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Two long-time Bethany College professors recently received honorary faculty titles by the college’s Board of Directors. Linda Lewis, retired professor of English, was given the status of Faculty Emerita, and Doug Smith, former associate professor of criminal justice, was given the status of Faculty Emertus, posthumously.
Lewis began teaching at Bethany College in 1987 and retired at the end of the spring 2014 semester. While at Bethany, she received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of a number of articles and books and recently edited the book, “In This Place,”
celebrating the opening of the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Welcome Center at Bethany.
Smith joined Bethany College first as an adjunct instructor in 1978 and in 2005 became an associate professor. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology, where he shared his 35 years of experience in criminal justice with his students. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club. Smith was a faculty member when he died on August 7, 2014.
“Faculty Emeritus status is such a small thing to do in recognition of the great things these faculty have done for Bethany College,” said Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. “It is so wonderful to think about the contributions of Linda Lewis and to share this honor with her. We wish her all the best. And it is sad to have to send our appreciation to Sandy Smith as we continue to mourn the loss, but celebrate the accomplishments of Doug. Words and actions will never be able to describe how much he will be missed.”
A drawing, painting and print exhibit entitled ‘Transformations’ by Teresa Schmidt will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery October 24 through November 21, 2014.
Schmidt is a Professor of Arts and Coordinator of Drawing at Kansas State University. She received her BA and MA at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and her MFA at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Schmidt’s work has been included in numerous solo and invitational exhibits. She has received awards in international, national, regional and state exhibitions, as well as being accepted in national, regional, state & local juried exhibits.
The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform in its Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert is free is open to the public.
The concert will feature musicians from Bethany College and the Lindsborg community performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Mendelssohn’s Symphony in D Major, and Haydn’s Te Deum. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music at Bethany College, will conduct and perform piano. The Bethany Choir and Dalkoren will also perform. Guest conductors include Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and band director; and Mark Lucas, associate professor and director of choral activities.
Band and choir members from community colleges in Kansas will gather at Bethany College on Thursday, October 30 for a day-long workshop and 5 p.m. performance in Presser Hall. This is the first year Bethany has offered the Junior College Honor Band and Choir workshop and will bring together musicians from at least six community colleges across the state.
“Our intent is to provide an atmosphere in which junior college most talented students may join together with others to make music in a non-competitive environment,” Professor Claudio Re, director of bands at Bethany College, said.
Theatre Department Announces Fall Production
Children’s theatre will be the focus of this year’s Fall Theatre Production at Bethany College. Two short plays will be presented on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Burnett Center for Performing Arts at Bethany. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 years old and under.
The Bethany College 2014 Jazz Festival will feature a performance by the Bob Montgomery Quintet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert will bring to a close a full day of live jazz performances – all free and open to the public.
Jazz ensembles from the area will perform throughout the day and attend a clinic conducted by Montgomery in the afternoon. Montgomery is an internationally recognized performing artist who has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, and many more.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has announced the Top 10 All-Academic Teams for each division. The Bethany College softball team held the sixth highest team grade point average in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), earning NFCA NAIA All-Academic Team honors.
The Swedes recorded a 3.513 team GPA for the 2013-2014 academic year, leading all softball teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).
The brass quintet from the Fort Riley 1st Infantry Division Band will perform with the Blue Dozen and Alumni Band during the Bethany Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 11.
The Swedes will take on Southwestern College at 1:30 p.m. at Lindstsrom Field in Lindsborg. For a complete schedule of Homecoming and Family Weekend activities, continue reading here.
The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) proudly announced the selection of eighteen college faculty members to receive the association’s inaugural Faculty of Distinction award. Among those being honored is Bethany College faculty member, Aaron Yoder, cross country and track coach. Yoder was also awarded the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award by Bethany College at its annual honors banquet in May.
The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas. Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere. The honorees will recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the campus in Topeka, Kansas, on October 21, 2014.