In May, Bethany College awarded honorary degrees to William E. Gusenius and John E. Hedeen and the status of professor emeritus to retired Provost and Dean of the College Eugene Bales, Ph.D.
Bethany College alumni welcomed 116 new members to their ranks when the Class of 2013 graduated on May 19. This class joins thousands of other Swedes whose adventures are unique except for one fact—that they began at Bethany. Here are some of our newest graduates’ next plans as submitted to the Alumni Office. If you have your own alumni news, you can submit it online.
Nearly 200 guests joined Bethany College to break new ground on May 18 on the amphitheatre lawn and celebrate the new Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Welcome Center and the education initiative called Bethany Pathway.
Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates participated in baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus. The event was live tweeted using the hashtag #bcgrads2013 to celebrate with both on- and off-campus Bethany community members. View the photo gallery of the event courtesy Turner Photography.
On May 19, Bethany College will welcome the Rev. Brian Maas, bishop of the Nebraska Synod, ELCA, to preach during baccalaureate worship at 10:30 a.m. and William E. Gusenius and John E. Hedeen to deliver remarks to the graduating class of 2013 during commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m.
Gordon Eller ’64 donates trees, shrubs, and plants for campus landscaping to Bethany every year. This April, he also donated blueberry bushes and vegetable plants for the community garden. Eller is a retired orthopedic surgeon and has a nursery and landscaping business in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
At its annual Alumni Recognition Banquet on March 23, Bethany College honored five outstanding alumni including Stanley Hays, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; Dr. Kipp Van Camp, Topeka, Kan.; Tad Doering, Apex, N.C.; Kathryn (Segerhammar) Swanson, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Kenneth and Marilyn (Miller) Sjogren, Lindsborg, Kan.
Bethany College will honor five of its alumni at the Spring Alumni Awards Banquet. Kenneth and Marilyn Sjögren will receive the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Kipp Van Camp will receive the Distinguished Graduate Award. Kathryn Swanson and Tad Doering will receive the Award of Merit. Stanley Hays will receive the Gold Award.
The banquet takes place on March 23, 2013, in Pihlblad Memorial Union. A punch reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Levin Room followed by dinner at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Reservations are $15 per person and can be made by Friday, March 15, with the Alumni Office:
Bethany College invites you to volunteer for the 2013 Messiah Festival of the Arts on March 24 to 31. The following opportunities are available!
Convocation is free and open to the public. Bethany students, staff, and faculty will attend.
Sean Patty has led a successful career in business administration. As a Bethany student, he majored in business/economics but took a variety of courses, especially in political science. “This liberal arts education helped him explore his extensive skills and interests, which translated into his impressive career,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “We’re looking forward to hearing more about Sean’s life since Bethany and his advice for current students.” Continue reading