“The Cherry Orchard” brings new twist to an old play

The Cherry OrchardTo bring Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard to life for his audiences, director Cody Whetstone made the decision to set the play in modern times.

“The play was written and set in Russia in the early 1900’s,” said Whetstone. “To show how universal Chekhov’s ideas and words are, we’re setting it in modern times. I hope it will help Chekhov’s play resonate with today’s audiences.”

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Bethany hosts Student Development conference

presser stepsIn an effort to build relationships, share ideas, and discuss common issues, the Student Development is hosting a conference on campus Friday, March 1.  Eight area schools will attend, including Bethel College, Central Christian University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Ottawa University, Sterling College, and Tabor College.

The conference will generate fruitful dialog about important topics, such as student satisfaction, first year experience initiatives, retention, and the relationship between student development and intercollegiate athletics.

This is the first time Bethany’s Student Development has hosted an event like this and looks forward to its tremendous potential to share with, learn from, and collaborate with peers at institutions with similar educational approaches.

Third annual skate camp is another success!

Skate Camp proves to be popular for year three! The Methods of Elementary Physical Education class taught by Assistant Professor of Physical Education Jessica Becker led 35 children aged 4 to 9 on a three-day adventure of roller skating.

The Bethany students spent a week reaching a proficient level of skating themselves and learned how to teach skating. Then they planned, organized, and taught the campers. Nik Barre, Kaitlyn Davis, Jason Duffy, Tanya Garner, John Nguyen, Caton Scarry, Bobby Smith, Christopher Stegman and Amanda VanLoenen were the lead teachers. Assisting them were students from Movement Education, an elementary PE activities course. Continue reading

Bethany students rank globally in business simulation games

Bethany College students playing an online business simulation game finished in the top 100 of the 2,879 teams playing worldwide.

Students in Bethany’s sports marketing class taught by Associate Professor of Business Paul Gentine used the Global Business Strategy Simulation (GLO-BUS) online game to run a virtual digital camera company. They assess market conditions, determine how to respond to competitors’ actions, forge long-term direction and strategy, and make decisions about R&D, assembly operations and worker compensation, pricing and marketing, corporate social responsibility, and financing. Continue reading