BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Career Center will host several alumni on campus Friday, April 8, to participate in the Alumni and Student Networking Dinner.

Sue Ryan ’89, director of news and media relations at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the keynote address.

Ryan has spent nine years at Notre Dame, including eight in her current role overseeing a team of media relations specialists responsible for promoting the university’s research and academic excellence and Catholic character.

She previously worked at Whirlpool Corp., where she was involved with the company’s Habitat for Humanity partnership and internal communications for the North American Region. She also is a former associate athletic director, head of media relations for athletics, at Duquesne University.

Other participating alumni are:

  • Angie Ryder Bado ’77, independent political strategist and president of the Bethany College Alumni Association.
  • Robert M. Brosh, Jr., Ph.D. ’85, chief of Helicases Genomic Integrity Section, National Insitutes of Health Biomedical Research Center Translational Gerontology Branch of the National Institute on Aging.
  • Evan Byrne, senior manager of key digital programs at Pernod Ricard.
  • Julia (Diveglia) Emrock ’03, school counselor at South Side Area School District in Greater Pittsburgh.
  • Bruce Fahey ’77, shareholder in Remington Co., LPA’s Akron, Ohio, office.
  • Darren Johnson, Jr., ’19, lead class actions analyst at BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh.
  • Jim Porter, J.D., ’86, partner at Adams and Reese LLP in Tampa.
  • Jennifer (Fleahman) Rohrig ’11, manager of business retention and expansion at the West Virginia Department of Economic Development.
  • Anthony Sparks ’13, owner of Sparks Productions in Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Sarah (Alkire) Walter ’10, teacher at Weir High School in Weirton, W.Va.
  • Deno Emili, J.D., ’78, director of alumni engagement at Bethany College.

After dinner, students will be able to speak with alumni and receive advice and insight on possible career paths.

Bethanians are invited to participate in, “Drinks in the Dirt,” a campus beautification project, at 11 a.m. April 9 outside Commencement Hall. Free coffee and pastries will be available to participants at 10 a.m. at the Hub.


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.