Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from all of us at Bethany College! Look for the 20 Swedes hiding in our Christmas card, living out lives of faith, learning and service. Find…

  • President Edward F. Leonard III, who along with the students, faculty, and staff, extend our core value of Community from our campus to you
  • A Servant Leader, Lindy Broeckelman ’15, supports our core value and Missional Direction of Sustainable Living through Bethany’s 12th Alternative Gift Market that “sells” life-changing and sustainable investments in communities in need around the world
  • A world traveler in support of the Missional Direction of Global Citizenship, Jenna Sickenius ’15, still carrying her map of England from when she studied abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, which along with Karlstad University and Linnaeus University in Sweden, are just a few of Bethany’s international opportunities
  • A Dala horse, representing our core value of Hospitality, is held by Assistant Director of Recruitment Vicki Cornett. Prospective students have their photo taken with the Dala horse on their first visit to campus.
  • Our core value of Integrity being proudly shown off by Jennifer Garcia ’14
  • Green Team member Colton Hartline ’15 recycles in one of the many blue bins on campus, just one of the many initiatives that support Bethany’s core value and Missional Direction of Sustainable Living
  • A student, Eileen Vlamis ’17, “reflecting” upon the Missional Direction of Discovery, Reflection, and Vocation
  • Bethany’s Swedish heritage and home in Lindsborg being celebrated by Communication Professor Carl Isaacson and Art Department Administrative Assistant Natalie Nelson in their Swedish Dancer costumes
  • Our Lutheran identity, that students, faculty, and staff live out in their own ways, being uplifted by cross bearer Amelia Fabrizius ’16
  • A coffee mug from the student-led, sustainable Nelson 116 Coffee Shop & Smoothie Bar held by manager Krista Akers ’15
  • A cap and gown being tried on by Caitlyn Ziegler ’14, who will become part of Bethany’s 132nd graduating class this spring
  • A chemistry major, Richard Welter ’15, taking a break from class in the Nelson Science Center 2011 lab additions
  • Encouragement to vote and have a voice in the student experience by Swede Government Association President Melissa Woeppel ’15
  • Two fans, Jacob Spilker ’15 and Trevor Kistler ’16, represent all 18 “BC” athletic teams, which participate in the NAIA Champions of Character program and have won 152 conference championships since 1902
  • Rehearsal of another spectacular stage performance by Theatre Professor Greg LeGault and students Jedidiah Duarte ’14 and Liz Ford ’14
  • An artist, Sarah Hill ’14, with a smock and palette gets ready to paint her latest inspiration in Mingenback Art Center, where visiting artists’ and students’ works are also exhibited
  • A musician, Caitlin O’Conner ’14, heads to cello lessons in Presser Hall, which is the heart of Bethany’s strong vocal and instrumental music traditions
  • The signature animation, Spencer, of Bethany College @ MindFire Academy in Wichita, where students learn 3D animation, video game design, audio recording arts, and digital filmmaking, stands with Art Department Chair Ed Pogue
  • Swedes succeed in their careers, communities, and classrooms—like Rocky Castro ’14 in Education Professor Marlysue Holmquist’s class
  • Our founder, Carl Aaron Swensson, standing with Vice President for Advancement Galen Bunning

May your season be a joyous time reflective of Christ-centered integrity, hospitality, community, servant leadership, and sustainability!

Photo by Turner Photography // Concept by Melissa Woeppel ’15 // Published by Bethany College Office of Communications



God gave His greatest gift to us
on that first Christmas Day,
and may the wonder of it
always guide and light your way.

Everyone has their own Christmas traditions, including Bethany! Here are some of our campus’s preparations for the season. How are YOU getting ready for the holiday?

Produced by Marcy Erb ’13, communications assistant, with thanks to Professor of Communication Carl Isaacson; President Leonard, his wife, Sheila, and sons, Quade and Thomas; the women’s soccer team coached by Sean McMannis; Associate Professor of Theatre Greg LeGault; Bethany Seminar and Quest classes and the Alternative Gift Market committee; and the College Choir directed by Assistant Professor of Music Jeffery Wall

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