Virtual Alumni Christmas Party

Join us for a virtual alumni Christmas party on Dec. 17! To RSVP and receive Zoom information, contact Director of Alumni Engagement Rhone Thrash at rthrash@bethanywv.edu.

Nothing spreads holiday cheer like raising over $3K for charity! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Light Up Night. You’ve brought the gift of Christmas spirit to children in need! #Giving https://www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/bethany-college-raises-3k-charity-eighth-annual-light-night/

Nothing spreads holiday cheer like raising over $3K for charity! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Light Up Night. You've brought the gift of Christmas spirit to children in need! #Giving https://www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/bethany-college-raises-3k-charity-eighth-annual-light-night/

Oreon E. Scott Lectures

Since its founding in 1840 by Alexander Campbell, Bethany has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Scott Lectures began in 1956 as a way to strengthen church leaders. This year's event will be led by Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes. LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: Theology and PracticeMonday, April...

Founder’s Day

Founder's Day celebrates Alexander Campbell and the founding of Bethany College. Graduating Seniors are encouraged to wear their graduation regalia and participate in the convocation ceremony. CONVOCATION 11 a.m., Commencement Hall Keynote Speaker: Dr. Douglas A. Foster, author of "A Life of Alexander Campbell" LUNCHEON Noon, Phillips Hall Lounge Respondent: D. Duane Cummins, President Emeritus of...

Oreon E. Scott Lectures

The Oreon E. Scott Lecture Series returned to Bethany College on April 21-22 with the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Hull II ’70 leading the virtual event. The following lecture materials are available to download and reference: You My Friend a Stranger Once Mission Realities Vision Journey Tentative Virtual Schedule Wednesday, April 21 9:30 a.m. Welcome to the Scott...

Founder’s Day

Follow along with the Founder's Day program during the virtual convocation. Dr. Douglas A. Foster, the author of a biography on the founder of Bethany College, will be the keynote speaker at the college’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation on March 4. Dr. Doug Foster is a scholar in residence at Abilene Christian...

TOWN LIGHT UP NIGHT

Town Square (on Main St.) All are invited to come and help us decorate the Town Christmas Tree.  Feel free to bring a personalized ornament or other decoration. There will be caroling, a fire, hot chocolate and cookies

Light Up Night

Join us in Commencement Hall and bid on Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations. All money raised benefits Bernie’s Kids.

Oreon E. Scott Lectures

Bethany Memorial Church Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas, How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon Registration fee is $65 for participants (clergy and lay-leaders) and $30 for seminarians. This year, we will have a free pre-event session open to the community on Sunday, April 28. The pre-event will include: 3 – 5 p.m. Tour Bethany’s two National Historic...

Clergy Women Retreat

You are invited to come and reflect on your relationship with the divine as a child of God who deserves the gift of joy while serving in ministry. We will explore joy through worship, study and community building. We will reflect on healing practices through reflection, affirmation and celebration. Our time...

Buffalo Seminary

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bethany Club (back of café), Bethany College Being/Becoming for Them: Embracing Self As A Resource for Ministry Revival and Renewal (Ewan Clark-Personhood and Presence) This workshop will focus on self care practices to access our greatest resource of being and becoming authentically whole persons all while serving...

Founder’s Day Convocation

All are welcome to attend Founders Day Convocation to celebrate Alexander Campbell and the founding of Bethany College in Commencement Hall. Graduating Seniors are encouraged to wear their graduation regalia and participate in the ceremony. Schedule: 11 a.m. Founder’s Day Convocation Commencement Hall 12 p.m. Luncheon & Church Life Update Phillips Hall Lounge 1 p.m. Wreath...

Employee Holiday

Offices will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Buffalo Seminary

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Phillips Hall, Bethany College Preaching the Prophets with Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery This course focuses on the book of Isaiah, examining typical literary genres that appear in Isaiah and other prophetic texts. It sets these books in their ancient social, economic, political, literary, and religious contexts, and...

Buffalo Seminary

Phillips Hall, Bethany College Case Study Sessions with Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie This case study workshop is designed to take the group closer to the real context of a situation or problem and identify its cause and solutions. All participants are asked to bring one case study to the workshop to be used...

Buffalo Seminary

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Phillips Hall, Bethany College On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry: John the Baptist with Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston John the Baptizer is the great “hinge” of scripture and the herald of Jesus Christ. Who was this enigmatic figure to whom Jesus was so often compared and whose...

Bethany College Concert Choir

The choir is under the direction of Professor Bill Ton and will be accompanied by Professor Pandel Collaros on bass, Ms. Judy Allison on Piano, and Mr. William Cashdollar on drums. Join us at First Christian Church to hear the incredible work these students have put in this semester!

