Bethany College started the 2013-2-14 with a strong enrollment in the Fall semester and that trend continues with a spring student body of 619 students. This is the largest spring enrollment in 17 years and is a larger enrollment than 8 of the past 10 Fall enrollments as well.
“This is an exciting time at Bethany and I’m elated to welcome 40 new students this semester,” says President Edward F Leonard III. “Continued efforts to share the Bethany story along with strong student retention programs are showing positive results.”
Overall, student retention from Fall to Spring this academic year is 88.3%, with the sophomore, junior, and senior classes leading retention at 90% or higher for each class.
“Our work to co-create a tremendous student experience continues and our students are helping by being engaged in the classroom and other activities,” says Leonard.
The Bethany Pathway initiative is the starting point for students to become more fully engaged. It is a bold and innovative way of thinking about the first two years of college guided by Bethany’s core values and the four Missional Directions of Excellence – discovery, reflection, and vocation; global citizenship; servant leadership; and sustainable living.
Students are also engaged across different cultures since the current student population is also very diverse. Besides the students who came to study at Bethany from 32 states within the U.S., foreign students from 25 countries make up 7% of the student population.
Name: Arianna Bryant
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Nominated by: Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Women’s Golf, Chapel Choir
Plans for the future: To work on my dream of becoming an LPGA member, or to become an engineer helping design new technology and commodities for the future.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose to come to Bethany College for women’s golf, their engineering program, and for an experience living in a different part of the country.
What has been your favorite memory from college? My wonderful friends, teachers, coaches, and people I have met here at school.
Name: John Holmquist
Hometown: Smolan, KS
Nominated by: Warren Olson, Associate Vice President for Development
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Pi Sigma Chi Fraternity, Business Club, Bethany Oratorio Society
Plans for the future: Grad School, go to Africa as a humanitarian, build my family’s cattle business, teach business on a collegiate level, travel the world, be a cowboy in Australia, work as a financier
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? To study business and develop personal connections with my professors.
What has been your favorite memory from college? BBTs with Collin Carlson and Joe Jed.
Name: Sarah Hill
Major: Studio Art: Drawing and Painting
Hometown: Lititz, PA
Nominated by: Linda Lewis
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Art Club, Chi Alpha, Gold Key, Honors Program
Plans for the future: To exhibit artwork and travel the world. Any funders?
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany for the chance to be more involved on campus and the professors just seemed perfect!
What has been your favorite memory from college? Playing capture the flag on campus grounds at nighttime!
Name: Katia Matter
Hometown: Jewell, KS
Nominated by: Sarah Peterson, Writing Center Coordinator
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Kappa Gamma Phi, Alpha Psi Omega, Theater
Plans for the future: I would really like to work for the Walt Disney Company, either for Disney English or one of the theme parks.
Name: Michelle Rambo
Major: Criminal Justice and Business Administration
Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
Nominated by: Doug Smith, Chair of the Criminal Justice Department
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tennis, Swede Government Association, Law and Order Club, Business Club, Bethany Ambassadors, Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society
Plans for Future: Eventually, I want to work for a federal law enforcement agency. I haven’t narrowed my career choice down, but I know I want to do something in the criminal justice field. The internships I’ve had during my college career are helping me narrow down my choices. I also want to continue my education in graduate school after I start my career.
Name: Amir Rahbar
Major: Economics-Business/Marketing, Economics-Business/Networking Marketing
Hometown: Houston, TX
Nominated by: Vic Bateman
The Bethany College Art Department invites the public to its annual art sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of Bank of America in Lindsborg.
Bethany College senior artist Angela Dvorak will exhibit her senior art show, “I Draw the Line,” at Mingenback Art Center on campus from Dec. 7 to 11.
A reception will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Many works will be for sale.
Bethany College’s 12th Annual Alternative Gift Market ended on November 16. The market ran for a week and through partnership with local businesses, over $2,000 was raised to help communities around the world be more sustainable.
Amy Kay Pavlovich, owner of Connected enjoyed hosting this year’s market. “I appreciate the work of Alternative Gifts International and it is a good fit with the Fair Trade store. It was really fun for me to get to be around students in this setting.”