Students can more deeply explore their interests by minoring in the Missional Directions of Excellence. They take a variety of courses to complete the minor as well participate in activities toward the directions. For their campus leadership, Pathway scholars are awarded scholarships.
All activities are grounded in our core values of integrity, hospitality, community, servant leadership, and sustainability and are guided by the four Missional Directions of Excellence:
- Discovery, Reflection, & Vocation drives learning in critical thinking, effective communication, information literacy, and intellectual curiosity.
- Global Citizenship prepares graduates for a flattening world, enabling them to appreciate a worldview and desire to become engaged in global issues.
- Servant Leadership followed the example of Jesus of Nazareth, who led and served, spanning boundaries in service of a larger vision. Bethany graduates will create new visions as leaders in education, business, and ministry to others.
- Sustainable Living prepares students to lead sustainable lives and organizations by actively integrating social responsibility, economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and spiritual renewal–people, profit, planet, and prayer.
This exciting interdisciplinary minor provides students opportunities to explore and engage in world issues through a combination of both local and international experiences. Students spend one semester of their junior years overseas studying and participating in a community-based learning experience that they develop. This unique minor affords the student the opportunity to explore, express, and share their knowledge, experiences, and insights from both a scholarly and creative perspective. The minor is open to students who apply for and receive a scholarship in Global Citizenship.
Greg LeGault is an associate professor of theatre at Bethany College. A member of the Bethany College faculty since 2000, LeGault is artistic director of Bethany College Theatre and teaches courses in acting, oral interpretation, playwriting, theatre history, set design, and directing. He is currently serving as chair of the English, Theatre and Communications Department.
His plays have been performed in a number of venues, including Strawdog Theatre in Chicago and the Orlando Fringe Festival. His full-length play “Masterpiece” was produced in the Southern Illinois University Playwrights’ Workshop. A one-act version of the play received the Christian M. Moe Playwriting Award for Best Short Play. “In the Wake,” co-written with Michael Speller, was a play lab selection at the 2009 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha.
LeGault has over 25 years of experience in acting, directing and set design. He earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, Athens, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Performance Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Servant Leadership at Bethany is based on Robert Greenleaf’s characteristics of a servant leader. The program merges the knowledge and skills of service to others with leading others. Bethany graduates are prepared to follow their paths as servant leaders to build a more just, caring, and sustainable world with hope and prosperity for future generations.
Bethany servant leaders advance the development of a caring, cooperative community that emphasizes service and involvement, a balanced approach to life and work, and the sharing of responsibility and recognition. They apply their skills as college students, as civic and community organizers, and as business managers and professionals after they graduate.
Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.
Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals. He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.
He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.
Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.
Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.
Living sustainably at Bethany is about the planet, profit, people, and prayer. We understand sustainability to incorporate and integrate environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, social responsibility, and spiritual renewal. As we attend to these areas of life, we live and work in ways that sustain quality of life for the present and for future generations.
Pastor Noni Strand has served as Bethany’s campus pastor since the fall of 1991. She graduated from Bethany in 1982. She earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in 1986 and was ordained as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church in America in July of 1986. Pastor Strand served as associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salina, Kan., before being called to return to Bethany and serve as campus pastor.
In this capacity, Pastor Strand provides pastoral care and counseling to the Bethany community, leads the worship life of the college, teaches a variety of ministry and core classes, serves on the Pearson Professor Committee, and works with student groups through campus and peer ministry, Green Team. Over 100 students have been trained in Peer Ministry since the program’s inception in the fall of 2007, and plans for expansion of the program are being put into place as a part of the Center for Discovery, Reflection, and Vocation. She chairs the Lutheran Identity Group, a campus-wide initiative to continue discussion on what it means for Bethany to be a College of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She also serves on the Central States Synod Council. Pastor Strand was a recipient of Bethany’s Alumni Gold Award in 2005 and the Service to Students Award in 2009.
Pastor Strand also earned a Master of Arts in earth literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods-College in Indiana in July of 2012. She created the interdisciplinary minor in sustainable living as a part of the Center for Sustainable Living in the winter of 2013 and currently works with 10 students who are involved as either sustainability scholars and/or minors in that program.
Pastor Strand and her husband have one son. They reside in Salina, Kan.