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.
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.
Randy Jirak has been with Bethany since 2007 and is responsible for supervising all campus facilities operations including maintenance, housekeeping, grounds and security. He is a 1983 graduate of Kansas Technical Institute with and an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology.
Prior to coming to Bethany, he has held several positions including a design technician/procurement for Estes Engineering, maintenance technician for REMA Bakeware, maintenance supervisor for Grede Foundries, maintenance consultant for US Foundries and as a self-employed home remodeler.
He is a church council member and property committee chair for Elim Lutheran Church and an active member in the Marquette Lion’s Club.
Alisa Jones is a 1998 graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelors degree in economics. She has two children, Emily and Trevor.
Before joining the faculty at Bethany College, Professor Jorsch was an instructor at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 to 2014 and prior to that served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from Oklahoma State University; master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and bachelor’s degrees in history and math from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is married to Bethany professor, Lisa Guinn.
Professor of Art Mary Kay has been at Bethany College since 1989. She teaches painting, drawing and printmaking.
Kay’s work has been shown in a variety of one-person and group exhibits, including Grand Arts Kansas City, Mo., the Salina Arts Center Salina, Kan., and the Mallin Gallery Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kan. She has also given numerous gallery talks and lectures.
Kay received her Master of Fine Art in painting from the Yale School of Art and her Master of Art in painting from Goldsmiths’ College at London University. She earned Bachelor of Arts Honors in fine art from Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, United Kingdom.
Sean Keasling is the director of Bands at Southeast of Saline. He is in his twelfth year of teaching and is in his second year at Southeast of Saline. At SES he is responsible for teaching High School Band, 7th and 8th grade band, 6th grade band, 5th grade band, and two sections of Music Appreciation.
Prior to teaching at Southeast of Saline Sean has taught at Pratt Skyline, Larned, and spent six years at Hoisington. Keasling earned an Associate of the Arts degree from Hutchinson Community College, a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Fort Hays State University, and a Master’s of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University.
Currently Sean is the middle level honor band chairman for the North Central KMEA district. In addition, Sean has given two clinics over various uses of music technology in the classroom at the KMEA music convention in Wichita.
Sean is in his first year as adjunct instructor of the Bethany Jazz Ensemble.
Dr. Brian A. Kinnaird has two decades as a scholar-practitioner in the field of criminal justice. He began his career as a commissioned peace officer, serving as a deputy sheriff in Kansas for over a decade. During his tenure, Kinnaird was assigned to both jail and patrol divisions. He was a shift supervisor, field training officer, SWAT team operator and lead defensive tactics instructor.
As an academic, Dr. Kinnaird has served as a professor and administrator for public, private, and proprietary institutions all over the state and country. He is the author of several books and book chapters and is widely published in a variety of peer-reviewed outlets with active research and training agendas.
Dr. Kinnaird earned his B.A. in sociology (1997) and M.L.S. in justice studies (1999) from Fort Hays (Kansas) State University and his Ph.D. in criminal justice/human services (2004) from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation on police misconduct and risk management was published by the “International Journal of Police Science and Management.”