Mrs. Bishop is an ’85 graduate of Bethany College in organ performance. She is a local piano teacher, accompanist, and church musician. She has experience as an organist for Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kan., and has directed the children’s choir. Bishop also accompanies the Bethany College Choir, Chamber Choir, and vocal and instrumental students.
Andrew Book began teaching at Bethany in 2011. A native of Salina, Kan., he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and double bass performance. Besides teaching at Bethany he is currently the Salina Central High School orchestra director, a South Middle School general music teacher, and instructor of strings at Coronado, Cottonwood, Meadowlark, and Oakdale Elementary in Salina. Andrew performs with the Wichita Grand Opera, Salina Symphony, Hutchinson Symphony, Bethany/Lindsborg Orchestra, and the Perfect Fifth quintet.
At Wichita State, Book performed with the WSU Symphony Orchestra, WSU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, WSU Music Theatre, and multiple chamber ensembles. In the spring of 2008 he was able to travel with the WSU Symphony to Zaragoza, Spain for a three-city concert tour. Book has also spent two summers in Victoria, British Columbia studying Double Bass with world-renowned soloist, Gary Karr. Andrew credits his love for teaching and performing to the amazing musicians he has studied with such as: Mark Foley, Eric Stein, Teresa Hernandez, Susan Higbee, Gary Monsanto, Doug Beyer, Catherine Consiglio, Jacquelyn Dillon, and Gary Karr.
Book is a member of the International Society of Bassists, Music Educators National Conference, Modern Music Masters Fraternity, Kansas National Educators Association, and the American String Teachers Association.
Lori Brack joined the Bethany faculty in August 2012. She is a graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., and of the University of Kansas.
Her poems and essays have been published online and in print journals including North American Review, Superstition Review, Packingtown Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Mid-American Review. Her poems are included in two anthologies of Kansas poets, Begin Again (2011) and To the Stars Through Difficulties (2012). Her chapbook, A Fine Place to See the Sky, was written in collaboration with her grandfather’s 1907-1918 Kansas farming journal as a poetic script for a work of performance art by Ernesto Pujol. It was published in 2010 by The Field School, New York.
Dale joined the Bethany College Business Office staff in February 2013 as a part-time accounting clerk.
From 1976 through 2012 he served as Director of Finance and Controller at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan.
Dale graduated from Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. in 1965 and completed additional accounting training at Fort Hays State University.
Outside the office he is involved in church choir, enjoys several spectator sports and is an avid cyclist.
Professor Caiola comes to Bethany College from Molloy College where he was an assistant athletic trainer and from Wesley College where he was head athletic trainer. He earned a bachelor’s degree of science in health and exercise science with concentration in athletic training from Eastern University and a master’s degree of science in advanced athletic training and sports science from Long Island University.
Dan Callihan graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Botany and a Master of Science in Biological Science. He worked as an Instructor of Biological Sciences, at Spoon River College from 2000-2008, also a Student Success Coach, at Spoon River College from 2008-2010. Following that he was the Assistant Director of Center of Learning Excellence, at MacMurray College from 2010-2014. He has certifications in On Course I and II by Skip Downing; is a Certified Developmental Education Specialist, Kellogg Institute, Appalachian State University; and Certified Learning Center leader level 2, National College Learning Center Association. His interests include science, history, music, art, entertainment, and strategy games.
Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.
Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals. He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.
He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.
Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.
Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.
Denver Cobb is from Daytona Beach, Fla., and attended Father Lopez High School.
Cobb comes to Bethany from the University of South Florida, where he served as a graduate assistant. During the 2011-2012 season he worked under the Big East Coach of the Year Stan Heath.
USF finished the season 22-14 and in fourth place in the Big East. Cobb helped the team finish the season with the best record in school history and tied for most wins in school history. They also set the Big East defensive record for lowest points scored against (56.6 ppg). It was their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992.
During the 2010-2011 season, Cobb served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While there, he helped lead the team to a 29-5 record and a conference tournament championship. Cobb coached a second-team All-American and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. As a player at ERAU, he was the team captain from 2007-2009, and he made National Tournament appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2008. He made the Sun Conference All-Conference team in 2008 and 2009 and led the Sun Conference in free throw percentage and three point percentage. Cobb accumulated over 100 community service hours through the Champions of Character program. Cobb played for the NAIA Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Ridder and had an overall five year collegiate record of 134-34.
In the summer of 2010 Cobb was the head coach of the Port Orange Warriors, a U16 AAU team. His team were the Easter Classic at Disney 16U Division II runner-ups, the Super Showcase Coast to Coast Regional 16U Division II champions and the Battle at the Beach tenth grade champions.
During the 2009-2010 school year, Cobb was the varsity boys basketball assistant coach and the freshman head basketball coach at Father Lopez Catholic High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Cobb has coached the ERAU individual and team youth basketball camps since 2004. He has been involved with the Junior Eagle program, been a Special Olympics volunteer, and helped with the Steve Ridder and Campbell University basketball camps. Cobb has received the Dave Counts Memorial Scholarship and the Robert Alan Goldberg, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Cobb completed his master’s degree from the University of South Florida in physical education. He has undergraduate minors in education, humanities, and psychology.
Linda Conley started at Bethany in December 2007 after completing her Associate of Applied Science in health information technology at Hutchinson Community College.