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
Bethany 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.
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.
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.
Professor Emeritus of Music Doug Talbott, M.M.E., will be the guest conductor.
Bethany College alumnus Cotton Smith, class of 1962, won the Western Writers of America’s prestigious Spur Award for the best audiobook of 2013 for his novel, Ring of Fire. Published in audiobook format by Books-in-Motion, Ring of Fire is now being released in paperback.
Bethany 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.
Bethany College will honor Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipients during the Fall Alumni Awards Recognition on Oct. 6 at noon in Stroble-Gibson Center.
Convocation is free and open to the public. Bethany students, staff, and faculty will attend.
Bethany college students interviewed senior citizens for their class project in Foundations of Education, taught by Assistant Professor Gretchen Norland. The class focuses on the development of education and how it has been influenced by the values and beliefs of society over hundreds of years. This project gives the Bethany education majors a wonderful opportunity to hear stories of teaching experiences and to glean wisdom and advice from these retired teachers.