Students make a “Swede Sweep” of Lindsborg

Swede SweepOn 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.

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Leonard takes first in Sunflower State Games swimming


President Leonard

President Leonard swimming at a Lindsborg WaveMakers home meet
Photo by Danelle Johnson Photography

President Edward F. Leonard III competed in the Sunflower State Games on July 14, placing first in his age group in the four swim categories, 50-yard and 100-yard backstrokes and 100-yard and 200-yard individual medleys. In those over 30, his times were best in the backstrokes and second-best in the medleys.

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Westendorff earns award at Financial Aid Conference

Nichol Westendorf at Summer Institute

The members of the directors track (pictured) and conference leaders selected Westendorff (front right) for a leadership award. She will return to the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Summer Institute to teach that track.

In June, Nichol Westendorff, director of financial aid, and Tiffany Daniels, financial aid administrator, attended the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Summer Institute, a nationally-recognized as one of the foremost training events for new and seasoned aid administrators. The weeklong intensive, classroom-based format provided a comprehensive overview of federal financial aid programs along with a back-end perspective of the regulatory issues that shape and govern these programs.

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Bethany graduates the Class of 2013

Class of 2013On May 19, Bethany College honored 116 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the college during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates participated in baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus. The event was live tweeted using the hashtag #bcgrads2013 to celebrate with both on- and off-campus Bethany community members. View the photo gallery of the event courtesy Turner Photography.

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Bethany receives grant from Kansas Community Gardens Project

Community Garden harvestBethany College’s Community Garden has been awarded a $5,000 grant through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.

Bethany’s Community Garden is one of 35 community garden projects in the state to receive this funding, which will help support the purchase and construction of much needed foundational infrastructure, including a permanent irrigation system, tool shed, and winter tunneling supplies.

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Eclectic cast brings “The Cherry Orchard” to life

Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is the story of a family struggling to save their The Cherry Orchardfamily’s estate. Director Cody Whetstone knew that in order to portray this eccentric family and the servants and friends that surround them, he would have to cast an eclectic group of people.

“We knew this would be a perfect play to work on collaboratively with Bethany College and Broadway RFD,” Whetstone said. “To find such a diverse group of people, we needed both group’s resources.”

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Bethany celebrates Earth Day – now in Lindquist Hall

UPDATE: Events will take place in Lindquist Hall due to weather.

2013 Earth DayBethany College celebrates Earth Day on April 22 with workshops and Chapel service, and a work day all in the Community Garden at 725 N. Kansas Street in Lindsborg, Kan.

All events are open to the public. The Community Garden was first planted on May 3, 2009, to tie the college and community together. Through the processes of fellowship and shared work, participants learn about growing local food and living sustainably. The garden is dedicated to Ken Branch, a Lindsborg resident and 1959 Bethany graduate who has taught anthropology at Bethany. In the past three years, the garden has produced vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers.

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