Gifts support scholarships

Library (7)Two recent gifts to Bethany College will create nearly $1 million in scholarship support, according to Vice President of Advancement Galen Bunning.

Estates from two long-time Bethany College supporters Dorothy Schlottman, and Paul and Rosamay Nelson, will assist students pursuing their education at Bethany.

“This support is so important to us,” Bunning said. “It allows the college to offer students a quality educational experience and prepare students to leave Bethany and make a difference in the world.”

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Coach K reunion

FB REUNION -265The best teachers and coaches are said not to teach from a book or a playbook, but from their hearts. That certainly was evident at Bethany College when former Head Coach Ted Kessinger decided to have a Football Family Reunion and more than 500 former players, family members and friends showed up on June 21-22.

Kessinger, who coached at Bethany College for 28 years from 1976 to 2003, worked with the Bethany alumni office for many months planning the reunion. He set a goal of getting 100 former players to attend. “When we started talking about this our original goal was 100 people and we joked about wouldn’t it be great if we could get to 300,” Molly Johnson, director of alumni relations, said. “So we were shocked when the reservations started pouring in.”

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Prof selected for workshop

Claudio ReBethany’s Director of Bands Claudio Re will participate in a three-day conducting workshop with Maestro Alberto Roque, conductor of the Lisbon College of Music Wind Ensemble (Portugal).

The workshop is part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in San Jose, California. Professor Re was one of six conductors selected to participate in the workshop.

“With worldwide members, the biennial WASBE conference is a prime opportunity to network with leading scholars, conductors, and composers in the field of band music,” Re said.

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Board announces interim president

Vogel, RobertThe Bethany College Board of Directors has named Dr. Robert Vogel to serve as interim President of Bethany College effective July 1. Vogel served previously at Bethany College as interim president in 2007.

Vogel retired as president of Wartburg College in 1998 after serving there for 18 years. Since his retirement he has served as interim president at five colleges and universities including three other Lutheran institutions in Iowa, Texas, and Kentucky. He also served on the Bethany College Board of Directors in 2008-2009.

“The board is very pleased to welcome Bob back to campus,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of Bethany’s board of directors. “We are confident in his leadership abilities and his familiarity with Bethany and Lindsborg will be an asset as we move forward.”

Originally from Philipsburg, Kan., Vogel is a graduate of Wartburg College and Wartburg Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1960 and served parishes in Golden and Denver. He and his wife Sally live in Denver.

“I am looking forward to working with Bob again,” said Bob Carlson, interim provost. “His knowledge of Bethany and his experience with budgets, accreditation and other aspects of higher education is going to benefit the college in the next year.”

Vogel has been asked for a one year commitment to Bethany while the board conducts a search for Bethany’s next college president. Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, the college’s 13th president, resigned in June.

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Pryor attends seminar

CoffeeSemWideBethany College Professor of Religion Adam Pryor will participate in the five-day seminar, Teaching Interfaith Understanding, on June 21-25 at Boston College. He is among 25 others selected from a nationwide pool of nominees.

The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources. The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Catherine Cornille, Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, chair of the department of theology, and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Noah Silverman, director of faculty partnerships at IFYC. Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, will be a special guest speaker. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America’s future success,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”

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Board names interim provost

headshot-v_BobCarlsonThe Bethany College Board of Directors has named Professor Bob Carlson to serve in the role of Interim Provost effective June 15 upon the departure of Dr. Ken Macur, Provost and Dean of the College. Dr. Macur recently announced he has accepted the position of president at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

“This appointment will assure that as transitions occur through the departure of President Leonard and Dr. Macur and decisions are finalized around other executive leadership, that the college and community have a strong point person in place,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of the Bethany College Board of Directors. “Bob’s length and breadth of service to Bethany will assure that our work for a successful fall semester continues.”

Professor Carlson has been a member of the Bethany faculty for 32 years.  He is also the Oscar D. Nelson Distinguished Professor of Business and serves as chair of the Business Department. He is a member of the Faculty Senate, the elected faculty representative to the Board of Directors, and serves as a Special Assistant to the Provost. Professor Carlson is a past recipient of the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He served as president of the faculty and faculty senate from 2007 to 2013 and also served for several years as the Special Assistant to the President for Innovation and New Ventures.

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III announced on May 13 that he was resigning to accept the position of president at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama.

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McDonald gets Mortvedt

DSC_0023Bethany Biology Professor Mark McDonald was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciate dinner Thursday, May 14. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college.

Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Professor McDonald, a 1991 Bethany College graduate, has been a member of the faculty since 1996.  He is the chair of the biology department and has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He is a past recipient of this award as well as of the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.

In his nomination, Professor McDonald was described by a colleague as “always thinking about ways to improve our students’ experiences and achievements. He often makes very astute observations about student behavior and learning styles; he provides clear learning goals and objectives to students; he enjoys trying new strategies in the classroom with an eye to improving student outcomes.”


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2015 Class graduates

BC GRAD 2015  1089On May 17, Bethany College honored 119 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2014-2015 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies in Presser Hall.

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President steps down

Leonard_resizePresident Dr. Edward F. Leonard III has announced today he will be leaving his post at Bethany College this summer to become the 14th president at Birmingham-Southern College, a liberal arts college located in Birmingham, Alabama affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

President Leonard is completing his eighth year at Bethany College. During his tenure, President Leonard designed a plan and strategy to lead the college through a number of significant accomplishments. These include a 34 percent enrollment growth since 2007, more than $25 million invested in new or updated facilities and landscaping, a new interdisciplinary general education curriculum, and the recent completion of a successful comprehensive campaign that raised $22 million, the largest in Bethany’s history.

“President Leonard has made a significant impact on the history of Bethany College,” said Dr. Kris Ericson, chair of the Bethany College Board of Directors. “He has established a positive trajectory for Bethany’s future. We are thankful for his outstanding leadership and service, and wish him and his family well in their new adventure.”

The college’s board will meet this weekend for its regular May meeting. Discussion will include next steps in replacing President Leonard.

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Featured Student of the Week – Kayo Marcello De Paulo Vaz

Kayo2 (h)Name: Kayo Marcello De Paulo Vaz

Major: Business Administration / Finance

Hometown: Fortaleza-CE, Brazil

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Soccer

Plans for the future: Move to Arizona, find a job in the Banking field, get married to my fiancé Jasmine Zaker and build a family.

Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose Bethany because I liked the small community atmosphere where you get to meet everybody and people actually know who you are.

Here is Kayo’s Bethany College Story…

Bethany College was really important for my development as a student and as a person. While attending Bethany, I had a lot of unique experiences such as being nominated as the men’s soccer team captain my junior and senior year. This nomination helped me to improve my leadership skills, which I will need when I get into the work environment that I want to be in. Bethany College was the place where I met and proposed to my fiancé Jasmine Zaker. I also have met a lot of great people that made my college experience one of the best cycles of my life.  My coaches and professors were always friendly and willing to help guide me along my path. Bethany College also provided me with a lot of opportunities to build experiences for the future work environment, such as the shadowing experiences, job opportunities and building relationships in the community through community service activities.

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