Campaign concludes early

ribboncompasBethany College President Edward F. Leonard III stated that this is “a significant, defining moment in the life of the college,” when he recently announced that the most recent fundraising campaign has exceeded its original goal by $2 million and has concluded one year earlier than planned.

Engage the Future: The Campaign for Bethany College, announced publicly in 2011 with a goal of $20 million, is the first in a series of fundraising campaigns to help Bethany College achieve its 20-year vision for the future and has secured gifts and pledges in excess of $22 million. Engage the Future is the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of the college and a springboard for a continued Bethany renaissance. Continue reading

Senior art exhibit

Holly PhelpsBethany College Art Department will host an exhibit featuring the artwork of Holly Phelps, senior, of Wichita.  The exhibition, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, runs through May 1 at the Mingenback Art Gallery located at the corner of Second and Olsson in Lindsborg, Kan. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Phelps is exhibiting paintings and drawings from her four years at Bethany. Her show, “Raw Essence” incorporates her own essence of beauty through nature and people. Her main work is multiple portraits done of fellow Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Phelps is the daughter of the Chuck Phelps and Rachel Blough.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Music program adds drumline

drumA new music opportunity at Bethany College will be introduced this fall when the Bethany Drumline takes the field at Swede football games. The newest music ensemble was announced by Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Bethany.

“I believe music is important to a community,” Re said. “The drumline will support the football team, but I think it will also directly impact our community. Bethany has a long tradition with the Blue Dozen pep band and now we have an opportunity to start a new tradition with the drumline.”

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Featured Student of the Week – Mark Klaassen

24 - Mark KlaassenName: Mark Klaassen

Major: Biology & Chemistry

Hometown: Marquette, KS

Nominated by: Mark Lucas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, Bethany Oratorio Society Conductor, Director of Choral Activities

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Tri-Beta, Choir, Chamber Choir, Bethany Oratorio Society

Plans for the future: After Bethany I’m hoping to be accepted into Medical school.

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Student art selected

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Works of art by 28 student artists are currently on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 23 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus.

The exhibition features 3-D explorations, ceramics, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Winners were announced on April 13 at a reception held in the gallery. The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Of the 190 works entered, exhibition jurors selected 72 works for inclusion in this year’s show. Students whose art was selected for inclusion are: Continue reading

Messiah Student Art Exhibit

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The Messiah Student Art Exhibition begins Saturday, April 12 at the Mingenback Art Center on Bethany College campus. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. with awards given at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 24.

Jurors for the exhibit are Linda Ganstrom, professor of art from Fort Hays State University and Teresa Schmidt, professor of art from Kansas State University.

2014 Spring Awards to recognize six alumni

Bethany College will honor six of its alumni at the 2014 Spring Alumni Awards.

PalmqistsJohn Palmquist ’60 and Sharon (Pearson) Palmquist ’60 will receive the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. John and Sharon were both born and raised in Lindsborg. Following their marriage in 1960, they moved to Goodland, Kansas, and taught in the junior high school and later at Goodland High School. In 1999, after 39 years in the Goodland school system, John retired. Sharon retired in 2001 after 28 years ofteaching. They were recognized as Outstanding Educators by the Goodland Alumni Association and the High Plains Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Johnserved on NEA-Goodland and KNEA committees, and also on the Standards Board for the State Department of Education. During the 1960’s, Sharonserved as president of the Goodland Teachers Association. In 2007, they moved to Lindsborg, where they are members of Bethany Lutheran Church,serving in its Stephen Ministry Program as well as on various church committees and volunteer activities. John is involved with the Lindsborg CommunityLibrary Board, Kiwanis, and the Smoky Valley Foundation Board. Sharon, a member of the PEO Chapter CC, serves on the Lindsborg CommunityHospital Foundation Board, and has sung in the Messiah chorus for 11 years. John and Sharon served for 15 years as the class agents for the class of1960. They each served two terms on the Alumni Council, and are members of the Stan Talbott Society and Carl Aaron Swensson Society. John was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit in 2000.

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Messiah Radio Network

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Again this year, the two Easter-week oratorio renditions in Lindsborg, which conclude the 10-day annual Messiah Festival of Music and Arts, will be broadcast regionally on radio stations — utilizing the satellite Messiah Festival Radio Network through flagship station WIBW Radio in Topeka.

Both the Good Friday evening, April 18, J.S. Bach oratorio  “St. Matthew Passion,” and the Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, “Messiah,” will be broadcast live. Bach “St. Matthew Passion” will air at 7:15 p.m. and the “Messiah” on air at 2:45 p.m. Preliminary interviews and commentaries for each oratorio broadcast begin 15 minutes before the downbeats.

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