Bethany College seeks comment for reaccreditation

Bethany College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 15-17, 2010, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bethany has been accredited by the HLC since 1932.

For nearly two years, Bethany College has engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the HLC’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will then recommend to the HLC a continuing status for Bethany; following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action.

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Bethany’s Alumni Road Trip makes final stop in Lindsborg

Bethany College Alumni in the Lindsborg area are invited to attend a social gathering on July 17 at the Ol Stuga beginning at 6:00 p.m.

As the final stop on the Rockar Stockar Road Trip, area alumni and friends of the college are invited to get an update on Bethany College and socialize with other Bethany alumni. A celebration of Coach Ted Kessinger’s induction into the National College Football Hall of Fame will also occur. Appetizers and memorabilia will be provided.

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Bethany invites Oratorio Society to rehearsal demonstration

Members of the Bethany Oratorio Society are invited to participate in a conducting and rehearsal demonstration in Presser Hall at Bethany College on July 13 and July 14 at 11 a.m.

Bethany will host two candidates as finalists, one each day, for the choral/voice position in the music department. This position also directs the annual Messiah Festival of the Arts. Available oratorio members should bring choral scores for both Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and are requested to arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m. The sessions are scheduled to conclude between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.

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Four new members join Bethany’s Board of Directors

The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomes four new members. Beginning July 1, Steve Briggs, Steve Elfman, Jason Opat and Jim Ruble will serve on the governing board providing the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership.

“We are fortunate to have these additions to the board of directors. I am confident that their individual skill sets will add a dynamic feature contributing positively to our campus community,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.

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Bethany College receives $200,000 grant for new chapel

Bethany College has received a $200,000 grant from the Earl Bane Foundation for the Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center.

“Over the last 15 years, the Earl Bane Foundation has supported scholarships, general operations and enhancements to campus information technology at Bethany College. Students have been the primary beneficiaries of the foundation’s generosity and we are deeply grateful for their previous support as well as their continued support of a new chapel and welcome center,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.

The Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center will utilize principles of sustainable design. To be located in the heart of campus, the welcome center will signify Bethany’s core values as a place of open hospitality to all who come to live, study, work or visit the campus. The chapel will be a place to exemplify and affirm the life of faith and learning.

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Environmental studies professor to address central Kansas

David Orr, professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College, will address residents of central Kansas on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Pioneer Hall on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University.

Orr will speak on the topic of “Resilience: The Future We Want” while encouraging participants to consider an alternative vision for the future of this region. His presentation will ask, “How do we build within the parameters of nature, fairly, decently, resiliently, openly and with compassion toward everybody?”

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Bethany, Lindsborg Community Orchestra in concert May 8

The Bethany College / Lindsborg Community Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Musicians from Bethany College and the Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” Haydn’s “Concerto per il Clarino” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 21.”

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Bethany College honors Swedish heritage

To honor the heritage of the college, the Bethany Choir, currently celebrating its 75th Anniversary, will perform an all-Swedish concert on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall.

Joined by the Chamber Choir and directed by Associate Professor of Music Daniel Mahraun, D.M.A., the Bethany Choir will perform works composed by August Söderman, Johan Helmich Roman (in a new performing edition by Mahraun), and Eskil Hemberg, who served as Bethany’s Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies in 2000. The concert will open with a motet by Hagbard Brase, founder of the Bethany Choir, and will include the Midwest premiere of the Te Deum setting by American-Swedish jazz composer Steve Dobrogosz.

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Bethany Theatre adds new show for Messiah Festival

Due to unforeseen difficulties, Bethany’s Messiah Theatre Festival will replace one play scheduled for the April 3 performances.

Director Carl Isaacson reported today that “The Confrontation” will replace the previously scheduled Michele de Ghelderode’s “The Blind Men.” “We had more troubles with the de Ghelderode piece than any director could have anticipated. It was clear that it would not be of the quality we’ve come to expect in the Messiah Festival.”

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