The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number XXIII An E-News Service of Bethany College April 14, 2017


Bethany College Announces Presidential Scholarship Recipients

Bethany College has awarded four incoming freshman with the Presidential Scholarship. These academically talented high school seniors will be awarded a full tuition scholarship to reward their outstanding achievements. These students include Carlyn Amon of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; Riley Meyers of DuBois, Pennsylvania; Kennedy Quillen of Vienna, West Virginia; and Jenna Scott of New Castle, Indiana.

Bethany College Theatre Presented Calling Time

The Bethany College Theatre program presented Derek Webb's dark comedy, Calling Time. Directed by Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Bethany College Theatre, evening performances began at 8 p.m. on April 6-8, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 9 in Wailes Theatre.

Bethany College Presented Senior Art Exhibition

The Bethany College 2017 Senior Art Show was in the College's Renner Art Gallery. The exhibit, which featured the work of Darrian Bruster, Trace Butler, Willett Farkas-Worthy, Kevin Phelps and Ashley Worst, was available until April 8.



Third Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women & Leadership Weekend Held at Bethany

The third annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women & Leadership Weekend, held on campus March 24-25, featured prominent Bethany alumnae and gave female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations. Activities for the weekend included the annual Friday night dinner with keynote speaker Heather Sokolow, Vice President of Production Management for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel; reverse career fair; Women & Leadership panel; and a networking reception. Alumnae participating in the panel included Marie DeParis '83, Carolyn MacDonald '79, Beth Mejia '85, and Leslie Steele '96.

The educational weekend has been made possible by the leadership and generosity of Bethany College Trustee and alumna Scarlett Foster ’79, retired Corporate Officer and Vice President of Investor Relations at Monsanto Company.

Parkhurst Dining Comes to Bethany College Campus

Bethany College has recently announced Parkhurst Dining as the new dining service. Starting this summer, renovations will begin to transform Benedum Commons. Above, you can view the conceptual illustrations of the renovations that will be completed for the start of the fall 2017 semester. Parkhurst Dining is passionate about providing authentic food and flavors that are handcrafted and personally designed by chefs every day. Their focus is on craftsmanship, and they actively search and work with local farmers and growers to bring real ingredients with homemade cooking.

Senior Advisor & Sovereign Challenge Coordinator for Gemini Industries Spoke at Bethany

Gregory N. Hicks, Senior Advisor & Sovereign Challenge Coordinator for Gemini Industries/Special Operations Command MacDill, spoke on Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Robert L. Martin Academic Parlour as part of the Woolery Lecture Series. Prior to joining the Gemini Industries/SOCOM Sovereign Challenge team in November, Hicks had a distinguished 25-year career at the U.S. Department of State. He served abroad in Libya, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and The Gambia. His most recent overseas assignment was as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy Tripoli, including during the September 11, 2012, tragedy in Benghazi.

Students and faculty learned how his interdisciplinary undergraduate education at Bethany helped him excel in his role with the Department of State. Hicks shared with those present his experience in Benghazi, and why we must learn from lessons from that tragic event. He spoke of the important role the Department of State employees have in developing "ground truth" to provide real in country analysis for policy makers. Hicks stressed that the most important people for him when living abroad or back at home are family, friends, neighbors, teammates, community and congregations. Hicks is a 1982 graduate of Bethany.

Annual Fun Day Held at Bethany

The Bethany College Department of Education held its annual 'Fun Day' for area children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who receive special education services on Friday, April 7 in the Thomas Phillips Johnson Health & Recreation Center. This year's Fun Day theme was "Welcome to the Jungle." Children in attendance participated in a safari hunt as Bethany clubs and organizations sponsored different activities. The Oglebay Good Zoo and the Social Awareness Club's therapy horse was also present. This year's event included 250 participants, and each child received a free lunch and t-shirt.

