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.”

 

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

KICA recognizes faculty member

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– Aaron Yoder

The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) proudly announced the selection of eighteen college faculty members to receive the association’s inaugural Faculty of Distinction award.  Among those being honored is Bethany College faculty member, Aaron Yoder, cross country and track coach. Yoder was also awarded the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award by Bethany College at its annual honors banquet in May.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.  Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives.  The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere. The honorees will recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the campus in Topeka, Kansas, on October 21, 2014.

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New faculty, staff

DSC_0129Bethany College will welcome several new faculty and staff members to campus when fall semester classes start on August 21.

Joining the faculty are: Gladys Chow, assistant professor of art – graphic design; Dr. Heather Morris, assistant professor of biology; Angela Martin, assistant professor of business and accounting; Dr. Karl “Duke” Rogers, assistant professor of business and accounting; Amy Riordan, assistant professor of communications; Dr. Marcus Hensel, assistant professor of English; Dr. Tom Jorsch, assistant professor of History; Jimmy Ciola, assistant professor of health, physical education and athletic training; Dr. Lihong Yao, assistant professor of math and physics; Dr. Tyler Atkinson, assistant professor of religion.

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McKinney named distinguished professor

McKinney_3The most recent Mingenback Distinguished Professor found herself pleasantly surprised when she realized she was contemplating a move to central Kansas to accept a teaching position at Bethany College. Virginia McKinney, assistant professor of art – ceramics and sculpture, joined the Bethany faculty last fall and was recently named Mingenback Distinguished Professor.

During her interview process, McKinney said she could tell how invested the students were in the school and in the art department. “The interview process was fascinating to me,” she said. “A group of students were in on the interview and asked really hard-hitting questions. That really impressed me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I am really considering a move to Kansas.’”

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Faculty receive awards

The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College announced the recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and the Woodward Endowment Awards.

Marlysue Holmquist2Marlysue Holmquist, professor of elementary education, has been awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $505 to work on collecting and chronicling the work of Amalia Rabenius for a book about her part in Bethany College’s history.

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