Bethany, W.Va. – Bethany College will bring women from its student body together with its alumnae community for a series of weekend events promoting women and leadership.

Lisa AllenThe events will be held March 23–24 as part of Bethany’s Fourth Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend. These invitation-only events feature prominent Bethany alumnae from the worlds of business, government, academia and institutions, and give current female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations.

The Women’s Leaders Recognition Dinner will kick off the weekend on Friday, March 23, with keynote speaker Lisa Allen, President and CEO of Ziegenfelder Company, one of the largest producers of frozen dessert products the United States.

Allen is responsible for the strategic leadership and growth of the privately owned, Wheeling-based company in the highly competitive global food industry. Under her leadership, Ziegenfelder has grown steadily over the past 18 years and now employs more than 300 people.

Saturday’s activities will begin with a panel discussion of Bethany alumnae, led by Leslie Steele ‘96, Director of Oncology, Radiology and Neuroscience at University Hospital of Cleveland, Ohio. These presentations by four alumnae, entitled “Pearls of Wisdom,” will reflect the views of women from a variety of majors, career paths, and ages, and will feature the panelists’ personal lessons in leadership and the role Bethany played in their paths to success.

The Bethany alumnae presenting are:
Jill Kraus Bachinski — School Psychologist for Brooke County Schools, Wellsburg, West Virginia
Judy Flynn Caves — Guidance Counselor, Seton LaSalle High School, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Liz Stevens Chewning — eCommerce Manager, Lexmark, Lexington, Kentucky
Lt. Commander Cara Halldin — Supervisory Team Leader and Epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia

Bethany students also will engage with alumnae in one-on-one “speed interviews” to expose students to the rigors of the interviewing process, and the importance of a personal key message in a fast-paced format. The Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend will conclude with a networking reception for students and alumnae.

About Women and Leadership Weekend
The weekend is named in honor and memory of Ann Wilkin Trombadore, one of Bethany’s distinguished alumni and a lifelong passionate mentor of women. Mrs. Trombadore was a native of Wheeling and raised in Wellsburg, West Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany with a degree in economics in 1951 and received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. She was an active member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees for more than two decades and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater award in 1996. She was made an Emeritus Life Trustee following the 1998-99 academic year.

The educational weekend has been made possible by the leadership and generosity of Bethany College Trustee and alumna Scarlett Foster ’79, retired Corporate Officer and Vice President of Investor Relations at Monsanto Company.

About Bethany College
Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.

March 22nd, 2018

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Frances McDormand ’79 Adds to Her List of Big Screen Accolades

BETHANY, W.Va. — Frances McDormand, a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, has won the Academy Award in the category of Best Actress in Leading Role for the second time in her career, this time for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

McDormand, who earned her bachelor of arts in theater from Bethany in 1979, won the coveted Oscar for her role as Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. Three Billboards was also nominated for Best Picture.

Earlier this year, McDormand won the award for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, where the film also took top honors for Best Motion Picture-Drama.

McDormand is one of the few performers on stage and screen who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award for Fargo (1996) and Three Billboards (2018), a Tony Award for the Broadway play Good People (2011), and an Emmy Award for the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014).

She has achieved acclaim on the stage, in television, and on the big screen, having been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000), and North Country (2005).

McDormand received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Stella Kowalski in the 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She returned to Broadway for the first time in 20 years to star in the 2008 revival of The Country Girl, leading to a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play.

About Bethany College
Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.

March 5th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College celebrated Founder’s Day on March 1 with an academic ceremony and celebration among faculty, students, and guests on its scenic West Virginia campus.

The program honored the College’s 178-year history and its founder, Alexander Campbell. Campbell was a leader in childhood and adolescent education and championed universal female education. He also was one of the principal founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Rev. Dr. Richard H. Lowery, President of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, gave the Founders Day address entitled, “Out of the House of Slavery: Faith and Public Witness in the Life and Thought of Alexander Campbell.”

During his address, Lowery contrasted the liberation of slaves from Egypt in the Old Testament with American slavery during the 19th century and modern day racial unrest in America. He portrayed Campbell as “a flawed messenger,” since he opposed slavery yet was, himself, a slave owner for a time.

“Campbell, like the bible itself,” said Lowery, “is a mixed bag. But you and I are mixed bags, too. We often find ourselves pulled between competing values. Our solutions are sometimes messy, incomplete, and inconsistent but that cannot keep us from taking action.

“We, like Campbell,” Lowery added, “live in a time of moral crisis. Ironically, the crisis we face today is the legacy of the moral crisis of Campbell’s day. Racism, the sin of white privilege and white supremacy took root in America to justify slavery. Even still today, we are all affected in various ways by this deeply embedded moral sin in our culture. But that cannot discourage us from acknowledging and confronting it so that we can transform our own hearts and build a better nation and a better world.”

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, President of Bethany College, presided over the event. “While much of the world has changed since Alexander Campbell founded Bethany,” said Rodenberg, “his vision for a strong academic institution has not changed. The goals of Bethany College have remained the same through the years—preparing students to become useful and responsible members of society by “liberating them from superstition and ignorance and the tyranny of others and vulgar prejudice.’”

Founder’s Day at Bethany College is observed on the first Thursday of March. The College received its official charter from the Legislature of Virginia on March 2, 1840. The charter was affirmed on June 20, 1863, by the Legislature of the newly formed state of West Virginia.

About Bethany College
Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.

March 1st, 2018

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