Former NFL Star Speaks of Overcoming Odds, Receives Honorary Doctorate

BETHANY, W.Va. – Charlie Batch, an NFL star quarterback who played for both the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers before becoming a nationally-recognized advocate for urban communities, delivered the commencement address at Bethany College’s 178th Commencement Ceremony on May 19.

In a career that has spanned 20 years, Batch has been a professional athlete, a television analyst, an entrepreneur, an advocate for disadvantaged communities, philanthropist, and a champion of numerous issues affecting children and health.

“Expect greatness in your life,” said Batch, who reflected on the lessons he learned growing up in Pittsburgh’s Mon Valley and his NFL playing career before a capacity crowd at Bethany’s Hummel Field House.

“If you don’t expect to win in life, I guarantee you never will. So expect greatness from yourself and everyone around you.

“Dream big,” he continued. “Remember that dreams are nothing more than plans awaiting action, and sometimes you may be the only one who can see your vision. I’m sure at some point you were told that you weren’t good enough…smart enough…talented enough. You can either buy into that lie, or you can challenge that lie, and say ‘no, I refuse to believe that.’”

Bethany College president, Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, challenged the graduates to heed the lessons of Batch’s experience in their lives.

“Today you are standing at the precipice of a new challenge,” said Rodenberg. “If you want to bring fundamental change in the world, you must change belief, behavior, and create a community where that belief can be practiced, and expressed, and nurtured. Today, your passport is stamped and you are ready to embark on a life of purpose.

“The world is in desperate need of leaders. This is your time.”

In recognition of his multi-faceted career and achievements in public service, Bethany College bestowed on Batch an honorary Doctor of Philanthropy degree.

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.

May 19th, 2018

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Former NFL Star and Community Advocate to Receive Honorary Doctorate in Philanthropy

BETHANY, W.Va. – Charlie Batch, an NFL star quarterback who played for both the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers before becoming a nationally-recognized advocate for urban communities, will deliver the commencement address at Bethany College’s 178th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m.

In a career that has spanned 20 years, Batch has been a professional athlete, a television analyst, an entrepreneur, an advocate for disadvantaged communities, philanthropist, and a champion of numerous issues affecting children and health.

In recognition of his multi-faceted career and achievements in public service, Bethany College will bestow on Batch an honorary Doctor of Philanthropy degree.

“Charlie Batch’s example of tenacity, hard work, and dedication in service to the community is a model for 21st century American life,” said Bethany College President Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg. “The impact of his work and message will be a clarion call to the Class of 2018 at a time when public service is needed more than ever. We’re honored to welcome him to Bethany College.”

Batch, a native of Pittsburgh’s Homestead neighborhood, was a standout quarterback for Eastern Michigan University from 1994-97 where he set nearly all of the school’s passing records before being drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1998. For the Lions, and later the Pittsburgh Steelers, Batch enjoyed an outstanding career as quarterback and completed 15 seasons in the National Football League, where he was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl XL and XLIII Championship Teams. His leadership within the NFL extended far beyond the gridiron to include positions as the Vice President, Executive Committee for the NFL Players Association and NFL Spokesperson for the United Way.

Since his retirement from the NFL, Batch has continued to be a respected television analyst, providing game commentary for a variety of national sports outlets. He also serves as Senior Captain for The Trust–Powered by the National Football League Players Association, an initiative that Mr. Batch helped negotiate with NFL team owners that helps former players achieve their dreams after football.

Batch is also a co-founder of the sports technology company, Impellia, which provides technologies that empower sports medicine professionals and athletes with a platform from which they can quantify and monitor human physiology to improve athletic outcomes.

His interest in sports medicine also extends to research. Batch is a Player Advisor on the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University and an Advisory Council Member for the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute.

He has also established himself as a community advocate, philanthropist and public speaker. In 1999, he created the ‘Best of the Batch Foundation,’ a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in disadvantaged communities. The Batch Foundation serves more than 3,800 youth annually through several programs, including sports & recreation, STEAM labs, computer literacy, reading, mentoring & tutoring, scholarships and many more.

In addition to his own foundation, Batch is a member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Humane Animal Rescue, and the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute Advisory Council. He is also a local advisor for Google’s Pittsburgh Impact Challenge.

Batch is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2006 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White Man of the Year Award, the United Way of Allegheny County Outstanding Campaign Volunteer of the Year and the Baptist Ministries Conference Award, “Hero in the Midst.”

Batch holds a bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University, a masters of science degree from Robert Morris University, and four honorary doctorate degrees.

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.

