Shop Bethany College’s Alternative Gift Market from Nov. 9 to 16 in downtown Lindsborg at Connected Fair Trade on 131 N. Main Street. The market will be open during normal store hours, on Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The market offers shares of charitable projects through Alternative Gifts International, an interfaith agency that raises funds for global gifts through nationwide gift markets and individual donors. Shoppers will learn about numerous charitable projects and choose to which they want to contribute. In return, they receive an ornament as a token of appreciation. Instead of a traditional present, they can give the ornament to let the recipient know a charitable donation has been made in their name.
Bethany College Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $7, senior citizens and Bethany college students, faculty, and staff are $5. Seating is limited to 50 each night so that the play may be performed in the round on stage. This play is for mature audiences as it contains adults themes and situations and strong language.
Bethany College genetics students will lead forums on “his” and “her” health and Type II diabetes during the Lindsborg Community Hospital’s “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is possible thanks to grant funding from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation’s Healthy Living Fund and the McPherson County Community Foundation’s D/N fund. The forums will address gender-specific cancers, an overview of colon cancer, and the role of genetics in disease, risk factors for each disease, strategies for prevention, how and when to visit with your medical provider, and the value of self-examination and screening tests.
On Oct. 3, the Bethany College Business Club hosted the 16th Business Career Conference during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities. Ryan Swartz, alumnus of 2000, delivered the keynote address about the progression of success. Swartz is a wealth manager with Creative Planning in Overland Park, Kan., where he posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets in just 15 months. In 2013, he was named a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of civic-minded business executives in the region. Prior to Creative Planning, Swartz was one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments
Misha Zhilin, Tessa Peters, Zach Dovenbarger (Homecoming King), Eastin Casey (Homecoming Queen), Jedidiah Duarte, and Kelli Traffas Nineteen Bethany College students were elected to the 2013 Homecoming court during the college’s Homecoming festivities on Oct. 4 to 6. Every year, Bethany students select seniors to be Homecoming candidates and choose the Homecoming royalty after a second round of voting. Zach Dovenbarger, Kersey, Colo., and Eastin Casey, Natoma, Kan., were crowned the 2013 Homecoming king and queen.
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.