Anna Alexis Making the world a better place is a childhood dream and Bethany junior Adrianna “Anna” Alexis is making her dreams a reality. Alexis has started a non-profit agency geared toward helping schools and churches in Africa. Alexis, Brighton, Colo., spent part of her summer in Ghana working with churches and schools. During her first week at Bethany, she was inspired by motivational speaker Bill Cordes. His speech encouraged Alexis to do the things she wanted to do and a trip to Africa was on her wish list. “My first dream was to speak with high school aged students. Bill (Cordes) helped me achieve that dream at the Hawaii Leadership Academy. Then, I wanted to go to Africa. Support from my professors at Bethany made the biggest difference in that dream becoming a reality,” Alexis said.
The Bethany College Symphonic Band will present its winter concert on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany campus. Directed by Doug Talbott, associate professor of music, the sixty member ensemble will honor Presley Herndon, a Bethany alumnus who passed away in July 2008 after 40 years of teaching music. The band will perform “Echoes” by Samuel Hazo as a musical tribute.
During its meeting Oct. 30-31, the Bethany College Board of Directors affirmed actions to reach a balanced budget at this end of this fiscal year. During his State of the College Address on November 3, Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III shared with the campus community performance results on strategic goals and an updated financial state of the college.
During its meeting Oct. 30-31, the Bethany College Board of Directors set goals to maintain a balanced budget, had dinner with students and approved sabbatical leaves for two professors. In business action, the Board of Directors approved updates to the faculty handbook. They also affirmed actions to reach a balanced budget at this end of this fiscal year.
On November 12, Bethany College’s Pearson Professor Peter Savolainen will take genetic samplings of dogs. The event is open to the public and will begin at 3 p.m. outside of the Nelson Science Center on the campus of Bethany College. During the event, Savolainen, assisted by Bethany students, will take swabs from inside the mouth of the dogs. He currently has extensive samplings from around the world but relatively few from North America. The results of the Nov. 12 event will help to further his research as he continues his genetic studies of the origins of dogs.
Peter Savolainen, Bethany College’s 2009-10 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies, will give his final two public addresses November 10 and 18. On November 10, Savolainen will give a public address titled “Genetic Studies Unraveling the Origins of the Dog.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall.
Organist and Bethany alumnus Kyle Johnson will perform a lecture recital on Sunday, November 15. The community is invited to attend the event, held at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus.
Music students at Bethany College will perform at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, in Presser Hall auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public.