Bethany Jazz Fest

Donna Singer

Donna Singer

The Bethany College 2015 Jazz Festival will feature performances by Donna Singer at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concerts will highlight a full day of live jazz performances – all free and open to the public.

Six area jazz ensembles will attend clinics and jam sessions throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.

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Fall Awards

Recipients of the Athletic Hall of Honor Award, Coach of the Year Award, and BAA Award of Merit will be honored on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The awards luncheon, catered by Brookville Hotel, begins at 12:30 p.m. in Stroble-Gibson. The cost is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 5-11. Children 4 and under are free.
The Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany was noteworthy and exemplary of the high standards for which Bethany athletics historically have been known. The 2015 recipients of the Athletic Hall of Honor are: Ralph Fry ’66, Dustin Hildebrand ’03, Nate Sungy ’02 and Ricky Johnson ’84 (inducted in June).

The Alumni Coach of the Year Award was established in order to recognize the individual Bethany former student or graduate who has directed and coached a secondary or collegiate varsity sport team or teams to a level of performance which is recognized as outstanding by those associated with that particular varsity sport. Receiving the honor this year is Misty Opat ’93.

The 2015 recipients of the Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit are Don Bengtson, and Harold Olson (posthumously). This award gives recognition to an active member of the association that has demonstrated meritorious service to youth or their career.

You can make your reservation by calling the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270; or reserve online at Reservations are due by October 3, 2015.


Ralph Fry


Dustin Hildebrand

Nate Sungy

Nate Sungy


Ricky Johnson


Misty Opat

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Lift High The Cross


The Class of 2015 presented a new cross for the annual Lift High Cross tradition at Homecoming.

Sign-ups to cover a shift of Lift High the Cross (LHTC) will begin September 28 through October 2 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Caf or anytime in the Student Development Office. Lift High The Cross will kickoff on October 7 at 9 p.m. in the Amphitheatre and will continue with the cross lifted high each hour until the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 10.

The tradition dates back to 1993 when student government president Donnie Herren wanted Bethany students to undertake some kind of Guinness Book of World Record achievement during Homecoming. He envisioned an activity that involved all students where Bethany’s identity in Christ would be visible and where the Homecoming celebration would be connected with Bethany’s faith community.
This year’s LHTC event will conclude with a procession from the center of campus to the football stadium where a prayer will be offered before the game begins.
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Senior Vocal Recital

KrohnBethany College Senior Alyson Krohn will perform a vocal recital on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on Bethany’s campus.

Krohn is from Belleville, Kansas and studying vocal music education and theatre. She is currently a student of Professor Jodi Frisbee-Reese.

Her recital will feature the works of Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Amy Cheney Beach, George Gershwin, and Kurt Weill. She will be accompanied by Genevieve Bishop.

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Day of Peace

DSC_0040Bethany College students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the International Day of Peace celebration during Chapel on Monday.

Since 1981, this day has been set aside by the United Nations. All forces in combat are called to observe cease-fires, and all peoples and nations are invited to reaffirm their commitment to non-violence and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

DSC_0038The Bethany community gathered in the Amphitheater to create, hang, and dedicate strings of prayer flags, a common custom in Nepali and Tibetan Buddhism. In Christian and Jewish traditions, offerings and incense are burned so that prayers might rise to God on the smoke. In a similar way, wind carries prayers written on these flags to all places in the world. What better place for them, than the windy Kansas prairie?

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Greeks Start Semester Strong

JV volleyball

Posing for a quick picture, these Greeks were the first of many to make it to the JV volleyball game. Greek Life is putting a higher emphasis on being Greek no matter the time or place.

This semester Bethany College Greek Life has been very busy. With a focus on retention and giving back to the community, Greek Council has organized and hosted events that make the campus fell more like a home. Pairing with SAB during orientation Greek Life members from each organization helped set up, serve and teardown the annual Ice Cream Social. Members of Greek Life were also part of the orientation team who helped freshmen adjust to the newest part of their lives.

