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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“40 Under Forty” alumnus to speak at 16th Business Career Conference

Ryan SwartzBethany College invites the community to alumnus Ryan Swartz’ keynote speech at the 16th Business Career Conference at 10:30 a.m. in Burnett Center on Oct. 3 during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities.

Swartz was honored as a member of Ingram’s Magazine “40 Under Forty” 2013 class as civic-minded business executive in the Kansas City region. Swartz became one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments, a firm with 38,000 employees. While there, he earned President’s Circle honors for being in the top 5 percent of planning consultants, recognition as the top regional planning executive, and a host of other awards.

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Bethany Sunday held at Bethany Lutheran Church on Oct. 6

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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Crossen ’04 shares her “Light on the Path” at Opening Convocation

Opening ConvocationBethany College ushered in the new year with Opening Convocation on Aug. 23 in Presser Hall. President Edward F. Leonard III welcomed the Class of 2017 to Bethany and described its worldview with Beloit College’s Mindset List.

Alumna from the Class of 2004 Emma Crossen, M.Div., spoke about her path throughout Bethany and where it carried her beyond graduation. Crossen is the director for stewardship and development at Women of the ELCA in Chicago. She graduated from Bethany in history and political science and from Harvard Divinity School in 2010 with a Master of Divinity.

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