Investing in Student Success

InvestStudSccssInvesting in Student Success kicked off the Lindsborg community and area portion of the campaign Wednesday when local leaders gathered at Bethany College. The local campaign will begin with 160 contacts and will expand to the wider Lindsborg community and region in January.

Investing in Student Success campaign focuses on four areas of giving that include: Scholarships; Campus Ministry/Faith Expression; Funds for Bethany’s Future; and People & Programs. The campaign has made progress toward its goal of $4 million in unrestricted gifts over the next two years with recent gifts to the campaign.

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Messiah concert honors Pelz

Walter Pelz (v)Bethany College and the Messiah Festival of the Arts will present “A Tribute to Dr. Walter L. Pelz,” a concert on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, featuring the works by the composer, as well as a narrative describing his life and career as an internationally recognized musician.

Concert organizers are asking friends, former students, former parishioners, and others to share stories and thoughts about Dr. Pelz that will be used for a memory book or during the concert tribute.

Please respond to the prompts below to participate:

  1. During what years were you most close to Dr. Pelz, i.e. a student, etc. . . and at what institution, i.e. school, church, etc. . .
  2.  How did Dr. Pelz influence your life and/or career?
  3. Do you have any artifacts (pictures, video, etc. . .) you are willing to share?  If so, see note below.
  4. Please share any specific stories and/or other thoughts about Dr. Pelz.

Submit your story/memories to:

Bethany College Department of Music
c/o Linda Martin
335 E Swensson
Lindsborg, KS 67456


Please contact Dr. Mark Lucas with any questions, (785) 212-1362.


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Search committee announced

BethSealThe Bethany College Board of Directors has announced selection of a search firm along with the names of those who will serve on the presidential search committee that will help identify Bethany’s next president.

The board selected AGB Search, with Dr. Richard Torgerson as its lead consultant. Torgerson is a former dean of the college at Bethany and served 14 years as president at Luther College. AGB Search is affiliated with the Association of Governing Boards and based in Washington, D.C.

“Our committee is made up of a diverse, proven, and well regarded group of professionals,” said Sean Patty, vice chair of the board of directors and 1986 Bethany alumnus. Patty will also serve as the search committee chair. The anticipated search timeline is January through May.

Committee members include:

  • Sean Patty, Vice chair, Board of Directors, Venture Capitalist, FenceRow Capital, LLC, St. Louis, MO
  • Marie Friedemann, Secretary, Board of Directors, Associate Dean – Higher Education, Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Corey Peterson, Board of Directors, Owner, Hemslojd, Lindsborg, KS
  • Bob Mooney, Board of Directors, Telecom Solutions Architect, Telcordia Technologies, Monument, CO
  • Jim Martin, Board of Directors, Retired, Medical Device Industry, Kansas City, MO
  • Kristin Van Tassel, Associate Professor, English Department Chair, Faculty Senate Chair, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
  • Mark Lucas, Associate Professor, Music Department Co-chair, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
  • Vicki Cornett, Director of Admissions and Operations, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
  • Ted Kessinger, Retired, Lindsborg, KS
  • Joe Jedrzejewski , Director of Youth Ministries, Advent Lutheran Church, Olathe, KS
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Campus hosts hip-hop ministry

julianbanner1Bethany’s Varenhorst Center for Discovery, Reflection & Vocation, along with Campus Ministry and Student Development will bring Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier to campus for two days of programs and guest lectures on November 17-18.

For over a decade, the ministry of DeShazier has been an exploration in the relationship between good music and engaged faith. As an artist, this Chicago native has used his unique rhythm to tell stories of deep meaning inside and out of the church.

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Jultide at Bethany


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Jultide 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 6 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.

This year’s performance, “A Scandinavian Christmas,” is a celebration of the Scandinavian heritage of the Smoky Valley area and will feature music and dance from Scandinavian composers. A St. Lucia procession consisting of four ages of St. Lucia and Star Boys will begin the concert. Featured music will include “Jul, Jul” and “Nu är det jul igen,” among others.

The Swedish Folk Dancers and Lindsborg Folkdanslag as well as members of the Soderstrom Elementary fourth grade will all perform traditional Scandinavian dances. Music ensembles performing include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra. Continue reading

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Auditions announced

theatreBethany College Theatre Department and Broadway RFD of Lindsborg, announce auditions for Lucas Hnath’s award-winning play “The Christians.” The joint production between theatre department and Broadway RFD, will open the 2016 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, in Burnett Center on the Bethany campus. The production is directed by Bethany College Theatre Professor Greg LeGault.

Auditions are set for Sunday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Monday, November 16, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Burnett Center. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, November 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., if necessary.

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Gallery features student art

The Bethany College Art Department is excited to announce the opening of the Autumn Art Exhibition, which will be on display at Mingenback Art Gallery from Nov 2 through Nov. 30. A closing reception will be held on Monday, Nov 30 at 11 a.m.

The Autumn Art Exhibition is a self-juried show by students currently enrolled in art courses at the college. Student work will feature a wide variety of pieces based on studio work from classes. The show will include small jewelry pieces and large sculptures out of found objects, figure and still life painting and drawing, and large coil pots created by ceramic students.

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Theatre production

IMG_0018Bethany College Theatre will open its 2015-2016 season with “Short and Sweet: Four Brief But Delightful Plays that Touch the Funny Bone and the Heart,” on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

The evening begins with Don Nigro’s “Captain Rockets Versus the Intergalactic Brain-Eaters,” a comic romp that takes us back to the 1950s and the early days of television. Christian Cooper portrays the slightly askew Captain Rockets, and Kalyn Powers his ever-faithful companion Luna. Rounding out the cast are Avery Holmes as low-rate character actor Irving Kurtzman and Landon Slipke as Ed, the besieged stage manager.

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Hymn Sing scheduled

Great-Pos-Ped Case“With Voices Raised: A Festival of Hymns,” will take place on Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Chris Nelson, Organist and Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa will lead the Hymn Sing.

Nelson received his Bachelor of Arts in music from Bethany College in 1996 and a Masters of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary with St. Olaf College. He has been at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 2009. In addition to his duties as principal organist and choir director, he administered an active music series including the National Organ Playing Competition, considered the longest running and widely respected competition for upcoming organists.

The Hymn Sing is free and open to the public.

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College receives gift


Bethany College celebrated an estate gift given to the college of more than $2.2 million at a campus-wide event Thursday morning.

Lee Lundquist, a retired United States Army Colonel, left the college $2,260,460 in his estate to endow the Dean of Athletics position. The announcement of the gift was made on Founder’s Day at the campus-wide coffee break, “Big Brew.” Additionally, any remaining funds after the endowment are directed to help support the Messiah Festival of the Arts, and scholarships.

Lundquist, who attended Bethany College for two years studying business, was summoned to serve by the United States Army in 1942 and continued serving his country for 42 years. He and his wife, Karen, lived in Topeka where he stayed active in the Army Reserves and his church. While at Bethany he enjoyed participating in basketball, the Pi Sigma Chi fraternity, and the business club.

“This is a significant gift for the college,” President Robert Vogel said. “The gift helps Bethany continue to address students’ needs in a changing world and preparing them for success.”

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