One-woman show performance

SuicidepunchlineThe Bethany College Theatre Arts Department will host the one-woman show “Suicide Punchline,” featuring Dr. Jen Tuder, on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center for Performing Arts.

In this solo performance, Tuder tells the story of her survival and life after her father’s suicide. By interrogating the dead, kidding around at cocktail parties and building dioramas of the afterlife, she creates three distinct characters that represent different aspects of her survival experience. “Suicide Punchline” provides a lifeline for anyone who has ever wondered if there is life after a loved one’s death.

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Founder’s Day Concert

FounderDayConcertThe Bethany Concert Band will celebrate Founders’ Day at Bethany College on Tuesday, October 14 with a concert at noon at the Pihlblad Memorial Student Union.

The concert is free and open to the public and the audience is encouraged to enjoy lunch during the concert. Lunch can be purchased on campus at the cafeteria or brought from home. If weather permits, the concert may be moved outdoors to the amphitheater.

Bethany choir concert

Homecoming14 (1)The Bethany College Homecoming weekend, October 10-12, will conclude with a concert Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature the Bethany Choir, Chamber Choir, and Bethany Handbell Ensemble. Guest artists performing at the concert will include the Dalkoren Chamber Choir. Haydn’s “Te Deum in C,” and Paul Baasler’s “Alleluia” will be among the selections featured. The concert is free and open to the public.

Fall enrollment shows growth

Freshman Class

Freshman Class

Official headcount numbers released this week by Bethany College show the college is experiencing its largest enrollment in the past 20 years as well as the best fall to fall student retention in over a decade. The 20th Day Enrollment Report, used for official reporting purposes, has enrollment at 717 for the 2014 fall semester.

The successful retention rate coupled with the largest freshman class in 17 years, at 188, were factors in the increased enrollment.

“This enrollment represents the largest two-year growth for the college in 20 years and if you look at the enrollment over the past seven years, it’s the largest growth in 40 years,” Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III said.

Bethany’s student population is widely diverse. Students represent 31 states, 31 countries and come from every continent except Antarctica.

See the complete 20th Day Enrollment Report here.

Schools sign agreement

DSC_0007Bethany College is offering Salina Area Technical College graduates and faculty an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with its 100 percent online degree completion program. Students, who have earned an Associates of Applied Science degree, will be able to easily transfer into the interdisciplinary studies program with full credit given for their AAS degree allowing them to quickly earn their bachelor’s degree.

The Articulation Agreement signing ceremony for Bethany College and Salina Area Technical College was held at the Bethany campus on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, president of Bethany College, and Greg Goode, president of Salina Tech, signed the agreement.

The interdisciplinary studies program provides students with a cross-disciplined approach to understanding the communities in which they live, work, and provide service. The program builds from the student’s educational experiences with classes that focus on foundational competencies rather than just assignments. Courses allow students to gain deeper knowledge and skillset – qualities that employers are looking for but frequently find lacking in employees.

The online format offers students flexibility and convenience. Enrolled at least half-time, students could be eligible for federal financial aid.

Artist donates work


(From left) Ron Michael, Denise Carson and Warren Olson, members of the art review committee, stand with artist Joanne Nuss and President Edward Leonard around the sculpture that was donated to the college.

Her life-long inspiration from the works of Birger Sandzen led artist Joanne Nuss to Bethany College many times and most recently to donate one of her original cast-bronze sculptures to the college.

Titled “Offering I” the bronze sculpture is from a series that was created with the idea that all life is both a gift and an offering. The sculpture that Nuss has given to Bethany was inspired by the fields of golden wheat that she loved as a child growing up in Kansas.

Nuss currently lives in Great Bend, Kansas, but has lived in Albuquerque and remembers visiting Bethany College as a little girl.

“I remember my mother taking me by the hand through the Sandzen gallery here when I was child,” she said. “I just knew when I saw his work, that’s what I wanted to do.”

Bethany offers Osher class

american-familyBethany College will partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Kansas to offer a class this fall on Bethany’s campus.

Retired Bethany College English Professor Linda Lewis, Ph.D., will teach “The American Family in Literature and Pop Culture,” class on Mondays beginning October 13 through October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Social Science Center, room 16.

By examining depictions of American motherhood in literature and pop culture, this course traces the evolution of the American family – especially in the last half-century. Though not the exclusive focus, the mother becomes a lens to view and discuss societal, economic and familial changes. To this end, the course includes some psychological and sociological theory. Famous mothers in the course are selected from literature (Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne, Steinbeck’s Ma Joad, and Williams’s Amanda), from the funnies (Blondie), from verse and poetry, and from film and television (Father Knows Best to Modern Family).

Registration for the class and a complete program catalog can be found online at

Messiah announces 2015 season

TriptychThe Messiah Festival of the Arts proudly announces the major concert events and theme for its 2014-15 season.

The festival will kick off on Palm Sunday weekend with a full-scale production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s ground-breaking rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” featuring high-caliber guest stars in the leading roles, and a supporting cast of regional talent.  “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., and Palm Sunday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium.  Tickets for this production are $25 each, and will go on sale January 1.  Special guest stars for this show will be announced later this fall. Information about auditions for supporting cast and pit orchestra can be found on the Messiah Festival website, .

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Choir sings at IKEA

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

When the Swedish retail giant IKEA wanted to add Swedish flavor to the opening ceremony of its newest store in Kansas, it just made sense that it would reach out to Lindsborg and Bethany College.

The Bethany Chamber Choir performed the Swedish national anthem, “Du Gamla, Du Fria,” during the flag raising ceremony to open the Merriam, Kansas IKEA store on Wednesday, September 10.

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