The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number XXII An E-News Service of Bethany College March 24, 2017


Bethany College to Hold Third Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore
Women and Leadership Weekend

Bethany College will hold multiple events March 24 and 25 for its Third Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend. These invitation-only events feature nationally recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae and give current female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations.



Kalon Leadership Scholars Series Continues With Patrick Ford

On Thursday, March 9, the Kalon Scholars met with Patrick Ford, the Executive Director of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle. Ford talked to the Kalon Scholars about leadership tactics of Attila the Hun and what tactics rising leaders should have to be successful. Ford is married to Bethany alumnae Alecia Ford '91.

This speaker is a part of the Kalon Scholars Leadership Series that is held each semester. If you are interested in speaking to the Kalon Scholars, email Katherine Shelek-Furbee at

Pictured from right to left: Evan Byrne, Michelle Paugh, Sarah London, Patrick Ford, and Zachary Lowe. 

Bethany and BD&E Win National Awards

Bethany College in collaboration with BD&E, a Pittsburgh-based branding and marketing firm, received a gold award for Bethany's Fall 2016 Advertising Campaign and a silver award for the Bethany Alumni Referral Piece for this year's National Educational Advertising Awards. The Educational Advertising Awards competition is promoted as "the largest, oldest and most respected educational advertising awards competition in the country." These two new awards can be added to the 11 previous national awards that the Bethany/BD&E team has won since 2010. Bethany alumnus Jeff Flick '82 is President and CEO of BD&E.

Department of Communications Held Successful Media Symposium

The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts held a media symposium titled, “What is the Future of Digital Media” on Thursday, March 2 in Weimer Lecture Hall. Those in attendance included Dr. Tamara Rodenberg,  President of Bethany College; Patrick Sutherland, professor in the Department of Communication and Media Arts and advisor to WVBC internet radio; Jason Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Media Arts and advisor to The Tower Multimedia, formerly the online newspaper; M.E. Yancosek Gamble, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Media Arts and co-advisor with Joseph Dumas to the Bethany Broadcasting Network. Joining them via Skype were Rick Clancy, the Edgar Thomas Cato distinguished professor of public relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism; Evelyn del Cerro, Program Operations Manager at WABC-TV in New York; Kurt Frank, Vice President and Executive Editor of the Blade newspaper in Toledo; Steve Radick, Vice President and Associate Director of Public Relations at Brunner in Pittsburgh; and Jhamal Robinson, Discovery Communications Senior Vice President of Production Management. All Skype participants were Bethany College alumni.

The symposium was designed to help participants better understand the diverse and quickly evolving world of digital media. Former KDKA-TV anchor and reporter, Jon Greiner, Visiting Digital Media Scholar, moderated the event. The event was web-streamed and is available by clicking this link.


PRSSA Members Tour Top Hat Integrated Marketing Firm

Three members from Bethany's Public Relations Student Society of America's (PRSSA) Chapter toured Top Hat Integrated Marketing Firm in Pittsburgh. Bethany sophomores Evan Byrne, Darren Johnson and Matthew Corraini were able to meet and network with Top Hat Founder and Head of Client Success, Ben Butler. Butler talked to the students about how to be successful in the field, as well as talking about the importance of transferrable leadership and communication skills.


Bethany Employee Wins Scholarship

Rylee Ross, employed by Bethany College at Oglebay Stables, has won the 2016 American Riding Instructors Association Scholarship. The scholarship will aid in the cost for Ross to receive her American Riding Instructor Association's certification program. Ross's career goal is to become a barn manager and teach low-income children the equine care and barn care management.

Student Spotlight - Stacy Boston

Stacy Boston, a junior, is heavily involved at Bethany College and the Bethany Community. During the summer months, she is a student worker for Bethany’s Summer Camps and Conferences. During the school year, she serves as the President of Bethany College’s Chapter of Student Veterans of America, and the Public Relations Chair for the Social Awareness Club. Her duties as a leader transcend from the position she had with 10 years of active duty experience in the United States Army. Click here to read more.

