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.
Bethany College is pleased to announce speakers for the 2015 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17. The Rev. Allen Smith will speak at the baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. and Randy Berry ’87 will speak at commencement at 2 p.m. Both events are held in Presser Hall Auditorium.
The Rev. Smith is pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Salina where he has served since 1999. Under his leadership the church’s current sanctuary was built after fire destroyed the church in November 1999. He accepted his call into ministry February 1997 and received his ministerial training from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. His son, Devin, is a senior at Bethany College and a member of the Swedes basketball team.
Berry graduated from Bethany in 1987 and was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam and was recently named by the U.S. Department of State as its first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. He also serves on the Bethany College Board of Directors.
The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
The concert, titled “Far-Away Lands and Mystical Creatures,” will feature the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra directed by Dr. Daniel Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany music department. Featured performers include Ellen Neufeld and Richard Anderson, oboe; and guest conductor Nickolas Carlson. Works by Vivaldi, Sibelius and Stravinsky will be performed.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Bethany College Art Department will hold its annual Art Sale on Saturday, April 25 during the Lindsborg in Bloom event.
The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. at 110 N. Main Street, in front of Chestnut Studios. A variety of items will be for sale including ceramics, prints, and greeting cards. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Kaymeyer Lecture series fund that brings visiting artists to Bethany College.
Students will also participate in the Lindsborg In Bloom street art project. Stop by the booth and watch art being made!
Swedish photographer Sara Arnald, wife of Bethany College’s Pearson Professor Jan Arnald, will present a lecture at the Sandzén gallery on Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. on her work in Sweden and beyond. Arnald is in residence at the Sandzén home on Bethany’s campus, during the month of April, working with Bethany College students and continuing to create her photographic art.
Her work is focused in nearly every aspect of photography, from art to news to portrait to still life, and is all part of her online portfolio that can be found at http://www.saraarnald.com.
Bethany College will host an organ recital by Kyle Johnson on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Johnson is a 1995 graduate of Bethany where he studied organ with Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.
Johnson is coordinator of chapel music, university organist and lecturer of music at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where he also teaches organ lessons and other music classes. Johnson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with John Ditto; and a music degree from Indiana University where he studied organ with Larry Smith.
Bethany College is pleased to announce that Provost and Dean of the College Ken Macur, Ph.D., C.P.A., is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy.
Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of an independent college or university. Dr. Macur will participate in two seminars held in Washington, DC, as well as readings, webinars, and a mentoring program. In addition, he will develop an experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility.
Jan Arnald and wife Sara visit with Bethany students at welcome reception.
Bethany College will host a writing workshop on Saturday, April 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sundstrom Conference Center. The workshop will feature Pearson Professor and acclaimed Swedish crime novelist Jan Arnald. A public reception for Arnald and his wife Sara, an accomplished photographer, will be held after the workshop at 11:30 a.m. at the Sundstrom.
The writing workshop is free and available to a limited number of participants. To register, please contact the Provost Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8104. Writers will be given the opportunity to meet with the Pearson Professor for a short conference prior to the workshop to discuss current writing projects.
Bethany College Junior Elsie Mealiff will perform a viola recital on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
Mealiff is from Beloit, Kansas and studying art therapy. She is currently a student of Ann Samuelson.
Her recital will feature the works of Alexander Glazunov, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms. She will be accompanied by Genevieve Bishop.
Bethany College announced the kickoff of a campaign to name the stage in Presser Hall in honor Dr. Elmer Copley, long time director of the Bethany Oratorio Society. The announcement was made prior to this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday.
The Bethany Oratorio Society was the first to make a gift to the campaign, which has a goal of $100,000. Gifts to the campaign will be used to maintain and enhance the historic performance space, which includes the first project of refinishing the stage floor itself.
Dr. Copley, directed the Bethany Oratorio Society from 1960 to 1988. While having an imposing presence on stage, Dr. Copley also left a tradition of excellence at Bethany College. While at Bethany he conducted the Bethany Choir and founded the music department’s annual holiday concert, “An Hour of Christmas,” known today at “Juletide.” Also marking his significant work with the Bethany Choir are the institution of periodic European tours and the choir’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1973.
Ways to support the Copley Stage Campaign:
- Make an online gift (please type “Copley” in the description)
- Print gift form and mail to: Bethany College Advancement Office|335 E. Swensson St., Lindsborg, KS 67456
- Contact Bethany Advancement Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8278