Charlotte (Jalkeus) Anderson, Bethany alumna of 1986, performs study abroad advising and is responsible for international student services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science from Karlstad University in Sweden. During her time at Karlstad, she came to Bethany to study internationally.
Prior to moving from Sweden to Lindsborg in 1990, Anderson was the information secretary for the Swedish Deaf Association and before that she worked at the Swedish National Radio. She started working at Bethany College in 2006 by teaching Swedish.
A Swedish citizen, Anderson has written several articles on Swedish and Swedish-American heritage, which have been published both in Sweden and in the U.S. She is active with cultural events in Lindsborg, many of them including folk dancing and fiddling. She is often seen around town in her authentic Swedish folk dress and frequently gives presentations on Swedish folk cultural topics. She and her husband Dean Anderson ‘76 have two bilingual, multi-cultural daughters.
Leah Ann Anderson began teaching at Bethany College in 2011. She in an Instructor of Voice, both principal and secondary emphasis.
Anderson earned the degree Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University. While there she studied voice with Dr. Vernon Yenni, and Choral Conducting with Dr. René Clausen. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Fontbonne University in St.Louis, Missouri, where she studied voice with Dr. Relford Patterson. Anderson’s first voice teacher was Dr. Elmer Copley at Bethany College.
Anderson was the director of choral music for the Smoky Valley School District for many years. In 2007 she was named the Outstanding High School Music Educator for the South Central District of the Kansas Music Educators’ Association. Anderson is the director of the Bethany Lutheran Church Men’s Choir and the Smoky Valley Men’s Choir.
Anderson teaches private voice lessons, and is a frequent performer in the community as a soloist and participant in small vocal ensembles.
Anderson has two grown sons. She and her husband live in Lindsborg.
Professor Tyler Atkinson received his Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen and his Master’s of Divinity from the Divinity School, Duke University. His interests are in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, historical theology, theological ethics, Martin Luther, J.G. Hamann, theology and race, and sustainability. He has written a book titled, “Singing at the Winepress: Ecclesiastes and the Ethics of Work” published by London: Bloomsbury, 2015 and written articles for the Scottish Journal of Theology (forthcoming), and Studies in Christian Ethics (November, 2013). He is married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel Ann, and has a son. He enjoys playing and listening to music, trail running, and travel.
Linda earned a bachelors degree in chemistry and math education from Bethany College and a masters degree in leadership from Bellevue University.
Bartman has served as the head baseball coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., for the past two years. He inherited a program with four returning players and a 3-30 record the previous year. Bartman went on to lead the Highlanders to the best two year stretch in over a decade. He increased roster size, lowered pitching staff ERA, and increased playing field safety and aesthetics. Bartman also created youth camps, performed community service and hosted alumni events for baseball players.
Before coaching at MacMurray College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. He successfully recruited 14 new players to the team in the first year. His first recruiting class as freshman set program firsts of receiving national poll votes, best start in conference through 12 games, best overall start through 15 games and highest conference finish in 15 years. Bartman played baseball for Lincoln College as a catcher and first baseman and earned his associate of arts degree in May 2003.
Prior to Lincoln College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill., for three years. While at Wabash Valley, Bartman had the opportunity to recruit and coach over a dozen players that signed professional contracts, including current St. Louis Cardinals reliever Keith Butler. He created throwing schedules, created and implemented conditioning programs, called pitches, implemented training aids, and was responsible for daily motivation to achieve goals. In addition, he was the assistant dorm director and intramural director. He organized all aspects of the annual golf outing, managed all camp activities, coordinated recruiting efforts and maintained the team website.
Bartman has also served as the tournament director for Diamond Sports Promotions, Inc., for four years in addition to being asked to speak at various camps and clinics around the country including University of Kentucky, Notre Dame, Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, College Coaches Skills Camps, Purdue University and Top 96.
Bartman earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from MacMurray College and his Master of Science degree in sports management from American Public University.
Bartman is married to the former Nicole Tucker and the couple welcomed their daughter, Kendall Jean, on February 24, 2013. He is a native of New Holland, Ill.
Amie Bauer returns to Bethany College after graduating in 2001 with a BA Magna Cum Laude in Communications, and a minor in Administration of Justice (a major was not offered). Amie previously taught as an Adjunct at Bethany and has participated in panels, mock crime scenes, CSI camp and other experience based opportunities for students. Amie watched the Criminal Justice program grow from a minor to a major and believes the Criminal Justice program is more relevant than ever.
While a Bethany student, Amie was Editor of the Bethany Messenger newspaper, served as a student ambassador and co-directed a program for orientation of new students, and selected the BC student leaders who welcomed and assisted students and their families on move- in day in etc., was a member of Gold Key Honorary Society, Dance Team, Student Government, Beta Tau Sigma Academic Society, Sigma Phi Omega and was selected as the Senior Class student graduation speaker. Also at Bethany, Amie interned with two criminal defense lawyers and with the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office. She served as the bailiff in Saline County District Court for out of county cases transferred by a change of venue, one being a capital murder trial; and also served as bailiff for the Kansas Court of Appeals when they traveled to Salina.
Amie attended law school at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, graduating with a J.D. in 2004. While in law school, she participated in Moot Court competitions, received a Faculty Brief Award, was a member of Sam A. Crow Inns of Court, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and Order of Barristers Oral Advocacy Society. She clerked for Cavanaugh and Lemon, P.A. of Topeka. Amie worked for the McPherson County Attorney office in 2004 and 2005. Since 2005, Amie has worked at Gusenius Law Office, in Lindsborg. Currently, Amie practices mostly family law and is a Kansas certified domestic Mediator, is a Municipal Court Judge in two cities, and the City Prosecutor in Lindsborg. Also, in 2005, Amie taught Family Law at Hutchinson Community College.
Amie currently serves on the Smoky Valley community foundation, Bethany College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, is Secretary of the Kansas Municipal Judge Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the Kansas Judges Assistance Committee.
Christi Becker joined the Bethany family as staff in August 2014, shortly after she graduated from Bethany College with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Visual Arts Administration. She also owns and operates a gallery space, Chestnut Studios, on Lindsborg’s Main St, and manages her own ceramic studio.
Marilyn Benyshek began teaching at Bethany College in Spring 2015. She teaches Music Methods for Elementary Teachers and Music Education Methods: PreK & Elementary for the music major.
Benyshek earned her Master of Music Education from Wichita State University in 1985. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education from Fort Hays State University in 1975. Her performance medians are voice, piano, and organ.
Benyshek completed 22 years as an elementary music teacher in 2010 in Salina, USD 305. Prior teaching positions have been in Wichita, Garden City and Chanute, KS in grades K-12 vocal music. She has been a private voice and piano teacher through these years. Benyshek has been with Kansas Wesleyan University as adjunct professor in both the music and education departments, teaching Elementary Music Methods for over 20 years. She has adjudicated 27 years for the Kansas High School Activities Association for vocal solos and small ensembles at Regional and State Music Festivals. For twoy ears, Benyshek was the KMEA State Chair for Elementary Teachers.
Benyshek and her husband live in Salina. They have one daughter who is a pharmacist.
Mrs. Bishop is an ’85 graduate of Bethany College in organ performance. She is a local piano teacher, accompanist, and church musician. She has experience as an organist for Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kan., and has directed the children’s choir. Bishop also accompanies the Bethany College Choir, Chamber Choir, and vocal and instrumental students.