Host Swedish Professor from Karlstad University

LINDSBORG, KAN., November 9, 2011—Bethany College will host Professor Peggy Britta-Lena Saltin of Karlstad University from November 9 to 18. While here, Saltin will contribute to courses taught by Robert Carlson, professor of economics and business, and Carl Isaacson, professor of communication. She will share her experience with successful business communications throughout Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia through lectures and talks in the classroom, with student groups, and with the Lindsborg Rotary Club.

Saltin’s expertise is intercultural communication and specialty commercial and technical English.  She has lectured in Korea and Poland, has served as representative for Sweden to a European Union conference in Brussels, and also headed the language training department at the Nobel Industries. Saltin holds a master’s in English, specializing in commercial and technical English, is certified for teaching upper secondary school, and holds an IHM diploma in marketing and business administration.

Saltin was born in Sweden but also grew up in South Africa and England. In 1964, she was the first Swedish exchange student at Lindsborg Rural High School, staying with host parents Lamber and Edna Dahlston, who both taught at Bethany. During her stay, Saltin gave many talks on Sweden and appreciated the importance that Lindsborg puts on upholding the similar Swedish history traditions. Her experiences in Lindsborg were an influential time that embedded a career goal to become a teacher.

Saltin said, “Without my year in Lindsborg, I doubt I would have become a teacher. Going abroad produces confidence and growth in a young person. Now, when I am about to retire, I would very much like to visit Lindsborg and especially Bethany College again.”

Earlier this year, Bethany signed an exchange agreement with Karlstad University, located in Värmland County, Sweden.  The agreement provides Bethany and Karlstad students and professors with an opportunity for international travel, study, and teaching.

“I was delighted to hear that Karlstad University and Bethany College had an agreement,” said Saltin. “Thomas Wennstam told me enthusiastically about his trip to Bethany and the interterm program.” Professor Thomas Wennstam is a political science instructor at Karlstad, who taught the course “A Swedish Perspective on World Politics” at Bethany last winter.

Bethany also has study relationships with Harlaxton College in Grantham, England; Linnaeus University, in the Småland region of Sweden; the American Institute for Foreign Study; Study Abroad Italy; and Studio Art Centers International.

Bethany has scholarships available to assist students studying abroad, including the Wayne Forsberg Scholarship, which aids students studying in Sweden. In the past 3 years, Bethany students have studied in Australia, Spain, Italy, England, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan, and faculty have taught in England and Sweden. International students have comprised on average about 5% of Bethany’s student body in the last 3 years, representing 38 countries from six continents.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.