Mullen Writes 2-part Blog-post for BioLogos Website

headshot-v_JohnMullenEarlier this month Professor John Mullen, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, wrote two blog posts for the BioLogos website. The BioLogos foundation as according to their website, “presents evolution as God’s means of creation, so that the Church may celebrate and the world may see the harmony between science and the biblical faith.” His posts were related to evolution and can be accessed at the following links:

Part 1 can be found here.

Part 2 can be found here

Professor Mullen joined Bethany College in 2012 as a professor of Philosophy. He is a retired Naval Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University.

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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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Pryor to present at Copenhagen University

headshot-web-v_AdamPryorBethany College Assistant Professor of Religion Adam Pryor, Ph.D., was invited to present at the “Incarnation and other Forms of Embodiment” conference at Copenhagen University hosted by the Centre for Naturalism and Christian Semantics.

Pryor will present his paper “The Body of Christ and Phenomenology of the Body” during the conference, which takes place from Dec. 5 to 8. Eleven papers from faculty in five countries will present.

Pryor came to Bethany in 2013. He earned his doctorate and certificate in women’s studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s in theology and philosophy from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

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Board of Directors discusses student housing and Engage the Future campaign, grants sabbaticals and early retirement

The Bethany College Board of Directors convened in October for its fall meeting to discuss new student housing, receive updates on the campus and the Engage the Future campaign, discuss strategic plans for the next several years at the college, and approve two sabbaticals and an early retirement.

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Masterson selected as Kansas Music Teachers Association President Elect, adjudicates state auditions

Daniel MastersonBethany College Associate Professor of Music Daniel Masterson, D.M.A., began his term as President Elect at the Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA) board meeting on Nov. 9 in Lawrence, Kan.  Masterson will become KMTA President after two years as President Elect.

“I’ve been involved with various roles of  KMTA for over 25 years, and really appreciate the many fine people, and virtues of their programs,” Masterson says. “I am looking forward to serving the association in this way.”

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Psychology students attend the PERK Conference

Bethany College psychology students attended the PERK Conference at Baker University in Baldwin City on Sat. Nov. 2. PERK stands for Psychological & Educational Research in Kansas. This annual conference for students in Kansas and Nebraska gives them opportunities to present research and network with other psychology students in the area.

PERK Conference

Back row: Cecilia Ramsey, Dora Bohrer, Holly Phelps, Susan Dudley, Megan Steele, Harmony Englert, Mackenzie Flaska
Front row: Assistant Professor of Psychology Holly Krech Thomas, Ph.D, Krista Akers, Reggetta Rhodeman

Symphonic Band to perform concert on Nov. 19

Symphonic Band ConcertThe 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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Re to guest conduct the Heart of America Band

Claudio ReBethany College Assistant Professor of Music Claudio Re, Ph.D., and Sarah Bernard-Stevens from Kansas Wesleyan University will be the guest conductors for the Heart of America Band concert on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at Clay County Community High School.

The band performs once per year. Its membership is invitation-only and includes public school teachers and passionate musicians from the area. Free will donations will be accepted.

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Professor and student collaborate on Advent e-book

Charlie and NoelVisiting Associate Professor for Communications Franziska Macur, Ph.D., published the e-book “Charlie & Noel—An Advent Calendar Story” this month. The book was illustrated by senior graphic design major Meghan Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.

“Charlie & Noel” tells the tale of Charlie, a little boy who wishes he could just skip the whole waiting part and jump right into the presents. But Charlie doesn’t realize what he would be missing or just how many magical moments the season has waiting for him.

“I wanted to write this book for a long time and I’m so excited that it’s finally released,” says Macur. “I am very thankful for all the talented Bethany people who helped me bring this e-book to life.”

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