Marking a new beginning toward collaboration in the digital arts in higher education, representatives from Butler Community College and Bethany College @ MindFire signed an agreement Tuesday morning, giving more students in the Wichita area a chance to earn bachelor of arts degrees. The partnership is dedicated to providing digital media arts solutions to its students.
Dr. Ken Macur, Provost of Bethany College, and Dr. Karla Fisher, Vice President of Academics for Butler Community College, signed the agreement. Continue reading
Bethany College will welcome several new faculty and staff members to campus when fall semester classes start on August 21.
Joining the faculty are: Gladys Chow, assistant professor of art – graphic design; Dr. Heather Morris, assistant professor of biology; Angela Martin, assistant professor of business and accounting; Dr. Karl “Duke” Rogers, assistant professor of business and accounting; Amy Riordan, assistant professor of communications; Dr. Marcus Hensel, assistant professor of English; Dr. Tom Jorsch, assistant professor of History; Jimmy Ciola, assistant professor of health, physical education and athletic training; Dr. Lihong Yao, assistant professor of math and physics; Dr. Tyler Atkinson, assistant professor of religion.
On August 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bethany College @ MindFire will open its doors to the public. This is a chance for prospective students and curiosity seekers to learn more about creating their future as a digital artist. The tour offers everyone a chance to see firsthand how they can get an exceptional education, in Wichita, in the digital arts and earn a bachelor of arts in the field. Guests will also see demonstrations of the motion capture stage (the only one in the region) and see work previous students created.
TOPEKA – According to a new study, Kansas’s eighteen private colleges generate $980.1 million in new income each year for the Kansas economy. The economic impact of the colleges is sufficient to create 21,968 new jobs in Kansas every year and generate $2.8 billion in social benefits to the state through increased business output and improvements in health and public safety that accrue from the graduates of Kansas’ private colleges. Continue reading
Bethany College today announced the availability of online Transcript Ordering to its students and alumni, allowing users to order official transcripts via the web at any time. Users can order as many transcripts as they like in one online session using any major credit card. Transcript Ordering can be accessed from a link on the Bethany College website at www.bethanylb.edu. Registration is free; users pay only for the transcripts they order. Student and alumni who submit transcript requests receive real-time order updates by email, request to receive instant mobile text alerts, can track their orders online on the Transcript Ordering website. Other benefits include: access 24/7; secure transactions; and immediate, secure electronic transcript delivery worldwide. Bethany’s Transcript Ordering service is provided through the National Student Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization serving the higher education community.
As part of its growing commitment to community outreach and education, Bethany College @ MindFire invites the public to MindFire Connect 2014, a free educational event, on June 28. MindFire Connect 2014 will give everyone a unique opportunity to speak to digital arts professionals working in both Wichita and Hollywood, including 3D animators who worked on Academy Award winning films, designed games for XBOX and music producers of hit records.
This exciting event is free and open to the public.
The most recent Mingenback Distinguished Professor found herself pleasantly surprised when she realized she was contemplating a move to central Kansas to accept a teaching position at Bethany College. Virginia McKinney, assistant professor of art – ceramics and sculpture, joined the Bethany faculty last fall and was recently named Mingenback Distinguished Professor.
During her interview process, McKinney said she could tell how invested the students were in the school and in the art department. “The interview process was fascinating to me,” she said. “A group of students were in on the interview and asked really hard-hitting questions. That really impressed me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I am really considering a move to Kansas.’”
The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College announced the recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and the Woodward Endowment Awards.
Marlysue Holmquist, professor of elementary education, has been awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $505 to work on collecting and chronicling the work of Amalia Rabenius for a book about her part in Bethany College’s history.
The official website of the Bethany College Department of Athletics, www.bethanyswedes.com, earned fourth place in the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors of America (NAIA-SIDA) Publications and Media Contest Awards for Digital Media, Outsourced Websites. “We are very excited to receive recognition for all the work we put in to redesigning the website,” said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. “We believe that a quality, updated website is one of the most important tools our Athletic Department can use to market, report, and promote the Swedes. A huge thank you to Laura Moreno for all of her work in figuring out how to make this transition work smoothly.” The NAIA-SIDA announced the Publications and Media Contest Awards Results at their annual convention June 8-9.
It’s time for summer camps at Bethany College! This week students from the International Baccalaureate programs at Campus High School in Haysville and Wichita East High School attended a two-day leadership camp at Bethany. Continue reading