Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.
Seven Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.
Students performing include: Samantha Anderson, junior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Mark Klaassen, sophomore, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Sydney Johnson, freshman, Assaria, Kansas, mezzo-soprano; Landon Slipke, freshman, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Christian Cooper, freshman, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Esther Weicht, junior, Branson, Missouri, mezzo-soprano; Laura Klaassen, senior, Marquette, Kansas, mezzo-soprano.
Dr. Carl A. and Alma Swensson
Small World Gallery in downtown Lindsborg will host a book signing event to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Bethany College founder Dr. Carl A. Swensson and his wife, Alma.
Karen Humphrey, author of “Grace, Faith and the Power of Singing. The Alma Christina Lind Swensson Story,” will be on hand to sign her book on Wednesday, April 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Coffee and cupcakes will be served to celebrate the Swensson’s 135th wedding anniversary.
Official headcount numbers for the spring semester show enrollment growth continuing at Bethany College. At 625, the college is recording the largest spring semester enrollment in 18 years. This follows the college’s largest fall enrollment in 20 years.
Bethany’s student population is widely diverse with students representing 34 states, and 30 countries, which accounts for 8 percent of the total student population.
The Bethany College Art Department will host the annual Juried Student Art Show as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts beginning March 27 through April 17. An opening reception for the show is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Bethany College will honor five of its alumni at the Spring Alumni Awards Luncheon during Palm Sunday weekend.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement and service to society by Bethany graduates. This year’s award include: Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award – Dorothy (McGowan) Carmichael ’61; Award of Merit – Dr. Gordon Eller ’64 and Ron Paulseen ’71; Distinguished Graduate Award – Randy Griffey ’90; Gold Award – Philip Brown ’01.
The awards luncheon takes place on March 28 in Pihlblad Memorial Union. A reception begins at noon in the Levin Room at the Union followed by the lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Reservations for the lunch are required by March 23 and can be made by contacting the Alumni Office at 9785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.
Maddy Shetlar working on her art installation.
Madison Shetlar, a Bethany College student from Salina, has been selected to display her artwork in downtown Lindsborg as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts.
A student athlete and artist, Shetlar has been involved in art her entire life growing up in Salina. From local festivals to summer classes and various art lessons, her work has been influenced by a number of creative experiences. Shetlar is a junior majoring in Art Education at Bethany College and while she is gaining experience in drawing, painting and sculpture, her primary focus is on ceramics. Her triptych clay tile installation explores various shapes, how they fit together and the different designs and textures that go on each tile. When she is not focusing on art or teaching strategies for future use, she can be found playing and coaching basketball or eating honey crisp apples.
Name: Tyler Smith
Major: Business Management/Finance
Hometown: Olathe, KS
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Wrestling team, Business Club, and Student Ambassador
Plans for the future: Find a career that I love, travel, and make new friends.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? Being a part of the new wrestling program.
Here is Tyler’s Bethany Story….
It was great experience to help start the wrestling program. I have made a lot of great relationships through wrestling. Wrestling has provided me with great development of character and memories. I am thankful to be at Bethany and for my teammates and coaches.
Bethany College Senior Laura Klaassen will perform her Senior Voice Recital on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
Klaassen, of Marquette, Kansas, is studying vocal music education at Bethany College and will student teach in the Hillsboro School District next fall. She is currently a vocal student of Lean Ann Anderson.
Her recital will feature the works of Hall Johnson, Purcell, Bizet and Mahler. Collaborating artists featured in her recital will include Mark Klaassen, tenor; Ellie Loder and Tanner Larson, trumpet; Ann Samuelson, violin; Meagan DeVore, cello; and she will be accompanied by Brenda Finch.
Randy Berry, a 1987 graduate and member of the Bethany College board of directors, was named as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons by United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
In a U.S. Department of State news release today, Secretary Kerry stated: “We looked far and wide to find the right American official for this important assignment. Randy’s a leader. He’s a motivator. But most importantly for this effort, he’s got vision. He’s a voice of clarity and conviction on human rights. And I’m confident that Randy’s leadership as our new Special Envoy will significantly advance efforts underway to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.”
Berry has recently served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam. The news release announcing his appointment further stated, “Wherever he’s served – from Nepal to New Zealand, from Uganda to Bangladesh, from Egypt to South Africa, and most recently as Consul General in Amsterdam – Randy has excelled.”
According to Secretary Kerry, the goal of the newly established position is to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation of gender identity, and build capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons. The Special Envoy will work with governments, civil society, and private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.
“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” Kerry said in the news release.
Name: ShaeLyn Hamel
Major: Finance and Management
Hometown: Wellington, KS
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):
Presently: Gold Key, Business Club Operations Manager, Servant Leadership Program, Chapel Choir, and Enrollment Services Student Worker
Past: SAB, Green Team, and Softball
Plans for the future: To become a financial advisor in a smaller town. I would like to live out in the country with my Siberian husky.
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because of the education opportunities in the business department, softball, and I like the smaller size of the college. Everybody seemed very nice and friendly on my visits here which was comforting.
Here is Shaelyn’s Bethany Story….
A positive experience I have had at Bethany is working in the Enrollment Services Office. I started working there the spring of my freshman year and loved it right away. Jill, Laura, and Mel are all awesome and I love working with them. They are funny and have made working there a very memorable experience for me. We have had some of the best laughs that I have ever had throughout my life and it will be sad to leave them when I graduate in January. I will miss them very much.