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Student Guide - Campus Life

"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)

Campus Life Objectives

1) Spiritual Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will increase in knowledge of spiritual issues and have opportunity for exposure to spiritual growth opportunities

2) Life and Career Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will be able to identify and utilize their God given talents

3) Physical Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will increasingly make healthy lifestyle choices

4) Psycho-Social Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will develop a greater understanding and respect for others (cultures, ethnic groups, and backgrounds different from their own) to assist them in engaging successfully in various social environments

5) Intellectual Development
Through involvement with Campus Life, the student will have the opportunity [be able] to expand their intellectual development, enhance academic success, and persist toward completion of their degree

Spiritual Life

Please see our Spiritual Life page to learn more about Bethany's focus on faith both in and out of the classroom.

Athletic Services

Please see the pages for Intramural Sports and Intercollegiate Athletics for more information about staying fit while a student at Bethany Lutheran College. Student Organizations

Student Clubs & Organizations

Various Student Clubs and Organizations exist for the purpose of allowing students to assist in enriching the spiritual, academic, and social lives of students while on campus.  Students may also create new organizations on campus. A process for becoming formally recognized by the College is available through the Student Senate. If you have any additional questions, you may direct them to the Dean of Student Services.

Student Senate
The purpose of the Student Senate is to represent the students in all matters of concern to the student body and to serve as a liaison between the students, faculty, staff and administration.  It also formally recognizes and makes funding available to campus clubs and organizations. Elections to the Student Senate take place every fall and spring.

Student Union Services

The Student Union is located in the lower level of Old Main and in Luther Hall.  it provides an environment for dining, studying, relaxing, or socializing.

Viking Village hours (see also, Food Service hours)

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

Student Union Computer Lab hours

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Facility Hours

Facility hours are subject to modification at the College's discretion

Milton Tweit Hall

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Bookstore

Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Honsey Hall

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Luther Hall

Open Daily:  6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Meyer Hall

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Memorial Library

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Old Main

Daily: 7:00 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Sports and Fitness Center

Monday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Trinity Chapel

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tobacco-Free Buildings

The use of tobacco in all its forms (including e-cigarettes), in keeping with federal, state, and local laws, is not permitted on the Bethany Lutheran College campus except where stated in the following paragraph. The "campus" is defined as all property owned by Bethany, both inside of buildings and outside in common areas, as identified on the campus map found at www.blc.edu/maps-and-directions.

Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) may be used within 10 feet of the posted /designated smoking area/signs, on city-owned property adjacent to Bethany, and in personal vehicles parked in accordance with Bethany's parking regulations. Anyone using tobacco products in designated areas is asked to dispose of cigarette butts and other trash in the receptacles provided.

Counseling and Guidance Services

For those seeking personal counseling, Patti Reagles (patti.reagles@blc.edu) is the Coordinator of Student Counseling. Her office is located on the lower level of Trinity Chapel, TC112 and her on-campus phone extension is x306 (507.344.7306). The campus Chaplain is also available for counseling students seeking spiritual guidance. His office is located in the lower level of Trinity Chapel, TC 111 and his phone extension is x312 (507.344.7312).  For more information, see the Counseling Services page.

Health Services

Please see our Health and Wellness page.

Career Information Services

The Career Center is located in Old Main 240 across from the Registrar's Office. Career Services is available to assist students in determining an academic path to follow and in defining a career choice. Feel free to visit this location or visit with you're academic advisor regarding these areas of concern.

Financial Aid Services

Students that are interested in on-campus employment, loans, grants, scholarships, etc. are invited to make their requests through Joni Wiederhoeft or Jeff Younge in the Financial Aid Office.

Any student who has received financial aid administered by the college _must_ report to the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from college or graduating. Please take particular note of the /Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy/available in the Financial Aid Office.

Parking Services

For information on parking at Bethany, please see the Parking Services page.

Food Service

Dining Center Hours

Breakfast (Hot)
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Sunday: 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Brunch
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Dinner
Monday – Thursday: 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Meals will be served only during the stated hours. Exceptions (i.e. for athletic events) will be announced in advance. No meals will be served in the Dining Center when there are school banquets.

