The Old Main Journal
Volume X, Number XXIV An E-News Service of Bethany College April 28, 2017


Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins to Keynote Bethany College Baccalaureate

The Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, will be the featured speaker for the annual Bethany College Baccalaureate Service to be held Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church.

Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on Thursday, April 20, during its annual Honors Day Convocation. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany's historic Old Main.



62nd Annual Scott Lectures

The 62nd Annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures took place on Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25, at the Mountainside Conference Center. Brian D. McLaren was this year's guest lecturer. As an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian, McLaren is a former college English teacher and pastor. He is a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity." He is an Auburn Senior Fellow, a contributor to We Stand With Love, and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing and innovative training/ mentoring program for pastors and church planters.

McLaren graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He then went on to continue his education as he earned his Master of Arts in English in 1981. His three lectures were titled, "The Spiritual Migration," "The Theological Migration," and "The Mission Migration."

Inaugural "Greek Froscars" Held on Campus

The inaugural "Greek Froscars" was held on Saturday, April 22, in Commencement Hall. Themed as the "Oscars," all in attendance were greeted with a red carpet and interviewed by BCTV students, as the event was live streamed on BBN. Awards presented were voted on by the Bethany College Greek Community and included award titles such as "Most Comedic Award," and "Best Couple Award," among others. The night also included Hall of Fame recognition to the first Greek Hall of Fame Class. The evening concluded with the reveal of this year's Greek Sing Winners! A list of the full award winners can be found by clicking here.

Students Toured WTOV-News 9 Offices

On Friday, April 21, Dr. Patrick Sutherland and four of his digital reporting class students toured Sinclair Broadcasting's WTOV News 9 offices and studios in Steubenville, Ohio. The four students who attended this experience included: Isaac Flowers, Cody Kohlman, Spencer Patterson and Kyle Wales. In the past, Bethany College students have gotten their first career start at WTOV-News 9 as interns, part-time, or full-time employees.

Japanese Noodle (Yakisoba) Night - A Success!

The cultural event: Japanese Noodle (Yakisoba) Night was held on Wednesday, April 26, at Bethany Memorial Church. There were approximately 60 participants, who enjoyed tasting the Japanese Yakisoba noodle -- a rare popular dish in Japan. Japanese culture class students and Japan Outreach members coordinated the event. The students in the culture class had a fun time learning the Japanese cooking as well as serving. Sponsored by the Bethany College Japan Outreach Program, this event was supported by Bethany Memorial Church.

News From the Spanish Program:

Christine Pray, a senior majoring in Spanish and minoring in Communications, has recently been accepted to participate in the "Teach & Learn in Spain Program", for this upcoming academic year 2017-2018, at the Instituto Franklin of the prestigious Universidad de Alcalá (Spain's oldest University) in the city of Alcalá de Henares (just outside of Madrid in the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid where Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world-famous novel, "Don Quijote de La Mancha, was originally from). The Program itself consists of a practical, one-year graduate experience specifically designed for native English-speaking students who want to complete a MA Program while serving as Language Assistants in bilingual schools of the greater Madrid area for which they receive a monthly stipend. The "Teach & Learn Program" offers graduate student participants a unique opportunity for living, learning and working in Spain while completing their graduate education. Christine plans on pursuing a MA in International Education in the Program.

Mackenzie Bosley, a junior majoring in Spanish and minoring in Environmental Biology, has recently earned an MLSA (Modern Language Studies Abroad Program) scholarship for university students who are pursuing a major/minor in Spanish and who are interested in studying abroad through the MLSA Program in Spain or Costa Rica. Mackenzie has already been accepted to the MLSA Program and will be studying Spanish at the prestigious Universidad de Costa Rica (largest University in the country) in the capital city of San José, Costa Rica, during the "Summer I & Summer II" Programs (June/July Combo) for 8 weeks this coming Summer 2017. 

Bethany Holds Campus Cleanup

Bethany College participated in Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, with an all-campus cleanup. This cleanup that involved Greek Houses, Athletic Teams, a college class, and faculty was the second annual and was bigger and better than last year. The organizations were assigned different spots on campus to pick up trash, pull weeds, and beautify the campus. This cleanup was organized by sophomore, Evan Byrne and is planned to happen annually every Earth Day. Pictured are the Bethany College Track & Field Team who cleaned around the Recreational Center and the German Club who cleaned the Cross Country Course. 

Student Spotlight - Morgan Wyckoff

Morgan Wyckoff came to Bethany College with the plans of furthering her athletic career in volleyball, but soon realized she had bigger dreams. Wyckoff is a junior Accounting major with a minor in Spanish. Wyckoff says that her hometown of Washington Court House, Ohio, is very small, so she quickly fell in love with the idea of knowing all of her peers and faculty on a personal level at Bethany. Click here to read more.



Bethany Alumna Wins 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Marketing and Sales Award

Jenn Ellek, CMP is the Senior Director of Trade Marketing & Communications for the National Confectioners Association. In 2016, she earned recognition for her ability to integrate marketing strategy with execution in the light of an aggressive buyer attendee growth goal for the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Ellek grew her 2016 registration by 10% through outreach by a series of micro-targeted campaigns. Her skill and devotion earned her the 2016 IAEE Outstanding Achievement in Marketing & Sales Award. Ellek, a 1992 Bethany graduate, received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Click here to learn more about Ellek's achievement.

Join Us for Alumni Weekend 2017!

Join Us for Alumni Weekend 2017 slated for May 5-7. Classes celebrating reunions include 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1977.

For more information, visit, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.829.7411 or at



Bethany Baseball Teams Up With School of Bright Promise

For the second consecutive year, Bethany's Baseball Team hosted students and staff from the School of Bright Promise for pregame festivities and a day at the ball field on Monday, April 24. Approximately 80 students along with their supporting school staff members participated in the day's events.

When the students and staff arrived, they were met with a round of applause from the Bison Baseball Team and Boomer. After their arrival, the Bright Promise students and staff participated in numerous games and activities with the Bison Baseball players, such as wiffle ball, frisbee, football and playing on the playground. A picnic was then held and the Bison baseball players served the Bright Promise staff and students. Click here to learn more.

Bison Shutout Greater Allegheny, 10-0

The Bethany College baseball team shutout Penn State-Greater Allegheny 10-0 on Sunday afternoon for Senior Day.

Softball Drops Doubleheader at Thomas More

The Bison were defeated in a pair of games by Thomas More after falling by scores of 3-2 (nine innings) and 5-1 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader Monday.

Men's Tennis Defeats Waynesburg, 6-3

The Bison knocked off Waynesburg 6-3 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) match Saturday morning.

Men's Golf Takes Eighth at Westminster Spring Invite

The Bethany College men's golf team finished eighth overall at the Westminster College Spring Invite at the New Castle Country Club Monday afternoon.

Lacrosse Concludes Season With Loss to Saint Vincent

The Bethany College men's lacrosse team had its season conclude with a 22-7 loss to Saint Vincent in an Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) contest Thursday evening at Bison Stadium.

Sallah-Mohammed Named Both ECAC and PAC Rookie of the Week

For the third time this season, Bethany College freshman Baboucar Sallah-Mohammed (Arlington, Va./Fishburne Military) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week announced the organization Wednesday morning.

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