Melody Steed, D.M.A., associate professor of music, has been appointed to serve as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. Her appointment officially begins in July, according to the announcement made by Provost and Dean of Bethany College Ken Macur.
In her new role, she will continue her leadership on the Bethany College Core Experience and expand to include leadership of the Quest Experience and work with Student Development and other aspects of first and second year experiences. She will take a lead role in supporting the expansion of Faculty Development initiatives and will begin working to lead and coordinate the different special-curricular programs on campus, such as Pearson Professor, Johnson Lecture Series and interterm. She will retain her role as college organist and as the accompanist for the Bethany Oratorio Society.
Bruce Kahler, Professor of History and Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor in Humanities, has announced that he will retire in May after serving for 26 years on the faculty of Bethany College.
Before arriving at Bethany in 1988 Kahler earned his B.A. degree in history at Kutztown State College, Penn., and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History-American Studies at Purdue University.
Kahler has taught all periods of U. S. history, as well as the two-semester survey in world art history. Among the many other specialized courses he has developed have been African American history, Kansas history, Latin American history, the American Civil War, the Rise of the Religious Right, and Historiography.
Each year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsals for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.
This year ten students were selected for this honor, including seniors Mikhail Zhilin of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Nichol DeChant, Leavenworth, Kan., Caitlin O’Connor, Arvada, Colo., Sarah Doering, Apex, N.C.; juniors Ashley Glover, Emporia, Kan., Laura Klaassen, Marquette, Kan., Cecilia Ramsey, Garden City, Kan.; sophomore Alyson Krohn, Agenda, Kan.; and freshmen Mark Klaassen, Marquette, and Angelica Reinert, Salina.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts kicks off with the Bethany Theatre Department production of “Nathan the Wise” by Paul D’Andrea, April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the rebuilt J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center in downtown Lindsborg.
Director Carl Issacson gives instructions to performers at a recent rehearsal
Directed by Carl Isaacson, D’Andrea’s work is a loose adaptation of the famous German poetic drama by Gotthold Ephriam Lessing. Lessing’s work has been hailed as a masterpiece of poetry. D’Andrea’s adaptation is prose and only loosely uses Lessing’s work.
At the heart of the story is thelegend of the rings. A father has a ring of authority. This ring conveys to the holder both power over the masses and the love of the masses. The father received the ring from his father and was prepared to pass it on to his son – but he had three sons and loved them each alike. To which should he give the ring and the power and the authority that went with it? Distressed by being forced to make a choice among his three sons, the father had two additional rings made, each indistinguishable from the original. Each son is given a ring, and each son is told that his ring is the true ring. The father passes, and the three sons each assert authority.
Name: Lindy Broeckelman
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Beloit, Kansas
Nominated by: Jason Schneider, Admissions Representative
Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Swede Government Association Vice President, Bethany Leadership Team, Pathfinder, Bethany Youth Ministry Team
Plans for the future: Graduate from college and become a teacher!
Professor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., has published an essay, “George Sand’s Consuelo and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh: Visionary Socialism versus Feminist Capitalism,” in vol. 31 of the journal George Sand Studies. Lewis’ essay examines the aesthetic and political theories of both authors.
Linda Lewis, a professor of English at Bethany since 1987, is the author of a number of articles, as well as four books: The Promethean Politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley (1992); Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress (1998); Germaine de Stael, George San.
Campus Pastor Noni Strand will share her passion for sustainability beyond the Bethany College campus this week by presenting a workshop at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. For the Healing of the Earth: Ritual, Reflection, and Response is a multigenerational, interactive workshop that draws upon the resources of people of faith to address the environmental crisis and issues of sustainability that affect everyone.Strand’s unique approach to sustainability is rooted in the belief that spiritual and religious resources across all religions are key for helping address the environmental crisis – and related economic, social justice and spiritual crises that are interconnected. “Like the Body of Christ image in I Corinthians 12, we are connected with one another and all of Creation,” Strand said. “When one member or species or biome suffers, all suffer together with it.” Continue reading
Earlier this month Professor John Mullen, Ph.D., Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, wrote two blog posts for the BioLogos website. The BioLogos foundation as according to their website, “presents evolution as God’s means of creation, so that the Church may celebrate and the world may see the harmony between science and the biblical faith.” His posts were related to evolution and can be accessed at the following links:
Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here
Professor Mullen joined Bethany College in 2012 as a professor of Philosophy. He is a retired Naval Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kan., is offering three education outreach opportunities to area students this year as part of its events leading up to the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s Messiah on the Bethany College campus. Programs include apprenticeships awarded to four area high school students. Continue reading
Bethany College is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation to replace the roof over the auditorium of Presser Hall. This award is one of the largest ever received by Bethany from the foundation and will be gifted over two years.
“We are excited to receive this grant from the Sunderland Foundation as a confirmation of the importance of Presser Hall to Bethany College and the region,” said President Edward F. Leonard III. Continue reading