Featured Student of the Week – Melissa Woeppel

26 - Melissa WoeppelName: Melissa Woeppel

Major: English and Communications with a minor in Religion

Hometown: Firth, NE

Nominated by: Matt Riordan, Director of Residential Education and Services

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Swede Government Association, Choir, Band and Jazz Band, Handbells, Sigma Phi Omega Sorority, Campus Ministry, Greek Council, Gold Key

Plans for the future: Graduate from Bethany and see where life takes me.

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Engel shows art

Christina Engel

Christina Engel

Bethany College Art Department will host a gallery exhibit by Christina Engel, senior, of McPherson, beginning May 2 through May 8. The exhibit will feature works of ceramic, painting and prints. An opening reception and gallery talk will take place Sunday, May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mingenback’s art gallery, located at Second and Olsson Streets in Lindsborg.

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Spring Concert

Ann Samuelson

Ann Samuelson

The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature Ann Samuelson performing on violin Dvorak’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Samuelson is the string instructor at Bethany College and was recently concertmaster for the Bethany Oratorio Society performances for the Messiah Festival of the Arts.

“I have always loved the Romance by Dvorak and am delighted to be able to play it with the Bethany College and Community Orchestra,” Samuelson said.

The orchestra is conducted by Daniel J. Masterson, co-chair of the Music Department of Bethany College.  The program features a varied assortment of concert pieces, with works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, R. Strauss, Delius, Söderman, and Copland. Continue reading

Featured Student of the Week – Melodeigh Christiansen

25 - Melodeigh ChristiansenName: Melodeigh Christiansen

Major: Math education with an endorsement in Special Education and a minor in Psychology

Hometown: Denver, CO

Nominated by: Na Peng, Ph.D., Chair of Mathematics & Science Department, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Kappa Gamma Phi sorority, Greek Council, Von Neumann, Ambassador

Plans for the future: Change lives

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Campaign concludes early

ribboncompasBethany College President Edward F. Leonard III stated that this is “a significant, defining moment in the life of the college,” when he recently announced that the most recent fundraising campaign has exceeded its original goal by $2 million and has concluded one year earlier than planned.

Engage the Future: The Campaign for Bethany College, announced publicly in 2011 with a goal of $20 million, is the first in a series of fundraising campaigns to help Bethany College achieve its 20-year vision for the future and has secured gifts and pledges in excess of $22 million. Engage the Future is the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of the college and a springboard for a continued Bethany renaissance. Continue reading

Senior art exhibit

Holly PhelpsBethany College Art Department will host an exhibit featuring the artwork of Holly Phelps, senior, of Wichita.  The exhibition, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, runs through May 1 at the Mingenback Art Gallery located at the corner of Second and Olsson in Lindsborg, Kan. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Phelps is exhibiting paintings and drawings from her four years at Bethany. Her show, “Raw Essence” incorporates her own essence of beauty through nature and people. Her main work is multiple portraits done of fellow Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Phelps is the daughter of the Chuck Phelps and Rachel Blough.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Music program adds drumline

drumA new music opportunity at Bethany College will be introduced this fall when the Bethany Drumline takes the field at Swede football games. The newest music ensemble was announced by Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Bethany.

“I believe music is important to a community,” Re said. “The drumline will support the football team, but I think it will also directly impact our community. Bethany has a long tradition with the Blue Dozen pep band and now we have an opportunity to start a new tradition with the drumline.”

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Featured Student of the Week – Mark Klaassen

24 - Mark KlaassenName: Mark Klaassen

Major: Biology & Chemistry

Hometown: Marquette, KS

Nominated by: Mark Lucas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, Bethany Oratorio Society Conductor, Director of Choral Activities

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tri-Beta, Choir, Chamber Choir, Bethany Oratorio Society

Plans for the future: After Bethany I’m hoping to be accepted into Medical school.

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Student art selected

Messiah Exhibition 001 (1)

Works of art by 28 student artists are currently on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 23 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. Winners were announced on April 13 at a reception held in the gallery. The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Of the 190 works entered, exhibition jurors selected 72 works for inclusion in this year’s show. Students whose art was selected for inclusion are: Continue reading