Bethany College Receives Smoky Valley Community Foundation Grant

Bethany College has received the Fall 2013 Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund of $1,500, the Department of Athletics announced Tuesday.

Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich and Head Athletic Trainer Laura Stenlund, in conjunction with the athletic training staff, applied for the grant in October 2013 to help fund the iStrike-RAS (Remote Alarm System).

The iStrike-RAS is a unique All-Weather Remote, Wireless Alarm System with flashing red strobe and 112 db Siren, designed for harsh environments, -30C to +70C. The system provides a localized audible and visual personnel alerting system via remote commands. Both the strobe light and siren can be controlled separately of each other using the built-in Web interface or sending http:// commands. The iStrike-RAS can be connected to a local area network or across the Internet allowing versatile remote control.

“We are very excited to receive this grant because it further represents the quality partnership that exists between Bethany College, Lindsborg Parks and Recreation, and the Smoky Valley School District,” said Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics. “We are thankful for the generosity of the Smoky Valley Community Foundation in supporting this project.”

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The iStrike-RAS system will benefit the community and the various athletic contests that go on including Bethany College, Smoky Valley, Lindsborg Recreation, etc.

“We are extremely appreciative of this grant to help purchase the iStrike-RAS system,” Head Athletic Trainer Laura Stenlund said. “It will better help us track the weather and keep all athletes safe while participating.”

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation was founded on July 23, 2002, serving as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting the communities in the Smoky Valley area, including northern McPherson County and southern Saline County. The Foundation’s mission is to meet charitable community needs through leadership, grants, and services. The Smoky Valley Community Foundation achieves its mission by: building permanent endowments which benefit local communities; inspiring and enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires; facilitating prudent management and care of funds; increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their individual missions; advocating for issues which promote community philanthropy; facilitating grants, awards, and scholarships.

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff are as follows: Aaron Esping, Chair; Rebecca VanDerWege, Vice Chair; Tricia Clark, Secretary; Andrea Swisher, Treasurer; Amie Bauer; Ryan Biegert; Kristen Bruce; Cassie Johnson; Holly Myers; John Palmquist; Shane Reif; Shirley Reissig.

The Bethany College Swedes compete in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Bethany participates in the NAIA Champions of Character program, which encourages integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership in student-athletes, coaches, and youth in the community. Since 1902, Bethany has won 152 conference championships. Learn more about the Bethany College Swede’s athletic programs at www.bethanyswedes.com.

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