LightUpNight 2017 (2).jpgBETHANY, 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 wreaths that are up for auction will be decorated in various holiday themes. Each is donated by students, departments, or local groups.

All proceeds from the event will go to Bernie’s Kids. The charity, which is named in honor of the late Brooke County Sheriff and Commissioner Bernie Kazienko, provides Christmas presents for needy children in the county. Last year’s event raised approximately $3,700 for the charity.

Santa Claus and his special guests will be making appearances at the event, and will get pictures taken with children in attendance.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or if you would like to donate a tree or wreath, please contact the Student Life Office at 304.829.7631 no later than Monday, Dec. 4.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

November 20th, 2017

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After a full review and consideration, Bethany College has decided to temporarily close the Mountainside Conference Center, Gresham Inn and Harder Hall on January 1, 2018.

Reservations for conferences, receptions, and individual rooms for dates prior to January 1, 2018, will be honored. However, in order for staff, conference planners, and hotel guests to properly plan for upcoming events, we are issuing this guidance now.

Unfortunately, in its present condition the complex has become a severe financial burden to the College which cannot be sustained.  In order to stem these serious losses and begin the renewal process, the decision was taken to close the facility.

The College is actively exploring a number of ownership models and uses for the facilities, and during the period of its temporary closure, will seek investors to repair, rejuvenate and eventually re-open the properties.

As with any revitalization initiative, this work requires significant financial resources.  Bethany must raise funds to renovate the property, and encourages investors and alumni to support this effort as we move forward.  And, as with any donation to the College, support for this project can be directly contributed to Bethany and is tax deductible.

The College will keep its alumni community informed of developments as we search for options to return the Mountainside, Gresham Inn and Harder Hall to operational and fiscal health.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

November 14th, 2017

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Avella Area High School seniors seeking to enroll in Bethany College next year now have the opportunity for a full-tuition scholarship, thanks to the generosity of two Bethany alumni.

Bethany College is now accepting applications for the Georgiana and Robert F. Riley, Jr. Scholarship for one qualified student graduating from the Avella Area who has been accepted to matriculate as a freshman at Bethany.

To qualify, the student must have attended all four years at Avella Area High School, achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, applied to Bethany, been accepted to matriculate as a freshman beginning in September 2018, and must maintain a 2.5 grade point average through their four-year education at Bethany.

This scholarship is available through the generosity of Robert and Georgiana Riley who met in 1970 while attending Bethany. Mr. Riley served as Director of Admissions at Bethany and later was an executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia. Mrs. Riley started in the chemical industry and went to become the owner, president and chief executive officer of TIGG Corporation in Pittsburgh.

As distinguished alumni of Bethany College, they hope to provide a deserving Avella Area graduate with the kind of opportunities made possible by a great education.

To learn more about the Georgiana and Robert F. Riley, Jr. Scholarship, please contact Bethany’s Office of Financial Aid at 304.829.7611, or

About Avella School District

The Avella School District is a rural, public school district serving less than 600 students in grades K-12. It is located 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The district encompasses approximately 73-square miles. It provides education to 550 pupils, employment of 54 teachers, 35 full-time and part time support personnel and four admissions.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

November 9th, 2017

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Ghastly Tale Promises Halloween Fun on Bethany Campus 

pillowman.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College Theatre continues its 2017-18 Season with its production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.

Performances will be held October 26-28 at 8 p.m. and October 29 at 2 p.m. in the Wailes Theatre, Steinman Hall on the Bethany College campus.

This darkly comic, twisted, tale has been described as playwright and screenwriter McDonagh’s bravest work. His other works include Beauty Queen of of Lenane, Cripple of Inishman, In Bruges, andthe soon-to-be-released Three Billboards featuring Bethany’s own Oscar/Tony/Emmy award winning Fran McDormand.

In the opening scene, a good cop (Mike Lyons of Beaver Falls, PA) and a bad cop (Kerry Kerr of Lawrenceville, GA) interrogate Katurian, (Max Hardt of Bethany, WV) a young writer, about a series of child murders that bear strong similarities to the stories he’s written. Also in custody is Katurian’s brain-damaged brother Michal (Elias Stebbins of Washington, PA).  The brothers have both been childhood victims of a bizarre artistic experiment by their parents (Katie Campbell of Emmitsburg, MD and Jess Donato of Butler, PA) designed to instill genius in Katurian.  As the plot unfolds, several of Katurian’s scary-sweet stories are enacted by the parents and a child (Caitlin Hanna of Washington, PA).

