Dr. Lillian Green earned graduate degrees in Music Theory Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Her undergraduate degree in music education is from West Virginia University where her emphases were viola, piano, and violin and where she earned public school certification for Pre-K-12 music.
Most recently, she served as the director of instrumental music at Montverde Academy, a high school conservatory school in Montverde, Florida. She has also taught at the Cab Calloway Summer School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware and in the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program as well as being an orchestra string mentor to high school and college students at the Aspen Music Festival. Prior to these experiences she was on the string faculty at West Virginia University and taught in the music theory program at Peabody Conservatory.
Professor Green’s performance career on viola includes her membership in the Friedheim String Quartet and performances across Asia, Europe, and the United States. She has performed as a section musician in numerous orchestras, including as principal violist in the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer, she is touring Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany as a member of the Miltenberger Jazz and Classical Ensemble. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the College Music Society.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Guinn taught at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 until 2014. Prior to that she served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She earned a Ph.D. in 19th Century U.S. history from Oklahoma State University in 2003; a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor’s degree for Kansas State University. She is married to Thomas Jorsch, assistant professor of history at Bethany College.
Austin Hardin currently serves as a patrol officer with the Salina Police Department. He began his career in the private sector working both loss prevention and security prior to entering public law enforcement. Austin has extensive training in the fields of national and international security including terrorist operations, threat recognition and critical response.
Prior to joining Bethany College, Professor Hardin was an adjunct instructor at Brown Mackie College in Salina where he taught a variety of criminal justice courses. Austin graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.A. in criminal justice from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Hensel was an instructor at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree at Baylor University and his PhD at the University of Oregon. He was awarded the Outstanding Composition Instructor in 2010 and has interests in Beowulf; monster studies and woodworking. He is married and has a son and daughter.
Marlysue Holmquist, professor of education, began teaching at Bethany College in 1995. Holmquist received her bachelor’s from Bethany College and her master’s and doctorate from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Holmquist taught in Los Angeles, Calif., Mt. Vernon, Ky. and Marquette, Kan. before beginning as an adjunct instructor at Bethany College. She served as chair of the Education Department from 2000-2007 and now is the elementary education coordinator and serves as the Licensure officer for the college. Holmquist is the recipient of the Rohm Distinguished Professor.
Holmquist teaches a variety of courses for the Education Department including introduction to teaching, instructional technology, methods of teaching social studies in the elementary school, student teaching seminar and supervises elementary teaching majors in their clinical practice.
She is on Faculty Senate, Assessment Committee and serves as the representative to ACCK (Associated Colleges of Central Kansas) special education committee. In addition she served on the Licensure Review Committee for the Kansas State Dept. of Education and is now the representative to the Regulations Committee for KSDE.
Holmquist and her husband, Tom ’76, farm and ranch in the Smolan, Kan. area. She and her husband were the recipients of the award as Kansas Master Farmers in 2012. Her children are Ryan ‘05, Majkin ‘07 and John ‘14.
Kyle Hopkins is in his third year as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at McPherson College. In his short time at McPherson College, the band program has experienced unprecedented growth and success, including sending a brass ensemble on a performance tour to Eastern Europe last January. Kyle holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Washburn University and Kansas State University. Prior to returning to college to obtain his first music education degree, he did graduate work at the University of Kansas and the Gornyi Institute (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.) in Russian language and culture. He also worked for seven years as a Disability Examiner for the State of Kansas specializing in childhood disabilities. Before accepting his position at McPherson College, he was Director of Bands in the McPherson public schools for 12 years and before that he taught in Topeka and Shawnee Mission. Kyle has been a board member of the South Central Kansas Music Educators Association and has served as the district’s Jazz Chair. In 2011, he was voted USD 418’s “Teacher of the Year” by its faculty and staff. And, in 2012, he was the district’s nominee for “Kansas Teacher of the Year”.
Kyle and his wife Christi are both accomplished horn players. Kyle has performed with the Topeka Symphony and the Kansas City Philharmonia. Currently he performs with many groups such as the Wichita Grand Opera, and the Salina Symphony as principal horn. He has performed and/or conducted in 38 states as well as in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Kyle and Christi have two sons; Isaac, who is a trumpet performance major at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio; and Ben, a freshman at McPherson High School who plays tuba in the band and also enjoys wrestling and football.
Stewart Hoss served for 12 years with the Kansas National Guard. He is married and has two daughters and two step-sons.
Crystal Houp has served Bethany College Admissions since 2004. With over 16 years of customer service experience, she manages the admissions process, administers database input, mails prospective students information, and helps supervise student workers. She has served the Bethany Staff Senate and was voted a best crew member at Bethany’s 2013 employee appreciation dinner. Houp attended Fort Hays State University and has a son, Dawson.
Carl Isaacson, professor of communication, has been at Bethany College since 2004.
Isaacson teaches classes in public speaking, rhetoric, mass communication, argumentation and human communication. His fields of interest include Swedish Americana. He has served as educator/curator of the Swedish American Museum Center in Chicago, and his research has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and American Communication Journal.
For the 2006 Messiah Festival of the Arts, Isaacson translated, adapted and directed a student production of “Barabbas” based on Pär Lagerkvist’s 1950 novel of the same title.
Isaacson received his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Minnesota, Minn. He also holds a M.Div. with a major in Parish Ministry from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.