Program welcomes students

AT Cohort Fall 2016

The Bethany College Athletic Training program has accepted its newest cohort group. These students are prepared to enter the program in the 2016 fall term. Pictured from left are: (front) Dr. David Slack, program director, Melanie D’Amour, Kayla Anthony, Jimmy Caiola, clinical experiences coordinator, and Dallas Fenn, assistant athletic trainer; (back) ChyAnn Campbell, Chavaz Jackson, and Shannon Markey.

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Orchestra prepares concert

DSC_0016Making classical music accessible and enjoyable to all ages is the intent of the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra’s upcoming concert on Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.

Prior to the concert, several Bethany College music and general education students along with Professors Lillian Green, assistant professor of music, and Gretchen Norland, assistant professor of secondary education, will conduct sessions at Soderstrom Elementary for second and third grade students. The sessions will integrate art, music and storytelling. The art created by the Soderstrom students will then be on display at the concert in the lobby of Presser Hall.

“The music at the concert is very evocative and full of stories and images,” Professor Green said. “There will be a lot for young people to grab onto and for audience members of all ages to enjoy.”

Also, just before the concert’s start at 3:30 p.m., an “Instrument Parade” will take place to introduce children to the different instruments in an orchestra.

The concert will feature works by Bizet, Borodin, Grieg, and Handel and a solo organ performance by Tyler Breneman, senior music student. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Students film on set

film_studentsStudents at Bethany College at MindFire experienced first-hand what it is like to work on a film set recently in Wichita’s Old Cowtown. Current and former students, under the supervision of faculty members, Shane Wallace and Shawn Rhodes, ran cameras and recorded audio for the short film, “Midnight Shanghai.”

Bethany College Board Member Jason Opat is working as the cinematographer on the film and introduced the students to established Native American actor and the film’s director, Ricky Lee. Students worked all day on the film, capturing footage and editing audio.

“This gives our students a hands-on experience working with real professionals in the industry. Not only in Wichita, but they are making connections in other states as well,” Ed Pogue, director of MindFire. Bethany College at MindFire is in the old Wichita Mall on East Harry Street in Wichita and houses the Department of Digital and Media Arts for the college.

“Midnight Shanghai” is also being filmed in Lamy, New Mexico, just outside Santa Fe. Students will be traveling as time permits to New Mexico to participate in the productions there. MindFire supplied equipment for the shoot and also offers its students use of professional film equipment. Fall 2016 semester starts August 24.

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Search continues

BethSealThe search for the next President of Bethany College is progressing on schedule.  The search committee met most recently on April 1 and selected a group of candidates whose background and experience ­seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications established for the search. At this time, committee members are checking references for these candidates.

The committee will meet again in mid-April to discuss the results of reference calls and to select a smaller number of candidates who will be invited to confidential preliminary interviews with the search committee. On completion of that round of interviews, the committee will select two or three finalist candidates who will be invited to participate in more extensive on-campus interviews with a broad range of Bethany constituents. These interviews will occur during the first week of May. The Board of Directors is expecting to receive a Search Committee recommendation during its May 13-14 meeting.

“We are pleased with the candidate pool and have every reason to believe our search will come to a successful conclusion in early May,” Search Committee Chair Sean Patty said. “The committee will continue to stay in touch with the campus and Lindsborg community throughout the process.”

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Updates improve sound

MESSIAH 2016-92Completion of the first phase of improvements to Bethany College’s premier performance space, Presser Hall Auditorium, occurred just in time for this year’s Messiah Festival of the Arts concerts and events during Holy Week.

A new sound system, completed on March 17, was made possible through a grant from the Rouback Family Foundation. “The experience of all hearing and understanding the speaker’s words wherever one is seated is now possible,” Dan Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany Music Department, said. “This simply was not the case for the former system.”

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Department hosts book talk

DarcyLeechThe Bethany College English Department and the Writing Center will host a book talk and signing by Darcy Leech ‘08, on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Welcome Center Board Room on the Bethany campus.

Leech, author of “From My Mother,” a memoir about surviving and thriving in a family ravaged by genetic disease, will present on “Publishing and Marketing a First Book in the Social Media Era.” She graduated from the Bethany College Honors program as a summa cum laude with a dual major in English Education and Philosophy.

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Students perform in Messiah

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Each year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal of “Messiah.” The students performed Monday, March 21. Those performing are from left: (front) Annie Halterman, Kayln Powers, Kathryn Campbell, Alyson Wierman; (second row) Isaiah Fabrizius, Elisabeth Phelan, Alyson Krohn, Sydney Johnson; (third row) Jaydon Evans, Austyn Callahan, Mark Klaassen, Alec Schneider, Stephen Klaassen, Tyler Breneman, and Landon Slipke. Not pictured is Esther Weicht.

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Student selected for recital

DSC_0163Nine Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include (from left): Landon Slipke, sophomore, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Alyson Krohn, senior, Agenda, Kansas; Stephen Klaassen, freshmen, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Carly Rosey, sophomore, Princeton, Kansas, piano; Christian Cooper, sophomore, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Kalyn Powers, freshman, Lindsborg; Samantha Anderson, senior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Tyler Breneman, senior, Lincoln, Kansas, organ.

The Honors Recital is an annual presentation of the top performing students in the music program at Bethany College, and is part of The Messiah Festival of the Arts.  Remaining events of the festival are the Good Friday performance of JS Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew,” and concludes on Easter Sunday with the traditional performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” A full schedule of events and tickets can be found online at www.messiahfestival.org. For more information or purchase tickets by phone, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229.

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Art students earn awards

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Kami Olson stands with her jewelry that won Best of Show.

Works of art by Bethany College students are currently on display as part of the 2016 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 1 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus.

The exhibition features 3-D explorations, ceramics, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Award winners were announced at a reception on Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the gallery. Best of show was given to Kami Olson, a sophomore from Sedgwick, Kansas, for her jewelry.

The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Swedes host free clinic

BthSwds-PrimMark(CLR)-transThe Bethany Swede Baseball and Softball programs will host a free clinic for Smoky Valley students on Monday, April 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the college baseball and softball fields.

The clinic is open to all children grades kindergarten through eighth and will cover all areas of baseball and softball including hitting, pitching, fielding and base-running. Pre-registration is not required and the clinic will end at noon.

For more information or questions, please contact Bethany Baseball Coach Andrew Bartman at (217) 737-3593 or email at bartmanar@bethanylb.edu.

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