LINDSBORG — On Dec. 8, William A. Jones was inaugurated as Bethany College’s 14th president in the college’s 136 history in ceremonies in Presser Hall Auditorium. The installation service was the central event in a weeklong celebration.

The Jultide Concert “From Heaven Above” followed by a reception at the Birger Sandzén Art Gallery kicked off the week.

On Monday, the Jones family invited Bethany faculty and staff to their home for an Open House Reception.

In the evening, a dodge ball battle between students, faculty and staff was held in Stroble Gymnasium.

Tuesday saw a Student Activities Board Christmas event in the Pihlblad Memorial Union.

On Wednesday, President Jones and his wife Amy decorated Christmas cookies with the Zetas and Thetas.

Thursday morning, a special Blue & Gold Big Brew was held followed by Sig Singing in the evening. Thursday evening was highlighted by the Blue and Gold Gala at the Birger Sandzén Art Gallery.

The Inauguration Ceremony on Friday began with a procession of the faculty, administrators and delegates. The Reverend Amy Truhe, Campus Pastor, gave the invocation.

Jones then received words of encouragement from various constituencies within the Bethany College community, the Smoky Valley community, a spokesman for the citizens of Kansas, ambassadors from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and representatives of friends and family.

Jones gave a speech entitled “Rising Together.”

A call to action and celebration, Jones said, “As we celebrate Bethany College the rest of today, I hope we will be like the Philippians and ponder noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy concepts—ideas like a common mission and purpose, a commitment to diversity, and caring deeply for one another.”

The speech was followed by the anthem “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” sung by the Bethany Oratorio Society Chorus with special guests, the Choirs of Smoky Valley High School, with Dr. Mark Lucas, conductor and Britney English, SVHS Choir Director.

Following the Inauguration Service, the celebration of Bethany College and Jones continued with luncheons at the Pihlblad Union Cafeteria and the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center. In the evening, Jones hosted a “hootenanny” with a DJ and dancing for the Smoky Valley community, friends and family at the J.O. Sundstrom in downtown Lindsborg.

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.

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