Student recital

elsie mealiff headshotBethany College Junior Elsie Mealiff will perform a viola recital on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.

Mealiff is from Beloit, Kansas and studying art therapy. She is currently a student of Ann Samuelson.

Her recital will feature the works of Alexander Glazunov, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms. She will be accompanied by Genevieve Bishop.

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Copley Stage Campaign

CopleyBethany College announced the kickoff of a campaign to name the stage in Presser Hall in honor Dr. Elmer Copley, long time director of the Bethany Oratorio Society. The announcement was made prior to this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday.

The Bethany Oratorio Society was the first to make a gift to the campaign, which has a goal of $100,000. Gifts to the campaign will be used to maintain and enhance the historic performance space, which includes the first project of refinishing the stage floor itself.

Dr. Copley, directed the Bethany Oratorio Society from 1960 to 1988. While having an imposing presence on stage, Dr. Copley also left a tradition of excellence at Bethany College. While at Bethany he conducted the Bethany Choir and founded the music department’s annual holiday concert, “An Hour of Christmas,” known today at “Juletide.” Also marking his significant work with the Bethany Choir are the institution of periodic European tours and the choir’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1973.

Ways to support the Copley Stage Campaign:

  • Make an online gift (please type “Copley” in the description)
  • Print gift form and mail to: Bethany College Advancement Office|335 E. Swensson St., Lindsborg, KS 67456
  • Contact Bethany Advancement Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8278
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Featured Student of the Week – Macey Dinkel

Macey (2)Name: Macey Dinkel      

Major:  Elementary Education with a Special Education Endorsement

Hometown: Abilene, Kansas

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Cross-country and track and field, Ambassador, Student Activities Board Member

Plans for the future:  Graduate Bethany and educated the future!!

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? Bethany is only 45 minutes from home. Also, Bethany has a fabulous and well-respected education department which enticed me to come here!

Here is Macey’s Bethany College Story…

Picking one specific memory is a difficult task!  What comes to mind is everyday experiences on campus.  As an elementary education major, there is never a dull day in class. I enjoy the element of surprise in my classes.  Often times we do activities and such as if we were elementary school kids.   One day we may be playing games, another making miniature bow and arrows, reading kid’s books, making music, doing crafts, and much more! I never know what we will be doing, and I like it that way!

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Art show awards


Anna King

Works of art by Bethany College students are currently on display as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 17 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 on March 29 at a reception held in the gallery. Best of show was given to Anna King, a junior from Spring Hill, Kansas, for her painting. 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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Transfer Agreement

kica-logo2TOPEKA – The Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) announced the successful negotiation of a global reverse transfer agreement between all eighteen private colleges and all nineteen community colleges. The agreement is expected to significantly boost the number of Kansans who earn at least an associate’s degree, which has been linked to higher lifetime incomes, lower unemployment, better health outcomes, and increased community involvement.

Any student who earns at least 45 credit hours from a Kansas community college or 2-year private college, and then transfers to one of Kansas’ private, non-profit institutions may choose to take advantage of the global reverse transfer agreement. At the end of each academic year, the private, non-profit colleges send the transcripts of those students back to their most recent Kansas community college. If the student has completed the relevant and sufficient credit hours at the private, non-profit college, the community college then mails the student his or her associate’s degree.

Even if the student does not complete a four-year bachelor’s degree, they will still have earned at least an associate’s degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, annual median incomes

for associate’s degree holders are $2,600 higher than those with some college but no degree, and $6,500 more than those with only a high school diploma. The unemployment rate among associate’s degree holders is also 1.6 percentage points lower than for those with some college but no degree, and 2.1 points lower than those with only a high school diploma.

“We are pleased to announce this agreement with our Independent College colleagues”, said Dr. Carl Heilman, President of Barton Community College and the KACCT Council of Presidents. “The agreement maintains our focus on students being our first consideration and will help them achieve completion of an associate’s degree on their path to bachelor’s degree or higher. As well, this student benefit will lead to timely completion of a four-year degree, greater lifetime incomes, lower unemployment, better health outcomes, and increased community involvement.”

“This agreement makes sense for those of us in the private colleges. Nearly 20% of our students come from Kansas’ community colleges, often because our learning environment with a personal approach and smaller class sizes is exactly what transfer students are looking for,” said Dr. Ed Leonard, III, President of Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS and Chair of the KICA Board of Directors. “What this agreement does is give us and our community college partners one more tool to help each individual student find success and be able to access the benefits of the degree which they have already earned.”

The agreement will go into effect in the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Featured Student of the Week – Bethany Elmquist

Bethany Elm (1)Name: Bethany Elmquist

Major: Elementary Education with a business minor, middle level history endorsement and special education endorsement

Hometown: Osawatomie, KS

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations):
Current: Alpha Theta Chi sorority, Greek Council, Swede Government Association, Pathfinders, & Peer Ministry
Past: Business club, Bethany Servant Leadership Team, Chapel Choir

Plans for the future: Working with children is what I see for my future. I plan to teach somewhere either overseas or within the United States.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I was already familiar with the community and school. The atmosphere of the small school made me feel welcome and comfortable.

Here is Bethany’s Bethany College Story…

Pledging to Alpha Theta Chi sorority as a freshman was collectively my most memorable moment at Bethany College. Through the sorority I have met several new people. Having that support system away from home is always nice! Being a Theta has also lead me to become more of a leader on campus and within the community.

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Students earn honors

From left: Samantha McFall, Derrick Kaiser, Michael Hlavaty, Trevor Kislter, and Kylee Martinez,

From left: Samantha McFall, Derrick Kaiser, Michael Hlavaty, Trevor Kislter, and Kylee Martinez,

Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer’s Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.

Michael Hlavaty, senior from Olmitz, Kansas, earned first team honors; Samantha McFall, senior from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Trevor Kistler, junior from Mansfield, Texas, earned second team honors; and juniors Kaylee Martinez, Lyons, Kansas, and Derrick Kaiser, Hoisington, Kansas, were named to honorable mention.

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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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