May 4th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg has announced that Karen Hunt, an admissions executive with 25 years of higher education experience, has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success at Bethany College.

Karen HuntShe will begin in her new role at Bethany on May 29, 2018.

Previously, Hunt was the Executive Director of Admissions at Wittenberg University in Ohio, where she was responsible for recruitment, admission, scholarships, new student financial aid, admission marketing and communications, for a campus of 1900 students. During her tenure, Ms. Hunt and her team increased new student headcount by more than 15% over five years in line with institutional goals and met or exceeded enrollment/revenue goals each year.

“After a nationwide search, we have found an executive with a solid track record of student recruitment and retention who can lead a progressive enrollment effort for Bethany College,” said Dr. Rodenberg. “Karen Hunt will be an important addition to our leadership team who I have every confidence will make a significant impact on our future at Bethany.”

At Wittenberg, Hunt served on several committees, including its Innovation Task Force in which she co-created The Wittenberg Commitment, a series of six programs and promises that together offer a 21st- century value proposition for a liberal arts education. She was also a member of the University Planning Commission, which created the institutional strategic plan, Renewing the Promise: Wittenberg 2020; and served as the president’s senior staff liaison to the Enrollment and Marketing Committee of the Wittenberg Board of Directors.

“Karen’s passion for her work and for Wittenberg University, along with the team she has built, combine to form a foundation for our continued success,” said Wittenberg University president Dr. Michael L. Frandsen. “I personally want to thank Karen for her 25 years of service to Wittenberg, and I congratulate her on this new opportunity at Bethany College.”

Ms. Hunt earned her B.A. in communications from Wilmington College and her M.S. in college student personnel service from Miami University of Ohio.


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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.

April 23rd, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College awarded many of its exemplary students with a variety of college-wide and departmental awards on Thursday, April 19, during its annual Honors Day Convocation. The recipients, selected based on their demonstration of outstanding scholarship and other contributions to the College, were presented with awards during the Honors Day Convocation held in Commencement Hall in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

Stacy J. Boston and Ryan M. Nickerson received the Francis O. Carfer Prize. This prize is presented to the seniors, who in the judgment of the Honors Committee, have made the most outstanding contribution to the College. Recipients must exhibit sound academic accomplishments along with characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to Bethany.

Samantha F. Binkley received the Bethany 2000 Prize. This prize recognizes the senior who has best demonstrated loyalty and commitment to Bethany College in a wide range of activities over the course of his or her studies. The recipient must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate the characteristics of enthusiasm, dependability and dedication.

Alison C. Irvin received the Pittsburgh Bethany College Club Award as Outstanding Junior Woman. The award is based on the qualities of leadership, character, conduct and scholarship. The Club, comprised of Bethany alumni in the Pittsburgh area, has placed a plaque in Phillips Hall upon which the names of the winners are engraved.

Evan P. Byrne received the W.F. Kennedy Prize. The prize, established by Kennedy of Wheeling, West Virginia, is awarded on the basis of the student’s contribution to the College, community life though leadership in activities, personal character and scholarship.

Ben A. Gavlik and Michaela D. Ross received the John R. Taylor Award. This award is presented to student(s) who demonstrate exceptional scholastic achievement; service to the College in terms of cross-disciplinary extracurricular activity; and a deep understanding of, and abiding commitment to, the core liberal arts values expressed in the Mission documents of Bethany College. The award is named in memory of John R. Taylor ’44, Professor of English Emeritus.

In addition to the student awards, the President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance for a member of the Bethany faculty and the staff were also announced. Aaron Anslow, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, received the faculty award. Debbie Soly, Administrative Assistant of the Athletic Department, received the staff award.

Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, President of Bethany College, presided over the Honors Day Convocation with the College’s Honors Committee, chaired by Dr. Gary Kappel. Serving on the Honors Committee are: Maureen Golick, Dr. Elizabeth M. Hull, Dr. Anju Ramjee, and Heather L. Riccuiti.

 

DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS:

Katelyn R. Sparks received the Beta Beta Beta Prize, which recognizes the student who has received the highest grades in the initial courses in Biology.

Geoff L. Pecar received the Beta Beta Beta – B.R. Weimer Award, which recognizes a senior in Biology who attained the highest academic rank in this major.

Matthew J. Cavanagh and Morgan L. Wyckoff received the Accountancy Award, which is presented to the senior(s) who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellency in accountancy.

Elizabeth M. Timas received the Ernest L. & Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for excellence in Entrepreneurship.

Jordan D. Hunkins and Ryan M. Nickerson received the Business Award in Finance for excellence in Finance.

