MindFire hosts open house

teaser_mindfireOn August 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bethany College @ MindFire will open its doors to the public. This is a chance for prospective students and curiosity seekers to learn more about creating their future as a digital artist. The tour offers everyone a chance to see firsthand how they can get an exceptional education, in Wichita, in the digital arts and earn a bachelor of arts in the field. Guests will also see demonstrations of the motion capture stage (the only one in the region) and see work previous students created.

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Private colleges make impact

Infographic - Economic Impact of KICA Colleges (Intro)TOPEKA – According to a new study, Kansas’s eighteen private colleges generate $980.1 million in new income each year for the Kansas economy.  The economic impact of the colleges is sufficient to create 21,968 new jobs in Kansas every year and generate $2.8 billion in social benefits to the state through increased business output and improvements in health and public safety that accrue from the graduates of Kansas’ private colleges. Continue reading

Online transcript ordering available

CAMPUS    0420Bethany College today announced the availability of online Transcript Ordering to its students and alumni, allowing users to order official transcripts via the web at any time. Users can order as many transcripts as they like in one online session using any major credit card. Transcript Ordering can be accessed from a link on the Bethany College website at www.bethanylb.edu. Registration is free; users pay only for the transcripts they order. Student and alumni who submit transcript requests receive real-time order updates by email, request to receive instant mobile text alerts, can track their orders online on the Transcript Ordering website. Other benefits include: access 24/7; secure transactions; and immediate, secure electronic transcript delivery worldwide. Bethany’s Transcript Ordering service is provided through the National Student Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization serving the higher education community.

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.

Education Department receives accreditation

CAMPUS    0405The Education Department at Bethany College recently received continued accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Bethany’s education program has a long history of excellence and was the first private college in Kansas to receive NCATE accreditation in 1954. Continue reading

Bethany College Commencement

commencementOn May 18, Bethany College honored 118 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2013-2014 academic year. Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2013-2014 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus. The Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Mansholt, Bishop-elect, East Central Wisconsin Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and former Bethany College board member, addressed the graduating class of 2014 during the commencement ceremony. The Reverend Amy Kay Pavlovich, a Bethany College graduate of 1997 and owner of the Fair Trade store Connected in Lindsborg, preached during baccalaureate worship. Bishop Mansholt was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Mikhail Zhilin a Finance, Management: International Management major from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, was the senior speaker and Kaleb Feist, Instrumental Music Education major from Salina, was the senior musician performing on the tuba.