Art professor selected for show

"Zenith" by Bethany Art Professor Mary Kay.

“Zenith” by Bethany Art Professor Mary Kay.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas recently announced that the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will feature 102 artists from all over the country. Bethany College Art Professor A. Mary Kay’s work will be included in State of the Art, which debuts at Crystal Bridges on September 13.

Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood traveled to Lindsborg in December 2014 to conduct an interview with Kay as part of the search for the most compelling American art being created today. Continue reading

Bethany adds to economy

IncomeAccording to a new study, Bethany College generates $15.4 million in new income each year for its region’s economy. The overall added income created by Bethany College and its students supports 396 job equivalents in its service area and visitors attending various Bethany events spent $1.3 million in the region.

The Bethany College economic impact study is part of a larger study, “Demonstrating the Economic Value of the Kansas Independent Colleges and Universities,” that specifically analyzed the contributions to the Kansas economy by the private colleges that would not otherwise occur if the colleges did not exist. The Kansas Independent Colleges Association released its statewide report last month. Continue reading

New show opens

White Queen

A ceramic work by artist Linda Ganstrom, entitled “White Queen.”

A ceramic sculpture exhibit entitled “Bell(e)s on Progress: Lindsborg”by Linda Ganstrom will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery August 18 through September 5, 2014. The exhibition includes a closing tea party reception and gallery talk on Sept. 5, from 1-3 p.m. in the gallery. The artist invites guests to dress in best tea party outfits and join in the exhibition. Continue reading

MindFire and Butler sign agreement

Signing_01Marking 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

New faculty, staff

DSC_0129Bethany 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.

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MindFire hosts open house

teaser_mindfireOn 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.

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Private colleges make impact

Infographic - Economic Impact of KICA Colleges (Intro)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

Online transcript ordering available

CAMPUS    0420Bethany 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.

MindFire announces event

MINDFIRE  313As 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.

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McKinney named distinguished professor

McKinney_3The 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.’”

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