The Old Main Journal
Volume XI, Number III An E-News Service of Bethany College September 2, 2016


Bethany College Welcomes New Students for 2016-17 School Year

Bethany College marked the start of the 2016-17 academic year on August 26 with a formal Matriculation Convocation held at Commencement Hall.


Bethany Takes Education Division, Finishes Fourth Overall at Wheeling Dragon Boat Race

President Rodenberg along with a group of students participated in the Second Annual Dragon Boat Race in Wheeling benefitting the King's Daughters Child Care Center on Saturday, August 27. Out of the 27 teams who participated, the Bison team finished fourth overall, after making the semifinals heat. In the education division of the event, Bethany finished in first.

A huge thank you to Bethany's Board of Trustees member Joyce Jefferson and her husband Bill, as well as all who participated and supported this great event!

Bethany Has a New Hub on Campus

The Bethany College Dining community has announced the opening of a new coffee shop on campus called The Hub. What was previously named The Beanery, the updated spot will now brew Starbucks coffee. In addition, The Hub will feature on-the-go sandwiches, salads and homemade bakery items.

The Hub, located in Morlan Hall, is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday's from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Sunday's from 4 – 9 p.m.



Bethany Broadcast Network to Broadcast First Home Football Game of the Season

Bethany Broadcasting Network (BBN) Online, a service of the Department of Communications & Media Arts at Bethany College, will broadcast this Saturday's football home opener against Ursinus College live online. To watch the game or to see the broadcast schedule for the 2016 Fall Semester, visit BBN Online.

Bethany Welcome's Students with Fun Activities

Bethany College's Student Activities Council planned a fun-filled welcome week of activities for students on campus. On Monday, August 29, the annual student involvement fair was held. On Tuesday, August 30, students enjoyed an evening filled with back-to-school bingo in the Ogden Dining Room. There, students won various prizes in alignment with the kickoff of the new school year. On Wednesday, August 31, there were a number of events held on campus including the Student Employment Job Fair, Blitz Ball and Bongo Ball. Later that evening, there was a hypnotist event in the Ogden Dining Room.

Drew Lynch Performed Stand-up
Comedy at Bethany

On Thursday, September 1, the Student Activities Council and Bethany College hosted Drew Lynch, a comedian from NBC's show America's Got Talent. Lynch was a contestant on the show last year, and he came in second place overall. Lynch has been to Bethany before when he opened for Dave Coulier (best known for his role as Uncle Joey in Full House) in the spring earlier this year. There were approximately 100 to 125 students in attendance for Drew's hour of stand-up comedy. Drew suffers from an injury that causes a stutter in his voice, and he uses that stutter for comedic relief.

Zeta Tau Alpha and Beta Theta Pi Pass Out Snacks For First Day of Classes

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity passed out snacks, breast cancer awareness ribbons and "Go Beta" pins to welcome all students back on campus on Monday, August 29.





Campus Construction Projects

Summer 2016 has been filled with numerous construction projects around campus.

Check them out HERE!





Bethany College Opens Snapchat Account

Bethany College is officially on Snapchat! Make sure to search and add username BethanyWV to keep up-to-date with various events on campus, tours of different College facilities and more. 

Faculty Spotlight

Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee

Humanities — English

Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, signed a contract for her second full-length book of poems, The Shaky Phase, published in April 2016 by Stalking Horse Press. Dr. Janeshek read poetry at the New York Poetry Festival on Governor's Island for Reality Beach, the publisher of her forthcoming chapbook Hardscape, and in Brooklyn, New York, for FLAPPERHOUSE, a literary journal that has published her work in three of its ten issues. This summer she also had poems published in several print and online journals including Pith, Alyss, gobbet, and Pretty Owl Poetry.

Physical and Computational Sciences — Chemistry

Dr. Scott Brothers, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, attended the Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars (CCWCS) workshop entitled Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators (CCCE) starting in May 2016 in Atchison, Kansa, to learn about novel and exciting uses for software and technology to be implemented into the chemistry curriculum. Along with about 25 other participants, Dr. Brothers developed and revised a new class module that he hopes to incorporate in his class this year along with other smaller activities for his and others' classes.

The CCCE has a journal that looks for new activities and submissions, and after piloting new activities in the classroom over the next few years, Dr. Brothers hopes to submit his findings on these activities to this journal. Due to his participation in the workshop, Dr. Brothers served as a referee for a submitted article in this journal during July 2016.

Business — International Business Study Abroad Class Visits Thailand

The International Business Study Abroad class traveled May 17-31, 2016, to Thailand accompanied by their professor Dr. Anju Ramjee. Students who traveled to Thailand are Dayanara Ramos, Kaitlin Perch, Amelia Parks, Kimberly Judy, and Taylor Van Dyke. Students visited Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chang Mai and Chang Rai. Some of the sites the students visited were Wat Po (home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha), the Royal Palace and Temple in Bangkok, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (summer palace in Ayutthaya), and Historical Sukhothai (capital of the first Kingdom of Siam). Students also visited the golden triangle, famous for the opium trade traveling into Myanmar (Burma) and Laos. They also had the opportunity to visit with a Thai Family and experience an authentic Thai family dinner.

