Pearson Professor Announced

ArneDahlBethany College will welcome renowned Swedish author Jan Arnald to campus in April as the 2015 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

Regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers in Scandinavia, celebrated author, critic and editor Jan Arnald is the man behind the bestselling “Intercrime” series, written under the pen name of Arne Dahl. The highly praised series of novels has sold more than 2.5 million copies and has won distinguished awards in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The series has been translated into more than 25 languages and several titles are available in the United States. The novels were adapted for television and aired in Great Britian, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, Japan, and across Latin America.

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Osher class offered

banned-in-bostonBethany College will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas to offer a class this spring on Bethany’s campus.

Bethany College Part-time Professor of English Eric Monder, will teach “Banned in Boston! Censorship and the Movies,” on Thursdays beginning February 19 through March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Social Science Center, room 16.

This course examines films withheld from public view due to their sexual, religious or political content. Created by filmmakers from different eras, some of these works dared to break traditions and defy conventions; thus, potential cinematic breakthroughs were lost to history, preventing a deeper understanding of the culture of the day. For example, the class will see The Spirit of ’76, a Revolutionary War epic directed by American Robert Goldstein, imprisoned by the government (in 1917) for making “treasonous” art. Students will compare censored and uncensored scenes from movies, re-evaluate films acceptable in their day but now considered politically incorrect, and debate what should be banned and who should make such decisions.

Registration for the class and a complete program catalog can be found online at

Re-surfacing begins at track

EntranceD.L. Anderson track at Bethany College will be closed this week beginning Tuesday, January 27 for crews to begin to re-spray and re-stripe the track’s surface. The process will upgrade the surface for both performance and longevity.

All areas inside the fence at the stadium – the track, runways, and turf – will be closed until the work is complete sometime next week. Any foot traffic or use of the track will delay the completion of the project. The project will be completed in two phases. The respray phase is expected to be complete by Saturday, January 31 and the restripe phase will be finished early next week. Signs are posted restricting access to the stadium area.

The project is a joint effort between Bethany College and the Smoky Valley School District.

Students lead tennis effort


Doug Talbott, development officer; and Kenzi Choitz, student and tennis team member, display an artist conception of the tennis facility improvements.

A student-led effort to enhance tennis facilities at Bethany College has resulted in a fundraising campaign that has nearly reached its initial goal of $400,000.

Students representing the Bethany tennis program and student government worked with members of the Bethany Office of Advancement to propose the improvement project at a recent board of directors meeting. Since then, the committee has worked with alumni, friends and organizations to raise 94 percent of the estimated $400,000 for the first phase of the project. The Swede Government Association was the first to pledge to the campaign with a gift of $50,000.

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Bethany hosts guest speaker

weber1Bethany College and Bethany House of Studies presents, “An Evening with Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber” on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Burnett Center at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

Bolz-Weber, a featured keynote speaker at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of “Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television” (Seabury, 2008) and blogs at and Jim Wallis’ Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran magazine and Her theological memoir, “Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” (Jericho, 2013) made the New York Times best seller list.

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24-Hour Play Fest

PlayFestSix brand new short plays written, rehearsed and performed in just 24-hours? Sound impossible? Crazy perhaps, but it has been done, across the country, since 1995, according to Bethany College Professor Greg LeGault, chair of the theatre department. And on May 1-2, Bethany College will launch its first ever 24-Hour Play Fest.

The Bethany College theatre department is looking for six playwrights, a group of dedicated and daring actors, directors and technicians to come together for the event that will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and end with performances of all six plays on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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MindFire hosts open house

MINDFIRE  313On January 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bethany College @ MindFire will open its doors to the public. This is a chance for prospective students and curiosity seekers to learn more about creating their future as a digital artist.

The tour offers everyone a chance to see firsthand how they can get an exceptional education, in Wichita, in the digital arts and earn a bachelor of arts in the field. Guests will also see demonstrations of the motion capture stage (the only one in the region) and see work previous students created.

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Messiah Tickets

Triptych imagePriority seats for the 134th  Messiah Festival of the Arts concert events in Lindsborg, Kan., are now on sale. Priority Seating runs from January 1 through February 15, and allows patrons to save their favorite seats year after year. Priority Seating tickets are mailed to patrons February 16.

Tickets can be purchased online here  or by call the Messiah Festival office at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137.

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Head volleyball coach named

cheriThe Bethany College athletic department is proud to announce the hiring of Cheri Lindsay as the newest head volleyball coach.

“Cheri will bring a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm to the Swedes Volleyball program. She has a very strong playing and coaching background to lead Bethany to new heights in the KCAC,” said Dean of Atheltics, Dane Pavlovich.

Lindsay has been at Tiffin University in Ohio as the assistant volleyball coach since the start of 2012. While living in Tiffin, Lindsay was also the head coach of the Black Swamp Volleyball Club Team. She was the head coach of the 15 American team in 2012-2013 and then transitioned to the 17 American team in 2013-2014. >continue reading