The Old Main Journal
Volume IX, Number XV An E-News Service of Bethany College November 20, 2015


Bethany College Awarded 2016 Military Friendly School Designation

Bethany College has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This is the fifth year in a row Bethany has received this distinction.

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.

Bethany Theatre to Present ‘Cloud 9’

The Bethany College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present “Cloud 9,” a comedy about power, politics, family, the Victorian Empire and sex. The play will be presented Dec. 3-5 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.


Bethany Announces Endowment for Preservation of Old Main

During the College's 175th Anniversary Celebration, held Nov. 5 and 6, alumni and friends of the College gathered to celebrate the last 175 years while also looking forward. The College announced a new campaign, the Endowment for the Preservation of Old Main.

To learn more about the endowment, as well as watch a video on the history of the iconic Old Main, click here.

Softball Team Volunteers at Animal Shelter

The Bison softball team has selected the Brooke County Animal Shelter as one of its service projects for this year. Members of the team spend most Saturdays and Sundays at the shelter, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Their jobs have been mostly to walk and play with the cats and dogs, said head softball coach Jan Forsty. This service helps to keep the animal use to human contact so that they are able to be adopted in the future.  It also assists the workers by keeping the pets busy so they can get the other chores completed. So far, Forsty said, the volunteer time has been a great success for the team and the animals.

Spanish Club Celebrates Mexican Revolution Anniversary

The Spanish Club sponsored the fifth annual celebration commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution on Monday, Nov. 16, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Renner Too.  This wonderful cultural campus event was organized and led by the Spanish Club President, Dayanara Ramos, together with club members and club advisor, Dr. Joseph Lovano and Dr. Anju Ramjee.  Authentic, home-made Mexican-style enchiladas, drink, and music were provided and enjoyed by Bethany College students, staff and faculty members.

Alumnus Discusses Social Media

On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Kalon Scholar Service Leaders hosted the second speaker of the 2015-2016 leadership series. Alecia (Sirk) Ford '91, private consultant for non-profit organizations and a Bethany alumna, was the featured speaker for the event, which was held in Renner Art Gallery.

Ford’s topic was using social media effectively as a professional. Through a series of slides and personal examples, Ford illustrated how social media could be used to support professional development. She also talked about the ways media might hamper one’s reputation and abilities as a professional. Approximately 25 students, including Kalon Scholar Service Leaders and other campus leaders, were present for the event. The President’s Office co-hosted the event and supplied refreshments for the students.

Alpha Xi Delta Raises Money for Philanthropy

In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta sisters sold wristbands benefiting Autism Speaks on Friday Nov. 13. The sale of the wristbands, which read "Autism Speaks it's time to listen," raised $45.







Alumni & Bethany Community Invited to Breakfast with Santa

The Student Alumni Association is hosting its second annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5 from 9-11 a.m. in Benedum Commons. The SAA is pairing up with other student organizations to provide games, crafts, story time, and pictures with Santa. Come enjoy breakfast and a morning full of holiday spirit fun. Tickets are adults and children ages 13 & older: $10, children 5-12: $7, and children 4 and under: free. Bring a donation for the homeless, per person, and save $2 per ticket. All donations will be given to a local homeless shelter in Wheeling. Registration is now open and can be done so here.

Student Spotlight: Maclaine Murad

"The close student and teacher connection at Bethany makes it very special, and a great learning environment, said sophomore Maclaine Murad. "I also believe that the small campus life is enjoyable because everywhere you go, you usually see a friend or someone you know. You will never feel like a stranger at Bethany."

Read more about Maclaine and her time so far at Bethany in the lastest Student Spotlight article. MORE>.


Students Share Opinions, Win Prizes

Congratulations to Cecilia Valencia, Eric Campbell, and Taneka Carayol, who each won prizes for sharing their opinions in last semester’s course evaluation survey. Taneka won a hoodie and an iTunes gift card donated by the campus bookstore, Eric won $50, and Cecilia won the $100 grand prize. This semester’s course evaluation survey runs from Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 9, and each completed survey is a raffle entry for next semester’s drawing. Students are asked to check their Bethany email accounts for invitations to participate.

