For Emma Morris, it was just another game.

Except this one didn’t involve a ball or a field or a whistle. It was about being patient as the government shut down lingered on this past winter. Now that has past, the newly hired Morris is excited to be on campus and getting to work. 

Morris was hired in March as Bethany’s new Career Service Coordinator and Women’s soccer coach.  

The Richmond, England, native is finishing up her MBA at Heidelberg University in Ohio and was waiting on the federal government to process her paperwork. 

“It was frustrating,” said Morris, “I am grateful for how quickly it did go through in the end.” 

“I literally packed up when the documentation went through and on the road two days later.” 

For Bethany, hiring a new an international employee was something new for the college. 

“It’s definitely been a learning journey,” said Sara Edwards, J.D., and Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Bethany. “We’ve never sponsored an international faculty/coach. I called a number of people who I know are in this particular area in order to get feedback and advice on what exactly to do to make things be successful.” 

Morris takes over a women’s soccer program that will be debuting a new turf field in the fall. 

“We’re super excited. It’ll be a nice place for our home contests and practice.”