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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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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Delegation from Karlstad University visits Bethany

Karlstad University President Åsa Bergenheim and Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III

Karlstad University President Åsa Bergenheim and Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III

On Sept. 10, Bethany hosted a delegation of administrators and faculty members from Karlstad University in Sweden. Representatives from across campus from both institutions met to learn from one another, discuss ways for programs to interact internationally, and strengthen the partnership and exchange agreement formed in 2011 between Bethany and Karlstad.

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