Featured Student of the Week – Kylee Ayres

Kylee Ayers (2)1Name:  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.

Featured Student of the Week – Araceli Aburto Villanueva

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Name: Araceli Aburto Villanueva

Major: Accounting & Business Management

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Cross Country/ Track, Business Club, Alpha Delta Zeta, Greek Council, Pathfinders

Plans for the future: Where ever life leads me

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose to go to Bethany College because I wanted to experience a new atmosphere outside of my comfort zone as well as being able to keep on running in the college level.

Here is Araceli’s Bethany Story….

            A positive experience I’ve had while attending Bethany College was being able to have opportunities to take initiation for what I want to do. The past summer I worked in the accounting office at Bethany with Terran Corwin and for me it was a great experience to be around what I am studying in my major. A current and ongoing experience at Bethany is just the people around me. I learned so many new things that I wouldn’t have known about myself and others being in Bethany College. It is just a whole different mood of place that gives me the want to explore new horizons. And like Ethel Barrymore said, “You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.”

Featured Student of the Week – Aaron Silco

Aaron Silco (6)1Name: Aaron Silco

Major:  Religion

Hometown:  Littleton, Colorado

Involvements:  Pi Sigma Chi Fraternity, Peer Ministry, Campus Ministry

Plans for the future:  Take some time off after graduation and teach English abroad and then eventually seminary

Why did you choose to go to Bethany:  My grandmother went to Bethany

Here is Aaron’s Bethany Story….

One of the most positive experiences I have had at Bethany was when I pledged Pi Sigma Chi as a freshman. The experience of pledging not only gave me brothers for life but allowed me to grow as a person and better overcome hardship.

Featured Student of the Week – Michelle Rambo

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Name: Michelle Rambo

Major: Criminal Justice and Business Administration

Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tennis, Swede Government Association, Law and Order Club, Bethany Ambassadors, Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society, Pathfinder, Alpha Phi Sigma Honorary Society, City of Lindsborg Public Safety Advisory Committee

Plans for the future: I want to work for a federal law enforcement agency after I receive some experience in a local or state law enforcement agency.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany for many reasons.  I really liked the idea of the small class sizes, the opportunity to build relationships with the professors and faculty on campus, along with all of the opportunities to get involved on campus, and I wanted to play tennis here.

Here is Michelle’s Bethany Story….

A positive experience I have had while attending Bethany would have to be the opportunities for the internships I have had. This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, VA, and I don’t think I would have been as prepared to go through the internship if I had chosen another college to go to.  I could relate a lot from what I learned inside the classroom to the Special Operations squad that I worked in, and I can now relate what I learned throughout the internship inside the classroom.  The NCIS internship was important to me because I could see myself working for the agency in the future, in addition to gaining invaluable experience while working closely with the agents.  It was exciting to enter the internship with agents that were welcoming and committed to the interns and helped us receive the most experience out in the field.  I could not have gone through the entire process without the support I received from professors, staff, and faculty from Bethany College.

Kinnaird publishes book

headshot-web-v_BrianKinnairdBrian Kinnaird, Ph.D, associate professor of criminal justice at Bethany College, has published the second edition of his book, “Use of Force: Expert Guidance for Decisive Force Response.” The book is available in print or ebook and was originally published in 2003.

Kinnaird is completing his first year at Bethany College in the criminal justice department. Continue reading

Quest class raises money

Duck Soup PixBethany College students raised $200 in a wacky game of Duck Soup softball last Sunday afternoon at the Swede Softball Park. Students from David Slack’s Bethany Quest class organized the fund raiser to benefit Mija Stockman, ’98, a former Bethany track athlete who was injured in an automobile accident and has faced a long, difficult, and expensive recovery. She is currently receiving specialty care in a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska. Continue reading

Featured Student of the Week – Melissa Woeppel

26 - Melissa WoeppelName: Melissa Woeppel

Major: English and Communications with a minor in Religion

Hometown: Firth, NE

Nominated by: Matt Riordan, Director of Residential Education and Services

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Swede Government Association, Choir, Band and Jazz Band, Handbells, Sigma Phi Omega Sorority, Campus Ministry, Greek Council, Gold Key

Plans for the future: Graduate from Bethany and see where life takes me.

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Featured Student of the Week – Melodeigh Christiansen

25 - Melodeigh ChristiansenName: Melodeigh Christiansen

Major: Math education with an endorsement in Special Education and a minor in Psychology

Hometown: Denver, CO

Nominated by: Na Peng, Ph.D., Chair of Mathematics & Science Department, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Kappa Gamma Phi sorority, Greek Council, Von Neumann, Ambassador

Plans for the future: Change lives

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Senior art exhibit

Holly PhelpsBethany College Art Department will host an exhibit featuring the artwork of Holly Phelps, senior, of Wichita.  The exhibition, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, runs through May 1 at the Mingenback Art Gallery located at the corner of Second and Olsson in Lindsborg, Kan. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Phelps is exhibiting paintings and drawings from her four years at Bethany. Her show, “Raw Essence” incorporates her own essence of beauty through nature and people. Her main work is multiple portraits done of fellow Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Phelps is the daughter of the Chuck Phelps and Rachel Blough.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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