Speakers announced

BethSealBethany College is pleased to announce speakers for the 2016 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 15. Bishop Michael Girlinghouse of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the ELCA in Tulsa will preach at the baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. and speakers representing Bethany College students, staff, and faculty will speak at commencement at 2 p.m. Both events are held in Presser Hall Auditorium.

The Rev. Girlinghouse has served as the bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod since 2011 and is a member of the Bethany College Board of Directors. Prior to being elected bishop, he served as a campus pastor in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and the University of Minnesota. He is a devotional writer who is the author of the weekly devotional blog, “On the Way,” and has also written “Christ in our Home.” Bishop Girlinghouse is married and has one adult daughter.

Speakers at the Commencement ceremony will include Robyn Haynes, a senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Califorina; Molly Johnson ’06, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Bethany; and Dr. Carl Isaacson, professor of communications at the College. Samantha Anderson, a senior, will perform special music during Commencement and Tyler Breneman, senior, will accompany her.

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Mother’s Day Concert

Mothers daySigma Alpha Iota, the International Women’s Music Fraternity, will host a benefit Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature various soloists and vocal ensembles of SAI members. A free will offering will be taken. The event is open to the public.

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Students earn honors

KATS Honors BC ATS 2016

Pictured from left: Jimmy Caiola, Clinical Education Coordinator, Derrick Kaiser, Samantha Stegner, Kylee Martinez,Trevor Kistler, Laura Stenlund, Head Athletic Trainer, and David Slack, Program Director.

Four Bethany College students were honored by the Kansas Athletic Trainer’s Society (KATS) for outstanding academic achievement in an accredited Athletic Training Program.

Students honored included Trevor Kistler, senior of Mansfield, Texas, first team; Derrick Kaiser, senior of Hoisington Kansas, second team; Kylee Martinez, senior of Lyons Kansas, second team; Samantha Stegner, sophomore of Princeton, Kansas, honorable mention.

KATS awards and criteria for each honor are:

  • First team – juniors or seniors with 3.8 KATS honor average
  • Second team – juniors or seniors with 3.6 KATS honor average
  • Honorable mention – sophomore and above with 3.4 KATS honor average
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Students rank globally

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From left: Josh Hickok, Tanner Wallace, and Adam Maisch.

Three students in the Bethany College Business Policy class are ranked fifth globally on the Mike’s Bikes advanced simulation game. As part of the course, the students formed their company in the simulation and developed the strategic plan for how they would compete in the game. The students increased shareholder value form the original $13.46 per share to $1,272.83 per share in eight weeks.

The students are Josh Hickok, Tanner Wallace and Adam Maisch.

Business Policy is the capstone course for all students majoring in the business department and is instructed by Professor Duke Rogers. The Mike’s Bikes simulation is designed to tie all student coursework together and gives students the opportunity to manager their own company online, competing within a dynamic and competitive environment against other student-run firms. According to Professor Rogers, students gain skills such as learning to formulate strategy, interact with real financial reports, analyze market research, and use forecasting tools for the purpose of strategic planning.

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Class visits library

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Members of the American Presidency class at the Eisenhower Library, from left: Taylor Stull, William Strommen, Jyll Gamboa, Katherine Kisor, Joleen Chanco, Brandon Skrocki, Brady Yard, and Aaron Cooley.

Members of the American Presidency class traveled to Abilene and the Eisenhower Library and Museum recently for a “back-stage” tour of the Library. The class engaged in a brief research project selected by each student, visited the museum, and toured the Eisenhower family home.

Students will present research projects during class beginning April 27 through May 6 at 2 p.m. in Social Science 17. Campus and community is invited to the following presentations:

  • April 27 – Roosevelt
  • April 29 – Eisenhower and Kennedy
  • May 2 – Johnson and Nixon
  • May 4 – Reagan and George H.W. Bush
  • May 6 – Clinton and George W. Bush
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Spring theatre production

theatreBethany College Theatre will close out the 2015-16 season with its bi-annual Festival of Student-Directed Short Plays, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for Bethany College students, staff, and faculty.

The first of the evening’s six short plays is David Ives’ “Bolero,” in which a woman’s world threatens to come apart when she and her husband hear strange sounds from the apartment next door in the dead of the night. Kalyn Powers and Isaiah Fabrizius take on the roles of the young couple in the play, directed by Landon Slipke.

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Masterson attends national conference

IMG_0227Dr. Daniel Masterson, professor of music and department co-chair, attended the Music Teachers National Association Conference held April 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas.   Masterson, as the Kansas Music Teachers Association President, represented Kansas at the State Associations meetings.

Besides business meetings, the conference featured many sessions from master teachers and pedagogues, publisher showcases, new technologies for teacher studios, and the finals of MTNA competitions of separate middle school, high school, and collegiate plans for each:  piano, piano duets, solo voice, woodwinds, brass, and chamber groups.

Says Masterson, “The most inspiring moments were hearing the winners recitals of the different levels, and the guest artists that were evening highlight events.  Also, I was impressed by the Kansas contingency that attended.  Kansas is well-represented on the national level with people in key leadership positions, and a number of highly involved teachers who enjoy the camaraderie and inspiration that comes from conferences such as this.”

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SGA elects new officers

SGAButtonBethany students went to the polls recently and elected new Swede Government Association officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. New members will participate in a brief training meeting on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Levin meeting room in the student union. There are still open positions on the SGA board and write-in nominees will be notified if they would like to accept their nomination.

The new SGA officers are:

  • Kylee Ayres, student body president
  • Linzi Garcia, executive vice president
  • Edward Sengai, business representative
  • Mark Klaassen, math/science representative
  • Landon Slipke, music/art representative
  • Taylor Platt, psychology/criminal justice representative
  • Kaylie Ines, religion/philosophy representative
  • Stephen Klaassen, sophomore class president
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Dr. Pigge earns honor

On Sunday, April 17, Bethany College’s Joyce Pigge was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Joyce Pigge2_webDane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many other schools have used her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance over the years. We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College, serving the KCAC and the NAIA.”

Dr. Pigge is a professor of political science at Bethany and has been a member of the Bethany faculty since 1970. She is the History/Political Science Department Chair and coordinates the social studies teaching major and is the pre-law advisor. Dr. Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law. …read more>

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Handbell reunion concert

PEARSON CENTER DEDICATION 0112Former members of the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will gather on Saturday, April 30 for a day of fellowship and music that will conclude with a concert at 4 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.

The concert will include guest conductor Chris Peck ’96. He is an accomplished handbell ringer and composer. He currently performs with the River City Ringers. Featured pieces will include: “Toccata for a Joyous Day” by Paul McKlveen, “Grazioso” by Arnold Sherman, “Baby Elephant Walk” arranged by Sondra Tucker and “Pirates of the Caribbean” arranged by Kevin McChesney.

The Kanza Quartet, featuring Janelle Flory-Schrock, Kendry Flory, Dani Hanna, and Dr. Melody Steed will perform “Maple Leaf Rag” and “Solace” by Scott Joplin.

A reception will follow the concert in Presser Hall lobby. The concert is free and open to the public.

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