Director of Publications Frank Ballew ’05 was the guest speaker at Central Christian College’s 4th Annual Art Festival on Oct. 12 in the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend activities. The theme was “A Reflection of Kansas.” Ballew’s presentation featured examples of illustrations and artwork spanning his career, showing how his artistic skills have grown over the years. From rough pencil sketches, to portraits and landscapes, to published illustrations, Ballew’s work started with a series of pencil drawings of the Civil War done in the fifth grade and ended with his most recent rendering, Kansas Morning.
Five faculty members recently received Woodward and Burmeister Endowment awards. The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning supports faculty participating in workshops and activities to enhance creative teaching and effective learning. The Burmeister Endowment for Faculty Scholarship and Creativity supports Bethany faculty research and scholarly travel.
Professor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., presented her paper “New Adam in the New Eden: Charles Dickens’s Anti-American Rhetoric in Martin Chuzzlewit” at the annual meeting of the Western Conference on British Studies on Oct. 3 in Kansas City, Mo. Lewis has been at Bethany since 1987. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a bachelor’s from East Central State.
View this billboard southbound on I-135 to Lindsborg Bethany Swedes succeed! Our students are confident because of the wide background of knowledge, skills, and experiences they gain at Bethany. These enable them to take on challenges and conquer them. Dr. Keir Swisher ‘02 is just one example of our successful Swedes. Swisher is the co-medical director of the Salina Regional Health Center Emergency Department as a board certified emergency medicine physician.
The Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will open the season with a fall concert featuring cellist Jakub Omsky on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Omsky’s performance is co-sponsored with the Lindsborg Arts Council. The concert will feature guest artist Jakub Omsky playing cello on Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and with violinists Ann Samuelson and Ruth Ann Leaf performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C minor.” The program will also include an early Haydn symphony, “Le Matin (The Morning) in D major.”
On Oct. 3, the Bethany College Business Club hosted the 16th Business Career Conference during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities. Ryan Swartz, alumnus of 2000, delivered the keynote address about the progression of success. Swartz is a wealth manager with Creative Planning in Overland Park, Kan., where he posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets in just 15 months. In 2013, he was named a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of civic-minded business executives in the region. Prior to Creative Planning, Swartz was one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments
Misha Zhilin, Tessa Peters, Zach Dovenbarger (Homecoming King), Eastin Casey (Homecoming Queen), Jedidiah Duarte, and Kelli Traffas Nineteen Bethany College students were elected to the 2013 Homecoming court during the college’s Homecoming festivities on Oct. 4 to 6. Every year, Bethany students select seniors to be Homecoming candidates and choose the Homecoming royalty after a second round of voting. Zach Dovenbarger, Kersey, Colo., and Eastin Casey, Natoma, Kan., were crowned the 2013 Homecoming king and queen.
From Oct. 13 to 16, the Education Department will host a three-day accreditation visit from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education to pursue state and national validation as an outstanding school of teacher education preparation. Since 1954, Bethany College has been continually accredited by both organizations and has the distinction of being a charter institution of NCATE.
Bethany Auxiliary Treasurer Sheila Leonard and President Carol Gusenius present the Auxiliary’s donation to Bethany College Vice President for Advancement Galen Bunning. Bethany Auxiliary made a recent donation to the Bethany Auxiliary Endowed Scholarship, bringing its total giving to more than $50,000. Bethany Auxiliary is an organization that has supported Bethany since 1961. All fundraising project proceeds are donated to the endowed scholarship funds of the college. Projects include Student Care Packages, which loved ones may send to their students on campus, and the “Measure for Pleasure” cookbook or CD available at Swede Nation Station and several downtown Lindsborg locations.
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Mark Lucas, Ph.D., directed a clinic on Monday, Sept. 23, for the young men attending the Gilbert school district in Phoenix, Ariz. The clinic, titled “Real Men Sing – Gilbert,” concluded with a concert open to the public. The clinic stemmed from the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop that Lucas founded while teaching at the University of Oklahoma.