Ballew presents at Central Christian College Art Festival

headshot-web-h_FrankBallewDirector of Publications Frank Ballew ’05 was the guest speaker at Central Christian College’s 4th Annual Art Festival on Oct. 12 in the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend activities. The theme was “A Reflection of Kansas.”

Ballew’s presentation featured examples of illustrations and artwork spanning his career, showing how his artistic skills have grown over the years. From rough pencil sketches, to portraits and landscapes, to published illustrations, Ballew’s work started with a series of pencil drawings of the Civil War done in the fifth grade and ended with his most recent rendering, Kansas Morning.

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College/Community Orchestra features Jakub Omsky in first concert

Jakub Omsky The Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will open the season with a fall concert featuring cellist Jakub Omsky on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. Omsky’s performance is co-sponsored with the Lindsborg Arts Council.

The concert will feature guest artist Jakub Omsky playing cello on Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and with violinists Ann Samuelson and Ruth Ann Leaf performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C minor.” The program will also include an early Haydn symphony, “Le Matin (The Morning) in D major.”

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Business Career Conference draws a crowd

2013 Business Career ConferenceOn Oct. 3, the Bethany College Business Club hosted the 16th Business Career Conference during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities.

Ryan Swartz, alumnus of 2000, delivered the keynote address about the progression of success. Swartz is a wealth manager with Creative Planning in Overland Park, Kan., where he posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets in just 15 months. In 2013, he was named a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of civic-minded business executives in the region. Prior to Creative Planning, Swartz was one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments

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Education Department to host accreditation visit

From Oct. 13 to 16, the Education Department will host a three-day accreditation visit from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education to pursue state and national validation as an outstanding school of teacher education preparation. Since 1954, Bethany College has been continually accredited by both organizations and has the distinction of being a charter institution of NCATE.

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Lucas directs choir clinic for young men in Arizona

Mark LucasAssociate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Mark Lucas, Ph.D., directed a clinic on Monday, Sept. 23, for the young men attending the Gilbert school district in Phoenix, Ariz.

The clinic, titled “Real Men Sing – Gilbert,” concluded with a concert open to the public. The clinic stemmed from the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop that Lucas founded while teaching at the University of Oklahoma.

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“40 Under Forty” alumnus to speak at 16th Business Career Conference

Ryan SwartzBethany College invites the community to alumnus Ryan Swartz’ keynote speech at the 16th Business Career Conference at 10:30 a.m. in Burnett Center on Oct. 3 during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities.

Swartz was honored as a member of Ingram’s Magazine “40 Under Forty” 2013 class as civic-minded business executive in the Kansas City region. Swartz became one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments, a firm with 38,000 employees. While there, he earned President’s Circle honors for being in the top 5 percent of planning consultants, recognition as the top regional planning executive, and a host of other awards.

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Bethany Sunday held at Bethany Lutheran Church on Oct. 6

Bethany College invites the community to attend Bethany Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church for worship on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Bethany Sunday will end the Homecoming weekend with worship at the college’s founding church. Associate Professor of Music Mark Lucas, Ph.D., will lead the Bethany College Choir and Associate Professor of Music Melody Steed, D.M.A., will lead the Handbell Ensemble. President Edward Leonard III will also speak.

The Fall Alumni Awards Recognition takes place in Stroble-Gibson Center following Bethany Sunday. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.

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Water to Thrive presents at Bethany

Ed Scharlau

Ed Scharlau (center) attends the inauguration of an Ethiopian well.

Bethany College will host a presentation by Ed Scharlau of the organization Water to Thrive about the need for clean water at Bethany College on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Burnett Center.

The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation is hosted by Assistant Professor of Biology Lauren Ivan’s Introduction to Biology class.

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