Communication and Media Arts

Dr. Jason Smith, Assistant Professor of Communication, attended a conference entitled Action in Media Education Summit on April 15-16, 2016. While there he presented Fast & Fastidious: The On-The-Spot Model of the Tower Digital Productions, published by Action in Media Education Summit, April 15-16, 2016. This journal is published by Sacred Heart University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Humanities — Religious Studies

Dr. Holly Hillgardner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has a new chapter published in an edited volume by Fordham Press. The chapter, "Longing and Letting Go: Lessons in Being Human from Hadewijch and Mirabai," was published in Comparative Theology: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection, "Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions" series, ed. Michelle Voss Roberts, Fordham University Press, 2016. It can be found HERE.

Students Attend LGBTQ+ Solidarity
March in Wheeling

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Brooke Deal and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Holly Hillgardner accompanied students from RELS 235 (Sex, the Body and Religion) and RELS 241 (Religious and Psychological Lenses on Social Justice) to the Wheeling LGBTQ+ Solidarity
March on August 31.


Scholarship and Memorial Service Announced for Passed Professor

The Thompson family and the Alumni Office are honored to announce the T. Gale Thompson Global Awareness Award and memorial service. Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the lawn area between Oglebay/Kirkpatrick and Steinman Halls for a remembrance of Gale's life and a dedication of a contemplative bench and a tree planted in his honor.

Dr. Thompson saw real meaning and value traveling and exploring the diversity of cultures and places around the world. During his 35-year tenure at Bethany College, he taught on Semester at Sea, chaperoned multiple student trips, and spent a sabbatical in China. The establishment of this scholarship fund is to assist psychology majors in offsetting the cost Bethany's Global Awareness Core requirement. You can donate to the scholarship here.

Save the Date for Homecoming 2016

We hope you can join us for Homecoming 2016 slated for Oct. 7-8. Classes celebrating reunions include 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2015. Events include the 12th Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Scramble, the Installation of Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg as Bethany's 20th President, and the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series to name a few.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 304.829.7411 or

Bethany Celebrating 16th Annual Allison's Run

In conjunction with Homecoming 2016, the 16th Annual Allison's Run, a conversational and recreational run or walk, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at the Cunningham Soccer Complex located at the intersection of Route 67 and Castleman's Run Road. The cost is $20. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is now open! If you cannot make the race, but would like to run in Doc Allison's memory you can still do so. Register online and a t-shirt will be mailed out to you. Everyone that would like to pre-register or register to run in Doc's memory on their own can do so here. The first 75 registrants will be given a complimentary T-shirt.

Sponsorships are be accepted now until September 12. You can sponsor the race and have your name included on the shirt. Sponsorship levels are: Bronze--$50-$99, Silver $100-$249, Gold--$250-$499, and Platinum--$500 & up. If interested, please contact the Alumni Office at or 304-829-7299. Help us to remember the vibrant life of Jim Allison '62 while raising money to support the scholarship that bears his name.


Twelfth Annual Hugh "Tiger" Joyce Golf Outing

The Bethany Athletic Department is proud to host the 12th Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing on Friday, Oct. 7th at Highland Springs Golf Course. The event kicks off Homecoming Weekend and is 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. Registration for the Tiger Joyce Golf Outing will begin at 7:30 am on Oct. 7th and shotgun start begins at 8:30 am.

For more information or to register for the Outing, contact Debbie Soly ( or 304-829-7240) or visit us online. If you or your company are interested in being a sponsor for the Outing, please contact Debbie as well.

Cross Country Competes in Muskingum Relays

The Bethany men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the 2016 Muskingum Relays. The men finished second behind Muskingum with a total time of 2:10:17.46 and 35 points. The women’s team finished second to the Muskies with a time 1:52:19.53 and 44 points.

Bethany Football Looks to Take Next Step in 2016

Looking to continue their climb up the ladder in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, the Bison football program will turn to a solid nucleus of returning starters to improve on a .500 record from a season ago.

Bethany Women's Soccer Gets Fresh Start with Arlet

The 2016 season begins a new era of Bethany women’s soccer as first-year head coach Jon Arlet takes the reins of a program looking for success.

Bison Men's Soccer Looking to Gain Momentum in 2016

The Bethany College men’s soccer team enters the 2016 season with plenty of experience along with expectations to make a statement in the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC).

BBN Athletic Broadcast Schedule (Sept. 3-17)

Football vs Ursinus - Saturday, Sept. 3 @ Noon
Women's Soccer vs Marietta - Monday, Sept. 5 @ 4:30
Volleyball vs Geneva - Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 4:00
Volleyball vs Thiel - Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 8:00

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