A number of disturbing images blur the line between fantasy and reality and cleverly provokes examination of the notion of creativity itself.

The Pillowman is decidedly not family-friendly as it unflinchingly depicts murder, suicide, beheading, torture, crucifixion and live burial. But for adult audiences looking for some wicked Halloween fun, Pillowman delivers.

Limited seating is available, so reservations are strongly recommended by calling 304.829.7124.

Admission to the play is free but donations are gladly accepted. Additionally, Bethany College Theatre is using this event as a collection point for care items for Brookeplace Family Connections in Weirton. Patrons of The Pillowman are invited to donate any of the following items for teenage girls:

  • Any Bath and Body Works item
  • School supplies
  • Towels (preferably white)
  • Gift cards (Kroger’s, Walmart, or shopping mall)
  • Make up
  • Adult coloring books

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

October 20th, 2017

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REV-CHERISNA-JEANMARIE-sm-237x300.jpgBETHANY, 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, graduated in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in public communications from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She completed her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2010, where she was awarded the coveted Florence Conwell Prize for outstanding preaching. In 2012, she was ordained into the Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where she served as associate minister.

She completed her chaplaincy work in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2014 offering up the ministry of pastoral care and counseling to a diverse community of all walks of life and faith traditions. Rev. Jean-Marie is a co-contributor for the African-American lectionary, a book project entitled, “These Sistas Can Say It,” and Partner Prayers for Advent 2014 with the Bethany Fellows Group (Disciples of Christ). She is a Bethany Fellow (Disciples of Christ), a member of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry-Nashville Branch, and she serves as the vice president of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen.

Rev. Jean-Marie’s vision is to lead the Bethany community to become an intercultural community that embodies love, justice, and hospitality.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

October 13th, 2017

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Letter to the Community:

It has been a challenging month for our nation, from natural disasters to acts of unspeakable violence, America and the Bethany community have not been unscathed.

We had barely begun to recover from the horrific tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Hurricane Harvey dumped a U.S. record 52 inches of rain on the Houston, Texas area, killing 82 and destroying thousands of homes in its path.

Then, it was Maria’s turn. The second major hurricane to strike the United States in less than a week has so far killed 34 people and plunged the entire island of Puerto Rico into darkness. Millions are without food, power, or drinking water. And the death toll from this storm is expected to continue rising.

And just this week, the horror of mass violence has been visited upon yet another American city.  As of this writing, 59 Americans have been killed and 527 others currently fighting for their lives or recovering from gunshot wounds in the attack in Las Vegas Sunday night. It’s the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, surpassing the shooting at an Orlando nightclub just last year.

Tragically, the Las Vegas attack has touched every corner of the United States, including our Bethany community. There are those among us on campus who knew some of the victims in Las Vegas and who are now enduring this pain in a very personal way. We stand as a community with these special Bethanians and hope that our concern and compassion for them can help ease their suffering in some small way.

So as October brings the beauty and excitement of a new season, let’s remember many people in the United States and the Caribbean are suffering today. Many have lost loved ones. Others have lost their homes. And many have lost everything.

It’s also important to not simply stand as helpless bystanders but to pitch in wherever we can to help others. A number of relief efforts have been created to assist the victims of these terribly tragedies. Any contribution, no matter how small, can help and it reminds those who may feel in darkness that they are not alone.

Below are links to just a few of the many relief efforts available to help those in need.

Thank you.

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg

Week of Compassion

United for Puerto Rico                                         

One America Appeal                                            

American Red Cross—Hurricane Harvey                     

American Red Cross—Hurricane Maria        

Las Vegas Victims’ Fund

October 4th, 2017

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Bethany, WV – Four alumni from the fields of public relations, journalism and broadcasting were added to the Bethany College Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame today.

Greg Hammaren, ’81, is Senior Vice President/General Manager at FOX Sports Detroit, a post he has held since 2002. A 30-year veteran of the regional sports business with both Turner Sports and FOX Sports, he has worked with team owners and executives in multiple large markets. Hammaren’s leadership has helped FOX Sports Detroit become the highest-rated cable channel in prime time in Michigan as well as among the highest-rated and most-watched regional sports networks in the country. Greg is a seven-time Michigan Emmy winner for Station Excellence. He is a founding member of the Detroit Sports Organizing Corporation (2017) and has served on the Executive Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan since 2005.