Oreon Scott Lectures

Introducing the 2018 Oreon E. Scott Lecturer Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session Affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bethany offers the Oreon E. Scott Lectures as a way to strengthen church leaders.

Christmas Auction Raises More Than $2,300 for Bernie’s Kids

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Light Up Night and Charity Auction raised more than $2,300 in its 10th year supporting money for a Brooke County charity. The Thursday event featured a live auction of more than 20 Christmas trees, wreaths and baskets decorated by Bethany College offices, student groups, and...

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Christian Kampas

Christian Kampas, of Elizabeth, Pa., graduated from Bethany College with a degree in physical education. He plans to seek a teaching job in the Pittsburgh or Bethany areas. At Bethany, he was a member of the Bison baseball team and Kappa Delta Pi. His favorite Bethany memory is making the Presidents Athletic Conference...

Alumna to Take Leadership Role in Christian Church Foundation

BETHANY, W.Va. – A Bethany College alumna will serve the Christian Church Foundation as the vice president of the Mountain West Zone. The Rev. Monica Myers Greenberg graduated from Bethany in 1995 with degrees in psychology and religion studies. She went on to graduate from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian...

10 Students Receive Disciples of Christ Scholarships

BETHANY, W.Va. – Ten Bethany College students are recipients of the Disciples Appalachian Scholarship, a ministry of the Disciples Home Ministries. Haddae Allen, of Vienna, W.Va. Noah Gill, of Beach City, Ohio Emma Gress, of Cambridge, Ohio Aubree Gray, of Moundsville, W.Va. Anna Heller, of Shadyside, Ohio Olivia Zinn, of...

Bethany Charity Christmas Auction Set for Dec. 5

BETHANY, W.Va. - Bethany College is hosting its ninth annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Auction to benefit Bernie's Kids. The event, set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Commencement Hall, features an official tree lighting and a live auction of themed trees, wreaths, and baskets. All proceeds from the community...

Disciples of Christ Historical Society

Disciples of Christ Historical Society Addition Bethany College will soon be the new home of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. Construction has begun on the addition that will house the Church’s archives and the Society’s Stone-Campbell archives. July 22, 2016 June 21, 2016 June 2, 2016 April 25, 2016 April 14, 2016 March 30, 2016 March 17,...

Disciples of Christ Historical Society Sets Dedication at New Facility

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Disciples of Christ Historical Society will host a building dedication and blessing to celebrate its new home at Bethany College on Saturday, Sept. 10. Slated to begin at 2 p.m., the new location is adjacent to the grounds of the Campbell Mansion and Renner Visitor Center complex...

Presidential Search

Bethany College is seeking nominations and applications for the position of President. The President of Bethany College is the Chief Executive Officer of the College. Appointed by and reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President oversees the work of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty; the Vice President for...

Dr. John Hull Caps 40-Plus Year Career with Last Lecture

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College recently celebrated the impact of longtime psychology professor, Dr. John Hull, during a Last Lecture titled “By the Numbers” that welcomed students, alumni, colleagues, family and friends. Hull shared that he has a lifelong love of numbers, although he didn’t typically excel in math classes but...

Dr. John Hull to Present Last Lecture

BETHANY, W.Va. – Longtime Bethany College Professor of Psychology Dr. John Hull will deliver his Last Lecture, titled “By the Numbers,” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Wailes Theatre in Steinman Hall. The lecture also will be broadcast live. Hull joined the Bethany College faculty in 1976, and over the years...

Bethany Recognizes Outstanding Students in Honors Day Ceremony

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College honored its high-achieving students with its annual Honors Day ceremony in Commencement Hall – the first in-person ceremony since 2019. Taylor M. Stinnett, Cameron R. Schaub, Amanda M. Reynolds, Samaria M. Murry and Ian A. Nelson were the winners of the all-campus awards. Stinnett, an accounting major...

Dr. Larry Grimes ’64 to Lead Annual Scott Lectures

BETHANY, W.Va. – Professor emeritus of English and co-founder of the Buffalo Seminary Dr. Larry Grimes '64 will be the featured speaker during the Oreon E. Scott Lecture Series on April 25-26 at Bethany College. On April 25, Grimes will deliver “Original Goodness” at 10:15 a.m. and “Love” at 1:45 p.m....

Campbell’s Teachings Live on in 2022, Biographer Says at Bethany Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College on Thursday celebrated 182 years as an institution of higher education and the vision of Alexander Campbell during its annual Founder’s Day event. Dr. Douglas A. Foster, author of “A Life of Alexander Campbell,” delivered an address titled “Alexander Campbell and 2022: Three Ways He Is...

Campbell Biographer Returns for Bethany Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – The author of a biography on the founder of Bethany College will return as the keynote speaker at the college’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation on March 3. Douglas A. Foster is a scholar-in-residence at Abilene Christian University, where he was a full-time professor for more than 25 years....

