Joyce Pigge is a professor of political ccience at Bethany College. As a member of the Bethany College faculty since 1970, she is the History/Political Science Department Chair. She coordinates the social studies teaching major and is the pre-law advisor.
At Bethany College, Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law.
Pigge is the Bethany College faculty athletics representative and is Eligibility Chair of the Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference and the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference. Pigge has also served Bethany as head women’s basketball coach, head volleyball coach, and head softball coach.
Pigge received the Bethany College Teaching Award in 1991, the Bethany Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the Meredith Humphreys Teaching and Service to Students Award in 2006 and the NAIA Wally Schwartz Award as Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year in 2009.
Twice, Pigge was a member of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University (England). Her work has been presented at the Second Annual National Conference on Legal Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities program, Conference of the Association of the Lutheran College Faculties and an Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association.
Pigge holds a D.A. in Government from Lehigh University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Maryville College and an A.A. from Mt. Vernon Community College, now Rend Lake College.
Pigge has done further study at the Washington University School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and Southern Illinois University. She also has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois House and with McPherson/Harvey County Court Services
Rhys Pihl enters her first season as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Swedes.
Pihl is a 2008 graduate of Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan. She was a three-time unanimous All-League selection in both basketball and volleyball, and was named All-State in basketball her junior and senior years.
Pihl attended Bethany College from 2008-2010, Fort Hays State University from 2010-2011, and Kansas Wesleyan University from 2011-2012.
While at Bethany, Pihl was a unanimous 1st Team All-KCAC selection as a freshman and sophomore, leading the Swedes in scoring both years. She averaged 13.4 points per game as a freshman, and a KCAC-leading 18.8 points per game as a sophomore. In her two-year career at Bethany, Pihl scored 967 points.
During her junior season at FHSU, Pihl appeared in all 26 games, averaging 6.8 points per game and playing 17.2 minutes per game. She led FHSU in scoring in two different contests: November 20 versus Nebraska-Kearney (17 points) and January 5 versus Central Missouri (15 points).
Her senior year at KWU, Pihl averaged 8.7 points per game and 29.7 minutes per game. She tallied 92 total rebounds, 99 assists, and 44 steals.
Pihl has worked as a private basketball instructor, MAYB coach, summer league basketball camp instructor, and Bethany College and KWU basketball camp instructor. In addition, she was assistant manager and a certified lifeguard of the Lindsborg Swimming Pool from 2011-2012, giving both group and private swim lessons. Pihl has been a member of the Kansas National Education Association, the honor roll, and a Salemsborg Lutheran Church youth group member.
Pihl graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, with an endorsement in special education, and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Cottonwood Elementary in Salina, Kan. She is the daughter of Roger and Jill Pihl, and has two siblings, Jade and Greyson. Rhys and Jade played together while at Bethany. Pihl’s grandfather, George Stephens, is a member of the Kansas Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame, and coached at Bethany College for 26 years, in which Stephens Court in Hahn Gym is named after him. Pihl’s mother and uncle also played basketball at Bethany.
Ed Pogue teaches courses in design, sculpture, visual art and web design. He is represented nationally by “A” Gallery of Art in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the past few years, Pogue has exhibited his sculpture at Finer Things Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., and in downtown Wichita, Kan.
Prior to arriving at Bethany in 1999, Pogue was the Facilities Manager and an Assistant Director of the Sculpture Center at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
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.