During its meeting Oct. 30-31, the Bethany College Board of Directors set goals to maintain a balanced budget, had dinner with students and approved sabbatical leaves for two professors.
In business action, the Board of Directors approved updates to the faculty handbook. They also affirmed actions to reach a balanced budget at this end of this fiscal year.
Bethany College will celebrate its Homecoming 2009 with four days of events from October 8-11. Highlights include a business career conference; a fall alumni awards dinner; a talent show with crowning of Homecoming royalty; an auction and a Homecoming football game versus Bethel College.
Earning the highest spot for a Kansas college in its category, Bethany College has been ranked as 30th in the Midwest region of U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 “Best Baccalaureate Colleges”.
A rise from last year’s 37th-place rank, which itself was a significant increase, this also marks the third straight year that Bethany has been classified in the top tier of the Midwest region.
Peter Savolainen, an international expert in genetics and the evolution of the domestic dog, will serve as Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies at Bethany College this fall.
The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies is endowed by a generous gift from the late Gerald “Bud” Pearson. It was created so that students, faculty, staff and community members can explore and understand ways in which modern Swedish culture and experience can be learned and incorporated into their own lives.
Homecoming 2008 at Bethany College will include recognition of nine alumni who have made important contributions to academics, athletics and society.
Honorees will be presented with awards at the Fall Awards Dinner on Oct. 10.