Students lead tennis effort


Doug Talbott, development officer; and Kenzi Choitz, student and tennis team member, display an artist conception of the tennis facility improvements.

A student-led effort to enhance tennis facilities at Bethany College has resulted in a fundraising campaign that has nearly reached its initial goal of $400,000.

Students representing the Bethany tennis program and student government worked with members of the Bethany Office of Advancement to propose the improvement project at a recent board of directors meeting. Since then, the committee has worked with alumni, friends and organizations to raise 94 percent of the estimated $400,000 for the first phase of the project. The Swede Government Association was the first to pledge to the campaign with a gift of $50,000.

The proposed improvements include replacing the existing four courts, which are unusable now for tournaments, with six new courts in the first phase. The second phase of the proposal includes a building, bleachers and lighting.

The improvements will free up court time in the community by providing Bethany students more access to courts on campus, add to the improvements currently underway on the north end of campus with the addition of the new residence hall that will open next fall and ultimately be a better reflection of the quality tennis program that has been a long tradition at Bethany College.

“I am very impressed with the hard work the students have put into this effort,” President Edward F. Leonard said recently. “The students involved in this project realize they will probably never benefit from the work they are doing now to make the improvements possible.”

To make a gift to the tennis facility improvement project go to the alumni page at or contact Doug Talbott in the advancement office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8276 or by email: for more information on how you can offer support.

Bethany hosts guest speaker

weber1Bethany College and Bethany House of Studies presents, “An Evening with Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber” on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Burnett Center at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

Bolz-Weber, a featured keynote speaker at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of “Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television” (Seabury, 2008) and blogs at and Jim Wallis’ Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran magazine and Her theological memoir, “Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” (Jericho, 2013) made the New York Times best seller list.

What she and her church are trying to do, she says, is simple and radical: “create an authentic Christian experience without the pretension that can come with church. What people want, she says, is a spiritual community that’s beautiful and transformative and maybe even transgressive — and that’s not what you find in most churches.”

This event is free and recommended for pastors, PMAs, youth leaders, college and high school students.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Adam Pryor, assistant professor of religion and director of the Varenhorst Center for Discover, Reflection and Vocation at Bethany College, at (785) 227-33880, ext. 8213 or at

24-Hour Play Fest

PlayFestSix brand new short plays written, rehearsed and performed in just 24-hours? Sound impossible? Crazy perhaps, but it has been done, across the country, since 1995, according to Bethany College Professor Greg LeGault, chair of the theatre department. And on May 1-2, Bethany College will launch its first ever 24-Hour Play Fest.

The Bethany College theatre department is looking for six playwrights, a group of dedicated and daring actors, directors and technicians to come together for the event that will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and end with performances of all six plays on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s how it works…on Friday all participants will gather to review the rules of the game and the playwrights will receive a prompt, a prop and one line to begin writing their original 10 to 15 minute play, which will be written over the next 12 hours. Writing will stop at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at which time directors and stage mangers will take over to begin producing the play. Actors will receive scripts at 8:30 a.m., begin rehearsing, and lights will go up at 7:30 p.m. on the six new plays. Time commitments for each participant will varying according to their role in the event.

Applications for playwrights and actors can be found HERE and more information about the Bethany 24-Hour Play Fest can be found HERE or by contacting Professor LeGault at by February 13.

MindFire hosts open house

MINDFIRE  313On January 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bethany College @ MindFire will open its doors to the public. This is a chance for prospective students and curiosity seekers to learn more about creating their future as a digital artist.

The tour offers everyone a chance to see firsthand how they can get an exceptional education, in Wichita, in the digital arts and earn a bachelor of arts in the field. Guests will also see demonstrations of the motion capture stage (the only one in the region) and see work previous students created.

Demonstrations will include:

• audio recording studio will be open for exploration, as the R&B vocal artist Rudy Love and Shawn Rhodes demonstrate audio recording (Shawn just signed a major TV Show in Los Angeles last week!)

• aspiring filmmakers will want to meet Wynn Ponder from Cinema One in our film studio (Wynn just won several awards for his documentary film, “The Life Blood and Rhythm – Randy Castillo.”)

