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Bethany College

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Motto Permission to Dream
Established 1840
Type Private
President G. T. "Buck" Smith
Students 900
Location Bethany, West Virginia, USA
Campus Rural 1,300 acres
Athletics 20 NCAA Division III Athletic Teams
Mascot Bison
Images of Bethany College, 1904
Images of Bethany College, 1904

Bethany College, is a private college located in Bethany, West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany College is the oldest institution of higher learning still operating in West Virginia. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Bethany was originally two places in ancient Israel, the best known located near Jerusalem, “on the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives”: see Bethany (Israel). ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China An artists rendering of an aerial view of the Maryland countryside: Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918-1986), Aerial Series: Ploughed Fields, Maryland, 1974, acrylic and mixed materials on apertured double canvas, 52... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Bethany College can refer to any of the following colleges: Bethany College in Scotts Valley, California Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas Bethany College of West Virginia Bethany Lutheran College This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 420 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (490 × 699 pixel, file size: 129 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Bethany College (West Virginia), Photo from: Brown, John T., Churches of Christ, Louisville, KY: John P. Morton and Company, 1904 (also see Text... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 420 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (490 × 699 pixel, file size: 129 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Bethany College (West Virginia), Photo from: Brown, John T., Churches of Christ, Louisville, KY: John P. Morton and Company, 1904 (also see Text... Bethany is a town located in Brooke County, West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ...

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History

Bethany College was founded by Alexander Campbell, one of the earliest leaders of the American Restoration Movement and the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ). Although sharing a long legacy and close ties with Disciples of Christ Church, the College has been independent since its founding and the denomination exercises no sectarian control. Alexander Campbell Alexander Campbell (September 12, 1788 – March 4, 1866) was an early leader of a movement that began in 1800 with the goal of removing divisions between Christians, by returning believers in the New Testament to principles of Truth and Union. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      This article is about the Stone... The insignia of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). ...


The College's roots stem from the Buffalo Academy founded by Campbell near the College's present location in 1818. On March 5, 1840 Bethany was chartered by the Virginia legislature and given "all degree-granting powers" of the University of Virginia. West Virginia's secession from Virginia on June 22, 1863 recognized existing Virginia charters and the College continues to operate under the Virginia charter today. 1818 (MDCCCXVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar. ... This article is about the day. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Bethany College is West Virginia's oldest degree-granting institution.


The College is the birthplace of Delta Tau Delta, an international social fraternity, founded in 1858. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 1858 (MDCCCLVIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


An early center of coeducation, Bethany has admitted women since the 1880s. Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women at the same school facilities. ...


Bethany College's main campus is located approximately forty miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and fifteen miles north of Wheeling, West Virginia, in West Virginia's northern panhandle. The Bethany campus encompasses more than 1600 acres of land. Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ... Nickname: The Friendly City Location in Ohio County in the State of West Virginia Coordinates: Settled 1769 Established 1806 Incorporated 1836  - Mayor Nick Sparachane  - City Manager Robert Herron  - Chief of Police Kevin Gessler, Sr. ...


The current President of Bethany College is G. T. "Buck" Smith, the former President of Chapman University, California.


Fields of study

Bethany College offers a wide array of studies, awarding bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees in more than 30 fields of study, many with options for emphasis. Students also may include as part of their programs one or more optional minors.


Major fields of study

Majors are offered in:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Communication, with an option for emphasis in
    • Advertising
    • Electronic Media
    • Graphics
    • Print Media
    • Public Relations
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics, with options for emphasis in
    • Managerial Economics
    • International Economics
    • Financial Economics
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Middle Childhood Education
    • Secondary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Equine Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Major programs initiated and developed by individual students to fulfill their personal education goals)
  • International Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Sports Studies, with options for emphasis on
    • Sports Communication
    • Sports Management
    • Sports Services
    • Teaching Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Communication
  • Political Science
  • Psychology, with options for emphasis in
    • Scientific Psychology
    • Human Services
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Psychology and Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Art

Pre-professional fields of study

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Ministry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

Minor fields of study

Minors are offered in:

  • Accounting
  • American Government and Politics
  • American Literature
  • Botany
  • British Literature
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Environmental Biology
  • Experimental Physics
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Multi-Category Special Education K-Adult
  • Philosophy
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Visual Art
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing and Language
  • Zoology

Student life

Athletics

Bethany is NCAA Division III recognized and is a member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Its mascot is the Bison, and its colors are green and white. Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The Presidents Athletic Conference is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member teams are located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ...


Greek life

Fraternities and sororities constitute important social groups for upperclass men and women on campus. The six social fraternities and three sororities are nationally affiliated, and their members constitute approximately forty percent of the student body. Representatives from each serve on agencies which coordinate fraternal affairs and activities. The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ...


