The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number VIII An E-News Service of Bethany College October 14, 2016


Dr. Tamara Rodenberg Installed as Bethany's 20th President

Bethany College installed Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg as the College's 20th President at the formal presidential inauguration on Friday, October 7.



President Rodenberg Receives Inaugural Award from Greek Life

Bethany College Greek Life thrives on four pillars: Academic Excellence, Leadership, Brotherhood/Sisterhood and Philanthropy. To become a member of the community, one must present all of these qualities throughout their lives. The Greek undergraduates and Greek Life staff have started a new tradition to give a "bid" to a member of Bethany College who has shown support for the Greek community. Dr. Rodenberg was given the inaugural award and is now an honorary Greek Life member.

Japanese Embroidery (Sashiko) Workshop a Success

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Japanese Embroidery (Sashiko) artist Itsuko Hotta offered a hands-on workshop that combined hand-sewing techniques that originated in Japan. Hotta showed how to decollect a coaster with sashiko stitching techniques. After the instructional workshop, each participant had their own indigo dyed coaster with sashiko stitching. There were 30 participants at the presentation/workshop. This event was sponsored by Bethany College Student Activities, Japan Outreach, Japan Foundation, Mizkan America, Inc., and Handa-Bethany Educational Exchange Program.

2016 Homecoming King & Queen

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Bethany College crowned a new King and Queen at halftime during the Homecoming Bison Football Game. This year's King was Jalen Holmes and Katie Vallone was crowned the Queen.





BBN Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 16-23)
Oct. 16– Bethany Memorial Church Service - 10:45 a.m.
Oct. 23– Bethany Memorial Church Service - 10:45 a.m.

Faculty Spotlight

 Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee


Dr. Sherri Theaker and Professor Angela Icard presented "Digital Dialogue: A Narrative of Reflective Practices" at the 2016 Clute International Conference on Education in Las Vegas. 447 papers were submitted with only 147 accepted to present. Nineteen countries were represented.

Humanities - World Languages

On Saturday, Oct. 1, Dr. Harald Menz presented his project entitled "Locally Sourced: Bethany's Home-Grown Outdoor Education Program" on his sabbatical research at the ACA Summit in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Social Work

Professor Katherine Shelek-Furbee was invited to speak with the teachers at Center McMechen Elementary school in Marshall County on Wednesday, Oct. 5. She spoke with approximately 20 teachers about engaging parents and encouraging their involvement with their child’s education.


Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, was invited to guest teach a seminar for the Wheeling Jesuit University Honors Program. The seminar theme this year was "Weird America." Dr. Janeshek and the 16 WJU juniors and seniors read poetry on cryptozoology, circus culture, and country music culture by Allie Marini, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, and Carrie Jerrell, and students wrote their own poems in response prior to the class meeting. On Oct. 5, Janeshek led a two-hour workshop on the students' poems.



Homecoming 2016 Recap

Thank you to all who attended Homecoming 2016 and made it a successful weekend! Events throughout the weekend included the annual Allison's Run, Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble, and a memorial bench and tree dedication for Dr. T. Gale Thompson.

If you would like to view more photos from the various events throughout the weekend, we invite you to view our online photo album.

1966 Football Team Reunion

During Homecoming Weekend, the undefeated 1966 Football Team celebrated their 50th Reunion. Events for the weekend included a team brunch, a facilities tour and meet the team, as well as a 80th Birthday Celebration for Coach Bob Goin.




Bethany Fall Paint n Sip Event

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





Boomer's Book Club --
Harry Potter Themed Event

Join us to celebrate the Boomer's Book Club "Witches, Wizards and Boomer" event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at Commencement Hall and Old Main Corridor. The event is free and open to the public and is Harry Potter themed. Activites include face-painting, crafts, games, pumpkin patch, snacks and more! Space is limited, so register by clicking here.



Men's Soccer throttles Saint Vincent 5-1

The Bethany men's soccer team upended Saint Vincent 5-1 at Hoag Field on Tuesday in a Presidents Athletic Conference Matchup (PAC).

Bison record scoreless tie with Saint Vincent

The Bethany women's soccer team played to a scoreless tie with Saint Vincent on Wednesday at Hoag Field.

Volleyball dominates Chatham in Dig Pink match, 3-0

The Bethany College volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-7, 25-13) win over Chatham in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play Thursday night.

Bison register straight-set sweep at Saint Vincent, 3-0

Led by a season-best .326 hitting percentage, the Bison earned a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-18, 25-13) win at Saint Vincent in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) match Tuesday evening.

Castro posts top-10 time at W&J Invitationals

Paced by a top-10 finish by sophomore Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) the Bethany College men's cross country team finished in sixth place at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational at Mingo Creek Park Friday evening.

Women's Tennis closes out home schedule with 7-2 loss to La Roche

The Bethany women's Tennis team dropped a non-conference bout with La Roche, 7-2 at the Mary Ewing Tennis Center to close out the home portion of their 2016 schedule.

Hayden tabbed PAC Defensive Player of the Week

After posting the top single-game tackle total in the league this season, Bethany College senior linebacker Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Player of the Week announced the league office Monday afternoon.

Football defeated by Case Western Reserve on Homecoming

Despite forcing four turnovers, the Bethany College Bison were defeated 37-14 by Case Western Reserve at Bison Stadium on Homecoming Saturday afternoon.

BBN Athletic Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 16-23)
Men's Soccer vs Geneva - Tuesday, Oct. 18 @ 3:30 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs Geneva - Wednesday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs Westminster - Saturday, Oct. 22 @ 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs Thomas More - Saturday, Oct. 22 @ 1 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs Westminster - Saturday, Oct. 22 @ 3:30 p.m.

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