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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Bethany hosts “Reinvention and Renewal” cello and organ concert on Oct. 29

Reinvention and Renewal concertBethany College Associate Professor and organist Melody Steed, D.M.A., and cellist Jakub Omsky will perform a “Reinvention and Renewal” concert on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré, and Jakub Omsky.

Jakub Jerzy Omsky Trawkowski is the principal cellist of the Wichita Symphony. He graduated with honors from the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with an Artist Diploma, Bachelor of Music degree, and Master of Music degree.

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Theatre presents Neil Labute’s “The Shape of Things”

The Shape o fThingsBethany College Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $7, senior citizens and Bethany college students, faculty, and staff are $5. Seating is limited to 50 each night so that the play may be performed in the round on stage. This play is for mature audiences as it contains adults themes and situations and strong language.

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Genetics students to lead forums during “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek”

Vision Health posterBethany College genetics students will lead forums on “his” and “her” health and Type II diabetes during the Lindsborg Community Hospital’s “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is possible thanks to grant funding from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation’s Healthy Living Fund and the McPherson County Community Foundation’s D/N fund.

The forums will address gender-specific cancers, an overview of colon cancer, and the role of genetics in disease, risk factors for each disease, strategies for prevention, how and when to visit with your medical provider, and the value of self-examination and screening tests.

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Faculty members receive Woodward and Burmeister awards

Five faculty members recently received Woodward and Burmeister Endowment awards. The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning supports faculty participating in workshops and activities to enhance creative teaching and effective learning. The Burmeister Endowment for Faculty Scholarship and Creativity supports Bethany faculty research and scholarly travel.

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Lewis presents at Western Conference on British Studies

Linda LewisProfessor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., presented her paper “New Adam in the New Eden: Charles Dickens’s Anti-American Rhetoric in Martin Chuzzlewit” at the annual meeting of the Western Conference on British Studies on Oct. 3 in Kansas City, Mo.

Lewis has been at Bethany since 1987. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a bachelor’s from East Central State.

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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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