Bethany College Officially Welcomes Pia Sundhage

1520809_10152188871859245_2001030010_nPia Sundhage coached the United States women’s soccer team from 2008 to 2012, winning Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London and taking second place in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. In December 2012, she stepped down to return home as Sweden’s national team coach.

Named 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year, Sundhage has been nominated as FIFA Coach of the Year four consecutive times. Her impressive record includes coaching the U.S. team to 88-6-1 and winning 11 tournaments, including three Algarve Cups. She is known for her uniquely positive and unassuming coaching style. She began her first practice with the U.S. team after they lost the 2007 World Cup by playing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” on her guitar, and the team said farewell by singing her “You Are My Sunshine” and giving her a guitar they autographed. Continue reading

Bethania Band Symposium

The Bethany College Music Department will be holding the Bethania Band Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 6. The event will begin at 9:45 and will include workshops on clarinet, saxophone and flute techniques as well as a panel discussion on teaching woodwinds. Courtney Long, Jay Steinberg, and Paula Patterson will be leading the workshops. The symposium will conclude with a keynote address from Gail Konzem, Chair of the Bethany College Education Department. Continue reading

Olympic soccer coach Pia Sundhage to join Bethany as Pearson Professor

Pia Sundhage

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning women’s soccer coach and FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage will join Bethany College in January as this year’s Distinguished Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

Sundhage will teach a one-credit-hour class during interterm, work with Bethany’s soccer team as well as other regional teams, connect with Women’s Intersport Network in Kansas City, and make several public presentations.

“It is a great honor and pleasure to host one of the world’s greatest coaches, Pia Sundhage, as this year’s Pearson Professor. She joins an impressive cadre of Swedish scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and musicians who have taught at Bethany through the Distinguished Pearson Professorship program,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “Pia is a tremendous leader, known for her inspiring style and proven results. We excitedly welcome not only soccer fans, but also those who are leaders in their communities and careers, to share in this incredible learning opportunity.”

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Dvorak to exhibit senior art show, “I Draw the Line”

Small ChildBethany College senior artist Angela Dvorak will exhibit her senior art show, “I Draw the Line,” at Mingenback Art Center on campus from Dec. 7 to 11.

A reception will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Many works will be for sale.

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Jultide, a festival of lessons and carols, performed on Dec. 8

JultideThe annual music event, Jultide at Bethany, will be held Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall (regardless of weather).

This festival of lessons and carols will feature the Bethany College Choir directed by Mark Lucas, Ph.D., the Handbell Ensemble directed by Melody Steed, D.M.A., and the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra directed by Daniel Masterson, D.M.A. Also featured will be the Bethany College Chamber and Chapel choirs and Dalkoren. Pre-concert music will be provided by the Bethany Concert Band directed by Claudio Re, Ph.D.

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