John Mullen, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University. Mullen began at Bethany in 2012.
Gretchen Norland has served as assistant professor and coordinator of Secondary Education of the teacher preparation program since 2012.
She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education with a Psychology minor from Bethany College. Norland received her Master of Arts in Education Degree from Baker University in Kansas, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education through Northcentral University in Arizona. Norland taught as an adjunct instructor for Baker University, and has received leadership training and given presentations on differentiated instruction and alternative assessments. She has 32 years of teaching experience in Smoky Valley, USD 400, in Lindsborg, Kansas, and was certified to teach K-9 elementary, 7-12 English, 5-8 History, and 7-12 Psychology. In addition, Norland taught online courses through the virtual charter school in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Norland has been active in the Lindsborg area since 1979 with her involvements in education, Messiah Lutheran Church, and in building community and school partnerships for pre-service teacher opportunities. At Bethany College, Norland serves on the Curriculum Committee, Assessment Committee, Teacher Education Committee, and is Bethany’s Coordinator of Secondary Education representative for ACCK. Norland has been involved in the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee, the KSDE IHE/LEA Partnership Committee, and the NCATE Accreditation process for Bethany’s Education Department in 2013.
Norland’s ePortfolio and photos related to the education program can be viewed at http://ProfessorGNorland.foliotek.me/
The 2013-2014 season is Head Coach Clair Oleen’s 35th season on the sidelines in Hahn Gymnasium, two years as the late George Stephens’ assistant coach (earning KCAC titles in 1980 and 1981) and 12 years as the women’s basketball head coach (winning 208 games, one KCAC title, 10 NAIA play-off appearances and numerous national rankings).
Oleen now enters his 21st season as head coach of the men’s basketball program.
During his time as men’s coach, the Swedes have won 267 games, won three KCAC Tournament Championships, earned several national rankings and qualified for three NAIA National Tournaments. The 2003 team played in the NAIA National Championship game, finishing as national runners-up. That year Oleen was honored as the NAIA Division II Coach of the Year, while the team was honored by then Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, with a state proclamation on April 10, 2003.
Oleen earned his 450th head coaching win at Bethany in the 2011-2012 as his teams have amassed 475 total wins.
Oleen insists that the reason for all the Bethany wins over the years is the fact that he has been blessed with good players, good people, and good assistant coaches.
As a basketball player, Oleen was a two-year starter and a captain at Barton County Community College before he joined the Swedes at Bethany. In a Swede uniform he earned All-KCAC, All-District 10 of NAIA, and All-Lutheran honors nationally. He was a Bethany co-captain for the 1976-77 KCAC co-champion team, while he also received the Most Valuable Swede award. Following his college playing days, Oleen received numerous AAU basketball awards, including induction into the Kansas Independent Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame.
He received his bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Bethany College and his master’s in physical education from Kansas State University.
Oleen and his wife, Jerrine, have two adult children, Nathan and Andrea.
Warren Olson joined the Bethany College Advancement Office in 2007. He graduated from Bethany in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. After graduation, Olson taught and coached in Herington, Kan. He has also served as the executive director at the Salina Family YMCA and has also held marketing positions in the Xerox Corporation.
Olson and his wife, Lynnda (Peterson) ’72, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Paula Patterson received her Bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Iowa where she was a student of Betty and Roger Mather. She has done additional study with Dr. Frances Shelly of Wichita State University.
Patterson is Instructor of Flute at Bethany College. She has maintained a private teaching studio since 1979. She is currently principal flute with the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra and the Bethany College Community Orchestra. She is a member of the woodwind trio, Trablas. She has served as clinician and adjudicator in the Central Kansas area.
University of Iowa: Bachelors of Music