Alumnus joins Music Department as director of Messiah & choral activities

Mark LucasBethany College welcomes Mark Lucas, Ph.D., alumnus of 1994, as associate professor of music, director of choral activities, and conductor of the Bethany Oratorio Society.

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Celebrate the Fiscal New Year’s Eve

Fiscal New Years Eve 2012Bethany 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.

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Bethany bestows honorary degrees and emeritus status

John Hedeen,

John Hedeen, D.H.L., and William Gusenius, L.L.D.

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.

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What’s next for the Class of 2013

CAMPUS    5742Bethany 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.

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Bethany breaks new ground

Jim Martin

Chair of the Board Jim Martin ’68

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.

View additional pictures on Bethany’s Facebook, read live tweets from the day with the Twitter hashtag #bcgroundbreaking, and watch the event on Bethany’s YouTube.

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Bethany graduates the Class of 2013

Class of 2013On May 19, Bethany College honored 116 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the college during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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.

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Bethany welcomes special guests for commencement and baccalaureate

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.

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Alumnus donates plants for campus landscaping

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Dr. Eller (center) donates foliage every year.

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.

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Five outstanding alumni honored at Spring Awards Banquet

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.

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Spring Awards Banquet to honor five outstanding alumni

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:

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Advancement & Alumni Office

Sjogren Center Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270
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