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2WalkingEntranceBethany College recommends student loan borrowers take precaution when discussing their student loans. While students may be eligible for loan forgiveness, they will want to speak with the appropriate company to determine their eligibility. Bethany College does not endorse the services of private advocacy companies.

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Join the choir!

MessiahTeaserThe Bethany Oratorio Society will begin rehearsals for its renowned Easter performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

All vocalists, ages 16 and older, are invited to be a part of the choir. Rehearsal times are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays for “Messiah” and on Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. for those performing in Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion”  on Good Friday. Vocalists new to the choir should plan on arriving at 2:15 p.m. for voice placement. Scores will be available for purchase and will be provided to students.

For more information about how you can become a member of the Bethany Oratorio Society, please visit the website at or email:

Every year since 1882, the Bethany Oratorio Society has presented “Messiah” at Bethany College. The society has performed “Messiah” across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. It is the centerpiece of the Messiah Festival of the Arts, a 10-day celebration of music, theater and art. This year’s Festival begins March 18 and continues through Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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Coach sets record

headshot-v_AaronYoderFor most the thought of running a mile is daunting and setting a record even more challenging. Bethany College Track Coach Aaron Yoder decided to take those challenges and make them just a little bit harder by doing both, only backwards.

Yoder was recently notified by Guinness World Book of Records that he is the official title holder for the Fastest Run Backwards, One Mile. His record time, 5 minutes 54.25 seconds, was achieved on November 23, 2015 in Lindsborg. The run was recorded by photographer Jim Turner of Lindsborg and posted on YouTube.

“Jim was truly the mastermind behind this endeavor,” Yoder said. “He did all the legwork with the technology and administration of the evidence.”

Yoder isn’t sure if his new record, the first of its kind in the Guinness World Book, will make backwards running the new fitness craze. He will just be happy if it gets more people up moving and being fit.

“That’s always my goal,” he said. “To inspire people to get fit. If trying to break my record will help, that would be great.”

Yoder began running backwards as a kid, he said. “It was a way for me to get a better workout at home on the treadmill we had. Then I started running backwards and my mom would ride along with me outside on her bike.”

While submitting the necessary documentation for the Guinness World Record Book, Yoder discovered there is a community of backward runners and a world championship that he plans to compete in this summer in Essen, Germany. He hopes maybe someday it could even become an Olympic event.

“You never know,” he said. “Ultimate Frisbee is a recognized Olympic sport.”

Yoder’s record setting run can be seen on YouTube  and his officially listing in the Guinness World Book of Records can be found here.


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Messiah Festival announces soloists

Continuing its tradition of hosting high-caliber operatic performers, the Bethany Oratorio Society is pleased to announce this year’s soloists for the 2016 Messiah Festival of the Arts.

The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform its historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, March 25, and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, March 27.   The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929.  During Holy Week each year in Lindsborg, the more than 300 member community chorus and orchestra are joined by five professional operatic guest soloists.  Guest soloists for this year’s concerts include: Anders Jalkéus, bass; Alison Collins, soprano; Clea Huston, mezzo; Randolph Lacy, tenor; Leslie John Flanagan, baritone; Brian Stranghoner, tenor. Tickets are $22 or $25 for each concert, and are on sale now at or by calling the Festival office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229.  Continue reading

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Worship Symposium 2016

AR-141019624Bethany College is hosting a Worship Symposium on ​January 22-23 in the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on campus.

The symposium, titled “Collaborate, Integrate, and Innovate: CREATING VITAL WORSHIP,” is designed for Clergy, Musicians, and Laity. to assist them in Creating Vital Worship (for all ages) through Word, Music, and Drama.

The symposium will feature hands-on sessions that can help promote creative worship in congregations with limited resources. Intentionally scheduled in the month of January, the goal is that all who participate will come away renewed and reinvigorated in the creativity of worship.

