The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number IX An E-News Service of Bethany College October 21, 2016


Bethany Professor Publishes Two Books in 2017

Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at Bethany College, has two book publications forthcoming in 2017.



Bethany College Receives Recognition for Historic Landmarks

On Sunday, Oct. 16, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History celebrated The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 at The Culture Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Out of the 15 extant National Historic Landmarks in the state of West Virginia, Bethany College was awarded a plaque for two historic buildings -- the Alexander Campbell Mansion and Old Main. A National Historic Landmark is a historic building, site, structure, object, or district that represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. To learn more about Campbell Mansion and Old Main, click here.

Communications Week 55 Includes Award-Winning Media Professionals

From Oct. 3 to Oct. 7, Bethany College's Communications Department celebrated Communications Week 55 with the theme, "Don't Just Fly, Soar." Activities for the week included Ruth Westlake Day, a corn hole tournament hosed by the Bethany Broadcasting Network (BBN), a field trip to the Carnegie Science Center's Omnimax Theatre, and the faculty, staff and alumni mixer to name a few. Many Bethany alumni returned for the week-long event and gave lectures to current students. Marie DeParis '83 spoke at the Keresty Lecture, and George Manahan '83 and Jim Rice '81 led an interactive program. J.P. Silk '88 and Cam Smith '16 spoke to students, while other noted alumni spoke and celebrated the annual event.

Students in Communications 201 Toured Local Newspaper

On Friday, Oct. 14, 12 Communications and Media Arts Writing students and course instructor Dr. Patrick Sutherland were hosted in the Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register's newsroom by executive editor Mike Myer and managing editor John McCabe. The course requires students to file regular beat reports, learn Associated Press Stylebook guidelines and submit major writing assignments such as a hard news story or a feature story.

Faculty Spotlight

 Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities - English

On Oct. 16, Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, read her poetry in Knoxville, Tennessee, as part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) Reading Series. Janeshek shared work from her second full-length poetry collection The Shaky Phase (Stalking Horse Press, 2017) and her recent poetry chapbooks Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016) and Rah-Rah Nostalgia (dancing girl press, 2016).

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Dustin Hixenbaugh’s review essay on Jason Ruiz's book Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire has just been published in the Fall 2015 volume of CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History.

Physical and Computational Sciences - Chemistry

Over the summer, Dr. Carolyn Kitchens and President Tamara Rodenberg attended a University Consortium meeting organized by Congressman David McKinley, which included representatives from Senator Shelley Moore Capito's, Senator Rob Portman's, and Representative Bill Johnson's offices, as well as representatives from the National Institute of Health, and Colleges and Universities in the Ohio Valley. These schools included Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Liberty University, and West Virginia Northern Community College from West Virginia and Belmont College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Franciscan University, and Ohio University-Eastern from Ohio. At this meeting, the Consortium discussed the possibility of bringing research to the Ohio Valley and developing potential collaborations between these eight schools. Of the items discussed, Drug Abuse, Environmental Health, Veterans Post-Deployment Experience, and Cyber Security. Since then, the Consortium has met two additional times, focusing on developing research project ideas to help combat the drug epidemic that currently plagues the Ohio Valley. This past Wednesday, Dr. Kitchens and Prof. Kathy Furbee, met with Social Work faculty members from Ohio University-Eastern, West Liberty, and Wheeling Jesuit for continued development of a drug abuse specific research topic, in the hopes of bringing additional research opportunities to Bethany College.

In November, the University Consortium will meet again to discuss research opportunities in Environmental Health. Image includes Dr. Carolyn Kitchens, representatives from the National Institute of Health, Congressman McKinley, and President Rodenberg.

First-Year Kalon Scholars' Dinner with President Rodenberg

On Wednesday, October 18, the First Year Kalon Scholars visited with President and Mr. Rodenberg at Pendleton Heights. While there they were treated to a tour of the home, a presentation on the home's history, and dinner. This event is a component of the Kalon Scholar Program established to acquaint the Scholars with Bethany history and connect them with administrators and alumni. Kalon Scholars receive annual scholarships that enable them to continue leadership and service activities in their communities.





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. Activities include face-painting, crafts, games, pumpkin patch, snacks and more! Space is limited, so register by clicking here.



Bethany Baseball Team Connects with Special Needs Students

The Bison Baseball Team returned to the School of Bright Promise on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to hold the third annual "Fall Out with the Bethany Bison Day." More than 40 players and coaches assisted students in class during the morning and then joined them for lunch and recess. Since the first get-together, students and athletes alike have built a true friendship, sending handmade cards and even gifting the students with jerseys and pictures. Click here to learn more.

Volleyball downs Geneva, 3-1

Paced by an assist-dig double-double by senior Allie Powell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central), the Bison earned a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21) win over Geneva in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play Wednesday night.

Bethany dealt home loss to Geneva

The Bethany women's soccer team were defeated 3-0 by Geneva on Wednesday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference matchup.

Bison thwarted in second half by Geneva

The Bethany men's soccer team dropped their Presidents' Athletic Conference matchup with Geneva, 3-0, on Tuesday.

Lehnert receives rookie laurels from PAC

Bethany College freshman Kathrin Lehnert (Crailsheim, Germany/Line-Meitner Gymnasium) was tabbed the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week announced the league office Monday afternoon..

Powell tabbed PAC Player of the Week

Bethany College senior setter Allie Powell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Volleyball Player of the Week announced the league office Monday afternoon.

Waters, Sallah-Mohammed honored by PAC

The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) has named Jack Waters (Epsom, United Kingdom/Glyn School) and Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (Arlington, Va. / Fishburne Military) Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their performances in wins over Saint Vincent and Washington and Jefferson last week.

Football falls short at Washington & Jefferson, 37-36

Despite over 500 yards of total offense, the Bethany College football team was edged 37-36 by Washington & Jefferson in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play Saturday night.

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