Earning the second highest spot for a Kansas college in its category, Bethany College has been ranked as 44th in the Midwest region of U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 “Best Regional Colleges”. This marks the fourth straight year that Bethany has been classified in the top tier of the Midwest region. “The annual ranking is one way that visitors can gauge the college,” said Dean of Recruitment and Marketing Tricia Hawk. “Those associated with Bethany College know that we are more than a ranking. The experiences gained from our community outweigh any type of numerical ranking,” she said.
Bethany College is pleased to welcome eight new international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD). Joining the Bethany College community are Oybek Aitbaev from Uzbekistan, Artem Alsufyev from Russia, Shuhratjon Ashurov from Tajikistan, Gulchekhra Khalmetova from Kazakhstan, Elena Kostyukhina from Russia, Anna Lisnic from Moldova, Anastasiya Xegay from Uzbekistan, and Katsiaryna Zhauryd from Belarus. The Global UGRAD Program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing one year of non-degree US study to undergraduates from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union. In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD fellows perform community service, explore American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to America program and hold one-semester internships.
Junior and senior high school students are invited to visit the Bethany College campus on Bethany Preview Day, September 18. Students and their families will get snapshot views of the Bethany College experience from alumni and current students, sit in on a mock college class and tour the campus. A tailgate dinner will also be provided with free admissions to a Bethany football game at 7 p.m. Registration for the event begins at 2 p.m. in Lindquist Hall.
Bethany College has awarded Tyrone Paige, Jr., Killeen, Texas, a President’s Scholarship and a performance award in basketball for the academic year of 2010-2011. Paige is the son of Royetta Paige. He previously attended Grossmont College. At Bethany, he plans to study criminal justice and athletic training. The President’s Scholarship, a $6,000 annual grant, is awarded to students who earn a high school GPA of at least 3.0 or an ACT score of at least 21. Performance awards are granted to students who show proficiency in a sport or fine art and contribute to campus life by participating in intercollegiate athletics, music, visual arts or theatre.
Bethany College has awarded Skyler Titus Jones, New Orleans, LA., a performance award in football for the academic year of 2010-2011. Jones is the son of Patrice Hagens and Jerry Jones. He previously attended Richardson High School. At Bethany, he plans to study criminal justice. Performance awards are granted to students who show proficiency in a sport or fine art and contribute to campus life by participating in intercollegiate athletics, music, visual arts or theatre.
Stewart Brewer Bethany College is proud to welcome four new members to its faculty. Stewart Brewer will begin this semester as an associate professor of history. Brewer earned a Doctorate in international history from University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), Master of Arts in anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Brigham Young University. He previously taught at Dana College in Blair, Neb., Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and University of Albany, SUNY. Brewer was twice named Professor of the Year at Dana College. He has published a book titled, “Borders and Bridges: A History of U.S.- Latin America Relations.”
Per Harling Per Harling, an ordained Lutheran pastor in the Church of Sweden, will serve as Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies at Bethany College this fall. The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies is endowed by a generous gift from the late Gerald “Bud” Pearson. It was created so that students, faculty, staff and community members can explore and understand ways in which modern Swedish culture and experience can be learned and incorporated into their own lives.
Marcus Newsom On August 27, an alumnus with a career in higher education will address the Bethany College community. The opening year convocation, to be held at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall, is free and open to the public. Bethany students, staff and faculty will be in attendance. Marcus Newsom ’92 is the head track and field coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He also serves Wartburg as an assistant athletic director and diversity issues coordinator.
Matthew Carver Matthew Carver will join Bethany College as a computer services technician on August 16. At Bethany, Carver will be responsible for supporting campus computing and network operations and procedures. He will maintain both hardware and software.
Trace Taylor Trace Taylor has joined Bethany College as a residential education coordinator. She began in this position on August 5. At Bethany, Taylor will be responsible for supervising the housing programs, serving as a judicial officer for student conduct-related issues, and facilitating development of residents. As a live in employee, she will also supervise in-hall meetings and serve as a resource for all residents.