The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomes four new members. Beginning July 1, Steve Briggs, Steve Elfman, Jason Opat and Jim Ruble will serve on the governing board providing the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership. “We are fortunate to have these additions to the board of directors. I am confident that their individual skill sets will add a dynamic feature contributing positively to our campus community,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.
Bethany College has received a $200,000 grant from the Earl Bane Foundation for the Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center. “Over the last 15 years, the Earl Bane Foundation has supported scholarships, general operations and enhancements to campus information technology at Bethany College. Students have been the primary beneficiaries of the foundation’s generosity and we are deeply grateful for their previous support as well as their continued support of a new chapel and welcome center,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III. The Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center will utilize principles of sustainable design. To be located in the heart of campus, the welcome center will signify Bethany’s core values as a place of open hospitality to all who come to live, study, work or visit the campus. The chapel will be a place to exemplify and affirm the life of faith and learning.
Bethany College has named 135 students to its spring 2010 Academic Dean’s Honor Roll. To be recognized, a student must be full-time with a semester grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4-point scale for the fall semester.
Former Bethany College President G. Kenneth Andeen passed away on June 8 in Wauwatosa, Wis. A memorial service will be held on July 2 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis. After President L. Dale Lund left Bethany in 1965 to become the dean of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Andeen stepped into the position of president. He served as the Seventh President of Bethany College from September 1965 through February 1967. In his inauguration speech he declared, “The task and purpose of Bethany College stated simply is ‘Bethany is a Christian community at study.’” “We are saddened to hear of the loss of Reverend Andeen. He was an esteemed member of Bethany College and we continue to appreciate the impact he made during his presidency. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this time,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.
Forty Bethany students will be ready and waiting to greet incoming freshmen in the fall of 2010. These students, known as orientation leaders, will work with the new Swede students during new student orientation. Teaming up in pairs, orientation leaders lead activities to help new students grow comfortable and familiar with the Bethany College community. Each new orientation leader must submit an application and participate in a short interview. Jessica Schierling, associate dean for student life and director of career services, selects orientation leaders each year.
Bethany College offers a three-year bachelor’s degree program for motivated students seeking a well-rounded education. This program is designed to reduce the cost of a Bethany education by approximately 25 percent. It will also allow students to enter the work force or attend graduate school a year earlier. “This unique and exciting opportunity allows qualified students to benefit from Bethany’s excellent business program and strong liberal arts education. We are dedicated to serving students and the three-year program delivers the same educational opportunity to qualified students as our four-year program,” said Bethany College Dean of Recruitment and Marketing Tricia Hawk.