Former student organizes class


Turner with his students in Baku. The photo was taken by one of the participants.

Local photographer Jim Turner is used to shooting on-location in far off lands. He’s been on photo shoots in London and in Scotland, but nothing like his most recent adventure to Baku, Azerbaijan and it was all because of a recent Bethany College international exchange student.

Turner conducted a five-day photography class in January in Baku called “Magic in the Moment,” that was hosted in part by the American Embassy and coordinated by Lamiya Korchiyeva, a former Bethany College student. Korchiyeva attended Bethany College in 2012 with the Global UGRAD Exchange Program. She was a photography student of Turner’s when he taught at the college as an adjunct professor.

“We started talking about this when she was a student here about three years ago,” Turner said. “I pretended like I knew where Azerbaijan was and said I would go there, but I didn’t really think it would ever happen.”

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City offers scholarships

InvestStudSccssThe Lindsborg City Council solidified the city’s support of Bethany College at its January 18 meeting by approving three measures that greatly assist the college and its students.

The City Council approved a $10,000 scholarship package that will fund five scholarships for Smoky Valley High School graduates continuing their education at Bethany College. The “Viking to Swede” scholarships will be available to SVHS graduates with an opportunity for renewal their sophomore year.

In addition to the scholarships, the City Council also approved a motion calling for debt forgiveness on repayment of an electric upgrade for $114,346.50 and offered use of the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center two times throughout the year at no cost.

“A strong relationship between Bethany and Lindsborg is vital to our community,” Dr. Robert Vogel, interim president, said. “The action taken by the city is deeply appreciated by the college. It is an encouragement to all of us to have this support from the city for the College and its students.”

The city’s support comes amid the College’s local campaign “Investing in Student Success,” the two-year campaign that focuses on four funding areas: Scholarships; Campus Ministry/Faith Expression; Funds for Bethany’s Future; and People & Programs.

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Join the Hallelujah!

Today at 3:00 PM marks the first rehearsal of the 135th season of the Bethany Oratorio Society’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah! Come join the chorus – just show up to Presser Hall at 2:15 PM prior to rehearsal for placement in the chorus. Questions? Email us at:

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Worship Symposium 2016

AR-141019624Bethany College is hosting a Worship Symposium on ​January 22-23 in the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on campus.

The symposium, titled “Collaborate, Integrate, and Innovate: CREATING VITAL WORSHIP,” is designed for Clergy, Musicians, and Laity. to assist them in Creating Vital Worship (for all ages) through Word, Music, and Drama.

The symposium will feature hands-on sessions that can help promote creative worship in congregations with limited resources. Intentionally scheduled in the month of January, the goal is that all who participate will come away renewed and reinvigorated in the creativity of worship.

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Book event

Dr. Carl A. and Alma Swensson

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.

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Piano recital by Maciej Grzybowski to be held

Grzybowski photo 1Bethany College, the Lindsborg Arts Council, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland will present international touring artist, Maciej Grzybowski, in a piano recital on Saturday, March 1 at 4pm at Presser Hall.  The program will include works by:  JS Bach, Schumann, Szymański, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin.  Grzybowski will perform on the new Shigeru-Kawai Grand Piano recently gifted to Bethany College by the LaRue Frazier family of Colorado.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free will donations will be accepted. Continue reading

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Bethany Grace Race to Take Place During Messiah Festival Weekend

The Second Annual Bethany Grace Race will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Lindsborg, Kansas during the Messiah Festival weekend.  The 5k event will begin on the campus of Bethany College at Hahn Gym and proceed through the town of Lindsborg, ending back at the Field House.  The Bethany Grace Race is open to all ages and will provide support for the mission of Bethany College…”to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service.”  Area residents, community members, and Bethany students, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to participate! Continue reading

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Religion Reaching the Community – Problems in Christian Ethics

Bethany College’s Religion Department is beginning a new program to reach out into the community. The hope is to begin annually offering a 1 hour course for local clergy and lay people to audit. Continue reading

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