Board names interim provost

headshot-v_BobCarlsonThe Bethany College Board of Directors has named Professor Bob Carlson to serve in the role of Interim Provost effective June 15 upon the departure of Dr. Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. Dr. Macur recently announced he has accepted the position of president at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

“This appointment will assure that as transitions occur through the departure of President Leonard and Dr. Macur and decisions are finalized around other executive leadership, that the college and community have a strong point person in place,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of the Bethany College Board of Directors. “Bob’s length and breadth of service to Bethany will assure that our work for a successful fall semester continues.”

Professor Carlson has been a member of the Bethany faculty for 32 years.  He is also the Oscar D. Nelson Distinguished Professor of Business and serves as chair of the Business Department. He is a member of the Faculty Senate, the elected faculty representative to the Board of Directors, and serves as a Special Assistant to the Provost. Professor Carlson is a past recipient of the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He served as president of the faculty and faculty senate from 2007 to 2013 and also served for several years as the Special Assistant to the President for Innovation and New Ventures.

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III announced on May 13 that he was resigning to accept the position of president at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama.

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McDonald gets Mortvedt

DSC_0023Bethany Biology Professor Mark McDonald was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciate dinner Thursday, May 14. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college.

Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Professor McDonald, a 1991 Bethany College graduate, has been a member of the faculty since 1996.  He is the chair of the biology department and has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He is a past recipient of this award as well as of the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.

In his nomination, Professor McDonald was described by a colleague as “always thinking about ways to improve our students’ experiences and achievements. He often makes very astute observations about student behavior and learning styles; he provides clear learning goals and objectives to students; he enjoys trying new strategies in the classroom with an eye to improving student outcomes.”


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2015 Class graduates

BC GRAD 2015  1089On May 17, Bethany College honored 119 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2014-2015 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies in Presser Hall.

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President steps down

Leonard_resizePresident Dr. Edward F. Leonard III has announced today he will be leaving his post at Bethany College this summer to become the 14th president at Birmingham-Southern College, a liberal arts college located in Birmingham, Alabama affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

President Leonard is completing his eighth year at Bethany College. During his tenure, President Leonard designed a plan and strategy to lead the college through a number of significant accomplishments. These include a 34 percent enrollment growth since 2007, more than $25 million invested in new or updated facilities and landscaping, a new interdisciplinary general education curriculum, and the recent completion of a successful comprehensive campaign that raised $22 million, the largest in Bethany’s history.

“President Leonard has made a significant impact on the history of Bethany College,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of the Bethany College Board of Directors. “He has established a positive trajectory for Bethany’s future. We are thankful for his outstanding leadership and service, and wish him and his family well in their new adventure.”

The college’s board will meet this weekend for its regular May meeting. Discussion will include next steps in replacing President Leonard.

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Featured Student of the Week – Kayo Marcello De Paulo Vaz

Kayo2 (h)Name: Kayo Marcello De Paulo Vaz

Major: Business Administration / Finance

Hometown: Fortaleza-CE, Brazil

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Soccer

Plans for the future: Move to Arizona, find a job in the Banking field, get married to my fiancé Jasmine Zaker and build a family.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because I liked the small community atmosphere where you get to meet everybody and people actually know who you are.

Here is Kayo’s Bethany College Story…

Bethany College was really important for my development as a student and as a person. While attending Bethany, I had a lot of unique experiences such as being nominated as the men’s soccer team captain my junior and senior year. This nomination helped me to improve my leadership skills, which I will need when I get into the work environment that I want to be in. Bethany College was the place where I met and proposed to my fiancé Jasmine Zaker. I also have met a lot of great people that made my college experience one of the best cycles of my life.  My coaches and professors were always friendly and willing to help guide me along my path. Bethany College also provided me with a lot of opportunities to build experiences for the future work environment, such as the shadowing experiences, job opportunities and building relationships in the community through community service activities.

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Senior Art Show


Playhouse in winter by Carole Stuenkel

Carole Stuenkel, a senior at Bethany College, will host her senior art and design exhibition from May 12-18 at the Mingenback Art Center Gallery. A reception for Carole’s exhibition will be held at Mingenback Art Center on May 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

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Featured Student of the Week – Jerilee Cameron

Jerilee Cameron (h)Name: Jerilee Rhiann Cameron

Major: Secondary English Education

Hometown: Osborne, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Honors Student, Clarinetist in Bethany Symphonic Band, Member of Sigma Phi Omega Sorority

Plans for the future: I am fortunate enough to have a teaching job lined up at Phillipsburg High School teaching ninth and eleventh grade English! I also plan to do some creative writing and, if I get lucky, have some of my work published.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? After attending an art workshop at Bethany my sophomore year of high school, I knew this was the place for me! Not only is the campus tight-knit and inviting, but the faculty members here go the extra mile to ensure that their students succeed, which is something that is rare across college campuses.

Here is Jerilee’s Bethany College Story…

The moment when learning ceases as an obligation and morphs into an engaging, enjoyable phenomenon for students is as close to magic as we will ever know. I have experienced class sessions while at Bethany when we undergraduates transformed into full-fledged scholars, engaging in peer discussions that ignited curiosity. While these sessions were engaging to me as a student, they also enabled me to facilitate this within my role as a teacher. Student-teaching last semester was a memorable experience. And while leading a group of rambunctious sixteen-year-olds through an Arthur Miller play may seem like a challenge (it was!), it was also a beautiful event that allowed me to see this zest for learning in action through my own students. If not for my phenomenal professors modeling what caring, enthusiastic teachers possessed, I would not have been nearly as successful in my own classroom. So, thank you, to all of the professors who enabled me to love learning and to love teaching.

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Capstone Presentations

SeniorCapstoneSenior communication majors will present their capstone projects on Monday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Levin meeting room at Pilhblad Memorial Union.

Four students will present projects including:

  • Mike Mertz – use play theory to rhetorically analyze the video game, “To The Moon.”
  • Katia Matter – combines Aristotle and non-discursive rhetoric to analyze three scenes from Disney World’s ride, “The Haunted Mansion.”
  • Melissa Woeppel – views Aristotle’s appeals through Kenneth Burke’s concept of terministic screens to analyze cultural representations of the rhetoric of agriculture.
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Send Off Concert

The Bethany College Choir and Chamber Choir along with the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will perform Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel at Bethany.

The 2015 Tour Send-Off Concert will begin the groups’ annual spring concert series, which will continue on May 18 with a performance at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Clayton, Missouri at 7 p.m. Other performances on the tour will include: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cincinnati on May 19 at 7 p.m.; Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on May 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. on May 21 at 7 p.m.; and St. Peter’s Church in New York City on May 24 at 11 a.m. While on tour, the students will also participate in a service project at a retired veterans home in Washington, D.C.

The performance program will feature works by Telemann, Haydn, Whitacre, Mozart, Pelz and more. The concert is free and open to the public.ChoirTourPC


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Featured Student of the Week – Barry Garfinkel

NBarry (1)ame: Barry Garfinkel

Major: Accounting/Business Management

Hometown: Karkur, Israel

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Basketball, Track, Business Club, RA,  Work at the bookstore.

Plans for the future: Become an accountant & star player for the New York Knicks.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? A good friend of mine from my basketball team in California, Luis Marrero, also got an offer from Bethany, so we choose to stick together.

Here is Barry’s Bethany College Story…

The best times I have had here at Bethany are the talks I had with faculty and staff members, whether with Paul Gentine, David Frost, Matt Riordan and many others. I am very lucky to be surrounded by so many people who care about me and want to see me succeed. These people have no problem stopping any activity at any time just to talk and share their experiences.

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