The Bethany College Board of Directors convened in October for its fall meeting to discuss new student housing, receive updates on the campus and the Engage the Future campaign, discuss strategic plans for the next several years at the college, and approve two sabbaticals and an early retirement.
Laier will begin in November and will be responsible for leading the admissions and financial aid team and developing strategies for sustaining enrollment growth.
“Bethany College is full of energy, excitement, and wonderful opportunities,” says Laier. “This is a great time to be at Bethany, and I’m excited to join the admissions and financial aid team as well as the entire community.”
Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $7, senior citizens and Bethany college students, faculty, and staff are $5. Seating is limited to 50 each night so that the play may be performed in the round on stage. This play is for mature audiences as it contains adults themes and situations and strong language.
Director of Publications Frank Ballew ’05 was the guest speaker at Central Christian College’s 4th Annual Art Festival on Oct. 12 in the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend activities. The theme was “A Reflection of Kansas.”
Ballew’s presentation featured examples of illustrations and artwork spanning his career, showing how his artistic skills have grown over the years. From rough pencil sketches, to portraits and landscapes, to published illustrations, Ballew’s work started with a series of pencil drawings of the Civil War done in the fifth grade and ended with his most recent rendering, Kansas Morning.
Ryan Swartz, alumnus of 2000, delivered the keynote address about the progression of success. Swartz is a wealth manager with Creative Planning in Overland Park, Kan., where he posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets in just 15 months. In 2013, he was named a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of civic-minded business executives in the region. Prior to Creative Planning, Swartz was one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments
On Sept. 10, Bethany hosted a delegation of administrators and faculty members from Karlstad University in Sweden. Representatives from across campus from both institutions met to learn from one another, discuss ways for programs to interact internationally, and strengthen the partnership and exchange agreement formed in 2011 between Bethany and Karlstad.
Bethany College will honor Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipients during the Fall Alumni Awards Recognition on Oct. 6 at noon in Stroble-Gibson Center.
On Aug. 19, more than 200 Bethany College students, staff, and faculty volunteered for the inaugural “Swede Sweep,” a day devoted to group service projects around Lindsborg. Projects took place across the community as well as along Burma Road and Bethany Drive with McPherson County road crews. More than 170 incoming freshmen and 35 upperclassmen Pathfinder mentors participated.