross-listed courses and transfer credits. More than 200 Ellucian Colleague users from colleges in the Pennsylvania area attended this one-day conference at the Sheraton Harrisburg in Hershey. Walsh presented her findings to over 20 registrars and IT professionals left with key takeaways such as using the "exclude requirement type" flag to prevent the same courses from satisfying multiple requirements.

BBN Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 1-15)
Oct. 2– Bethany Memorial Church Service - 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 4– Keresty Lecture - 5 p.m.
Oct. 5– Bethany Town Council Meeting - 6 p.m.
Oct. 6– Carty/Roberts Lecture - 7 p.m.
Oct. 7– Presidential Inauguration - 11 a.m.
Oct. 8– Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series - 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 9– Bethany Memorial Church Service - 10:45 a.m.

Old Main Journal Switches Schedule Temporarily

Due to the presidential inauguration and Homecoming activities slated to begin on Friday, Oct. 7, no Old Main Journal will be published next week. The Old Main Journal will resume its regular weekly publication on Oct. 14.

Faculty Spotlight

 Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Communications and Media Arts

Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Professor of Communications and General Manager of WVBC-Radio, published a book chapter titled "Are Sports Programs at Small Church-Affiliated Colleges and Universities Really Different?" It was published in the 2016 book titled Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century edited by Brad Schultz and Mary Lou Sheffer, Lexington Books.

Sutherland researched and wrote the book chapter during a spring 2015 semester sabbatical. Among other courses, Professor Sutherland teaches in the sports communication study concentration at Bethany.

Sutherland is shown here donating a copy of the book to Bethany College, accepted by Head Librarian Professor Heather Ricciuti.

Humanities - English

Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, attended the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which is the longest-running literary festival for women in the nation, from September 15-18 in Lexington. While at the conference, Dr. Janeshek completed a 4.5-hour poetry workshop led by Lisa Russ Spaar, who is Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of five poetry collections.


Matthew Swearingen, Assistant Professor of Biology, recently published a scientific manuscript entitled "16S rRNA analysis provides evidence of biofilms on all components of three infected periprosthetic knees including permanent braided suture", which is due out in October 2016 in FEMS Pathogen and Disease. The research article demonstrates that when periprosthetic infections occur in knees, all of the components of the knee are likely colonized with the infection organisms rather than just some components. This is novel because many surgeons still only replace certain parts of the knee when they suspect it is infected rather than replacing the entire prosthesis. Also, using high-throughput DNA sequencing, the study demonstrated that several of the prosthetic knee infection cases studied were polymicrobial (more than one organism present), which should change our overall view of how to treat periprosthetic chronic infections.



Alumnus Celebrated Bethany Day with Family

Ed Blundon, a 1966 Bethany graduate, had a "Bethany College Day" celebration with his family. During his time at Bethany, Blundon was a four-year letterman for the Bison men's basketball program. He was a vital member of the 1963-64 team when they went a perfect 18-0 and won the PAC championship. Blundon was later inducted to the Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame.

Blundon currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Frances D. (Howard). Pictured is Blundon with his wife, Frances, and four grandchildren: Arianna, Christopher, Amelia and Alexandra.

Bethany Alumni Celebrated Anniversary of The Lone Pine Christian Church

The Lone Pine Christian Church in Washington, Pennsylvania, celebrated its 175th Anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 25. More than 150 people attended the event, and alumnus Rev. Thaddeus Allen '92 was the main speaker at the special communion service. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations, Dean of Buffalo Seminary and Professor Emeritus represented the College, while a number of historic Bethany alumni were honored. Those that were honored included: Emma Lyon, Rev. Herbert Moniger and Dr. H. Newton Miller. Lyon, a 1892 Bethany graduate, was a famous missionary to China and founder of The Nanking Girls School and Gingling College. She was the second woman to receive an Honorary Degree at Bethany in 1940. Moniger, a 1898 graduate, was a famous author of Sunday School material and books, and editor of the Lookout Magazine. Miller, a 1898 Bethany graduate, was a Herbert Moninger endowed Professor of Bible and Pedagogy at Bethany.

In November 1848, The Lone Pine Christian Church hosted Alexander Campbell and has since sent many students to Bethany. Pictured are some of the present Bethanians at the 175th Anniversary (left to right -- Katie Krocsko '01, Kelli Conner '05, Arthur Keys '67, Grimes '64, Allen '92).

Homecoming 2016 is One Week Away!

