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.
Bethany College will host a community Fiscal New Year’s Eve party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of Sjogren Center behind Presser Hall on June 28.
The celebration will ring in the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, and celebrate the current year’s many successes.
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.