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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Bethany Swedes succeed! Our students are confident because of the wide background of knowledge, skills, and experiences they gain at Bethany. These enable them to take on challenges and conquer them.
Dr. Keir Swisher ‘02 is just one example of our successful Swedes. Swisher is the co-medical director of the Salina Regional Health Center Emergency Department as a board certified emergency medicine physician.
Bethany Auxiliary Treasurer Sheila Leonard and President Carol Gusenius present the Auxiliary’s donation to Bethany College Vice President for Advancement Galen Bunning.
Bethany Auxiliary made a recent donation to the Bethany Auxiliary Endowed Scholarship, bringing its total giving to more than $50,000.
Bethany Auxiliary is an organization that has supported Bethany since 1961. All fundraising project proceeds are donated to the endowed scholarship funds of the college. Projects include Student Care Packages, which loved ones may send to their students on campus, and the “Measure for Pleasure” cookbook or CD available at Swede Nation Station and several downtown Lindsborg locations.
Bethany College’s fall student body is the largest enrolled in over 15 years. With 665 students, the student body increased 8.3 percent from last fall. Driving the growth is the freshmen class, which grew to 184 students, up 40.5 percent from last fall. This is the largest freshmen class since 1997.
Bethany College invites the community to attend Bethany Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church for worship on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Bethany Sunday will end the Homecoming weekend with worship at the college’s founding church. Associate Professor of Music Mark Lucas, Ph.D., will lead the Bethany College Choir and Associate Professor of Music Melody Steed, D.M.A., will lead the Handbell Ensemble. President Edward Leonard III will also speak.
The Fall Alumni Awards Recognition takes place in Stroble-Gibson Center following Bethany Sunday. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.
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Still dressed in practice gear, the Bethany softball players are busy in the evenings making calls for the Bethany Annual Phonathon to raise awareness of Bethany and to raise support for the Annual Fund.
Karlstad University President Åsa Bergenheim and Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III
On Sept. 10, Bethany hosted a delegation of administrators and faculty members from Karlstad University in Sweden. Representatives from across campus from both institutions met to learn from one another, discuss ways for programs to interact internationally, and strengthen the partnership and exchange agreement formed in 2011 between Bethany and Karlstad.
Associate Professor of Music Mark Lucas, Ph.D.
The Bethany College Music Department invites members of the media and community to a press conference and reception to meet new faculty members Associate Professor Mark Lucas, Ph.D., Bethany Oratorio Society Conductor and Director of Choral Activities, and Assistant Professor Claudio Re, Ph.D., Director of Bands, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
Bethany College will host a community Fiscal New Year’s Eve party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of Sjogren Center behind Presser Hall on June 28.
The celebration will ring in the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, and celebrate the current year’s many successes.
The Bethany College Board of Directors convened for its spring meeting over commencement weekend.
Plans for Cafeteria Remodel
The board was updated on several facilities and technology upgrades taking place this summer, including projects in the cafeteria and Alma Swensson Hall. The cafeteria in Pihlblad Memorial Union will be renovated in a cost-sharing project between Bethany and Sodexo food services. The nearly half-million-dollar remodel will improve the speed and service to students by reducing bottlenecks and creating a space to purchase food after-hours. Alma Swensson Hall will become a living and learning community for freshmen students and will be enhanced by adding classroom and meeting spaces.