The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number XXI An E-News Service of Bethany College March 10, 2017


Bethany College Names Dr. Joseph Lane as Provost

Bethany College President Dr. Tamara Rodenberg has announced that Dr. Joseph Lane has been appointed provost at Bethany College. He will start in his new role on July 1, 2017.

Bethany College to Hold Third Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore
Women and Leadership Weekend

Bethany College will hold multiple events March 24 and 25 for its Third Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend. These invitation-only events feature nationally recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae and give current female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations.

Bethany College Celebrates 177 Years During Founder's Day

Bethany College celebrated Founder's Day with events on campus Thursday, March 2. This year's program honored the College's history and tradition of academic excellence spanning 177 years.



Student Groups Travel During 2017 January Term

The Pre-Health Club visited Puerto Peñasco Sonora, Mexico, for a Medical Mission Trip and Professor Kenn Morgan’s January-Term class took their annual trip to Italy. Five members of the Pre-Health Club along with Bethany Professor and club advisor Dr. Carolyn Kitchens and chaperone Michelle Turner partnered with the International Service Learning (ISL) to organize the trip. While in Mexico, the Pre-Health Club participated in 32 hours of training/clinical work and provided care to the poor and underserved. The volunteer work included shadowing and assisting licensed professionals in service work under the challenging conditions. In addition to medical care, the participants also were able to interact directly with the citizens. They took vitals during their in-home visits, but they also spent time playing games, painting nails and being welcomed into the homes. 

Professor Kenn Morgan’s group was comprised of five students and six alumni/adults who visited Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy, to study the art and architecture of the Ancient Renaissance and Baroque Periods. This trip has taken place under the instruction of Professor Morgan since 1990. Some of the most notable highlights of the trip to Italy include St. Peter’s Bascilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City; the Colosseum, Catacombs, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps in Rome; Duomo, Uffizi, Pitti Palace, the Academy, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence; and Doge Palace, San Marco, Academia, and Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Bethany Students & Professor Work to Change West Virginia Law

On Feb. 17, Professor Zach Allman and students Cameron Deitch, Brigit Andrewsh and Angelica Darling traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, to present their research in front of the senate judiciary committee. Last year, the students worked to create a law in Professor Allman's class for revenge pornography in West Virginia. The bill was introduced in front of the entire senate and was passed by unanimous vote. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, and Delegate Joe Canestrero asked the group to come back and present in front of the House. If approved by the house, Senate Bill 240 would then go to the governor’s office. Currently, this bill has complete bipartisan support. To hear more about Senate Bill 240, click here.

Enrollment Staff Visited Manchester Craftsman Guild

On Friday, Feb. 24, the Enrollment Team visited the Manchester Craftsman Guild in Pittsburgh for a scholarship interview. The founder of Manchester Craftsman Guild is Bill Strickland, a Bethany Board of Trustee member. The Manchester Craftsman Guild's mission is to inspire urban children in the arts.


Student Spotlight - Ryan Nickerson

Ryan Nickerson, a double major in Finance and Managerial Economics, chose to come to Bethany because he liked the one-on-one attention he would receive from his professors. Click here to learn more.

Faculty Spotlight

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Physical and Computational Sciences:

At the Ohio River Valley Council dinner at the end of February, Adam C. Fletcher, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received the Boy Scout's Silver Beaver Award. It is the highest award that a local council can present to a volunteer. This award recognizes individuals with distinguished service to the council and the youth in the program. Fletcher is currently serving his third year as Council Commissioner. He also serves as commissioner for several local packs, troops, and crews, including the recently reinstated Pack 76 at Bethany Memorial Church.

