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.
Bethany College Senior Tyler Breneman will perform his Senior Recital on organ Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The recital will feature works by Mathais, Bach, Brahms, and Boellman.
Breneman is a senior organ performance major from Lincoln, Kansas. He graduated from Lincoln Junior-Senior High School, where he studied piano with Sonja Kobbeman. At Bethany he studies organ with Professor Melody Steed.
Two long-time Bethany College professors recently received honorary faculty titles by the college’s Board of Directors. Linda Lewis, retired professor of English, was given the status of Faculty Emerita, and Doug Smith, former associate professor of criminal justice, was given the status of Faculty Emertus, posthumously.
Lewis began teaching at Bethany College in 1987 and retired at the end of the spring 2014 semester. While at Bethany, she received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of a number of articles and books and recently edited the book, “In This Place,”
celebrating the opening of the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Welcome Center at Bethany.
Smith joined Bethany College first as an adjunct instructor in 1978 and in 2005 became an associate professor. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology, where he shared his 35 years of experience in criminal justice with his students. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club. Smith was a faculty member when he died on August 7, 2014.
“Faculty Emeritus status is such a small thing to do in recognition of the great things these faculty have done for Bethany College,” said Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. “It is so wonderful to think about the contributions of Linda Lewis and to share this honor with her. We wish her all the best. And it is sad to have to send our appreciation to Sandy Smith as we continue to mourn the loss, but celebrate the accomplishments of Doug. Words and actions will never be able to describe how much he will be missed.”
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.”
– “The Watchman Waits”, crayon and graphite drawing
A drawing, painting and print exhibit entitled ‘Transformations’ by Teresa Schmidt will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery October 24 through November 21, 2014.
Schmidt is a Professor of Arts and Coordinator of Drawing at Kansas State University. She received her BA and MA at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and her MFA at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Schmidt’s work has been included in numerous solo and invitational exhibits. She has received awards in international, national, regional and state exhibitions, as well as being accepted in national, regional, state & local juried exhibits.
The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform in its Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert is free is open to the public.
The concert will feature musicians from Bethany College and the Lindsborg community performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Mendelssohn’s Symphony in D Major, and Haydn’s Te Deum. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music at Bethany College, will conduct and perform piano. The Bethany Choir and Dalkoren will also perform. Guest conductors include Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and band director; and Mark Lucas, associate professor and director of choral activities.
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.
Band and choir members from community colleges in Kansas will gather at Bethany College on Thursday, October 30 for a day-long workshop and 5 p.m. performance in Presser Hall. This is the first year Bethany has offered the Junior College Honor Band and Choir workshop and will bring together musicians from at least six community colleges across the state.
“Our intent is to provide an atmosphere in which junior college most talented students may join together with others to make music in a non-competitive environment,” Professor Claudio Re, director of bands at Bethany College, said.
Theatre Department Announces Fall Production
Children’s theatre will be the focus of this year’s Fall Theatre Production at Bethany College. Two short plays will be presented on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Burnett Center for Performing Arts at Bethany. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 years old and under.
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.