Klaassen performs in recital

Klaassen headshotBethany College Senior Laura Klaassen will perform her Senior Voice Recital on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.

Klaassen, of Marquette, Kansas, is studying vocal music education at Bethany College and will student teach in the Hillsboro School District next fall. She is currently a vocal student of Lean Ann Anderson.

Her recital will feature the works of Hall Johnson, Purcell, Bizet and Mahler. Collaborating artists featured in her recital will include Mark Klaassen, tenor; Ellie Loder and Tanner Larson, trumpet; Ann Samuelson, violin; Meagan DeVore, cello; and she will be accompanied by Brenda Finch.

Bethany Alum appointed

Randy-Berry-138x150Randy Berry, a 1987 graduate and member of the Bethany College board of directors, was named as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons by United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

In a U.S. Department of State news release today, Secretary Kerry stated: “We looked far and wide to find the right American official for this important assignment. Randy’s a leader. He’s a motivator. But most importantly for this effort, he’s got vision. He’s a voice of clarity and conviction on human rights. And I’m confident that Randy’s leadership as our new Special Envoy will significantly advance efforts underway to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.”

Berry has recently served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam. The news release announcing his appointment further stated, “Wherever he’s served – from Nepal to New Zealand, from Uganda to Bangladesh, from Egypt to South Africa, and most recently as Consul General in Amsterdam – Randy has excelled.”

According to Secretary Kerry, the goal of the newly established position is to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation of gender identity, and build capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons. The Special Envoy will work with governments, civil society, and private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” Kerry said in the news release.

Artist presents workshops

artdeptGinnie Hsu, a visual designer, illustrator and storyteller will visit Bethany College from February 26 to 27 to present her work, speak with students on their design portfolios, discuss design thinking, and conduct a “zine” workshop.

Hsu will speak about her work in design, illustration, and mobile app creation processes on February 26 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and February 27 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center. Her discussion titled “Design Thinking” will be on February 26 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center and the “Happy Zine” workshop will take place on February 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 129 in the Mingenback Art Center.

Hsu is a professional visual designer and storyteller. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication focusing on Interactive Design and Visual Storytelling at The University of Texas at Arlington. She believes that well-designed digital experiences and technology can help improve society and human life. Her inspirations come from daily observations and empathy. Hsu’s mobile app “Bright”, has recently won the American Advertising Award, Student Silver Award, and she has received other various recognitions and awards for her work.

This event is sponsored by the Kahmeyer Visiting Visual Artist Lecture Series at Bethany College. This fund is supported entirely by charitable contributions in honor of Ray Kahmeyer.

Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily. Contributions are accepted – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this event. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: artdepartment@bethanylb.edu.

Reception planned

headshot-web-v_CandiDavisA reception honoring Candi Davis, executive secretary to the president, will be held on Tuesday, February 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Pearson Chapel Commons. Candi will retire from her position at Bethany College at the end of this month. She began her career at Bethany in 1984 in the accounting office and worked in career services before moving to the provost office where she worked for 10 years as the administrative assistant. She has been in the president’s office for the past eight years.

Dust Bowl program

DustBowlBethany College will host “Dust, Drought & Dreams Gone Dry: Oklahoma Women and the Dust Bowl,” presented by Dr. Shelly Lemons and Dr. Steven K. Kite on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at Lindquist Hall on Bethany campus. The program is free and open to the public.

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President elected to board office

President Ed Leonard

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III was recently elected secretary-treasurer on the board of directors of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA),
having served on the board as a director the past two years. He is the first Bethany College president since Emory Lindquist in 1947 to serve as an officer of LECNA and the appointment places him in rotation to serve as board chair in a few years.

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Pearson Professor Announced

ArneDahlBethany College will welcome renowned Swedish author Jan Arnald to campus in April as the 2015 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

Regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers in Scandinavia, celebrated author, critic and editor Jan Arnald is the man behind the bestselling “Intercrime” series, written under the pen name of Arne Dahl. The highly praised series of novels has sold more than 2.5 million copies and has won distinguished awards in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The series has been translated into more than 25 languages and several titles are available in the United States. The novels were adapted for television and aired in Great Britian, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, Japan, and across Latin America.

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Osher class offered

banned-in-bostonBethany College will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas to offer a class this spring on Bethany’s campus.

Bethany College Part-time Professor of English Eric Monder, will teach “Banned in Boston! Censorship and the Movies,” on Thursdays beginning February 19 through March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Social Science Center, room 16.

This course examines films withheld from public view due to their sexual, religious or political content. Created by filmmakers from different eras, some of these works dared to break traditions and defy conventions; thus, potential cinematic breakthroughs were lost to history, preventing a deeper understanding of the culture of the day. For example, the class will see The Spirit of ’76, a Revolutionary War epic directed by American Robert Goldstein, imprisoned by the government (in 1917) for making “treasonous” art. Students will compare censored and uncensored scenes from movies, re-evaluate films acceptable in their day but now considered politically incorrect, and debate what should be banned and who should make such decisions.

Registration for the class and a complete program catalog can be found online at osher.ku.edu.

Re-surfacing begins at track

EntranceD.L. Anderson track at Bethany College will be closed this week beginning Tuesday, January 27 for crews to begin to re-spray and re-stripe the track’s surface. The process will upgrade the surface for both performance and longevity.

All areas inside the fence at the stadium – the track, runways, and turf – will be closed until the work is complete sometime next week. Any foot traffic or use of the track will delay the completion of the project. The project will be completed in two phases. The respray phase is expected to be complete by Saturday, January 31 and the restripe phase will be finished early next week. Signs are posted restricting access to the stadium area.

The project is a joint effort between Bethany College and the Smoky Valley School District.

Students lead tennis effort


Doug Talbott, development officer; and Kenzi Choitz, student and tennis team member, display an artist conception of the tennis facility improvements.

A student-led effort to enhance tennis facilities at Bethany College has resulted in a fundraising campaign that has nearly reached its initial goal of $400,000.

Students representing the Bethany tennis program and student government worked with members of the Bethany Office of Advancement to propose the improvement project at a recent board of directors meeting. Since then, the committee has worked with alumni, friends and organizations to raise 94 percent of the estimated $400,000 for the first phase of the project. The Swede Government Association was the first to pledge to the campaign with a gift of $50,000.

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