Local campaign begins phase 2

InvestStudSccssThe Bethany College fund raising campaign “Investing in Student Success” will kick off the second phase of its Lindsborg campaign with an event on Sunday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ol’ Stuga for campaign leaders, captains and workers.

The local campaign goal of $500,000, is in sight, according to Ken Sjogren, interim director of advancement at Bethany. “The first phase leadership calls have been received well,” he said. “Our prospects have stepped up to meet the challenge of the Lindsborg community campaign.”

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Business students consultants

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Business Professor Angela Martin and Bethany College Business students help register Girl Scouts for “Cookie College.”

The Bethany College Business Club traveled to Kansas Wesleyan University on January 23 to host Cookie College. Cookie College is a program sponsored by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland that positions girls for success in the business world and in their cookie endeavors.

Participants strengthened the five skills they learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girls in the fourth through eighth grades rotated through sessions to learn about these valuable life skills and begin to plan for their own cookie business. Thirteen members of the Business Club provided all the programming and content for Cookie College and were excited to for the opportunity to utilize the business and people skills they have been learning.  This included developing all the breakout sessions, management of the schedule, and development of a dynamic opening skit.

The Business Club members included: Lizzie Benoit, Mariah Harris, Josh Hickok, Cody Harris, Kierstin Stolley, Araceli Aburto, Derek Johns, Alyssa Winterfeld, Alanna Lustfield, Luis Medina, Melissa Olson, Tanner Wallace and Jalena Todd. The Business Club sponsor is Angela Martin.

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Former student organizes class

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Turner with his students in Baku. The photo was taken by one of the participants.

Local photographer Jim Turner is used to shooting on-location in far off lands. He’s been on photo shoots in London and in Scotland, but nothing like his most recent adventure to Baku, Azerbaijan and it was all because of a recent Bethany College international exchange student.

Turner conducted a five-day photography class in January in Baku called “Magic in the Moment,” that was hosted in part by the American Embassy and coordinated by Lamiya Korchiyeva, a former Bethany College student. Korchiyeva attended Bethany College in 2012 with the Global UGRAD Exchange Program. She was a photography student of Turner’s when he taught at the college as an adjunct professor.

“We started talking about this when she was a student here about three years ago,” Turner said. “I pretended like I knew where Azerbaijan was and said I would go there, but I didn’t really think it would ever happen.”

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College hosts gathering

Bethany LogoBethany College and the College Board of Directors will host a community gathering on Saturday, February 20 at 8 a.m. at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center to thank the Lindsborg community for its support and to share reports from the campus.

The gathering will feature updates from the College and the board, as well as introductions of new board members: Roper DeGarmo, Dr. Tim Rankin, Dr. Cheryl Rasmussen, and Ryan Swartz.

Lindsborg community members are invited to join the College as it expresses its gratitude and updates the community.

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New exhibit

LexDeal_sculptureA drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic and print exhibit titled “The Challenge” by Lex Deal will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery beginning February 5 through February 11, 2016.

The exhibition includes a closing reception and gallery talk on February 7, from 2-4 p.m. in the gallery. The artist will be speaking about the transformations that his artwork has taken throughout the course of his college experience at 3 p.m.

Lex Deal is a student at Bethany College studying art education. Deal has exhibited his work in a total of in five exhibits. He has received awards in both the Autumn Art Exhibition and the Messiah Art Exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Kahmeyer Visiting Visual Artist Lecture Series at Bethany College. This fund is supported entirely by charitable contributions in honor of Ray Kahmeyer.

Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: artdepartment@bethanylb.edu.

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City offers scholarships

InvestStudSccssThe Lindsborg City Council solidified the city’s support of Bethany College at its January 18 meeting by approving three measures that greatly assist the college and its students.

The City Council approved a $10,000 scholarship package that will fund five scholarships for Smoky Valley High School graduates continuing their education at Bethany College. The “Viking to Swede” scholarships will be available to SVHS graduates with an opportunity for renewal their sophomore year.

In addition to the scholarships, the City Council also approved a motion calling for debt forgiveness on repayment of an electric upgrade for $114,346.50 and offered use of the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center two times throughout the year at no cost.

“A strong relationship between Bethany and Lindsborg is vital to our community,” Dr. Robert Vogel, interim president, said. “The action taken by the city is deeply appreciated by the college. It is an encouragement to all of us to have this support from the city for the College and its students.”

The city’s support comes amid the College’s local campaign “Investing in Student Success,” the two-year campaign that focuses on four funding areas: Scholarships; Campus Ministry/Faith Expression; Funds for Bethany’s Future; and People & Programs.

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Students attend conference

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Bethany’s World Religion class members attended the Interfaith Leadership Conference in Atlanta on January 22-24. The conference focuses on skills to engage diverse religious and philosophical identities to build the interfaith activities on college campuses. Pictured from left: Kylee Ayres, Adam Pryor, Courtney Davis, Bethany Elmquist, Leandra Silsby, Luke Shirley and Janae Evans.

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Join the Hallelujah!

Today at 3:00 PM marks the first rehearsal of the 135th season of the Bethany Oratorio Society’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah! Come join the chorus – just show up to Presser Hall at 2:15 PM prior to rehearsal for placement in the chorus. Questions? Email us at: kruckenberges@bethanylb.edu.

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Couple gives to college

PaulseensA Wichita couple that met at Bethany College and recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary, wanted to give back to the college they love and to the place where they first fell in love. Ron and Jenny Paulseen recently made a gift of $250,000 to the college as part of its “Investing in Student Success” fund raising campaign.

“For us it was all because of Bethany,” Ron Paulseen said. “Because of Bethany I met Jenny, I was given an opportunity to go to college and I was hired by New York Life Insurance. Now we have to flip the tables and pay back.”

The Paulseen’s gift will be added to another recent gift of $150,000 made by another Wichita couple, Ross and Karma Tidemann, who also met at Bethany College. The “Investing in Student Success” campaign focuses on four areas of giving that include: Scholarships; Campus Ministry/Faith Expression; Funds for Bethany’s Future; and People & Programs. The campaign goal is to raise $4 million in unrestricted gifts over the next two years.

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Real Men Sing

Real Men Sing SMThe Real Men Sing vocal workshop at Bethany College is expected to draw 500 young men from across the state who will spend the day working with music professionals and perform in a free concert on Thursday, January 28 at 2:30 p.m.

In its second year, the Real Men Sing workshop offers vocal clinics for young men in the fifth to 12th grades and this year will feature guest conductors from collegiate and high school music programs. Bethany music professor and co-chair of the department, Dr. Mark Lucas, will be joined by Dr. Robert Ward of Ohio State University, Dr. Steven Curtis of the University of Oklahoma and Greg Bontrager of Buhler High School, to conduct the three choirs that will perform.

Students will participate in clinics throughout the day. The free concert is open to the public and will be performed in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus.

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