Jazz band in Wichita

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The Bethany College Jazz Band, under the direction of Sean Keasling, attended the Wichita Jazz Festival on Friday, April 15. The ensemble will part of a number of attending groups facilitated by visiting jazz artists. This year’s headliner group is the Joe Lovano Classic Quartet.

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Search takes next steps

BethSealThe search for the next President of Bethany College is progressing on schedule.  Following reference checking of a limited group of candidates the Search Committee met on April 13 and selected candidates who have been invited to Wichita on April 24 or 25 to meet with the Search Committee.

On completion of the Wichita interviews the committee will select two or three finalist candidates to be invited to participate in more extensive on-campus interviews with a broad range of Bethany constituents.  These interviews will occur May 2, 4, or 6 on the Bethany campus. The Board of Directors is expecting to receive a Search Committee recommendation during its May 13-14 meeting and at that time plan to elect Bethany’s 14th president.

“Thank you for your interest and support as this very important process moves to a successful conclusion,” Committee Chair Sean Patty said.

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Senior shows art

headshot_mealiffA senior art exhibition by Elsie Mealiff will be displayed in Mingenback Art Center Gallery from April 23 through April 28, 2016.

The exhibit includes a variety of paintings, drawings, and prints that explore human relationships, the experience of mark making, and the interactions of mixed media. There will be a reception and gallery talk on Saturday April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery.

Elsie Mealiff is a Pre-Professional Art Therapy major from Beloit, Kansas, and will receive her bachelors degree from Bethany College this May.

This event is free and open to the public. 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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Student gain experience

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Students in Exercise Physiology recently traveled to Manhattan, Kansas to an exercise physiology lab experience at Kansas State University. The lab included three mini-labs in respiration, anaerobic threshold, and VO2 Max. Twelve students and Dr. David Slack, athletic training program director, attended the sessions and another group will attend in April.

Pictured are Maddie Klotzback (top photo) and Cale Green along with KSU instructor, Josh Smith (bottom photo.)

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Program welcomes students

AT Cohort Fall 2016

The Bethany College Athletic Training program has accepted its newest cohort group. These students are prepared to enter the program in the 2016 fall term. Pictured from left are: (front) Dr. David Slack, program director, Melanie D’Amour, Kayla Anthony, Jimmy Caiola, clinical experiences coordinator, and Dallas Fenn, assistant athletic trainer; (back) ChyAnn Campbell, Chavaz Jackson, and Shannon Markey.

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Orchestra prepares concert

DSC_0016Making classical music accessible and enjoyable to all ages is the intent of the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra’s upcoming concert on Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.

Prior to the concert, several Bethany College music and general education students along with Professors Lillian Green, assistant professor of music, and Gretchen Norland, assistant professor of secondary education, will conduct sessions at Soderstrom Elementary for second and third grade students. The sessions will integrate art, music and storytelling. The art created by the Soderstrom students will then be on display at the concert in the lobby of Presser Hall.

“The music at the concert is very evocative and full of stories and images,” Professor Green said. “There will be a lot for young people to grab onto and for audience members of all ages to enjoy.”

Also, just before the concert’s start at 3:30 p.m., an “Instrument Parade” will take place to introduce children to the different instruments in an orchestra.

The concert will feature works by Bizet, Borodin, Grieg, and Handel and a solo organ performance by Tyler Breneman, senior music student. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Students film on set

film_studentsStudents at Bethany College at MindFire experienced first-hand what it is like to work on a film set recently in Wichita’s Old Cowtown. Current and former students, under the supervision of faculty members, Shane Wallace and Shawn Rhodes, ran cameras and recorded audio for the short film, “Midnight Shanghai.”

Bethany College Board Member Jason Opat is working as the cinematographer on the film and introduced the students to established Native American actor and the film’s director, Ricky Lee. Students worked all day on the film, capturing footage and editing audio.

“This gives our students a hands-on experience working with real professionals in the industry. Not only in Wichita, but they are making connections in other states as well,” Ed Pogue, director of MindFire. Bethany College at MindFire is in the old Wichita Mall on East Harry Street in Wichita and houses the Department of Digital and Media Arts for the college.

“Midnight Shanghai” is also being filmed in Lamy, New Mexico, just outside Santa Fe. Students will be traveling as time permits to New Mexico to participate in the productions there. MindFire supplied equipment for the shoot and also offers its students use of professional film equipment. Fall 2016 semester starts August 24.

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Search continues

BethSealThe search for the next President of Bethany College is progressing on schedule.  The search committee met most recently on April 1 and selected a group of candidates whose background and experience ­seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications established for the search. At this time, committee members are checking references for these candidates.

The committee will meet again in mid-April to discuss the results of reference calls and to select a smaller number of candidates who will be invited to confidential preliminary interviews with the search committee. On completion of that round of interviews, the committee will select two or three finalist candidates who will be invited to participate in more extensive on-campus interviews with a broad range of Bethany constituents. These interviews will occur during the first week of May. The Board of Directors is expecting to receive a Search Committee recommendation during its May 13-14 meeting.

“We are pleased with the candidate pool and have every reason to believe our search will come to a successful conclusion in early May,” Search Committee Chair Sean Patty said. “The committee will continue to stay in touch with the campus and Lindsborg community throughout the process.”

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Updates improve sound

MESSIAH 2016-92Completion of the first phase of improvements to Bethany College’s premier performance space, Presser Hall Auditorium, occurred just in time for this year’s Messiah Festival of the Arts concerts and events during Holy Week.

A new sound system, completed on March 17, was made possible through a grant from the Rouback Family Foundation. “The experience of all hearing and understanding the speaker’s words wherever one is seated is now possible,” Dan Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany Music Department, said. “This simply was not the case for the former system.”

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Department hosts book talk

DarcyLeechThe Bethany College English Department and the Writing Center will host a book talk and signing by Darcy Leech ‘08, on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Welcome Center Board Room on the Bethany campus.

Leech, author of “From My Mother,” a memoir about surviving and thriving in a family ravaged by genetic disease, will present on “Publishing and Marketing a First Book in the Social Media Era.” She graduated from the Bethany College Honors program as a summa cum laude with a dual major in English Education and Philosophy.

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