BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College honored three students for their logo designs for the sixth annual Ann Wilkin Trombadore Women and Leadership Symposium.

The winners are: Julianne Rush, of Avella, Pa., first; Joanna Melita, of Fredericksburg, Va., second; and Dejah Burke, of Pittsburgh, third.

Rush is a sophomore accounting major. She is the vice president for the Business Club, an officer for the Music Club and the team leader for the visual ensemble.

Melita is a junior sports management major. She is a member of the women’s lacrosse team, Spanish Club, Phi Mu, Student Activities Council, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a Presidential Scholarship recipient, and a Kalon Scholar.

Burke is a senior communications and media arts major. She is member of Zeta Tau Alpha, and the cross country and track teams. She also is a Kalon Scholar.

Each winner received a gift card ranging from $50 to $150.

The goal of Women and Leadership Weekend is to unite students and alumnae to promote the role of women and leadership and to create lasting mentorship opportunities.

The Women and Leadership conference is named for distinguished Bethany alumna Ann Wilkin Trombadore, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., who grew up in Wellsburg, W.Va. 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.

Trombadore was an active member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees for more than two decades, was the recipient of the Distinguished Service to Alma Mater award in 1996 and was made an Emeritus Life Trustee member following the 1998-99 school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 symposia, but it will return March 25 and 26.


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.