McKinney named distinguished professor

McKinney_3The most recent Mingenback Distinguished Professor found herself pleasantly surprised when she realized she was contemplating a move to central Kansas to accept a teaching position at Bethany College. Virginia McKinney, assistant professor of art – ceramics and sculpture, joined the Bethany faculty last fall and was recently named Mingenback Distinguished Professor.

During her interview process, McKinney said she could tell how invested the students were in the school and in the art department. “The interview process was fascinating to me,” she said. “A group of students were in on the interview and asked really hard-hitting questions. That really impressed me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I am really considering a move to Kansas.’”

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Faculty receive awards

The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College announced the recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and the Woodward Endowment Awards.

Marlysue Holmquist2Marlysue Holmquist, professor of elementary education, has been awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $505 to work on collecting and chronicling the work of Amalia Rabenius for a book about her part in Bethany College’s history.

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Swedes website earns honor

naia-sidaThe official website of the Bethany College Department of Athletics, www.bethanyswedes.com, earned fourth place in the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors of America (NAIA-SIDA) Publications and Media Contest Awards for Digital Media, Outsourced Websites. “We are very excited to receive recognition for all the work we put in to redesigning the website,” said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. “We believe that a quality, updated website is one of the most important tools our Athletic Department can use to market, report, and promote the Swedes. A huge thank you to Laura Moreno for all of her work in figuring out how to make this transition work smoothly.” The NAIA-SIDA announced the Publications and Media Contest Awards Results at their annual convention June 8-9.

Education Department receives accreditation

CAMPUS    0405The Education Department at Bethany College recently received continued accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Bethany’s education program has a long history of excellence and was the first private college in Kansas to receive NCATE accreditation in 1954. Continue reading

Bethany College Commencement

commencementOn May 18, Bethany College honored 118 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2013-2014 academic year. Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2013-2014 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus. The Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Mansholt, Bishop-elect, East Central Wisconsin Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and former Bethany College board member, addressed the graduating class of 2014 during the commencement ceremony. The Reverend Amy Kay Pavlovich, a Bethany College graduate of 1997 and owner of the Fair Trade store Connected in Lindsborg, preached during baccalaureate worship. Bishop Mansholt was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Mikhail Zhilin a Finance, Management: International Management major from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, was the senior speaker and Kaleb Feist, Instrumental Music Education major from Salina, was the senior musician performing on the tuba.

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.

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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