Artist presents workshops

artdeptGinnie Hsu, a visual designer, illustrator and storyteller will visit Bethany College from February 26 to 27 to present her work, speak with students on their design portfolios, discuss design thinking, and conduct a “zine” workshop.

Hsu will speak about her work in design, illustration, and mobile app creation processes on February 26 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and February 27 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center. Her discussion titled “Design Thinking” will be on February 26 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center and the “Happy Zine” workshop will take place on February 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 129 in the Mingenback Art Center.

Hsu is a professional visual designer and storyteller. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication focusing on Interactive Design and Visual Storytelling at The University of Texas at Arlington. She believes that well-designed digital experiences and technology can help improve society and human life. Her inspirations come from daily observations and empathy. Hsu’s mobile app “Bright”, has recently won the American Advertising Award, Student Silver Award, and she has received other various recognitions and awards for her work.

This event 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.

Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily. Contributions are accepted – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this event. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email:

Reception planned

headshot-web-v_CandiDavisA reception honoring Candi Davis, executive secretary to the president, will be held on Tuesday, February 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Pearson Chapel Commons. Candi will retire from her position at Bethany College at the end of this month. She began her career at Bethany in 1984 in the accounting office and worked in career services before moving to the provost office where she worked for 10 years as the administrative assistant. She has been in the president’s office for the past eight years.

Dust Bowl program

DustBowlBethany College will host “Dust, Drought & Dreams Gone Dry: Oklahoma Women and the Dust Bowl,” presented by Dr. Shelly Lemons and Dr. Steven K. Kite on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at Lindquist Hall on Bethany campus. The program is free and open to the public.

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President elected to board office

President Ed Leonard

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III was recently elected secretary-treasurer on the board of directors of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA),
having served on the board as a director the past two years. He is the first Bethany College president since Emory Lindquist in 1947 to serve as an officer of LECNA and the appointment places him in rotation to serve as board chair in a few years.

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Featured Student of the Week – Camille McIver

CamilleName: Camille McIver

Major: Biology

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Softball, Kappa Gamma Phi, Peer Ministry

Plans for the future: Attend a Physician’s Assistant program

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I was introduced to Bethany through softball and when I came here I loved the small school feeling and that everyone really seemed to care about each other.

Here is Camille’s Bethany Story….

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Pearson Professor Announced

ArneDahlBethany College will welcome renowned Swedish author Jan Arnald to campus in April as the 2015 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

Regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers in Scandinavia, celebrated author, critic and editor Jan Arnald is the man behind the bestselling “Intercrime” series, written under the pen name of Arne Dahl. The highly praised series of novels has sold more than 2.5 million copies and has won distinguished awards in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The series has been translated into more than 25 languages and several titles are available in the United States. The novels were adapted for television and aired in Great Britian, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, Japan, and across Latin America.

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Osher class offered

banned-in-bostonBethany College will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas to offer a class this spring on Bethany’s campus.

Bethany College Part-time Professor of English Eric Monder, will teach “Banned in Boston! Censorship and the Movies,” on Thursdays beginning February 19 through March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Social Science Center, room 16.

This course examines films withheld from public view due to their sexual, religious or political content. Created by filmmakers from different eras, some of these works dared to break traditions and defy conventions; thus, potential cinematic breakthroughs were lost to history, preventing a deeper understanding of the culture of the day. For example, the class will see The Spirit of ’76, a Revolutionary War epic directed by American Robert Goldstein, imprisoned by the government (in 1917) for making “treasonous” art. Students will compare censored and uncensored scenes from movies, re-evaluate films acceptable in their day but now considered politically incorrect, and debate what should be banned and who should make such decisions.

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

Re-surfacing begins at track

EntranceD.L. Anderson track at Bethany College will be closed this week beginning Tuesday, January 27 for crews to begin to re-spray and re-stripe the track’s surface. The process will upgrade the surface for both performance and longevity.

All areas inside the fence at the stadium – the track, runways, and turf – will be closed until the work is complete sometime next week. Any foot traffic or use of the track will delay the completion of the project. The project will be completed in two phases. The respray phase is expected to be complete by Saturday, January 31 and the restripe phase will be finished early next week. Signs are posted restricting access to the stadium area.

The project is a joint effort between Bethany College and the Smoky Valley School District.

Students lead tennis effort


Doug Talbott, development officer; and Kenzi Choitz, student and tennis team member, display an artist conception of the tennis facility improvements.

A student-led effort to enhance tennis facilities at Bethany College has resulted in a fundraising campaign that has nearly reached its initial goal of $400,000.

Students representing the Bethany tennis program and student government worked with members of the Bethany Office of Advancement to propose the improvement project at a recent board of directors meeting. Since then, the committee has worked with alumni, friends and organizations to raise 94 percent of the estimated $400,000 for the first phase of the project. The Swede Government Association was the first to pledge to the campaign with a gift of $50,000.

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