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Messiah Festival announces events

MessiahBrochureCVRThe Messiah Festival of the Arts proudly announces the major concert events and theme for its 2015-16 season. This year’s Festival is titled “Imagine” and will feature a wide variety of art, music and theatrical events during the 10-day event beginning March 18 and continuing through Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

The Festival will kick off on Palm Sunday weekend with the opening of the Juried Student Art Exhibit in the Mingenback Gallery and production of Lucas Hnath’s play “The Christians” in the Burnett Center, both on the Bethany campus. “The Christians,” was described by the New York Times as “a white-knuckled drama about…a theological battle” and “…a deeply affecting new play.”

“The Christians” will be performed Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.

On Palm Sunday, the Bethany Oratorio Society will present “A Musical Tribute to Dr. Walter J. Pelz.” Dr. Pelz is a renowned Lindsborg musician and has been honored for his contributions as a composer and church organist. He was a Bethany music professor for 30 years beginning his career at the College in 1969. He has composed several hundred works that are included in hymnals and featured on many recordings. He was most recently honored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians at its national convention in 2015.

The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform its historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, March 25 and G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, March 27. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” continuously since 1882 and Bach’s “Passion” since 1929. During Holy Week each year in Lindsborg, the more than 300 member community chorus and orchestra are joined by professional operatic guest soloists for the performances. Guest soloists this year include: Anders Jakéus, bass; Alison Collins, soprano; Clea Huston, mezzo; Randolph Lacy, tenor; Leslie John Flanagan, bass; and Brian Stranghoner, tenor. Full biographies of each soloist can be found on the Messiah website at

Tickets are $22 or $25 for each concert and will go on sale January 4, 2016. They can be purchased online at or by calling the Messiah Festival office at (785) 227-8229, ext. 8229.

Additional events in the Messiah Festival schedule include the Fourth Annual Art Installation Displays in downtown Lindsborg, the Midwest Art Exhibit at the Birger Sandzén Gallery, Symphonic Band Concert, and Student Honors Recital. A full list of activities and performances can be found at

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Professor posts on blog

John Mullen crop webProfessor John Mullen, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, has published a blog post for the BioLogos website. The BioLogos foundation as according to their website, “presents evolution as God’s means of creation, so that the Church may celebrate and the world may see the harmony between science and the biblical faith.” His posts were related to evolution and can be accessed here:


Professor Mullen joined Bethany College in 2012 as a professor of Philosophy. He is a retired Naval Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University.

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Bethany receives gift

InvestStudSccssA love of her Swedish heritage and a strong desire to share it with future generations was the motivation for Joyce Specter to gift $500,000 to Bethany College, according to her niece Judith Brazilay.

“I spent a lot of time as a child with my Aunt Joyce. She loved sharing her Swedish heritage it was very important to her. It is very appropriate that her legacy be part of the Swedish Chapel at Bethany College.”

The gift to Bethany was left in her estate and designated to support and or help maintain costs associated with the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. She attended the groundbreaking for the facility in 2013 and was very excited and proud to part of the project, according to Brazilay, who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Specter was born in Enterprise, Kansas and graduated from the Wichita Business College and worked at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, where she met her husband Morton. She and her husband were long-time residents of Russell, Kansas. Her brother-in-law was the former Senator Arlen Specter. She was an avid and knowledgeable antique collector and appreciated art. Her hobby, which became a vocation, brought her to Lindsborg often.

“She was very interested in art and antiques and we visited Lindsborg many times because of that and her love of her Swedish roots,” Brazilay said. “As a child she taught me a lot about Swedish traditions. We never made lutefisk, but we talked about it a lot. We did make meatballs and sweet cakes.”

Specter was 93 years old when she passed away this October in Russell, but her legacy will be honored with the naming of a portion of the Pearson Chapel as the Joyce “Hacker” Specter Gallery. The Gallery is the main hall of the Welcome Center, just outside of the Chapel, and provides a space to display student art and other temporary art exhibitions.

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Department of Music Nationally Recognized

DSC_4580The Bethany College Department of Music has received continued accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music. The Bethany music program has been an accredited school of music since 1935.

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 653 accredited institutional members.  It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation.

“Graduating with a music degree from a NASM accredited school is something that graduate programs look for in a student,” Daniel Masterson, associate professor and co-chair of the music department, said. “We have many students who look for NASM accredited schools as well. The accreditation process holds our program to a higher standard, recognized across the nation.”

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