Meet 2016 Pearson Professor

Anders Jalkeus

Anders Jalkeus

Bethany College will welcome renowned Swedish musician Anders Jalkéus to campus in March 6-29 as the 2016 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.

As a member of The Real Group, a professional a cappella ensemble from Sweden, Jalkéus has toured more than 40 countries and recorded more than 20 albums, a couple of which he also produced. He has composed songs and written arrangements of well-known standards for The Real Group and for the past 10 years has been a frequent adjudicator and clinician in competitions around the world.

Growing up in Tyresö (south of Stockholm) Jalkéus was introduced to folk music early in life as a result of his parents’ great interest in music. At age six he began violin and piano lessons and was accepted to the Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music as a 10-year-old. He continued at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he and four classmates formed an a cappella quintet – The Real Group.

His broad musical interests embrace classical, jazz, folk, and children’s music. In addition to his work within the group, Jalkéus has achieved other impressive academic qualifications, including master’s degrees in classical solo singing and in music education, and bachelor degrees in organ playing and choir conducting.

While at Bethany, Jalkéus will perform during the Messiah Festival of the Arts on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. He will also take part in a number of public lectures and appearances on the Bethany College campus, including:

  • March 6: Welcome Reception, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 8 p.m.
  • March 10: Master Class, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • March 16: Chapel Talk, Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
  • March 20: Dr. Pelz Tribute Performance, Presser Hall, 3 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
  • March 21: Vocal Jazz Clinic, Presser Hall, 10:15-11 a.m.
  • March 25: St. Matthew’s Passion Performance, Presser Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)
  • March 27: Messiah Performance, Presser Hall, 3 p.m. (Reserved tickets required)

The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies discovers ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States. The professorship is made possible by an endowment from Gerald “Bud” Pearson, a long-time friend and supporter of Bethany College who served on the Bethany Board of Directors for two terms. He passed away in June 2008.

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Social justice speaker

SkyesBethany College will welcome Alvin Sykes, civil and human rights activist, on March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pearson Chapel. Sykes is best known for his work, research, writing and garnering bipartisan congressional support for the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act. President George Bush signed the “Emmett Till Bill” into law in 2008.

Having stopped his formal schooling as a teenager, Sykes accessed the Kansas City Public Library information systems to become familiar with legal precedents and background information on the death of Emmett Till as well as to learn the process and procedures needed to bring a law before the United States Congress.

Sykes is currently working on a second bill that will extend the content and the funding of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act into the future.

Alvin Sykes also works tirelessly on smaller, less well-known social justice issues, relying on his expert knowledge and research skills developed in the public library to develop background and document precedence for each issue.

His visit to the Bethany College campus is sponsored by The Human Agenda, Kansas City, Kansas, and The Bethany College Alumni Great Ideas Circle. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Celebrating Women’s History

WHM-banner-home-pageBethany College celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March with a variety of programs each week. Professors from across campus will present topics throughout the month generally on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall, unless otherwise noted. The programs are open to anybody on campus and in the community for free. A list of programs includes:
  • Thursday, March 3 – “Raise More Hell and Less Corn: Mary Lease, Mother Jones, and 19th Century Women Radicals,” Dr. Thomas F. Jorsch, assistant professor of history. Dr. Jorsch will deliver a presentation on two of America’s most famous – or infamous – radicals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Mother Jones, union organizer and “the most dangerous woman in America,” and Mary Lease, Kansas’ Populist agrarian rebel.
  • March 9 (At Pearson Chapel) – “Have Women Yet Found a Room of Their Own?” Amy J. Riordan, assistant professor of communications. Based on the 1998 novel by Michael Cunningham, “The Hours” is a move that moves across decades, bringing together Virginia Woolf as she writes “Mrs. Dalloway” in 1929 with homemaker Mrs. Brown as she reads “Mrs. Dalloway” in 1949 with Clarissa Vaughn who appears to embody the character of Mrs. Dalloway in 2001. Using these women’s interwoven story lines as a starting point, Professor Riordan will lead a discussion focused on the evolution of women’s rights, duties, and sexuality.
  • March 16 – “Miss Representation,” Dr. Lisa Guinn, assistant professor of history. Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Dr. Guinn will moderate a panel discussion following the film.
  • Tuesday, March 22 – “That Hijab Totally Goes with Your Eyes…Examining Powe and Essentialism in Muslim Fashion Shows,” Dr. Adam Pryor, assistant professor of religion. The Modesty Defined Islamic Fashion Council of America estimates that the Muslim clothing consumer market will reach $320 billion by 2018. Dr. Pryor will explore how Muslim women self-describe the significance of one of the most visible symbols of ‘modest’ clothing, the hijab, and discuss the significance of head covering, controversies related to modest clothing, and the significance of USA Islamic Fashion Week.
  • March 30 – “Do We Still Need a Feminist Movement?” Dr. Lisa Guinn, assistant professor of history. What was life like for women before the 1970s and the emergence of the Feminist Movement? With the positive changes won by the movement, is a Feminist Movement still relevant today? Dr. Guinn will compare women’s lives before the 1970s and now. A panel discussion will follow the presentation asking the question, “Do we still need a Feminist Movement?”
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Future teachers gather

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Members of the Kansas Teacher of the Year team.

The Bethany College Education Department recently hosted its annual Kansas Teacher of the Year Workshop for all education majors. The two hour event featured the eight members of the Kansas Teacher of the Year team and was attended by 56 Bethany College education major students. Members of the Kansas Teacher of the Year team presented talks on what it takes to be a successful teacher and make a difference.

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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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