The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number V An E-News Service of Bethany College September 16, 2016


Pioneer of the Concept of Dark Matter and its Role in the Universe
Tapped for Keynote Address

Dr. Adrian Melott, Bethany Alumnus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, will give a keynote lecture at Bethany College on Saturday, October 8, as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The presentation is part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend.

Bethany College Annual Fall Convocation Held on Campus

Bethany College officially opened the 2016-17 academic year during the College's Annual Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in Commencement Hall.



2016 Fall Convocation Award Winners

Alexandra Metz (left) and Alison Irvin (right) received the Richard B. Kenney Freshman Leadership award, which is given annually to a Bethany student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and character at Bethany in the previous year. This year, this award was given to both Metz and Irvin due to their outstanding leadership and service activities.

The Anna Ruth Bourne Award is given each semester to the women's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing. The award for the 2015-16 Spring Semester went to Phi Mu sorority. The 2015-16 Spring Semester W. Kirk Woolery Award, given to the men's social group maintaining the highest scholastic standing, was presented to Delta Tau Delta.



Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations, Dean of Buffalo Seminary and Emeritus Professor of English, announced the recipient of the John R. Taylor Memorial Award in Liberal Arts, which is named in memory of John R. Taylor, '44, Professor of English Emeritus at Bethany. This year's recipient was Dr. Carolyn Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.





Bethany Sophomore Attended Training at National Conservation Training Center

Evan Byrne, sophomore Integrated Media & Marketing major, was one of six college students from West Virginia and Maryland to attend an intensive training on outreach and communications, and to collaborate with two Eastern Panhandle watershed groups on ways to attract younger people as volunteers on Sept. 9-11. To learn more, click here.



Disciples of Christ Historical Society Dedicates New Facility

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society hosted a building dedication and blessing to celebrate its new home at Bethany College on Saturday, Sept. 10. Following the dedication and blessing, those in attendance had the opportunity to tour the new archives building, take tours of Historic Bethany and visit with members of the Historical Society Board. The evening concluded with the Kirkpatrick Lecture at Bethany Memorial Church by Dr. D. Newell Williams, President and Professor of Modern and American Church History at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. His presentation was titled, "Stone-Campbell History: Past and Future."

On Sunday, September 11, there was a morning worship service held at Bethany Memorial Church with Dr. Douglas A. Foster, Associate Professor of Church History in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies, serving as the guest preacher.

The Society's archives were previously housed in Nashville, Tennessee, and they hold artifacts, records and documents from the Disciples of Christ Christian Church and Stone-Campbell churches. This past March, the board chose to relocate to Bethany after reviewing applications from various institutions. College officials felt Bethany was the appropriate choice for the archives, as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is Bethany College's founding denomination. Those that were unable to attend the dedication can view the stream of the event on the on demand tab at:

BBN Broadcast Schedule (Sept. 18-25)
Sept. 18 – Bethany Memorial Church Service - 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 25 – Bethany Memorial Church Service - 10:45 a.m.

Faculty Spotlight

 Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Physical and Computational Sciences -- Chemistry

After several years of serving as a peer referee for Student Chapter Reports for the Undergraduate Programs branch of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Dr. Scott Brothers was selected to travel to the national office of ACS in Washington, D.C., to serve on the final selection committee for approximately 20 chapter reports.

During his visit, Dr. Brothers interacted with other faculty from colleges across the country as well as members of the ACS Undergraduate Programs branch to determine how to best serve students interested in science at smaller institutions.

As part of being chosen for the selection committee, Dr. Brothers will also serve on the advisory board for InChemistry Magazine for the 2016-2017 year.

Physical and Computational Sciences -- Mathematics

Dr. Joseph Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics, attended MathFest, the summer annual national conference of the Mathematical Association of America, held in Columbus, Ohio, in August 2016. Along with hundreds of other attendees from around the country, he attended several days of workshops and sessions exploring cutting-edge topics in mathematics pedagogy.

