Bethany College Presents Annual Spring Concert
Bethany College Welcomes New Director of Financial Aid
The Bethany College Department of Visual and Performing Arts invites the public to attend its annual Spring Concert on Thursday, April 14. The event will take place in Commencement Hall at 7.30 p.m.
Bethany College announces the appointment of new Director of Financial Aid Sheila Nelson-Hensley, who began her position with the College on Monday.
Bethany Recognized at Datatel Conference
At the annual Datatel Users Group Conference in National Harbor, MD, last month, Bethany College was recognized by Datatel president and CEO John Speer for 20 years of outstanding loyalty and collaboration between Bethany and the company. The recognition includes an unrestricted gift, a banner and plaque which were presented to the College. Datatel makes the Colleague administrative computing system used by the college for all administrative and academic processes. Bethany began using the system in 1991 and has undergone several upgrades over the years. Bethany now belongs to the Independent College Enterprise (ICE), a consortium of seven Datatel campuses including Nichols College in Massachusetts, Emory and Henry College in Virginia, and West Virginia Wesleyan, Davis and Elkins, Alderson-Broaddus, and the University of Charleston in West Virginia. Pictured with Bethany’s 20 year award from Datatel is Ron Shaw, Director of Network Operations.
Career Week Features Fair, Etiquette Dinner, Workshops and More
The Office of Career Counseling and Placement (OCCP) hosted its inaugural Career Week March 28-April 1 to help students prepare themselves for the job market. The week was filled with workshops, resume writing, department open houses, a business attire fashion show, an etiquette dinner and a career fair. Events were designed to give students access to working professionals, including alumni, to help them gain insight into the working world, and to help them discover ways to find success in their career searches.
Career Week ran concurrently with the Department of Communications and Media Arts’ annual Comm Week. Department Chair M.E. Yancosek-Gamble hosted two Career Week workshops titled “Being Effective in Your First Job” and “Strategies for Success in Life” on Monday and Tuesday. Also on Tuesday evening was the Dress for Success Fashion Show in which student contestants modeled their best business attire from their own closets. Students visited vendor tables featuring beauty products, clothing, free mini-massages and makeovers and also attended a fashion workshop given by the Wheeling YWCA Boutique Coordinator. Judges Elizabeth de Jong, Saralyn Dague and Walt Turner critiqued the outfits of 11 contestants and offered suggestions on how to dress for an interview. Bob Rovnanik provided commentary as Stephanie Jacobs was selected for first place, Cassie Allen for second, and Allison Tylka for third.
Wednesday Workshop and Open House Day began at 9 a.m. with Attorney William Curran’s informal presentation about a legal career in Weimer Lecture Hall, followed by the Annenberg Speaker, Marita McDavis, who explained federal career opportunities and unique programs. Workforce West Virginia manager Christy Yeager presented resume writing, interviewing and job hunting techniques. Concluding Wednesday’s events was a variety of department open houses. The Social Work open house theme was “Bedazzle Your Way to Success,” and students brought personal items to Bedazzle while casually discussing the various programs.
Thursday evening’s Junior and Senior Etiquette Dinner at Harder Hall was a hands-on course merging communication and dining etiquette strategies for career advancement, with insights offered from Yancosek-Gamble. Chartwells dinner etiquette expert Gene Castelli, Regional District Manager, stressed the importance of etiquette and helped guide 48 students through the protocol for each part of the meal during the seminar, “Protocol 101 - Business Interviews & Dining Etiquette.” Faculty and administration personnel sat at each table to reinforce proper techniques.
Friday’s Career Fair concluded the week with 18 employers hiring for internships, summer, part-time and full-time positions. This was an excellent opportunity for all students — freshman through seniors and alumni — to make important contacts and network with company and industry representatives. Students were encouraged to attend as many events throughout the week as possible and received a raffle ticket for each event attended. At the conclusion of the Career Fair, the OCCP conducted the raffle-ticket drawing. Lt. White with the West Virginia State Police drew Stephanie Jacobs’ name, and she received an iPad.
