Student Guide - Campus Life

 

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 Students.

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

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, Bethany Lutheran College has partnered with WLCFS - Christian Family Solutions, who maintains an on-campus counseling center with daily office hours. For more information, see the Counseling Services page.

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 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

Information about meals and meal plans can be found at the Dining Services page.

Meal Times

Modification of Meal Times

Times when the dining schedule is modified (such as immediately prior to breaks, over three-day weekends, or other special events) will be published in advance so that students are aware of the schedule change.  The first meal after any vacation will be served on the evening before classes begin.

Residential Meal Plans/Exemptions from Meal Plans

Bethany offers a number of meal plan selections for students.  All on-campus residential students are required to subscribe to one of the plans. Requests to change from one meal plan to another must be made within the first ten days of each semester.

Requests for an exemption from a required on-campus meal plan may be granted by the Dean of Students. The exemption will be considered 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 also 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 on-campus apartment-style housing may choose from any of the residential meal plans, including the minimal option of a 5-meal plan which allows a student to eat any five meals each week, when regular board meals are scheduled.

Off-campus Student Meal Plans

Students living off-campus may purchase any meal plan offered by the college, including the 'any five' meal plan. The 'any five' meal plan allows students to eat five meals per week (breakfast, lunch or dinner) in the Dining Center. Please inquire with the Business Office or the Dean of Students for costs. An alternative would be to purchase Flex Dollars, as described below, or simply pay at the door. 

Individual Meal Costs

Individuals not on a meal plan, including guests and visitors, may purchase meals in the Dining Center at the following rates:

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

Flex Dollar Accounts
Flex dollar accounts may be purchased for use in the Dining Center. These accounts are purchased directly from food service and allow the user to carry a balance on their ID card. Every time the user dines in the Dining Center, the appropriate amount is deducted from the Flex balance. The staff at the checker station can inform the user of their current balance.

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.

Take-Out Meals
Take-out 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.

Dining Center Regulations

  • College ID cards must be presented when taking a meal in the Dining Center.
  • 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.
  • 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 for announcements. The Information Secretary has announcement forms to fill out at her desk. After filling out these announcement forms, they must be approved by the secretary.

Announcements via electronic sign boards must be placed through the appropriate faculty or staff.

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 Students 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 (OM Bookstore) 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-(7777) 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.

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.