Alumni reprises role

Draper headshot 2015Bethany College is proud to announce accomplished musician Brandon Draper ’01 will be the special guest star in the Palm Sunday weekend performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts. Draper will be reprising his role of “Jesus” in the production, which he originally played while a student at Bethany in 2001.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will kick off the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Tickets for all Messiah Festival events will go on sale in January.

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Nelson shows artwork

Cari Nelson

Cari Nelson

Bethany College student artist, Cari Nelson, a senior from Marquette, Kan., will exhibit artwork created throughout her college career, including a semester abroad, in a gallery show beginning May 10 at the Mingenback Art Gallery on the Bethany campus. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

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2014 Spring Awards to recognize six alumni

Bethany College will honor six of its alumni at the 2014 Spring Alumni Awards.

PalmqistsJohn Palmquist ’60 and Sharon (Pearson) Palmquist ’60 will receive the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. John and Sharon were both born and raised in Lindsborg. Following their marriage in 1960, they moved to Goodland, Kansas, and taught in the junior high school and later at Goodland High School. In 1999, after 39 years in the Goodland school system, John retired. Sharon retired in 2001 after 28 years ofteaching. They were recognized as Outstanding Educators by the Goodland Alumni Association and the High Plains Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Johnserved on NEA-Goodland and KNEA committees, and also on the Standards Board for the State Department of Education. During the 1960’s, Sharonserved as president of the Goodland Teachers Association. In 2007, they moved to Lindsborg, where they are members of Bethany Lutheran Church,serving in its Stephen Ministry Program as well as on various church committees and volunteer activities. John is involved with the Lindsborg CommunityLibrary Board, Kiwanis, and the Smoky Valley Foundation Board. Sharon, a member of the PEO Chapter CC, serves on the Lindsborg CommunityHospital Foundation Board, and has sung in the Messiah chorus for 11 years. John and Sharon served for 15 years as the class agents for the class of1960. They each served two terms on the Alumni Council, and are members of the Stan Talbott Society and Carl Aaron Swensson Society. John was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit in 2000.

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Board of Directors discusses student housing and Engage the Future campaign, grants sabbaticals and early retirement

The Bethany College Board of Directors convened in October for its fall meeting to discuss new student housing, receive updates on the campus and the Engage the Future campaign, discuss strategic plans for the next several years at the college, and approve two sabbaticals and an early retirement.

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Board of Directors welcomes new members, Trust re-elects chair

Randy Berry

Randy Berry

The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomed two new members, Randy Berry, a career diplomat from Hillside, Colo., and Sean Patty, a business administrator from Ballwin, Mo., to campus for their first meeting in October.

The Bethany College Board of Directors provides the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership. Berry and Patty began their three-year terms on July 1.

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Thank-a-Thon recognizes Stan Talbott Society

Thank-a-Thon 2013On Thursday, November 14th, students gathered in the Pit area of Pihlblad Memorial Union for Thank-A-Thon 2013.  Each year, this event, hosted by the Advancement/Alumni Offices, gives current students the opportunity to write thank you notes to those donors who helped them afford a Bethany education.  This year, thank you notes were written to members of the Stan Talbott Society.

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Diplomat and alumnus Randy Berry presents at Bethany

Randy Berry 1Randy Berry, U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam and Bethany College alumnus of 1987, presented “A Diplomat’s Role in the 21st Century” at Messiah Lutheran Church on Oct. 28.

In his talk, Berry discussed the role a diplomat plays given the current national context. He has been instrumental in assisting countries in political reform, along with involvement in urgent humanitarian needs.

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Bethany honors Fall Award recipients

2013 Fall Award Recipients

Bethany College gave Fall Awards Recognition during Homecoming weekend. Honorees included (left to right) Cheryl and Bud Rothgeb (Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit), Jeff Edwards ’01 (Athletic Hall of Honor), Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III, Bethany College Head Softball Coach Janice Esses ’01 (Alumni Coach of the Year), Jodi (Strathman) Green ’03 (Athletic Hall of Honor), A. John ‘59 and Carol Pearson (Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit), and Leon Brice Leon ’73 (Athletic Hall of Honor) (not pictured) whose posthumous award was accepted by his father, Eugene Leon.

Bethany College honored Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipients during the Fall Alumni Awards Recognition during Homecoming weekend.

The three alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor were Jeff Edwards ’01, Brice Leon ‘73 (awarded posthumously), and Jodi Strathman ’03. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany College was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known.

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