Messiah broadcasts

TriptychFor those unable to attend the upcoming Easter weekend performances during this year’s Messiah Festival of the Arts, regional radio stations will broadcast live the Good Friday’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” and Easter Sunday’s “Messiah” performances.

The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform its historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m.   The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929.  During Holy Week each year in Lindsborg, the more than 300 member community chorus and orchestra are joined by five professional operatic guest soloists to perform these oratorios.

Broadcasts of both programs will begin 15 minutes prior to performance and can be heard at:

  • Salina – KSAL 1150 AM and online at;
  • McPherson – KBBE 96.7 FM (“Messiah” performance only)
  • Abilene: KABI 1560 AM
  • Topeka – WIBW will produce and distribute to network stations.

Tickets for all performances, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” on March 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 4 p.m., are still available online at or by calling, (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137.

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Kinnaird presents at conference

headshot-web-v_BrianKinnairdAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian Kinnaird  has been selected to conduct two workshops for the Mental Health in Corrections Conference in Springfield, Missouri on April 9 and 10.

The first workshop, “From Start to Finish: Systems Perspective and Contemplating the Whole”, will evaluate the consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice system, discuss program evaluation methods and utilize goals and strategies for effective outcomes and measurable results.

The second workshop, “Use of Force and Risk Management”, will discuss policy and training for the judicious use of force as a mechanism for control and self-defense programming, assess safety for front-line professionals and their clients, and create strategies for effective resolution that satisfies federal and state statues.

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Griffey speaks on campus

Randy Griffey '90

Randy Griffey ’90

The Bethany College Alumni Office and the Department of Art will host a presentation from alumnus Randall Griffey ’90 on Friday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel and Mabee Welcome Center.

A native of Norton County, Kansas, Randall (Randy) Griffey attended Bethany College from 1986 to 1990 receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts (Painting). Following graduation from Bethany, he entered the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, from which he received his M.A. and Ph.D. He was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, from 1997 to 1998.

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Bethany celebrates Pi Day

DSCN0126National Pi Day (3/14/15), did not go unnoticed at Bethany College this year thanks to the Newtonian Society, the campus math and science club, that sponsored a fundraising activity involving faculty, and what else? Pie, of course.

The math and science faculty were asked to choose a non-profit organization, and donations were solicited on behalf of each professor. The professor with the most money raised was honored with a pie in the face during lunch in the cafeteria. The organization selected by the “winning” professor was given all of the proceeds raised.

Micah Dunkleberger, president of Newtonian Society, said, “We are hoping that this will be a way to get students more aware of the science and math departments on campus as well as spread the word about Newtonian Society.”

A total of $173.26 was raised and there was a tie between Dr. Loranelle Lockyear and Dr. Luke McCormick, both from the Chemistry Department. Both received pies to the face on Thursday, March 12. Dr. McCormick opted to give his donations to Dr. Lockyear, rather than have the total split between two organizations.

Dr. Lockyear’s organization of choice was the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum in Abilene, Texas, a teaching museum that documents the activities of the 12th Armored Division during its campaign in Europe during World War II.

Dunkleberger added that the members of Newtonian Society “are so thankful to everyone who donated and who assisted with this project, and we are pleased to be able to help an excellent non-profit organization in the process.”

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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 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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