Artist donates work


(From left) Ron Michael, Denise Carson and Warren Olson, members of the art review committee, stand with artist Joanne Nuss and President Edward Leonard around the sculpture that was donated to the college.

Her life-long inspiration from the works of Birger Sandzen led artist Joanne Nuss to Bethany College many times and most recently to donate one of her original cast-bronze sculptures to the college.

Titled “Offering I” the bronze sculpture is from a series that was created with the idea that all life is both a gift and an offering. The sculpture that Nuss has given to Bethany was inspired by the fields of golden wheat that she loved as a child growing up in Kansas.

Nuss currently lives in Great Bend, Kansas, but has lived in Albuquerque and remembers visiting Bethany College as a little girl.

“I remember my mother taking me by the hand through the Sandzen gallery here when I was child,” she said. “I just knew when I saw his work, that’s what I wanted to do.”

Bethany offers Osher class

american-familyBethany College will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas to offer a class this fall on Bethany’s campus.

Retired Bethany College English Professor Linda Lewis, Ph.D., will teach “The American Family in Literature and Pop Culture,” class on Mondays beginning October 13 through October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Social Science Center, room 16.

By examining depictions of American motherhood in literature and pop culture, this course traces the evolution of the American family – especially in the last half-century. Though not the exclusive focus, the mother becomes a lens to view and discuss societal, economic and familial changes. To this end, the course includes some psychological and sociological theory. Famous mothers in the course are selected from literature (Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne, Steinbeck’s Ma Joad, and Williams’s Amanda), from the funnies (Blondie), from verse and poetry, and from film and television (Father Knows Best to Modern Family).

Registration for the class and a complete program catalog can be found online at

Messiah announces 2015 season

TriptychThe Messiah Festival of the Arts proudly announces the major concert events and theme for its 2014-15 season.

The festival will kick off on Palm Sunday weekend with a full-scale production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s ground-breaking rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” featuring high-caliber guest stars in the leading roles, and a supporting cast of regional talent.  “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., and Palm Sunday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium.  Tickets for this production are $25 each, and will go on sale January 1.  Special guest stars for this show will be announced later this fall. Information about auditions for supporting cast and pit orchestra can be found on the Messiah Festival website, .

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Choir sings at IKEA

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

When the Swedish retail giant IKEA wanted to add Swedish flavor to the opening ceremony of its newest store in Kansas, it just made sense that it would reach out to Lindsborg and Bethany College.

The Bethany Chamber Choir performed the Swedish national anthem, “Du Gamla, Du Fria,” during the flag raising ceremony to open the Merriam, Kansas IKEA store on Wednesday, September 10.

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Athletic Training continues accreditation

Professor David Slack

Professor David Slack

The Athletic Training program at Bethany College recently received continued accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). In its letter to the college, CAATE wrote, “the commission commends the faculty, staff, and administrators for your commitment to the advancement of quality education in Athletic Training, as well as your dedication to the preparation of highly qualified Athletic Training professionals.”

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