Mobilizing the Power of #OneBethany
With the official start of fall, I find myself reflecting on the efforts of sophomore Allison Paxton, whom we all had the opportunity to get to know through her forward-thinking vision in partnership with Special Olympics. For those of you who were able to support our first-ever Field Day, which Allison created so individuals with special needs could experience the power of sports, please accept my sincerest thanks. More than 100 of you volunteered on September 8, and your presence, contributions, and willingness to be a part of this day revealed the true spirit of the Bethany community to everyone who joined us. As I shared at the event, I expect this Field Day will happen every year from this point forward, and that we will be inviting Allison back 50 years from now to say, “Look at this!”
Allison’s efforts also exemplify what we do daily at Bethany: we help our students find clarify of purpose on their respective journeys to becoming responsible citizens and outstanding leaders. These elements are embedded into Bethany Connect, our strategic plan, as well because they are critical to our students’ success. In addition, just as Allison showed us, every student can get involved on campus with something close to their heart, and each one can and will make a difference.
Seeing our students lead with confidence and embrace a commitment to others that inspires all those around them should also remind us that what we do matters— in the classroom, in activities, in conversations, in correspondence, in alumni engagement, and in events such as Field Day. I thank Allison for giving us a glimpse into how one person can bring a community together for good, and I look ahead with excitement into the collective impact our College will continue to have locally, regionally, and globally.
Thank you for wanting to be a part of the journey as #ONEBethany.