Bethany names new coach

HubbardFBCoachThe Bethany College athletic department announces the hiring of Paul Hubbard as the new head football coach.

Dean of Athletics, Dane Pavlovich, said in an interview, “Paul’s coaching style and philosophy will lead to big things both on and off the field for the Swedes. During the interview process it was clear that we had found our next football coach.”

For the past season Hubbard was the defensive coordinator at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. While at Midland, Hubbard implemented a 3-4 defensive scheme, coached all defensive positions, and trained the position coaches on the defensive side of the ball. He also instructed a Theory of Football class through the university.

As a player Hubbard started his career as a Swede. He played at Bethany in 2000 and 2001. He was a 1st Team All-Conference Defensive Lineman, and was also a 3rd team All-American (2001 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette). He was also active in the Bethany College Music Department, singing in the choir, and participating in the Messiah Festival. >Continue reading


Linnaeus professors visit Bethany

LinneausPippi Longstocking, the free-spirited girl in Astrid Lindgren’s books not only became a beloved character around the world, but also started a revolution in both children’s literature and attitudes about children and their upbringing. These themes will be the focus of a course offered at Bethany College during its Interterm, beginning January 5.

Bethany will host two professors from Linnaeus University in Sweden that will teach the course, “Astrid Lindgren and the Revolution in Children’s Literature.” Helene Ehriander, Ph.D., and Maria Nilson, Ph.D., are both senior lecturers in the department of film and literature at Linnaeus and will instruct the class that meets each day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. through January 22.

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Jultide streaming live

Jultide at Bethany College streaming live at:

beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 from Presser Hall.

Jultide program cover

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Jultide at Bethany is the Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth that features the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region. This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir. The Bethany Oratorio Society, the 250 member choir that traditionally performs Handel’s “Messiah” during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, will perform a few movements from “Messiah” as well as some new pieces. The Jultide Children’s Choir consists of 35 children from local public schools who auditioned for a place in the choir.

Other ensembles that will perform include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.

For many decades, this event, formerly known as “An Hour of Christmas” signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in the Smoky Valley. Admission is free, although free will offerings will be accepted.

Giving Tuesday at Bethany

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, is the perfect time for friends of Bethany College to make a donation to the college.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, and individuals around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take action to support their favorite causes and create a better world.

givingtuesday#GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.

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Bethany begins search for new coach


– Manny Matsakis

Bethany College announced today that it will begin the search for a new head football coach. “I would like to thank Coach Matsakis for his service to Bethany College,” said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. “The search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.”

Manny Matsakis came to Bethany College in 2013. While at Bethany, he established an overall record of 8-14 and 6-12 in KCAC play. Prior to his time at Bethany, Matsakis spent three years as the head coach at Enka High School in North Carolina.

Before his tenure at Enka High School, Matsakis was in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after serving at the offensive coordinator for one year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Matsakis’ coaching experience also includes head coach at Texas State University as well as other coaching positions at other universities.

Matsakis has served as the President and CEO of Big Season Sports, and founded the American Football Quarterly magazine, which is now American Football Monthly, the national trade journal for football coaches. In 2007, Matsakis began Triple Shoot Football Clinics to help high school and college football coaches implement his offensive system.

Matsakis was a three-time All-Conference kicker at Capital University (1980-83) and was a four-year letter winner. He currently holds the school record for longest field goal for making a 54-yarder in 1981. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

MindFire gallery features artists

MindFire AcademyThe new Bethany College at MindFire Art Gallery at 3805 East Harry, Suite 105 in Wichita presents photographs by Sarah Mathia and recent ceramic works by Christina Engel.

A Closing Reception will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.Tours of the digital arts facility at MindFire will also be available.

Mathia is currently an instructor teaching design, animation and visual affects at Bethany College at MindFire. She has traveled across the U.S. and Canada taking photographs of natural fauna and environments. The photographs in this show are large color prints of flower formations including the various insects that call them home.

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Alumni reprises role

Draper headshot 2015Bethany College is proud to announce accomplished musician Brandon Draper ’01 will be the special guest star in the Palm Sunday weekend performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts. Draper will be reprising his role of “Jesus” in the production, which he originally played while a student at Bethany in 2001.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will kick off the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Tickets for all Messiah Festival events will go on sale in January.

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Superstar auditions

JCS_auditionsThere is just one more opportunity to audition for a role in the Messiah Festival of the Arts production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which will be performed on Saturday, March 28 and Palm Sunday, March 29 to open the annual Messiah Festival.

The last audition for lead ensemble roles will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Presser Hall. Lead ensemble roles will require acting, singing and dancing. Performers should come to auditions with a prepared song, performed in a rock-style. In addition to the prepared piece, a selection of music from the show and dances will be taught at the audition. Audition for the chorus were held November 16.

This year’s Messiah Festival begins March 28 and continues through Easter Sunday, April 5 and includes area art exhibits, concerts, fine arts workshops, and the Bethany Oratorio Society historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, April 3, and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929. Tickets for all events will go on sale January 1. Information about Messiah Festival can be found at .

Jultide 2014

SONY DSCJultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.

This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir.

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Professor featured on TV

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Bethany College Art Professor Mary Kay was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning for her inclusion in the State of the Art: Discovering American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can read more about the national art exhibit and Professor Kay’s art here and you can watch the CBS Sunday Morning segment featuring the Bethany professor here.