Fall 2021 President’s and Dean’s Lists Announced

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced its President’s and Dean’s lists for the fall semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must...

Bethany Mourns Death of Honorary Degree Recipient and Tuskegee Airman McGee

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College is mourning the death of Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, one of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen and a 2020 honorary degree recipient. McGee, of Bethesda, Md., died Sunday at age 102. In 1942, McGee left his engineering studies at the University of Illinois and...

History Professor Publishes Text on Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria

BETHANY, W.Va. – A Bethany College assistant professor of history recently published a book that examines the history of the Caucasus region of Russia. Ian Lanzillotti began researching the Caucasus as part of his doctoral studies at Ohio State University. In October, he released “Land, Community, and the State in the...

Presidential Transition & Strategic Plan Development

Statement from Bethany College Board of Trustees Chairman Ken Bado I would like to update the Bethany College family on the process for identifying a permanent president who will succeed Dr. Tamara Rodenberg when she steps down December 31, as well as provide information related to our current effort to develop...

Bethany College Light Up Night Set for Dec. 2

BETHANY, W.Va. – The annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Auction will return to Bethany College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. The free community event will be on Pennington Quadrangle near Old Main. In the event of inclement weather, Light Up Night will be moved to Commencement Hall. Refreshments...

Student Volunteers Make a Difference at Campbell Mansion

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College students marked Make a Difference Day on Saturday with a service project at the Alexander Campbell Mansion. More than a dozen students representing Zeta Tau Alpha, Kalon Scholars, and the Disciples of Christ cleared leaves from the grounds and gutters and removed peeling paint from the...

Bethany dedicates Ault Field, crowns homecoming king and queen

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College homecoming festivities returned to campus this year with the dedication of the new Bison football field in honor of longtime coach Don Ault and the crowning of Bethany’s royalty. The Motz Group recently installed synthetic turf on the playing surface at Bison Stadium, and the...

Bethany College Honors 4 Outstanding Alumni

BETHANY, W.Va. – Four distinguished alumni credited Bethany College for their career and personal success during the college’s annual alumni awards dinner. The event, which is part of Bethany’s homecoming celebration, honored Cheryl Ryan Harshman ’74, Rick Jackson ’78, Stephen Ruben ’70 and Megan Tarbett ’00. Alumni Council President Angie Bado ’77...

Alumni Association Announces 2021 Award Recipients

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2021 awards. Cheryl Ryan Harshman ’74, Rick Jackson ’78 and Stephen Ruben ’70 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Megan Tarbett ’00 will receive the Outstanding Community Service Award. The recipients will be honored at a dinner...

Bethany College President, Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, Announces Retirement

Board of trustees to launch national search for her successor BETHANY, W.Va. — Ken Bado, chair of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, today announced the college’s president, Reverend Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, will retire from her position at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. “Dr. Rodenberg was the right president...

Kidwell, Payne, Lesiak, and Tucker Named Trustees

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College recently welcomed four new members to its Board of Trustees. Gary W. Kidwell, Chris Payne ’81, S. Dean Lesiak ’74, and Kathy Tucker ’85 are the newest additions to the 32-member board. "We are pleased to welcome Gary Kidwell, Chris Payne, Dean Lesiak, and Kathy Tucker to...

Bethany College Recognized as a West Virginia ‘Centurion’

WELLSBURG, W.Va. – The Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce recognized Bethany as the oldest continually operating organization in Brooke County during a reception Thursday at Drover’s Inn & Tavern. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner presented Lori Weaver, Bethany’s vice president of advancement, with a plaque announcing the college’s induction as...

DOC Youth Conference Returns to Bethany

BETHANY, W.Va. – The longest-running Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Christian Youth Fellowship conference returned to Bethany College this week after a pandemic-induced hiatus. Twenty-five youth – mostly high school students – and five adults arrived at Bethany on Sunday for a week of fun and fellowship. On Tuesday, the students undertook...

Bethany Awards Honorary Doctorate to President of Disciples Church Extension Fund

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College on Saturday recognized the president of the Disciples Church Extension Fund with an honorary doctorate during the college’s 181st commencement ceremony. Bethany President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg presented Erick Reisinger with an honorary doctorate in ministry with a specialization in finance. In introducing Reisinger, Rodenberg called him a...

Bethany College Recognizes Outstanding Student Achievement

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College honored its high-achieving students with its annual Honors Day tradition, announcing award recipients through a series of social media posts. The honors are typically announced in a formal ceremony in Commencement Hall. This year, however, Bethany opted to switch to a digital format following COVDID-19 precautions...

15 Inducted into Education Honor Society

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Department of Education hosted an induction ceremony on Sunday for the new members of the international honor society Kappa Delta Pi. Dr. Shelby Haines ’96, superintendent of Marshall County (W.Va.) Schools, served as the guest speaker of the ceremony and was among the inductees. Haines graduated...

