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Founders Day is March 4

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. Bethany College 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.

This Founder’s Day, we want to celebrate by ‘founding’ some new projects and funds. See below for information about the four projects we’re raising money to support.

Bethany Band Program: Selecting this will help provide uniforms, instruments and other needed equipment for Bethany’s newly created band– which includes seven different ensembles: marching band, pep/rock band, winter guard, brass ensemble, indoor drumline, percussion ensemble, and indoor winds.

The Communication Department is raising money to upgrade technology for their classes and broadcast networks including new Macs that can house the newest software, updated lights and screens for the TV station, and podcast equipment.

Psychology Department: The Psychology Department is raising funds to provide current and future students with the materials and environment they need to be successful. These areas include new research materials, learning environment upgrades, and new items for the student lounge. Will you join us in supporting our psych students?

Student Conference Travel: Students from a variety of majors often have the opportunity to travel with faculty and staff to present papers, research, or other great work that they’ve produced. Supporting this initiative will lessen the financial burden on our stellar students that have been accepted to give presentations at regional or national conferences or symposiums.