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.

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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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Actors to Perform Staged Reading of Stories from Arkansas Death Row Inmates

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College and Wheeling Jesuit University will host productions of On the Row, a staged reading of stories from Arkansas death row inmates, on Aug. 29 and 30.

The performance at Bethany College is scheduled for Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Wailes Theatre, located in Steinman Hall, and the performance at Wheeling Jesuit University is scheduled for Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Troy Theatre, located in Swint Hall.

The shows, featuring Bethany College alumni and students, are free and open to the public, with a $10 donation encouraged.

The Prison Story Project is a storytelling, creative writing project that benefits incarcerated women and men. Its goal is to enable those whose voices have been locked away to tell their stories, allowing communities to witness the humanity of the incarcerated through their own words.

From May through October of 2016, The Prison Story Project was granted unprecedented access to the men on Arkansas’ Death Row at Varner Prison. There were thirty-four men on the row at the time and eleven of those men chose to participate in the project. The inmates met with the volunteer team once a month to explore writing and storytelling concepts.

A staged reading of their work was developed and performed for the men on death row on October 8, 2016 and later that month for the public in Northwest Arkansas, where The Prison Story Project is headquartered.

The cast will include actor Ron Scott, of Wheeling, W.Va., ’74 Bethany College graduates David Jolliffe, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Gary Kappel, of Bethany, W.Va., and Bethany College students Kerry Kerr, of Lawrenceville, Ga., Mike Lyons, of Beaver, Pa., and Issac Flowers, of Levittown, Pa. David Jolliffe is Professor Emeritus, Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas, and Dr. Gary Kappel is Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities at Bethany College.

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.

August 27th, 2018

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The schedule of events for the Fall 2018 Buffalo Seminary have been announced and will be held as follows:

September 24-25:  Mental Health – Rev. Dr. Cletus Hull
October:  Preaching the Prophets – Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery
November 14-16:  On Jordan’s Bank: The Baptist’s Cry—John the Baptist – Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston
December 4:  Case Study Sessions – Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie

All of the events listed above will be held on the campus of Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia. Registration and additional information will be announced in the coming weeks.

August 14th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has hired three new faculty members who will begin teaching in the 2018-19 academic year.

These additions will grow Bethany’s departments of Biology and Political Science.

The new faculty include:

  • Dr. Anna Edlund – Dr. Anna Edlund, of Easton, Pa., is Bethany’s new Associate Professor of Biology. She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and post doctorate from the University of Chicago. Along with researching pollen grains and the cells they contain, Dr. Edlund has taught at Spelman College and Lafayette College. For the past six summers, she has taught biology to Tibetan Buddhist monks in India. This fall semester, before arriving at Bethany, she will be Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she will teach a course on Creation and Embryology.
  • Dr. Katrina McNally – Dr. Katrina McNally, of Adelphi, Md., is Bethany’s new Assistant Professor of Political Science. She earned a Ph.D., ABD, and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Chemistry and Theatre Arts from Hastings College. She has teaching experience from Northern Virginia Community College and the University of Maryland, and her research interests include political representation in Congress, political institutions, identity politics, group-based representation, and elite behavior and quantitative methods.
  • Dr. Kayce Mobley – Dr. Kayce Mobley, of Pittsburg, Kan., is Bethany’s new Assistant Professor of Political Science. Dr. Mobley has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Political Science from The University of the South. Among many publications, including “Big Brother, Ltd.: The Orwellian Nature of Neoliberal Politics,” and “Hiding Death: Contextualizing the Dover Ban,” Dr. Mobley has taught at Pittsburg State University, Wabash College, and the University of Georgia.
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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.

August 1st, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College has hired three new faculty members who will begin teaching in the Fall semester 2018.

These additions will grow Bethany’s departments of Communications and Media Arts, Education, and Mathematics.

The new faculty include:

  • Dr. David M. DeIuliis – Dr. David M. DeIuliis, of Pittsburgh, Pa., joins Bethany as Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts. He received a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Media Studies from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne University. Since then, Dr. DeIuliis has taught at Washington & Jefferson College, Stevenson University, University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.
  • Dr. Eileen St. John – Dr. Eileen St. John, of Coraopolis, Pa., is Bethany’s new Assistant Professor of Education. She holds an M.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in elementary math and science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.D. with a concentration in reading education from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. St. John comes to Bethany with almost 20 years of professional experience, including positions at Concordia University-online, University of Pittsburgh, and Walden University College of Education and Leadership Ed.D. Program.
  • Dr. Satoshi Takahashi – Dr. Satoshi Takahashi, of Berea, Ky., is Bethany’s new Associate Professor of Mathematics. He earned a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics and an M.A. in Mathematics from University of California and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Columbia University. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Takahashi has taught at many institutions, including Rio Hondo College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Elmira College. His research interests include computational neuroscience, statistical machine learning, mathematical bioscience, and curriculum materials for parents and children.
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.

July 3rd, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg has announced that Stephen P. Thompson has been appointed the Director of Athletics at Bethany College.

He will begin in his new role at Bethany on July 1, 2018.

Previously, Thompson was the athletic director at Eureka College in Illinois, where he recently completed a $3 million dollar fundraising campaign to renovate the school’s historic Reagan Gymnasium and McKinzie Football Field.

During his tenure at Eureka, Thompson administered a competitive athletic program in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Eureka’s women’s basketball team, which Thompson coached, took both the conference regular season and tournament championships in 2017 to advance to their first-ever NCAA Tournament. In recognition for his achievements that year, Thompson was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year, the SLIAC Coach of the Year, as well as the Hero Sports National Coach of the Year.

Additionally, the Eureka Red Devils football program won eight games to clinch its first conference title since 1995 and go to the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history.

Prior to his appointment as Eureka’s Athletic Director, Thompson served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations at Case Western Reserve University and later at Kent State University.

He has extensive experience in both athletic facilities development and fundraising.

“We’re delighted to welcome Steve Thompson to our leadership team,” said Dr. Rodenberg. “He brings a unique blend of talents and experience that we sought nationwide and which will address our specific needs as we grow our athletic department and facilities.”

“I would like to thank President Rodenberg, those involved in the search, and the Board of Trustees for this opportunity,” said Thompson. “The visionary leadership from Dr. Rodenberg and the passion for Bethany from those involved in the search really made this position attractive. I am excited to join the dynamic team at Bethany.”

Thompson holds his bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of Wooster and a master of science in sports administration from Kent State University.

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.

June 26th, 2018

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