Five Bethany College music students will perform on Tuesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in Presser Hall auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public.
All friends and supporters of Bethany College are invited to a reception on March 6 in support of the Bethany in Kansas annual-fund campaign. Guests are encouraged to bring contributions or pledges for the 2010 Bethany College annual fund. A reception will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in at the Swedish Country Inn in downtown Lindsborg. Light refreshments will be served. President Ed Leonard will give a presentation about the college, as well as offer a question and answer session. Bethany College students and staff will also be available.
Bethany College has received $100,000 for the Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center. Bethany alumnus and current board member Sid Stolz ’83 has pledged $50,000 to the new chapel. The pledge, noted Stolz, “is a continuation of my faith and belief that Bethany College is a special place with its best years ahead. It’s also a chance to give back to an institution that so greatly enhanced my life.” His pledge is in addition to a gift of five distinctive pieces of sculpture to be featured for meditation. Previously, Stolz made major financial gifts in support of the recently completed Campus Green beautification project.
Bethany College will present the annual “Encounters” series February 28 – March 3. This year’s topic, environmental ethics, will feature Dr. Larry Rasmussen. The “Encounters” series engages the Bethany community in thought and dialogue about issues of faith and life. On Monday, Mar. 1, Rasmussen will present “Just Water” at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall on the campus of Bethany College. The presentation will focus on what science tells us about the hydrologic system and discuss three categories of ethical issues around water use and management. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Thirteen members of the Bethany College Symphonic Band, directed by Associate Professor of Music Doug Talbott, have been selected to participate in this year’s Kansas Intercollegiate Band. Conducted by Joseph Hebert of Loyola University, the ensemble will rehearse for 14 hours February 25-26 performing a concert on Feb. 26 at 2:45 p.m. at Century II in Wichita, Kan., as part of the annual Kansas Music Educators In-Service Workshop.
Daniel Mahraun The 129th Messiah Festival of the Arts will welcome back soloists from the past as well as introduce a new performer to the Presser Hall Stage. Soprano Maureen Sorensson, mezzo soprano Jean McDonald, tenor Jeffrey Brich, bass-baritone Dashon Burton and Evangelist and tenor Christopher Cock will join the Bethany Oratorio Society March 28-April 4 for the longest running “Messiah” performances in North America. Bethany College’s Director of Choral Activities Daniel Mahraun will return, after a sabbatical during the 2009 festival, as this year’s conductor. He will also sing the bass arias and roles in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.” This century-old tradition began with Professor Samuel Thorstenberg, the conductor of the Bethany Oratorio Society from 1898-1909.
Ann Marie Rigler Bethany College will present organist Ann Marie Rigler in concert on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Rigler, associate professor of music and college organist at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., earned her bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Southern Methodist University. She received her master’s degree in library and information science and musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.
Bethany College has recently become a member of the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy environment. Through membership in AASHE, Bethany will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the college and in the community. “By becoming a member of AASHE, Bethany is joining an extensive network of partners to inspire and inform our sustainability efforts on campus. This institutional membership strongly supports Bethany’s core value commitment to sustainability and the work of our Green Team,” said Green Team Organizer and Campus Pastor Noni Strand.
This January, six Bethany College students attended a conference in Vero Beach, Fla., to earn their Youth and Family Ministry Certifications. The representatives from Bethany included Larkin Jaynes, senior, Parkville, Mo.; Joe Jedrzejewski, freshman, Longmont, Colo.; Sam Reeves, senior, Wray, Colo.; Jenifer Schwandt, junior, Liberty, Mo.; Elissa Stein, sophomore, Gypsum, Kan.; and Anna Telthorst, freshman, Auburn, Kan. Hosted by Vibrant Faith Ministries from Minneapolis, Minn., the seminar hosted twelve other students from across the country. Additionally, it provided a setting for each attendee to learn and share faith formation skills, which they can then use in a professional youth or family ministry capacity. A grant from Vibrant Faith Ministries alleviated a portion of the cost.
Bethany College will host a Swede Monday for prospective students on February 15. 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.