Bethany College Assistant Professor of Music Claudio Re, Ph.D., and Sarah Bernard-Stevens from Kansas Wesleyan University will be the guest conductors for the Heart of America Band concert on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at Clay County Community High School. The band performs once per year. Its membership is invitation-only and includes public school teachers and passionate musicians from the area. Free will donations will be accepted.
Visiting Associate Professor for Communications Franziska Macur, Ph.D., published the e-book “Charlie & Noel—An Advent Calendar Story” this month. The book was illustrated by senior graphic design major Meghan Klaassen, Marquette, Kan. “Charlie & Noel” tells the tale of Charlie, a little boy who wishes he could just skip the whole waiting part and jump right into the presents. But Charlie doesn’t realize what he would be missing or just how many magical moments the season has waiting for him. “I wanted to write this book for a long time and I’m so excited that it’s finally released,” says Macur. “I am very thankful for all the talented Bethany people who helped me bring this e-book to life.”
Shop Bethany College’s Alternative Gift Market from Nov. 9 to 16 in downtown Lindsborg at Connected Fair Trade on 131 N. Main Street. The market will be open during normal store hours, on Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The market offers shares of charitable projects through Alternative Gifts International, an interfaith agency that raises funds for global gifts through nationwide gift markets and individual donors. Shoppers will learn about numerous charitable projects and choose to which they want to contribute. In return, they receive an ornament as a token of appreciation. Instead of a traditional present, they can give the ornament to let the recipient know a charitable donation has been made in their name.
Randy Berry, U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam and Bethany College alumnus of 1987, presented “A Diplomat’s Role in the 21st Century” at Messiah Lutheran Church on Oct. 28. In his talk, Berry discussed the role a diplomat plays given the current national context. He has been instrumental in assisting countries in political reform, along with involvement in urgent humanitarian needs.
Bethany College gave Fall Awards Recognition during Homecoming weekend. Honorees included (left to right) Cheryl and Bud Rothgeb (Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit), Jeff Edwards ’01 (Athletic Hall of Honor), Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III, Bethany College Head Softball Coach Janice Esses ’01 (Alumni Coach of the Year), Jodi (Strathman) Green ’03 (Athletic Hall of Honor), A. John ‘59 and Carol Pearson (Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit), and Leon Brice Leon ’73 (Athletic Hall of Honor) (not pictured) whose posthumous award was accepted by his father, Eugene Leon. Bethany College honored Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipients during the Fall Alumni Awards Recognition during Homecoming weekend. The three alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor were Jeff Edwards ’01, Brice Leon ‘73 (awarded posthumously), and Jodi Strathman ’03. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany College was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known.
Bethany College Associate Professor and organist Melody Steed, D.M.A., and cellist Jakub Omsky will perform a “Reinvention and Renewal” concert on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré, and Jakub Omsky. Jakub Jerzy Omsky Trawkowski is the principal cellist of the Wichita Symphony. He graduated with honors from the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with an Artist Diploma, Bachelor of Music degree, and Master of Music degree.
Bethany College Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $7, senior citizens and Bethany college students, faculty, and staff are $5. Seating is limited to 50 each night so that the play may be performed in the round on stage. This play is for mature audiences as it contains adults themes and situations and strong language.
Bethany College invites the community to hear U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam Randy Berry present a talk, “A Diplomat’s Role in the 21st Century,” on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Messiah Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, located on the southeast corner of campus at the intersection of First Street and Olsson Street. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are also welcome to attend Bethany’s Chapel service at 10:30 a.m. in Swenson Chapel in Burnett Center, where Berry will also speak.
More than 160 high school singers from around the state participated in the ninth annual Bethania Pre-Audition Choral Workshop at Bethany College on Sept. 26. Bethany’s music faculty helped prepare the singers audition pieces for their respective district, and eventually for the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association State Honor Choir. Mass choir rehearsals were led by Mark Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Bethany. Sectional rehearsals were led by additional members of the Bethany music faculty and guest directors.
Bethany College genetics students will lead forums on “his” and “her” health and Type II diabetes during the Lindsborg Community Hospital’s “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is possible thanks to grant funding from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation’s Healthy Living Fund and the McPherson County Community Foundation’s D/N fund. The forums will address gender-specific cancers, an overview of colon cancer, and the role of genetics in disease, risk factors for each disease, strategies for prevention, how and when to visit with your medical provider, and the value of self-examination and screening tests.