2016 Choir Tour

The Bethany College Choirs and Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will set out on their 2016 Spring Concert Tour on March 31 with performances throughout North Central Kansas and Central and Eastern Nebraska.

Stops on this year’s tour include:  Minneapolis High School, Concordia High School, Republic County High School, York, Nebraska High School, and other schools where the ensembles will meet to and sing and play handbells with students.

Full concerts will be given in Concordia, Kansas on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Concordia Lutheran Church; in Omaha, Nebraska with the Grace University Choir on April 1 at 7 p.m. at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church; and in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Eastridge Presbyterian Church.

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Band performs for Festival

MessiahTeaserThe Bethany College Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Sterling High School Band for a performance in Presser Hall on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts. The program is free and open to the public.

The Bethany Wind Ensemble is directed by Professor Claudio Re. Professor Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a master of art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthen all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us.

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President gives State of College

RobertVogel_webDr. Robert Vogel recently addressed the Bethany faculty, staff and students and gave the State of the College Report. He reported on the recent Board of Directors meeting, financial information, enrollment and retention, the presidential search, and future challenges for the College.

His report can be read in full HERE.

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Professor earns award

coryCory Odell, adjunct professor of criminal justice, was recently named “Police Officer of the Year” by the City of Junction City, Kansas. Professor Odell teaches online for the Criminal Justice Department at Bethany College. Odell serves as detective sergeant with the Junction City Police Department and is currently assigned as the Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. He was awarded the Larry D. Welch Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from the police academy.

Professor Odell earned his B.A. in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and his M.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Brian Kinnaird, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, offered that Odell is a “testament to the badge and to his commitment beyond the badge. We are very fortunate to have him aboard as we move forward in educating future sheepdogs from Bethany College.”
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College dedicates windows

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Dan Mason (left), the artist who designed the windows, looks over one of the panels at before it is packed for shipment.

Bethany College will dedicate new stained glass windows designed especially for the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on its campus with a service on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.

The windows, which will be placed in the peak of the chapel and depict morning and evening, were designed by former Bethany College Art Professor Dan Mason. Both windows contain strong vertical elements which can suggest at once a heaven/earth communication, sunlight, rainfall, and a quality of music—the music created by students in performance, and the music of the spheres, according to the artist. Each composition references Bethany College’s location with the flowing lines and plowed fields of the Kansas prairie, under the broad, open sky.

During his 12 years at Bethany, Mason served as chair of the art department. He retired in 2013 after 20 years at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He lives in Minnesota and continues making paintings, prints and exhibits in galleries in Minneapolis, Des Moines and in academic settings around the country. Throughout his career, he has designed and fabricated stained glass projects for architectural installations in Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Michigan.

The windows were made possible through the generous gift of donors to Bethany College. They will be installed in the Pearson Chapel on Wednesday, March 16.

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Students selected for solos

MessiahBrochureCVREach year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

This year 16 students were selected for this honor, including seniors: Tyler Breneman, organ, Lincoln, Kansas,  Alyson Krohn, alto, Belleville, Kansas; juniors: Austyn Callahan, bass, Colorado Springs, Mark Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Esther Weicht, soprano, Branson, Missouri; sophomores: Sydney Johnson, soprano, Assaria, Kansas, Elisabeth Phelan, soprano, Longmont, Colorado, Alec Schneider, bass, Lindsborg, Landon Slipke, tenor, Norton; Freshmen: Kathryn Campbell, alto, Minneapolis, Kansas, Jaydon Evans, bass, McPherson, Kansas, Isaiah Fabrizius, bass, Wakeeney, Kansas, Annie Halterman, alto, Colorado Springs, Stephen Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Kayln Powers, soprano, Lindsborg, Alyson Wierman, soprano, Brownell, Kansas.