Dean Lampietro, ’91, has been a producer at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh since 1998, where he produces news, sports, election coverage, and special programming for this NBC affiliate. Prior to joining WPXI, Dean was a news producer for WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio.

Keith Joseph Piasecki, ’94, is currently a Technical Director / Director with CNN in Atlanta.  He started at CNN in 1998 as a video journalist and has held several positions including Electronic Graphics Operator and Master Control Operator. He led CNN’s 2008 political coverage on and was lead Technical Director for HLN’s coverage of the Casey Anthony trail in 2011.  In his current role, Piasecki primarily works with CNN International as a Technical Director on the overnight shift working on the “CNN Newsroom” shows which are mostly geared to a European breakfast audience.

Dan Verakis, ’98, is a senior principal at Clareo Partners, an international growth strategy firm, where he leads the brand loyalty and change management practice. Verakis has worked in the international marketing communications and change management fields for over 20 years, and in three countries. He’s worked in leading roles within companies such as Whirlpool and Monsanto. And he’s advised clients such as McDonald’s, United Airlines, Heinz, Kraft, Maui Jim, and Anglo-American in roles such as SVP & Director of Public Relations at Cramer-Krasselt — the second largest independent marketing firm in the U.S.  Additionally, Verakis is a technology entrepreneur who has helped cultivate the Chicago tech ecosystem, launched his own startup, and been invited to join and launch the White House Safety Data Initiative.

Bethany’s Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame was established in October 2010 to honor distinguished communications graduates.  It includes 28 acclaimed graduates such as current national sportscaster Dave Sims and Bob Orr, the former Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBSNews.

As the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia?, 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 is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

September 29th, 2017

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Bethany, WV – At least 14 colleges and universities from throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, will compete for top honors in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show at Oglebay Stables in Wheeling on Sunday, October 15.

The event is hosted by Bethany College, and is free and open to the public.

Among the schools taking part are West Virginia University, Bethany College, Seton Hill University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Riders will be judged “over fences” (jumping) and “on the flat” (no jumps) based on their ability to effectively communicate with their horse, their ability to appear aesthetically pleasing (i.e. posture and positioning on the horse) and the ability to make riding appear smooth and effortless.

The show will be held in the outdoor arena of the equestrian facility at Oglebay Stables and begins at 9 a.m.

Oglebay and Bethany College maintain a partnership to house the college’s off-campus equestrian facilities at the Oglebay Stables. Operations Manager Amy McGreal says one of the benefits of the added facilities and space gained by the partnership is the ability to host IHSA competitions.

“This partnership has also allowed Bethany to offer expanded service learning activities, internships and experiential learning opportunities, plus training on new equestrian disciplines,” said McGreal.

McGreal added the show is a good opportunity to visit the facility, see the horses, and witness collegiate competition.

The IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. It was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

September 27th, 2017

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Danny H. Rubin, an award-winning author and speaker on business communication skills, will give the keynote address at this year’s John Keresty Lecture in Journalism on Wednesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery. The lecture is part of the 56th Communications and Media Arts Week, which will focus on the theme “It’s On Us,” and will take place Sept. 25 – 30.

Rubin is the author of “Wait, How Do I Write This Email?” which is a collection of more than 100 templates for networking and the job search, as well as “Wait, How Do I Promote My Business?” which is ideal for the small business owner. As a business communication speaker, Rubin provides a step-by-step guide for email communication, job applications, website content, press releases, and crowdfunding pages.

In 2015, he was the winner of the “Plank Center Award” for commitment to mentorship, a finalist in the “2016 Best Book” awards contest, and a 2016 “Notable Indie” book as decided by Shelf Magazine.

