MindFire announces event

MINDFIRE  313As part of its growing commitment to community outreach and education, Bethany College @ MindFire invites the public to MindFire Connect 2014, a free educational event, on June 28. MindFire Connect 2014 will give everyone a unique opportunity to speak to digital arts professionals working in both Wichita and Hollywood, including 3D animators who worked on Academy Award winning films, designed games for XBOX and music producers of hit records.

This exciting event is free and open to the public.

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McKinney named distinguished professor

McKinney_3The most recent Mingenback Distinguished Professor found herself pleasantly surprised when she realized she was contemplating a move to central Kansas to accept a teaching position at Bethany College. Virginia McKinney, assistant professor of art – ceramics and sculpture, joined the Bethany faculty last fall and was recently named Mingenback Distinguished Professor.

During her interview process, McKinney said she could tell how invested the students were in the school and in the art department. “The interview process was fascinating to me,” she said. “A group of students were in on the interview and asked really hard-hitting questions. That really impressed me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I am really considering a move to Kansas.’”

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Faculty receive awards

The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College announced the recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and the Woodward Endowment Awards.

Marlysue Holmquist2Marlysue Holmquist, professor of elementary education, has been awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $505 to work on collecting and chronicling the work of Amalia Rabenius for a book about her part in Bethany College’s history.

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Swedes website earns honor

naia-sidaThe official website of the Bethany College Department of Athletics, www.bethanyswedes.com, earned fourth place in the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors of America (NAIA-SIDA) Publications and Media Contest Awards for Digital Media, Outsourced Websites. “We are very excited to receive recognition for all the work we put in to redesigning the website,” said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. “We believe that a quality, updated website is one of the most important tools our Athletic Department can use to market, report, and promote the Swedes. A huge thank you to Laura Moreno for all of her work in figuring out how to make this transition work smoothly.” The NAIA-SIDA announced the Publications and Media Contest Awards Results at their annual convention June 8-9.