Featured Student of the Week – Seth Derr

Seth DerrName: Seth Derr

Major: Sports Management

Hometown: Phillipsburg, Kansas

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Track and Field

Plans for the future: Undecided

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? My brother Cody was going to school here, so I decided to get ahold of the track coach. The small class size attracted me as well.

 Here is Seth’s Bethany Story….

Winning the Drake Relays track meet as a freshman is one of the most memorable experiences I have had here at Bethany College. I got to compete in one of the largest college track meets in the nation, and I just happened to set the school record at that meet. I am thankful for my coaches developing my character and the friendships I have made here at Bethany.

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Dress rehearsals soloists

TriptychEach 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 11 students were selected for this honor, including seniors: Ashley Glover, soprano, Laura Klaassen, alto, Cecilia Ramsey, soprano, and Melissa Woeppel, soprano; juniors: Austyn Callahan, bass, Alyson Krohn, alto, and Esther Weicht, soprano; sophomore: Mark Klaassen, tenor; freshmen: Sydney Johnson, mezzo, Alec Schneider, bass, and Landon Slipke, tenor.

Dress rehearsals for both “Messiah” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed for the public at Presser Hall Auditorium with tickets on sale for $15 per person at the door. Dress rehearsal for “Jesus Christ Superstar” will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27. “Messiah” will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins Saturday, March 28 and features art, music and theater events through April 5. The festival will open Palm Sunday weekend with the performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 7 p.m. on March 28 and 4 p.m. on March 29. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3. “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 Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137.

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Honors recital announced

Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.

Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.

Seven Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include: Samantha Anderson, junior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Mark Klaassen, sophomore, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Sydney Johnson, freshman, Assaria, Kansas, mezzo-soprano; Landon Slipke, freshman, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Christian Cooper, freshman, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Esther Weicht, junior, Branson, Missouri, mezzo-soprano; Laura Klaassen, senior, Marquette, Kansas, mezzo-soprano.

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Book event

Dr. Carl A. and Alma Swensson

Dr. Carl A. and Alma Swensson

Small World Gallery in downtown Lindsborg will host a book signing event to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Bethany College founder Dr. Carl A. Swensson and his wife, Alma.

Karen Humphrey, author of “Grace, Faith and the Power of Singing. The Alma Christina Lind Swensson Story,” will be on hand to sign her book on Wednesday, April 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Coffee and cupcakes will be served to celebrate the Swensson’s 135th wedding anniversary.

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Enrollment trend continues

CAMPUS    0059Official headcount numbers for the spring semester show enrollment growth continuing at Bethany College. At 625, the college is recording the largest spring semester enrollment in 18 years. This follows the college’s largest fall enrollment in 20 years.

Bethany’s student population is widely diverse with students representing 34 states, and 30 countries, which accounts for 8 percent of the total student population.

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Student art show

Messiah Exhibition 001 (1)The Bethany College Art Department will host the annual Juried Student Art Show as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts beginning March 27 through April 17. An opening reception for the show is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Spring Alumni Awards

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 – Dorothy (McGowan) Carmichael ’61; Award of Merit – Dr. Gordon Eller ’64 and Ron Paulseen ’71; Distinguished Graduate Award – Randy Griffey ’90; Gold Award – Philip Brown ’01.

The awards luncheon takes place on March 28 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 23 and can be made by contacting the Alumni Office at 9785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.

Carmichael

Carmichael

Dr. Eller

Dr. Eller

Paulseen

Paulseen

Griffey

Griffey

Brown

Brown

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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.

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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.

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