Alexander “Lex” Smith earned a Ph.D. in higher education at The Ohio State University and undergraduate degrees at Denison University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and at Ohio University where he earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He was honored in 1978 with the Dissertation of the Year Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administration. He is married and has three grown children and seven grandchildren, three of who are now college students. His interests include tennis, photography, reading, hiking and traveling.
Levi Esses has been associate dean for student development and director of first year initiatives since 2013. Esses is a 2002 graduate of Bethany College and started his career at Bethany in spring of 2002 as director of residence life and assistant football coach. From 2004-2007 he taught high school math and coached. From 2007-2013, Esses was employed by Kansas State University Salina as assistant director of student services, overseeing residence life, student activities, student government, and counseling services.
Esses earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education in 2002 and a Master of Education from Wichita State University. He is responsible for oversight and organizing, managing, and directing a comprehensive system of the First Year Initiative (FYI), co-coordinating the Quest program, leading college retention efforts, and planning and executing new student orientation. He also oversees the student Pathfinders, Resident Director/FYI and teaches a Quest section.
Outside of his responsibilities on campus Esses does color commentating for Bethany Swedes radio for football and basketball games. He and his wife, Janice 01’, enjoy spending time together with family and friends and are deeply committed to Lindsborg and the Bethany community.
Charlotte (Jalkeus) Anderson, Bethany alumna of 1986, performs study abroad advising and is responsible for international student services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science from Karlstad University in Sweden. During her time at Karlstad, she came to Bethany to study internationally.
Prior to moving from Sweden to Lindsborg in 1990, Anderson was the information secretary for the Swedish Deaf Association and before that she worked at the Swedish National Radio. She started working at Bethany College in 2006 by teaching Swedish.
A Swedish citizen, Anderson has written several articles on Swedish and Swedish-American heritage, which have been published both in Sweden and in the U.S. She is active with cultural events in Lindsborg, many of them including folk dancing and fiddling. She is often seen around town in her authentic Swedish folk dress and frequently gives presentations on Swedish folk cultural topics. She and her husband Dean Anderson ‘76 have two bilingual, multi-cultural daughters.
Juliann Plimpton joined Bethany College in 2013 as an athletic trainer and residence director. Originally from Gladstone, Mich., Plimpton received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training with minors in chemistry and biology from North Park University in Chicago. She received a master’s degree in education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
Prior to Bethany, Plimpton worked as an athletic trainer for Southwestern College where her primary responsibilities were men and women’s soccer, track and field, and JV athletics. She was also the advisor for Southwestern College Athletic Training Society for two years. In addition, she worked campus security while at Southwestern.
In her free time, Plimpton enjoys watching movies, reading books and going camping.