Bethany College is getting an earlier start on welcoming what will be a larger freshman and transfer class — plus more returning students than ever. It’s exactly what Bethany, Lindsborg and the Smoky Valley wants and needs: more students overall, a healthier college, and more connections to Saline and McPherson families.
The college also welcomes a new Dean of Student Development. Ryan Van Dusen, Ph.D, takes the reins from Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich, who did both jobs for the last two years. Good to have you here, Dean Van Dusen. Let’s all offer warm thanks to Dane Pavlovich for his perseverance and extraordinary work as he continues as Dean of Athletics.
Asked at Ad Hoc last Monday what we all can do to help, Dean Pavlovich encouraged more of the same — the warm welcoming that Lindsborg has shown in the past. At curbside, on campus, at events. Please notice and say something to students and families.
In response to student families, Bethany has moved its check-in day for new and transfer students to a Friday from a Sunday. This scheduling change in turn makes it difficult to hold Swede Sweep, a feature of the last few years in which new and transfer student tackle jobs around the community as part of their team building education. It will not be scheduled this year.
Saturday, Aug. 12 — check in for fall athletes return (about 220)
Monday, Aug. 14 — athletic practices start
Friday, Aug 18 — check in for new and transfer students
Friday, Aug. 18 — business expo in Pihlblad Student Union 8-2 (advance registration needed)
Sunday, Aug. 20 — check in for returning students
Tuesday, Aug. 22 — classes start
Saturday, Aug. 26 — Lindsborg street dance with King Midas and the Mufflers and Sam Unruh welcoming all students, faculty and staff, 100 block of South Main Street
In addition, Ad Hoc wants to schedule a welcoming reception for Bethany faculty and staff in later August. We’ll let you know more later about that.
In the meantime, *now* is the time to register to be part of the annual business expo. Early response will help our our friends at Bethany. The expo is good way to wave the flag of welcome from the community, as well as find new connections with students and their parents. Businesses and organizations can share a table or display singly.
Expo registration form and directions are replicated here. Hard deadline: August 1.