Viking Village Grill

AM Shift 
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Saturday – Sunday: no lunch

PM Shift 
Nightly: 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Residential Meal Plans/Exemptions from Meal Plans

Bethany offers four meal plans for all students living in the residence halls:

  • 20-meal plan – which includes unlimited Exchange Meal privileges in the Viking Village (during appropriate hours) up to a combined maximum of 20 meals per week.
  • A Block 220 plan – which allows up to a maximum of 220 meals per semester, used in any manner the student wishes. This plan will also allow the student to use their meals for guests – up to five per meal period. The same Exchange Meal privileges apply – up to a combined maximum of 220 meals per semester.
  • 15-meal plan – which includes unlimited Exchange Meal privileges in the Viking Village (during the appropriate hours) up to a combined maximum of 15 meals per week.
  • A Block 180 plan – which allows up to a maximum of 180 meals per semester, used in any manner the student wishes. This plan will also allow the student to use their meals for guests – up to five per meal period. The same Exchange Meal privileges apply – up to a combined maximum of 180 meals per semester.

All students living in the residence halls are required to subscribe to one of the plans. Requests to change meal-plans must be made within the first ten days of the semester.

Requests for an exemption from food service costs may be granted by the Dean of Student Services only to a student whose medical doctor, having reviewed menus and methods of preparation, states that the student cannot or must not eat the food at Bethany for medical reasons. It is required that the food service be allowed to attempt to accommodate a student's diet before being granted an exemption for medical reasons.

Students living in campus apartment housing may choose from any of the four residential meal plans or a 5-meal plan which allows a student to eat any five meals each week, when regular board meals are scheduled.

Exchange Meals
As mentioned above, exchange meals are provided with the 20 and 15-meal plans, the 220 and 180 block plans. They will consist of the following elements:

  • Choice of Entrée off the menu (1)
  • Choice of Side Dish (1)
  • Choice of Fruit or Dessert (1)
  • Choice of Fountain Beverage (1 refill) or one bottled beverage (1)

Exchange meals will be offered in the Viking Village Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (closed 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.) Lunch Exchange Meals will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dinner Exchange Meals will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m

Off-campus Student Meal Plan
Students living off campus may purchase the "any five" meal plan for $680 a semester. This meal plan allows students to eat five meals per week (breakfast, lunch or dinner) in either the dining center or the Viking Village. An alternative would be to purchase Flex Dollars, as described below, or pay at the door.

Individual Meal Costs

  • Breakfast $6.00
  • Lunch/Brunch/Sunday Evening $7.00
  • Dinner/Sunday Brunch $7.50
  • Steak Night/Specials $8.50

Flex Dollar Accounts
Flex Dollar accounts may be purchased for use in either the dining center or Viking Village. These accounts are purchased directly from food service and allow the user to carry a balance on their ID card.

Flex Dollar accounts will be available for a minimum deposit of $10.00 per transaction and will offer the card-holder a 10% discount for purchases between $10.00 to $99.00, and a 20% discount for purchases of $100.00 or more.  These accounts provide convenience and discounting to all that choose to use them.

Sick Trays
Sick trays must be arranged through your Resident Assistant or Resident Manager. Students are asked to return all trays and dishes promptly.

Missed Meals
If a student or a group of students are unable to eat during the hours when the Dining Center is open, they may use their ID in the Viking Village. Students may also be able to eat in the Dining Center early or late, but arrangements must be made 24 hours in advance and approved by the food service director. Takeout meals are available for students working off campus during meal times. Requests for these meals should be brought to the food service personnel at least 24 hours prior to the time they are needed.

Meal Hours for a Three-Day Weekend
These will be posted in the daily bulletin and on the menu board located outside the food service.

First Meal After A Vacation
The first meal after any vacation will be served the evening before classes begin.

Dining Center Regulations

  • College ID cards must be presented when taking a meal in the dining center or an Exchange Meal in the Viking Village.
  • Students will have 48 hours to replace a lost ID card. After 48 hours, they will be denied meal service until the card is replaced.
  • Dishes, utensils, and food (other than an ice cream cone) cannot be removed from the Dining Center.Students are expected not to waste food.
  • No chewing tobacco is allowed in the dining center.
  • Dinnerware other than that which is provided by the food service is not allowed (i.e., large drinking cups).
  • Proper etiquette and manners are expected at all times.
  • Only food service employees are allowed in the kitchen area.
  • Appropriate clothing is required (shirt, shoes, etc.)

 

Bookstore Services

The Bethany Lutheran College Bookstore, located across from the Financial Aid Office, provides a number of services including:

  • Sale of all required textbooks for college school work
  • Sale of school/office supplies, Christian reading materials, and greeting cards
  • Sale of a complete line of official college T-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps
  • Sale of stamps, postage, and mailing packages
  • Personal checks up to $25 may be cashed
  • Students may fax materials from the bookstore. Pricing for faxing services will be posted in the bookstore.

