New faculty member

316587_origThe Bethany College Department of Music recently announced the addition of Dr. Lillian Green to its faculty as an assistant professor of music and director of orchestras.

Professor Green earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.

Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida.  She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival.  Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.

Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States.  She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.  This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble.  She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.

“Dr. Green brings with her a wealth of experiences.  We were immediately drawn to her welcoming personality and high level of intellect,” Mark Lucas, co-chair of the music department said. “She will be a wonderful fit for our department at Bethany College.”

 

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HLC report

Vogel, RobertBethany College was notified by its accrediting body, The Higher Learning Commission, that it has been placed on probation. This status indicates that an accredited institute is no longer in compliance with one or more of the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

While on probation, Bethany College remains fully accredited by the HLC and as an accredited college, Bethany’s ability to offer financial aid to students and course transfer is not affected. The HLC action allows the college to demonstrate within two years it has remedied the issues that led to the sanction. The HLC’s Board of Trustees took this action because of concerns related to financial and other resources.

“The status of probation will give the college an opportunity to focus on issues that have been of concern for several years,” said Dr. Robert Vogel, interim president of Bethany College. “But what is most important is that the recent HLC action will in no way affect the excellent quality of education that students experience at Bethany College.”

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Pelz honored

Walter Pelz (v)Long-time Bethany College music professor and renowned Lindsborg musician Dr. Walter L. Pelz will be honored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) at its national convention in Atlanta on July 21, 2015.

Dr. Pelz will receive the association’s Faithful Servant Award, an honor given to those who demonstrate a life-time of shared faith and dedication to the expression of worship and music in the Church and who have served with distinction in Association of Lutheran Church Music roles of leadership.

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Pigge earns KCAC honor

headshot-web-v_JoycePiggeThe Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge was named the Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year. She will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at Tabor College on August 4.

Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of the KCAC FAR of the Year honor. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many KCAC schools use her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance.  We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College and serving the KCAC.”

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Gifts support scholarships

Library (7)Two recent gifts to Bethany College will create nearly $1 million in scholarship support, according to Vice President of Advancement Galen Bunning.

Estates from two long-time Bethany College supporters Dorothy Schlottman, and Paul and Rosamay Nelson, will assist students pursuing their education at Bethany.

“This support is so important to us,” Bunning said. “It allows the college to offer students a quality educational experience and prepare students to leave Bethany and make a difference in the world.”

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Coach K reunion

FB REUNION -265The best teachers and coaches are said not to teach from a book or a playbook, but from their hearts. That certainly was evident at Bethany College when former Head Coach Ted Kessinger decided to have a Football Family Reunion and more than 500 former players, family members and friends showed up on June 21-22.

Kessinger, who coached at Bethany College for 28 years from 1976 to 2003, worked with the Bethany alumni office for many months planning the reunion. He set a goal of getting 100 former players to attend. “When we started talking about this our original goal was 100 people and we joked about wouldn’t it be great if we could get to 300,” Molly Johnson, director of alumni relations, said. “So we were shocked when the reservations started pouring in.”

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Prof selected for workshop

Claudio ReBethany’s Director of Bands Claudio Re will participate in a three-day conducting workshop with Maestro Alberto Roque, conductor of the Lisbon College of Music Wind Ensemble (Portugal).

The workshop is part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in San Jose, California. Professor Re was one of six conductors selected to participate in the workshop.

“With worldwide members, the biennial WASBE conference is a prime opportunity to network with leading scholars, conductors, and composers in the field of band music,” Re said.

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Board announces interim president

Vogel, RobertThe Bethany College Board of Directors has named Dr. Robert Vogel to serve as interim President of Bethany College effective July 1. Vogel served previously at Bethany College as interim president in 2007.

Vogel retired as president of Wartburg College in 1998 after serving there for 18 years. Since his retirement he has served as interim president at five colleges and universities including three other Lutheran institutions in Iowa, Texas, and Kentucky. He also served on the Bethany College Board of Directors in 2008-2009.

“The board is very pleased to welcome Bob back to campus,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of Bethany’s board of directors. “We are confident in his leadership abilities and his familiarity with Bethany and Lindsborg will be an asset as we move forward.”

Originally from Philipsburg, Kan., Vogel is a graduate of Wartburg College and Wartburg Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1960 and served parishes in Golden and Denver. He and his wife Sally live in Denver.

“I am looking forward to working with Bob again,” said Bob Carlson, interim provost. “His knowledge of Bethany and his experience with budgets, accreditation and other aspects of higher education is going to benefit the college in the next year.”

Vogel has been asked for a one year commitment to Bethany while the board conducts a search for Bethany’s next college president. Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, the college’s 13th president, resigned in June.

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Pryor attends seminar

CoffeeSemWideBethany College Professor of Religion Adam Pryor will participate in the five-day seminar, Teaching Interfaith Understanding, on June 21-25 at Boston College. He is among 25 others selected from a nationwide pool of nominees.

The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources. The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Catherine Cornille, Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, chair of the department of theology, and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Noah Silverman, director of faculty partnerships at IFYC. Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, will be a special guest speaker. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America’s future success,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”

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Board names interim provost

headshot-v_BobCarlsonThe Bethany College Board of Directors has named Professor Bob Carlson to serve in the role of Interim Provost effective June 15 upon the departure of Dr. Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. Dr. Macur recently announced he has accepted the position of president at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

“This appointment will assure that as transitions occur through the departure of President Leonard and Dr. Macur and decisions are finalized around other executive leadership, that the college and community have a strong point person in place,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of the Bethany College Board of Directors. “Bob’s length and breadth of service to Bethany will assure that our work for a successful fall semester continues.”

Professor Carlson has been a member of the Bethany faculty for 32 years.  He is also the Oscar D. Nelson Distinguished Professor of Business and serves as chair of the Business Department. He is a member of the Faculty Senate, the elected faculty representative to the Board of Directors, and serves as a Special Assistant to the Provost. Professor Carlson is a past recipient of the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He served as president of the faculty and faculty senate from 2007 to 2013 and also served for several years as the Special Assistant to the President for Innovation and New Ventures.

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III announced on May 13 that he was resigning to accept the position of president at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama.

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