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.
Jultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.
This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir.
Bethany College Art Professor Mary Kay was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning for her inclusion in the State of the Art: Discovering American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can read more about the national art exhibit and Professor Kay’s art here and you can watch the CBS Sunday Morning segment featuring the Bethany professor here.
Ashley Glover, a Bethany College senior from Emporia, will perform her senior voice recital on Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. She will perform pieces from Debussy, Mozart, Copland and others.
Glover is a vocal music education major and a sacred music minor. In the spring, she will be student teaching at Stewart Elementary and Sacred Heart Middle/High School in Salina. She has studied under the direction of Leah Ann Anderson. She will be accompanied on Sunday by Genevieve Bishop.
Name: 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!”
The Faculty Development Committee has approved a Woodward Endowment Award for David Slack, chair of health, physical education, and athletic training program coordinator. The $1,045 award was given for Professor Slack to attend the Athletic Training Educator’s Conference in Dallas.
The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning established by Dr. Lester & Marianne Woodward supports a variety of activities to enhance creative teaching and effective student learning at Bethany college. Through the endowment, faculty may receive support to develop new strategies in a particular course by integrating computer skills, writing skills, problem solving, and /or critical thinking skills into the course content and the course assignments. Support will also be provided to teams of faculty for the development of inter-disciplinary courses or seminars.
Through these and other activities the Woodward Endowment of Creative Teaching and Learning will play a significant role in maintaining informed, enthusiastic, and committed teaching faculty at Bethany College.
The Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will perform in a concert on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium at Bethany College. The Symphonic Band is conducted by Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director of bands, and the Jazz Band is conducted by Courtney Long, assistant professor of music at Bethany College.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Name: Taryn Henning
Major: Athletic Training
Hometown: Winfield, Kansas
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Athletic Training
Plans for the future: to attend a physician’s assistant graduate program
Why did you choose to go to Bethany?
I chose Bethany because it was a small school, the professors really seemed to care and everybody is nice!
Here is Taryn’s Bethany Story….
A lot of my experiences have to do with athletic training since I spend most of my day in the AT room. There have been a lot of injuries that I have had to evaluate or treat and when I know what is wrong and can treat them is a great feeling. The athletic training room is always a great learning place! There is always some new injury or a different person rehabbing and I will have to get creative and know how to treat them or give them the right exercises! Just the other day I was the first one to test an athlete for his MCL. Even though it was sad for him because he was out for the season it was really great for me to get that experience and to know what that feels like. Being a part of the Athletic Training program has really helped me learn how to be a leader and will really help me continue on with my goal of being a physician’s assistant.
“Old Friends Making New Music,” the upcoming faculty recital at Bethany College, will be performed on Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall auditorium. The organ recital will feature Melody Steed, assistant academic dean and professor of organ at Bethany College. Admission to the recital is free and open to all.
Guest artists joining Steed on stage will be Keith Benjamin on trumpet, JoDee Davis, trombone, and Patricia Higdon on piano. Steed, Benjamin and Davis all met as students at the University of Northern Iowa.
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.