The Messiah Festival of the Arts announces the theme for the 2014 season, “With One Voice.” This theme was chosen to reflect the three fine arts mediums of the Messiah Festival – art, music, and theatre – coming together in perfect harmony to create this festival of the arts. Additionally, each individual art medium has its own ‘voice’ to share within the larger whole, be it a physical voice, as in music, or a conceptual voice, as in theatre and art. The Scriptural inspiration for this theme is Ecclesiastes 4:12: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning women’s soccer coach and FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage will join Bethany College in January as this year’s Distinguished Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies. Sundhage will teach a one-credit-hour class during interterm, work with Bethany’s soccer team as well as other regional teams, connect with Women’s Intersport Network in Kansas City, and make several public presentations. “It is a great honor and pleasure to host one of the world’s greatest coaches, Pia Sundhage, as this year’s Pearson Professor. She joins an impressive cadre of Swedish scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and musicians who have taught at Bethany through the Distinguished Pearson Professorship program,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “Pia is a tremendous leader, known for her inspiring style and proven results. We excitedly welcome not only soccer fans, but also those who are leaders in their communities and careers, to share in this incredible learning opportunity.”
A new Shigeru Kawai VI concert grand piano has been given to Bethany College by LaRue (Bengtson) Frasier, class of 1948, from Woodrow, Colo. The piano will be introduced to the public during the Christmas Jultide Concert on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
The Bethany College Art Department invites the public to its annual art sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of Bank of America in Lindsborg.
Bethany College Assistant Professor of Religion Adam Pryor, Ph.D., was invited to present at the “Incarnation and other Forms of Embodiment” conference at Copenhagen University hosted by the Centre for Naturalism and Christian Semantics. Pryor will present his paper “The Body of Christ and Phenomenology of the Body” during the conference, which takes place from Dec. 5 to 8. Eleven papers from faculty in five countries will present. Pryor came to Bethany in 2013. He earned his doctorate and certificate in women’s studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s in theology and philosophy from Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Bethany College senior artist Angela Dvorak will exhibit her senior art show, “I Draw the Line,” at Mingenback Art Center on campus from Dec. 7 to 11. A reception will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Many works will be for sale.
Bethany College’s 12th Annual Alternative Gift Market ended on November 16. The market ran for a week and through partnership with local businesses, over $2,000 was raised to help communities around the world be more sustainable. Amy Kay Pavlovich, owner of Connected enjoyed hosting this year’s market. “I appreciate the work of Alternative Gifts International and it is a good fit with the Fair Trade store. It was really fun for me to get to be around students in this setting.”