Bethany College Theatre will hold auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 to 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Burnett Center for the fall production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” a beautiful and haunting reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus.
On Aug. 19, more than 200 Bethany College students, staff, and faculty volunteered for the inaugural “Swede Sweep,” a day devoted to group service projects around Lindsborg. Projects took place across the community as well as along Burma Road and Bethany Drive with McPherson County road crews. More than 170 incoming freshmen and 35 upperclassmen Pathfinder mentors participated.
Assistant Professor of English Lori Brack, M.A., will read her essay “Touching the Buffalo” at the John R. Milton Writers’ Conference on Memory, Remembrance, Commemoration and the American West at the University of South Dakota in October.
Convocation is free and open to the public. Bethany students, staff, and faculty will attend.
The Bethany College Music Department invites members of the media and community to a press conference and reception to meet new faculty members Associate Professor Mark Lucas, Ph.D., Bethany Oratorio Society Conductor and Director of Choral Activities, and Assistant Professor Claudio Re, Ph.D., Director of Bands, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
Professor Emeritus Eugene Bales, Ph.D., (also retired provost and dean of the college), visited Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, in April to present research and Q&A sessions.
Bales’ presented his paper “Education, Diversity, and Justice” to faculty and staff of the Swedish language studies department. The paper explored topics including the expense of education and diversity as a necessity for justice. The paper is available on Bales’ blog, Reflections. He also held a seminar and question-and-answer session on American and Swedish cultures especially for students interested in studying in the U.S.
Bethany college students interviewed senior citizens for their class project in Foundations of Education, taught by Assistant Professor Gretchen Norland. The class focuses on the development of education and how it has been influenced by the values and beliefs of society over hundreds of years. This project gives the Bethany education majors a wonderful opportunity to hear stories of teaching experiences and to glean wisdom and advice from these retired teachers.
In May, Bethany College awarded honorary degrees to William E. Gusenius and John E. Hedeen and the status of professor emeritus to retired Provost and Dean of the College Eugene Bales, Ph.D.