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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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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Theatre presents Neil Labute’s “The Shape of Things”

The Shape o fThingsBethany College Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $7, senior citizens and Bethany college students, faculty, and staff are $5. Seating is limited to 50 each night so that the play may be performed in the round on stage. This play is for mature audiences as it contains adults themes and situations and strong language.

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Diplomat Randy Berry ’87 to speak at Bethany on Oct. 28

Randy BerryBethany College invites the community to hear U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam Randy Berry present a talk, “A Diplomat’s Role in the 21st Century,” on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Messiah Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, located on the southeast corner of campus at the intersection of First Street and Olsson Street.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are also welcome to attend Bethany’s Chapel service at 10:30 a.m. in Swenson Chapel in Burnett Center, where Berry will also speak.

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Ballew presents at Central Christian College Art Festival

headshot-web-h_FrankBallewDirector of Publications Frank Ballew ’05 was the guest speaker at Central Christian College’s 4th Annual Art Festival on Oct. 12 in the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend activities. The theme was “A Reflection of Kansas.”

Ballew’s presentation featured examples of illustrations and artwork spanning his career, showing how his artistic skills have grown over the years. From rough pencil sketches, to portraits and landscapes, to published illustrations, Ballew’s work started with a series of pencil drawings of the Civil War done in the fifth grade and ended with his most recent rendering, Kansas Morning.

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Swedes (like Dr. Keir Swisher ’02) succeed!

Keir Swisher

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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.

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Business Career Conference draws a crowd

2013 Business Career ConferenceOn Oct. 3, the Bethany College Business Club hosted the 16th Business Career Conference during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities.

Ryan Swartz, alumnus of 2000, delivered the keynote address about the progression of success. Swartz is a wealth manager with Creative Planning in Overland Park, Kan., where he posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets in just 15 months. In 2013, he was named a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of civic-minded business executives in the region. Prior to Creative Planning, Swartz was one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments

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