Dr. Melody Turnquist-Steed is currently serving as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches organ, coordinates the sacred music program, and directs the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble & Genesis Ringers.
A native Iowan, Dr. Steed received degrees in Organ Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Southern California. She has studied organ with Marilou Kratzenstein, Jesse Eschbach., Roberta Gary, and Cherry Rhodes.
Prior to her appointment at Bethany College, Dr. Steed served as the organist at the prestigious Westwood United Methodist Church where she presided at the Shaffer Memorial Organ.
An active recitalist, she has performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the International Trumpet Guild. Along with trumpeter, Keith Benjamin, she performs as the trumpet/organ duo, Clarion. The duo has recorded two compact discs Clarion, New Music for Trumpet and Organ (1994), andNew Vintage (2001) and been featured on the National Public Radio program, Pipe Dreams!, performing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 551.
Dr. Steed has most recently been honored for her service to Bethany College as a 2013 recipient of the Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership.
Along with trumpeter Keith Benjamin, she performs in the trumpet/organ duo, Clarion. The duo has recorded two compact discs Clarion, New Music for Trumpet and Organ (1994), and New Vintage (2001). Steed has performed as an organ soloist and as a member of Clarion in both Hungary and Romania.
Laura Stenlund is in her first year as the head athletic trainer at Bethany College. Prior to earning the head athletic trainer position, she served as Bethany College’s assistant athletic trainer from 2011-2012.
During her time at Bethany College, Stenlund has been the athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, wrestling and softball teams. Currently she is the acting athletic trainer for the women’s soccer, wrestling and softball teams. In addition to her athletic training responsibilities, Stenlund is an associate professor in the health, physical education, and athletic training department teaching courses on athletic training.
Prior to being an athletic trainer at Bethany College, Stenlund was a graduate assistant at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College she earned a master’s degree in teaching in physical education. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. and an associates’ degree in Sports Medicine from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Stenlund earned her BOC Certification in 2011 and is licensed as an athletic trainer by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society.
Stenlund is originally from McClelland, Iowa but currently resides in Lindsborg, Kan.
Dennis Stugelmeyer joins Bethany College as Vice President for Finance and Operations. Stugelmeyer began on July 15, 2013. Before joining Bethany, Stugelmeyer served as chief financial officer for Sisseton Wahpeton College for six years, and previously was director of business affairs for Concordia Language Villages, Concordia College. He has over 23 years of professional experience in higher education. Stugelmeyer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., and a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife fisheries science and biology from South Dakota State University.
As a player, Swiantek was the #3 ranked junior in the state of Kansas. He also played four years of varsity tennis at Pratt High School, winning a 4A State Championship in doubles as a junior with a 37-0 record and finishing fifth in singles as a senior with a record of 34-1. In college, Swiantek played for two years at Barton County Community College then moved on to graduate from Division I Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He finished his senior campaign with the second highest win total in school history.
Doug Talbott is the former director of bands at Bethany College were he directed the symphonic band, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble, Bethany College Blue Dozen, and was the coordinator of the music education program as well as chair of the Fine Arts Division.
Talbott previously taught in several Kansas public schools. In addition, he was head of the music department at Butler County Community College in El Dorado. Talbott received his bachelor’s of music education from Bethany College and his master’s of music education from Fort Hays State University. He has done additional graduate work at Morehead State University and Wichita State University. Talbott studied conducting with Lowell Burroughs of Bethany, Clarence Sawhill of UCLA, Al Wright of Purdue, and Lyle Dilley of Fort Hays State University.
Brittany Torres started working at Bethany in August 2008. She came to Bethany after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from College of the Ozarks. She later chose to pursue a master’s degree in library science at Emporia State University, which she completed in August 2013.
Assistant Professor of English Kristin Van Tassel teaches classes in writing and American literature.
Her essays and poetry have been published in Alternet, Counterpunch, Mamazine, Transitions Abroad, Relief and World Hum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her scholarly articles have appeared in American Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Journal of Ecocriticism. Van Tassel has presented numerous papers at national literary conferences, including several for the Popular Culture and American Culture Conference and ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Van Tassel received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Kansas. She holds an M.A. from the Department of English at California State University and a B.A. from the Department of Writing and Literature at George Fox University.
Van Tassel coordinates the honors program and serves as chair on the Bethany College Curriculum Committee. She is professionally associated with the National Council of Teachers of English and Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
The 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.
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.
Trent Warbis received his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from Boise State University, his MM in conducting from Wichita State University, and is currently pursuing his DMA in trumpet at the University of Kansas. While attending Wichita State, he performed with the WSU Orchestra, Jazz Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the WSU Opera Orchestra. He also directed the Shocker Sound Basketball Band and spent extensive time working with the WSU Concert band and Symphonic Wind Ensembles in a conducting capacity.