Faculty Spotlight

McCann Learning Center

Heather A. Taylor, Coordinator of the McCann Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English, joined Mollie Cecere, Director of Enrollment, and Jason McClain, Director of Financial Aid, on a visit to the Lab School in Washington DC on November 3rd. The Lab school is a coeducational day school for students with learning disabilities. Taylor, Cecere, and McClain presented information on the admission process, financial aid packaging, and services offered by the McCann Learning Center. 

Taylor attended Future Quest on Nov. 14 at George University's Fairfax, Virginia, campus. Over 1000 participants attended sessions geared toward making the transition from high school to college. While there Taylor was able to meet with several families interested in Bethany College and the services of the McCann Learning Center.

Taylor, Cecere, and McClain teamed up again for the 2015 Transition and Job Fair held at Baldwin High School on Thursday, Nov. 19. 


KAs Reunite at Homecoming

The Alumni Office recently received a photo of a group of KAs who met up during Homecoming 2015. The group, with graduates from 1965 to 1968, were all brothers during the same time period. Pictured are (back row) Bob Sipprell '66, Jerry Rutherford '65, Ken Fedali '68, Ed Pappas '66, (front row) Dick Birkins '68, Jim Davis '67, David Smith '65, Larry Branch '66 and Jim Forbes '67.

Alumna Joins Wheeling Law Firm

Jessica Spencer Benedict '07 recently joined law firm Dinsmore & Shohl in Wheeling, W.Va. She will practice out of the Litigation Department and work with the Torts & Environmental Group. 

Prior to joining Dinsmore, Benedict clerked for Judges Mark A. Karl and Arthur M. Recht. She focused on legal research and wrote draft orders, bench memos and case summaries. 

Alumnus Named Hospital CEO

The Board of Directors of Northwest Florida Healthcare, Inc. (NFHI) has named Michael A. Kozar '79 Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Florida Community Hospital (NFCH) in Chipley, FL, effective Jan. 1. Kozar brings to his new role more than 25 years of health care leadership experience in acute care, acute rehabilitation, long-term care, home health care, hospice and physician practice management. MORE>.

Alumna Joins, formerly B2R Finance, announced on Nov. 19 that Liz Verrier '96 has been named General Counsel for the company.

As chief legal officer, Liz will be responsible for providing legal guidance to’s board of directors and senior management, and will oversee all legal and compliance matters for the company and its subsidiaries. She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. 

Prior to joining, Liz was vice president & senior counsel at American Express, where she focused on the emerging payments and technologies business unit and was a recipient of the 2015 American Express Chairman’s Award for Innovation.

Alumna Participates in Fundraiser

Kristie Barnett '97, V.P., Wesbanco Trust & Investment Services, danced in this year's 5th Annual Dancing with The Ohio Valley Stars. The Augusta Levy Learning Center held the fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling. The event raises money for services for children with autism in the Ohio Valley. MORE>.


Bison Women's Basketball Cruises to 83-60 Win Over Franciscan

The Bethany College women’s basketball team rolled to an 83-60 win over Franciscan University on Wednesday evening. Six different Bison scored at least seven points. 

Alaina Geer/Donavan Hayden Named Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week

The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that sophomore Alaina Geer (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield Area) and junior Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) have been named the Bison SAAC Athletes of the Week.

Bison Football Honored with 16 All-Conference Selections

Led by first-team selections, seniors Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) and Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill), as well as junior Aaron Frye (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski), the Bethany College football team was awarded with 16 All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors, announced the PAC on Tuesday afternoon.

Bethany Men's Basketball Falls to #11 Marietta

The Bethany College men’s basketball team fell, 78-65, to #11 Marietta College on Tuesday evening.

Fullbright Awarded All-PAC Women's Soccer Honors

Bethany College junior Brittany Fullbright has been selected as an All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference Honorable Mention honoree, announced the conference office on Monday afternoon.

Bethany's Antonio Rudolph Named PAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week

After leading the Bethany College men’s basketball team to a 100-67 victory over Penn State-DuBois in their opening game, Bison junior guard Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) has been named the PAC’s Player of the Week, announced the conference office on Monday.

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