Faculty Spotlight

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Physical and Computational Sciences:

Wilfrid W. Csaplar Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Economics, was asked by the Senior Editor at (one of the leading outlets covering the personal finance industry) to comment on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the free trade agreement Trump stopped) for their blog. He was one of 18 experts in the field of International Economics asked to comment. Other experts included two  economists in the field, including his mentor, Ed Tower.

The main blog can be found by clicking here. Those interested in learning more about the blog can be found here.

Professor Csaplar will also be presenting the paper "The Optimal Incentive Gini Coefficient" at the Western Economics Association meeting in San Diego in June.

History & Political Science:

On Thursday, March 30, Marc Sable, Associate Professor of Political Science, will give a presentation entitled, "The United States and Mexico: Before, During and After Trump." Dr. Sable will place the two countries' relationship in historical perspective, describing the impact of domestic politics on their international policies and describing Mexicans' and Americans' differing perspectives on Trump's rhetoric, NAFTA and immigration issues. Dr. Sable is currently on leave 2016-17 at Institute for Philosophical Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The talk will take place at 7 pm in the Academic Parlour.

Social Work and Criminal Justice:

Zachary Allman, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, has been selected to receive the 2017 Professional With Courage Award from the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network. Harmony House (Wheeling, West Virginia) nominated Mr. Allman for this honor. The award will be presented on April 5, 2017, in Charleston, West Virginia, during the WVCAN 2017 One With Courage Luncheon. This award serves to recognize a Multidisciplinary Investigative Team member who has demonstrated excellence in the collaborative approach to responding to child abuse in his or her community. The nominee's efforts demonstrate that the combined wisdom and knowledge of professionals of different disciplines results in a more complete understanding of the issues involved in each child's situation, and the most effective, child and family-focused system response.



Alumnus Joins Isaac Wiles Law Firm

Gary Troyan, a 1975 Bethany graduate, will join Isaac Wiles, a 36-year-old Columbus law firm with established roots and long-standing success in serving the local business community. In this capacity, Troyan is responsible for counseling clients in business, tax and taxation and estate planning matters. His clients include small businesses and their owners, who span many sectors of Ohio business, including agri-business. He has guided clients through the acquisition and sale of their businesses, and works extensively with qualified (ERISA) and non-qualified retirement plans, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Troyan earned his law degree from The Ohio State University.

Alumnus Wins 2016 Weatherford Award for Poetry

Marc Harshman, a 1973 Bethany graduate and poet laureate of West Virginia, has received the 2016 Weatherford Award in poetry for his book, "Believe What You Can," published by Vandalia Press, the creative imprint of West Virginia University Press. Harshman was recognized for this award at the 2017 Appalachian Studies Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Weatherford Awards honor books that "best illuminate the challenges, personalities and unique qualities of the Appalachian South." In his poetry collection, Harshman explores the difficulty of living with awareness of the inevitable death of all living things and medthods of coping.

Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2017!

Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2017 slated for May 5-7. Classes celebrating reunions include 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1977.

For more information, visit, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.829.7411 or at



Track & Field Teams Compete at Charleston Spring Break Invite

The Bethany College men's and women's track & field team opened the outdoor season by competing in the Charleston Spring Break Invitational hosted by Charleston Southern University Friday and Saturday.

Bison take second game to earn split with Marietta

The Bethany College softball team earned a 9-2 win over Marietta to split a non-conference doubleheader. Marietta took the first game 5-1 to begin the day at Bison Field.

Bison take tough-luck loss to Pitt.-Greensburg, 6-5

The Bethany College baseball team fell to Pitt-Greensburg, 6-5, after the Bobcats scored a run in a tie ballgame in the top of the ninth to take the single non-conference game on Thursday afternoon.

ECAC Names Baehr Player of the Week

Bethany College junior Aubrey Baehr (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Division Hitter of the Week announced the organization Wednesday.

Weiss Adds ECAC Rookie of the Week Laurels

Bethany College freshman Sammie Weiss (Avella, Pa./McGuffey) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Division Rookie of the Week announced the organization Wednesday.

Men's Lacrosse Falls to North Central (Ill.) 21-3

The Bethany College men's lacrosse team fell to North Central (Ill.) 21-3 on Tuesday evening.

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