Dr. Walsh has also received confirmation of his passing scores on both the Probability Exam (10/10) and the Financial Mathematics Exam (9/10) from the Society of Actuaries. He is currently preparing for the Construction and Evaluation of Actuarial Models Exam.

In June, Adam C. Fletcher, Associate Professor of Mathematics, attended the week-long National Science Foundation/Combined Board on Mathematical Sciences regional conference on Topological Data Analysis, held at the University of Texas (Austin). Topological data analysis is an active new field in the mathematical sciences, gleaning methods from the diverse fields of topology and geometry, statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and electrical engineering. The conference was an attempt to collect researchers from their fields of application in network analytics, neurobiology, genetics, cancer research, and the like into a cohesive academic community. Fletcher was one of 40 participants who participated in the lecture series featuring Sayan Mukherjee from Duke University and five other top researchers in the field.



Scholarship and Memorial Service Announced for Dr. T. Gale Thompson

The Thompson family and the Alumni Office are honored to announce the T. Gale Thompson Global Awareness Award 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 traveling and exploring the diversity of cultures and places around the world. 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 Bethany's Global Awareness Core requirement. You can donate to the scholarship here.

Save the Date for Homecoming 2016

We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2016 slated for Oct. 7-8. Classes celebrating reunions include 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2015. Events include the 12th Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble, the Installation of Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg as Bethany's 20th President, and the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series to name a few.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 304.829.7411 or

Bethany Celebrating 16th Annual Allison's Run

In conjunction with Homecoming 2016, the 16th Annual Allison's Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman's Run Road. The registration fee is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is now open! If you cannot make the race, but would like to run in Doc Allison's memory, you can still do so. Register online and a t-shirt will be mailed out to you. Everyone that would like to pre-register or register to run in Doc's memory on their own can do so here. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary t-shirt.

Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison '62 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.


Twelfth Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Outing

The Bethany Athletic Department is proud to host the 12th Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing on Friday, Oct. 7, at Highland Springs Golf Course. The event kicks off Homecoming Weekend and is a great chance for all Bethanians to enjoy a day of golf and fun to support the Green & White Club, which is the athletic department booster club that helps provide additional support for Bethany's 22 varsity sports programs. Registration for the Tiger Joyce Golf Outing will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, and shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m.

For more information or to register for the outing, contact Debbie Soly ( or 304-829-7240) or visit us online. If you or your company are interested in being a sponsor for the outing, please contact Debbie as well.

Bison Start Conference Play with Two Wins in Tri-Match

Bethany Bison swept Geneva and Thiel in their Presidents' Athletic Conference opening tri-match on Tuesday.

Bison Knock Off LaRoche 2-1

The Bethany College women's soccer team used goals by junior Michaela Hinerman (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) and senior Brittany Fullbright (Wadsworth, Ohio) to build a cushion and then held off a late rally to record a 2-1 victory over visiting LaRoche (Pa.) College Tuesday afternoon at sun-splashed Hoag Field.

Lenhert Named Women's PAC Rookie of the Week

Freshman Kathrin Lenhert was named the Women’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) on Monday.

Pair of Top 20 Runners Highlight Bison Efforts at Bethany Invitational

The Bethany College women’s cross country team placed one runner in the top 10 and the men’s team had one finish in the top 20 to highlight the programs’ efforts at the 2016 Bethany Invitational Saturday morning.

Tennis Drops Match to Westminster

The Bethany women's tennis team fell in a conference match to Westminster, 9-0.

Bison Draw Tie In Close Match with Muskingum

The Bethany College men's soccer team tied Muskingum 1-1 in double-overtime in the final game of the Fuzzy Williams Tournament.

Geneva Pulls Away Late to Defeat Bison

The Bethany College defense held Geneva scoreless for three quarters, but the Golden Tornadoes scored three times in the final period to claim a 21-0 victory over the Bison Saturday night in rainy Beaver Falls, Pa.

BBN Athletic Broadcast Schedule (Sept. 18-25)
Volleyball vs Saint Vincent- Wednesday, Sept. 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs Wilmington - Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 3:30 p.m.
Football vs Westminster - Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 6:00 p.m.

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