Messiah Art Installation

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Maddy Shetlar working on her art installation.

Madison Shetlar, a Bethany College student from Salina, has been selected to display her artwork in downtown Lindsborg as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts.

A student athlete and artist, Shetlar has been involved in art her entire life growing up in Salina. From local festivals to summer classes and various art lessons, her work has been influenced by a number of creative experiences. Shetlar is a junior majoring in Art Education at Bethany College and while she is gaining experience in drawing, painting and sculpture, her primary focus is on ceramics. Her triptych clay tile installation explores various shapes, how they fit together and the different designs and textures that go on each tile. When she is not focusing on art or teaching strategies for future use, she can be found playing and coaching basketball or eating honey crisp apples.

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Featured Student of the Week – Tyler Smith

DSC_0094Name: Tyler Smith

Major: Business Management/Finance

Hometown: Olathe, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Wrestling team, Business Club, and Student Ambassador

Plans for the future: Find a career that I love, travel, and make new friends.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? Being a part of the new wrestling program.

Here is Tyler’s Bethany Story….

It was great experience to help start the wrestling program. I have made a lot of great relationships through wrestling. Wrestling has provided me with great development of character and memories. I am thankful to be at Bethany and for my teammates and coaches.

Klaassen performs in recital

Klaassen headshotBethany College Senior Laura Klaassen will perform her Senior Voice Recital on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.

Klaassen, of Marquette, Kansas, is studying vocal music education at Bethany College and will student teach in the Hillsboro School District next fall. She is currently a vocal student of Lean Ann Anderson.

Her recital will feature the works of Hall Johnson, Purcell, Bizet and Mahler. Collaborating artists featured in her recital will include Mark Klaassen, tenor; Ellie Loder and Tanner Larson, trumpet; Ann Samuelson, violin; Meagan DeVore, cello; and she will be accompanied by Brenda Finch.

Bethany Alum appointed

Randy-Berry-138x150Randy Berry, a 1987 graduate and member of the Bethany College board of directors, was named as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons by United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

In a U.S. Department of State news release today, Secretary Kerry stated: “We looked far and wide to find the right American official for this important assignment. Randy’s a leader. He’s a motivator. But most importantly for this effort, he’s got vision. He’s a voice of clarity and conviction on human rights. And I’m confident that Randy’s leadership as our new Special Envoy will significantly advance efforts underway to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.”

Berry has recently served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam. The news release announcing his appointment further stated, “Wherever he’s served – from Nepal to New Zealand, from Uganda to Bangladesh, from Egypt to South Africa, and most recently as Consul General in Amsterdam – Randy has excelled.”

According to Secretary Kerry, the goal of the newly established position is to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation of gender identity, and build capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons. The Special Envoy will work with governments, civil society, and private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” Kerry said in the news release.

Featured Student of the Week – Shaelyn Hamel

ShaeLynName:  ShaeLyn Hamel

Major:  Finance and Management

Hometown: Wellington, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):
Presently: Gold Key, Business Club Operations Manager, Servant Leadership Program, Chapel Choir, and Enrollment Services Student Worker
Past: SAB, Green Team, and Softball

Plans for the future: To become a financial advisor in a smaller town.  I would like to live out in the country with my Siberian husky.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because of the education opportunities in the business department, softball, and I like the smaller size of the college.  Everybody seemed very nice and friendly on my visits here which was comforting.

 Here is Shaelyn’s Bethany Story….

A positive experience I have had at Bethany is working in the Enrollment Services Office.  I started working there the spring of my freshman year and loved it right away.  Jill, Laura, and Mel are all awesome and I love working with them.  They are funny and have made working there a very memorable experience for me.  We have had some of the best laughs that I have ever had throughout my life and it will be sad to leave them when I graduate in January.  I will miss them very much.

Artist presents workshops

artdeptGinnie Hsu, a visual designer, illustrator and storyteller will visit Bethany College from February 26 to 27 to present her work, speak with students on their design portfolios, discuss design thinking, and conduct a “zine” workshop.

Hsu will speak about her work in design, illustration, and mobile app creation processes on February 26 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and February 27 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center. Her discussion titled “Design Thinking” will be on February 26 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center and the “Happy Zine” workshop will take place on February 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 129 in the Mingenback Art Center.

Hsu is a professional visual designer and storyteller. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication focusing on Interactive Design and Visual Storytelling at The University of Texas at Arlington. She believes that well-designed digital experiences and technology can help improve society and human life. Her inspirations come from daily observations and empathy. Hsu’s mobile app “Bright”, has recently won the American Advertising Award, Student Silver Award, and she has received other various recognitions and awards for her work.

This event is sponsored by the Kahmeyer Visiting Visual Artist Lecture Series at Bethany College. This fund is supported entirely by charitable contributions in honor of Ray Kahmeyer.

Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily. Contributions are accepted – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this event. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email:

Reception planned

headshot-web-v_CandiDavisA reception honoring Candi Davis, executive secretary to the president, will be held on Tuesday, February 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Pearson Chapel Commons. Candi will retire from her position at Bethany College at the end of this month. She began her career at Bethany in 1984 in the accounting office and worked in career services before moving to the provost office where she worked for 10 years as the administrative assistant. She has been in the president’s office for the past eight years.

Dust Bowl program

DustBowlBethany College will host “Dust, Drought & Dreams Gone Dry: Oklahoma Women and the Dust Bowl,” presented by Dr. Shelly Lemons and Dr. Steven K. Kite on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at Lindquist Hall on Bethany campus. The program is free and open to the public.

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President elected to board office

President Ed Leonard

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III was recently elected secretary-treasurer on the board of directors of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA),
having served on the board as a director the past two years. He is the first Bethany College president since Emory Lindquist in 1947 to serve as an officer of LECNA and the appointment places him in rotation to serve as board chair in a few years.

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Featured Student of the Week – Camille McIver

CamilleName: Camille McIver

Major: Biology

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Softball, Kappa Gamma Phi, Peer Ministry

Plans for the future: Attend a Physician’s Assistant program

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I was introduced to Bethany through softball and when I came here I loved the small school feeling and that everyone really seemed to care about each other.

Here is Camille’s Bethany Story….

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