History & Political Science:

As part of the People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in April and May, Dr. Gary Kappel will join academics from Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia University and West Liberty University in an eight-part lecture series on the occasion of the centennial of American entry into World War I. Dr. Kappel will present the first two lectures on Tuesday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 11, dealing with the prelude to war and the military course of the conflict. Additional lectures to follow on subsequent Tuesday evenings will address American entry into the war in 1917, West Virginia and the Great War, Wheeling and the Great War, the remarkable career of Louis Bennett, Jr. from the valley who was killed in Aug. 1918 while serving in the Royal Air Force, Armistice and Aftermath, and Wheeling Remembers the War. The People's University is a free program offered by the Ohio County Public Library for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts.

Social Work:

Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor and Chair of Social Work, presented to a group of 20+ high school females on February 25 at the Wheeling YWCA. Her presentation focused on the impact of self-esteem and self-harm among adolescent females. The presentation was a component of a weekend-long leadership conference for young women from area high schools. Those selected to participate are required to take the information learned from the presentations and prepare a service project for their school.




Alumnus Named as Tri-State PGA Executive Director

Dave Wright, a 1997 Bethany graduate, was recently named as the new Tri-State PGA Executive Director. Before his appointment, Wright served as the Tournament Director. Wright brought the Tri-State section into the technological age with online registration, computerized scoreboards and up-to-date scoring on the website. Now he hopes to continue to expand the section’s tournament purses and sponsor base, while also growing the game through junior development.

During his time at Bethany, he was a member of the golf team. To read about Wright's new role, click here.

Alumnus Received ACBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Joseph Williams, a 2006 Bethany graduate, recently received the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award at the Allegheny County Bar Association's annual meeting in February. Williams is a partner at Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC. Since 2012, Williams has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He also actively serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Council and as treasurer of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Alumnus Awarded Commanders Cross of the German Order of Merit

Dr. Thomas Buergenthal, a 1957 Bethany graduate, was awarded the Commanders Cross of the German Order of Merit for his international ​human rights work and efforts to promote ​reconciliation with Germany.

“I consider it a very special honor to receive this Award and to accept it as an expression of my admiration for the Germany of today. Permit me, therefore, to thank President Joachim Gauck for conferring this honor on me," said Buergenthal.

Bethany Alumni Association Now Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards 

The Bethany College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Alumni Awards. Award recipients are selected by the Alumni Council from nominations submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Recipients will be honored at a banquet during Alumni Weekend festivities in May.

To view the award categories and to access a nomination form, visit All nominations will be kept on the active consideration list for three years.

Nominations should be submitted to the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations no later than Friday, March 10. Nominations can be sent via email to, by fax to (304) 829-7223 or by mail to Erickson Alumni Center, 31 E. Campus Drive, Bethany, WV 26032.



Bison Hold off La Roche, Win 13-11

The Bethany College men's lacrosse team defeated La Roche 13-11 in a non-conference matchup on Monday.

Baseball Swept at W&J in Season-Opening Games

The Bethany College baseball team was dealt a season-opening sweep by Washington & Jefferson in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader Wednesday evening. Bethany lost by scores of 12-1 and 14-6.

Men's Basketball Ends Season With ECAC Semifinal Loss to Stockton, 83-63

The Bethany men's basketball team's season came to an end with an 83-63 loss to Stockton in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament Semifinals Saturday afternoon at the Junker Center.

Rudolph Garners ECAC All-Star Laurels

Bethany College senior guard Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) was named an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Second Team All-Star announced the organization's office Thursday morning.

Butler, Sallah-Mohammed Compete at ECAC Indoor Championships

Senior Andre Butler (Poolsville, Md./Poolsville) and freshman Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (Arlington, Va./Fishburne Military) each competed at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday on the campus of Ithaca College.

Sallah-Mohammed Named USTFCCA All-Region

Bethany College Track & Field freshman Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (Arlington, Va./Fishburne Military) was named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Mideast Region honoree for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season on Tuesday.

Judulang Competes at Regional Championships

Sophomore Mia Judulang (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) wrapped up the Bison swimming and diving season after representing Bethany at the NCAA Region IV Diving Meet at the Ithaca College Athletics & Events Center Aquatics Pavilion Saturday afternoon.


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