The community is invited to attend an upcoming department recital by music students at Bethany College. Seventeen students will perform on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in Presser Hall.
Retired Professor of Chemistry Charles “Chuck” Englund with Bethany alumni and current KU Medical School students Tessa Rohrberg and Trent Davis. The University of Kansas Medical School has recognized Charles Englund, retired Bethany professor of chemistry, for his years of dedicated service to his students and the State of Kansas. The recognition took place on October 9 at the University of Kansas Medical School Pre-Med Advisors Conference. Bethany College graduates and current KU Medical School students Tessa (Howard) Rohrberg ’08, Trent Davis ’09 and Mariah Crumbaker ’07 were present at the recognition.
The Bethany College Jazz Ensemble will present its winter concert December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Directed by Doug Talbott, associate professor of music, the 21-member ensemble will welcome back Bethany alumnus Brandon Draper as its guest artist. During a two-day residency December 7-8, he will also conduct clinics and master classes for music students.
The annual music event, Jultide at Bethany, will be December 6 at 4 p.m. The program is the college’s way of wishing the local communities a happy holiday. This year’s Jultide at Bethany program also celebrates two significant anniversaries. The first is the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). To mark this occasion, the program will include two of his most beloved choral works, “Behold, a Star from Jacob Shining,” from the incomplete oratorio Christus, and “Grant Peace, We Pray,” both performed by the Bethany Choir, Chapel Choir and Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.
Tickets for Bethany College’s annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” will go on saleDec. 1. Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented on Palm and Easter Sundays, March 28 and April 4, at 3 p.m. “St. Matthew Passion” will be presented on Good Friday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the “Messiah” performances are $20, $14 and $9; tickets to “St. Matthew Passion” are $12, $9 and $5.
Carols from Presser Hall this December will be Bethany College’s special way of saying “Merry Christmas.” Jultide at Bethany, an annual musical event, will be December 6 at 4 p.m. The music and readings, all based around the theme “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” lead the audience through the infancy of Christ, from the annunciation of Gabriel to the Virgin Mary up to the presentation of Jesus in the temple by his parents.
Bethany College will host a Swede Friday for prospective students on December 4. Juniors and seniors in high school, and their families, are invited to attend. Students will take a tour of campus, attend a class, eat lunch in the cafeteria and visit with current students and financial aid staff. Individual meetings with coaches can be arranged, as well as auditions in art, music and theatre.
Last year, Bethany students learned about servant leadership and raised more than $3.400 for charity at the college’s annual Alternative Gift Market and Christmas Bazaar. Every gift buyer dreads the thought that the gifts they give could soon collect dust in a closet. Worse yet – be returned for cash, or on the shelves of a pawn shop, or rack at the local thrift shop. Gifts given are meant to be appreciated! The solution to those fears has been found: it’s called an alternative gift. By shopping at Bethany College on December 4-5, your gift-buying will soon be enjoyable and informative. An Alternative Gift Market offers a wide variety of gifts that are tax-deductible and support global humanitarian and environmental causes. Alternative Gift Markets are a concept of Alternative Gifts International, a non-profit organization that inspires support for such causes by offering donors the option to donate charitable gifts through carefully selected non-profit agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.
The Bethany College Autumn Student Art Exhibition is currently on display at Mingenback Art Center Gallery through December 9. Sponsored by the Bethany College Art Department, the show features 80 works by students currently enrolled in art classes. “Because the show is self-selecting, not juried, this is an opportunity for students to choose their best work to exhibit,” said Caroline Kahler, chair of the art department. “We encourage students who aren’t art majors to enter work and hope to foster camaraderie in the department, where students support each other.”
On November 10, several members of the Bethany College community contributed handmade ceramic bowls to the Hutchinson 2009 Empty Bowls Charity Auction Project. Students, alumni, staff and faculty of Bethany College participated in creating bowls for this charity event sponsored by alumna Alisha (Croomes) Jester, a 2008 art education major. Jester, originally from Salina, Kan., now teaches eighth grade art for the Hutchinson School District.