The Bethany College Symphonic Band, directed by associate professor of music Doug Talbott, will perform Monday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. This concert event is part of the Bethany’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.
Messiah Festival conductor Daniel Mahraun has selected eight Bethany College students to sing the solo recitatives and arias in the dress rehearsal of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. The rehearsal will take place in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus, and is part of the preparations for the college’s 129th annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.
Bethany College continues to confront budget pressures, including a deficit in the operating budget. For the past several years, the college’s operating expenses have exceeded the operating revenues. “We have not lived within our means. That said, we are confronting our truths and defining our future. We must stop doing the same things every year and expecting a different result,” wrote Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III in a letter to members of the Bethany family.
The 2009-2010 Bethany College Chamber Choir The Bethany College Chamber Choir will perform in Smith Center, Kan., on March 22. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Smith Center Junior Senior High School, 300 Roger Barta Way. The program, sponsored by the local recreation commission, will feature the Bethany Chamber Choir and student soloists along with the Smith Center High School Chansonaires. Chamber Choir member freshman Trenton Terrill is a 2009 graduate of Smith Center High School.
Bethany College is currently looking for people interested in ushering, handing out programs or staffing the ticket window at the 2010 Messiah Festival. Help is needed for all performances: “Messiah” on Palm and Easter Sundays, March 28 and April 4, and “St. Matthew Passion” on Good Friday, April 2. Interested people may sign up for one or more dates; people who help receive free admission to the performance(s) at which they volunteer. For more information or to sign up, contact Sarah Ash at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8132.
“Frost,” a play authored by Greg LeGault, associate professor of theatre at Bethany College, has been accepted for a reading at the Fifth Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Neb., May 29-June 5. The play was chosen from a field of more than 400 entries. Its reading will give LeGault the opportunity to meet and work with top playwrights and scholars from across the United States. This will be LeGault’s second trip to the festival. Last year, his play “In The Wake”, co-authored with Michael Speller, was featured.
Twenty-day enrollment figures for the spring 2010 semester at Bethany College show a total enrollment of 519 students, a flat comparison with total enrollment from spring 2009 and a seven percent increase when compared to spring enrollment from just two years ago. It is the second largest spring enrollment at Bethany since spring 2005. Of the 519 students this spring, 252 are male and 267 are female. More than half are from Kansas; other states with strong representation include California, Colorado and Texas. Four percent are international students.
Bethany student Nyska Etienne, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been awarded a grant from the Institute for International Education. The grants, given to undergraduate and graduate Haitian students studying in the United States, were provided to help students who are facing difficulties in the wake of the Haitian earthquake.
Bethany College Theatre will present two original plays written by Bethany professors March 4-5. “In the Wake” by Associate Professor of Theatre Greg LeGault and Michael Speller will begin the evening followed by Professor of Communication Carl Isaacson’s short comedy, “Leaving.” Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.
On Feb. 19-20, the Bethany College Board of Directors set tuition for the 2010-11 academic year, approved two sabbaticals and three faculty promotions, and discussed the financial state of the college. The board approved increases of 3.8 percent for tuition, 3.48 percent for room and 6.9 percent for board for the 2010-11 academic year. Tuition for 12-18 credit hours will be $19,426. Double occupancy room will be $3,309 and board will be $2,865. The board of directors also approved an increase in student fees to $400, as recommended by Bethany’s Student Congress. A facility and technology enhancement fee of $200 will also be charged next year. Overall, the comprehensive cost will increase just 4.9 percent.