Homecoming begins on Friday, October 7, and runs through Sunday, October 9. Classes celebrating reunions include 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2015. Events include the 12th Anual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble, the Installation of Dr. Tamara Rodenberg as Bethany's 20th President and the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series to name a few.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 304.829.7411, or

Bethany Celebrating 16th Annual Allison's Run

In conjunction with Homecoming 2016, the 16th Annual Allison's Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman's Run Road. The registration fee is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is still open! If you cannot make the race, but would like to run in Doc Allison's memory, you can still do so. Register online and a t-shirt will be mailed out to you. Everyone that would like to pre-register or register to run in Doc's memory on their own can do so here. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt.

Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison '62 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.

Scholarship and Memorial Service Announced for Dr. T. Gale Thompson

The Thompson family and the Alumni Office are honored to announce the T. Gale Thompson Global Awareness Award and memorial service. Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the lawn area between Oglebay/Kirkpatrick and Steinman Halls for a remembrance of Gale's life and a dedication of a contemplative bench and a tree planted in his honor.

Dr. Thompson saw real meaning and value traveling and exploring the diversity of cultures and places around the world. During his 35-year tenure at Bethany College, he taught on Semester at Sea, chaperoned multiple student trips, and spent a sabbatical in China. The establishment of this scholarship fund is to assist psychology majors in offsetting the cost of Bethany's Global Awareness Core requirement. You can donate to the scholarship here.


Bethany Fall Paint n Sip

Join fellow Bethanians for a fun afternoon of paint n sip on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3-6 p.m. in Erickson Alumni Center. Inspired by artist Leonid Afremov, this Bethany style painting will be taught by Lena Marie Lengyel. Alcohol is BYOB, but non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers will be provided. The cost is $40. Space is limited, so please email to reserve a spot to


Twelfth Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Outing

The Bethany Athletic Department is proud to host the 12th Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing on Friday, Oct. 7, at Highland Springs Golf Course. The event kicks off Homecoming Weekend and is a great chance for all Bethanians to enjoy a day of golf and fun to support the Green & White Club, which is the athletic department booster club that helps provide additional support for Bethany's 22 varsity sports programs. Registration for the Tiger Joyce Golf Outing will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, and shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m.

For more information or to register for the outing, contact Debbie Soly ( or 304-829-7240) or visit us online. If you or your company are interested in being a sponsor for the outing, please contact Debbie as well.

Bethany to add Women's Lacrosse as a Varsity Sport

Bethany College Director of Athletics Brian Rose announced the department will be bringing a new varsity sport to campus, as women's lacrosse will be started at the College, possibly as soon as the 2017-18 academic year.

Bethany Men's Golf Participates in Westminster Fall Invitational

The Bethany men's golf team finished 12th with a team total of 394 in the Westminster Fall Invitational held at New Castle Country Club.

Bethany Sweeps Waynesburg, 3-0

The Bison swept Waynesburg 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-11) in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play Thursday night.

Waters Tabbed PAC Offensive Player of the Week

Bethany midfielder Jack Waters (Epsom, United Kingdom/Glyn School) was named the Offensive Player of the Week in the Presidents' Athletic Conference for his efforts in the Bison two victories.

Women's Soccer handed 1-0 loss to Mount Aloysius

The Bethany women's soccer team fell 1-0 to Mount Aloysius in their final non-conference game of the season.

Bethany Dealt 3-2 Loss to Mount Aloysius

The Bethany men's soccer team battled in a 3-2 loss to Mount Aloysius in non-conference action on Tuesday.

Bison Knocked off by Westminster, 38-9

The Bison were dealt a 38-9 loss by Westminster in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play Saturday evening at Bison Stadium.

BBN Athletic Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 1-15)
Volleyball vs Waynesburg - Wednesday, Oct. 5 @ 4 p.m.
Woman's Soccer vs Waynesburg - Wednesday, Oct. 5 @ 4 p.m.
Volleyball vs W & J - Wednesday, Oct. 5 @ 8 p.m.
Woman's Soccer vs Grove City- Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 1 p.m.
Football vs Case Western - Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 2 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs Grove City - Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 3:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs Saint Vincent - Tuesday, Oct. 11 @ 4 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs Saint Vincent - Wednesday, Oct. 12 @ 4 p.m.
Volleyball vs Chatham - Thursday, Oct. 13 @ 7 p.m.

Please visit Bethany Athletics for the most up-to-date scores and game information.