Professor speaks at conference

John Mullen crop webJohn Mullen, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, was a break session speaker at the recent BioLogos Foundation Conference on Evolution and Christian Faith in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The BioLogos Foundation invites the best Christian minds in science, theology, biblical studies, and philosophy to provide virtual and actual content regarding the harmony between science and biblical faith on the evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.

Professor Mullen’s presentation was recorded and can be listened to here (scroll down to John Mullen.)

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New Student Teachers

Students from the Bethany College Department of Education are getting real-life experience in the classroom this semester. Nineteen Bethany College Education majors, representing elementary, secondary, and special education teaching, recently met with their cooperating teachers and have begun the final phase of their training and licensure process with student teaching assignments at area schools.

The Bethany students include, from:

Abilene – Courtney Strauss, Health and Physical Education at Central High School and Coronado Elementary, Salina.

Great Bend – Amber Kasselman, Business at Central High School, Salina.

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New Residence Hall Opens

DSC_0198Bethany College will officially open its newest residence hall on Wednesday, August 19 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The new facility, at Second and Normal Streets, will be open for tours that evening.

Residential staff has already started moving into the facility, pre-season student athletes will move in on August 11 and new students will move in on August 16.

The new hall features a unique living experience for its students that emphasizes community while offering privacy to its residents. The 241 bed residence hall fits perfectly into Bethany’s housing options, explains Matt Riordan, director of residential education and services.

“It gives us an ideal continuum of housing options for our students,” he said. “It fits nicely between our traditional shared living space halls like Warner and Gregory and our apartment-style living at the Swede Suites.”

Emphasizing community with its shared living spaces, the new hall also offers privacy with each bed in its own room. The rooms are configured in suites that range from 1 to four person and three large suites including two six-person suites and one 10-person suite. The large 10-person suite is being developed as a shared-experience living environment and this year groups bid on a chance to live there. The idea of a group of students with common experiences living together is being piloted in the new hall and may be utilized in other halls in the future, according to Riordan.

The new hall was built to accommodate the increased enrollment trend Bethany has experienced over the past seven years. Enrollment has shown steady growth from 537 in 2007 to last fall’s 717. Last year, students were housed in local motels due to a lack of on-campus housing. It features two classrooms, large laundry facility and wireless internet throughout the facility.

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Opening Convocation 2015

DSC_0204Bethany College students will officially be welcomed to campus at the school’s annual Opening Convocation on Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. Dr. Robert Vogel, Bethany’s interim president, will be the speaker for the event.

Provost Bob Carlson will introduce and welcome faculty and Paige Stewart, Swede Government Association president, will recognize the Class of 2019 and Transfer Students.

New full-time faculty members this year include Lillian Green, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, and Pari Ford, assistant professor of mathematics. Dr. Green comes to Bethany from Monteverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Florida and earned her graduate degree from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. Professor Ford comes to Bethany from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and earned her graduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and undergraduate degree at Kearney.

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Bethany Moment of Prayer

Candles-(3)Bethany College will welcome students to campus on the first day of classes, Thursday, August 20, with a “Bethany Moment of Prayer” beginning at 8 until 9 a.m. in the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The college extends a heartfelt invitation to all members of the community and the campus, to join in this prayer observance at any time during the hour as it begins the new academic year.

All friends of Bethany College, whether they are able to attend or not, are invited to participate as the college casts a wide net of prayer and support for the present and future vitality of Bethany College and its students. Please take a moment on August 20 between 8 and 9 a.m. to join us in Prayer of Bethany College.

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MindFire Event

CaptureBethany College at MindFire, 3805 East Harry in the heart of East Wichita presents, “Connected to Industry.” As a service to its prospective and current students MindFire each summer conducts a Connect to Industry type of event. This year’s event features three important guests: Marty Skibosh from E3 Studios in Los Angeles, Dustin d’Arnault from Nickelodeon Television also in Los Angeles, and Paul Temple a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist from Kansas City.
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New Faculty Member

316587_origThe Bethany College Department of Music recently announced the addition of Dr. Lillian Green to its faculty as an assistant professor of music and director of orchestras.

Professor Green earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.

Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida.  She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival.  Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.

Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States.  She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.  This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble.  She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.

“Dr. Green brings with her a wealth of experiences.  We were immediately drawn to her welcoming personality and high level of intellect,” Mark Lucas, co-chair of the music department said. “She will be a wonderful fit for our department at Bethany College.”


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HLC Report

Vogel, RobertBethany College was notified by its accrediting body, The Higher Learning Commission, that it has been placed on probation. This status indicates that an accredited institute is no longer in compliance with one or more of the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

While on probation, Bethany College remains fully accredited by the HLC and as an accredited college, Bethany’s ability to offer financial aid to students and course transfer is not affected. The HLC action allows the college to demonstrate within two years it has remedied the issues that led to the sanction. The HLC’s Board of Trustees took this action because of concerns related to financial and other resources.

“The status of probation will give the college an opportunity to focus on issues that have been of concern for several years,” said Dr. Robert Vogel, interim president of Bethany College. “But what is most important is that the recent HLC action will in no way affect the excellent quality of education that students experience at Bethany College.”

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Pelz honored

Walter Pelz (v)Long-time Bethany College music professor and renowned Lindsborg musician Dr. Walter L. Pelz will be honored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) at its national convention in Atlanta on July 21, 2015.

Dr. Pelz will receive the association’s Faithful Servant Award, an honor given to those who demonstrate a life-time of shared faith and dedication to the expression of worship and music in the Church and who have served with distinction in Association of Lutheran Church Music roles of leadership.

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Pigge earns KCAC honor

headshot-web-v_JoycePiggeThe Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge was named the Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year. She will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at Tabor College on August 4.

Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of the KCAC FAR of the Year honor. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many KCAC schools use her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance.  We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College and serving the KCAC.”

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