The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number II An E-News Service of Bethany College August 26, 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.

Bethany Awards 11 Incoming Students with Kalon Leadership Scholarships

Eleven future Bethanians will receive the Kalon Leadership Scholarship, an annual $2,500 award based on leadership, character, service and academic performance.

Bethany College Welcomes Fulbright Scholars for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Bethany College will welcome two Fulbright Scholars to campus for the 2016-17 academic year. Wei Qu of the People’s Republic of China and Mohamed Ezouine of Morocco will serve as teaching assistants in Chinese and Arabic, through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.


Matriculation Convocation to be Held This Afternoon

Bethany College will welcome the Class of 2020 with the traditional Matriculation Convocation this afternoon, Friday, August 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. Since 1840, students have been signing the Bethany College Book of Matriculation, joining a community of people with a passion for life and learning. Parents and friends may watch the live webcast of the Convocation on the Bethany Broadcasting Network:

Communications & Media Arts Department Featured in IN Wheeling Magazine

The Summer edition of IN Wheeling Magazine featured the Department of Communications and Media Arts in their article “Learning to Tell the Story.”   The College’s liberal arts philosophy was highlighted, and the Department’s four tracks were highlighted.  The article explained that students were provided an impressive blend of theory, research and practical experience to prepare them both for the workplace and for graduate level programs.

A photo of the mobile BBN unit opened the article and another photo featured communication major Cameron Smith ’16.  Smith now works for NBC Sports, New York.  “We are proud of our teaching, our students, and our equipment,” said Senior Engineer, Joseph F. Dumas. “Our students are talented, hard-working and dedicated. Our mobile unit can compete with any truck out there.  But we would not have had the equipment to build this program without the generous support of the Driehorst Family Foundation,” he added. 

Also featured in the same edition entitled “Wheeling in the News” were Faith Daniels,’79, and Bob Orr, ’75. 



Campus Construction Projects

Summer 2016 has been filled with numerous construction projects around campus.

Check them out HERE!





Bethany College Opens Snapchat Account

Bethany College is officially on Snapchat! Make sure to search and add username BethanyWV to keep up-to-date with various events on campus, tours of different College facilities and more. 



Scholarship and Memorial Service Announced for Passed Professor

The Thompson family and the Alumni Office are honored to announce the T. Gale Thompson scholarship fund and memorial service. Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the lawn area between Oglebay/Kirkpatrick and Steinman Halls for a remembrance of Gale's life and a dedication of a contemplative bench and a tree planted in his honor.

Dr. Thompson saw real meaning and value in traveling and exploring the diversity of cultures and places. During his 35-year tenure at Bethany College, he taught on Semester at Sea, chaperoned multiple student trips, and spent a sabbatical in China. The establishment of this scholarship fund is to assist psychology majors in offsetting the cost of their out-of-class learning experiences. You can donate to the scholarship here.

Bethany Alumna Named Brooke County Schools’ Teacher of the Year

Alumna Alyssa Roadman ’08 has been named “The Teacher of the Year” by Brooke County Schools in West Virginia. A second grade teacher at Hooverson Heights Primary School, Roadman is described by her colleagues as more than deserving of this award. They stressed that Roadman takes teaching to a whole new level and inspires her students and colleagues daily.

“She’s a natural leader because she’s her own toughest critic, and she’s always looking to improve her practice,” said Nicole Ennis, Assistant Superintendent and former Principal of Hooverson Heights Primary School.

Roadman will now represent the West Virginia state-wide teacher of the year competition. For more information, click here.

Bethany Alum Opens New Business in Wheeling

Bethany alum Tyler Eyerman '15 recently celebrated the grand opening of his new business, Fit Fuzion Nutrition Studios, in Wheeling. Located in Centre Market, Fit Fuzion serves energy shakes with Herbalife products and herbal teas. Click here to read MORE.

Bethany Alumna Honored for Contribution to a Television Academy Award

The New York Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Evelyn del Cerro ’85 for contributing to the winning of a Television Academy Award. The program was titled, “Protect Our Children: Sexting & Sextortion vs. Safe Dating.” Del Cerro is the Operation Manager for WABC-TV Disney.  

Alumni Office Holds Multiple Events

The Alumni Office held informal happy hours in four different cities over the past few weeks. Morgantown, Detroit, Harrisburg, and the Pittsburgh area were all the locations of these social gatherings. Alumni in Morgantown gathered on Thursday, July 28 at Mountain State Brewing Company. Detroit alumni gathered at Portofino restaurant on Friday, August 5, and Harrisburg alumni met at Dockside Willies on Thursday, August 11. On Thursday, August 18, the Pittsburgh area alumni gathered at a new restaurant, Bacon, Bourbon, and Beer.


Bison Volleyball Picked to Finish Second in PAC Preseason Poll

The Bethany College women's volleyball team was picked to finish second on Monday for the 2016 season. The ranking comes from the annual Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Coaches Poll.

Bison Football Selected Sixth in PAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

The Bethany College football team, who has notched five wins or more in back-to-back seasons, was selected sixth in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, announced the PAC on Wednesday. The poll was released in conjunction with the conference’s media day, held on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

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