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 Dean’s List much have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or better for the semester while completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours.

 

PRESIDENT’S LIST:

Kaylie Allen (Vienna, West Virginia)

Emily Anderson (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Olivia Archer (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Kathy Ashmore (Weirton, West Virginia)

Aubrey Baehr (Evans City, Pennsylvania)

Reese Bearfield (Orgas, West Virginia)

Samantha Binkley (Kenilworth, Canada)

Mackenzie Bosley (Buckhannon, West Virginia)

Spencer Bowman (Newark, Ohio)

Evan Byrne (Bethany, West Virginia)

Amanda Casto (Wellsburg, West Virginia)

Michael Ceraolo (Weirton, West Virginia)

Emily DiMichele (Butler, Pennsylvania)

Tatum Dyar (Brazil, Indiana)

Sydney Freeman (Saint Clairsville, Ohio)

Rachel Gantzer (Morgantown, West Virginia)

Alaina Geer (Greensburg, Pennsylvania)

Kyle Goodwin (Parkersburg, West Virginia)

Emily Griffith (Bridgeport, West Virginia)

Lena Grogan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Madelyn Hill (Chesapeake, Ohio)

Rebecca Lee (Huntington, West Virginia)

Lindsey Llewellyn (Vermilion, Ohio)

Julianna Martin (Altamont, New York)

Bernardo Matus (Naucalpan de Juarez Edo, Mexico)

Logan Mayhew (Morgantown, West Virginia)

Alexandra Metz (Frostburg, Maryland)

Megan Nally (New Cumberland, West Virginia)

Geoff Pecar (Cadiz, Ohio)

Taylor Sasak (Berea, Ohio)

Kayla Schultz (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania)

Jenna Scott (New Castle, Indiana)

Katelyn Sparks (Macedonia, Ohio)

Haley Thompson (Toronto, Ohio)

Rhone Thrash (Parkersburg, West Virginia)

Abigail Turner (Huntington, West Virginia)

Jaclyn Vealey (Whitesville, West Virginia)

Ashley Veryser (Cygnet, Ohio)

Ashley Worst (Apollo, Pennsylvania)

Morgan Wyckoff (Washington Court House, Ohio)

 

DEAN’S LIST:

Drew Affeltranger (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Carlyn Amon (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania)

Ryan Anselmino (North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania)

Rebecca Arkwright (Ellwood City, Pennsylvania)

Drake Berlin (Washington Court House, Ohio)

Hunter Bowman (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Benjamin Brown (Clinton, Maryland)

Colton Brownlee (Avella, Pennsylvania)

Francesca Capaldi (Steubenville, Ohio)

Ashley Cass (McDonald, Pennsylvania)

Matthew Cavanagh (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania)

Jordan Coletti (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada)

Lillian Cunningham (Portland, Oregon)

Angelica Darling (Silver Spring, Maryland)

Lauren Davis (Gandeeville, West Virginia)

Kayla Dinsmore (Beavercreek, Ohio)

Mohamed Elola (Jersey City, New Jersey)

Jada Epps (Monroeville, Pennsylvania)

Alex Fenstermaker (Kirtland, Ohio)

Jasmine Fuqua (Washington, Pennsylvania)

Thomas Galbraith (New Brighton, Pennsylvania)

Lashawna Gallope (Westminister, Maryland)

Benjamin Gavlik (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Nicholas Glenn (Sydney, Australia)

Issiah Gossett (Parkersburg, West Virginia)

Amanda Gurdish (Bentleyville, Pennsylvania)

Katelin Hart (Lowell, Ohio)

Ian Hayhurst (Rivesville, West Virginia)

Janaya Hazlip (McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania)

Miranda Heitz (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Luis Arteaga Herrera (Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico)

Alyssa Hill (Buckhannon, West Virginia)

Jordan Hunkins (Zanesville, Ohio)

Mercedez Hussak (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Alison Irvin (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Christian Kampas (Elizabeth, Pennsylvania)

Emily Lamantia (Toronto, Ohio)

Amber LaMotte (Bellaire, Ohio)

Kelly Leihy (Bowie, Maryland)

Elizabeth Lineberry (York, Pennsylvania)

David Lipscomb (Greenwood, West Virginia)

Gwyneth Loughran (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Samantha Maidens (St. Marys, West Virginia)

Zyann McCullom (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)