Matthew M. Corraini received the Eugene Miller Award for excellence in Economics.

 Elizabeth M. Timas received the Business Award in Management for excellence in Business Management.

Ashley E. Veryser and Austin G. Paul Orecchio received the Freshman Chemistry Award, which is presented each year to the student who attains the highest grade point average in a freshman-level Chemistry course.

Samantha F. Binkley received the Jerry R. Allison Award, which is granted to the senior concentrating in Chemistry who has achieved the highest grade-point average in the department.

 Ben A. Gavlik received the Charlotte Manion Yurko Award, which is presented to the Communications senior with the highest scholastic average in the major.

Andrew M. Williams received the Sara M. Cannon Award, which is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus broadcast media systems.

Lily M. Knight received the James W. Carty, Jr. Award, which is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with the campus print media.

Riley T. Harrison received the E.E. Roberts Distinguished Prize in Campus Media, which is presented to an outstanding student who excels in work with one of the student media, in academic work in Communications and Media Arts, or both.

Emmet Dwyer received the James Keegan Prize in International Communications, which is presented to a student whose academic achievement reflects an appreciation for the role communication plays in international affairs.

Robert A. Murano and Jenna S. Nuth received the David Brown Prize for outstanding achievement in Computer Science.

Ryan M. Nickerson received the Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award, which is presented to the outstanding senior majoring in economics.

 Kelsi A. Settle received the Caldwell Award for Leadership in the Art & Science of Teaching, which is presented to the outstanding senior Elementary Education major who has demonstrated exceptional academic accomplishment.

Sean O. Rhodes received the Exceptional Secondary Education Award, which is presented to the senior Secondary Education Major who excels and demonstrates pedagogical strength in his or her instructional strategies and respective field of study.

 Nativa M. O’Brien received the Cammie Pendleton Award, which is presented to the outstanding sophomore majoring in English, and the winner of the W.W. Easton Award, which supports and encourages outstanding Bethany English majors.

Nativa M. O’Brien received the W.W. Eaton Award as an incoming student. The awards are made each year on the basis of applications judged by a committee of English faculty and alumni.

Miranda E. Heitz received the Frank Alfred Chapman Memorial Award for excellence in History.

Miranda E. Heitz received the Thomas R. Burns Award in History and Political Science, which is given to an outstanding history student.

Michaela D. Ross received the Frank Roy Gay Award, which is given to the senior interdisciplinary major who maintins a grade-point average of 3.5 or above and displays outstanding leadership qualities.

Alyssa L. Rodriguez and Jerrica C. Staten received the Wheeling-Nisshin Japanese Culture Award, which is presented to a student who has shown excellence in the study of Japanese language and cultures.

 Alexis E. Archer received the James E. Allison Award, which is presented to the senior Mathematics major who has excelled in the field of mathematics and best exhibits outstanding character and a giving spirit.

Alyssa K. Smydo received the W.H. Cramblet Prize for outstanding achievement in mathematics.

Majied J. Bey, Jada C. Epps, and Michael C. Springer-Ingram received the R. Darryl Ponton Student Leadership Award, which is given to three students who planned, developed, and implemented Bethany College’s first peer mentor program.

Donald T. Bierhals received the John J. Knight Award for excellence in Physical Education.

 Megan E. Nally received the J.S.V. Allen Memorial Award for excellence in Physics.

Caroline M. Dudley received the John G. Chernenko Award which is presented annually to the junior Political Science major with the highest overall grade point average.

Michaela D. Ross received the International Relations Award, which is presented to the senior who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrates excellence in the study of world politics through coursework, travel and study abroad.

Zachary J. Lowe received the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Political Science for excellence in the field of Political Science.

Geoff L. Pecar received the Leonard Emory Yurko Award, which is presented to the senior who exhibits outstanding character and excellent scholarship.

Korey D. Platt received the Thomas R. Briggs Award for excellence in History and Political Science.

Toshia N. Rush received the Osborne Booth Prize for excellence in Religious Studies.

Emily M. DiMichele received the Lynn Frantz Adkins Award for Outstanding Involvement in Social Work for excellence within Social Work studies.

Abby G. Arkwright received the Lester N. & Helen W. Frantz Award for excellence within the Social Work Department.

Michaela D. Ross received the David Judy Prize for outstanding academic success as a major in The Visual and Performing Arts Department.

 Maxwell L. Hardt and Elias T. Stebbins received the A. Kenneth Stevenson Theatre Award, which is presented to the outstanding junior or senior who has contributed significantly to the Bethany College Theatre activity.

