On Aug. 19, more than 200 Bethany College students, staff, and faculty volunteered for the inaugural “Swede Sweep,” a day devoted to group service projects around Lindsborg. Projects took place across the community as well as along Burma Road and Bethany Drive with McPherson County road crews. More than 170 incoming freshmen and 35 upperclassmen Pathfinder mentors participated.
On July 29, Lindsborg received 4 to 5 inches of rain in only an hour, causing flash flooding to an estimated 125 houses resulting in $2.5 million in damages. Bethany experienced some flooding but was very fortunate.
Lindsborg Senior Citizen center Bethany college students interviewed senior citizens for their class project in Foundations of Education, taught by Assistant Professor Gretchen Norland. The class focuses on the development of education and how it has been influenced by the values and beliefs of society over hundreds of years. This project gives the Bethany education majors a wonderful opportunity to hear stories of teaching experiences and to glean wisdom and advice from these retired teachers.
The Fifth Bi-Annual “Willie/Cat” Golf Memorial Tournament will be held during Homecoming and Hyllningsfest weekend on October 4 starting at 10 a.m. at the Salina Municipal Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the Terrible Swede Sculpture Project in remembrance of Bruce Nelson and Kim Wilson, members of the class of 1975, with a special remembrance of Robert “Al” Hehre and Kim Wallace.
Dala Camerata, a new chamber music camp, was instituted this summer on the Bethany College campus from June 3 to 7. Henry Littich, string teacher from USD 400, and Ann Samuelson, music instructor for strings at Bethany College, formed three string quartets from the students of the Smoky Valley Junior and Senior High. They met two hours each day and performed for the residents of Bethany Home.
Bethany College’s Community Garden has been awarded a $5,000 grant through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. Bethany’s Community Garden is one of 35 community garden projects in the state to receive this funding, which will help support the purchase and construction of much needed foundational infrastructure, including a permanent irrigation system, tool shed, and winter tunneling supplies.
Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is the story of a family struggling to save their family’s estate. Director Cody Whetstone knew that in order to portray this eccentric family and the servants and friends that surround them, he would have to cast an eclectic group of people. “We knew this would be a perfect play to work on collaboratively with Bethany College and Broadway RFD,” Whetstone said. “To find such a diverse group of people, we needed both group’s resources.”
UPDATE: Events will take place in Lindquist Hall due to weather. Bethany College celebrates Earth Day on April 22 with workshops and Chapel service, and a work day all in the Community Garden at 725 N. Kansas Street in Lindsborg, Kan. All events are open to the public. The Community Garden was first planted on May 3, 2009, to tie the college and community together. Through the processes of fellowship and shared work, participants learn about growing local food and living sustainably. The garden is dedicated to Ken Branch, a Lindsborg resident and 1959 Bethany graduate who has taught anthropology at Bethany. In the past three years, the garden has produced vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers.
To bring Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard to life for his audiences, director Cody Whetstone made the decision to set the play in modern times. “The play was written and set in Russia in the early 1900’s,” said Whetstone. “To show how universal Chekhov’s ideas and words are, we’re setting it in modern times. I hope it will help Chekhov’s play resonate with today’s audiences.”