On May 22, Bethany College honored 95 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from the college during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Swedes volleyball will think pink this month as they support breast cancer awareness. The team will host “Dig for the Cure” night on October 26 during their match against Southwestern College. The team will sport pink uniforms and honor individual survivors. “The team’s participation in this event is exciting. For me, it’s personal because my sister is a breast cancer survivor. We are grateful to help support research that’s finding a cure for breast cancer,” said Head Volleyball Coach Nathalea Stephenson.
Bethany College Counseling Services is proud to partner with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services-Addiction and Prevention Services to celebrate Recovery Month. On September 7, Lindsborg Mayor Judy Neuschafer proclaimed that the month of September 2010 will be “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” Throughout the month, members of the Bethany and Lindsborg communities are encouraged to be educated about recovery from substance use disorders.
Three new members have been inducted into the Bethany College chapter of Blue Key, an honorary service organization for men. The inductees include: Michael Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.; Jamie Wollenberg, Newton, Kan.; and Mark Margres, Sayreville, N.J. Bethany male students who meet GPA requirements and who have reached junior standing are eligible for Blue Key. Eligible students are nominated for membership. In addition to academic success, voters consider overall character when choosing Blue Key members.
Per Harling Per Harling, Bethany College’s 2010-2011 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies, will give his first public address on September 14. Harling will speak on “The Hymns of Lina Sandell” and lead a hymn sing at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Sandell, a Swedish composer, wrote many popular songs including “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “Thy Holy Wings” and “Day by Day” as well as many more hymns that have been translated into English. Harling has authored a book about Sandell. This event is free and open to the public.
Bethany College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 15-17, 2010, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bethany has been accredited by the HLC since 1932. For nearly two years, Bethany College has engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the HLC’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will then recommend to the HLC a continuing status for Bethany; following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action.
Bethany College Alumni in the Lindsborg area are invited to attend a social gathering on July 17 at the Ol Stuga beginning at 6:00 p.m. As the final stop on the Rockar Stockar Road Trip, area alumni and friends of the college are invited to get an update on Bethany College and socialize with other Bethany alumni. A celebration of Coach Ted Kessinger’s induction into the National College Football Hall of Fame will also occur. Appetizers and memorabilia will be provided.
Members of the Bethany Oratorio Society are invited to participate in a conducting and rehearsal demonstration in Presser Hall at Bethany College on July 13 and July 14 at 11 a.m. Bethany will host two candidates as finalists, one each day, for the choral/voice position in the music department. This position also directs the annual Messiah Festival of the Arts. Available oratorio members should bring choral scores for both Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and are requested to arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m. The sessions are scheduled to conclude between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.
The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomes four new members. Beginning July 1, Steve Briggs, Steve Elfman, Jason Opat and Jim Ruble will serve on the governing board providing the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership. “We are fortunate to have these additions to the board of directors. I am confident that their individual skill sets will add a dynamic feature contributing positively to our campus community,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.
Bethany College has received a $200,000 grant from the Earl Bane Foundation for the Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center. “Over the last 15 years, the Earl Bane Foundation has supported scholarships, general operations and enhancements to campus information technology at Bethany College. Students have been the primary beneficiaries of the foundation’s generosity and we are deeply grateful for their previous support as well as their continued support of a new chapel and welcome center,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III. The Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center will utilize principles of sustainable design. To be located in the heart of campus, the welcome center will signify Bethany’s core values as a place of open hospitality to all who come to live, study, work or visit the campus. The chapel will be a place to exemplify and affirm the life of faith and learning.