 Willett A. Farkas-Worthy received the Wes Wagner Award, which is presented to a Visual Art major who has demonstrated academic accomplishment and outstanding artistic ability and creativity.

 Leighanna N. Frantz received the Leonora Balla Cayard Prize for excellence in German studies.

Mackenzie T. Bosley and Laura M. Shephard received the Margaret R. Woods Prize for excellence in Spanish and the Pearl Mahaffey Prize for excellence in World Languages and Cultures Department.

Emily R. Griffith received the Theodore R. Kimpton Prize for excellence in French studies.

Mackenzie T. Bosley received the Pearl Mahaffey Prize, which is awarded to the outstanding senior majoring in World Languages and cultures.

Michaela D. Ross received the Shirley Morris Memorial Award for excellence in the field of modern languages. This award was established by Theta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in memory of Shirley Morris, a member and past president of the Chapter.

 

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.

April 19th, 2018

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College Theatre Department will conclude its 2017-18 season with its production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.

Performances are scheduled for April 12, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m., and April 15 at 2 p.m. in Wailes Theatre, located in Steinman Hall on the Bethany College campus.

Hailed as a masterpiece upon its premiere in 1993, Arcadia showcases characters from two time periods wrestling with ideas ranging from the value of fame, genius, sex, and the meaning of life.

On an English estate in 1809, recent college graduate Septimus Hodge (Elias Stebbins of Washington, Pa.) tutors the young and brilliant Thomasina Coverly (Tatum Dyar of Brazil, Ind.). Her intellect is equally intrigued by the worldly matters that Hodge knows, as he is having affairs with Coverly’s mother and a houseguest’s wife. He is challenged to a duel by the offended husband (Mike Lyons of Beaver Falls, Pa.). Another unseen houseguest includes Septimus’ college chum, the famous Romantic poet, Lord Byron.

Meanwhile, in the present, two scholars research Coverly descendants while visiting the manor. Hannah Jarvis (Logan Mayhew of Morgantown, W.Va.) is writing a book, intending to use the estate as a metaphor for the decline of English culture. This pursuit is disrupted by Bernard Nightingale (Kerry Kerr of Lawrenceville, Ga.), who wishes to gain fame by publicizing the salacious doings of Lord Byron and the Coverlys. Humor arises from seeing what actually happened in the past while Hannah and Bernard haggle and often misinterpret the evidence they find.

“This play is a crash course in the liberal arts,” Luke Hardt, director and professor of theatre, said. “The characters are almost casually batting around the profound questions of human existence and at the same time being very funny about it.”

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.

April 12th, 2018

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Federal Funding Paves the Way for New Era of Growth at West Virginia’s Oldest College

BETHANY, W. Va. – Bethany College, West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education, announced April 3 that it has received a total of $39.6 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

These loans are part of the USDA’s Rural Development program and will be used for a variety of campus, facility, and programmatic improvements at Bethany.

“These federal loans will have significant benefits to our entire campus community for many years to come,” said Bethany College President Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg. “They will enable Bethany to realize substantial savings in the service of its prior debt obligations. Consequently, they will provide us with the financial flexibility to aggressively pursue long-range strategic objectives and accelerate our pace of advancement and growth.”

Included in the loan total is a $5 million Rural Development Community Facilities loan guarantee for use in the planning, development, and construction of new or renovated facilities on campus.
This federal funding comes at a time of much anticipated growth and development at Bethany. The college has recently created several new academic majors, including cybersecurity and international business.
A major expansion to Bethany’s athletic center is expected to break ground this year and will be named the Georgiana and Bob Riley Athletic Center. A renovated campus dining hall was opened in September 2017. Abandoned property is being acquired for redevelopment in support of the College’s long-term strategic goals. In addition, new academic and office spaces are being planned.

“Federal funding of this magnitude is a game-changer for an institution of our size,” added Rodenberg. “This USDA support provides us with exciting options that will enrich the Bethany experience not just for our current students, but for all of our future students.”
Bethany College began working on its USDA loan application in 2016. Over the course of the past 18 months, Rep. David McKinley (WV-1st) and U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Capito assisted Bethany officials in the application process and were instrumental in helping to secure the USDA funding.

About USDA Rural Development
The USDA Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.
USDA infused $1.5 billion into rural areas in 2017 through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program for projects such as schools, libraries, municipal centers, first responder vehicles and equipment, social service buildings, recreational activities and other community needs. These investments are helping nearly seven million rural residents.
For more information, visit rd.usda.gov.

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Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia.

April 3rd, 2018

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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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