Featured Student of the Week – Ross Bergsten

Ross (1)Name: Ross Bergsten

Major: Biology

Hometown: Blue Rapids, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Biochem, Tribeta, Honors

Plans for the future: Attend grad school at K-state next semester

Here is Ross’s Bethany College Story…

My favorite positive memories here at Bethany hearkens back over my many years I’ve spent here. In my memory, my freshman year was like an origin story movie where I met all my current friends. While I have no specific favorite memory, the adventures that my friends and I have gone on throughout our four years here combine to form at least one pretty decent memory. Even though I am a senior, I hope that I have plenty more adventures with my friends left.

Featured Student of the Week – Micah Dunkleberger


Micah (1)Name: Micah Dunkleberger

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Skiatook, Oklahoma

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):

I am the President of Newtonian Society, the Math and Science Representative on SGA, a member of Alpha Delta Zeta, a member of Tri-Beta, a Servant Leader Scholar, a Sustainability Scholar, and a Resident Assistant for Anna Marm Hall.

Plans for the future:

I am pre-pharmaceutical and plan to work at a chain pharmacy before eventually settling down in a smaller town and owning my own pharmacy much like Apotek here in Lindsborg. I also would like to travel a lot in the future especially to Africa and Europe.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany?

I decided to attend Bethany because it was a smaller school and because the professors were very involved with their students. The professors want the students to succeed and do their best to help them achieve that success.

Here is Micah’s Bethany College Story…

One of the most positive experiences I have had at Bethany would have to be the help I have had from professors in obtaining intern positions. Dr. Van Tassel put me in contact with her husband this past summer and I was able to work with him at the Land Institute in Salina. Dr. Lockyear was also helpful because she was the one pushing me to go out there and look for internship opportunities. This past inter-term I had an EBE at the Apotek pharmacy here in Lindsborg thanks to Dr. Lockyear and Dr. McCormick’s suggestions to job shadow there. This has helped me to find a field that I want to pursue and am passionate about. Without these professors I would not have been able to take a closer look at the professional fields and find the best fit for me. I owe them a lot and appreciate their help even more. So, thank you to the wonderful professors and staff of Bethany College! All of you are very positive, uplifting, and helpful. I could not have learned or achieved as much as I have these past two years without each of you.

Featured Student of the Week – Macey Dinkel

Macey (2)Name: Macey Dinkel      

Major:  Elementary Education with a Special Education Endorsement

Hometown: Abilene, Kansas

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Cross-country and track and field, Ambassador, Student Activities Board Member

Plans for the future:  Graduate Bethany and educated the future!!

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? Bethany is only 45 minutes from home. Also, Bethany has a fabulous and well-respected education department which enticed me to come here!

Here is Macey’s Bethany College Story…

Picking one specific memory is a difficult task!  What comes to mind is everyday experiences on campus.  As an elementary education major, there is never a dull day in class. I enjoy the element of surprise in my classes.  Often times we do activities and such as if we were elementary school kids.   One day we may be playing games, another making miniature bow and arrows, reading kid’s books, making music, doing crafts, and much more! I never know what we will be doing, and I like it that way!

Featured Student of the Week – Bethany Elmquist

Bethany Elm (1)Name: Bethany Elmquist

Major: Elementary Education with a business minor, middle level history endorsement and special education endorsement

Hometown: Osawatomie, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):
Current: Alpha Theta Chi sorority, Greek Council, Swede Government Association, Pathfinders, & Peer Ministry
Past: Business club, Bethany Servant Leadership Team, Chapel Choir

Plans for the future: Working with children is what I see for my future. I plan to teach somewhere either overseas or within the United States.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I was already familiar with the community and school. The atmosphere of the small school made me feel welcome and comfortable.

Here is Bethany’s Bethany College Story…

Pledging to Alpha Theta Chi sorority as a freshman was collectively my most memorable moment at Bethany College. Through the sorority I have met several new people. Having that support system away from home is always nice! Being a Theta has also lead me to become more of a leader on campus and within the community.

Featured Student of the Week – Seth Derr

Seth DerrName: Seth Derr

Major: Sports Management

Hometown: Phillipsburg, Kansas

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Track and Field

Plans for the future: Undecided

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? My brother Cody was going to school here, so I decided to get ahold of the track coach. The small class size attracted me as well.

