Commencement Speakers

Bethany College is pleased to announce speakers for the 2015 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17. The Rev. Allen Smith will speak at the baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. and Randy Berry ’87 will speak at commencement at 2 p.m. Both events are held in Presser Hall Auditorium.


Rev. Smith

The Rev. Smith is pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Salina where he has served since 1999. Under his leadership the church’s current sanctuary was built after fire destroyed the church in November 1999. He accepted his call into ministry February 1997 and received his ministerial training from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. His son, Devin, is a senior at Bethany College and a member of the Swedes basketball team.



Berry graduated from Bethany in 1987 and was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam and was recently named by the U.S. Department of State as its first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. He also serves on the Bethany College Board of Directors.

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Spring orchestra concert

DSC_4589The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert, titled “Far-Away Lands and Mystical Creatures,” will feature the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra directed by Dr. Daniel Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany music department. Featured performers include Ellen Neufeld and Richard Anderson, oboe; and guest conductor Nickolas Carlson. Works by Vivaldi, Sibelius and Stravinsky will be performed.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Featured Student of the Week – Ross Bergsten

Ross (1)Name: Ross Bergsten

Major: Biology

Hometown: Blue Rapids, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Biochem, Tribeta, Honors

Plans for the future: Attend grad school at K-state next semester

Here is Ross’s Bethany College Story…

My favorite positive memories here at Bethany hearkens back over my many years I’ve spent here. In my memory, my freshman year was like an origin story movie where I met all my current friends. While I have no specific favorite memory, the adventures that my friends and I have gone on throughout our four years here combine to form at least one pretty decent memory. Even though I am a senior, I hope that I have plenty more adventures with my friends left.

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Art Sale

Art saleThe Bethany College Art Department will hold its annual Art Sale on Saturday, April 25 during the Lindsborg in Bloom event.

The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. at 110 N. Main Street, in front of Chestnut Studios. A variety of items will be for sale including ceramics, prints, and greeting cards. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Kaymeyer Lecture series fund that brings visiting artists to Bethany College.

Students will also participate in the Lindsborg In Bloom street art project. Stop by the booth and watch art being made!

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Sara Arnald lecture

sara_arnald_2Swedish photographer Sara Arnald, wife of Bethany College’s Pearson Professor Jan Arnald, will present a lecture at the Sandzén gallery on Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. on her work in Sweden and beyond. Arnald is in residence at the Sandzén home on Bethany’s campus, during the month of April, working with Bethany College students and continuing to create her photographic art.

Her work is focused in nearly every aspect of photography, from art to news to portrait to still life, and is all part of her online portfolio that can be found at

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Kyle Johnson organ recital

CVP_KJohnson_011Bethany College will host an organ recital by Kyle Johnson on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Johnson is a 1995 graduate of Bethany where he studied organ with Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.

Johnson is coordinator of chapel music, university organist and lecturer of music at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where he also teaches organ lessons and other music classes. Johnson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with John Ditto; and a music degree from Indiana University where he studied organ with Larry Smith.

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Featured Student of the Week – Micah Dunkleberger


Micah (1)Name: Micah Dunkleberger

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Skiatook, Oklahoma

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):

I am the President of Newtonian Society, the Math and Science Representative on SGA, a member of Alpha Delta Zeta, a member of Tri-Beta, a Servant Leader Scholar, a Sustainability Scholar, and a Resident Assistant for Anna Marm Hall.

Plans for the future:

I am pre-pharmaceutical and plan to work at a chain pharmacy before eventually settling down in a smaller town and owning my own pharmacy much like Apotek here in Lindsborg. I also would like to travel a lot in the future especially to Africa and Europe.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany?

I decided to attend Bethany because it was a smaller school and because the professors were very involved with their students. The professors want the students to succeed and do their best to help them achieve that success.

Here is Micah’s Bethany College Story…

One of the most positive experiences I have had at Bethany would have to be the help I have had from professors in obtaining intern positions. Dr. Van Tassel put me in contact with her husband this past summer and I was able to work with him at the Land Institute in Salina. Dr. Lockyear was also helpful because she was the one pushing me to go out there and look for internship opportunities. This past inter-term I had an EBE at the Apotek pharmacy here in Lindsborg thanks to Dr. Lockyear and Dr. McCormick’s suggestions to job shadow there. This has helped me to find a field that I want to pursue and am passionate about. Without these professors I would not have been able to take a closer look at the professional fields and find the best fit for me. I owe them a lot and appreciate their help even more. So, thank you to the wonderful professors and staff of Bethany College! All of you are very positive, uplifting, and helpful. I could not have learned or achieved as much as I have these past two years without each of you.

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Macur selected for national program

headshot-web-v_KenMacurBethany College is pleased to announce that Provost and Dean of the College Ken Macur, Ph.D., C.P.A., is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of an independent college or university. Dr. Macur will participate in two seminars held in Washington, DC, as well as readings, webinars, and a mentoring program. In addition, he will develop an experiential learning plan focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility.

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Writing Workshop


Jan Arnald and wife Sara visit with Bethany students at welcome reception.

Bethany College will host a writing workshop on Saturday, April 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sundstrom Conference Center. The workshop will feature Pearson Professor and acclaimed Swedish crime novelist Jan Arnald. A public reception for Arnald and his wife Sara, an accomplished photographer, will be held after the workshop at 11:30 a.m. at the Sundstrom.

The writing workshop is free and available to a limited number of participants. To register, please contact the Provost Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8104. Writers will be given the opportunity to meet with the Pearson Professor for a short conference prior to the workshop to discuss current writing projects.

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Student recital

elsie mealiff headshotBethany College Junior Elsie Mealiff will perform a viola recital on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.

Mealiff is from Beloit, Kansas and studying art therapy. She is currently a student of Ann Samuelson.

Her recital will feature the works of Alexander Glazunov, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms. She will be accompanied by Genevieve Bishop.

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