Director of Health Services Judy Murphy will retire at the end of this month. Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III thanked Murphy during a campus reception on May 13. During the gathering, he said, “Judy has helped us all at one point or another. She is patient, caring and kind. She will truly be missed at Bethany.” Murphy’s dedication to serving students was recognized when she became the first recipient of the Service to Students Award, now called the Greg and Beth Pierce Award, in 2001. Known on campus as Nurse Judy, her willingness to help heal any ailment has led her to be adored by all.
David Orr, professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College, will address residents of central Kansas on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Pioneer Hall on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University. Orr will speak on the topic of “Resilience: The Future We Want” while encouraging participants to consider an alternative vision for the future of this region. His presentation will ask, “How do we build within the parameters of nature, fairly, decently, resiliently, openly and with compassion toward everybody?”
The Bethany College Art Department invites the public to its annual art sale May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lower level of Pihlblad Memorial Union. Proceeds from the sale
“Self Portrait,” Ariel Landrum Bethany College student Ariel Landrum, White City, Kan., opens her senior art exhibition in Mingenback Art Center Gallery on May 13. A reception for the artist will be May 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by Landrum at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through May 18. Landrum’s exhibit includes works from all four years of her college career. The majority of her work focuses on the female figure and life as a young woman. Her art emphasizes the duality a woman faces in today’s society expressing that “women are always told that the sky is the limit, yet they can’t break through the glass ceiling above them,” she said. Landrum’s inspiration as an artist comes from her personal experiences.
Ralph H. Wagoner Ralph H. Wagoner, president of Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA), will address the graduating class of 2010 during Bethany College commencement ceremonies May 23 at 2 p.m. The Reverend Rachel McIver Morey will preach during baccalaureate worship at 10:30 a.m. Wagoner, an advocate for Lutheran higher education, will remind graduates to “Remember Bethany.” He will be given an honorary doctor of laws degree by Bethany during the ceremony. Wagoner began his career in public schools in Ohio before moving on to a professor and then administrative roles at Drake University, Western Illinois University and Augustana College. He has served as president of LECNA since his retirement as President of Augustana College in 2000.
Assistant Professor of Music Melody Steed will perform an organ recital on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The public is invited to attend. During the concert, Steed will perform works by Marcel Dupré, Louis Vierne and Maurice Duruflé. She will also play “Fantasy on the Golden Sequence” by John Karl Hirten, “Nedělhní Hudba (Sunday Music)” by Petr Eben and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Sonata no.4 in B-flat Major, opus 65.” A native Iowan, Steed received her bachelor’s degree in organ performance from the University of Northern Iowa and her master’s from the University of Cincinnati. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California and has studied the organ with Marilou Kratzenstein, Jesse Eschbach, Roberta Gary and Cherry Rhodes.
Don Musick’s “Terrible Swede,” an image familiar to virtually anyone associated with Bethany College. The Bethany College Symphonic Band will honor the late cartoonist Don Musick, class of 1946, during its final home concert on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Directed by Associate Professor of Music Doug Talbott, the ensemble will perform a variety of literature with a special celebration in honor of Musick. As the creator of the “Terrible Swede” caricature, Musick created the first version in 1938 with several versions following throughout the years. His images appeared in the yearbook, alumni magazine, student newspaper and various alumni publications as well as on t-shirts and other apparel. Musick also served as a political cartoonist for several Kansas newspapers.
“Window to the Soul,” by Eileen McNeill Bethany College senior Eileen McNeill, Halstead, Kan., will open her senior art exhibit, “Window to the Soul,” in Mingenback Art Center Gallery on May 6. A reception for the artist will be held May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by McNeill at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through May 11. McNeill is a design contract major with a concentration in painting. Her exhibition will include many paintings and also some of her graphic design work.
The new Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center will be located in the heart of campus. Nearly two months before the set deadline of June 23, Bethany has raised more than $1 million toward the Pearson Challenge for a new chapel and welcome center. The Pearson Challenge was a $1 million challenge from the late Gerald “Bud” Pearson. “For the last two plus years, we have been excited by this challenge – truly a significant demonstration of faith in Bethany’s future – and the eventual Swedish chapel and welcome center that it will bring. The welcome center will most assuredly represent the exclamation point on the campus green project and the Swedish chapel will represent a re-centering of Bethany College on our Lutheran and Swedish heritages,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III during a celebration gathering on May 1 to announce the meeting of the Pearson Challenge goal.