Bethany College academic programs range from the humanities to the fine arts to the pre-professional and professional. All academic programs are grounded in a core curriculum that encourages foundational, common learning among all community members.
But Bethany College is more than a place to take classes—it is a home base for those who seek excellence in their character, in their work, and in their world.
In an age of uniformity and conformity, Bethany College prepares every student to discover his or her own unique gifts, talents, skills, abilities, and loves. But none of us does this alone.
We live side by side with others whose unique gifts and abilities help to comprise the complex world of which we are all a part. At Bethany College each individual is affirmed, and the diversity of our community is affirmed, as we all seek to be intelligent and thoughtful members of the global community.
Linda earned a bachelors degree in chemistry and math education from Bethany College and a masters degree in leadership from Bellevue University.
Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.
Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals. He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.
He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.
Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.
Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.
Dr. Melody Turnquist-Steed is currently serving as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches organ, coordinates the sacred music program, and directs the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble & Genesis Ringers.
A native Iowan, Dr. Steed received degrees in Organ Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Southern California. She has studied organ with Marilou Kratzenstein, Jesse Eschbach., Roberta Gary, and Cherry Rhodes.
Prior to her appointment at Bethany College, Dr. Steed served as the organist at the prestigious Westwood United Methodist Church where she presided at the Shaffer Memorial Organ.
An active recitalist, she has performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the International Trumpet Guild. Along with trumpeter, Keith Benjamin, she performs as the trumpet/organ duo, Clarion. The duo has recorded two compact discs Clarion, New Music for Trumpet and Organ (1994), andNew Vintage (2001) and been featured on the National Public Radio program, Pipe Dreams!, performing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 551.
Dr. Steed has most recently been honored for her service to Bethany College as a 2013 recipient of the Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership.
Along with trumpeter Keith Benjamin, she performs in the trumpet/organ duo, Clarion. The duo has recorded two compact discs Clarion, New Music for Trumpet and Organ (1994), and New Vintage (2001). Steed has performed as an organ soloist and as a member of Clarion in both Hungary and Romania.