Gallery features student art

The Bethany College Art Department is excited to announce the opening of the Autumn Art Exhibition, which will be on display at Mingenback Art Gallery from Nov 2 through Nov. 30. A closing reception will be held on Monday, Nov 30 at 11 a.m.

The Autumn Art Exhibition is a self-juried show by students currently enrolled in art courses at the college. Student work will feature a wide variety of pieces based on studio work from classes. The show will include small jewelry pieces and large sculptures out of found objects, figure and still life painting and drawing, and large coil pots created by ceramic students.

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Theatre production

IMG_0018Bethany College Theatre will open its 2015-2016 season with “Short and Sweet: Four Brief But Delightful Plays that Touch the Funny Bone and the Heart,” on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

The evening begins with Don Nigro’s “Captain Rockets Versus the Intergalactic Brain-Eaters,” a comic romp that takes us back to the 1950s and the early days of television. Christian Cooper portrays the slightly askew Captain Rockets, and Kalyn Powers his ever-faithful companion Luna. Rounding out the cast are Avery Holmes as low-rate character actor Irving Kurtzman and Landon Slipke as Ed, the besieged stage manager.

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Hymn Sing scheduled

Great-Pos-Ped Case“With Voices Raised: A Festival of Hymns,” will take place on Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Chris Nelson, Organist and Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa will lead the Hymn Sing.

Nelson received his Bachelor of Arts in music from Bethany College in 1996 and a Masters of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary with St. Olaf College. He has been at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 2009. In addition to his duties as principal organist and choir director, he administered an active music series including the National Organ Playing Competition, considered the longest running and widely respected competition for upcoming organists.

The Hymn Sing is free and open to the public.

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College receives gift


Bethany College celebrated an estate gift given to the college of more than $2.2 million at a campus-wide event Thursday morning.

Lee Lundquist, a retired United States Army Colonel, left the college $2,260,460 in his estate to endow the Dean of Athletics position. The announcement of the gift was made on Founder’s Day at the campus-wide coffee break, “Big Brew.” Additionally, any remaining funds after the endowment are directed to help support the Messiah Festival of the Arts, and scholarships.

Lundquist, who attended Bethany College for two years studying business, was summoned to serve by the United States Army in 1942 and continued serving his country for 42 years. He and his wife, Karen, lived in Topeka where he stayed active in the Army Reserves and his church. While at Bethany he enjoyed participating in basketball, the Pi Sigma Chi fraternity, and the business club.

“This is a significant gift for the college,” President Robert Vogel said. “The gift helps Bethany continue to address students’ needs in a changing world and preparing them for success.”

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Fall faculty concert


From left: Cody Flory Robertson, Daniel Masterson, Paula Patterson, Ann Samuelson, Melody Steed, and Lillian Green. Not pictured is Kyle Hopkins.

The Bethany College music faculty will perform a concert on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured musicians include Cody Flory Robertson, cello; Lillian Green, viola; Kyle Hopkins, French horn; Daniel J. Masterson, piano; Paula Patterson, flute; Ann Samuelson, violin; and Melody Steed, organ. Works on the program include Brahms, Bunch, Chopin, Dvorak, Dohnany, and Kodaly.

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Fall bands concert

lone piperThe Bethany College Bands will present a concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert titled, “Celtic Impressions” will feature the Bethany College Band and Jazz Band directed by Claudio Re, Lillian Green and Sean Keasling. The program will be narrated by Bethany’s Professor of Drama Greg LeGault.

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Choirs, Orchestra perform

DSC_4580The Bethany Choir and Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium in a concert featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The concert, titled “Peace in Our Time” will also feature many college and community musicians including Jane Hyde on harp; Morgan Parker on percussion; and Dr. Melody Steed on organ. Dr. Lillian Green will direct the Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra while Dr. Mark Lucas will direct the Bethany College and Chamber Choirs, and Dalkoren. The ensembles will perform works by Gawthrop, Faure, Pelz, Mozart, and Ravel.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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KICA honors professor

headshot-web-v_MarkMcDonaldThe Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) announced today the selection of 17 college faculty members to receive the association’s Faculty of Distinction award.  Bethany Professor of Biology Mark McDonald is among those receiving the award. The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award reception in Newton Kansas, on November 3, 2015.

Professor McDonald was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College in May. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college. 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.

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Alumni continue legacy

DSC_0023Jens Stensaas may not be a familiar name to many people today, but because of a generous donation from one of his descendants, his legacy of service to Bethany College continues.

Bill Gusenius and his wife Carol have donated $150,000 to Bethany College from sale of land formerly owned by Jens and Blanche Stensaas, Bill’s grandparents. The unrestricted gift is offered to help meet current financial needs and be used as a challenge for others. The Gusenius’, both 1973 graduates of Bethany and Lindsborg residents, decided the time was right to make the donation.

“The gift is a stretch and financially makes little to no sense for us,” Bill said. “But this isn’t an ordinary time for the college and we want to encourage other alumni to step up and give.” Continue reading

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Messiah announces season

MFA logoThe Messiah Festival of Arts proudly announces the major concerts, events and theme for the 2015-16 season.

“Imagine…” is the theme for the 135th Messiah Festival and audiences will be asked to do just that when they take part in Messiah Festival activities this year. The Festival staff is seeking active audience participation and will ask for responses to complete the phrase, “Imagine…” at each Festival event.

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