Messiah announces 2015 season

TriptychThe Messiah Festival of the Arts proudly announces the major concert events and theme for its 2014-15 season.

The festival will kick off on Palm Sunday weekend with a full-scale production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s ground-breaking rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” featuring high-caliber guest stars in the leading roles, and a supporting cast of regional talent.  “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., and Palm Sunday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium.  Tickets for this production are $25 each, and will go on sale January 1.  Special guest stars for this show will be announced later this fall. Information about auditions for supporting cast and pit orchestra can be found on the Messiah Festival website, www.messiahfestival.org .

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Choir sings at IKEA

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

When the Swedish retail giant IKEA wanted to add Swedish flavor to the opening ceremony of its newest store in Kansas, it just made sense that it would reach out to Lindsborg and Bethany College.

The Bethany Chamber Choir performed the Swedish national anthem, “Du Gamla, Du Fria,” during the flag raising ceremony to open the Merriam, Kansas IKEA store on Wednesday, September 10.

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Athletic Training continues accreditation

Professor David Slack

Professor David Slack

The Athletic Training program at Bethany College recently received continued accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In its letter to the college, CAATE wrote, “the commission commends the faculty, staff, and administrators for your commitment to the advancement of quality education in Athletic Training, as well as your dedication to the preparation of highly qualified Athletic Training professionals.”

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Art professor selected for show

"Zenith" by Bethany Art Professor Mary Kay.

“Zenith” by Bethany Art Professor Mary Kay.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas recently announced that the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will feature 102 artists from all over the country. Bethany College Art Professor A. Mary Kay’s work will be included in State of the Art, which debuts at Crystal Bridges on September 13.

Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood traveled to Lindsborg in December 2014 to conduct an interview with Kay as part of the search for the most compelling American art being created today. Continue reading

Bethany adds to economy

IncomeAccording to a new study, Bethany College generates $15.4 million in new income each year for its region’s economy. The overall added income created by Bethany College and its students supports 396 job equivalents in its service area and visitors attending various Bethany events spent $1.3 million in the region.

The Bethany College economic impact study is part of a larger study, “Demonstrating the Economic Value of the Kansas Independent Colleges and Universities,” that specifically analyzed the contributions to the Kansas economy by the private colleges that would not otherwise occur if the colleges did not exist. The Kansas Independent Colleges Association released its statewide report last month. Continue reading