Name: Kylee Ayres
Major: Psychology and Servant Leadership
Hometown: Salina, KS
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Executive Vice President of Communications- SGA, RA, Pathfinder, Ambassador, Psychology Club, BIG sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Plans for the future: I’m keeping the doors open to explore all my options. I want to use my time at Bethany to really focus on God’s calling so I can follow him and my heart into the direction he chooses to use me in.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? My admissions rep, Nick Nothern, refused to let me say no to Bethany. He gave me 110 reasons to choose Bethany. I ended up falling in love with the community and everything Bethany is.
Here is Kylee’s Bethany Story….
In my Quest II class we had an assignment to group up and create a servant leadership project. My group chose to go to Bethany Home and build flower boxes as well as make May Day baskets for the residents. We ended up making about 100 May Day baskets that we took to the residents. I remember walking through the halls listening to their program coordinator tell us about how one man had just lost a friend and hadn’t been talking to anyone for weeks. As she was telling us about how the man’s struggle was beginning to affect his health we walked past his room and he was holding up his May Day basket with the biggest smile on his face. It was so moving to see that our simple project had touched someone’s heart at just the right moment. Sometimes things happen in life that really bog us down. I realized that day that the power of servant leadership is so strong that it can turn someones whole life around. Our group didn’t do anything big. We were really just completing a class assignment. I believe that it was the power of God working through us in that moment. Not only did we help that man get out of a gloomy time, but we learned how easy it is to be servant leaders in our every day lives. I’m so thankful for that opportunity Bethany gave to me.
Name: Araceli Aburto Villanueva
Major: Accounting & Business Management
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Cross Country/ Track, Business Club, Alpha Delta Zeta, Greek Council, Pathfinders
Plans for the future: Where ever life leads me
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose to go to Bethany College because I wanted to experience a new atmosphere outside of my comfort zone as well as being able to keep on running in the college level.
Here is Araceli’s Bethany Story….
A positive experience I’ve had while attending Bethany College was being able to have opportunities to take initiation for what I want to do. The past summer I worked in the accounting office at Bethany with Terran Corwin and for me it was a great experience to be around what I am studying in my major. A current and ongoing experience at Bethany is just the people around me. I learned so many new things that I wouldn’t have known about myself and others being in Bethany College. It is just a whole different mood of place that gives me the want to explore new horizons. And like Ethel Barrymore said, “You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.”
Name: Aaron Silco
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Involvements: Pi Sigma Chi Fraternity, Peer Ministry, Campus Ministry
Plans for the future: Take some time off after graduation and teach English abroad and then eventually seminary
Why did you choose to go to Bethany: My grandmother went to Bethany
Here is Aaron’s Bethany Story….
One of the most positive experiences I have had at Bethany was when I pledged Pi Sigma Chi as a freshman. The experience of pledging not only gave me brothers for life but allowed me to grow as a person and better overcome hardship.
Name: Michelle Rambo
Major: Criminal Justice and Business Administration
Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tennis, Swede Government Association, Law and Order Club, Bethany Ambassadors, Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society, Pathfinder, Alpha Phi Sigma Honorary Society, City of Lindsborg Public Safety Advisory Committee
Plans for the future: I want to work for a federal law enforcement agency after I receive some experience in a local or state law enforcement agency.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany for many reasons. I really liked the idea of the small class sizes, the opportunity to build relationships with the professors and faculty on campus, along with all of the opportunities to get involved on campus, and I wanted to play tennis here.
Here is Michelle’s Bethany Story….
A positive experience I have had while attending Bethany would have to be the opportunities for the internships I have had. This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, VA, and I don’t think I would have been as prepared to go through the internship if I had chosen another college to go to. I could relate a lot from what I learned inside the classroom to the Special Operations squad that I worked in, and I can now relate what I learned throughout the internship inside the classroom. The NCIS internship was important to me because I could see myself working for the agency in the future, in addition to gaining invaluable experience while working closely with the agents. It was exciting to enter the internship with agents that were welcoming and committed to the interns and helped us receive the most experience out in the field. I could not have gone through the entire process without the support I received from professors, staff, and faculty from Bethany College.
In honor of the senior class of 2014, we have decided to do a special Featured Student of the Week. There will be five seniors honored with this title, one for each day this week.
Name: Melissa Woeppel
Major: English and Communications with a minor in Religion
Hometown: Firth, NE
Nominated by: Matt Riordan, Director of Residential Education and Services
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Swede Government Association, Choir, Band and Jazz Band, Handbells, Sigma Phi Omega Sorority, Campus Ministry, Greek Council, Gold Key
Plans for the future: Graduate from Bethany and see where life takes me.
Name: Melodeigh Christiansen
Major: Math education with an endorsement in Special Education and a minor in Psychology
Hometown: Denver, CO
Nominated by: Na Peng, Ph.D., Chair of Mathematics & Science Department, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Kappa Gamma Phi sorority, Greek Council, Von Neumann, Ambassador
Plans for the future: Change lives
Name: Mark Klaassen
Major: Biology & Chemistry
Hometown: Marquette, KS
Nominated by: Mark Lucas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, Bethany Oratorio Society Conductor, Director of Choral Activities
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tri-Beta, Choir, Chamber Choir, Bethany Oratorio Society
Plans for the future: After Bethany I’m hoping to be accepted into Medical school.
Name: David Barbieri
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nominated by: Diane Miller, Part-Time Business Professor
Involvements: Tennis team and Pathfinders
Plans for the future: I want to achieve my goals and be happy. Continue reading
Name: Carole Stuenkel
Major: Double Major in Interactive Graphic Design and Studio Art with focus in Painting
Hometown: Palmer, KS
Nominated by: Warren Olson, Associate Vice President for Advancement
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Alpha Delta Zeta (Treasurer), Art Club (President), College Choir, Bethany Oratorio Society, Beta Tau Sigma