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beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 from Presser Hall.
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Jultide at Bethany is the Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth that features the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region. This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir. The Bethany Oratorio Society, the 250 member choir that traditionally performs Handel’s “Messiah” during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, will perform a few movements from “Messiah” as well as some new pieces. The Jultide Children’s Choir consists of 35 children from local public schools who auditioned for a place in the choir.
Other ensembles that will perform include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.
For many decades, this event, formerly known as “An Hour of Christmas” signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in the Smoky Valley. Admission is free, although free will offerings will be accepted.
Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, is the perfect time for friends of Bethany College to make a donation to the college.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, and individuals around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take action to support their favorite causes and create a better world.
#GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.
– Manny Matsakis
Bethany College announced today that it will begin the search for a new head football coach. “I would like to thank Coach Matsakis for his service to Bethany College,” said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. “The search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.”
Manny Matsakis came to Bethany College in 2013. While at Bethany, he established an overall record of 8-14 and 6-12 in KCAC play. Prior to his time at Bethany, Matsakis spent three years as the head coach at Enka High School in North Carolina.
Before his tenure at Enka High School, Matsakis was in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after serving at the offensive coordinator for one year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Matsakis’ coaching experience also includes head coach at Texas State University as well as other coaching positions at other universities.
Matsakis has served as the President and CEO of Big Season Sports, and founded the American Football Quarterly magazine, which is now American Football Monthly, the national trade journal for football coaches. In 2007, Matsakis began Triple Shoot Football Clinics to help high school and college football coaches implement his offensive system.
Matsakis was a three-time All-Conference kicker at Capital University (1980-83) and was a four-year letter winner. He currently holds the school record for longest field goal for making a 54-yarder in 1981. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The new Bethany College at MindFire Art Gallery at 3805 East Harry, Suite 105 in Wichita presents photographs by Sarah Mathia and recent ceramic works by Christina Engel.
A Closing Reception will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.Tours of the digital arts facility at MindFire will also be available.
Mathia is currently an instructor teaching design, animation and visual affects at Bethany College at MindFire. She has traveled across the U.S. and Canada taking photographs of natural fauna and environments. The photographs in this show are large color prints of flower formations including the various insects that call them home.
Bethany College is proud to announce accomplished musician Brandon Draper ’01 will be the special guest star in the Palm Sunday weekend performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts. Draper will be reprising his role of “Jesus” in the production, which he originally played while a student at Bethany in 2001.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” will kick off the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Tickets for all Messiah Festival events will go on sale in January.
There is just one more opportunity to audition for a role in the Messiah Festival of the Arts production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which will be performed on Saturday, March 28 and Palm Sunday, March 29 to open the annual Messiah Festival.
The last audition for lead ensemble roles will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Presser Hall. Lead ensemble roles will require acting, singing and dancing. Performers should come to auditions with a prepared song, performed in a rock-style. In addition to the prepared piece, a selection of music from the show and dances will be taught at the audition. Audition for the chorus were held November 16.
This year’s Messiah Festival begins March 28 and continues through Easter Sunday, April 5 and includes area art exhibits, concerts, fine arts workshops, and the Bethany Oratorio Society historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, April 3, and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929. Tickets for all events will go on sale January 1. Information about Messiah Festival can be found at www.messiahfestival.org .
Name: Krista Akers
Major: Psychology major; English minor
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Bethany honors program, Chapel Choir, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Sigma Phi Omega sorority, and Swede Government Association.
Plans for the future: After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology. My plans after that are less clear. A couple future possibilities are continuing my education and doing research or business consulting.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose to come to Bethany because of the small size and feeling of community, and I continue to enjoy that faculty, staff, and even community members remember my name and always say hello.
Here is Krista’s Bethany Story….
As part of an EBE, I worked with Dr. Mark McDonald to manage the operations of Nelson 116, the student-run coffee shop/smoothie bar on campus. Part of my duties included researching different point of sale systems, product research, employee scheduling, and organizing a grand opening. Successfully completing these tasks took the help of students, faculty, staff, and even community members. However, I didn’t have many connections to the Bethany campus or Lindsborg community at the time. Therefore, working with Nelson 116 forced me out of my comfort zone. Being pushed to contact individuals outside of my normal social circle helped me to develop my communication skills and grow as a person. Furthermore, witnessing people’s willingness to help me in my endeavors was a very humbling experience and made me feel truly blessed to be a part of such a supportive community.
Jultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.
This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir.
Bethany College Art Professor Mary Kay was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning for her inclusion in the State of the Art: Discovering American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can read more about the national art exhibit and Professor Kay’s art here and you can watch the CBS Sunday Morning segment featuring the Bethany professor here.
Ashley Glover, a Bethany College senior from Emporia, will perform her senior voice recital on Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. She will perform pieces from Debussy, Mozart, Copland and others.
Glover is a vocal music education major and a sacred music minor. In the spring, she will be student teaching at Stewart Elementary and Sacred Heart Middle/High School in Salina. She has studied under the direction of Leah Ann Anderson. She will be accompanied on Sunday by Genevieve Bishop.