Bethany Pastor Presents Program

headshot-v_NoniStrandCampus Pastor Noni Strand will share her passion for sustainability beyond the Bethany College campus this week by presenting a workshop at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. For the Healing of the Earth: Ritual, Reflection, and Response is a multigenerational, interactive workshop that draws upon the resources of people of faith to address the environmental crisis and issues of sustainability that affect everyone.Strand’s unique approach to sustainability is rooted in the belief that spiritual and religious resources across all religions are key for helping address the environmental crisis – and related economic, social justice and spiritual crises that are interconnected. “Like the Body of Christ image in I Corinthians 12, we are connected with one another and all of Creation,” Strand said. “When one member or species or biome suffers, all suffer together with it.” Continue reading

Board of Directors discusses student housing and Engage the Future campaign, grants sabbaticals and early retirement

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.

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Katie Laier welcomed as new dean of admissions and financial aid

Katie LaierBethany College welcomes Katie Laier, M.Ed., as the new dean for admissions and financial aid.

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.”

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Theatre presents Neil Labute’s “The Shape of Things”

The Shape o fThingsBethany College Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

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.

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Ballew presents at Central Christian College Art Festival

headshot-web-h_FrankBallewDirector 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.

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Business Career Conference draws a crowd

2013 Business Career ConferenceOn Oct. 3, the Bethany College Business Club hosted the 16th Business Career Conference during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities.

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

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Delegation from Karlstad University visits Bethany

Karlstad University President Åsa Bergenheim and Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III

Karlstad University President Åsa Bergenheim and Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III

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.

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