College receives gift


Bethany College celebrated an estate gift given to the college of more than $2.2 million at a campus-wide event Thursday morning.

Lee Lundquist, a retired United States Army Colonel, left the college $2,260,460 in his estate to endow the Dean of Athletics position. The announcement of the gift was made on Founder’s Day at the campus-wide coffee break, “Big Brew.” Additionally, any remaining funds after the endowment are directed to help support the Messiah Festival of the Arts, and scholarships.

Lundquist, who attended Bethany College for two years studying business, was summoned to serve by the United States Army in 1942 and continued serving his country for 42 years. He and his wife, Karen, lived in Topeka where he stayed active in the Army Reserves and his church. While at Bethany he enjoyed participating in basketball, the Pi Sigma Chi fraternity, and the business club.

“This is a significant gift for the college,” President Robert Vogel said. “The gift helps Bethany continue to address students’ needs in a changing world and preparing them for success.”

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Fall faculty concert


From left: Cody Flory Robertson, Daniel Masterson, Paula Patterson, Ann Samuelson, Melody Steed, and Lillian Green. Not pictured is Kyle Hopkins.

The Bethany College music faculty will perform a concert on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured musicians include Cody Flory Robertson, cello; Lillian Green, viola; Kyle Hopkins, French horn; Daniel J. Masterson, piano; Paula Patterson, flute; Ann Samuelson, violin; and Melody Steed, organ. Works on the program include Brahms, Bunch, Chopin, Dvorak, Dohnany, and Kodaly.

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Fall bands concert

lone piperThe Bethany College Bands will present a concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert titled, “Celtic Impressions” will feature the Bethany College Band and Jazz Band directed by Claudio Re, Lillian Green and Sean Keasling. The program will be narrated by Bethany’s Professor of Drama Greg LeGault.

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Choirs, Orchestra perform

DSC_4580The Bethany Choir and Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium in a concert featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The concert, titled “Peace in Our Time” will also feature many college and community musicians including Jane Hyde on harp; Morgan Parker on percussion; and Dr. Melody Steed on organ. Dr. Lillian Green will direct the Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra while Dr. Mark Lucas will direct the Bethany College and Chamber Choirs, and Dalkoren. The ensembles will perform works by Gawthrop, Faure, Pelz, Mozart, and Ravel.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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KICA honors professor

headshot-web-v_MarkMcDonaldThe Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) announced today the selection of 17 college faculty members to receive the association’s Faculty of Distinction award.  Bethany Professor of Biology Mark McDonald is among those receiving the award. The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award reception in Newton Kansas, on November 3, 2015.

Professor McDonald was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College in May. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college. Professor McDonald, a 1991 Bethany College graduate, has been a member of the faculty since 1996.  He is the chair of the biology department and has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors.

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Alumni continue legacy

DSC_0023Jens Stensaas may not be a familiar name to many people today, but because of a generous donation from one of his descendants, his legacy of service to Bethany College continues.

Bill Gusenius and his wife Carol have donated $150,000 to Bethany College from sale of land formerly owned by Jens and Blanche Stensaas, Bill’s grandparents. The unrestricted gift is offered to help meet current financial needs and be used as a challenge for others. The Gusenius’, both 1973 graduates of Bethany and Lindsborg residents, decided the time was right to make the donation.

“The gift is a stretch and financially makes little to no sense for us,” Bill said. “But this isn’t an ordinary time for the college and we want to encourage other alumni to step up and give.” Continue reading

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Messiah announces season

MFA logoThe Messiah Festival of Arts proudly announces the major concerts, events and theme for the 2015-16 season.

“Imagine…” is the theme for the 135th Messiah Festival and audiences will be asked to do just that when they take part in Messiah Festival activities this year. The Festival staff is seeking active audience participation and will ask for responses to complete the phrase, “Imagine…” at each Festival event.

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Homecoming Candidates

DSC_7763Bethany College announced the 2015 Homecoming Court Winners. The King and Queen will be announced on Friday, October 9, 2015 after the Homecoming Talent Show at 7 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Congratulations to this years Homecoming Court:

King Candidates: Arman Hoque, Austin Stout, Bo Savage, Derick Kasier, Joe Wolf, Kale Terrill, Martin Virgil Bridges-Gatewood, Prestyn Atherton, Robyn Haynes, Tyler Breneman, Zachary Anderson.

Queen Candidates: Amelia Fabrizius, Anna King, Ari Anaya, Ashley Montoya, Bethany Elmquist, Halsie Large, Kara Shaheen, Kylee Martinez, Miranda Burton, Samantha Koons.

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Prepping for Hyllningsfest

group1Bethany College members of Gold Key, the women’s honor society, met with members of Bethany Auxiliary on Thursday, October 1 on campus to help make butter balls for the upcoming Svensk Hyllningsfest smorgasbord.

The volunteers cut 10 pounds of butter into more than 700 decorative balls for the traditional Swedish smorgasbord.

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Business Conference at Bethany

BusCarConf'15(CLR)4web_Page_1The Bethany College Business Department, Career Services and the Business Club will host the 17th bi-annual Business Conference on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

The conference’s primary purpose is to give Bethany students more knowledge about career opportunities by providing dialogue with successful alumni from different business fields.  Although focused primarily to Business majors, the conference is open to all interested Bethany students.

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