Bethany Students Attended Society of Motion Pictures & Television Engineers Meeting

Ten Bethany College students attended the April meeting of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE).  Student applications were accepted to be members of the Pittsburgh Chapter, while an anonymous donor paid the memberships of all Bethany College students to be members. The students met with and listened to presentations from The University of Pittsburgh (, Robert Morris University and Point Park University. Those in attendance were: Tyler Castle, J. Kelly Faralla, Dan Seaman, Katie Vallone and Kyle Wales, Kelly Leihy, Lamont Whiteside, Lilly Knight, Cody Kohlman and Marlon Mejia. BBN’s senior engineer, Mr. Joseph F. Dumas and Communications and Media Arts Chair, M.E. Yancosek Gamble also attended.  

Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha Attend Zeta Day

Zeta Tau Alpha sisters from Theta Chapter attended Zeta Day that was held on March 25 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. At the event, the Chapter won the Excellence in Sisterhood Chapter Award and senior, Natalie Knauer, was announced as the Zeta Lady for Providence II-E. Another Zeta was voted as the Zeta Lady for her alumnae chapter at the Zeta Day held in Alexandria, Virginia. Alumna, Eileen Campbell '11, was honored as the alumna Zeta Lady for the Norther Virginia Alumnae Chapter. Also, senior Natalie Knauer was recently announced as the new Traveling Leadership Consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha. Natalie will travel the country visiting collegiate chapters for the 2017-18 school year. To learn more about what Natalie will do as a member of the ZTA staff, click here.

Bethany Students Enjoy Evening at PNC Park

On Wednesday, April 12, 35 students took a trip to PNC Park to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds. The trip, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, gave students an opportunity to leave campus and enjoy a baseball game in the 'all you can eat' seats.



Student Spotlight - Evan Byrne

Bethany College is a distance away from the suburbs of Chandler, Arizona, but sophomore Evan Byrne has used this challenge as an advantage and has really made a name for himself here. In only two short years, Byrne has become tremendously involved on campus. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Student Activities Council, Sophomore Class Council, Multicultural Committee, Public Relations Student Society of America, Student Alumni Association, Interfraternity Council and is a Kalon Scholar. Click here to read more.

Faculty Spotlight

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities: World Languages

The Spanish & Business/Accounting Clubs presented their "Costa Rica Spring Break Trip March 2017 Power-Point Presentation on Thursday, March 30, in Phillips Lounge to the greater Bethany College Community.

The Club traveler presenters were: Kaitlyn Tate, Elizabeth Timas, Morgan Wyckoff, Mackenzie Bosley, Thomas Law, Amanda Henson, Alexandra Ercole, Rebecca Flathers, and Dennis Boyce, accompanied by Dr. Joseph B. Lovano (WLAC Section-Humanities Department).

Among the significant Costa Rican cultural sites that the student-travelers shared visuals of and also discussed with the attendees were the following: the capital city of San José, the artisan town of Sarchí, the rural elementary school in the town of Arenal, the Cano Negro Boat Tour along the northern border with Nicaragua, the Eco Termales Hot Springs, the Arenal Volcano National Park, the Selvatura Canopy Zip-line Tour,. the Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour in the Cloud Forest, and the Don Juan Coffee Plantation in Monteverde. The Bethany adventurers travelled through six of the seven Provinces of Costa Rica: Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela, Heredia, Limón, and San José. In addition, both Clubs provided authentic Costa Rican "jugos naturales" (natural fruit juices) and Costa Rican "Pastel de Tres Leches" (Three Milks Cake) as refreshments for all attendees to partake and enjoy.

Social Work

On Thursday, March 30, the Social Work Program co-hosted a two-hour continuing education event with Altenheim Resource and Referral Center and West Virginia Northern Community College. The title for the event was "Aging Gracefully" and featured speakers from Valley Hospice, Elmhurst House of Friendship, Right at Home, Good Shepherd Nursing Home, and Northwood Health Systems. Forty-two social workers were present at the event, which was held at Liza’s Place in Wheeling. The event was offered at no cost to attendees in recognition of National Social Work Month, held in March each year.

