Fall Award recipients

Bethany College will recognize Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and the Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipient during the Fall Award Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. at the Sundstrom Conference Center.

The awards luncheon is part of the college’s Homecoming and 135th anniversary celebration. Homecoming activities take place October 14-16.

The five alumni who will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor are Terry Palmgren ’70 (posthumous award); Al Hehre ’72 (posthumous award); Tim May ‘79, Plano, Texas; Paul Sommer ’85, Fredonia, Kansas; and Jerry Scheuerman ’79 (posthumous award).  The 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.

- Palmgren

– Palmgren

- Hehre

– Hehre

- May

– May

- Sommer

– Sommer

- Scheuerman

– Scheuerman

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Speakers announced

BethSealBethany College is pleased to announce speakers for the 2016 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 15. Bishop Michael Girlinghouse of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the ELCA in Tulsa will preach at the baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. and speakers representing Bethany College students, staff, and faculty will speak at commencement at 2 p.m. Both events are held in Presser Hall Auditorium.

The Rev. Girlinghouse has served as the bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod since 2011 and is a member of the Bethany College Board of Directors. Prior to being elected bishop, he served as a campus pastor in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and the University of Minnesota. He is a devotional writer who is the author of the weekly devotional blog, “On the Way,” and has also written “Christ in our Home.” Bishop Girlinghouse is married and has one adult daughter.

Speakers at the Commencement ceremony will include Robyn Haynes, a senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Califorina; Molly Johnson ’06, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Bethany; and Dr. Carl Isaacson, professor of communications at the College. Samantha Anderson, a senior, will perform special music during Commencement and Tyler Breneman, senior, will accompany her.

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Bethany Sunday

Candles-(3)Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th Street in Great Bend, will host a Bethany College Sunday worship service on Sunday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. This unique service will feature representatives from Bethany College in Lindsborg.

Special music will be provided by the Bethany Men’s Quartet and the Bethany Women’s Trio. Interim President Robert Vogel will deliver the message during the worship service and a member of the Bethany admissions staff will be on hand to visit with the congregation’s youth.

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Meet 2016 Pearson Professor

Anders Jalkeus

Anders Jalkeus

Bethany College will welcome renowned Swedish musician Anders Jalkéus to campus in March 6-29 as the 2016 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

As a member of The Real Group, a professional a cappella ensemble from Sweden, Jalkéus has toured more than 40 countries and recorded more than 20 albums, a couple of which he also produced. He has composed songs and written arrangements of well-known standards for The Real Group and for the past 10 years has been a frequent adjudicator and clinician in competitions around the world.

Growing up in Tyresö (south of Stockholm) Jalkéus was introduced to folk music early in life as a result of his parents’ great interest in music. At age six he began violin and piano lessons and was accepted to the Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music as a 10-year-old. He continued at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he and four classmates formed an a cappella quintet – The Real Group.

His broad musical interests embrace classical, jazz, folk, and children’s music. In addition to his work within the group, Jalkéus has achieved other impressive academic qualifications, including master’s degrees in classical solo singing and in music education, and bachelor degrees in organ playing and choir conducting.

While at Bethany, Jalkéus will perform during the Messiah Festival of the Arts on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. He will also take part in a number of public lectures and appearances on the Bethany College campus, including:

  • March 6: Welcome Reception, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 8 p.m.
  • March 10: Master Class, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • March 16: Chapel Talk, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
  • March 20: Dr. Pelz Tribute Performance, Presser Hall, 3 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
  • March 21: Vocal Jazz Clinic, Presser Hall, 10:15-11 a.m.
  • March 25: St. Matthew’s Passion Performance, Presser Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
  • March 27: Messiah Performance, Presser Hall, 3 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)

The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies discovers ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States. The professorship is made possible by an endowment from Gerald “Bud” Pearson, a long-time friend and supporter of Bethany College who served on the Bethany Board of Directors for two terms. He passed away in June 2008.

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Social justice speaker

SkyesBethany College will welcome Alvin Sykes, civil and human rights activist, on March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pearson Chapel. Sykes is best known for his work, research, writing and garnering bipartisan congressional support for the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act. President George Bush signed the “Emmett Till Bill” into law in 2008.

Having stopped his formal schooling as a teenager, Sykes accessed the Kansas City Public Library information systems to become familiar with legal precedents and background information on the death of Emmett Till as well as to learn the process and procedures needed to bring a law before the United States Congress.

Sykes is currently working on a second bill that will extend the content and the funding of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act into the future.

Alvin Sykes also works tirelessly on smaller, less well-known social justice issues, relying on his expert knowledge and research skills developed in the public library to develop background and document precedence for each issue.

His visit to the Bethany College campus is sponsored by The Human Agenda, Kansas City, Kansas, and The Bethany College Alumni Great Ideas Circle. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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World Kafe

worldBethany College will host its first World Kafé Sunday on February 28 at 7 p.m. in Nelson 116, according to Charlotte Anderson, director of International Studies.

The first World Café event was organized in 1995 and since then thousands of people around the globe have participated. It is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion and link ideas within a larger group to access the collective wisdom in the room.

Anderson said she wanted to try something new on campus that would mix people from different countries, communities, and cultures. “We can have conversations about things where there may be cultural contradictions or even confrontations,” she said. “Some students travel across oceans and face a process of acculturation on a regular basis. So do some domestic students who travel home to another subculture on a regular basis.”

Anyone is invited to attend this free event for open discussion. Refreshments will be available at Nelson 116 and all students with Bethany IDs can get coffee, team or hot cocoa.

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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: kruckenberges@bethanylb.edu.

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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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Pearson Professor Announced

ArneDahlBethany College will welcome renowned Swedish author Jan Arnald to campus in April as the 2015 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

Regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers in Scandinavia, celebrated author, critic and editor Jan Arnald is the man behind the bestselling “Intercrime” series, written under the pen name of Arne Dahl. The highly praised series of novels has sold more than 2.5 million copies and has won distinguished awards in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The series has been translated into more than 25 languages and several titles are available in the United States. The novels were adapted for television and aired in Great Britian, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, Japan, and across Latin America.

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