Greeks Start Semester Strong

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Posing for a quick picture, these Greeks were the first of many to make it to the JV volleyball game. Greek Life is putting a higher emphasis on being Greek no matter the time or place.

This semester Bethany College Greek Life has been very busy. With a focus on retention and giving back to the community, Greek Council has organized and hosted events that make the campus fell more like a home. Pairing with SAB during orientation Greek Life members from each organization helped set up, serve and teardown the annual Ice Cream Social. Members of Greek Life were also part of the orientation team who helped freshmen adjust to the newest part of their lives.

The momentum of orientation just sparked the fire for the other events held thus far. Last week Greek Council organized “Go Greek Week”. On Tuesday sororities and fraternities set up tables in the Caf to introduce students to the individual groups. Trying something new for Wednesday, the fraternities and sororities all dressed in their letters to support the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams, including the Terrible Swede. Multiple events were hosted on Thursday. Greek Life hosted the weekly Big Brew which concluded right on time for students to make it to another new event: Tie-A-Toga. Greek Council gave away 25 free bed sheets to the first students to learn expert toga tying techniques. These techniques were handy for the night’s Toga Party, an annual event that includes music, refreshments, and opportunities to speak with fraternity men and sorority women. Lizzie Benoit, junior member of Alpha Delta Zeta, had this to say about the week, “The events give Greek Life a positive, uplifting name while also bringing the campus as a whole together.”

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Examining the Zeta’s trifold, Dr. Vogel learns information about Alpha Delta Zeta from junior Lizzie Benoit. Caf Day included many similar experiences for students as well.

This week the fraternities and sororities are hosting rush parties. Rush parties are informal opportunities to get to know a specific group of men or women. Micah Hirschler, junior member of Sigma Phi Omega, gave her opinion, “It’s refreshing to see how many people are interested in Greek Life this year.” Events will continue Saturday with fraternities and sororities giving bids to individuals whom they think share the same values as the group. The week will end Sunday night with the traditional Bow Night in which potential new members declare which group that they desire to join.

Being focused on the community, the Greek Council is planning on hosting its annual Caramel Apple Social in October and a Veteran’s Day letter drive in November. Greek Council’s current goals include reaching 25% student involvement with Greek Life. “We really want to do our part in enhancing the student experience this year. Greek Life can provide meaningful experiences and connections that other activities just cannot provide.” Said Joe Wolf, Greek Council President and senior member of Pi Sigma Chi.

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Dr. Pigge in Hall of Fame

JoyceThe National Assocation of Intercollegiate Athletics announced through a video presentation Tuesday afternoon that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge has been inducted into the National Hall of Fame.

Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many other schools have used her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance over the years. We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College, serving the KCAC and the NAIA.” …continue reading>

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Exhibit opens

artexhibit_9-8-15A ceramics exhibit by Ted Adler will be displayed September 8 through September 30, 2015 in Mingenback Gallery on the campus of Bethany College.

The exhibition includes a closing reception and gallery talk on September 30, from 2-4 p.m. Adler will be speaking about his art and the transformations that his artwork has taken over the course of his career at 2:30 p.m.

Adler is an artist working primarily in ceramics media. He has exhibited work in more than 75 exhibitions, including a recent solo exhibition in February 2014 at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery in New York City.  An Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics Media at Wichita State University, Adler received his Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1993 and his Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 2002. He also studied with renowned artist Toshiko Takaezu, with whom he apprenticed for more than a year in her Quakertown, New Jersey studio.  Adler has lectured and demonstrated at numerous ceramic centers and universities across the nation, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Arrowmont School of Crafts, and the Anderson Ranch Art Center.

The exhibit 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, former professor of art at Bethany.

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:

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Lucas travels to Japan

LUCAS 0049 (1)Bethany Music Professor Mark Lucas said “Sayanora” to Lindsborg and “Konnichiwa” to Japan this week when he embarked on a journey that will take him to Tokyo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima, and finally Kyoto for the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS).