The momentum of orientation just sparked the fire for the other events held thus far. Last week Greek Council organized “Go Greek Week”. On Tuesday sororities and fraternities set up tables in the Caf to introduce students to the individual groups. Trying something new for Wednesday, the fraternities and sororities all dressed in their letters to support the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams, including the Terrible Swede. Multiple events were hosted on Thursday. Greek Life hosted the weekly Big Brew which concluded right on time for students to make it to another new event: Tie-A-Toga. Greek Council gave away 25 free bed sheets to the first students to learn expert toga tying techniques. These techniques were handy for the night’s Toga Party, an annual event that includes music, refreshments, and opportunities to speak with fraternity men and sorority women. Lizzie Benoit, junior member of Alpha Delta Zeta, had this to say about the week, “The events give Greek Life a positive, uplifting name while also bringing the campus as a whole together.”

Dr. Vogel

Examining the Zeta’s trifold, Dr. Vogel learns information about Alpha Delta Zeta from junior Lizzie Benoit. Caf Day included many similar experiences for students as well.

This week the fraternities and sororities are hosting rush parties. Rush parties are informal opportunities to get to know a specific group of men or women. Micah Hirschler, junior member of Sigma Phi Omega, gave her opinion, “It’s refreshing to see how many people are interested in Greek Life this year.” Events will continue Saturday with fraternities and sororities giving bids to individuals whom they think share the same values as the group. The week will end Sunday night with the traditional Bow Night in which potential new members declare which group that they desire to join.

Being focused on the community, the Greek Council is planning on hosting its annual Caramel Apple Social in October and a Veteran’s Day letter drive in November. Greek Council’s current goals include reaching 25% student involvement with Greek Life. “We really want to do our part in enhancing the student experience this year. Greek Life can provide meaningful experiences and connections that other activities just cannot provide.” Said Joe Wolf, Greek Council President and senior member of Pi Sigma Chi.

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Dr. Pigge in Hall of Fame

JoyceThe National Assocation of Intercollegiate Athletics announced through a video presentation Tuesday afternoon that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge has been inducted into the National Hall of Fame.

Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many other schools have used her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance over the years. We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College, serving the KCAC and the NAIA.” …continue reading>

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Exhibit opens

artexhibit_9-8-15A ceramics exhibit by Ted Adler will be displayed September 8 through September 30, 2015 in Mingenback Gallery on the campus of Bethany College.

The exhibition includes a closing reception and gallery talk on September 30, from 2-4 p.m. Adler will be speaking about his art and the transformations that his artwork has taken over the course of his career at 2:30 p.m.

Adler is an artist working primarily in ceramics media. He has exhibited work in more than 75 exhibitions, including a recent solo exhibition in February 2014 at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery in New York City.  An Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics Media at Wichita State University, Adler received his Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1993 and his Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 2002. He also studied with renowned artist Toshiko Takaezu, with whom he apprenticed for more than a year in her Quakertown, New Jersey studio.  Adler has lectured and demonstrated at numerous ceramic centers and universities across the nation, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Arrowmont School of Crafts, and the Anderson Ranch Art Center.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Kahmeyer Visiting Visual Artist Lecture Series at Bethany College. This fund is supported entirely by charitable contributions in honor of Ray Kahmeyer, former professor of art at Bethany.

This event is free and open to the public. Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email:

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Lucas travels to Japan

LUCAS 0049 (1)Bethany Music Professor Mark Lucas said “Sayanora” to Lindsborg and “Konnichiwa” to Japan this week when he embarked on a journey that will take him to Tokyo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima, and finally Kyoto for the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS).

The ISPS is run jointly by the faculties of Ryukoku University in Japan and the Royal College of Music in London. Lucas and colleague Andrew Homburg, a 1998 Bethany College graduate, were selected to present a poster and symposium at the prestigious international conference. They began working together on their presentation concept after Lucas invited Homburg to Bethany as a guest clinician for the “Real Men Sing” festival and they surveyed participants about why they sing.

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Welcome Freshman Class!

GroupPhotoBethany College welcomed the Class of 2019 to campus on August 16. Freshman gathered on the steps of Presser Hall for a group photo – a tradition that marks the beginning of each freshman class at Bethany College. The class will be photographed again on the steps of Presser in four years at commencement.

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