Featured Student of the Week – Barry Garfinkel

NBarry (1)ame: Barry Garfinkel

Major: Accounting/Business Management

Hometown: Karkur, Israel

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Basketball, Track, Business Club, RA,  Work at the bookstore.

Plans for the future: Become an accountant & star player for the New York Knicks.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? A good friend of mine from my basketball team in California, Luis Marrero, also got an offer from Bethany, so we choose to stick together.

Here is Barry’s Bethany College Story…

The best times I have had here at Bethany are the talks I had with faculty and staff members, whether with Paul Gentine, David Frost, Matt Riordan and many others. I am very lucky to be surrounded by so many people who care about me and want to see me succeed. These people have no problem stopping any activity at any time just to talk and share their experiences.

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Ramsey senior show

CeciliaRamseyPhoto(2)A senior exhibit entitled “Transitions in Nature” by Cecilia Ramsey, will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery May 1 through May 7, 2015.

The exhibition includes ceramic work, paintings, and a variety of other mediums, and explores the many states of nature both psychologically and in the physical world. There will be a reception and gallery talk on May 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery.

Ramsey is a Pre-Professional Art Therapy major, and will be receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethany College this May.  She is originally from Garden City, Kansas, and upon graduating hopes to earn a Masters Degree in Art Therapy.

This event is free and open to the public. Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: artdepartment@bethanylb.edu.

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Band, Choir concert

BAND and JAZZ   0020The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring Symphonic Band and Chapel Choir concert on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The Spring Concert is free and open to the public. Conductors for the performance will be Dr. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music and department co-chair, and Dr. Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director bands at Bethany.

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Prof publishes book

headshot_web_v_TylerAtkinsonBethany College Assistant Professor of Religion Tyler Atkinson’s new book, “Singing at the Winepress: Ecclesiastes and the Ethics of Work,” was published this week by Bloomsbury T&T Clark publishing house based in London. The kindle version of the book is available now in the United States and hardcover in the United Kingdom. Hardcover publication will be available in the U.S. in June.

Atkinson uses Qoheleth’s work ethic to provide an analysis of Ecclesiastes, utilizing the writings of St. Bonaventure and Martin Luther and suggests that Ecclesiastes enhances current conversations regarding the theology and ethics of work by working the doctrinal foci of protology and eschatology through Christology. The presence of the Word, then, can be found now only in the preaching and sacraments of the church, but also in the labor of the worker.

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Spring Theatre Production

24 hour playsFour new plays in 24 hours. A unique and exciting theatrical experience is coming to Bethany College on May 1-2, 2015 when it hosts for the first time, “The 24-Hour Plays: Bethany College.” Plays will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center at Bethany.

“The 24-Hour Plays: Bethany College” will feature the work of four playwrights – Majkin Holmquist, a 2006 Bethany College graduate who was recently awarded a scholarship to Yale University’s prestigious M.F.A. program in Playwriting; Cody Whetstone, a 2009 Bethany graduate, director of Vision_Tek in Lindsborg, founding member of Next Stage Theatre Company, actor, director and designer; Dr. Carl Isaacson, Professor of Communications at Bethany, whose original play “Leaving” was produced at the college in 2010; and Chicago-based actor and playwright Mike Speller, who returns to Bethany for the first time since 2010 when his play “In The Wake…” was given its premiere.

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Commencement Speakers

Bethany College is pleased to announce speakers for the 2015 Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17. The Rev. Allen Smith will speak at the baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. and Randy Berry ’87 will speak at commencement at 2 p.m. Both events are held in Presser Hall Auditorium.


Rev. Smith

The Rev. Smith is pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Salina where he has served since 1999. Under his leadership the church’s current sanctuary was built after fire destroyed the church in November 1999. He accepted his call into ministry February 1997 and received his ministerial training from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. His son, Devin, is a senior at Bethany College and a member of the Swedes basketball team.



Berry graduated from Bethany in 1987 and was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He served as a senior foreign service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam and was recently named by the U.S. Department of State as its first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. He also serves on the Bethany College Board of Directors.

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Spring orchestra concert

DSC_4589The Bethany College Music Department will host its spring orchestra concert on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert, titled “Far-Away Lands and Mystical Creatures,” will feature the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra directed by Dr. Daniel Masterson, co-chair of the Bethany music department. Featured performers include Ellen Neufeld and Richard Anderson, oboe; and guest conductor Nickolas Carlson. Works by Vivaldi, Sibelius and Stravinsky will be performed.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Featured Student of the Week – Ross Bergsten

Ross (1)Name: Ross Bergsten

Major: Biology

Hometown: Blue Rapids, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Biochem, Tribeta, Honors

Plans for the future: Attend grad school at K-state next semester

Here is Ross’s Bethany College Story…

My favorite positive memories here at Bethany hearkens back over my many years I’ve spent here. In my memory, my freshman year was like an origin story movie where I met all my current friends. While I have no specific favorite memory, the adventures that my friends and I have gone on throughout our four years here combine to form at least one pretty decent memory. Even though I am a senior, I hope that I have plenty more adventures with my friends left.

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Art Sale

Art saleThe Bethany College Art Department will hold its annual Art Sale on Saturday, April 25 during the Lindsborg in Bloom event.

The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. at 110 N. Main Street, in front of Chestnut Studios. A variety of items will be for sale including ceramics, prints, and greeting cards. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Kaymeyer Lecture series fund that brings visiting artists to Bethany College.

Students will also participate in the Lindsborg In Bloom street art project. Stop by the booth and watch art being made!

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Sara Arnald lecture

sara_arnald_2Swedish photographer Sara Arnald, wife of Bethany College’s Pearson Professor Jan Arnald, will present a lecture at the Sandzén gallery on Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. on her work in Sweden and beyond. Arnald is in residence at the Sandzén home on Bethany’s campus, during the month of April, working with Bethany College students and continuing to create her photographic art.

Her work is focused in nearly every aspect of photography, from art to news to portrait to still life, and is all part of her online portfolio that can be found at http://www.saraarnald.com.

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