Leadership and special attainments of students are recognized through selection to organizations whose membership is determined on the basis of merit. National honor societies which maintain chapters at Bethany are:
Alpha Psi Omega (theater)
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.
Sigma Alpha Iota (music fraternity for women)
Mrs. Bishop is an ’85 graduate of Bethany College in organ performance. She is a local piano teacher, accompanist, and church musician. She has experience as an organist for Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kan., and has directed the children’s choir. Bishop also accompanies the Bethany College Choir, Chamber Choir, and vocal and instrumental students.
Beta Tau Sigma (Bethany College honor society)
Mark McDonald has been a faculty member at Bethany College since 1996. A graduate of Bethany College in 1991, McDonald earned his doctorate in systematics and ecology at Kansas State University in 1996. McDonald has taught general biology, microbiology, genetics, immunology, and numerous other courses and serves as the pre-medical programs advisor.
McDonald has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He also coordinates the Bethany Quest program, which is a two-year orientation program which engages students in Bethany’s core values and Directions of Excellence. McDonald is a past recipient of the Mordvedt Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice)
Douglas Smith, associate professor of criminal justice, has been at Bethany College since 2005, but has taught at the college as an adjunct instructor since 1978. He teaches classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club.
Smith has over 35 years of experience in criminal justice. He worked in the 28th Judicial District Court, Salina, Kan., as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Director of Court Services and Trial Court Administrator I.
He was a board member of the Salina Youth Care Foundation and was twice elected president of the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers. He served on committees for the Kansas Supreme Court and assisted in developing an interdisciplinary investigation team for child abuse cases. His work on this team garnered acclaim from the National Association of District Attorneys and the Federal Department of Health and Welfare.
Smith earned his Master of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.
Psi Chi (psychology)
Andrea Ring began working as an adjunct professor at Bethany College in the spring of 2009. In the fall of 2009, she joined the faculty full-time. Ring became chair of the psychology department in fall 2013.
Ring received her Bachelors of Science in psychology in 2002 from Fort Hays State University and her Masters of Science in clinical psychology in 2005, also from Fort Hays State University.
Ring worked as a clinical psychotherapist at Salina Regional Health Center in the Intensive Outpatient Program for four years prior to teaching. She continues to maintain her professional license and work in field of mental health.
At Bethany, she teaches classes in general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, counseling and behavior modification. Ring helped to establish the new addiction counseling major in 2012 and currently functions as the program coordinator. She also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Bethany College Psychology Club.