Scott Lectures to Feature Rev. Dr. Richard Hull II on April 21-22

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Oreon E. Scott Lecture Series will return to Bethany College on April 21-22 with the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Hull II ’70 leading the digital event. The theme is “Performing in the Parish: Parson, Pastor, Preacher, Prophet.” Click here to register for the event. Bethany College President Rev....

Bethany College Announces Fall 2020 President’s and Dean’s Lists

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced its President’s and Dean’s lists for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must...

On Founder’s Day, Bethany reflects on past, looks to future

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College on Thursday marked its 181st year with a digital convocation that celebrated founder Alexander Campbell’s accomplishments while examining his flaws. Historian Douglas A. Foster, author of “A Life of Alexander Campbell,” spoke of how a culture of Christian nationalism, domestic terrorism, and white supremacist racism influenced...

Campbell Biographer to Speak at Bethany College Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – The author of a biography on the founder of Bethany College will be the keynote speaker at the college's annual Founder's Day Convocation on March 4. Douglas A. Foster is a scholar in residence at Abilene Christian University, where he was a full-time professor for more than 25...

Shelek-Furbee named W.Va. Social Worker of the Year

BETHANY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has recognized Bethany College Professor Emerita Kathy Shelek-Furbee as the West Virginia Social Worker of the Year. The annual award recognizes significant contributions in the field of social work and to West Virginia. “It's very humbling, and I'm...

Greek Community Renames Top Award in Honor of Longtime Adviser

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Greek community has renamed its highest student award in recognition of a longtime campus nurse and Greek life advocate. Carol Borden Tyler retired from Bethany this month after more than 33 years of service. In addition to her role as a nurse, Tyler was adviser...

Education Students Collaborate with YMCA

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College education students received early field experience this fall as they assisted Ohio County schoolchildren at the Wheeling YMCA. Bethany students Tatyana Banks, Hallie Glass, Katelin Hart, Christian Kampas, Samantha Mathis, Taylor Naples, Evan Wachter, and Christopher Williams began visiting the Y in mid-September, typically on Wednesdays,...

Bethany College Honors Outstanding Alumni

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College on Friday honored its 2020 outstanding alumni as part of the college’s virtual Homecoming celebration. The honorees are: Scarlett Foster ’79, the Robert A. Sandercox Award; John Somsky ’71, Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award; Mark Bado ’87, Alumni Achievement Award; and the Rev. Amos Acree...

Alumni Association Announces Award Recipients

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2020 alumni awards, including the first Robert A. Sandercox Award in six years. The honorees will be recognized in a digital ceremony at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 as part of Bethany’s 2020 Virtual Homecoming festivities. Recipients were voted...

Tuskegee Airman Awarded Honorary Doctorate

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College and President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg honored the oldest living member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen with an honorary doctorate degree in public service. Retired Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, U.S. Air Force, received his doctoral hood Friday during a virtual presentation. “I’m almost beyond words,” McGee said. “This...

Bethany College Announces Spring 2020 President’s and Dean’s Lists

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced its President’s and Dean’s lists for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s List must...

Sept. 12 Marks Birthday of Founder Alexander Campbell

BETHANY, W.Va. – Saturday is a significant day in history for Bethany College as Sept. 12 marks founder Alexander Campbell’s birthday. Campbell, who lived from 1788 to 1866, was one of the principal founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was a leader in childhood and adolescent education and...

Bethany College Professor Starts Online Academic Conference

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College Assistant Professor of Economics Aaron M. Honsowetz is starting the Online Economic History Workshop with Christopher Newport University Assistant Professor of American Studies Frank Garmon. The inaugural workshop is July 28-29. The workshop will livestream on YouTube and the workshop’s website. The theme of the inaugural...

Bethany College Announces Scholarship Recipients

BETHANY, W.Va. – Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, president of Bethany College, has announced more than three dozen incoming freshmen who have been awarded scholarships. The Presidential Scholars, Honors Program, and Kalon Leaders scholarships are granted for four years of enrollment, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP The Presidential Scholarship...

Bethany Graduates Challenged to Change the World

BETHANY, W.Va. – A celebrated social justice advocate and pastor imparted on the Bethany College class of 2020 the importance of the three C’s – care, change, and conclusion – during the college’s digital graduation ceremony on Saturday. “As you graduate and embark on your continuing journey through the corridors of...

Virtual Graduation Festivities Set for May 8 and 9

Graduation Ceremony Today is the day we all stand and celebrate with our graduates, recognizing their respective journeys at Bethany College and their incredible success. We know that this time has proved challenging for our community, and especially our graduates, but the Bethany spirit always prevails. Whether in-person or remotely, Bethany goes...

Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College concluded its Honors Day tradition with a modern twist on Friday as President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg announced by video the institution’s most distinguished student awards. The honors are typically announced in a formal ceremony in Commencement Hall. In March, however, Bethany transitioned to remote instruction in wake...

Oreon E. Scott Lecture Canceled

BETHANY, W.Va. — In following state and federal guidelines concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, Bethany College has canceled its annual Oreon E. Scott Lecture Series scheduled for April 20. Since its founding in 1840 by Alexander Campbell, Bethany has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Scott Lectures began...

Bethany Announces Fall 2019 President’s, Dean’s Lists

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced its President’s and Dean’s lists for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean’s...

Watkins Calls for Unity in Founder’s Day Address

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College honored its 180-year history and founder Alexander Campbell in a Founder’s Day celebration Thursday. In an address titled “Alexander Campbell’s Problem,” the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, the new pastor at Bethany Memorial Church and former president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United...

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins to speak at Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – The new pastor of Bethany Memorial Church, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, will serve as Bethany College’s Founder’s Day speaker. Founder’s Day at Bethany College is observed on the first Thursday of March. This year’s event is 11 a.m. March 5 in Commencement Hall. Watkins previously held the office...

Bonnie Bowman Thurston ’74 Represented in the Distinguished West Virginians Archives

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College alumna the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston ’74 will be represented in the Distinguished West Virginians Archives at West Virginia University Libraries in Morgantown. Her papers will be secured in the West Virginia and Regional History Center at WVU and made available to researchers, historians, and...

Writers Club Collects Books for Appalachian Prison Book Project

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Writers Club recently collected reading materials for the Appalachian Prison Book Project. In November and December, the students and their advisers Travis Straub and Dr. Jessie Janeshek, collected several boxes of paperback books ranging from popular fiction to educational publications that will be delivered to...

Light Up Night Raises More Than $3,000 for Bernie’s Kids

BETHANY, W.Va. – The ninth annual Light Up Night and Charity Auction at Bethany College raised more than $3,000 for the Brooke County charity Bernie’s Kids. The Thursday, Dec. 5, event featured the official lighting of the Bethany College Christmas tree and a live auction of 30 Christmas trees, wreaths and...

Card Drive to Reach Hospitalized Kids across the U.S.

BETHANY, W.Va. – A Bethany College graduate student set out to make the holiday season a little brighter for young hospital patients. Using markers, colored paper, stickers, and sheer creativity, students created about 60 cards that will be given to Cards for Hospitalized Kids for distribution in medical facilities across the...

Bethany Career Event Pairs Students and Alumni

BETHANY, W.Va. – About 50 people took part in a Bethany College networking dinner that connected successful alumni with students who are taking the early steps toward their career goals. Amy VanHorn, director of the Office of Career and Professional Development, was pleased with turnout and said she plans to make...

Bethany Career Week to Connect Students and Alumni

BETHANY, W.Va. – Several alumni are returning to Bethany College next week to participate in the school’s first Career Week, a series of events designed to encourage students to prepare for their future careers. The signature event of Career Week is an alumni and student networking dinner from 5 to 7...

Watkins Named Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church

BETHANY, W.Va. ⁠— Bethany Memorial Christian Church is excited to announce the Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins will serve as its next pastor and fill the pulpit established by the Rev. Alexander Campbell in 1831. Dr. Watkins previously held the Office of General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples...

Bethany College Adds Scholarship for DOC Students

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College is strengthening its longstanding ties to the Disciples of Christ with a new scholarship to be awarded beginning in Fall 2020. The Disciples Regional Minister Nomination Award allows DOC regional ministers to nominate a student from their respective areas for a Bethany College scholarship of $3,000...

Students Raise Awareness of Violence in Congo

BETHANY, W.Va. – Students in the Bethany College Freshmen Honors Seminar spent their lunch hour Thursday, Oct. 17, educating their peers about the ill effects cell phone production has on the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Paisley Travis, of West Finley, Pa., Lauren Starr, of Venetia, Pa., Marie Shindledecker,...

Honors Seminar Asks Students to ‘Cell Out’ for Congo

BETHANY, W.Va. — The students of Bethany College’s freshmen honors seminar are turning off their cell phones Oct. 17 to raise awareness of the mineral that powers our phones and has caused conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Marie Shindledecker, of Inwood, W.Va., Natalia Chavez-Brown and Alexia Chavez-Brown, both of...

Bethany College Adds Faculty in Several Disciplines

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College welcomes new faculty members to its Biology, Physical & Computational Sciences, History, Psychology, Business, and Education departments this fall. The new faces are: Dr. Peter D. Ehni – Peter D. Ehni, of Dillonvale, Ohio, joins Bethany as a Visiting Associate Professor of Math and Science. He received...

