Claudio Re, Ph.D., is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthens all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us. His strong beliefs about the enduring benefits of music’s relationship with the community come from his Italian heritage and long association with Italian community bands
Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a Master of Art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He has previously served as visiting assistant professor of music at Kenyon College in Ohio.
Andrea Ring began working as an adjunct professor at Bethany College in the spring of 2009. In the fall of 2009, she joined the faculty full-time. Ring became chair of the psychology department in fall 2013.
Ring received her Bachelors of Science in psychology in 2002 from Fort Hays State University and her Masters of Science in clinical psychology in 2005, also from Fort Hays State University.
Ring worked as a clinical psychotherapist at Salina Regional Health Center in the Intensive Outpatient Program for four years prior to teaching. She continues to maintain her professional license and work in field of mental health.
At Bethany, she teaches classes in general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, counseling and behavior modification. Ring helped to establish the new addiction counseling major in 2012 and currently functions as the program coordinator. She also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Bethany College Psychology Club.
Professor Riordan earned her bachelor of arts degree at Bethany College in English and music with a theatre minor and a master of arts degree in English at University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently ABD and finishing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University.
Before joining Bethany College, she was an English instructor and general education chair at Salina Area Technical College. She was awarded Graduate Instructor of the Year in 2011 at TCU. She has presented papers at national conferences such as the Rhetoric Society of America and the Conference of College Composition and Communication.
Her interests include aural and multimodal rhetoric, composing with new media, theatre, film, gardening, nature walks, and music.
Robinett has served as the assistant cheerleading coach at Hutchinson Community College for the past year. Beginning in 1999, he attended Hutchinson for two years and was the captain of the cheerleading team. Robinett received the Ambassador of the Year award and earned his associates of arts degree in May 2001.
Before coaching at Hutchinson Community College, Robinett was the interim head coach and captain of the cheerleading team at Oklahoma State University. He competed for six years at NCA Collegiate Cheerleading Nationals, with a third place finish his last two years. Robinett was also the men’s basketball strength and conditioning volunteer and a Share the Wealth Peer Educator.
After successfully graduating from OSU, Robinett worked as the sports performance coach at Cris Carter’s FAST program in Coral Springs, Fla. He coached athletes in speed dynamics and jump technique and developed strength programs. Robinett assisted in preparation training for the NFL Combine. He then was the director of sports performance at All-Star Sports in Paisley, Fla. He provided nutritional guidance to athletes, developed NFL Combine preparation programs and assisted college and NFL coaches with specific drills. Robinett has also worked as a personal trainer at LifeTime Fitness and Genesis Health Clubs in Plano, Texas, and Salina, Kan.
Robinett is CPR/AED, First Aid certified and lifeguard certified. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Robinett earned his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and exercise and Master of Science in applied exercise science from Oklahoma State University.
Professor Rogers grew up working on several cattle ranches in Western Kansas and is still involved in his family’s businesses. Before joining Bethany College, he was a full-time administrative staff member and adjunct faculty member at Friends University in both the College of Business and information Technology and Graduate School for nearly 15 years. He has also served as a Senior Faculty Facilitator at Baker University in the MBA Program and as a Lecturer for Computer Science/Information Technology at Newman University.
Professor Rogers earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, with specializations in Public Policy and Non-profit Management from Walden University. He also holds a M.B.A. from Baker University and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Friends University. Dr. Rogers is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honors Society and was inducted into Who’s Who in Kansas Phi Beta Lambda. Dr. Rogers has been awarded the Kansas 4-H Key Award, Lions Clubs Arion Award, and holds the rank of Eagle Scout.
Ann Samuelson received her Bachelor of Music Education degree and Kodaly certification from Indiana University and her Master of Music degree from the University of Connecticut. She has played professionally with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony as well as many other New England orchestras for over 30 years. She was the Concert Master of Musica Dolce, a chamber ensemble of Westerly, RI, and as such, was soloist and first violinist for the resident string quartet. She has previously taught in the Ohio and Connecticut public schools before raising a family. She has been part-time organist and Children’s Choir Director of her church in Connecticut before moving to Kansas.
Mel Sankey joined the Enrollment Services staff as an assistant coming from a career background with USD 305 in Salina and Central Kansas Foundation also in Salina. She attended school at South High School in Salina and at Mile High College in Denver. She has a son and a daughter and one grandson and enjoys crafts, gardening and sports.
Shaw earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a member of its European Honors Program.
Shaw earned a M.F.A. in painting from Yale University.
He joined the faculty at Bethany College in 1993; he is an Associate Professor and teaches drawing, painting and printmaking.
Shaw has exhibited in college and university galleries throughout the state and at the Salina Art Center.
David Slack is in the director of the Bethany College Athletic Training Education Program. He directed the efforts to accredit the college in 2008 and led a similar process at Washburn University in 2005. Slack holds an educational doctorate in sports management from the University of Utah (2004), a master of arts degree from Brigham Young University (1986), and a bachelor of science from Utah State University (1981). He held a dual role as Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University from 1986 to 1992 and served as Executive Director of the Utah Summer Games from 1994 to 1998.
He and his wife are the parents of four children and two grandchildren.
Brenda Smith is the director of the Swede Nation Station, formerly the Bethany College Bookstore. She handles all aspects of the college store, including aiding students with their textbook orders, supervising student workers, ordering all clothing, gift items and office supplies and maintaining the store’s website.
She began her position at Bethany College in 2001. Prior to that, she taught first grade at Grace E. Stewart Elementary school in Salina, Kan. for 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and art from Bethany College.
Brenda and her husband have two children and one granddaughter.