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 baskets. The highest bid of over $400 went to a wreath and other items donated by the Bethany College Equine Club.

All proceeds were donated to Bernie’s Kids. Named in honor of the late Brooke County Sheriff and Commissioner, Bernie Kazienko, the nonprofit provides Christmas presents for needy children in the county.

Over 200 attendees enjoyed Christmas carols, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus.

About Bethany College

Founded in 1840, Bethany 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.

December 7th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. — The Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, president of Bethany College, has announced that Denny McMaster, former vice president and senior leader at Washington and Jefferson College, will serve as Bethany’s new vice president for finance and chief financial officer. McMaster began his new responsibilities on Nov. 12.

“I am excited to welcome Denny to Bethany’s senior team during this historic time of forward-thinking and strategic planning on our campus,” Rodenberg said. “Denny’s more than two decades of experience in executive fiscal management and leadership across higher education and several industry sectors will help propel our vision and prepare the way for an even more innovative future at Bethany College.”

For 17 years, 13 on the senior cabinet, McMaster served Washington and Jefferson College, holding such posts as associate vice president for business, vice president for business and finance/chief financial officer, and interim president. Prior to W&J, McMaster also spent eight years in the healthcare industry as vice president for finance and administration at Gatti Medical Supply, and seven years in construction and real estate development as a controller and treasurer.

A certified public accountant in the state of Pennsylvania, McMaster began his career in public accounting with Deloitte, working out of the company’s Pittsburgh office. He continues to hold insurance licenses in several states for property, casualty, life, health and accident insurance.

Active in his community, McMaster has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Blair County Children’ Center, and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association for College and University Business Officers.

McMaster earned his B.S. in business administration, accounting and finance from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He and spouse Chris have two children, Tyee and Madison.

“Bethany’s vision for its future is both inspiring and exciting,” McMaster said. “I am honored to join President Rodenberg’s senior team and look forward to partnering with my colleagues and the entire Bethany community as we turn this vision into reality.”

About Bethany College

Founded in 1840, Bethany 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.

November 15th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Theatre Department will open the 2018-19 season with a production of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Mandrake, a mischievous play celebrating its 500th anniversary this year.

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 1, 2, and 3, at 8 p.m., and Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre, located in Steinman Hall.

The plot unfolds as young Callimaco (Jon Sadar of Dillonvale, Ohio) is determined to seduce Lucrezia (Savannah Fisher of Kidron, Ohio), the beautiful young wife of old Lord Nicia (Mike Lyons of Beaver Falls, Pa.). Callimaco and his scheming friend Ligurio (Kerry Kerr of Lawrenceville, Ga.) exploit Nicia’s desire to have a child by telling him that if Lucrezia drinks the potion of the Mandrake root, the next man who sleeps with her will certainly impregnate her. But there’s just one catch. That man will also die, thus, creating the means to Callimaco’s end!

Helping with the scheme are a corrupt friar, Brother Timothy (Josiah Lashbrook of Meadville, Pa.), Lucrezia’s mother, Sostrata (Aubree Gray of Moundsville, W.Va.), and Callimaco’s servant, Siro (Keith Hardt of Bethany, W.Va.).

“I’ve been fascinated by this play for a long time,” said Director of Bethany College Theatre Luke Hardt. “It’s a happy coincidence that we decided to do it on its 500th anniversary. What we’ve learned (or re-discovered) is that with its combination of zany characters and its unabashed moral relativism, it still has the power to elicit laughter and shock.

“Wallace Shawn, the translator, says it’s either a cynical indictment of human behavior or a celebration of free-spirited pursuit of happiness. To paraphrase a slogan: We perform. You decide!”

Admission is free or by donation. For reservations or more information, call (304) 829-7124.

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.

October 26th, 2018

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First-time Voters Participate in Walk to Mail Absentee Ballots

BETHANY, W.Va. – Over 60 students and community members gathered at Bethany College on Oct. 25 for Walk the Vote, a celebration highlighting the importance of voting.

