The title of Erb’s was “A Global Bethany Community”. She says, “Bethany College has afforded me the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of student groups as well as community members. Because of Bethany, I have a better understanding of community and the importance of diversity.”
Bethany’s annual Academic Honors Banquet recognizes students named to the Academic Dean’s Honor Roll, students who belong to the Honors Program or other honorary groups on campus, and students who have earned academic athletic awards. The banquet is for faculty, invited honors students and their guests. It is hosted by members of Gold Key and Blue Key, honors service organizations for women and men at Bethany.
Erb will graduate May 19 with a major in biology and a minor in psychology. She is the daughter of Dwight and Laura Erb and plans to pursue a career in environmental science. At Bethany, Erb has been a member of campus ministry and the Green Team, where she realized her passion for environmental issues. She has been involved in sustainability projects including giving a presentation on alternative energy for Bethany’s Earth Day celebration, helping found the student-led sustainable coffee shop and smoothie bar Nelson 116, and serving as a student representative on the planning committee for the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and Mabee Welcome Center, which will use green elements of design.
While at Bethany, Erb has been vice president of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, an academic resource coordinator, a member of the Bio-Chem Club, and an assistant in the Office of Communications. She has also participated in theatre, played women’s basketball, and played clarinet in the symphonic band and Bethany College/Lindsborg Community orchestra. Erb’s variety of experiences are due to her believing in “gaining the true value of a liberal arts education.”