Dr. Pigge in Hall of Fame

JoyceThe National Assocation of Intercollegiate Athletics announced through a video presentation Tuesday afternoon that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge has been inducted into the National Hall of Fame.

Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many other schools have used her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance over the years. We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College, serving the KCAC and the NAIA.” …continue reading>

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Lucas travels to Japan

LUCAS 0049 (1)Bethany Music Professor Mark Lucas said “Sayanora” to Lindsborg and “Konnichiwa” to Japan this week when he embarked on a journey that will take him to Tokyo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima, and finally Kyoto for the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS).

The ISPS is run jointly by the faculties of Ryukoku University in Japan and the Royal College of Music in London. Lucas and colleague Andrew Homburg, a 1998 Bethany College graduate, were selected to present a poster and symposium at the prestigious international conference. They began working together on their presentation concept after Lucas invited Homburg to Bethany as a guest clinician for the “Real Men Sing” festival and they surveyed participants about why they sing.

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Professor speaks at conference

John Mullen crop webJohn Mullen, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, was a break session speaker at the recent BioLogos Foundation Conference on Evolution and Christian Faith in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The BioLogos Foundation invites the best Christian minds in science, theology, biblical studies, and philosophy to provide virtual and actual content regarding the harmony between science and biblical faith on the evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.

Professor Mullen’s presentation was recorded and can be listened to here (scroll down to John Mullen.)

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New Faculty Member

316587_origThe Bethany College Department of Music recently announced the addition of Dr. Lillian Green to its faculty as an assistant professor of music and director of orchestras.

Professor Green earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.

Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida.  She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival.  Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.

Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States.  She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.  This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble.  She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.

“Dr. Green brings with her a wealth of experiences.  We were immediately drawn to her welcoming personality and high level of intellect,” Mark Lucas, co-chair of the music department said. “She will be a wonderful fit for our department at Bethany College.”


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Pigge earns KCAC honor

headshot-web-v_JoycePiggeThe Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge was named the Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year. She will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at Tabor College on August 4.

Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of the KCAC FAR of the Year honor. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many KCAC schools use her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance.  We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College and serving the KCAC.”

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McDonald gets Mortvedt

DSC_0023Bethany Biology Professor Mark McDonald was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciate dinner Thursday, May 14. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college.

Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Professor McDonald, a 1991 Bethany College graduate, has been a member of the faculty since 1996.  He is the chair of the biology department and has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He is a past recipient of this award as well as of the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.

In his nomination, Professor McDonald was described by a colleague as “always thinking about ways to improve our students’ experiences and achievements. He often makes very astute observations about student behavior and learning styles; he provides clear learning goals and objectives to students; he enjoys trying new strategies in the classroom with an eye to improving student outcomes.”


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Prof publishes book

headshot_web_v_TylerAtkinsonBethany College Assistant Professor of Religion Tyler Atkinson’s new book, “Singing at the Winepress: Ecclesiastes and the Ethics of Work,” was published this week by Bloomsbury T&T Clark publishing house based in London. The kindle version of the book is available now in the United States and hardcover in the United Kingdom. Hardcover publication will be available in the U.S. in June.

Atkinson uses Qoheleth’s work ethic to provide an analysis of Ecclesiastes, utilizing the writings of St. Bonaventure and Martin Luther and suggests that Ecclesiastes enhances current conversations regarding the theology and ethics of work by working the doctrinal foci of protology and eschatology through Christology. The presence of the Word, then, can be found now only in the preaching and sacraments of the church, but also in the labor of the worker.

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Kinnaird presents at conference

headshot-web-v_BrianKinnairdAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian Kinnaird  has been selected to conduct two workshops for the Mental Health in Corrections Conference in Springfield, Missouri on April 9 and 10.

The first workshop, “From Start to Finish: Systems Perspective and Contemplating the Whole”, will evaluate the consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice system, discuss program evaluation methods and utilize goals and strategies for effective outcomes and measurable results.

The second workshop, “Use of Force and Risk Management”, will discuss policy and training for the judicious use of force as a mechanism for control and self-defense programming, assess safety for front-line professionals and their clients, and create strategies for effective resolution that satisfies federal and state statues.

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Bethany celebrates Pi Day

DSCN0126National Pi Day (3/14/15), did not go unnoticed at Bethany College this year thanks to the Newtonian Society, the campus math and science club, that sponsored a fundraising activity involving faculty, and what else? Pie, of course.

The math and science faculty were asked to choose a non-profit organization, and donations were solicited on behalf of each professor. The professor with the most money raised was honored with a pie in the face during lunch in the cafeteria. The organization selected by the “winning” professor was given all of the proceeds raised.

Micah Dunkleberger, president of Newtonian Society, said, “We are hoping that this will be a way to get students more aware of the science and math departments on campus as well as spread the word about Newtonian Society.”

A total of $173.26 was raised and there was a tie between Dr. Loranelle Lockyear and Dr. Luke McCormick, both from the Chemistry Department. Both received pies to the face on Thursday, March 12. Dr. McCormick opted to give his donations to Dr. Lockyear, rather than have the total split between two organizations.

Dr. Lockyear’s organization of choice was the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum in Abilene, Texas, a teaching museum that documents the activities of the 12th Armored Division during its campaign in Europe during World War II.

Dunkleberger added that the members of Newtonian Society “are so thankful to everyone who donated and who assisted with this project, and we are pleased to be able to help an excellent non-profit organization in the process.”

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Faculty receive honors

Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis

Two long-time Bethany College professors recently received honorary faculty titles by the college’s Board of Directors. Linda Lewis, retired professor of English, was given the status of Faculty Emerita, and Doug Smith, former associate professor of criminal justice, was given the status of Faculty Emertus, posthumously.

Lewis began teaching at Bethany College in 1987 and retired at the end of the spring 2014 semester. While at Bethany, she received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of a number of articles and books and recently edited the book, “In This Place,”

celebrating the opening of the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Welcome Center at Bethany.



Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Smith joined Bethany College first as an adjunct instructor in 1978 and in 2005 became an associate professor. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology, where he shared his 35 years of experience in criminal justice with his students. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club. Smith was a faculty member when he died on August 7, 2014.

“Faculty Emeritus status is such a small thing to do in recognition of the great things these faculty have done for Bethany College,” said Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. “It is so wonderful to think about the contributions of Linda Lewis and to share this honor with her. We wish her all the best. And it is sad to have to send our appreciation to Sandy Smith as we continue to mourn the loss, but celebrate the accomplishments of Doug. Words and actions will never be able to describe how much he will be missed.”

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