Kahler receives top faculty award

Kahler Award1Long-time professor of history Bruce Kahler was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciation dinner Thursday, May 15. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college. Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Continue reading

Kinnaird publishes book

headshot-web-v_BrianKinnairdBrian Kinnaird, Ph.D, associate professor of criminal justice at Bethany College, has published the second edition of his book, “Use of Force: Expert Guidance for Decisive Force Response.” The book is available in print or ebook and was originally published in 2003.

Kinnaird is completing his first year at Bethany College in the criminal justice department. Continue reading

Quest class raises money

Duck Soup PixBethany College students raised $200 in a wacky game of Duck Soup softball last Sunday afternoon at the Swede Softball Park. Students from David Slack’s Bethany Quest class organized the fund raiser to benefit Mija Stockman, ’98, a former Bethany track athlete who was injured in an automobile accident and has faced a long, difficult, and expensive recovery. She is currently receiving specialty care in a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska. Continue reading

Featured Student of the Week – Melissa Woeppel

26 - Melissa WoeppelName: Melissa Woeppel

Major: English and Communications with a minor in Religion

Hometown: Firth, NE

Nominated by: Matt Riordan, Director of Residential Education and Services

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Swede Government Association, Choir, Band and Jazz Band, Handbells, Sigma Phi Omega Sorority, Campus Ministry, Greek Council, Gold Key

Plans for the future: Graduate from Bethany and see where life takes me.

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Engel shows art

Christina Engel

Christina Engel

Bethany College Art Department will host a gallery exhibit by Christina Engel, senior, of McPherson, beginning May 2 through May 8. The exhibit will feature works of ceramic, painting and prints. An opening reception and gallery talk will take place Sunday, May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mingenback’s art gallery, located at Second and Olsson Streets in Lindsborg.

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Spring Concert

Ann Samuelson

Ann Samuelson

The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature Ann Samuelson performing on violin Dvorak’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Samuelson is the string instructor at Bethany College and was recently concertmaster for the Bethany Oratorio Society performances for the Messiah Festival of the Arts.

“I have always loved the Romance by Dvorak and am delighted to be able to play it with the Bethany College and Community Orchestra,” Samuelson said.

The orchestra is conducted by Daniel J. Masterson, co-chair of the Music Department of Bethany College.  The program features a varied assortment of concert pieces, with works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, R. Strauss, Delius, Söderman, and Copland. Continue reading

Featured Student of the Week – Melodeigh Christiansen

25 - Melodeigh ChristiansenName: Melodeigh Christiansen

Major: Math education with an endorsement in Special Education and a minor in Psychology

Hometown: Denver, CO

Nominated by: Na Peng, Ph.D., Chair of Mathematics & Science Department, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Kappa Gamma Phi sorority, Greek Council, Von Neumann, Ambassador

Plans for the future: Change lives

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Campaign concludes early

ribboncompasBethany College President Edward F. Leonard III stated that this is “a significant, defining moment in the life of the college,” when he recently announced that the most recent fundraising campaign has exceeded its original goal by $2 million and has concluded one year earlier than planned.

Engage the Future: The Campaign for Bethany College, announced publicly in 2011 with a goal of $20 million, is the first in a series of fundraising campaigns to help Bethany College achieve its 20-year vision for the future and has secured gifts and pledges in excess of $22 million. Engage the Future is the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of the college and a springboard for a continued Bethany renaissance. Continue reading

Senior art exhibit

Holly PhelpsBethany College Art Department will host an exhibit featuring the artwork of Holly Phelps, senior, of Wichita.  The exhibition, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, runs through May 1 at the Mingenback Art Gallery located at the corner of Second and Olsson in Lindsborg, Kan. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Phelps is exhibiting paintings and drawings from her four years at Bethany. Her show, “Raw Essence” incorporates her own essence of beauty through nature and people. Her main work is multiple portraits done of fellow Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Phelps is the daughter of the Chuck Phelps and Rachel Blough.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.