LINDSBORG, KAN., May 24, 2019 – Bethany College celebrated 274 students achieving academic excellence at the spring honors banquet on May 8, 2019.

Participating students were those who achieved a 3.5 GPA or above for the semester, juniors with a minimum 3.4 GPA, members of one of the honorary groups on campus, or students selected according to criteria of each academic department.

The honor groups recognized included Gold Key (honors service organization for women and host of the banquet), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Sigma Alpha Iota (music-women), Sigma Beta Delta (business/economics), Psi Chi (psychology), Honors Program (an interdisciplinary class of high achieving students), Swede Government Association, and Teachers of Promise.

The Spencer Bartlett Senior Respect Award presented annually to a graduating student who best exemplifies the greatest respect for God, for the United States of America, and for their fellow citizens was presented to female recipient, Akyva Van, and male recipient, Jonathan Gaytan.

The Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching was also presented to a faculty member. The award was established by Don and Alice Humphreys of Great Bend, Kansas as an endowed gift in memory of their daughter, Meredy, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethany in chemistry in 1991. The award is given annually to a faculty member who exhibits excellence in teaching ability and methods, excites intellectual curiosity in students and fellow teachers, and shows interest in students personally. The recipient must also foster leadership and responsible character. The 2019 faculty recipient was Robert Carlson, Business Department Chair.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. Bethany connects its past, present, and future with distinctive initiatives like Swedes to Sweden, a free service-learning trip for the sophomore class to Sweden, and the Good Life Scholarship, presenting all local high school graduates with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college. Bethany College is on the Web at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.