The ISPS is run jointly by the faculties of Ryukoku University in Japan and the Royal College of Music in London. Lucas and colleague Andrew Homburg, a 1998 Bethany College graduate, were selected to present a poster and symposium at the prestigious international conference. They began working together on their presentation concept after Lucas invited Homburg to Bethany as a guest clinician for the “Real Men Sing” festival and they surveyed participants about why they sing.

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Welcome Freshman Class!

GroupPhotoBethany College welcomed the Class of 2019 to campus on August 16. Freshman gathered on the steps of Presser Hall for a group photo – a tradition that marks the beginning of each freshman class at Bethany College. The class will be photographed again on the steps of Presser in four years at commencement.

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Professor speaks at conference

John Mullen crop webJohn Mullen, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, was a break session speaker at the recent BioLogos Foundation Conference on Evolution and Christian Faith in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The BioLogos Foundation invites the best Christian minds in science, theology, biblical studies, and philosophy to provide virtual and actual content regarding the harmony between science and biblical faith on the evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.

Professor Mullen’s presentation was recorded and can be listened to here (scroll down to John Mullen.)

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New Student Teachers

Students from the Bethany College Department of Education are getting real-life experience in the classroom this semester. Nineteen Bethany College Education majors, representing elementary, secondary, and special education teaching, recently met with their cooperating teachers and have begun the final phase of their training and licensure process with student teaching assignments at area schools.

The Bethany students include, from:

Abilene – Courtney Strauss, Health and Physical Education at Central High School and Coronado Elementary, Salina.

Great Bend – Amber Kasselman, Business at Central High School, Salina.

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New Residence Hall Opens

DSC_0198Bethany College will officially open its newest residence hall on Wednesday, August 19 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The new facility, at Second and Normal Streets, will be open for tours that evening.

Residential staff has already started moving into the facility, pre-season student athletes will move in on August 11 and new students will move in on August 16.

The new hall features a unique living experience for its students that emphasizes community while offering privacy to its residents. The 241 bed residence hall fits perfectly into Bethany’s housing options, explains Matt Riordan, director of residential education and services.

“It gives us an ideal continuum of housing options for our students,” he said. “It fits nicely between our traditional shared living space halls like Warner and Gregory and our apartment-style living at the Swede Suites.”

Emphasizing community with its shared living spaces, the new hall also offers privacy with each bed in its own room. The rooms are configured in suites that range from 1 to four person and three large suites including two six-person suites and one 10-person suite. The large 10-person suite is being developed as a shared-experience living environment and this year groups bid on a chance to live there. The idea of a group of students with common experiences living together is being piloted in the new hall and may be utilized in other halls in the future, according to Riordan.

The new hall was built to accommodate the increased enrollment trend Bethany has experienced over the past seven years. Enrollment has shown steady growth from 537 in 2007 to last fall’s 717. Last year, students were housed in local motels due to a lack of on-campus housing. It features two classrooms, large laundry facility and wireless internet throughout the facility.

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Opening Convocation 2015

DSC_0204Bethany College students will officially be welcomed to campus at the school’s annual Opening Convocation on Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Dr. Robert Vogel, Bethany’s interim president, will be the speaker for the event.

Provost Bob Carlson will introduce and welcome faculty and Paige Stewart, Swede Government Association president, will recognize the Class of 2019 and Transfer Students.

New full-time faculty members this year include Lillian Green, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, and Pari Ford, assistant professor of mathematics. Dr. Green comes to Bethany from Monteverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Florida and earned her graduate degree from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. Professor Ford comes to Bethany from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and earned her graduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and undergraduate degree at Kearney.

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Bethany Moment of Prayer

Candles-(3)Bethany College will welcome students to campus on the first day of classes, Thursday, August 20, with a “Bethany Moment of Prayer” beginning at 8 until 9 a.m. in the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The college extends a heartfelt invitation to all members of the community and the campus, to join in this prayer observance at any time during the hour as it begins the new academic year.

All friends of Bethany College, whether they are able to attend or not, are invited to participate as the college casts a wide net of prayer and support for the present and future vitality of Bethany College and its students. Please take a moment on August 20 between 8 and 9 a.m. to join us in Prayer of Bethany College.

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