In his address to students, faculty and staff, President Jones stated he wanted his actions to speak louder than his words, when he washed the feet of Bryanna Taylor, a senior from Monrovia, California. He challenged those at the convocation to join him in making a public statement about their willingness to serve others.
Bethany College will recognize Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and the Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipient during the Fall Award Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. at the Sundstrom Conference Center.
The awards luncheon is part of the college’s Homecoming and 135th anniversary celebration. Homecoming activities take place October 14-16.
The five alumni who will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor are Terry Palmgren ’70 (posthumous award); Al Hehre ’72 (posthumous award); Tim May ‘79, Plano, Texas; Paul Sommer ’85, Fredonia, Kansas; and Jerry Scheuerman ’79 (posthumous award). The Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany College was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known.
Bethany College will welcome five new professors to campus when classes begin on August 25.
Two new professors will join the Bethany College Art Department. Nelson Smith, assistant professor of painting and drawing, will serve as the department’s new chair. Professor Smith most recent experience is as a professor in the Department of Art at Kansas State University. Eleanor Heimbaugh will join the department as a visiting professor of ceramics and sculpture. She will be completing her Master’s of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Fort Hays State University.
Other professors joining the faculty include Arminta Fox, visiting professor of religion. Professor Fox comes to Bethany from Seton Hall University where she taught courses on Christianity and Culture. Ashik Shafi, visiting professor of communication, comes to Bethany from Wayne State University where he was a doctoral student.
A former Bethany College athletic trainer, Laura Stenlund, will continue at the college as the newest assistant professor of athletic training.
“Bethany College has a reputation for producing successful professionals who love God and love people,” President Will Jones said. “I’m thrilled that so many students have been attracted to us this year. I look forward to seeing how they will grow and the positive impact they will make on our local community.”
New students arrived for check-in early Sunday morning and are taking part in orientation activities this week. Classes begin at Bethany on Thursday, August 25. On Friday, the Opening Convocation will be the official kick-off to the academic year with President Jones, Bethany’s newly appointed 14th president, speaking to the student body, faculty, staff and community members.
Students in the freshman class come from 22 states across the country, with 32 percent coming from Kansas, and from 10 countries. Official headcount numbers will be released after the 20th day of classes on September 22, 2016.
Bethany College students will officially be welcomed to campus at the school’s annual Opening Convocation on Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. President William Jones, Bethany’s newly appointed 14th college president, will be the speaker for the event.
Provost Bob Carlson will introduce and welcome faculty and Kylee Ayres, a senior from Salina and Swede Government Association (SGA) president, will recognize SGA officers and welcome the Class of 2020 and Transfer Students.
New full-time faculty members this year include Nelson Smith, assistant professor painting and drawing; Eleanor Heimbaugh, visiting professor of ceramics and sculpture; Arminta Fox, visiting professor of religion; Ashik Shafi, visiting professor of communications; and Laura Stenlund, assistant professor of athletic training.
The convocation is open to the public.
Some of the more noticeable ones can be seen on the campus grounds. Thanks to many alumni and friends, two fountains located near the campus amphitheater have been repaired and waters flowing in them again. Near the same area, shade umbrellas have been added to picnic tables and new flowers added to several planters.
A group of alumni and friends, faculty and staff invested time, talent and financial resources to refinish the stage floor in Presser Hall Auditorium. “For the first time in many decades, our stage will look as good as our choir sounds,” said President William Jones.
Students will also notice improvements in computing and Internet access across campus. New computers have been installed in student labs and thanks to a gift to the college, upgrades are planned for improved Wi-Fi in the residence halls.
Classes for Bethany students begin on Thursday, August 25. Students will begin returning to campus on August 16 for pre-season fall sports. New students arrive on Sunday, August 21 and returning students on August 23.
Cory Odell, adjunct professor of criminal justice, was recently promoted by the Junction City Police Chief and City Manager to Patrol Lieutenant for the Junction City Police Department. Having recently been named “Police Officer of the Year” by the City of Junction, Odell was previously serving as a Detective Sergeant and assigned as Supervisor of the Crime Scene Unit and Tactical Team.
Professor Odell teaches online for the Criminal Justice Department at Bethany College. He earned his B.A. in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and his M.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Brian A. Kinnaird, Associate Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice, will be the keynote speaker for the Kentucky State CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Annual Conference in Georgetown in September. Dr. Kinnaird has been a presenter the last two years for the Mental Health in Corrections Conference in Springfield, Missouri. CIT is a model of verbal de-escalation, active listening skills and non-lethal weapon use to decrease the number of injuries to law enforcement officers and consumers and increase the number of consumers receiving treatment for mental illness. CIT helps sustain effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, and the community through crisis intervention programs, education and outreach, and compliance with recommended standards.
Bethany College received a $10,000 grant awarded by the Interfaith Youth Core for establishing an Interfaith Studies Minor. The grant, funded through the Teagle Foundation, will provide scholarships for pilot students that will begin pursing the minor in the spring term of this academic year.
Religion Professors Adam Pryor and Tyler Atkinson developed the new minor by working with departments outside of Religion. The course sequence
introduces interfaith curricula within classes already offered in pre-professional programs such as business, education, pre-medicine, and pre-pharmacy.
“We are working with instructors and developing learning objectives that foster interfaith understanding,” Atkinson said. “As our country continues to ask what it means to be diverse, we think this type of training will be relevant as students begin their careers.”
According to the award letter, the Interfaith Youth Core received a higher than anticipated number of proposals for the grant, and was impressed by the overall quality and creativity of the Bethany program. Interfaith Youth Core is an organization that works globally and with more than 200 colleges and universities to build successful models of interfaith cooperation.
The new minor allows students in pre-professional programs an opportunity to obtain a religion minor without adding many extra classes to their class load. The Interfaith Studies Minor will require participation in Bethany’s Peer Ministry program as well as utilize several interdisciplinary classes that are already established.
“Some of the students in the pre-professional programs were interested in a religion minor, but it was difficult to obtain with all the classes they were required to take,” Atkinson said. “We looked at ways to use classes we already offered that could foster greater interfaith understanding. This awareness will be important as these students enter into an increasingly diverse society.”
Members of the Bethany College Auxiliary presented a gift to fund scholarships to President Will Jones on Tuesday, July 26.