Bookstore Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m

Announcement Services

Sources of Announcements
Announcements of importance to students are made in several ways. The Daily Bulletin is printed by 9 a.m., posted at strategic places around the campus and emailed to all students. Students should make it a habit to read this every day. On occasion, announcements are made at the beginning or end of the chapel service, by way of memos placed in every mailbox, or via email. Students are personally responsible for heeding any announcement that may concern them and for routinely checking their campus email account. Emergencies are broadcasted via our emergency notification PA system.

Announcements by Students
Students may use the Daily Bulletin or chapel service for announcements they wish to make. The Information Secretary has announcement forms to fill out at her desk. After filling out these announcement forms, they must be approved either by the secretary (in the case of the Daily Bulletin) or the Chapel Program Coordinator (in the case of chapel service announcements).

Posters
Students may also use designated bulletin boards in the Student Union for announcements after they have been approved by student services. Please make sure these are dated. Posters and announcements may not be attached to walls or doors of any buildings on campus. Students wishing to find a ride home for a weekend may advertise such on the bulletin boards in the Student Union and the lounges in all residence halls.

Solicitation

Student solicitation of any kind (approaching students to purchase items, products or services) is not allowed on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College. All such activity should be reported to the Dean of Student Services or Campus Security.

Property Insurance

Bethany is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property belonging to the students. Please make sure your personal property is insured to protect against loss and damage and take precautions, such as locking your doors, to guard against theft. This also applies to student vehicles and their contents (such as tapes and stereos which, if possible, should be stowed away in the trunk or student's room).

Keys and Key Fobs

All students are provided an electronic key fob, programmed to assigned areas such as access to the student's residence hall, Old Main student union, and under certain circumstances academic buildings or facilities. Residential students will have a key for their residence and mailbox. Off-campus students are issued a key for their mailbox. If any of these are lost or become non-functional, a student should immediately contact Campus Security at (507) 344-7*_888_*or the Meyer Hall front office at MH 205 (507) 344-7_736_. In the case of a lost/stolen key or fob, timely notification is required to take necessary security precautions. Failure to notify of a lost/stolen key or fob may jeopardize the safety and property of others. Consequently, failure to report may result in a fine of $100.00 and/or loss of other privileges. The cost for replacement is $20.00 for each fob and $20.00 for each key. Replacements will be provided once payment is made with the Business Office.

ID Cards

Students are issued an ID card at the beginning of their first year that is to be used as long as they are enrolled at Bethany. The ID card is required for meals, library check-out, and visitation hours. Replacement cost if it becomes lost or stolen is $10. Payment must be made in the business office, and then bring your receipt to the Memorial Library for a replacement card. Access to dining services may be denied if a student has not replaced a lost ID card within 48 hours.

Master Calendar/Facilities Calendar

The Event Services Office (PH 105) contains the master calendar of all school events and also maintains the facilities calendar which indicates which buildings or rooms are available. Any school organization which is planning an activity on campus should contact the Coordinator of Campus and Community Events, at (507) 344-7_314_ to ensure the date, time, and facility are available.

Lost and Found

A lost and found is maintained by the Information Secretary in Old Main (210). Every week Campus Security will collect the items from the Information Secretary and put out a Lost and Found notice via email. Check with Campus Security or your Resident Manger for items lost in the Residence Halls. Any unidentified items will be maintained for the duration of the academic year. After that point, the college will dispose of any unclaimed items as it sees fit.

Post Office

Mail arrives on campus in the morning and is usually placed in student mailboxes by 1 PM. The Post Office does not deliver mail on holidays or weekends. Students may purchase postage and send packages from the bookstore.

Community Services

County Services
Blue Earth County has a number of different human services, including medical assistance for students without health or hospital insurance. For more information call 389-8335 or 389-8319, or talk to the Dean of Student Services.

Transportation Services

The City of Mankato does have a transit system. Brochures regarding times, places, and fare rates can be obtained from the Information Secretary in the Main Office.

The bus depot for travel to other cities and states is located at 111 W. Lind Ct (Econo Lodge Hotel). The phone number is 625-5071.

Land to Air Express, Inc. is located at 434 Patterson Avenue. They provide transportation to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The building is off Riverfront Drive one block behind Subway. Call 625-3977 for current rates and departure times.

Bethany does not provide rides for students to and from the airport or other destinations. We encourage students to seek rides from other students heading in their direction via the bulletin boards located in the main lounges of each residence hall and outside the Dining Center, or the BLC ride share web page.

Information Technology Services

For information about Information Technology Services and IT Policies on campus, please see the IT Services page.

Library

Students are encouraged to acclimate themselves with Memorial Library and take full advantage of the resources found there throughout their college academic life.