The event launched with a student-led ceremony.

“We live in a place we have an active way to be heard,” senior cyber security major Othniel Kpodar said.

“Go out there and voice your opinion, and the best way to do that is at the polls!”

With encouragement from fellow classmates and friends, first-time voters then proceeded to the post office to mail their absentee ballots.

Everyone who showed up to support the cause was entered into a raffle to win a one-way ticket home.

Walk the Vote was sponsored by Bethany Memorial Church, Black Student Union, Religion and Philosophy Club, Bison Alliance, Psychology Club, and Social Awareness Club.

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.

October 25th, 2018

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Program Allows Bethany Graduates to Earn Bachelor and Law Degree in Six Years

BETHANY, W.Va. – Students at Bethany College in West Virginia who aspire to a career in the law now have an exciting new pathway to realize their goals.

Under an agreement signed Oct. 8 between Bethany College and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law, students can complete their undergraduate degree requirements at Bethany in three years as the foundation for admission to law school at Ohio Northern. The partnership effectively enables students to save one year in a course of study that would typically require seven years to complete.

Called a 3+3 Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP), this dual degree curriculum results in the successful Bethany student receiving both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate in less time than it would otherwise.

The Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern is one of the premier small law schools in the country. It is distinguished by a liberal arts approach to the law and is a particularly apt choice for Bethany graduates seeking a generalist legal education, excellent opportunities for professional development during law school, and laboratory work that will prepare them for the actual practice of law after graduation.

“This program represents a tremendous opportunity for our students,” says Bethany College provost Dr. Joe Lane. “Bethany students will find many similarities between both schools, not only in the curriculum but in the student experience. And it affords our students with a faster, lower-cost track to a rewarding legal career.”

ONU Law has been recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Law Schools in the Nation” and its placement rates have consistently been strong, oftentimes placing above both state and national averages. With a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, every student is guaranteed a personal legal education with individualized instruction from Orientation through successful completion of the bar exam. And more than 80% of the Class of 2017 were employed in bar passage required or JD-advantage positions within nine months of graduation.

Bethany also maintains a 3+3 agreement with Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh.

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.

About the Pettit College of Law

Located in Ada, Ohio, the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University was founded in 1885, is the second oldest of nine Ohio law schools. ONU Law has been fully accredited by the American Bar Association since 1948 and a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1965.

October 9th, 2018

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BETHANY, WV – Five alumni from the fields of communications, broadcast, TV production, journalism, and public relations were added to the Bethany College Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame on Sept. 28.

Sue Sniegocki Booth ’82 is the Executive Communications Lead at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, where she creates and executes strategic communications designed to engage employees in their leadership’s business priories and global growth strategy. During Booth’s time at Raytheon, her expertise and critical-thinking has won numerous awards, including the CEB (Gartner) Communications Award and seven Gold Quill Awards for internal communications and employee engagement.

Before Raytheon, she consulted with the company as a communications director and acted as marketing director for General Growth. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Booth graduated from Bethany College with a BA in Communications.

Bill Burr ‘91 is an Emmy-nominated news anchor who breaks critical news to his viewers as a senior reporter and fill-in news anchor for WCIV-TV in Charleston, S.C. Burr has a long history of news reporting and being an anchor at various TV stations.

His passion and love for broadcast journalism developed at Bethany College, where he was an anchor, reporter, producer, and photographer for the station.

William C. “Bill” Hoop ‘68 will be remembered as an accomplished journalist, public relations consultant, and communications executive whose distinguished professional career spanned nearly half a century. For over 22 years, Hoop worked for Fidelity Investments and eventually rose to become Senior Vice President and Head of the mutual fund company’s editorial services group.

Prior, Hoop worked for Hill & Knowlton/Boston as Vice President and started his career in daily journalism.

Dan Lohmann ’98 is a founding member of Pikewood Creative, a multi-Emmy award-winning production company. He is Director, Producer, and Editor of the 92-minute “Hot Rod” documentary. Additionally, he has worked five Olympic Games, produced numerous live games, and more.

