Bethany Jazz Festival

Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

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.

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Softball earns honors


-Swedes Softball

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).

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Homecoming special guests

Fort Riley B Quintet

– Fort Riley Brass Quintet

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.

KICA recognizes faculty member


– Aaron Yoder

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.

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Work begins on new hall

DSC_0087Demolition began Tuesday, September 29 to make way for the construction of a new residence hall at Bethany College. The new building will house 200 to 250 students and is expected to be completed by fall 2015.

Deere Hall, a former residence hall that originally housed 170 students and was vacated in 2007, will be torn down for the new construction. It is located on the northwest corner of Bethany’s campus. Deere Hall was completed in 1958 and a second wing was added in 1962. It was named for Emil O. Deere a professor and dean of the college.

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One-woman show performance

SuicidepunchlineThe Bethany College Theatre Arts Department will host the one-woman show “Suicide Punchline,” featuring Dr. Jen Tuder, on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center for Performing Arts.

In this solo performance, Tuder tells the story of her survival and life after her father’s suicide. By interrogating the dead, kidding around at cocktail parties and building dioramas of the afterlife, she creates three distinct characters that represent different aspects of her survival experience. “Suicide Punchline” provides a lifeline for anyone who has ever wondered if there is life after a loved one’s death.

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Founder’s Day Concert

FounderDayConcertThe Bethany Concert Band will celebrate Founders’ Day at Bethany College on Tuesday, October 14 with a concert at noon at the Pihlblad Memorial Student Union.

The concert is free and open to the public and the audience is encouraged to enjoy lunch during the concert. Lunch can be purchased on campus at the cafeteria or brought from home. If weather permits, the concert may be moved outdoors to the amphitheater.

Bethany choir concert

Homecoming14 (1)The Bethany College Homecoming weekend, October 10-12, will conclude with a concert Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature the Bethany Choir, Chamber Choir, and Bethany Handbell Ensemble. Guest artists performing at the concert will include the Dalkoren Chamber Choir. Haydn’s “Te Deum in C,” and Paul Baasler’s “Alleluia” will be among the selections featured. The concert is free and open to the public.

Fall enrollment shows growth

Freshman Class

Freshman Class

Official headcount numbers released this week by Bethany College show the college is experiencing its largest enrollment in the past 20 years as well as the best fall to fall student retention in over a decade. The 20th Day Enrollment Report, used for official reporting purposes, has enrollment at 717 for the 2014 fall semester.

The successful retention rate coupled with the largest freshman class in 17 years, at 188, were factors in the increased enrollment.

“This enrollment represents the largest two-year growth for the college in 20 years and if you look at the enrollment over the past seven years, it’s the largest growth in 40 years,” Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III said.

Bethany’s student population is widely diverse. Students represent 31 states, 31 countries and come from every continent except Antarctica.

See the complete 20th Day Enrollment Report here.

Schools sign agreement

DSC_0007Bethany College is offering Salina Area Technical College graduates and faculty an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with its 100 percent online degree completion program. Students, who have earned an Associates of Applied Science degree, will be able to easily transfer into the interdisciplinary studies program with full credit given for their AAS degree allowing them to quickly earn their bachelor’s degree.

The Articulation Agreement signing ceremony for Bethany College and Salina Area Technical College was held at the Bethany campus on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, president of Bethany College, and Greg Goode, president of Salina Tech, signed the agreement.

The interdisciplinary studies program provides students with a cross-disciplined approach to understanding the communities in which they live, work, and provide service. The program builds from the student’s educational experiences with classes that focus on foundational competencies rather than just assignments. Courses allow students to gain deeper knowledge and skillset – qualities that employers are looking for but frequently find lacking in employees.

The online format offers students flexibility and convenience. Enrolled at least half-time, students could be eligible for federal financial aid.