Communications Week Includes Groundbreaking Virtual Career Mentoring Session
The latest Skype technology and contemporary career advice were highlights of the Wednesday, March 30, “Effective Immediately Anywhere” virtual mentoring session in Weimer Lecture Hall as part of Communications Week 2011 at Bethany.
Bethany alumni from New York City; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Charleston, W.Va.; and Dallas appeared on the 90-minute live, interactive video session. The theme for Comm Week was “Effective Immediately,” adapted from a career guide book by career and creative consultants Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg, who appeared on campus on March 28. April O’Brien, Senior Fellow for the Department of Communications and Media Arts, coordinated the Virtual Event with the assistance of Ron Shaw.
Approximately 50 students, faculty, and guests attended the virtual career-advice presentation, which was also covered live on WVBC campus radio. Guest presenters included Evelyn del Cerro ’85, a production manager at ABC Television in New York; Dan Verakis ’94, an international business consultant, strategic communicator and project manager; Larry Meltzer ’81, creative director for MM2, directing the agency’s creative product; George Manahan ’83, owner of The Manahan Group, a public relations and advertising agency in Charleston; and Steve Radick ’03, Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm for which Grant McLaughlin ’91 is Vice President.
The panel was moderated by Josh Eachus, a meteorologist and on-air personality for WTOV NEWS 9 (Steubenville, Ohio), adjunct professor at Bethany, and the voice of Bethany Sport-Streaming on BBN. It is believed that the virtual panel represented the first joint use of Skype technology, live internet streaming on BBN by WVBC and participation by Bethany alumni in the College’s history.
Comm Week 2011 featured additional mentoring and training sessions by Marnette Shields Schweiss ’95, a TV production professional from Baltimore; Denise Ritter ’98, responsible for labeling, packaging and regulatory content for products distributed by Matthews International, Pittsburgh; A. Parker Burroughs, Editor and Writer for the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter; and Kelly Stepno, Vice President and Counsel at TMB Strategies. Comm Week also featured an open house at the Department of Communications and Media Arts at Bethany House, an internship fair, an awards ceremony, and an etiquette banquet in conjunction with Career Week at Bethany.
Bethany’s Phi Kappa Tau Chapter Featured for Month of Service
The Brothers of Phi Kappa Tau collected more than 1,100 pounds of clothing for people in need as part of the group’s Founders Month of Service, more than doubling their goal. The group was recognized by its national headquarters, who noted of the service event, “It's a small reminder, in our otherwise hectic lives, to stop and think about someone else and how you can make their day, their month, their year a little bit brighter.”
"Our chapter was able to learn what it means to do something for others without expecting anything in return," said Philanthropy Chairman Scott Tyree, Bethany '10.
Women’s Basketball Team Launches Finals Survival Kit Fundraiser
The Women’s Basketball team is conducting fundraisers for the upcoming season and invites family and friends of current Bethany students to treat them to a Finals Survival Kit. The kits are being offered for $25 and will be delivered to recipients at the start of finals week.
Two kit options are available. The original “survival kit package” includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag containing pens, pencils, post-its, pop, chips, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars, candy, and other treats. A package featuring healthier snacks is also being sold. It includes a personalized Bethany College drawstring bag with fresh fruits, assorted nuts, granola bars, Gatorade and water, fruit snacks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and sticky notes. Both packages offer the opportunity for gift-givers to include a personal message.
To order, download and send the order form and payment (made out to Bethany Women’s Basketball) to Cassandra Donelan, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Bethany College, Hummel Field House, Bethany, WV 26032.
Inaugural Bethany 5K Slated for April 16
The Inaugural Bethany 5K will be held on Saturday, April 16, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Registration for the event is $15, payable in cash or by check made out to Bethany College. All proceeds from the race will benefit Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling, W.Va. A course through campus and down to the Town Park and back to the Recreation Center has been mapped out. Race medals will be awarded in each of the following categories: Best time for male and female over 18 years of age, best time for male and female age 14-17, and best time for male and female age 10-13.
