At its annual Alumni Recognition Banquet on March 23, Bethany College honored five outstanding alumni including Stanley Hays, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; Dr. Kipp Van Camp, Topeka, Kan.; Tad Doering, Apex, N.C.; Kathryn (Segerhammar) Swanson, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Kenneth and Marilyn (Miller) Sjogren, Lindsborg, Kan.
Stanley Hays, Class of 1994 – Gold Award
Hays, class of 1994, lives in Pleasant Hill, Mo., with his wife, Amy, and children, Nathan and Anna. He grew up in Lindsborg and is the son of Dr. Henry Hays, former professor of economics. His passions are his family, barbecue, and helping people.
Hays works for Farmers Insurance Company as a director of personal lines sales during the week and is a competition barbecue cook on the weekends. His wife and children make up his competition barbecue team, County Line Smokers, and his children are involved in kids’ competitions as well. Hays is one of the co-founders and executive directors of Operation BBQ Relief. Operation BBQ Relief was founded after the devastating EF5 tornado that hit Joplin in May 2011. In the days following the tornado, the BBQ community came together to help the victims and first responders who needed a warm meal, smiling face, and compassion of a group of strangers. To date, Operation BBQ Relief has served over 311,000 meals in 14 states, with 75 days of cooking for disaster relief involving over 450 volunteers helping to prepare and serve the meals.
Dr. Kipp Van Camp, Class of 1985 – Distinguished Graduate Award
Van Camp, a member of the class of 1985, is a triple board-certified interventional radiologist and former family practitioner. He began his medical career practicing family medicine in Weston, Mo., and soon after completed residency in diagnostic radiology at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa followed by a fellowship in interventional radiology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.
Van Camp’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for healing led him to pursue a variety of health-centric ventures. He is a co-owner of radiology practices in Kansas City, Missouri, and Topeka, and owner and medical director of Rejuvenate Medical Spa, providing minimally invasive cosmetic medical procedures. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Washburn University and the University of Kansas, engages in clinical and scientific research, and serves as the Medical Director of Precise Clinical Research.
In addition to his medical and speaking engagements, Van Camp is a published author. His most recent work, “Always Allie,” shares the story of how a feisty Bichon Frisé transformed his life while exploring the bonds between humans and animals. Van Camp lives in Topeka with his wife, Tracy, and sons, Kolby and Weston.
Tad Doering, Class of 1981 – Alumni Award of Merit
Tad Doering, class of 1981, was honored with the Alumni Award of Merit. The Bethany College Alumni Association selects alumni each year based on noteworthy achievements, service through church and public life, creativity in the arts or sciences, or outstanding leadership and participation in a recognized organization. Recipients must have graduated more than 20 years ago.
Doering has more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions and currently serves as Dex One’s vice president-strategy. His prior roles with the company include franchise vice president-customer advocacy and regional vice president for marketing. He also served as assistant vice president for marketing at R.H. Donnelley and was employed with Sprint for a number of years.
Doering was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Carolina Ballet and serves on the advisory board for the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. He received the Bethany College Gold Award in 1999 and served on the Bethany Board of Directors from 2001 to 2011, serving as chair from November 2006 to May 2010. He continues to serve on the endowment trustees of the college. He has served on a number of other boards, including chair of the largest community theatre, The Theatre in the Park, in Shawnee Mission, Kan. He has also been active in various chamber of commerce leadership programs in multiple states.
Doering and his wife, Mary, reside in Apex, North Carolina, and have two children in college, including one who is a junior at Bethany.
Kathryn (Segerhammar) Swanson, Class of 1955 – Alumni Award of Merit
Kathryn (Segerhammar) Swanson, class of 1955, was honored with the Alumni Award of Merit. The Bethany College Alumni Association selects alumni each year based on noteworthy achievements, service through church and public life, creativity in the arts or sciences, or outstanding leadership and participation in a recognized organization. Recipients must have graduated more than 20 years ago.
Swanson, a former Bethany Alumni Council member, received her master’s degree in art from California Lutheran University in 1982. Her first employment was as director of Christian education at House of Prayer Lutheran in Richfield, Minn. She also taught art in Cedar Bluffs, Neb., and was director of women’s programs at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. As an artist, Swanson’s major art project was designing and directing the making of large theme banners for the hotel conventions of the Pacific Southwest Synod in the 80s and 90s.
Swanson has served on the synod council of the Pacific Southwest Synod and on the social ministry committee at Holy Trinity in Thousand Oaks and Shepherd of the Hills in Fort Collins, Colo. She has also served on the LCA and ELCA Board of Pensions, the ELCA Division of Higher Education and Schools national board, and the Lutheran Office of Public Policy Council in California. She is currently an ELCA representative to the National Council of Churches and a convocator for California Lutheran University. She and her husband, Byron, reside in Fort Collins, Colo.
Kenneth Sjögren, Class of 1957, and Marilyn (Miller) Sjögren, Class of 1960 – Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Kenneth Sjogren and Marilyn (Miller) Sjogren in recognition of their outstanding achievement and service to society. Recipients have provided “unique and significant service” to the college over their lifetimes.
Ken, class of 1957, and Marilyn, class of 1960, met while they were students at Bethany and married in 1958. In 1961 Ken was hired to be director of public relations and alumni affairs at Bethany. He was named director of development in 1969, and Marilyn was employed part-time in the college bookstore for several years. He and Marilyn have both volunteered and worked for Bethany for over five decades.
In 1984, Ken and Marilyn opened the Hemslöjd, a Scandinavian gift, woodworking, and glass etching business with Kenneth and Virginia Swisher. They retired in 2006. Marilyn serves on the Meals on Wheels Board, is a member of the Bethany College Auxiliary and Hospital Auxiliary, and is a volunteer at the TACOL Thrift Shop in Lindsborg. Ken has served on the Lindsborg City Council, Bethany College Board of Directors, and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Kiwanis service club and is on the Smoky Valley Development Company Board.
In 2009, Ken and Marilyn were honored as the Hyllningsfest King and Queen, and in 1970, Ken received the Alumni Award of Merit. They are members of Messiah Lutheran Church, where they continue to serve on various church committees.