A native of Aurora, Colo., Laura (Christopher) Moreno attended Lamar Community College where she received her associate of arts degree before transferring to Bethany College. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Moreno was a softball player for the Swedes, earning first-team and second-team All-KCAC honors as a second baseman and designated player. She was an NAIA Academic Scholar Athlete, a member of Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society, and on the Academic Dean’s Honor Roll. While attending school, she worked as a student assistant to the director of communications and sports information director. Upon graduation, Moreno was an assistant softball coach at Bethany before moving on to a head coaching position at Brown Mackie College in Salina for the last three years.
Moreno has also worked for Rocking M Radio out of Salina as a radio personality and as a freelance sports reporter at the Lindsborg News Record.
Moreno and her husband Jose reside in Lindsborg.
Professor Morris taught as an adjunct professor in spring 2013 after working in the health care industry in Salina for 8 years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in pre-professional biology at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa and a bachelor of science degree in human biology at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is a doctor of chiropractic. She is married and has two children and enjoys traveling and participating in church activities.
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/
Cory Odell serves as Detective Sergeant with the Junction City Kansas Police Department and is currently assigned as the Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. Cory has been a police officer since 2009 and has held various positions within the department including Patrol Officer, Sex Crimes Detective, Field Training Officer, Master Officer, Honor Guard Member, and SWAT Team Operator/Team Leader. He was awarded the Larry D. Welch Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from the police academy.
Cory earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and a M.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati. He is a continuing education trainer for area criminal justice and human services agencies.
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.