Bethany Board of Directors approves two sabbatical leaves addresses budget

During its meeting Oct. 30-31, the Bethany College Board of Directors set goals to maintain a balanced budget, had dinner with students and approved sabbatical leaves for two professors.

In business action, the Board of Directors approved updates to the faculty handbook. They also affirmed actions to reach a balanced budget at this end of this fiscal year.

A variety of board committees – including advancement, recruitment & marketing, student experience, audit & risk management, facilities & technology, and business & finance – met to review the 2008-2009 academic year and discuss plans for the future.

“As always, the board worked diligently throughout the weekend to ensure the ongoing success for the college. It was important when meeting with students that we gage their experiences in order to better serve their needs. Of course, we celebrated Bethany’s continued successes, while at the same time reviewing our challenges and setting goals with particular focus on enrollment, fundraising and better understanding the models that will best guarantee Bethany’s bright future,” said Tad Doering, chair of the board of directors.

Sabbatical leaves for the fall 2010 semester were approved for faculty members Mark Kozubowski and Joyce Pigge.

Kozubowski, professor of biology, plans to learn new activities to incorporate into the laboratory for comparative vertebrate anatomy. At Bethany since 1988, he teaches classes in biology, anatomy and physiology, histology and environmental science and is advisor for the Bethany Tri-Beta Club.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in biology from Loyola University, Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Biology from St. Bonaventure University and a Ph.D. in physiology and cell biology from Kansas University. He is also a charter member of the Pi Mu Chapter of Tri-Beta.

Pigge, professor of political science, will teach at Harlaxton College in England. Bethany has a cooperative agreement with Harlaxton, the extension campus of the University of Evansville. While in England, Pigge will teach American National Government, Women and Law and European Politics.

At Bethany, Pigge teaches classes in political science, coordinates the social studies teaching major and advises students in pre-law. She also serves as the chair for the history and political science department. In 2003, the college recognized Pigge with the Bethany Distinguished Service Award. In 2006, she received the Meredith Humphreys Teaching Award and Service to Students Award.

Pigge has been a member of the Bethany College faculty since 1970. She has served as head coach for women’s basketball, volleyball and softball. She also serves as Bethany’s Faculty Athletics Representative and Eligibility Chair of the Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference. Twice, Pigge was a member of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in England. She holds a D.A. degree in government from Lehigh University, a B.A. in political science from Maryville College and an A.A. degree from Mt. Vernon Community College, now Rend Lake College. Further study by Pigge has been conducted at Washington University School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and Southern Illinois University.

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