Lohmann was a member of the NCAA national championship soccer team at Bethany College and went on to receive his MS in Sports Management from West Virginia University.

David McDonnell ‘78 is a retired entertainment journalist who found a way to combine his passion for science fiction and writing to launch a successful career. After starting out as a writer for Mediascene Prevue, he became Editor of Starlog Magazine, a pioneering publication devoted to science fiction and fantasy, for 27 years.

Simultaneously, McDonnell served as Editor of Fangoria, Comics Scene, Fantasy Worlds, Action Heroes, and other sister publications. He also edited numerous licensed magazines and appeared as a guest speaker at over 200 pop culture conventions.

McDonnell earned a Golden Mike Award at Bethany’s college radio station, WVBC. After graduating from Bethany, he attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications where he earned an MA in advertising.

Bethany’s Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame was established in October 2010 to honor distinguished communications graduates. It includes 38 acclaimed graduates, including current national sportscaster Dave Sims and prior news anchors, Toria Talley, of CNN, and Faith Daniels, of CBS Morning News.

Bethany’s Department of Communications and Media Arts has had a storied reputation of producing graduates of national and international significance.

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.

October 8th, 2018

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Independent Ranking Services Score Bethany at the Top for Finding Employment and High-Paying Jobs

BETHANY, W.Va. – Two college ranking services say that Bethany College is the #1 college or university in West Virginia for graduates looking for good-paying jobs.

Zippia, a web-based career builder, ranked Bethany the best college in West Virginia for finding employment. Additionally, College Results, a web tool provided by The Education Trust in Washington, D.C., found that Bethany graduates were first among all West Virginia colleges and universities for having the highest percentage of alumni earning more than $25,000 ten years after enrolling.

Additionally, just one year ago Bethany College was ranked as the #1 college in West Virginia overall by College Choice, an independent online publication.

“Employers in all categories need problem solvers, independent thinkers, and lifelong learners,” says Bethany College president Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg. “The modern economy requires a 21st century workforce with a different skill set from even ten years ago. These rankings illustrate how a Bethany College education serves our graduates well as they move into careers in a wide variety of fields and professions.”

“As the unemployment rate continues to shrink to figures not seen for nearly half a century, it’s becoming more and more important for college graduates to prepare for a competitive workforce,” according to Zippia’s website. “This means picking the right major, having great internship and work experiences, but most of all, choosing the right college to attend in the first place.”

Both the Zippia and College Results rankings are based on independently validated data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard data. Other sources include other Department of Education databases, Barron’s Profile of American Colleges, Peterson’s Databases, and the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs.

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.

October 2nd, 2018

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BETHANY, WV – Bethany College has announced the recipients of its 2018 alumni awards, including the Community Service Award and the Alumni Achievement Award.

These recipients will be honored at Bethany’s Homecoming Weekend festivities on Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

R. Darryl Ponton ‘68, an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is receiving the Community Service Award, given periodically to recognize alumni who demonstrate significant leadership and service to their region or community. After graduating from Bethany, Mr. Ponton received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has served on the board of directors of Heritage National Bank, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, the LeMoyne Center, Hill House Association, the Urban League of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Roundtable and Development Fund, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, and several others. He has also served on the board of trustees at Bethany College. He started his own private legal practice, R. Darryl Ponton & Associates, in 1993.

The Ponton Mentor Program at Bethany College provides African-American students with upper class student mentors, enhanced academic advising, and social support to manage the transition to Bethany College, develop social connections, and learn the foundations of effective leadership abilities.

Dr. Edward Phillips Polack ‘67 and Mr. Peter Jensen ‘81 are receiving Bethany’s Alumni Achievement Award, given annually for achievements and contributions to their profession or field.

