Bethany College’s fall student body is the largest enrolled in over 15 years. With 665 students, the student body increased 8.3 percent from last fall. Driving the growth is the freshmen class, which grew to 184 students, up 40.5 percent from last fall. This is the largest freshmen class since 1997.
Bethany College is pleased to welcome a new international student on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia (Global UGRAD). Joining Bethany is Dovletgeldi Jumayev.
Still dressed in practice gear, the Bethany softball players are busy in the evenings making calls for the Bethany Annual Phonathon to raise awareness of Bethany and to raise support for the Annual Fund.
Eight Bethany College students have been selected by their peers to serve as freshman class officers and hall representatives in the Swede Government Association (SGA), Bethany’s student congress, for the 2013-2014 academic year. They join ten other members who were elected last spring as well as representatives from the Student Activities Board, Greek Council, the Messenger, and the Multicultural Student Union.
Duties of class officers include voicing the concerns of classmates at weekly meetings and serving on sub-committees. Duties of hall representatives include bringing problems, information, suggestions, and inquiries from the students they represent to SGA and informing SGA of activities in each hall.
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.
Convocation is free and open to the public. Bethany students, staff, and faculty will attend.
Bethany college students interviewed senior citizens for their class project in Foundations of Education, taught by Assistant Professor Gretchen Norland. The class focuses on the development of education and how it has been influenced by the values and beliefs of society over hundreds of years. This project gives the Bethany education majors a wonderful opportunity to hear stories of teaching experiences and to glean wisdom and advice from these retired teachers.
Bethany College alumni welcomed 116 new members to their ranks when the Class of 2013 graduated on May 19. This class joins thousands of other Swedes whose adventures are unique except for one fact—that they began at Bethany. Here are some of our newest graduates’ next plans as submitted to the Alumni Office. If you have your own alumni news, you can submit it online.
Bethany College business students playing a global simulation game tied for first place out of 2,340 teams from 166 colleges and universities worldwide.
James Bragg, from Temecula, Calif., Kalven Goreal, from Modesto, Calif., and Kane Olsen, from Hamilton, New Zealand, were members of the winning team. They ended the game with placements of a tie for first in overall score, second in earnings per share, third in stock price, and a tie for hundredth in return on equity.