Math: Board Game Designer Nat Levan Speaks to Math & Computer Science Club

Board game designer and aerospace engineer Nat Levan emphasized to the Math & Computer Science Club on April 1 that simply solving a problem is not enough. You need to anticipate future problems and preemptively solve them. “You are being paid to think,” because it costs less to think of an engineering or board game design problem and solve it beforehand then to build something to discover it does not work. After his Board Game Creator Seminar presentation, Levan demonstrated his principles of preemptive problem solving by having students experience the design process by playing published and prototype versions of his board games.  



Bethany Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 8, children of alumni and the Bethany community came to campus for the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hosted by the Student Alumni Association, Boomer's Book Club and Kappa Delta Pi, the event included many different activities. Families checked in at the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library and participated in many different activities. This year, Boomer's Book Club featured the great children's book "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick," by Lucille Colandro. Dresses as a bunny, Boomer led the crowd out in front of Old Main to officially let the hunt begin.

Alumna Wins National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award

Nici Rea, a 2014 Bethany graduate, was recently awarded the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. The award is presented to the outstanding law student in the graduating class of participating ABA-approved law schools who demonstrated academic achievement, exhibited motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; contributed to the advancement of women in society; promoted issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; and earned the respect of the dean and law faculty.

Rea graduated from Bethany in 2014 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Her law school career began at the West Virginia University College of Law in 2014. She will graduate in May. Upon graduation, Rea plans to move to Tampa, Florida, and take the Florida Bar examination. She is hoping to find a firm that practices commercial litigation or estate planning.

"I'm constantly reminded of how lucky I am to have received a liberal arts education, and I'm grateful for the memories that I made in my time at Bethany," said Rea. "No matter where I'll go, I'll always be a proud Bethanian and Mountaineer."

Bethany Alumnus Featured in The Parkersburg News

Rev. Thaddaues B. Allen, Regional Minister and President of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, was recently featured in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel about his duties as the regional minister in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania. A 1992 Bethany graduate, Allen is also a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees. Allen is also the only regional minister in the Disciples of Christ denomination who oversees two regions. To read about Allen's work, click here.

Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2017!

Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2017 slated for May 5-7. Classes celebrating reunions include 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1977.

For more information, visit, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.829.7411 or at



Zeta Tau Alpha Hosted Annual Pink-Out Baseball Game

On Wednesday, April 12, Zeta Tau Alpha hosted their annual Pink-Out baseball game, supporting Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Former ZTA Alumni brought their children "ZTA Legacies" who sold pink lemonade. The girls raised $280 in total! Thank you to everyone who supported the event!

Bison Fall Short to W&J in Extra-Inning Affair, 3-2

The Bethany College baseball team fell 3-2 in 10 innings to Washington & Jefferson to complete the season series with the Presidents on Wednesday at Bethany Park.

Softball Drops Doubleheader to Westminster

The Bethany College softball team was dealt a pair of losses by Westminster, falling 3-0 and 2-1 in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action Wednesday evening.

Bethany Drops Match to Saint Vincent, 7-2

The Bethany College men's tennis team was defeated 7-2 by Saint Vincent Wednesday afternoon in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) match on the Ewing Tennis Courts.

Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at Grove City MBA Invite

The Bethany College men's golf team finished seventh at the eight-team Grove City College MBA Invitational Tuesday afternoon at the Grove City Country Club.

Bison Knocked Off by Franciscan, 18-7

The Bethany College lacrosse team dropped a non-conference matchup to Franciscan 18-7 on Wednesday afternoon in a home game for the Barons that was played at Bison Stadium.

Bison Track & Field Teams Compete at Mount Union Invite

Senior Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) established an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying time in the 200-meter dash, as the Bethany College track & field team's competed at the Mount Union John Homon Invitational Saturday.

Simpson Awarded NCAA Women's Enhancement Scholarship

Bethany College women's track & field senior Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity) will be awarded with a $7,500 Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics by the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee.

PAC, ECAC Name Butler as Track Athlete of the Week

Bethany College senior Andre Butler (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Region Track Athlete of the Week, announced the organization Wednesday afternoon.

Alworth Earns Second-Straight PAC, ECAC Rookie of the Week Honors

For the second-straight week, Bethany College freshman pitcher Tyler Alworth (Brackenridge, Pa./Highlands) was tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week announced the organization on Tuesday.

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