Dr. Polack is the director of the Center of Skin Cancer and Melanoma, the Director of the Center for Wound Care, and Chairman of the Committee on Ethics, all at Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia. Previously, he was in private practice in the area of plastic surgery. He has also served as a clinical professor of surgery at West Virginia University Medical Center. He is a member of numerous medical associations and professional committees and has authored three books and over 30 professional publications. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He received his medical training from West Virginia University School of Medicine and has been awarded an honorary doctorate of science from Bethany College, one of the youngest alumni to ever receive such a distinction.

Peter Jensen is an editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun and has also served as reporter, correspondent, feature writer and columnist covering everything from the State House in Annapolis to remote fishing communities along the Chesapeake Bay. He was formerly a reporter for The Cincinnati Post and as a reporter and editor for The Star-Democrat in Easton, Md. In 2016, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Mr. Jensen has won numerous journalism awards from the Scripps-Howard Foundation, the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association and, the Association of Food Journalists. Approximately one year ago, he was recruited by The Sun to voice the daily “flash news briefings,” a summary of the day’s news, for Baltimoreans with access to Amazon’s Echo or other Alexa-enabled devices. This has allowed him to use skills last cultivated at Bethany College’s WVBC radio station.

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.

September 19th, 2018

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BETHANY, WV – Ashley Spillane, a social impact strategist who works at the intersection of politics and pop culture, will deliver the Larry E. Grimes Lecture at Bethany College on Saturday, September 29th at 10:30 a.m.

Her lecture is entitled, “The Next Generation: Harnessing the power of the largest potential voting bloc in America” and will be a discussion about the millennial and post-millennial generation’s potential in the upcoming 2018 election.

Ashley Spillane is a social impact strategist whose expertise bridges the political, technology and entertainment industries. She has over a decade of experience developing and implementing organizational and campaign strategies that drive measurable impact.

As the head of organizations like Rock the Vote, The Atlas Project, and Democratic GAIN, she forged large-scale cause marketing partnerships with companies including iHeartRadio, Microsoft, Verizon, USAToday, Twitter, and Tinder. As a frequent writer, commentator, and speaker, Ashley has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, Bloomberg, NPR, and Al Jazeera. She has been tapped for her thought leadership by a wide-range of publications including the Washington Post, Elite Daily, Rolling Stone, Time, Glamour, Elle, and US Weekly. Spillane was named a “Change Agent” by Marie Claire in 2014, a “Rising Star” by Campaigns + Elections in 2012, and was the 2017-18 Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Spillane’s remarks will take place in the Academic Parlour in Old Main on the Bethany Campus. Her lecture is part of Bethany’s annual Homecoming festivities.

About the Larry Grimes Lecture Series

The Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, which was established by the Bethany College Alumni Council Board of Directors, honors Dr. Larry Grimes, a 1964 Bethany graduate, professor, and renowned Hemingway Scholar who spent 39 years teaching students to learn from and love literature. The goal of the Series is to engage Bethany students and the community at a personal level, by featuring leaders, writers and thinkers, many of whom will be published authors who challenge the audience to consider new perspectives about their education and the world.

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.

September 19th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has been named as one of the country’s “Most Athletic Hidden Gems” among small colleges by College Raptor, a leading college-planning platform that helps families discover colleges based on academic and cultural fit.

With athletic involvement from 57.21 percent of the student body, Bethany, an NCAA Division III school, was ranked fifth in the nation by College Raptor. The ranking’s criteria limited the selection to schools that receive fewer than 5,000 applications a year and have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students enrolled.

“Finding hidden gems for students is core to how we help students and families discover great college choices. That’s why we love putting out our Hidden Gems lists each year to highlight excellent schools like Bethany,” said Bill Staib, CEO of College Raptor.

Part of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference, Bethany offers 22 intercollegiate athletic teams, along with intramurals and club sports.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the Most Athletic Hidden Gems,” said Steve Thompson, Director of Athletics for Bethany College. “From the moment you step onto our campus, you know Bethany is a special place. We couldn’t be prouder of the Bethany student-athlete experience.”

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.

September 6th, 2018

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