Daniel Dentino is responsible for developing and maintaining a campus environment that is complementary to and consistent with the educational mission of the college. He also plays a key role in support of the college’s retention goals. Dentino oversees all aspects of student development at Bethany, including the management of residence life, student activities, counseling services, international student services, new student orientation, health services, leadership development, crisis response, and student clubs and organizations.
Dentino joined Bethany in the fall of 2012 after working at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., where he had been the vice president for student affairs and dean of students since 2001. He brings over 15 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and professor, having also served Duquesne University, Providence College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Dentino earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology and has taught a variety of theological courses and published numerous works. He has been a volunteer football coach for several schools and has also done volunteer work at soup kitchens and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dentino was honored as a Refiner’s Fire Excellence in Teaching Award finalist, Ave Maria University Faculty commencements speaker in 2010, recipient of the Naples Illustrated Magazine “The Power of Ten” Award, and recipient of the Gulfshore Business Magazine “40 Under 40” award. He and his wife are the proud parents of their son.
Janice Esses has been the head women’s softball coach at Bethany College since spring 2002. Since then, she has amassed 302 career victories, three regular KCAC championships, two KCAC tournament championships, and three NAIA Regional Tournament appearances and led Bethany’s to its first ever NAIA National Softball Tournament appearance in 2012 and another in 2013. Esses’ teams not only excel on the softball field, but also in the classroom. Esses has coached 37 NAIA All-Scholar athletes and her squad led the NAIA with the most All-Scholar athletes in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to coaching at Bethany, Esses was a two-sport student at Bethany, playing basketball and softball. In 2000 and 2001, she was awarded first team All-KCAC as a catcher and was selected as the team’s MVP her senior year. Esses earned her bachelor’s degree in biology.
Coaching Career Highlights
2011, 2012 KCAC Coach of the Year
2011 KCAC Champions of Character Coach of the Year
3 KCAC Championships
2 KCAC Tournament Championships
37 NAIA All-Scholar Athletes
5 NAIA All-Region Players
1 CoSIDA Academic All-District Player
94 KCAC All-Conference Players
1 KCAC Player of the Year
2 KCAC Pitchers of the Year
1 KCAC Newcomer of the Year
2 NAIA National Tournament Appearance (first in school’s history)
3 NAIA Regional Appearances
2 NAIA National Player/Pitcher of the Week
NAIA National Tournament Record for most stolen bases in a game (10)
12 years of coaching as NAIA Head Coach (Bethany College)
Clinic Presenter at KSHSAA Coaching School
Clinic Presenter at K-State Salina Softball Coaching Clinic
10 years of coaching 18 & under Competitive Summer Softball Team (K-State Salina TechnoCats)
First Team All-KCAC at Bethany (2000 & 2001)
Team MVP at Bethany
Esses Year-by-Year (302-249, 12 seasons)
2003 21-22 KCAC Champions, KCAC Tournament Champions, NAIA Regional Appearance
2008 28-19 Finished 2nd in KCAC
2009 34-15 Finished 2nd in KCAC, 2nd in KCAC Tournament
2010 23-18 Finished 3rd in KCAC
2011 26-27 KCAC Co-Champions
2012 45-9 KCAC Champions, KCAC Tournament Champions, NAIA National Tournament Appearance, Ranked 25th in NAIA Post Season ranking
2013 31-18 NAIA National Tournament Appearance, Ranked 23rd in NAIA Preseason rankings
Levi Esses has been associate dean for student development and director of first year initiatives since 2013. Esses is a 2002 graduate of Bethany College and started his career at Bethany in spring of 2002 as director of residence life and assistant football coach. From 2004-2007 he taught high school math and coached. From 2007-2013, Esses was employed by Kansas State University Salina as assistant director of student services, overseeing residence life, student activities, student government, and counseling services.
Esses earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education in 2002 and a Master of Education from Wichita State University. He is responsible for oversight and organizing, managing, and directing a comprehensive system of the First Year Initiative (FYI), co-coordinating the Quest program, leading college retention efforts, and planning and executing new student orientation. He also oversees the student Pathfinders, Resident Director/FYI and teaches a Quest section.
Outside of his responsibilities on campus Esses does color commentating for Bethany Swedes radio for football and basketball games. He and his wife, Janice 01’, enjoy spending time together with family and friends and are deeply committed to Lindsborg and the Bethany community.
Dallas Fenn started at Bethany in 2103. Prior to Bethany, Fenn completed graduate work at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer working primarily with the baseball program from January 2011-May 2013.
Fenn is a Kansas native, originally from Wichita. He graduated from Valley Center High School in Valley Center, Kan. in 2006. Following graduation, he attended Hesston College in Hesston, Kan. where he received an associate’s degree in the spring of 2008. In fall of 2008, Dallas transferred to Sterling College in Sterling, Kan. where he completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training in two and a half years.
Fenn passed his Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer in December of 2010. He was also named the Sterling College Athletic Training Student of the Year in May of 2011. During graduate school, Dallas also received the Otho Davis Memorial Scholarship for outstanding athletic training students at Lamar University.
Dallas has been a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association since 2010.
William “Bill” Ferguson came to Bethany in the fall of 2010 as an adjunct professor of history.
He received his associate’s degree from Cloud County Community College in 1977, and his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in 1979. In 1990, Ferguson graduated from Fort Hays State University with a master’s in history.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Ferguson taught for 32 years at three different high schools in Kansas. He spent 10 of those years at Peabody and Sterling. The last 22 years were spent at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan. At those schools, he taught American history, world history, Kansas history, psychology and American government.
In 2003 Ferguson was chosen as one of 87 teachers across the nation to be part of the initial class of the “Teach Vietnam Teachers Network” sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association. He spent a week at Georgetown University learning and sharing information geared toward teaching about the Vietnam Era to American high school students.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation chose Ferguson for a grant to study the topic “The Eisenhower Years and the Cold War” at Gettysburg College in 2005.
Ferguson and his wife, Jan (Lindsey) ’79, have been residents of Lindsborg since 1989. They are members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lindsborg. They have served on many councils and committees during their time in the community. They have two sons, Keith ‘10 and Michael.
David Frost is an assistant professor of business at Bethany College. He joined the faculty in 2009, after serving as an adjunct at Bethany for three years. He teaches classes in business management and human relations.
Frost has experience in several areas of business management, including ownership, finance, marketing and human resources. He is also the founder of a non-profit boy’s home.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Friends University, Frost earned his master’s of science degree in management at Friends in 2004. As an assistant professor of business, Frost hopes to share his experience and education with students while continuing to hone his own skills and knowledge in the field.