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.”
A new Shigeru Kawai VI concert grand piano has been given to Bethany College by LaRue (Bengtson) Frasier, class of 1948, from Woodrow, Colo. The piano will be introduced to the public during the Christmas Jultide Concert on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
The Bethany College Art Department invites the public to its annual art sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of Bank of America in Lindsborg.
Bethany 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.
The 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.
Bethany College will host a poetry reading with Jason Ryberg and David Smith and on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Nelson 116 Coffee Shop located in Nelson Science Center on campus.
The reading is free and open to the public. Ryberg and Smith will read excerpts from a new book they co-authored, “Beauty Parlors, Train Yards And Everything In Between.” Open-mic night will follow.
The Bethany College Jazz Ensemble will present its winter concert in Burnett Center on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The concert was rescheduled due to inclement weather on the original date.
The concert will feature students Nichol DeChant singing “Come Fly With Me” and “Letter From Home” with Tyler Brenneman playing piano. Community saxophone player Anneliese Reinert will also be featured in “Georgia on My Mind.”
Bethany College @ MindFire Academy will host exhibitions of University of Kansas Art Professor Norman Akers’ color prints and Bethel College Art Professor David Long’s ceramics at its art gallery at 3805 E. Harry, Suite 105, in Wichita, Kan., until Final Friday on Nov. 22 when a closing reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Bethany College Symphonic Band will perform a concert on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.
The concert will feature works by Erickson, Nelson, King, Holst, Holsinger, and Stevens. The Bethany College Symphonic Band brings together talented wind, brass, and percussion players to perform wind ensemble and symphonic band music from a repertory that spans the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The group is conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Claudio Re, Ph.D.
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The Bethany College Autumn Student Art Exhibition will be on display at Mingenback Art Center from Nov. 11 to 22.
This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Bethany College Art Department, the show features works by students currently enrolled in art classes. The diverse exhibit showcases a variety of styles and different types of work, including ceramics, crafts, design, drawing, painting, and sculpture.