Students perform in Messiah


Each year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal of “Messiah.” The students performed Monday, March 21. Those performing are from left: (front) Annie Halterman, Kayln Powers, Kathryn Campbell, Alyson Wierman; (second row) Isaiah Fabrizius, Elisabeth Phelan, Alyson Krohn, Sydney Johnson; (third row) Jaydon Evans, Austyn Callahan, Mark Klaassen, Alec Schneider, Stephen Klaassen, Tyler Breneman, and Landon Slipke. Not pictured is Esther Weicht.

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Student selected for recital

DSC_0163Nine Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include (from left): Landon Slipke, sophomore, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Alyson Krohn, senior, Agenda, Kansas; Stephen Klaassen, freshmen, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Carly Rosey, sophomore, Princeton, Kansas, piano; Christian Cooper, sophomore, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Kalyn Powers, freshman, Lindsborg; Samantha Anderson, senior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Tyler Breneman, senior, Lincoln, Kansas, organ.

The Honors Recital is an annual presentation of the top performing students in the music program at Bethany College, and is part of The Messiah Festival of the Arts.  Remaining events of the festival are the Good Friday performance of JS Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew,” and concludes on Easter Sunday with the traditional performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” A full schedule of events and tickets can be found online at For more information or purchase tickets by phone, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229.

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Art students earn awards


Kami Olson stands with her jewelry that won Best of Show.

Works of art by Bethany College students are currently on display as part of the 2016 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 1 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus.

The exhibition features 3-D explorations, ceramics, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Award winners were announced at a reception on Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the gallery. Best of show was given to Kami Olson, a sophomore from Sedgwick, Kansas, for her jewelry.

The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Swedes host free clinic

BthSwds-PrimMark(CLR)-transThe Bethany Swede Baseball and Softball programs will host a free clinic for Smoky Valley students on Monday, April 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the college baseball and softball fields.

The clinic is open to all children grades kindergarten through eighth and will cover all areas of baseball and softball including hitting, pitching, fielding and base-running. Pre-registration is not required and the clinic will end at noon.

For more information or questions, please contact Bethany Baseball Coach Andrew Bartman at (217) 737-3593 or email at

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2016 Choir Tour

The Bethany College Choirs and Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will set out on their 2016 Spring Concert Tour on March 31 with performances throughout North Central Kansas and Central and Eastern Nebraska.

Stops on this year’s tour include:  Minneapolis High School, Concordia High School, Republic County High School, York, Nebraska High School, and other schools where the ensembles will meet to and sing and play handbells with students.

Full concerts will be given in Concordia, Kansas on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Concordia Lutheran Church; in Omaha, Nebraska with the Grace University Choir on April 1 at 7 p.m. at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church; and in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Eastridge Presbyterian Church.

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Band performs for Festival

MessiahTeaserThe Bethany College Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Sterling High School Band for a performance in Presser Hall on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts. The program is free and open to the public.

The Bethany Wind Ensemble is directed by Professor Claudio Re. Professor Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a master of art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthen all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us.

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President gives State of College

RobertVogel_webDr. Robert Vogel recently addressed the Bethany faculty, staff and students and gave the State of the College Report. He reported on the recent Board of Directors meeting, financial information, enrollment and retention, the presidential search, and future challenges for the College.

His report can be read in full HERE.

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Professor earns award

coryCory Odell, adjunct professor of criminal justice, was recently named “Police Officer of the Year” by the City of Junction City, Kansas. Professor Odell teaches online for the Criminal Justice Department at Bethany College. Odell serves as detective sergeant with the Junction City Police Department and is currently assigned as the Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. He was awarded the Larry D. Welch Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from the police academy.

Professor Odell earned his B.A. in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and his M.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Brian Kinnaird, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, offered that Odell is a “testament to the badge and to his commitment beyond the badge. We are very fortunate to have him aboard as we move forward in educating future sheepdogs from Bethany College.”
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College dedicates windows


Dan Mason (left), the artist who designed the windows, looks over one of the panels at before it is packed for shipment.

Bethany College will dedicate new stained glass windows designed especially for the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on its campus with a service on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.

The windows, which will be placed in the peak of the chapel and depict morning and evening, were designed by former Bethany College Art Professor Dan Mason. Both windows contain strong vertical elements which can suggest at once a heaven/earth communication, sunlight, rainfall, and a quality of music—the music created by students in performance, and the music of the spheres, according to the artist. Each composition references Bethany College’s location with the flowing lines and plowed fields of the Kansas prairie, under the broad, open sky.

During his 12 years at Bethany, Mason served as chair of the art department. He retired in 2013 after 20 years at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He lives in Minnesota and continues making paintings, prints and exhibits in galleries in Minneapolis, Des Moines and in academic settings around the country. Throughout his career, he has designed and fabricated stained glass projects for architectural installations in Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Michigan.

The windows were made possible through the generous gift of donors to Bethany College. They will be installed in the Pearson Chapel on Wednesday, March 16.

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Students selected for solos

MessiahBrochureCVREach year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

This year 16 students were selected for this honor, including seniors: Tyler Breneman, organ, Lincoln, Kansas,  Alyson Krohn, alto, Belleville, Kansas; juniors: Austyn Callahan, bass, Colorado Springs, Mark Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Esther Weicht, soprano, Branson, Missouri; sophomores: Sydney Johnson, soprano, Assaria, Kansas, Elisabeth Phelan, soprano, Longmont, Colorado, Alec Schneider, bass, Lindsborg, Landon Slipke, tenor, Norton; Freshmen: Kathryn Campbell, alto, Minneapolis, Kansas, Jaydon Evans, bass, McPherson, Kansas, Isaiah Fabrizius, bass, Wakeeney, Kansas, Annie Halterman, alto, Colorado Springs, Stephen Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Kayln Powers, soprano, Lindsborg, Alyson Wierman, soprano, Brownell, Kansas.

Dress rehearsal for “Messiah” will be performed for the public at Presser Hall Auditorium with tickets on sale for $15 per person at the door at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins Friday, March 18 and features art, music and theater events through March 27. The festival will open Palm Sunday weekend with a tribute concert for Dr. Walter L. Pelz at 3 p.m. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25. “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 or by calling Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8229, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

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