Messiah Student Art Exhibit

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The Messiah Student Art Exhibition begins Saturday, April 12 at the Mingenback Art Center on Bethany College campus. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. with awards given at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 24.

Jurors for the exhibit are Linda Ganstrom, professor of art from Fort Hays State University and Teresa Schmidt, professor of art from Kansas State University.

2014 Spring Awards to recognize six alumni

Bethany College will honor six of its alumni at the 2014 Spring Alumni Awards.

PalmqistsJohn Palmquist ’60 and Sharon (Pearson) Palmquist ’60 will receive the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. John and Sharon were both born and raised in Lindsborg. Following their marriage in 1960, they moved to Goodland, Kansas, and taught in the junior high school and later at Goodland High School. In 1999, after 39 years in the Goodland school system, John retired. Sharon retired in 2001 after 28 years ofteaching. They were recognized as Outstanding Educators by the Goodland Alumni Association and the High Plains Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Johnserved on NEA-Goodland and KNEA committees, and also on the Standards Board for the State Department of Education. During the 1960’s, Sharonserved as president of the Goodland Teachers Association. In 2007, they moved to Lindsborg, where they are members of Bethany Lutheran Church,serving in its Stephen Ministry Program as well as on various church committees and volunteer activities. John is involved with the Lindsborg CommunityLibrary Board, Kiwanis, and the Smoky Valley Foundation Board. Sharon, a member of the PEO Chapter CC, serves on the Lindsborg CommunityHospital Foundation Board, and has sung in the Messiah chorus for 11 years. John and Sharon served for 15 years as the class agents for the class of1960. They each served two terms on the Alumni Council, and are members of the Stan Talbott Society and Carl Aaron Swensson Society. John was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit in 2000.

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Messiah Radio Network

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Again this year, the two Easter-week oratorio renditions in Lindsborg, which conclude the 10-day annual Messiah Festival of Music and Arts, will be broadcast regionally on radio stations — utilizing the satellite Messiah Festival Radio Network through flagship station WIBW Radio in Topeka.

Both the Good Friday evening, April 18, J.S. Bach oratorio  “St. Matthew Passion,” and the Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, “Messiah,” will be broadcast live. Bach “St. Matthew Passion” will air at 7:15 p.m. and the “Messiah” on air at 2:45 p.m. Preliminary interviews and commentaries for each oratorio broadcast begin 15 minutes before the downbeats.

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Students Selected For Honors Recital

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Five Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include: Mikhail Zhilin a senior from Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Sarah Doering, a senior from Apex, N.C.; Laura Klaassen, a junior from Marquette, Kan.; Ashley Glover, a junior from Emporia, Kan., all vocalists; and Samantha Anderson, a sophomore from Oberlin, Kan., French Horn.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins April 11 and features art, music and theater events through April 20. To purchase tickets, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or e-mail bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

Featured Student of the Week – Carole Stuenkel

20 - Carole StuenkelName: Carole Stuenkel

Major: Double Major in Interactive Graphic Design and Studio Art with focus in Painting

Hometown: Palmer, KS

Nominated by: Warren Olson, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Alpha Delta Zeta (Treasurer), Art Club (President), College Choir, Bethany Oratorio Society, Beta Tau Sigma

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Steed named Assistant Academic Dean

Melody SteedMelody Steed, D.M.A., associate professor of music, has been appointed to serve as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. Her appointment officially begins in July, according to the announcement made by Provost and Dean of Bethany College Ken Macur.

In her new role, she will continue her leadership on the Bethany College Core Experience and expand to include leadership of the Quest Experience and work with Student Development and other aspects of first and second year experiences. She will take a lead role in supporting the expansion of Faculty Development initiatives and will begin working to lead and coordinate the different special-curricular programs on campus, such as Pearson Professor, Johnson Lecture Series and interterm. She will retain her role as college organist and as the accompanist for the Bethany Oratorio Society.

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Faculty member to retire

Bruce KahlerBruce Kahler, Professor of History and Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor in Humanities, has announced that he will retire in May after serving for 26 years on the faculty of Bethany College.

Before arriving at Bethany in 1988 Kahler earned his B.A. degree in history at Kutztown State College, Penn., and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History-American Studies at Purdue University.

Kahler has taught all periods of U. S. history, as well as the two-semester survey in world art history.  Among the many other specialized courses he has developed have been African American history, Kansas history, Latin American history, the American Civil War, the Rise of the Religious Right, and Historiography.

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Students selected for solos

With One Voice picEach year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsals for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

This year ten students were selected for this honor, including seniors Mikhail Zhilin of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Nichol DeChant, Leavenworth, Kan., Caitlin O’Connor, Arvada, Colo., Sarah Doering, Apex, N.C.; juniors Ashley Glover, Emporia, Kan., Laura Klaassen, Marquette, Kan., Cecilia Ramsey, Garden City, Kan.; sophomore Alyson Krohn, Agenda, Kan.; and freshmen Mark Klaassen, Marquette, and Angelica Reinert, Salina.

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Bethany Theatre Department to present “Nathan the Wise”

The Messiah Festival of the Arts kicks off with the Bethany Theatre Department production of Nathan the Wise” by Paul D’Andrea, April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the rebuilt J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center in downtown Lindsborg.

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Director Carl Issacson gives instructions to performers at a recent rehearsal

Directed by Carl Isaacson, D’Andrea’s work is a loose adaptation of the famous German poetic drama by Gotthold Ephriam Lessing. Lessing’s work has been hailed as a masterpiece of poetry. D’Andrea’s adaptation is prose and only loosely uses Lessing’s work.

At the heart of the story is thelegend of the rings.  A father has a ring of authority.  This ring conveys to the holder both power over the masses and the love of the masses.  The father received the ring from his father and was prepared to pass it on to his son – but he had three sons and loved them each alike.  To which should he give the ring and the power and the authority that went with it?  Distressed by being forced to make a choice among his three sons, the father had two additional rings made, each indistinguishable from the original.  Each son is given a ring, and each son is told that his ring is the true ring.  The father passes, and the three sons each assert authority.

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