The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number XV An E-News Service of Bethany College December 9, 2016


Bethany College Announces Allison Award Winners

Seniors Ashley Worst and Stephanie Sowers have been announced as winners of the 2016-2017 James Allison Award scholarships at Bethany College.

Bethany College Professor Selected as 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute Fellow

M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Associate Professor of Communications and Media Arts and Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts at Bethany College, has been selected as a fellow to the 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute by The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Cronkite School.



Beta Theta Pi Wins Holiday Competition

The brothers of Beta Theta Pi won the first-ever Holiday Decoration Competition between all of the Greek houses on campus. For winning the competition, the fraternity will receive either a Spring Formal catered up to $200, or the money can be used for their philanthropy, Augusta Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Evan Bryne, sophomore at Bethany and a member of Beta Theta Pi, thought the holiday competition was great. "It was great to see all of the Greek houses go all out for this holiday season and to see such holiday spirit on campus."

Student Athlete Advisory Committee Writes Holiday Cards for Troops

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee set up a table in The Hub to write holiday cards to send to deployed military men and women. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee uses an organization called "Operation Gratitude," which annually sends more than 200,000 care packages filled with food, entertainment, and hygiene. The cards crafted by Bethany students will be included in the care packages. Last year, they drafted more than 250 cards for Operation Gratitude.

Faculty Spotlight

 Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee


On Thursday, Nov. 17, Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education, presented at the 61st Annual West Virginia Reading Conference at The Greenbrier, White Sulpur Springs, West Virginia. The session, titled "Reading, What It Means to Me: A Narrative of Children’s Personal Perspectives," discussed a qualitative content analysis of 50 personal stories collected from children about their literacy experiences; thus the narrative, including themes and implications that emerged from the study, were explored.  Icard conducted the research and data collection in the spring and summer of 2016.​ As defined by children and adolescents, powerful personal perspectives and insights were presented in this interactive session to provide participants with the affective and emotional perspective of reading instruction. 

Physical and Computational Sciences: Chemistry

The drug problem in the Ohio Valley is at an all-time high, and affecting all aspects, including the population and the workforce. Carolyn Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is participating in a local consortium, which includes local officials, leaders from local colleges and universities, and Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., to research how to make things better.

Kitchens was recently quoted in a local news story. “Right now, it's almost like we are mowing the grass to get rid of the problems, but no one is pulling the weeds, and so I think as a consortium, what we are trying to do is find a way to pull those weeds and nail down and solve these issues,” said Kitchens. In response to this problem, the consortium will soon be applying for grants to help.


Diane Snyder, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, was invited to speak at the Crisis Intervention Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Nov. 16. Dr. Snyder presented on effective clinical interventions with suicidal youth.​

History and Political Science

Marc Sable, Associate Professor of Political Science, currently on leave of absence in Mexico City, gave a presentation at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) entitled, "Trump y la crisis de la legitimidad estadounidense​," ("Trump and the Crisis of U.S. Legitimacy" in English), which incorporated a review of Trump's surprising victory and its implications for American governance, using the theoretical framework he will first publish next spring in the Study of Comparative Culture

He presented at the UAM's Xochimilco campus. Xochimilco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its canals which are all that remains of the ancient lake of Mexico. In 2014, he and Professor Holly Hilgardner led a group of students from the Spanish Club​ to the site where they enjoyed its gardens and gondolas. 



Bethany Alumnus Named Dean of Honors College

Dr. Gary H. Bischof, a 1982 graduate of Bethany in philosophy, has been named the Dean of Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College effective Jan. 1, 2017. A WMU faculty member since 1999, Bischof served as Professor and Chair of Family and Consumer Sciences. Bischof's background includes clinical and research experience and publication in a number of counseling and family therapy journals.

"Gary Bischof brings energy and a genuine commitment to honors education to the role of dean of this important college," said Dr. Timothy Greene, WMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "His long track record of guiding top students through their research and degree requirements will serve him well in this vital post." Click here to read more.

Bethany Alumnus Featured in Maryland Department of Commerce Publication

George Davis is the CEO and investor for Gemstone Biotherapeutics and Gamma 3 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gemstone Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on effective healing solutions in advanced wound care and Gamma 3 is an early stage venture catalyst firm.

In the Commerce publication, Davis talks about how he focused on creating companies based on high-level research coming out of Maryland, like Johns Hopkins University. A 1978 graduate of Bethany College, Davis majored in economics.

To watch the video to learn more about Gemstone Biotherapeutics and Gamma 3, click here.

The Bethany Fund Provides Important Year-End Giving Opportunity

As the calendar turns to the last page of the year and the holiday season is upon us, we are reminded that many Bethany College alumni choose to give during the holiday season. Although your gift is welcome at any time during the year, the approach of 2017 reminds us to remind you -- Please don't forget to make your year-end gift.

To qualify for a charitable-gift deduction for tax year 2016, your gift must be postmarked no later than December 31. Your support assists Bethany in providing the highest quality educational experience, as well as providing scholarships and financial aid to our students. If you would like to speak with someone in the Office of Institutional Advancement about your gift, please call 304.829.7485. Gifts can be mailed to Center for Institutional Advancement #7, Bethany College, 31 E Campus Dr, Bethany, WV 26032-3002. You can also donate online by clicking here.

Update YOUR Information With Us!

Have you recently moved or started a new job? Do you have a marriage or birth announcement to share? Be sure to keep your information up-to-date with the Alumni Office.

Click here to update your information.



Hayden named ECAC South Region Defensive Player of the Year

Bethany College senior linebacker Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Region Defensive Player of the Year announced the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

Men's basketball picks up win over Franciscan, 79-63

A big second half from senior guard Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) propelled the Bison past Franciscan 79-63 in non-conference play Monday night.

Bison fall at No. 15 Carnegie Mellon, 66-54

Despite entering the fourth quarter with the lead, the Bison were defeated by No. 15 Carnegie Mellon 66-54 at the Skibo Gymnasium Thursday evening in non-conference play.

Swimming & Diving teams defeated by Washington & Jefferson

The Bison swimming & diving teams were knocked off by Washington & Jefferson Wednesday evening. The men were dealt a 104-83 loss, while the women were defeated 81-49 at the Knight Natatorium pool.

PAC releases Indoor Track & Field Preseason Coaches Poll

The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released the results of its men's and women's indoor track & field preseason coaches' poll Friday.

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