Name: Kayo Marcello De Paulo Vaz
Major: Business Administration / Finance
Hometown: Fortaleza-CE, Brazil
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Soccer
Plans for the future: Move to Arizona, find a job in the Banking field, get married to my fiancé Jasmine Zaker and build a family.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because I liked the small community atmosphere where you get to meet everybody and people actually know who you are.
Here is Kayo’s Bethany College Story…
Bethany College was really important for my development as a student and as a person. While attending Bethany, I had a lot of unique experiences such as being nominated as the men’s soccer team captain my junior and senior year. This nomination helped me to improve my leadership skills, which I will need when I get into the work environment that I want to be in. Bethany College was the place where I met and proposed to my fiancé Jasmine Zaker. I also have met a lot of great people that made my college experience one of the best cycles of my life. My coaches and professors were always friendly and willing to help guide me along my path. Bethany College also provided me with a lot of opportunities to build experiences for the future work environment, such as the shadowing experiences, job opportunities and building relationships in the community through community service activities.
Name: Jerilee Rhiann Cameron
Major: Secondary English Education
Hometown: Osborne, KS
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Honors Student, Clarinetist in Bethany Symphonic Band, Member of Sigma Phi Omega Sorority
Plans for the future: I am fortunate enough to have a teaching job lined up at Phillipsburg High School teaching ninth and eleventh grade English! I also plan to do some creative writing and, if I get lucky, have some of my work published.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? After attending an art workshop at Bethany my sophomore year of high school, I knew this was the place for me! Not only is the campus tight-knit and inviting, but the faculty members here go the extra mile to ensure that their students succeed, which is something that is rare across college campuses.
Here is Jerilee’s Bethany College Story…
The moment when learning ceases as an obligation and morphs into an engaging, enjoyable phenomenon for students is as close to magic as we will ever know. I have experienced class sessions while at Bethany when we undergraduates transformed into full-fledged scholars, engaging in peer discussions that ignited curiosity. While these sessions were engaging to me as a student, they also enabled me to facilitate this within my role as a teacher. Student-teaching last semester was a memorable experience. And while leading a group of rambunctious sixteen-year-olds through an Arthur Miller play may seem like a challenge (it was!), it was also a beautiful event that allowed me to see this zest for learning in action through my own students. If not for my phenomenal professors modeling what caring, enthusiastic teachers possessed, I would not have been nearly as successful in my own classroom. So, thank you, to all of the professors who enabled me to love learning and to love teaching.
Name: Barry Garfinkel
Major: Accounting/Business Management
Hometown: Karkur, Israel
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Basketball, Track, Business Club, RA, Work at the bookstore.
Plans for the future: Become an accountant & star player for the New York Knicks.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? A good friend of mine from my basketball team in California, Luis Marrero, also got an offer from Bethany, so we choose to stick together.
Here is Barry’s Bethany College Story…
The best times I have had here at Bethany are the talks I had with faculty and staff members, whether with Paul Gentine, David Frost, Matt Riordan and many others. I am very lucky to be surrounded by so many people who care about me and want to see me succeed. These people have no problem stopping any activity at any time just to talk and share their experiences.
Name: Ross Bergsten
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.
Name: Micah Dunkleberger
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.
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!
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.
Name: 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.
Name: 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.
Name: 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.