Social fraternities represented are Alpha Sigma Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Kappa Tau, and Sigma Nu. Sororities are Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Alpha Sigma Phi (ΑΣΦ, commonly abbreviated to Alpha Sig) is a social fraternity with 68 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups. ... Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ) is a social collegiate fraternity that was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA, where it is part of the Miami Triad which includes Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Kappa Alpha Order (KA) is a secret collegiate Order of Christian Knights. ... ΦΚΤ (Phi Kappa Tau) is a U.S. national college fraternity. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) was founded in 1893 by ten women at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, who shared a vision of an organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. ... Phi Mu (ΦΜ) is the second oldest secret organization for women in the United States. ... Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ) is a womens fraternity, founded October 15, 1898 at what used to be the Normal School for Girls but is now known as Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ...


Campus

Academic buildings

Grace Phillips Johnson Visual Arts Center Renovated in 1984, this building offers facilities for computer graphics, television, painting, sculpture and design. This building was formerly Irvin Gymnasium (1919). Complete renovation accomplished during 1983-1984 makes this an outstanding facility for instruction in the visual arts.


Kirkpatrick Hall of Life Sciences


Old Main is the centerpiece of Bethany's academic buildings. Its tower dominates the campus and is the chief architectural feature noted as one approaches the College. Old Main is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building is one of the earliest examples of collegiate Gothic architecture in the United States. Old Main was designated a historic landmark in 1990.


T.W. Phillips Memorial Library serves as the hub of an academic information network that provides the campus with over 250,000 items locally (books, periodicals, newspapers, audiovisuals, archival materials) and access to information through online subscriptions to ProQuest Direct, Lexis-Nexis Universe, JSTOR, Britannica Online, and many other sources. The Center for Campbell Studies, housed in the Library, contains books, periodicals, letters, paintings, photographs, and museum pieces related to Bethany's founder and first President Alexander Campbell. The Upper Ohio Valley Collection, which includes books, magazines, maps, pictures, and ephemera focusing on the nine counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio surrounding Bethany, is also located in the library.


Richardson Hall of Science provides contemporary facilities for the chemistry, physics, and mathematics departments. It is named for Robert Richardson, Bethany's first science professor.


David and Irene Steinman Fine Arts Center provides excellent facilities for music and theatre. A fully equipped theatre occupies the central portion of the building. Teaching studios, studio-classrooms, a general rehearsal room for the larger vocal and instrumental groups, and individual practice rooms support instruction in music.


Residence Halls

Harlan Hall is an all male residence hall on campus. On April 11th, 2007, a fire damaged the building and forced its residents to evacuate. April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... --> Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Phillips Hall is listed as a Nationally Historic Landmark. Phillips Hall is also the only all-female residence hall, and simply the most beautiful of all the housing facilities. Its doors are always open, not only to the residents but to the array of Bethany students interested in visiting with female friends, attending intimate scholarly lectures in the infamous Phillips Hall Lounge, watching a series of interestingly picked academic movies at Maxwell's, or dancing like a rock star in Renner Too.


Greek Hill [New Parkinson Place] is a hilltop complex with 6 social Greek houses, consisting of three fraternities: Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Sigma Phi and Phi Kappa Tau and three sororities: Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha.


Campbell Village is Bethany College's newest, co-ed student housing unit. "CV" is a four-building complex, housing 380 students, completed during the 2000-2001 academic year.


Goodnight and Woolery are co-ed dormitories. Woolery was once the Delta Tau Delta house until 2002 when it then became an all-campus, co-educational housing unit.


Morlan Hall Morlan is unique because while it houses students (mostly female) on its third and fourth floors, it also houses the communication, economic, history and language department offices. Many students relax in the lounge which offers a new cafe as well as a piano and wireless internet.


Notable alumni

Amongst Bethany's many prominent alumni are Beauchamp "Champ" Clark (Class of 1873). Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and Democratic representative from Missouri, Thomas Buergenthal (1957). Sitting judge on the International Court of Justice, Dick "Hoopie" Mansfield (1962). Famed historian, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (1979). Marc "Bubba" Snider. Well known radio personality in Pittsburgh, Atlanta radio personality Bill Celler (1979). Television newscasters Bob Orr and Faith Daniels. James "Butters" Hershner, middle heavyweight UFC continental champion. Also, professional wrestler Shane Douglas graduated cum laude (1986) with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Professor Thomas Buergenthal (born 11 May 1934 in Lubochna, Slovakia) Biography Thomas Buergenthal grew up in the Jewish ghetto of Kielce (Poland), and later in the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The International Court of Justice (known colloquially as the World Court or ICJ; French: ) is the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Frances Louise McDormand[1] (born June 23, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American film, stage, and television actress. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... a Radio Personality is the modern incarnation of the disk jockey, or DJ. In the 1990s, successful radio stations began to focus less on the musical expertise of their hosts and more on the individual hosts personalities. ... Faith Daniels (March 9, 1957, Wheeling, West Virginia) became nationally known for her role in anchoring some of Americas most popular news and talk show programs. ... UFC is a TLA that can stand for Ultimate Fighting Championship Umeå FC This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


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