Bethany College Honors DOC Leader Rev. Julia Brown Karimu with Honorary Doctorate of Divinity

BETHANY, W.Va. – Called a personal and professional mentor by Bethany College President Tamara Rodenberg, Rev. Julia Brown Karimu displayed pure joy on stage as she received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Rev. Dr. Rodenberg and the Bethany Board of Trustees during the College’s 179thCommencement ceremony, May 11. Karimu, a...

World-Renowned Judge and Holocaust Survivor Thomas Buergenthal ’57 Addresses Bethany College Graduates

BETHANY, W.Va. – Alumnus Thomas Buergenthal, class of 1957, world-renowned judge, and one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachenhausen concentration camps, delivered the commencement address at Bethany College’s 179th Commencement Ceremony on May 11. Buergenthal, whose 85th birthday coincided with Bethany’s commencement, began his speech to the class...

Co-Valedictorians Named During Bethany College’s 2019 Commencement

BETHANY, W.Va. – Within the sea of caps and gowns at Bethany College’s 179th Commencement ceremony, two graduates were honored with the highest recognition for academic excellence on Saturday, May 11. Emily Rose Griffith of Bridgeport, W.Va., and Haley Autumn Thompson of Toronto, Ohio, were both named class valedictorians and...

Bethany College Announces Fall 2018 President’s and Dean’s Lists

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2018-2019 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to...

Bethany College Theatre Department to Present Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them

BETHANY, W.Va. - Bethany College Theatre Department will conclude its 2018-19 season with a production of Christopher Durang’s Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them. Performances are scheduled for April 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre, located in...

Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on Thursday, April 4, 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...

Bethany College Founder’s Day Celebration Ties Alexander Campbell’s Principles for Biblical Interpretation to Understanding Dialogue

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College celebrated Founder’s Day on March 7 with an academic ceremony and celebration among faculty, students, and guests. The program honored Bethany’s 179-year history and its founder, Alexander Campbell. Campbell was a leader in childhood and adolescent education and championed universal female education. He was also one...

Bethany College Raises Over $3K for Charity at Eighth Annual Light Up Night

BETHANY, WV – Bethany College raised about $3,200 for charity at its Eighth Annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Auction amidst a snowy backdrop Dec. 6. The event included an official lighting of the tree, along with a charity auction, which featured 35 donated holiday or theme-inspired trees, wreaths, or...

Bethany College Announces Spring 2018 President’s and Dean’s Lists

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to...

Bethany College Announces Fall 2017 President’s and Dean’s Lists

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the...

Bethany College Founders Day Celebration Ties History with Current Events

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...

Employment

Bethany College is a four-year private classical liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 25 fields of study, many...

Holly Hillgardner

Dr. Hillgardner is a teacher-scholar trained in constructive theology, with a particular interest in comparative theology. The author of "Longing and Letting Go: Hindu and Christian Practices of Passionate Non-Attachment" (Oxford University Press, 2016), she teaches a wide variety of religious studies and philosophy classes at Bethany College, including the...

Historical Places

Historical Places A National Historic Landmark The Campbell Home, home to Bethany College founder Alexander Campbell, was built between 1795 and 1840. This farmstead was home to at least 20 people in the early 1840s and visitors were so numerous that 32 chairs often stood ready in the dining room. The household gathered...

Historic Bethany

The town of Bethany, West Virginia, is steeped in local history and is an important dimension of Bethany College. Originally settled in 1769, Bethany had been inhabited by the Mingo and Shawnee nations. The Town of Bethany was given its name by the founder of Bethany College, Alexander Campbell, in 1827...

Board of Trustees

Officers of the Board George M. "Ken" Bado, Chair Jeffrey J. Woda, Vice ChairCarmina Hughes, Secretary Board of Trustees Thaddaeus Allen '92 Regional Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in WV Parkersburg, West Virginia George M. “Ken” Bado '77 CEO, GMB Consulting LLC McKinney, Texas Logan Hassig '70 Senior and Managing Partner at Snyder & Hassig Law Firm New Martinsville, West...

Mission & Goals

Mission Teaching and learning form the mission of Bethany College. Central to this is providing a liberal arts education for students, including the preparation of professionals, in an atmosphere of study, work, and service. Goals In its original charter, the mission of Bethany College was “the instruction of youth in the various branches...

At A Glance

Bethany College is a privately-supported classical liberal arts college. It is consistently rated as one of the best values in higher education by numerous national magazines, journals and rankings. Our campus is located on 1,300 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, just one mile from Pennsylvania and five...

Annual Light Up Night Celebration to Take Place at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold their Seventh Annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction on Thursday, Dec. 7, 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. The trees and...

Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie Named Bethany’s New Dean of Chapel

BETHANY, W.Va. – Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie started her ministry as dean of the chapel of Bethany College and pastor of Bethany Memorial Church in September 2017. Until her appointment at Bethany, she served as chaplain at Jarvis Christian College. The Rev. Jean-Marie, a Haitian-American born and raised in Newark, New Jersey,...

Former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate Addresses Class of 2017

BETHANY, W.Va. – Former majority leader of the United States Senate and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, Senator George J. Mitchell, addressed Bethany College’s 2017 graduating class as part of the institution’s 177th Anniversary Commencement Weekend on Saturday, May 20, in the Dr. Fred H. Tilock Amphitheatre at...

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins to Keynote Bethany College Baccalaureate

BETHANY, W.Va. – 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. The...

Bethany College Presents Annual Honors Day Awards

BETHANY, W.Va. – 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...

Bethany College Announces Presidential Scholarship Recipients

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has awarded four incoming freshman with the Presidential Scholarship. These academically talented high school seniors will be awarded a full tuition scholarship to reward their outstanding achievements. These students include Carlyn Amon of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; Riley Meyers of DuBois, Pennsylvania; Kennedy Quillen of Vienna,...

Bethany College Celebrates 177 Years During Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College celebrated Founder’s Day with events on campus Thursday, March 2. This year’s program honored the College’s history and tradition of academic excellence spanning 177 years. Dr. Larry Grimes, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, addressed those in attendance in historic Commencement Hall....

Bethany College Announces Fall 2016 President’s and Dean’s List

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2016-17 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to...

Annual Light Up Night Celebration to Take Place at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold their Sixth Annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Thursday, Dec. 1, 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. The trees and wreaths...

Bethany College Theatre Presents Reckless

BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Theatre program will continue their 2016-2017 season with Craig Lucas’ dark comedy, Reckless. Directed by Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Bethany College Theatre, evening performances begin at 8 p.m. on Nov. 10-12, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on...

Dr. Tamara Rodenberg Installed as Bethany’s 20th President

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College installed Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg as the College’s 20th President at the formal presidential inauguration on Friday, October 7. The traditional ceremony, which took place in Commencement Hall, featured remarks from a broad assortment of prominent academic and religious leaders. Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr.,...

Bethany College Annual Fall Convocation Held on Campus

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College officially opened the 2016-17 academic year during the College’s Annual Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in Commencement Hall. The event featured an address by Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia,...

Bethany Awards 11 Incoming Students with Kalon Leadership Scholarships

BETHANY, W.Va. – Eleven future Bethanians will receive the Kalon Leadership Scholarship, an annual $2,500 award based on leadership, character, service and academic performance. The Kalon Leadership Scholarship, which is for incoming freshman, is competitive, and candidates are chosen by College faculty and staff through an application process that includes an...

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Authors New Book to be Published December 2016

BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Holly Hillgardner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, has authored a new book, titled “Longing and Letting Go: Hindu and Christian Practices of Passionate Non-attachment.” Slated to be published on December 1, 2016, by Oxford University Press, this book explores and compares the energies of desire and non-attachment...

Bethany College Announces Spring 2016 President’s and Dean’s List

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the President’s List and the Dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2015-16 school year. Those named to the President’s List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to...

Bethany College Announces 2016 Alumni Award Recipients

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will present a series of awards recognizing outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. Dr. Larry Grimes will be recognized with The Robert A. Sandercox Award, Salvatore Marranca will receive the Alumni Achievement Award and...

Bethany College to Hold Second Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold multiple events April 8 and 9 for its second annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend. These invitation-only events feature nationally recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae and give female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations. This educational weekend...

Bethany College Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College president Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg recently announced a $1 million challenge gift from Robert J. McCann (Class of '80) and Cindy McCann of Madison, New Jersey. This challenge gift hopes to attract other forward thinking donors to raise an additional $1 million. The $2 million infusion...

Bethany College Celebrates 176 Years During Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College celebrated Founder’s Day with events on campus Thursday, March 3. This year’s program honored the College’s 176 years as a small college of national distinction. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg — Bethany’s recently appointed President — addressed those in attendance in historic Commencement Hall. “Alexander Campbell, our founder,...

Bethany College Announces 2016 Oreon E. Scott Lectures

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced that Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will deliver the 61st annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 4-5 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s lecture series is titled “Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations.” Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies,...

Bethany to Celebrate Founder’s Day

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold its annual Founder’s Day celebration Thursday, March 3, in honor of Bethany’s 176 years as a small college of national distinction. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg — Bethany’s recently appointed President — will address attendees at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall. Rodenberg, who began her tenure...

Bethany Announces Fall 2015 President’s and Dean’s List

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has announced the President's List and the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year. Those named to the President's List must have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Those named to the Dean's...

Bethany’s Hull Named Finalist for West Virginia Professor of the Year

BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. John Howard Hull, Professor of Psychology at Bethany College, has been named a finalist for West Virginia’s 2015 Professor of the Year, according to Ken Sullivan of the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. This is the fifth time in seven years that a Bethany professor has been chosen...

Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg Begins Tenure as Bethany College’s 20th President

BETHANY, W.Va. – January 1 marks Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg's first day as Bethany College's 20th president. Rodenberg, who has served as the Vice President of Advancement at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2011, was chosen after a nationwide search. "Bethany has a rich history,...

Study Abroad Programs

Qualified students may earn academic credit for formal study completed in foreign countries. To be eligible for study abroad, a student should normally have junior standing. Approval by the faculty International Education Committee is also required. Several programs for study abroad are part of the Bethany curriculum and a student enrolled...

Religious Studies & Philosophy

Religious Studies Overview & Goals The Religious Studies department at Bethany is distinctive in its dual focus on social justice and gender studies. The completion of a Religious Studies degree at Bethany College is preparatory for a variety of career paths, as well as graduate level programs. Our students gain in-depth,...

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies Overview & Goals Complex problems require interdisciplinary approaches if valid solutions are to be found. Interdisciplinary Studies at Bethany College is a program that responds to this need. It houses courses, majors, and minors that cross departmental lines. Majors and minors can be student-initiated or faculty-sponsored. The program, designed to...

History

History Overview & Goals The History program at Bethany College trains students to think critically about the past and to analyze the ways in which historical events have shaped the world we live in today. Through classes in European, United States and World history, Bethany History majors study the world-changing military,...

English

English Overview & Goals The English major prepares students for the wide range of careers that demand strong communication and research skills, creative problem-solving, and the ability to analyze and create written, verbal, and visual materials. How do we know English works? Our graduates are successful lawyers, medical professionals, members of boards...

Education

Education Overview & Goals The Teacher Preparation Program provides certification candidates with professional preparation through early hands-on learning experiences, small class sizes, and caring faculty. Candidates integrate a liberal arts background, content preparation, and educational principles to prepare for careers in teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels or in...

Economics

Economics Overview & Goals Economics majors study how individuals and firms make decisions, government actions impact the economy, and globalization affects people. The program has two tracks and a dual major. The Managerial Economics track focuses on how firms behave. The International Economics Track focuses on how the economies of the...

Alumni Awards

The Bethany College Alumni Association introduced its annual awards program with the presentation of the first Alumni Achievement Awards in 1958. Award recipients are selected by the Internal Affairs Committee of Alumni Council from nomination forms submitted by alumni and friends of Bethany. Nominees may be graduates or former students who...

Get Involved / Volunteer

Getting involved with your alma mater is a great way to show your support, reconnect with peers, and meet current students. By sharing your life experiences, you are providing invaluable guidance to help the College to continue to offer outstanding educational and life learning experiences. Alumni and volunteer support is a key...

Strategic Plan

Build for a Lifetime The Vision for Bethany College From our pioneering founding in 1840, and ever responsive to the times, Bethany College continues to deliver a quality, student-centered liberal arts and sciences education. Our students grow and change while on campus, and after graduation they become leaders and change agents, building...

Campbell Cemetery

About the Campbell Cemetery God's Acre Laid To Rest In This Family Cemetery Are The Graves Of Family Members And Friends of Thomas And Alexander Campbell. Also Buried Here Are The Graves Of Presidents And Teachers Of Bethany College. Young Amanda was the first loss for Margaret and Alexander Campbell. It was at the time of...

Virtual Open House for DOC Members

Virtual Open House for DOC Members: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7 p.m. Please join Associate Director of Enrollment, Dan Adams, for a virtual open house discussing the benefits of a Bethany College education to students who are members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and eligible scholarships. After you...

Enrollment Office

Thomas Stein, Ph.D. Interim Vice President of Enrollment 304.829.7591 tstein@bethanywv.edu Dr. Thomas H. Stein joined Bethany College as interim vice president of enrollment in October 2021. Dr. Stein brings more than 40 years of proven leadership in higher education in numerous administrative areas, including enrollment management, marketing and student services. He most recently served as vice...

Scholarships

Bethany College Competitive Scholarship Opportunities Bethany College recognizes the rising cost of higher education and strives to be an affordable option for all prospective students and families. Approximately 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance. Bethany offers the Presidential Scholarship as well as the Honors and Kalon Leaders Programs as...

Religious Life

Bethany welcomes students from many different faith traditions. Since our inception, the College has an historic and on-going relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). At Bethany, you have the opportunity to find a safe place to question, explore, and develop a growing faith in the context of a caring community. Bethany...

Clubs & Organizations

This is what student life is all about. We have more than 30 different organized activities right on campus, a chance for you to explore your passion, to show who you are, to relax, to enjoy, or to dig in and help the community. Student Activities Council The Student Activities Council, or SAC,...