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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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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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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Piano recital by Maciej Grzybowski to be held

Grzybowski photo 1Bethany College, the Lindsborg Arts Council, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland will present international touring artist, Maciej Grzybowski, in a piano recital on Saturday, March 1 at 4pm at Presser Hall.  The program will include works by:  JS Bach, Schumann, Szymański, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin.  Grzybowski will perform on the new Shigeru-Kawai Grand Piano recently gifted to Bethany College by the LaRue Frazier family of Colorado.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free will donations will be accepted. Continue reading

Bethany College Officially Welcomes Pia Sundhage

1520809_10152188871859245_2001030010_nPia Sundhage coached the United States women’s soccer team from 2008 to 2012, winning Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London and taking second place in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. In December 2012, she stepped down to return home as Sweden’s national team coach.

Named 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year, Sundhage has been nominated as FIFA Coach of the Year four consecutive times. Her impressive record includes coaching the U.S. team to 88-6-1 and winning 11 tournaments, including three Algarve Cups. She is known for her uniquely positive and unassuming coaching style. She began her first practice with the U.S. team after they lost the 2007 World Cup by playing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” on her guitar, and the team said farewell by singing her “You Are My Sunshine” and giving her a guitar they autographed. Continue reading

Bethania Band Symposium

The Bethany College Music Department will be holding the Bethania Band Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 6. The event will begin at 9:45 and will include workshops on clarinet, saxophone and flute techniques as well as a panel discussion on teaching woodwinds. Courtney Long, Jay Steinberg, and Paula Patterson will be leading the workshops. The symposium will conclude with a keynote address from Gail Konzem, Chair of the Bethany College Education Department. Continue reading