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.
Aaron Yoder is a 2008 graduate of Fort Hays State University graduating with a major in health and human performance with an emphasis in health promotions and wellness and a minor in business administration.
Yoder was a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, where he was an advocate of health and wellness within the Hays community, and of the national honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, where he served as vice president for one year. Yoder completed his master’s degree in sport and movement studies through Fort Hays in December 2010.
While at Fort Hays, Yoder competed in cross country and track for the Tigers from 2004 to 2008. During this time, he earned All- Conference Cross Country Performer, All-Conference Indoor Track Performer (5k), four-time All-Conference Performer in Outdoor Track (Steeple, 5k, 10k), two-time MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week, four-time Individual Champion of Collegiate Cross Country Races, and 3A State Mile Champion. Yoder was also a member of the two-time State Championship Track Team from Hillsboro High Schooland of the three-time State Runner-Up Cross Country Team from Hillsboro High School
Yoder’s experience includes working as a camp counselor and coach at numerous running camps, including the Jim Ryun Running Camp in Fort Collins, Colo., and Gettysburg, Pa.
Sarah Zehnder graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology, and criminal justice from Dana College, and her masters degree from Emporia State University. She has worked as a probation officer, fraud investigator, and was also the librarian at Smoky Valley Middle School. Sarah serves on the Lindsborg Housing Authority Board.