 Here is Seth’s Bethany Story….

Winning the Drake Relays track meet as a freshman is one of the most memorable experiences I have had here at Bethany College. I got to compete in one of the largest college track meets in the nation, and I just happened to set the school record at that meet. I am thankful for my coaches developing my character and the friendships I have made here at Bethany.

Featured Student of the Week – Tyler Smith

DSC_0094Name: Tyler Smith

Major: Business Management/Finance

Hometown: Olathe, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Wrestling team, Business Club, and Student Ambassador

Plans for the future: Find a career that I love, travel, and make new friends.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? Being a part of the new wrestling program.

Here is Tyler’s Bethany Story….

It was great experience to help start the wrestling program. I have made a lot of great relationships through wrestling. Wrestling has provided me with great development of character and memories. I am thankful to be at Bethany and for my teammates and coaches.

Featured Student of the Week – Shaelyn Hamel

ShaeLynName:  ShaeLyn Hamel

Major:  Finance and Management

Hometown: Wellington, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):
Presently: Gold Key, Business Club Operations Manager, Servant Leadership Program, Chapel Choir, and Enrollment Services Student Worker
Past: SAB, Green Team, and Softball

Plans for the future: To become a financial advisor in a smaller town.  I would like to live out in the country with my Siberian husky.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because of the education opportunities in the business department, softball, and I like the smaller size of the college.  Everybody seemed very nice and friendly on my visits here which was comforting.

 Here is Shaelyn’s Bethany Story….

A positive experience I have had at Bethany is working in the Enrollment Services Office.  I started working there the spring of my freshman year and loved it right away.  Jill, Laura, and Mel are all awesome and I love working with them.  They are funny and have made working there a very memorable experience for me.  We have had some of the best laughs that I have ever had throughout my life and it will be sad to leave them when I graduate in January.  I will miss them very much.

Featured Student of the Week – Camille McIver

CamilleName: Camille McIver

Major: Biology

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Softball, Kappa Gamma Phi, Peer Ministry

Plans for the future: Attend a Physician’s Assistant program

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I was introduced to Bethany through softball and when I came here I loved the small school feeling and that everyone really seemed to care about each other.

Here is Camille’s Bethany Story….

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Featured Student of the Week – Krista Akers

Krista_2(11)Name: Krista Akers

Major: Psychology major; English minor

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Bethany honors program, Chapel Choir, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Sigma Phi Omega sorority, and Swede Government Association.

Plans for the future: After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology. My plans after that are less clear. A couple future possibilities are continuing my education and doing research or business consulting.  

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose to come to Bethany because of the small size and feeling of community, and I continue to enjoy that faculty, staff, and even community members remember my name and always say hello.

Here is Krista’s Bethany Story….

As part of an EBE, I worked with Dr. Mark McDonald to manage the operations of Nelson 116, the student-run coffee shop/smoothie bar on campus. Part of my duties included researching different point of sale systems, product research, employee scheduling, and organizing a grand opening. Successfully completing these tasks took the help of students, faculty, staff, and even community members. However, I didn’t have many connections to the Bethany campus or Lindsborg community at the time. Therefore, working with Nelson 116 forced me out of my comfort zone. Being pushed to contact individuals outside of my normal social circle helped me to develop my communication skills and grow as a person. Furthermore, witnessing people’s willingness to help me in my endeavors was a very humbling experience and made me feel truly blessed to be a part of such a supportive community.


Featured Student of the Week – Devin Smith

Devin SmithName: Devin Smith          

Major: Biology and Forensic Science

Hometown: Salina, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tribeta, Bethany Mens Basketball Team, Young Adult Choir at church, Residential Assistant

Plans for the future: Attend medical school and further my education

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because they made me feel as if I could be a part of something greater at this school and I received a basketball scholarship. What really got me was the reputation of a strong science department that would help me with my future endeavors.

 Here is Devin’s Bethany Story….

My most memorable experience has to be Hyllingsfest and being a part of the parade. So many people cheering and the support they give not only to the Swedish traditions but also to Bethany College and our athletic programs. It was nice to see people even who graduated come back and be a part of their alma mater. It makes me feel like I have one big family and makes the saying true “Once a Swede, Always a Swede!”

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