The Old Main Journal
Volume IX, Number VIII An E-News Service of Bethany College October 2, 2015


New York Times Bestselling Author to Speak at Bethany College

Contemporary writer and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will speak at Bethany College Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series. The presentation is part of the College's Homecoming Weekend.


Annual Explore Japan Event Brings Ink Painting to Campus

The cultural presentation “Japanese Ink Painting (Sumie) Workshop“ was a huge success on the Bethany College campus. It was held during Professor Ken Morgan's art class on Monday Sept. 28, and also held as an all-campus event the following day. The event was part of the 28th Explore Japan Event. This annual celebration was initiated with a gift from Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan, in 1988. Mrs. Fumiyo Iwadachi of Handa, Japan, and Bethany Professor Fujiko Nito started a Handa-Bethany Educational Exchange Program in 2003 in order to bring high quality presentations from Japan to Bethany every fall.  Mr. Nobuyuki Nito, who joined the Bethany College Japan Outreach program four years ago, has been a chief coordinator for this annual event. 

Master Fujyo Kato is a bunjinga (literati painting) artist from Japan. He showed how to do ink painting step by step to the participants. After the instructional workshop, he demonstrated his painting in front of all participants. This event gave a rare opportunity to experience Master artist's dynamic and spiritual drawings here on campus.

There were about 50 participants who enjoyed the presentation and workshop. This event was sponsored by Bethany College Student Activities, Japan Outreach, Japan Foundation, Mizkan America, Inc. and Handa-Bethany Educational Exchange Program. It was supported by the college media services (Director, Thomas Furbee) and the physical plant.​

Employee Honored for Years of Employment

Ted Williams, director of the physical plant, was honored Thursday, Oct. 1, for 31 years as a Bethany College employee.

Williams, pictured with Board of Trustees chair Greg Jordan and interim president Sven de Jong, received a resolution recognizing his service to the College and his many contributions to the Bethany community. Williams will retire Oct. 31.


Faculty Spotlight

Social Work

Melanee W. Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Work, participated in a panel discussion at the Integrated Behavioral Health Conference at the Civic Center  in Charleston, West Virginia,  last week. The session titled "Introduction to Equine Therapy Across Populations" included Sinclair presenting information about the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). 

Sinclair is certified as a Mental Health Specialist by EAGALA. Brooke Belden, junior social work major, accompanied Sinclair. Sinclair and Belden assisted in an EAGALA demonstration at Red Barn Stables for the West Virginia National Guard and for conference participants.






Wiley Cash Visits Bethany Campus and Pittsburgh

New York Times bestselling author and former Bethany English professor Wiley Cash spoke to alumni and friends at Penguin Book Shop on Thursday, Oct. 1. As a part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, Wiley did a reading from his writings and a book signing. Earlier in the day, Wiley presented to the Freshmen Seminar classes and shared some readings and his journey as a writer. Wiley will be the keynote speaker at the Grimes Lecture Series on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Academic Parlour. All are welcome to attend.

Phone-A-Thon to Begin Soon

Your phones will soon be ringing! When your phone rings in the evening please answer it, because it could be a student seeking your support for The Bethany Fund. Bethany College is committed to making sure education is affordable for all of our students, and your support of The Bethany Fund ensures enough scholarship dollars exist to fund our students’ needs. Please consider giving a gift when they call, or go online now and make your gift to The Bethany Fund:

Homecoming 2015 is Here!

Homecoming begins today through Sunday.  Classes celebrating reunions include 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2014. Events include the 15th Annual Allison’s Run, Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series speaker, and Tower tours to name a few.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events. If you'd like to sign up and see who else is attending, register here. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 304-829-7411 or


Eleventh Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Outing

The Bethany Athletic Department hosted the 11th Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing on Friday, Oct. 2, at Highland Springs Golf Course. The event kicked off Homecoming weekend and was a great chance for Bethanians from past and more recent times to enjoy a day of golf and fun to support the Green & White Club. The Green & White Club is the athletic department booster club that helps provide additional support for its 22 varsity sports programs.

Bethany's Donavan Hayden Named PAC Defensive Player of the Week

After helping lead the Bethany College football team to a 27-14 victory over Waynesburg University on Saturday, Bison linebacker Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Bison Field Hockey Falls to Frostburg State

The Bethany College field hockey team was defeated 6-1 by Frostburg State on Wednesday night..

Women's Tennis Falls in Conference Play to Thomas More

The Bethany College women’s tennis team dropped an 8-1 Presidents’ Athletic Conference decision to Thomas More College on Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members

The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 2-3.

Men's Soccer Suffers 3-0 Defeat at Marietta

The Bethany College men’s soccer team fell for just the second time in their last seven matches as they were defeated, 3-0, by Marietta College on Wednesday afternoon. The Bison had previously posted a 4-1-1 record in their last six contests.

Parker/Levine Selected Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week

The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that sophomore men’s soccer player Cody Levine (Washington, Pa./Bentworth) and freshman volleyball libero Reilly Parker (Irwin, Pa./Norwin) have been named the Bison SAAV Athletes of the Week.

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