Bethany students Kaitlyn Norton and Amelia Fabrizius were recognized as Teachers of Promise at the recent Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet. Twice each year, Kansas colleges and universities that offer teacher preparation programs are invited by the Kansas Department of Education to select two teacher education students identified as Teachers of Promise to participate in a specific professional learning and recognition opportunity.
This semester Bethany College Greek Life has been very busy. With a focus on retention and giving back to the community, Greek Council has organized and hosted events that make the campus fell more like a home. Pairing with SAB during orientation Greek Life members from each organization helped set up, serve and teardown the annual Ice Cream Social. Members of Greek Life were also part of the orientation team who helped freshmen adjust to the newest part of their lives.
The momentum of orientation just sparked the fire for the other events held thus far. Last week Greek Council organized “Go Greek Week”. On Tuesday sororities and fraternities set up tables in the Caf to introduce students to the individual groups. Trying something new for Wednesday, the fraternities and sororities all dressed in their letters to support the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams, including the Terrible Swede. Multiple events were hosted on Thursday. Greek Life hosted the weekly Big Brew which concluded right on time for students to make it to another new event: Tie-A-Toga. Greek Council gave away 25 free bed sheets to the first students to learn expert toga tying techniques. These techniques were handy for the night’s Toga Party, an annual event that includes music, refreshments, and opportunities to speak with fraternity men and sorority women. Lizzie Benoit, junior member of Alpha Delta Zeta, had this to say about the week, “The events give Greek Life a positive, uplifting name while also bringing the campus as a whole together.”
This week the fraternities and sororities are hosting rush parties. Rush parties are informal opportunities to get to know a specific group of men or women. Micah Hirschler, junior member of Sigma Phi Omega, gave her opinion, “It’s refreshing to see how many people are interested in Greek Life this year.” Events will continue Saturday with fraternities and sororities giving bids to individuals whom they think share the same values as the group. The week will end Sunday night with the traditional Bow Night in which potential new members declare which group that they desire to join.
Being focused on the community, the Greek Council is planning on hosting its annual Caramel Apple Social in October and a Veteran’s Day letter drive in November. Greek Council’s current goals include reaching 25% student involvement with Greek Life. “We really want to do our part in enhancing the student experience this year. Greek Life can provide meaningful experiences and connections that other activities just cannot provide.” Said Joe Wolf, Greek Council President and senior member of Pi Sigma Chi.
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Senior communication majors will present their capstone projects on Monday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Levin meeting room at Pilhblad Memorial Union.
Four students will present projects including:
- Mike Mertz – use play theory to rhetorically analyze the video game, “To The Moon.”
- Katia Matter – combines Aristotle and non-discursive rhetoric to analyze three scenes from Disney World’s ride, “The Haunted Mansion.”
- Melissa Woeppel – views Aristotle’s appeals through Kenneth Burke’s concept of terministic screens to analyze cultural representations of the rhetoric of agriculture.
Ashley Glover, a Bethany College senior from Emporia, will perform her senior voice recital on Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. She will perform pieces from Debussy, Mozart, Copland and others.
Glover is a vocal music education major and a sacred music minor. In the spring, she will be student teaching at Stewart Elementary and Sacred Heart Middle/High School in Salina. She has studied under the direction of Leah Ann Anderson. She will be accompanied on Sunday by Genevieve Bishop.
Brian Kinnaird, Ph.D, associate professor of criminal justice at Bethany College, has published the second edition of his book, “Use of Force: Expert Guidance for Decisive Force Response.” The book is available in print or ebook and was originally published in 2003.
Kinnaird is completing his first year at Bethany College in the criminal justice department. Continue reading
Bethany College students raised $200 in a wacky game of Duck Soup softball last Sunday afternoon at the Swede Softball Park. Students from David Slack’s Bethany Quest class organized the fund raiser to benefit Mija Stockman, ’98, a former Bethany track athlete who was injured in an automobile accident and has faced a long, difficult, and expensive recovery. She is currently receiving specialty care in a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska. Continue reading
Bethany College Art Department will host an exhibit featuring the artwork of Holly Phelps, senior, of Wichita. The exhibition, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, runs through May 1 at the Mingenback Art Gallery located at the corner of Second and Olsson in Lindsborg, Kan. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.
Phelps is exhibiting paintings and drawings from her four years at Bethany. Her show, “Raw Essence” incorporates her own essence of beauty through nature and people. Her main work is multiple portraits done of fellow Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Phelps is the daughter of the Chuck Phelps and Rachel Blough.
The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Bethany College started the 2013-2-14 with a strong enrollment in the Fall semester and that trend continues with a spring student body of 619 students. This is the largest spring enrollment in 17 years and is a larger enrollment than 8 of the past 10 Fall enrollments as well.
“This is an exciting time at Bethany and I’m elated to welcome 40 new students this semester,” says President Edward F Leonard III. “Continued efforts to share the Bethany story along with strong student retention programs are showing positive results.” Continue reading