Theatre holds auditions

theatreThe Bethany College Theatre Department will hold auditions for the Student-Directed Short Play Festival on Sunday, February 28 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. Auditions will be held in Presser Hall, third floor choir room.

The Student- Directed Short Play Festival will feature six short plays directed by students and offers several roles for men and women. The Short Play Festival is set for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.

For more information about auditions, please contact Professor Greg LeGault via Bethany College email.

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World Kafe

worldBethany College will host its first World Kafé Sunday on February 28 at 7 p.m. in Nelson 116, according to Charlotte Anderson, director of International Studies.

The first World Café event was organized in 1995 and since then thousands of people around the globe have participated. It is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion and link ideas within a larger group to access the collective wisdom in the room.

Anderson said she wanted to try something new on campus that would mix people from different countries, communities, and cultures. “We can have conversations about things where there may be cultural contradictions or even confrontations,” she said. “Some students travel across oceans and face a process of acculturation on a regular basis. So do some domestic students who travel home to another subculture on a regular basis.”

Anyone is invited to attend this free event for open discussion. Refreshments will be available at Nelson 116 and all students with Bethany IDs can get coffee, team or hot cocoa.

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Students earn honor

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(L-R) Tabatha Ihnken & Kaitlyn Ralston

Two Bethany College Education Department students were recently selected as KEEN Teachers of Promise. Student teacher Kaitlyn Ralston, elementary education major, and Tabatha Ihnken, a senior art teaching major, were honored at a luncheon in Topeka. Professor Gretchen Norland also attended the event.

The Kansas State Department of Education has developed a network comprised of individuals from the Kansas Teacher of the Year, Milken Family Foundation  Educator Awards Program, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Kansas Horizon Awards Program, and Nationally Board Certified Teachers, called Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN).

The KEEN’s mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary educators who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching/education profession.

Annually members of KEEN are invited to professional development opportunities, which address various pertinent education issues. KEEN members also serve on various advisory and selection committees for the Kansas State Department of Education.

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Search committee meets

Bethany LogoThe Presidential Search Committee met on Saturday, February 20, 2016 to continue its work in identifying Bethany College’s next president.

At the search committee meeting, members reviewed and adopted a rating form that will be used to assess applicants for the search, ensuring all candidates are evaluated by a clear and consistent set of criteria, according the Sean Patty, committee chair and member of the Bethany College Board of Directors.

Members of the search committee will begin reviewing the applicant files and meet again on April 1 when the pool of candidates will be narrowed to a smaller group.

“I am pleased by the level of candidate interest expressed thus far and I am confident we will be successful when the process is complete,” Patty said.

Patty encourages the campus and the wider community to consider persons who might provide strong and effective leadership for Bethany to apply for the position. “As names come to mind, I would ask you to forward them to us so that we might be in contact with them,” he said. “A number of you have taken advantage of this opportunity. You may also contact our Search Consultant Richard L. Torgerson.”

Torgerson may be contacted at or (563) 380-4919. A profile with details regarding the position and how to apply can be found on the College website at The search committee can also be reached by email at:

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Professor writes chapters

headshot-web-v_BrianKinnairdDr. Brian Kinnaird, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has been contracted to write three chapters for the book “The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America” published by Praeger/Greenwood to be available December
of 2016.

The chapters include: “Law Enforcement in the Wild West” (Legal and Societal Limits to Police Power: 17th to 19th Centuries); “The Thin Blue Line as a Guard Against Anarchy” (A New Mandate for Exercising Police Power: 1975-2000); and “Deaths in the Line of Duty” (The American Police State: 2000-Present).

Praeger Publishing provides expert perspectives in both contemporary and
scholarly nonfiction covering a range of topics and opinions in the social
sciences and humanities.

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Former student passes away


Former Bethany College student Cory McManus died Friday, February 12, in Reseda, California. McManus played football at Bethany College during the 2015-2016 season. He was a junior majoring in Criminal Justice and started on the offensive line as center for the Swedes.

“Cory was a very likable student-athlete during his time at Bethany,” said Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics at Bethany College. “He worked extremely hard to be a major contributor on the field. His competitive spirit and attitude will be lasting memories of Cory’s time as a Swede.”

While at Bethany he was an All KCAC Honorable Mention All-Conference player. He transferred to Bethany from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, where he received 1st Team All-Conference honors.

“On the field, he was a coach’s dream,” Coach Paul Hubbard said. “Our love and prayers go out to the McManus family.”

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Local campaign begins phase 2

InvestStudSccssThe Bethany College fund raising campaign “Investing in Student Success” will kick off the second phase of its Lindsborg campaign with an event on Sunday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ol’ Stuga for campaign leaders, captains and workers.

The local campaign goal of $500,000, is in sight, according to Ken Sjogren, interim director of advancement at Bethany. “The first phase leadership calls have been received well,” he said. “Our prospects have stepped up to meet the challenge of the Lindsborg community campaign.”

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Business students consultants


Business Professor Angela Martin and Bethany College Business students help register Girl Scouts for “Cookie College.”

The Bethany College Business Club traveled to Kansas Wesleyan University on January 23 to host Cookie College. Cookie College is a program sponsored by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland that positions girls for success in the business world and in their cookie endeavors.

Participants strengthened the five skills they learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girls in the fourth through eighth grades rotated through sessions to learn about these valuable life skills and begin to plan for their own cookie business. Thirteen members of the Business Club provided all the programming and content for Cookie College and were excited to for the opportunity to utilize the business and people skills they have been learning.  This included developing all the breakout sessions, management of the schedule, and development of a dynamic opening skit.

The Business Club members included: Lizzie Benoit, Mariah Harris, Josh Hickok, Cody Harris, Kierstin Stolley, Araceli Aburto, Derek Johns, Alyssa Winterfeld, Alanna Lustfield, Luis Medina, Melissa Olson, Tanner Wallace and Jalena Todd. The Business Club sponsor is Angela Martin.

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Former student organizes class


Turner with his students in Baku. The photo was taken by one of the participants.

Local photographer Jim Turner is used to shooting on-location in far off lands. He’s been on photo shoots in London and in Scotland, but nothing like his most recent adventure to Baku, Azerbaijan and it was all because of a recent Bethany College international exchange student.

Turner conducted a five-day photography class in January in Baku called “Magic in the Moment,” that was hosted in part by the American Embassy and coordinated by Lamiya Korchiyeva, a former Bethany College student. Korchiyeva attended Bethany College in 2012 with the Global UGRAD Exchange Program. She was a photography student of Turner’s when he taught at the college as an adjunct professor.

“We started talking about this when she was a student here about three years ago,” Turner said. “I pretended like I knew where Azerbaijan was and said I would go there, but I didn’t really think it would ever happen.”

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College hosts gathering

Bethany LogoBethany College and the College Board of Directors will host a community gathering on Saturday, February 20 at 8 a.m. at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center to thank the Lindsborg community for its support and to share reports from the campus.

The gathering will feature updates from the College and the board, as well as introductions of new board members: Roper DeGarmo, Dr. Tim Rankin, Dr. Cheryl Rasmussen, and Ryan Swartz.

Lindsborg community members are invited to join the College as it expresses its gratitude and updates the community.

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