Nicholas Melita (Fredericksburg, Virginia)

Maggie Merren (Oregon, Ohio)

Riley Meyers (Du Bois, Pennsylvania)

Kaitlyn Mills (New Lexington, Ohio)

Iwan Mooney (South Wales, United Kingdom)

Jordan Moore (Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania)

Maclaine Murad (Bridgeport, Ohio)

Robert Murano (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania)

Ryan Nickerson (Huntington Beach, California)

Madison Northcraft (New Cumberland, West Virginia)

Kevin Nuckols (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Nativa O’Brien (Everett, Pennsylvania)

Jacob Paris (Carnegie, Pennsylvania)

Michael Pasquale (Avella, Pennsylvania)

Austin Paul-Orecchio (Weirton, West Virginia)

Trystin Peck (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Korey Platt (Germantown, Maryland)

Kennedy Quillen (Vienna, West Virginia)

Jacob Ranttila (Bennington, Vermont)

Cheyanne Reinbeau (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Eden Rice (Wellsburg, West Virginia)

Anna Riddle (Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania)

Austin Ritchea (Bethany, West Virginia)

Toshia Rush (Alum Bank, Pennsylvania)

Joseph Sawyer (Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania)

Kristen Schafbuch (Marpingen, Germany)

Breeanna Schuster (St. Clairsville, Ohio)

Kelsi Settle (Sebring, Ohio)

Samantha Seymour (Dover, New Hampshire)

Michael Shenton (Chester, West Virginia)

Michael Springer-Ingram (Manchester, New Hampshire)

Jillian Taylor (Monroe, Ohio)

Valerie Thurston (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio)

Ashley Vankirk (New Martinsville, West Virginia)

Brandon Wagner (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Anthony Wahlie (Lima, Ohio)

Adriana Walt (Moundsville, West Virginia)

Andrew Weiss (Washington, Pennsylvania)

Brooklyn Wilson (Washington Court House, Ohio)

Ethan Young (McMurray, Pennsylvania)

 

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 29th, 2018

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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 promoting women and leadership.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 22nd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1st, 2018

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Students Hear Vision of a New Civil Rights Movement

Shaun KingBETHANY, W. Va. – Civil rights activist Shaun King, a key voice in racial equality and social justice in America, brought his message of a new civil rights movement to Bethany College Feb. 20.

King spoke to about 250 students, faculty, and guests as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month on Bethany’s northern West Virginia campus.

His remarks wove a common thread through a number of topical issues, including gun violence and mass shootings, the Black Lives Matter movement, the impact of the news media and social media on race relations, and bridging the social justice gap in America.

King, a columnist for The Intercept, the former Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News, and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, is noted for his use of social media to promote religious, charitable, and social causes.

He held a question and answer session with an audience of Bethany students and moderated by Bethany provost Dr. Joe Lane and trustee Jhamal Robinson. Later, he spoke to a packed house at Bethany’s Wailes Theater on “The New Civil Rights Movement.”

King’s visit to Bethany College was sponsored by the Bethany Student Activities Council, the Bethany Black Student Alliance, and the Office of the Dean of Chapel.

“We strive to be a college that engages in social issues in a way that creates critical thinkers,” said Bethany’s Dean of the Chapel, Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie. “We want to have this conversation on our campus so that we can foster a welcoming community for all.”

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 20th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. — A distinguished Bethany College alumnus co-produced an album that went on to win Best Children’s Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Rich Jacques, a 1993 Bethany graduate, worked with singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb to produce the winning album, Feel What U Feel.

A producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, Jacques is known for creating soundtracks for movies and television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, and The Break-Up.

January 31st, 2018

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Frances McDormand Wins Best Actress and William Macy Nominated for Best Actor.

BETHANY, W.Va. — Two distinguished alumni from Bethany College in West Virginia shared the spotlight last night at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Frances McDormand, who earned her bachelor of arts in theater from Bethany in 1979, won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role as Mildred Hayes in the film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which also took the top prize for Best Motion Picture – ­­Drama.

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

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

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

William H. Macy, who enrolled at Bethany in 1968, was nominated in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his role as Frank Gallagher in the Showtime adaptation of the British television series, Shameless.

Macy has won two Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual awards ceremony is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, which culminates each year in the Academy Awards.

January 8th, 2018

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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 enrollment@bethanywv.edu.

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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