Bethany Biology Professor Mark McDonald was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciate dinner Thursday, May 14. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college.
Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Professor McDonald, a 1991 Bethany College graduate, has been a member of the faculty since 1996. He is the chair of the biology department and has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He is a past recipient of this award as well as of the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
In his nomination, Professor McDonald was described by a colleague as “always thinking about ways to improve our students’ experiences and achievements. He often makes very astute observations about student behavior and learning styles; he provides clear learning goals and objectives to students; he enjoys trying new strategies in the classroom with an eye to improving student outcomes.”
On May 17, Bethany College honored 119 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2014-2015 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies in Presser Hall.
President Dr. Edward F. Leonard III has announced today he will be leaving his post at Bethany College this summer to become the 14th president at Birmingham-Southern College, a liberal arts college located in Birmingham, Alabama affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
President Leonard is completing his eighth year at Bethany College. During his tenure, President Leonard designed a plan and strategy to lead the college through a number of significant accomplishments. These include a 34 percent enrollment growth since 2007, more than $25 million invested in new or updated facilities and landscaping, a new interdisciplinary general education curriculum, and the recent completion of a successful comprehensive campaign that raised $22 million, the largest in Bethany’s history.
“President Leonard has made a significant impact on the history of Bethany College,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of the Bethany College Board of Directors. “He has established a positive trajectory for Bethany’s future. We are thankful for his outstanding leadership and service, and wish him and his family well in their new adventure.”
The college’s board will meet this weekend for its regular May meeting. Discussion will include next steps in replacing President Leonard.
Playhouse in winter by Carole Stuenkel
Carole Stuenkel, a senior at Bethany College, will host her senior art and design exhibition from May 12-18 at the Mingenback Art Center Gallery. A reception for Carole’s exhibition will be held at Mingenback Art Center on May 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.
Senior communication majors will present their capstone projects on Monday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Levin meeting room at Pilhblad Memorial Union.
Four students will present projects including:
- Mike Mertz – use play theory to rhetorically analyze the video game, “To The Moon.”
- Katia Matter – combines Aristotle and non-discursive rhetoric to analyze three scenes from Disney World’s ride, “The Haunted Mansion.”
- Melissa Woeppel – views Aristotle’s appeals through Kenneth Burke’s concept of terministic screens to analyze cultural representations of the rhetoric of agriculture.
The Bethany College Choir and Chamber Choir along with the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will perform Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel at Bethany.
The 2015 Tour Send-Off Concert will begin the groups’ annual spring concert series, which will continue on May 18 with a performance at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Clayton, Missouri at 7 p.m. Other performances on the tour will include: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cincinnati on May 19 at 7 p.m.; Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on May 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. on May 21 at 7 p.m.; and St. Peter’s Church in New York City on May 24 at 11 a.m. While on tour, the students will also participate in a service project at a retired veterans home in Washington, D.C.
The performance program will feature works by Telemann, Haydn, Whitacre, Mozart, Pelz and more. The concert is free and open to the public.
A senior exhibit entitled “Transitions in Nature” by Cecilia Ramsey, will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery May 1 through May 7, 2015.
The exhibition includes ceramic work, paintings, and a variety of other mediums, and explores the many states of nature both psychologically and in the physical world. There will be a reception and gallery talk on May 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery.
Ramsey is a Pre-Professional Art Therapy major, and will be receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethany College this May. She is originally from Garden City, Kansas, and upon graduating hopes to earn a Masters Degree in Art Therapy.
This event is free and open to the public. Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: email@example.com.
The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring Symphonic Band and Chapel Choir concert on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.
The Spring Concert is free and open to the public. Conductors for the performance will be Dr. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music and department co-chair, and Dr. Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director bands at Bethany.
Bethany College Assistant Professor of Religion Tyler Atkinson’s new book, “Singing at the Winepress: Ecclesiastes and the Ethics of Work,” was published this week by Bloomsbury T&T Clark publishing house based in London. The kindle version of the book is available now in the United States and hardcover in the United Kingdom. Hardcover publication will be available in the U.S. in June.
Atkinson uses Qoheleth’s work ethic to provide an analysis of Ecclesiastes, utilizing the writings of St. Bonaventure and Martin Luther and suggests that Ecclesiastes enhances current conversations regarding the theology and ethics of work by working the doctrinal foci of protology and eschatology through Christology. The presence of the Word, then, can be found now only in the preaching and sacraments of the church, but also in the labor of the worker.
Four new plays in 24 hours. A unique and exciting theatrical experience is coming to Bethany College on May 1-2, 2015 when it hosts for the first time, “The 24-Hour Plays: Bethany College.” Plays will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center at Bethany.
“The 24-Hour Plays: Bethany College” will feature the work of four playwrights – Majkin Holmquist, a 2006 Bethany College graduate who was recently awarded a scholarship to Yale University’s prestigious M.F.A. program in Playwriting; Cody Whetstone, a 2009 Bethany graduate, director of Vision_Tek in Lindsborg, founding member of Next Stage Theatre Company, actor, director and designer; Dr. Carl Isaacson, Professor of Communications at Bethany, whose original play “Leaving” was produced at the college in 2010; and Chicago-based actor and playwright Mike Speller, who returns to Bethany for the first time since 2010 when his play “In The Wake…” was given its premiere.