The Old Main Journal
Volume IX, Number XIV An E-News Service of Bethany College November 13, 2015


Student Veteran Club Formed at Bethany College

A newly created student organization at Bethany College is helping student veterans become college graduates. Bethany’s chapter of Student Veterans of America was founded last month by senior Andrew Drilak, who served in the U.S. Navy. Throughout the week of Veterans Day, the organization is holding events to honor those who have served.

Christmas Tree Auction, Light Up Celebration to Take Place at Bethany

Bethany College will hold its fifth annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The evening will begin with the official lighting of the tree, and a charity tree and wreath auction will follow.


Alumni, Friends Attend 175th Celebration

Hundreds of Bethanians gathered in Pittsburgh last weekend to celebrate the College's 175th birthday. On Friday night, alumni and friends gathered at Gunners in PNC Park, and on Saturday an event was held at the Duquesne Club. Click here to view pictures from Friday and Saturday night's events.

Greek Organizations Gain 100 New Members

Bethany College Greek Life held formal recruitment week Nov. 2 – 6 this year, for both the fraternities and sororities. A total of 64 men joined a fraternity on campus, while 36 women joined a sorority.

Cultural Event Invites Students to Make Chinese Cuisine

Fulbright Scholar Lyu-Wei Chen of Taiwan held a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 12, on the making of bioled jiaozis, or dumplings. During the event, students were invited to stuff and wrap jiaozis, learn about the traditions and cultural meaning of the food, and get information on the Chinese learning experience.

Chen held the presentation with her Chinese 110 class. As part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, Chen is teaching Chinese language and culture courses while also learning about life in the United States.

Bethany College Equine Program Receives Two Major Donations

The Bethany College Equine Program has received two horses donated from Northern Virginia. Both horses are professionally trained and will be used by the equestrian teams, for lessons and in classes.

Sprite, pictured left, is a Hanoverian/Tb cross: Sired by All the Gold—world renowned Hanoverian and sire to many working hunter champions, inducted into the National Show Horse Hunter Hall of Fame in 2012. The mare has championships at the local associate level in 3 foot hunters and low level jumpers and has been trained professionally for 10 years.

Caroline was sired by Greystone Ian McVai the popular and recognized Connemara stallion and Cover to Cover. She has many hours both under saddle and over fences and has the potential to excel in open competition. Lifetime professionally handled.

Faculty Spotlight


Nominated to be part of a state-wide higher education committee, Professor Angela Icard recently served on a West Virginia Department of Education content review team. Composed of higher-education faculty and teachers from across the state, the goal of the content review team 
was  to analyze and review feedback on West Virginia's state education K-12 content standards and objectives. An integral part of the West Virginia Academic Spotlight project, the purpose of the content review team was to review and evaluate public comments regarding the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, and provide recommendations to the West Virginia Board of Education. 

Social Work Program's 8th Fall Symposium a Success

On Nov. 5 and 6, the Social Work Program hosted the eighth annual fall symposium at the Mountainside Conference Center. Approximately 120 students, social work and nursing professionals attended this year’s event. The theme, New Beginnings, featured keynote speakers on brain trauma and discrimination. Session topics included working with dysfunctional families, equine therapy, self-care for the professional, fair housing, music therapy and others. Participants received 12 continuing education credits for their participation in the symposium, accounting for 60 percent of the hours needed for the social work license and 100 percent of those needed for the nursing license. The overall evaluation and session evaluations reveal positive comments about the experience. The 2016 symposium will be held on Nov. 3 and 4; the theme for next year is Working with (dis) Abilities.


Phone-A-Thon Underway

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:


Bison Volleyball Advances to ECAC Semis with Victory over DeSales

The Bethany College volleyball team defeated DeSales University, 3-1, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference DIII South Regional Quarterfinals on Wednesday evening. With the victory, the Bison earn a trip to the ECAC semifinals for the sixth consecutive year.

Bison Football to Travel to Saint Vincent for Regular Season Finale

The Bethany College football team will look to close out the regular season with a three-game winning streak as they travel to Latrobe, Pa. on Saturday to take on the Bearcats of Saint Vincent College. A win for the Green & White would move Bethany back to the .500 mark, making the Bison ECAC Bowl eligible for the second year in a row.

Bison Swimming & Diving Competes at PSU-Altoona

The Bethany College swimming & diving teams competed against PSU-Altoona on Saturday afternoon. The women’s team was victorious by a score of 82-76, while the men fell, 94-21.

Bison Volleyball Places Six on All-PAC Teams: Parker Named Rookie of the Year

After a 2015 season that saw them post a 29-9 record and grab a runner-up finish in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, the Bethany College volleyball team has been honored with six All-Conference selections, announced the PAC on Tuesday. Headlining the honorees were First-Team All-PAC selection Dylana McKenzie (Hopewell, Ohio/West Muskingum), along with first-team selection and PAC Rookie of the Year winner, Reilly Parker (Irwin, Pa./Norwin).

Jalen Holmes/Arielle Sanders Named Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Month

The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that junior running back Jalen Holmes (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and junior volleyball standout Arielle Sanders (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) have been named the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Month for October.

Men's Basketball Looks to Veteran-Laden Roster for Success in 2015-16

Returning nine players to a roster that found themselves in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament semifinals a season ago, the Bison men’s basketball team will look to veteran leadership, as well as new head coach Nick Hager, to get back to their championship form in 2015.

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