While the Keresty Lecture is often the most publicized of Communications Week events, presentations and workshops from prominent Bethany College alumni and professionals in communications and media arts will take place all week. The program is designed to help students better understand the diverse and quickly evolving world of media communications, take advantage of the wide array of potential experiences as undergraduates, and move through their undergraduate years and into their professional careers successfully. Communications Week is presented by the Bethany College Department of Communications & Media Arts.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 25 – Ruth Westlake Day
  • 9:05 a.m., Weimer Lecture Hall: Gender Portrayal in the Digital World; Dr. Jason K. Smith
  • 10:10 a.m., Bethany House 101: Healthy Relationships Are Dependent On Us
  • 7 p.m., Hummel Field House: Pep Rally
Tuesday, Sept. 26 – James “Jim” Carty Jr. Day
  • 9:30 a.m., Steinman: It’s on Us; M.E. Yancosek Gamble
  • 2 p.m., Bethany Town Square: Town Cleanup with the First Year Experience
Wednesday, Sept. 27 – E.E. Roberts Day
  • 9:05 a.m., Bethany House 101: Being a Global Citizen is On Us; Dr. Patrick J. Sutherland
  • 7 p.m., Renner Art Gallery: John Keresty Lecture: Our Future Is On Us; Game-Changing Strategies for Your Internship/Job Search; Danny H. Rubin
Thursday, Sept. 28 – James Keegen Day
  • All Day, Professor Jon Griener & Multimedia Students visit John Marshall High School to Speak with Perspective Students
  • 7 p.m., Hummel Field House: It’s On Us, Bethany Pledge Booth
Friday, Sept. 29 – Hal Shaver Day
  • 4 p.m., Bethany House: Alumni, Faculty & Staff Cocktail Hour
  • 5 p.m., Bethany House: Wall of Fame Induction
Saturday, Sept. 30 – Homecoming
  • 2 p.m., Bison Stadium: It’s On Us Pledge Booth & Video Premiere
About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

September 25th, 2017

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BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Theatre Department will open the 2017-18 season with its production of Jocelyn Beard’s, The Ornamental Hermit, at Bethany’s outdoor amphitheatre near Steinman Hall.

Three evening performances are scheduled for September 14, 15, and 16, at 6:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on September 17, at 2 p.m.

The Ornamental Hermit, set on the Rivermede plantation, South Carolina in 1860 is a rollicking tale of a spoiled Southern belle, a slave rebellion, love, mistaken identities, kissing bandits, and lots of plot twists. All in all, it’s a humorous approach to some very serious topics.

Two sophomores, Kerry Kerr (Atlanta, Georgia) and Epiphany Charles (Gaithersburg, Maryland), play slaves, Joe and Mehitable, who, though in love are at odds about escaping the plantation.

Senior Maclaine Murad (Bridgeport, Ohio) plays the Scarlett O’Hara-inspired character Lily, precocious and self-absorbed who matures over the course of the play. Sophomore Logan Mayhew (Morgantown, West Virginia) fills the role of her stepmother, a Yankee transplant whom Cedric (senior Maxwell Hardt of Bethany, West Virginia) has married for her fortune. The title role of The Ornamental Hermit is played by senior Elias Stebbins (Washington, Pennsylvania). At first, he seems to be a mysterious stranger who has stepped right out of one of Lily’s Romantic novels, but his true identity will keep the audience guessing until the end.  Rounding out the cast are Jess Donato of Butler, Pennsylvania, as Cedric’s tippling sister and guest artist Daniel Loh of Wheeling, who plays Mr. Seely, Rivermede’s overseer. Or is he?

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Luke Hardt, who says, “The first thing that makes this play so funny is that there really were ornamental hermits on Southern plantations and English estates in the 19th century. So, it’s based on something true. But then the playwright draws these largely ridiculous characters to use humor to highlight the absurdity of slavery.

“At Bethany, we have some unique resources, such as the Amphitheatre,” says director Hardt. “I’m always looking for plays that benefit from being done outside. The Ornamental Hermit is perfect.”

“Another point of pride is that as an educational program, we’re not compelled to limit our selections to plays that are already popular. I’m hopeful that a large audience will take the trip back in time to Rivermede for this hilarious and thought-provoking play.”

The production crew includes Jordan Moore (Washington, Pennsylvania), Caitlin Hanna (Washington, Pennsylvania), Serenity Brown (Bloomingberg, New York), and Toshia Rush (Alum Bank, Pennsylvania).

Admission for the performances is free, but donations are accepted.

The Bethany Amphitheatre is a natural hillside located directly behind Wailes Theatre in Steinman Hall.  The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as there is no formal seating.  In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held inside Wailes Theatre.

For more information, call 304.829.7124.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

September 1st, 2017

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