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We love to celebrate our Alumni’s personal and professional success!

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AlumniFire is Bethany’s very own networking community that offers our alumni, students, and employees opportunities to connect with one another. AlumniFire provides an updated newsfeed, a calendar of events, groups for specific connecting, a job board, and more! Once you’re registered, you will have access to these opportunities and may inform other Bethanians of the services you can provide from job shadowing, to giving career advice, or even assisting with introductions and networking.

Looking to hire an alumnus/alumna or a current Bethany student? Is your company? If so, you can use our job board to share any career opportunities and internships.

Our employers board will also show you where alumni are currently located and working. If you’re moving or visiting an area, you can use the map on our members tab to check in with Bethanians from across the globe. Maybe you can link up on a work trip or family vacation! Staying in touch with fellow alumni, students, and others has never been easier.

Our goal is to continue to grow and support the meaningful connections of Bethanians.

Craig Williams ’96 was nominated by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and unanimously approved by the Maryland State Senate to serve as one of 12 Commissioners of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) in 2021.

Gary Strobel ’71 married Sherry Ann Hill in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Feb. of 2020.

Ben Brownlee ’06 married Nichole in Youngstown, Ohio, in Nov. of 2018. They welcomed twin daughters Lucy Jane and Amelia June in Aug. of 2019.

James Hershner ’04 and his wife, Rachel, welcomed son Isaac Sidney, in Oct. of 2019.

Ashleigh (Asbury) Campbell ’16 and Eric Campbell ’16 welcomed daughter Evelyn Theresa in August of 2019.

Brenda (Sorice) Girod ’04 and Matthew Girod ’04 welcomed a second child, Hazel Giovanna, in April of 2019.

Kelly Murray ’09 and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed son Simon Lukas in May of 2019.

Lisa (Workman) Cannistraro ’08 welcomed daughter Sophie in June of 2019.

Heather (Witsiepe) Ribblett ’01 and her husband, Brian, welcomed a third child, Emma Eliz, on Sept. of 2018.

Bethany College honors and celebrates the lives of Bethanians who have passed away.  We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of deceased alumni and friends.  If you know of an Bethany alumnus/a or a friend who has passed, please send the notice with a link to the obituary to or fill out this form.

Bethanians in memoriam 

Dorothy “Dottie” Hocker Smith ’77, of Alpine, Texas

William Tucker, of Fort Worth, Texas (past president of Bethany College)

Brian Lamb, of Newark, NJ

John Mullen ’69, of Nashville, TN, (former member of the Board of Trustees)

Linda Chivers, of Bethany, WV (long-time food service employee)

Dan Burkhart ’69, of Fishtail, MT

William Robinson Warren ’53, of St. Louis, MO

James Paige III ’82, of Wheeling, WV

Ruth Ross Tye, of Bethany, WV (long-time secretary in Bethany College’s Alumni Relations office)

Joseph M. Kurey ’62, of Griffin, GA (long-time employee and recipient of ’85 Distinguished Service to Alma Mater Award)

Joseph Duffey ’79 (Honorary Doctorate), of Huntington, WV

George Taibi ’53, of Steubenville, OH

Joanne Ellen Fast Sykes, of Bethany, WV (long-time head nurse at Bethany College)

Kristin Lynn Shelek ’95, of Moseley, VA

Jeffry Haigh Tindall ’65, of Vero Beach, FL

Keith L. Rice ’52, of Colliers, WV

Roland Michael Nesi ’59, of Northport, NY

Frank W. Burr ’59, of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Jennifer Leigh (Williams) Pechous ’96, of Granger, IN

Salvatore J. Orlando ’55, of Cheswick, PA

Daniel Collins ’81, of Randolph, NJ

George F. Bennett ’66, of Erie, PA

Jane Ellen (Burse) Donaldson ’69, of Greenville, SC

Raymond E. Griffiths ’54, of Canton, OH

Joanna Gusta ’53, of Wheeling, WV

Reuben Clayton Ott ’45, of Mount Pleasant, SC

Gary A. Pittman ’69, of Tampa, FL

Neil Chambers Wiggin ’51, of Bellefonte, PA

Costa Leonidas Papson ’54, of Bronx, NY

Jean Woodson Lodge ’73, or Wilmington, DE

James Steiger ’79, of Cedar Knolls, NJ

Wayne Morgan Campbell ’59, of Syracuse, IN

Loran A. Dace ’58, of Veedersburg, IN

Jay A. Hamilton ’72, of Delaware, OH

Richard A. Lenhart ’74, of Jeromesville, OH

Gear up and show your Bethany pride with a visit to the online bookstore. While visiting your alma mater, you can also explore the on-campus bookstore just inside Morlan Hall.

Norman Dolch ’69 Looks to Bethany’s Future

Over the years, Norman Dolch ’69 said he’s grown to appreciate his Bethany College education more than ever and he wants to make sure that current and future students have the same opportunities that he did.

Dolch arrived at Bethany with his sights set on a career as a Boy Scout executive, but his degree in sociology ultimately led to a master’s degree and Ph.D. in the discipline and a lengthy career in higher education at Louisiana State University-Shreveport and the University of North Texas.

“Bethany provided me with a very solid undergraduate education,” Dolch said. “When I got to the University of Missouri, I felt pretty confident that I got a pretty good background and it proved to be true. I did very well.”

While at Bethany, Dolch played football, pledged Delta Tau Delta, and studied abroad in Copenhagen.

Dolch credits the support of his professors, particularly Benjamin Chandler Shaw, and Perry and Aleece Gresham, for whom Dolch worked. The job afforded Dolch and his wife, Cindy, a Highland Hearth apartment, and the opportunity to meet many people.

“That was amazing experience,” she said. “My wife and I still talk about that. Dr. Gresham was the reason I went to the University of Missouri.”

Bethany remains important to the couple. In addition to Norm completing his undergraduate studies at the college, Cindy began her teaching career at Bethany School.

The Dolches, who live in Texas, incorporated Bethany into their 50th wedding anniversary. Norm renovated an Old Main classroom in honor of Cindy. His generosity has spurred others to participate in similar “adopt-a-classroom” projects.

“I always really liked Old Main,” he said. “I think it’s a precious piece of architecture. It deserved a lot more attention then, and it deserves a lot more attention now.”

Looking back, Dolch sees Bethany’s convocation speaker series as an important learning opportunity and he has made that a priority of his financial support.

“It’s really important to gain other perspectives and to have the opportunity to see people who have been successful in their own fields,” he said.

In November, Dolch returned to Bethany to attend a convocation lecture by Brock Ayers, a Delt alumnus from Westminster (Mo.) College. The retired Army Intelligence Officer who served on the National Security Council for the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations spoke on leadership qualities.

Dolch has established the Bethany Guard Fund to help the college underwrite the cost of scheduling speakers, asking other Delts to donate $25 each to keep the convocation tradition going.

“I realize it takes some time to build up some momentum and support,” he said. “I’m hoping the Delt alumni can lead the way.”

Though the college has many needs, Dolch said, “As the college is trying to improve itself, I hope that alumni who are able will step up and support that.”

By his continued support, Dolch is fulfilling a plan that dates back to his college years.

“When I was an undergraduate, they had the Bronze Bison group,” he said of Bethany College’s Donor Recognition Society for those who have provided for the college in their estate plan. “When I graduated, I made a commitment to the Bronze Bison. I always have intended to donate my professional library to Bethany College. I’m going to figure out a way to do that.”