Dress rehearsal for “Messiah” will be performed for the public at Presser Hall Auditorium with tickets on sale for $15 per person at the door at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins Friday, March 18 and features art, music and theater events through March 27. The festival will open Palm Sunday weekend with a tribute concert for Dr. Walter L. Pelz at 3 p.m. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. All performances are in Presser Auditorium. Tickets for all performances can be purchased online at www.messiahfestival.org or by calling Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

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Theatre kicks off Messiah Festival

MessiahBrochureCVR“A church is a place people go to see something that is very difficult to see. A place where the invisible is—at least for a moment—made visible. The theatre can be that too.” – Lucas Hnath, playwright

On Friday, March 18 and Saturday, 19, Burnett Center on the Bethany campus will be that place as Bethany College Theatre and Broadway RFD open the 2016 Messiah Festival of the Arts with Lucas Hnath’s critically acclaimed and award-winning play, “The Christians.” The play, which debuted at the 38th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville in 2014, had its New York City premiere at Playwrights Horizons last fall (where its limited run was extended six weeks). It won the National Arts Club’s 2015 Joseph Kesselring Prize.

The Bethany College production is the first for “The Christians” in the state of Kansas. “Bethany and RFD are thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to stage Hnath’s marvelous play,” said Greg LeGault, Associate Professor of Theatre and the production’s director. “To be the first theatre in Kansas to do it doubles that honor.”

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Student work selected

JennaMallJenna Mall, a Bethany College student from Clay Center, Kansas, has been selected to display her artwork in downtown Lindsborg as part of the 2016 Messiah Festival of the Arts.

Mall is a studio art major who is concentrating in sculpture and ceramics. For this installation, she has created a life-sized human from steel sections that were welded together. Her sculpture is sitting upon a stack of books to represent how stories can activate one’s imagination. Mall has left the form as the steel structure to allow the viewer to use their imagination to see what the person would look like. She wants to spark the imagination of the viewer and let their own creativity and understanding finish off the piece.

Her artwork will be on display in the window of the Good Merchant in downtown Lindsborg beginning March 18 through April 1. Additionally, the Bethany Art Department will host the Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Show at Mingenback Gallery on Bethany’s campus beginning March 18 and running through April 1. There will be an opening reception and award ceremony on March 20 at 1 p.m.

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Spring Alumni Awards

Rev. & Mrs. Christenson

Rev. & Mrs. Christenson

Billy Hudson

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Richard Strange

Richard Strange

Warren Olson

Warren Olson

Ryan Swartz

Ryan Swartz

Bethany College will honor five of its alumni at the Spring Alumni Awards Luncheon during Palm Sunday weekend.

The awards recognize outstanding achievement and service to society by Bethany graduates. This year’s award include: Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award – The Rev. J. Rolland Christenson ’50 and Aileen (Anderson) Christenson ‘50; Award of Merit – Richard Strange ’70, and Warren Olson ‘72; Distinguished Graduate Award – Billy Hudson ‘58; Gold Award – Ryan Swartz ‘00.

The awards luncheon takes place on March 19 in Pihlblad Memorial Union. A reception begins at noon in the Levin Room at the Union followed by the lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Reservations for the lunch are required by March 14 and can be made by contacting the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.

 

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Professor wins fellowship

headshot_web_v_TylerAtkinsonBethany College Professor of Religion Tyler Atkinson is among the winners of the Kansas University Hall Center Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty fellowship. He will work on humanities scholarship and teaching improvement projects while in residence at the Hall Center for approximately three to four weeks in 2016.

Atkinson will focus on writing and teaching #BlackLivesMatter while at KU. He intends to conduct research and make progress on his publication “Luther, Bonhoeffer, and #BlackLivesMatter in Dialogue,” which poses the question: 500 years after Luther’s nailing of the “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, how might the Reformation heritage prove generative for contemporary discussion of race in America? Atkinson will work in conjunction with the Department of African & African-American Studies, the Langston Hughes Center, KU Center for Teaching Excellence and the Hall Center on this hybrid writing and teaching project.

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