The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number XX An E-News Service of Bethany College February 24, 2017


Bethany College Department of Communications & Media Arts to Host Media Symposium

The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts announced a media symposium titled, "What is the Future of Digital Media" to be held on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in Weimer Lecture Hall. This symposium will be held in conjunction with Founder's Day at Bethany College.

Barki '96 to Address Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarship Candidates

Joseph (Joe) Barki, a 1996 Bethany College graduate and Prosecuting Attorney of Brooke County, will deliver the keynote address for the 33rd Annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on Saturday, Feb. 18.

New Initiative Targets Enhanced Career Opportunities for Students and Improved Admissions Competitiveness

Bethany College today announced the launch of a new campaign to raise $250,000 that will be used to enhance the capabilities of the college's Office of Career and Professional Development. The funds will be used to create a comprehensive career services platform that will help more Bethany students obtain competitive internships and career opportunities with regional and national employers directly within their field of study.



Camara West African Drum & Dance Company Performed at Bethany

The Student Activities Council held an entertaining, educational and cultural immersion act on Monday, Feb. 20. The Camara West African Drum & Dance Company came to campus and performed traditional West African dances to traditional playing of the drums. The highlight of the event was when members of the Company invited people from the audience to learn African dance steps that were used in the show.

Zeta Sisters Attended Ronald McDonald House

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Zeta sisters and Bethany Zeta alumnae from the Wheeling Alumnae Chapter went to the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown to donate pop tabs.


Beta Theta Pi Attended Regional Conference

The executive team of Beta Theta Pi attended the Northeast Keystone Regional Conference this past weekend, Feb. 17-19. The men took time to learn more about the fraternity, creating three goals to improve their chapter and meeting brothers from around the region. Six members of the executive team and one brother, Evan Byrne, was the intern for the conference.

Wild 'N Out Returned to Bethany for Performance

The comedians from Wild 'N Out returned to Bethany College's campus for a performance on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Wailes Theatre. Acts of the night included Karlous Miller, Chico Bean, BDaht, Darren Brand and Burpie! 



Student Spotlight - Sarah London

Sarah London, a double major in Social Work and Psychology, recently completed her senior placement at the Robert C. Byrd Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Center is the Ohio Valley’s only hospital-based inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric and behavioral health facility. Click here to read more.

Faculty Spotlight

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Communications & Media Arts:

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, nine Bethany College Communications students from three different CMA courses, along with Dr. Patrick Sutherland, attended a panel discussion held at WVU in Morgantown titled, "Truth and Consequences: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Democracy." Panelists included journalists from the Associated Press, the Huffington Post and the founder of, among others.

Physical & Computational Sciences:

Joseph Walsh, Matthew Quay Ammon Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was recognized in the January 2017 issue of The College Mathematics Journal for his solutions to tow of their problems.

Assistant Professor of Economics Hosts
Panel for Economist

Economist Cheryl Litman presented to students and faculty about empirical evidence of affiliation bias amongst American figure skating judges. Litman was speaking at the invention of the Bethany College Economics Club, advised by Assistant Professor of Economics Aaron M. Honsowetz. She emphasized people may have bias on purpose or by accident, but the end results reveal that people find a way to favor someone for reasons such as the institute they attend, race or gender. While Litman demonstrates there is a bias amongst American figure skating judges, she remains hopeful for the future. Recent research entails a bias amongst referees of the National Basketball Association. The research reveals that once the referees became cognitively aware of their bias, they self-correct and the bias then disappears.



Alumnus Awarded Residency for Spring 2017

Richard A. Creighton, a 1987 Bethany graduate, was awarded the Spring Artist's Residency at Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, North Carolina. During this residency, Creighton will be producing a limited edition Artist Book, and teaching workshops on bookbinding, mixed-media art and calligraphy for adults and children.

Alumnus Named to Board of Directors

George Davis, a 1978 Bethany graduate and Emeritus Trustee, has joined the Perthera, Inc. Board of Directors. Perthera, Inc., focuses on helping cancer patients define and understand their tumors to help them and their providers determine a personalized treatment strategy.

Davis is well qualified for this position as he brings more than three decades of business experience, during which he raised more than $1.5 billion in public offerings.

Currently, Davis serves as the CEO of Gemstone Biotherapeurics, a Baltimore-based research and development company founded in 2013 in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University to develop innovative, highly efficient, evidenced-based wound care solutions. He is also a partner in Gamma 3 Investments, a Baltimore-based investment initiative that helped start acumen in acquiring, building, and incubating intellectually property, advancing technology companies and creating value. Click here to learn more.

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.



Frantz, Sallah-Mohammed Earn Victories at PAC Championships

The Bethany College men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships held at the Watson and Tressel Training Site Thursday.

Bison Downed by Saint Vincent in PAC Semifinal, 74-65

The Bethany College men's basketball team was defeated 74-65 by Saint Vincent in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament Semifinals Thursday evening.

Women's Basketball Bows Out of PAC Tournament to Chatham, 74-61

The Bethany College women's basketball team saw its season conclude with a 74-61 loss to Chatham in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Quarterfinals Monday night at the Hummel Fieldhouse.

Butler, Borsch Establish School Records at Kenyon Last Call

Senior Andre Butler (Poolsville, Md./Poolsville) and junior Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) each broke their own school records, as the Bethany College track & field team competed at the Kenyon College Last Call meet Saturday.

PAC Tabs Butler, Sallah-Mohammed Athletes of the Week

Bethany College men's indoor track & field senior Andre Butler (Poolsville, Md./Poolsville) and freshman Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (Arlington, Va./Fishburne Military) were named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week, respectively, announced the league office.

Softball Selected Fourth in PAC Preseason Poll

The Bethany College softball team was tabbed to finish fourth in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll released Tuesday afternoon.

Baseball Tabbed Seventh in PAC Preseason Poll

The Bethany College baseball team was selected to finish seventh in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

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