Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.
Seven Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.
Students performing include: Samantha Anderson, junior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Mark Klaassen, sophomore, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Sydney Johnson, freshman, Assaria, Kansas, mezzo-soprano; Landon Slipke, freshman, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Christian Cooper, freshman, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Esther Weicht, junior, Branson, Missouri, mezzo-soprano; Laura Klaassen, senior, Marquette, Kansas, mezzo-soprano.
Dr. Carl A. and Alma Swensson
Small World Gallery in downtown Lindsborg will host a book signing event to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Bethany College founder Dr. Carl A. Swensson and his wife, Alma.
Karen Humphrey, author of “Grace, Faith and the Power of Singing. The Alma Christina Lind Swensson Story,” will be on hand to sign her book on Wednesday, April 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Coffee and cupcakes will be served to celebrate the Swensson’s 135th wedding anniversary.
Official headcount numbers for the spring semester show enrollment growth continuing at Bethany College. At 625, the college is recording the largest spring semester enrollment in 18 years. This follows the college’s largest fall enrollment in 20 years.
Bethany’s student population is widely diverse with students representing 34 states, and 30 countries, which accounts for 8 percent of the total student population.
The Bethany College Art Department will host the annual Juried Student Art Show as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts beginning March 27 through April 17. An opening reception for the show is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Bethany College will honor five of its alumni at the Spring Alumni Awards Luncheon during Palm Sunday weekend.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement and service to society by Bethany graduates. This year’s award include: Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award – Dorothy (McGowan) Carmichael ’61; Award of Merit – Dr. Gordon Eller ’64 and Ron Paulseen ’71; Distinguished Graduate Award – Randy Griffey ’90; Gold Award – Philip Brown ’01.
The awards luncheon takes place on March 28 in Pihlblad Memorial Union. A reception begins at noon in the Levin Room at the Union followed by the lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Reservations for the lunch are required by March 23 and can be made by contacting the Alumni Office at 9785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.
Maddy Shetlar working on her art installation.
Madison Shetlar, a Bethany College student from Salina, has been selected to display her artwork in downtown Lindsborg as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts.
A student athlete and artist, Shetlar has been involved in art her entire life growing up in Salina. From local festivals to summer classes and various art lessons, her work has been influenced by a number of creative experiences. Shetlar is a junior majoring in Art Education at Bethany College and while she is gaining experience in drawing, painting and sculpture, her primary focus is on ceramics. Her triptych clay tile installation explores various shapes, how they fit together and the different designs and textures that go on each tile. When she is not focusing on art or teaching strategies for future use, she can be found playing and coaching basketball or eating honey crisp apples.
Bethany College Senior Laura Klaassen will perform her Senior Voice Recital on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
Klaassen, of Marquette, Kansas, is studying vocal music education at Bethany College and will student teach in the Hillsboro School District next fall. She is currently a vocal student of Lean Ann Anderson.
Her recital will feature the works of Hall Johnson, Purcell, Bizet and Mahler. Collaborating artists featured in her recital will include Mark Klaassen, tenor; Ellie Loder and Tanner Larson, trumpet; Ann Samuelson, violin; Meagan DeVore, cello; and she will be accompanied by Brenda Finch.
Randy Berry, a 1987 graduate and member of the Bethany College board of directors, was named as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons by United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
In a U.S. Department of State news release today, Secretary Kerry stated: “We looked far and wide to find the right American official for this important assignment. Randy’s a leader. He’s a motivator. But most importantly for this effort, he’s got vision. He’s a voice of clarity and conviction on human rights. And I’m confident that Randy’s leadership as our new Special Envoy will significantly advance efforts underway to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.”
Berry has recently served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam. The news release announcing his appointment further stated, “Wherever he’s served – from Nepal to New Zealand, from Uganda to Bangladesh, from Egypt to South Africa, and most recently as Consul General in Amsterdam – Randy has excelled.”
According to Secretary Kerry, the goal of the newly established position is to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation of gender identity, and build capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons. The Special Envoy will work with governments, civil society, and private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.
“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” Kerry said in the news release.
Ginnie Hsu, a visual designer, illustrator and storyteller will visit Bethany College from February 26 to 27 to present her work, speak with students on their design portfolios, discuss design thinking, and conduct a “zine” workshop.
Hsu will speak about her work in design, illustration, and mobile app creation processes on February 26 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and February 27 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center. Her discussion titled “Design Thinking” will be on February 26 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center and the “Happy Zine” workshop will take place on February 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 129 in the Mingenback Art Center.
Hsu is a professional visual designer and storyteller. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication focusing on Interactive Design and Visual Storytelling at The University of Texas at Arlington. She believes that well-designed digital experiences and technology can help improve society and human life. Her inspirations come from daily observations and empathy. Hsu’s mobile app “Bright”, has recently won the American Advertising Award, Student Silver Award, and she has received other various recognitions and awards for her work.
This event is sponsored by the Kahmeyer Visiting Visual Artist Lecture Series at Bethany College. This fund is supported entirely by charitable contributions in honor of Ray Kahmeyer.
Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily. Contributions are accepted – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is invited to attend this event. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: email@example.com.
A reception honoring Candi Davis, executive secretary to the president, will be held on Tuesday, February 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Pearson Chapel Commons. Candi will retire from her position at Bethany College at the end of this month. She began her career at Bethany in 1984 in the accounting office and worked in career services before moving to the provost office where she worked for 10 years as the administrative assistant. She has been in the president’s office for the past eight years.