Junior and senior high school students are invited to visit the Bethany College campus on Bethany Preview Day, October 16. Students and their families will get snapshot views of the Bethany College experience from alumni and current students, sit in on a mock college class and tour the campus. A tailgate lunch will also be provided with free admissions to the Bethany homecoming football game at 1:30 p.m. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. in Lindquist Hall.
Bethany College enrollment has surpassed a total of 600 for the first time since 2003. With 163 first time freshmen and 57 transfer students, the total student enrollment for the semester is 610, a three percent increase from last fall’s 592 students and a 14 percent increase over the last three years. The college also has the most new students this decade, 250, including eight new international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD). In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD fellows perform community service, explore American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to America program and hold one-semester internships.
Per Harling Per Harling, Bethany College’s 2010-2011 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies, will preside over his folk dance mass, “Join in the Dancing,” on October 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. A folk dance mass combines the singing in a religious ceremony with dancing. “Join in the Dancing” is an unusual setting of Holy Communion that includes Swedish traditional folk dance rhythms like schottische, hambo, polka and waltz. “Being a pastor means you have to communicate what is important. What is important to me is my faith. The difference between writing a hymn and a sermon is that you make a sermon once, but a song is repeated many times,” Harling said.
Bethany College will celebrate the life of Leah Trask with a memorial art exhibition in Mingenback Art Center Gallery October 7–10. A memorial service will be on October 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a short program at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception is free and open the public. On May 21, Trask, a senior from Lemon Grove, Calif., passed away in a car accident. A studio art major with a concentration in painting, she also participated in volleyball and was a member of the Art Club at Bethany. This exhibit includes works from Trask’s college career.
The Bethany College Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the academic year on Tuesday, October 5. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus. The band will begin the concert with a tribute to Max McCutcheon, an incoming freshman who passed away in a car accident on August 6. Because McCutcheon would have been a part of the instrumental music program this fall, the band will honor his memory by playing Howard Hanson’s “Chorale and Alleluia.” Other selections to be performed include: “Ye Banks and Braes” by Percy Grainger, “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, “Old Home Days: Suite for Band” by Charles Ives and Dana Wilson’s “Colorado Peaks.” The final selection of the evening will be “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich. This suite combines several native Russian dance tunes and ties them together into this single composition.
The Bethany College community will soon learn a lesson in the eating habits of poverty-stricken countries across the world at the Bethany Student Advocacy Group’s annual Hunger Banquet on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. “More than 854 million people worldwide suffer from debilitation efforts of chronic malnutrition and hunger. The Advocacy Group wants to educate the people of Bethany College of this problem not only happening in the United States, but around the world,” said Bethany Student Advocacy Group president Sarah Bennett. On the menu is very little. The meal is designed to simulate the types of meals which our world’s poorest consume every day.
Music students at Bethany College will perform at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 28 in Presser Hall auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public.
Bethany College will premiere a morning prayer service on October 1 during a special convocation. The service was written by the 2010-2011 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies Per Harling. The event will take place at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall. “We are very much looking forward to this event. When preparing for Per’s arrival, we asked for him to write a morning prayer service for Bethany and what he has written fits our spiritual community perfectly,” said Campus Pastor Noni Strand. This event is free and open to the public.
Bethany College will host a planning charrette September 30-October 2 for the planned Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center. Bethany’s charrette will include three major components: a design workshop, fact-finding events and a public presentation. Members of the Smoky Valley and Bethany community are invited to the public presentation on October 2 from 9-11 a.m. in Lindquist Hall. “The goal is to plan and build the Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center efficiently, effectively and faithfully,” said Bethany College Vice President for Finance and Operations Bob Schmoll.
Joshua Lindgren Organist and alumnus Joshua Lindgren will perform a recital on Sunday, September 26. The community is invited to attend the event at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus. A 2008 Bethany graduate, Lindgren recently earned his Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., in conjunction with St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. The concert will reprise Lindgren’s degree program titled, “Worship through the Repertoire of the Organ – A Service of Music, Readings and Hymns.” Campus Pastor Noni Strand will preside with alumnae Ashley Coffman, Ann Metcalfe and Britney English singing as a choir for one piece.