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 of the principal founders of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ (DOC).

Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (DOC), gave the Founder’s Day address entitled, “Where the Scriptures Speak: Exploring Alexander Campbell’s Principles for Biblical Interpretation.”

During her address, Owens explored how Campbell’s principles of Biblical interpretation can help us achieve an understanding of differences as we come together in dialogue.

“Listen in an attempt to reach that understanding difference,” said Owens. “That’s all we can hope for because we are limited, and we are flawed. But we are here together, and I believe Alexander Campbell would want us to work on those principles of interpretation as we meet, talk, learn, and live together.”

Campbell’s principles include:

  • Consider the historical circumstances in the book.
  • Understand the authority under which this author operates.
  • Understand the philological principles (use the original language to get at the heart of what the writer actually intended).

The need to apply these principles is based on the limited means of the written word, according to Owens.

“Our words, be they spoken or written, are such limited tools. Campbell says we must come within the understanding distance, critical distance, yes, but an understanding distance that allows for grace, that allows for love, that allows for humanity.”

Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, President of Bethany College, presided over the event. “Today, we gather in this historic Commencement Hall to honor our missions and values with a spirit of community,” said Rodenberg. “This spirit has always defined us, drawing us together once again to reflect on the vision of Bethany College which was so beautifully articulated by our founder, Alexander Campbell, 179 years ago.

“Mr. Campbell envisioned that upon graduation, students would become their own teachers and pupils and continue their education throughout their lives. Standing here today and seeing our seniors donning their caps and gowns for the first time, I believe Mr. Campbell would be overjoyed.”

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

About Bethany College

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

March 18th, 2019

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its decennial comprehensive evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. Bethany will host a visit on April 29-30, 2019, from a visiting team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. Bethany College has been accredited by HLC since 1926.

Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

Please submit comments to HLC at hlcommission.org/comment or mail them to the address below. All comments must be submitted no later than March 28, 2019.

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February 27th, 2019

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

These events will be held March 1-2 as part of Bethany’s Fifth Annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Weekend, which features nationally-recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae.

Students will have the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations as this year’s event takes on a new, engaging format.

The Women Leaders Recognition Dinner will kick off the weekend on Friday, March 1, with alumna keynote speaker Kaye G. Hearn ‘72, Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Justice Hearn, who is serving her tenth year in office, is the second woman member in the court’s history. Prior to her election to the state’s highest court, Justice Hearn was a member of the South Carolina Court of Appeals for fifteen years, serving as its Chief Judge for ten years.

Saturday’s activities will open with a workshop exclusively for alumnae and Bethany seniors, entitled, “Pursuing Your Passion and Finding Your Purpose Workshop.” Workshop leader Dr. Peggy Guest, Owner of Aspire Coaching and Consulting, will lead this interactive session about choosing paths that fulfill dreams and ambitions.

All students will then join with alumnae to learn about how leadership can be fun with alumna keynote speaker Kathy Tucker ‘85, Sales Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker for Kathy Tucker Coaching and Consulting.

About Women and Leadership Weekend

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

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

About Bethany College

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

February 27th, 2019

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Forty prospective students attended Bethany College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Visit, braving the icy temperatures to learn more about Bethany’s prestigious academic programs and beautiful campus.

After receiving a warm welcome from VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing Karen Hunt, students and their guests learned about Bethany’s admissions process and career services.

The group then bundled up to take a well-received tour of campus buildings, dorms, and athletic facilities, while athletic coaches popped in to meet everyone.

Several students said they enjoyed their day on campus despite the freezing temperatures.

The visit commenced with lunch and fellowship at Ogden Dining Hall.

Upcoming visit opportunities include Accepted Students Day on March 30 and Green and White Visitation Day on April 27.

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.

January 24th, 2019

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Professional storyteller Dylan Pritchett will deliver a message embracing the theme of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21.

Based in Williamsburg, Va., Pritchett spends the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day traveling to perform stories that directly reflect the topics in Dr. King’s speeches, teachings, and writings.

Through spoken word of inclusion, social justice, and civil rights, Pritchett strives to serve as motivation for humans to relate to one another as members of a single family.

Pritchett’s presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery in Bethany House on campus.

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.

January 18th, 2019

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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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