The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number I An E-News Service of Bethany College July 22, 2016


Bethany College Announces Career & Professional Development Center for Fall 2016

Slated to open in the fall of 2016, Bethany College has announced a new 1,700 square foot Career & Professional Development Center which will be located in Morlan Hall. The Center will provide a comprehensive program of resources to help Bethany students and alumni utilize their liberal arts education to optimize their employment opportunities.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Authors New Book to be Published Dec. 2016

Dr. Holly Hillgardner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has authored a new book, titled “Longing and Letting Go: Hindu and Christian Practices of Passionate Non-attachment.”

Bethany College Announces Spring 2016 President’s and Dean’s List

Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2015-16 school year.



Bethany Mourns Passing of Two Former Faculty Members

The Bethany College community is saddened to share the passing of Dr. T. Gale Thompson, longtime professor of Psychology on July 3 and Marjorie T. Carty, Lecturer in Foreign Languages Emeritus on July 20.

Dr. Thompson came to Bethany in 1974, retiring in 2009 after 35 years of service. Gale served as director of the Practicum Program under the old Bethany Plan, as well as offering one of the most popular First Year Seminars which always filled to capacity very early in the summer. For many years, he provided counsel and education to the inmates of the West Virginia State Prison in Moundsville and was a regular participant in the college's exchange program with a university in China. A memorial will be held on campus during Homecoming Weekend, October 7-8. More details will be shared as they become available.

Professor Carty taught Spanish in the Foreign Languages department from 1965-1984 and her husband, James W. Carty served as Professor of Communications from 1959 until his death in 1990. The Carty name has a longstanding tradition on the campus of Bethany College. The Marjorie T. and James W. Carty, Jr., Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in journalism and the James W. Carty Jr. Award is presented each year at Honors Day to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media. A memorial service will be held in Bethany on Saturday, August 13, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethany Memorial Church.

Dr. Larry Grimes Attends International Hemingway Society Conference

Larry Grimes, Professor of English Emeritus, Director of Church Relations and Dean of Buffalo Seminary has just returned from Oak Park, Illinois where he presented a paper, "Silk-worms, Trout Fishing, and Father's Arms" at the International Hemingway Society Conference. He also presented a paper on teaching Hemingway and the natural world, and participated on a panel introducing his forthcoming book (with Bickford Sylvester and Peter Hays) on "Reading the Old Man and the Sea." He also moderated a panel on The Old Man and the Sea and participated in a meeting of the Board of the Hemingway Society, to which he was recently elected, and made a report on plans for a forthcoming conference to be held in Havana. He chairs the steering committee for that conference. On July 21, Hemingway's birthday (117 years) he made a pilgrimage to the birthplace home.

Disciples of Christ Historical Society Addition

Bethany College will soon be the new home of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. Construction is nearing completion on the addition that will house the Church's archives and the Society's Stone-Campbell archives.

Click here to view photos of the progress.


Campus Construction Underway

Two major campus infrastructure projects are taking place on campus this summer. Repaving on the campus is currently underway. Also, through funds raised at the 175th celebration and the generosity of three additional donors, a new brick walkway is being installed in August in front of Old Main.

Old Main Journal Switches to Summer Schedule

The Old Main Journal will switch from a weekly to monthly publication schedule for the summer. The Old Main Journal will resume its regular weekly publication on August 26.



Detroit Area Alumni Event

The Alumni Office invites you to a Bethany social event on Friday, August 5. The happy hour event will be held at Portofino Restaurant at 3455 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI 48192 from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information or to RSVP to the event, please contact the Alumni Office at or 304-829-7299.

Pirates Game Outing Held in Pittsburgh

Dr. Rodenberg and her family joined faculty, staff, and alumni for a Pirates game on Sunday, June 26. A pre-game tailgate was hosted by Joyce (Dumbaugh) and Marc Chernenko ’78 right outside of PNC Park. The Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 in the home game victory.


Sigma Nu Alumni Hold Golf Outing

The 23rd Annual Michael DiStazio Memorial Golf Outing was held the weekend of July 15-16 at Oglebay Resort. The golf outing was started in 1993 by Vince DiStazio ’78 and Ricky Villani ’81 in memory of their Sigma Nu brother, Michael DiStazio ’83. Brothers Rob “Fuzzy” Forner ’81 and John Tritschler ’81 continue to help organize this event for classmates, friends, and family members to enjoy. The outing usually attracts around 70 golfers a year to come together and socialize and remember Michael. This event is highly attended with Sigma Nus traveling from as far as Costa Rica and Arizona to partake in the festivities.

Bethany Alum Named One of 30 Leading Chief Medical Information Officer Experts

Bethany Board of Trustees member, Dr. G. Daniel Martich ’81, has been named by as one of 30 leading Chief Medical Information Officer Experts in Healthcare. This achievement recognizes Martich for his current and past influence in the CMIO community. Currently, Martich is the Chief Medical Officer and President of Physician Services at West Virginia University Healthcare. In his role, Martich coordinates different efforts to improve healthcare quality, and he focuses on improving patient access to care. Before this latest employment, he served as CMIO for UPMC for 15 years. For more information, click here.

Holt ’96 Appointed President and CEO of Maryhaven

Alumnus Shawn Holt ’95 has been chosen to succeed retiring Paul Coleman as the new President and CEO of Maryhaven. Maryhaven is central Ohio’s oldest and most comprehensive behavioral-health center. Holt has worked in the Franklin County nonprofit community for several years and has recently worked at a local behavioral-health center for children and families.

“He brings a compelling combination of industry knowledge, community connections and organizational leadership to Maryhaven,” said Rich Mueller, board chairman.

Holt will take over the Maryhaven CEO post at the end of August. To read more about Holt’s experience, click here.

Recent Bethany Grad Wins Google Scholarship and Attends Google Retreat

Recent Bethany graduate Andrew Drilak ’16 received the Google SVA Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year, and attended the Google Scholars’ Retreat earlier this summer. The scholarship, in partnership with the Student Veterans of America organization, provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing a degree in the field of computer science. Drilak is an OEF Navy Veteran.

At the Google Scholars’ Retreat, Drilak learned the “inside scoop” to Google’s interview process for employment and internships. He also toured GooglePlex, Google’s headquarters.

Drilak will be attending the University of Pittsburgh this fall to attain a Master’s degree in Health Information Science. Upon receiving his degree, he plans to apply to Google’s Engineering Residency.  


Bethany Football's Daniel Gibson to Play for Team USA at IFAF U-19 World Championships

Bethany College football sophomore defensive tackle, Daniel Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills), has been selected to take part in the 2016 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championships. Gibson will play as a member of the USA Football U-19 team.

Bethany Cancels 2016 Field Hockey Season

Bethany College Director of Athletics Brian Rose announced Friday that the College has canceled the 2016 field hockey season.

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