• watch Colby Turybury demonstrate the UnReal Game Engine (Colby worked on such movies as, “Transformers” and “Iron Man.”)

• attend a class on ZBrush Techniques for character design, held by Ryan Todd (Ryan built many 3D graphics for the film, “Iron Man.”)

Beyond getting a peek behind-the-scenes, visitors will be able to get answers to any questions about the programs.

Make sure to pre-register so that we can save a t-shirt for you when you check in!

Bethany College @ MindFire teaches digital arts with professional-level equipment, computers and software. Students receive the kind of hands on training necessary to make it as a filmmaker, video game designer, recording engineer or 3D artist.

Students will be able to apply at the Open House and, if accepted, will be able to start class on January 26th. Financial aid options are available, including grants and scholarships. Bethany College @ MindFire, offers two paths towards graduation. One is a Bachelor of Arts degree in either digitalfilmmaking or 3D animation. The second option is a certificate tract in any of our four focus areas which can be completed in 22 or 34 weeks.

The Open House is free and is open to the public. Bethany College @ MindFire is located at 3805 E. Harry Street in eastern Wichita.

Messiah Tickets

Triptych imagePriority seats for the 134th  Messiah Festival of the Arts concert events in Lindsborg, Kan., are now on sale. Priority Seating runs from January 1 through February 15, and allows patrons to save their favorite seats year after year. Priority Seating tickets are mailed to patrons February 16.

Tickets can be purchased online here  or by call the Messiah Festival office at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137.

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Head volleyball coach named

cheriThe Bethany College athletic department is proud to announce the hiring of Cheri Lindsay as the newest head volleyball coach.

“Cheri will bring a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm to the Swedes Volleyball program. She has a very strong playing and coaching background to lead Bethany to new heights in the KCAC,” said Dean of Atheltics, Dane Pavlovich.

Lindsay has been at Tiffin University in Ohio as the assistant volleyball coach since the start of 2012. While living in Tiffin, Lindsay was also the head coach of the Black Swamp Volleyball Club Team. She was the head coach of the 15 American team in 2012-2013 and then transitioned to the 17 American team in 2013-2014. >continue reading

Bethany names new coach

HubbardFBCoachThe Bethany College athletic department announces the hiring of Paul Hubbard as the new head football coach.

Dean of Athletics, Dane Pavlovich, said in an interview, “Paul’s coaching style and philosophy will lead to big things both on and off the field for the Swedes. During the interview process it was clear that we had found our next football coach.”

For the past season Hubbard was the defensive coordinator at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. While at Midland, Hubbard implemented a 3-4 defensive scheme, coached all defensive positions, and trained the position coaches on the defensive side of the ball. He also instructed a Theory of Football class through the university.

As a player Hubbard started his career as a Swede. He played at Bethany in 2000 and 2001. He was a 1st Team All-Conference Defensive Lineman, and was also a 3rd team All-American (2001 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette). He was also active in the Bethany College Music Department, singing in the choir, and participating in the Messiah Festival. >Continue reading


Linnaeus professors visit Bethany

LinneausPippi Longstocking, the free-spirited girl in Astrid Lindgren’s books not only became a beloved character around the world, but also started a revolution in both children’s literature and attitudes about children and their upbringing. These themes will be the focus of a course offered at Bethany College during its Interterm, beginning January 5.

Bethany will host two professors from Linnaeus University in Sweden that will teach the course, “Astrid Lindgren and the Revolution in Children’s Literature.” Helene Ehriander, Ph.D., and Maria Nilson, Ph.D., are both senior lecturers in the department of film and literature at Linnaeus and will instruct the class that meets each day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. through January 22.

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Jultide streaming live

Jultide at Bethany College streaming live at:

beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 from Presser Hall.

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Jultide at Bethany is the Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth that features the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region. This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir. The Bethany Oratorio Society, the 250 member choir that traditionally performs Handel’s “Messiah” during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, will perform a few movements from “Messiah” as well as some new pieces. The Jultide Children’s Choir consists of 35 children from local public schools who auditioned for a place in the choir.

Other ensembles that will perform include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.

For many decades, this event, formerly known as “An Hour of Christmas” signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in the Smoky Valley. Admission is free, although free will offerings will be accepted.