Bethany College
TypePrivate
Established1881
Religious affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
PresidentElizabeth Mauch
Students805
Undergraduates805
Location, ,
United States

38°34′48.2″N 97°40′22.7″W / 38.580056°N 97.672972°W / 38.580056; -97.672972Coordinates: 38°34′48.2″N 97°40′22.7″W / 38.580056°N 97.672972°W / 38.580056; -97.672972
CampusRural, 53 acres (21 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gold
   
AffiliationsNAIA—KCAC, NAICU
MascotSwedes
Websitebethanylb.edu

Bethany College is a private four-year Christian liberal arts college in Lindsborg, Kansas, United States, associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. It was founded in 1881, making it one of the oldest colleges in Kansas.

History

Bethany College at the turn of the twentieth century
Bethany College at the turn of the twentieth century

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Swedish-Lutheran settlers worked with the Rev. Dr. Carl Aaron Swensson, Bethany’s founder, to establish Bethany Academy on October 15, 1881, in the sacristy of Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kansas, with ten students. Growing rapidly, Bethany evolved from Academy through 1885, to Bethany Normal Institute in 1887, to Bethany College in 1889. Notable Bethany presidents in the 20th century include Rev. Dr. Ernst Frederick Wilhelm Pihlblad (1873–1943), who was a professor from 1895 to 1904, and president from 1905 to 1941. Under Pihlblad, Bethany was accredited and became a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Under the watch of Emory K. Lindquist (1908–1992), who took office of president in 1943, Bethany survived war troubles, grew in post-war America and improved its reputation. He was the author of Bethany in Kansas: The History of a College (1975).[1]

The Bethany College Board of Directors announced the appointment of William Jones as Bethany College President on May 13, 2016.[2]

Academics

Bethany College has 14 academic departments. The school offers majors focused in education, humanities, fine arts, sciences, and social sciences; minors ranging from business and sacred music to theater and art; teaching endorsements for all majors in education; and six pre-professional studies including medicine, law and, physical therapy.

Athletics

Main article: Bethany Swedes

Bethany College's athletic teams are known as the Terrible Swedes or Swedes. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Traditions

Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas
Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas

Notable alumni and faculty

An entrance to Bethany College
An entrance to Bethany College

References

  1. ^ Connelley, William E (1918). "Carl Aaron Swensson". A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  2. ^ "President's Office". Bethany College. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Lindquist, Emory (1953). Smokey Valley People: A History of Lindsborg, Kansas. Kempton. pp. 108–110.
  4. ^ "Jacobson, Oscar Brousse (1882-1966)". Oklahoma Historical Society.