Campaign concludes early

ribboncompasBethany College President Edward F. Leonard III stated that this is “a significant, defining moment in the life of the college,” when he recently announced that the most recent fundraising campaign has exceeded its original goal by $2 million and has concluded one year earlier than planned.

Engage the Future: The Campaign for Bethany College, announced publicly in 2011 with a goal of $20 million, is the first in a series of fundraising campaigns to help Bethany College achieve its 20-year vision for the future and has secured gifts and pledges in excess of $22 million. Engage the Future is the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of the college and a springboard for a continued Bethany renaissance. Continue reading

Sunderland Grant

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Bethany College is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation to replace the roof over the auditorium of Presser Hall.  This award is one of the largest ever received by Bethany from the foundation and will be gifted over two years.

“We are excited to receive this grant from the Sunderland Foundation as a confirmation of the importance of Presser Hall to Bethany College and the region,”  said President Edward F. Leonard III. Continue reading

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). Continue reading

Olympic soccer coach Pia Sundhage to join Bethany as Pearson Professor

Pia Sundhage

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning women’s soccer coach and FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage will join Bethany College in January as this year’s Distinguished Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

Sundhage will teach a one-credit-hour class during interterm, work with Bethany’s soccer team as well as other regional teams, connect with Women’s Intersport Network in Kansas City, and make several public presentations.

“It is a great honor and pleasure to host one of the world’s greatest coaches, Pia Sundhage, as this year’s Pearson Professor. She joins an impressive cadre of Swedish scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and musicians who have taught at Bethany through the Distinguished Pearson Professorship program,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “Pia is a tremendous leader, known for her inspiring style and proven results. We excitedly welcome not only soccer fans, but also those who are leaders in their communities and careers, to share in this incredible learning opportunity.”

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Board of Directors discusses student housing and Engage the Future campaign, grants sabbaticals and early retirement

The Bethany College Board of Directors convened in October for its fall meeting to discuss new student housing, receive updates on the campus and the Engage the Future campaign, discuss strategic plans for the next several years at the college, and approve two sabbaticals and an early retirement.

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Board of Directors welcomes new members, Trust re-elects chair

Randy Berry

Randy Berry

The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomed two new members, Randy Berry, a career diplomat from Hillside, Colo., and Sean Patty, a business administrator from Ballwin, Mo., to campus for their first meeting in October.

The Bethany College Board of Directors provides the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership. Berry and Patty began their three-year terms on July 1.

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Thank-a-Thon recognizes Stan Talbott Society

Thank-a-Thon 2013On Thursday, November 14th, students gathered in the Pit area of Pihlblad Memorial Union for Thank-A-Thon 2013.  Each year, this event, hosted by the Advancement/Alumni Offices, gives current students the opportunity to write thank you notes to those donors who helped them afford a Bethany education.  This year, thank you notes were written to members of the Stan Talbott Society.

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Lindblom estate gifts benefit three organizations

Lindblom Estate GiftsThis October, the estate of Robert Warren Lindblom benefited eight organizations, including the Salina-area institutions of Bethany College, Kansas Wesleyan University, and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Each entity received over $15,000. Bethany and Kansas Wesleyan will use the funds to “provide Christian education in memory of Walter T. and Mabel F. Lindblom.”

“How wonderful that this Lutheran alumnus of Kansas Wesleyan University saw the bigger picture of his faith and his alma mater – and left behind a legacy of how each of us makes a difference in living out our faith and values,” says Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.

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Diplomat and alumnus Randy Berry presents at Bethany

Randy Berry 1Randy Berry, U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam and Bethany College alumnus of 1987, presented “A Diplomat’s Role in the 21st Century” at Messiah Lutheran Church on Oct. 28.

In his talk, Berry discussed the role a diplomat plays given the current national context. He has been instrumental in assisting countries in political reform, along with involvement in urgent humanitarian needs.

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Bethany honors Fall Award recipients

2013 Fall Award Recipients

Bethany College gave Fall Awards Recognition during Homecoming weekend. Honorees included (left to right) Cheryl and Bud Rothgeb (Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit), Jeff Edwards ’01 (Athletic Hall of Honor), Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III, Bethany College Head Softball Coach Janice Esses ’01 (Alumni Coach of the Year), Jodi (Strathman) Green ’03 (Athletic Hall of Honor), A. John ‘59 and Carol Pearson (Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit), and Leon Brice Leon ’73 (Athletic Hall of Honor) (not pictured) whose posthumous award was accepted by his father, Eugene Leon.

Bethany College honored Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipients during the Fall Alumni Awards Recognition during Homecoming weekend.

The three alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor were Jeff Edwards ’01, Brice Leon ‘73 (awarded posthumously), and Jodi Strathman ’03. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany College was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known.

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