Registration forms can be found on Facebook at the Inaugural Bethany 5K page. Forms are in PDF format and can be sent in ahead of time to the Service Learning Center at Bethany College, Bethany W.Va., 26032, or brought in the day of the race. This event is being funded by a grant for Global Youth Service Day and donations from Chartwells Food Service. Each runner/walker will receive a free t-shirt. The Junior Kalon Service Leaders are hosting and staffing the event. Questions should be forwarded to the Facebook page.
Bookstore Stocks PAC Tournament Attire
Bethany’s Bookstore now features PAC Tournament Champ T-shirts in sizes small-XL for $20. Customers can call 304.829.7255 to make a purchase.
Wheeling Symphony Presents Music of Led Zeppelin
The Wheeling Symphony will present the Music of Led Zeppelin in the last performance of its College Concert Series (no charge to students with college ID and half-price tickets to faculty and staff), on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. For tickets, call 304.232.6191.
Contributed by Katherine Shelek-Furbee
Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded two month-long fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, where he will work on his second novel. Notable alumni of MacDowell and Yaddo include Willa Cather, James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker and Jonathon Franzen. Cash's first novel, "The Rain Barrel," is scheduled to be released by William Morrow/HarperCollins in early 2012.
Bethany Trustee John Mullen ’69 Named Direct General CEO
Direct General announced that it has named John W. Mullen, former Unitrin Specialty President and Bethany Trustee and 1969 graduate, as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Mullen brings to the position 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, including service as President of Unitrin Specialty, President of Financial Indemnity Company, Western Region President and SVP Claims for Windsor Insurance Group, and held various leadership roles with Great American Insurance, Unigard Insurance Company, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
"John Mullen brings extensive experience and a great track record in leading personal and casualty insurance organizations," said Robert Sandler, Chairman. "I know that he will drive execution of our near-term business plan and build a platform for future growth."
Bado ’77 Joins MarkLogic as Chief Executive Officer
MarkLogic® Corporation has announced that 1977 Bethany College graduate and Trustee Ken Bado, a veteran technology executive who most recently was the executive vice president of sales and services at Autodesk, has been named chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Bado was at Autodesk for eight years and led sales and services under former Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz. During his time there, he was key in driving revenue from $800 million to more than $2.3 billion. The company’s share price increased more than 800% during his tenure.
Prior to his success at Autodesk, Bado spent 11 years at Mentor Graphics, in positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, customer support and consulting before becoming senior vice president of world trade, where he managed 1,200 people. Bado previously was a top sales representative at Intergraph Corporation. He has been a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees since 2006.
MarkLogic’s flagship product is a purpose-built database for unstructured information. Customers in industries including media, government and financial services use MarkLogic to develop and deploy information applications at a fraction of the time and cost as compared to conventional technologies such as relational databases and search engines.
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Jill Nutter ‘77 Releases First Novel
Jill Nutter, LISW, counselor for the Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati, Ohio, has written a series of historical romance novels for the inspirational market under the pen name Jillian Kent. “Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book One” will be released on May 3 in both trade paperback and e-book formats. You can find out more and read the first chapter at www.jilliankent.com “Secrets of the Heart” is the story of an English noblewoman who rescues a runaway from a lunatic asylum in 1818. Best-selling suspense author James Scott Bell calls the book “A feast for fans of historical romance, and a superb debut from Jillian Kent.”
Bethany Football to Hold 2011 Bison Classic Golf Outing
The Bethany Football Program will host its annual golf outing, the Bison Golf Classic, on May 7 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Head Coach Tim Weaver at email@example.com to sign up.
Save the Date!
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Boston area on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
Save the date and plan to join President Scott D. Miller at an Alumni & Friends event in the Nashville area on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Details to follow in future issues of Old Main Journal.
BASA Weekend Schedule Announced
Attention Bethany Soccer Alumni! Save the date and join us for BASA Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend, to register for BASA, contact John Cunningham at (304) 639-0648 or
Alumni Weekend Schedule Announced
Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend 2011 slated for April 29-May 1. Classes celebrating reunions include 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966 and 1971. Click here to view a schedule of events for the weekend.