Bethany College professors kept busy this summer with a variety of activities. Professors and Bethany students began the new academic year on Thursday, August 25.
Kristin Van Tassel, professor of English – In July the LA Review of Books published a book review written by Professor Van Tassel. She reviewed the travel book, “Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar,” by Tom Lutz. Although she is writing about someone else’s travel book, Professor Van Tassel draws from her many experiences traveling abroad with Bethany College students in her review and shares several anecdotes. You can read Professor Van Tassel’s review here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/voyeur-collector-amateur-sleuth/
Claudio Re, professor of music and band director – On July 3, 2016 Professor Re spoke to a band conductor’s forum in Travagliato, Northern Italy. The event was focused on rehearsal technique, including conversations on non-verbal communications and score preparation. His talk focused on the warm-up as the most important part of an ensemble rehearsal and included strategies and procedures he uses with the Bethany College bands.
Melody Steed, assistant academic dean and college organist – Professor Steed was featured in KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s online journal of arts, for her performances at the Women’s Music Forum concert in Kansas City in June. The review called her performance confident and engaging. The Musforum Concert Initiative spotlighted women organists who bring a unique perspective to the selection and interpretation of organ music. Her performance can be seen here: musforum.org
Aaron Yoder, head coach of cross country and track – No surprise, Coach Yoder spent his summer running. He participated in the IRR Retro Running World Championships in Essen, Germany where nearly 200 athletes from 20 countries competed. He completed in several events and placed first in the 800m, 1500m, 5k and 4×400 and second in the 4x100m. The highlight of the event for Coach Yoder was being part of a relay team that consisted of runners from Mexico, Cuba, and Dominican Republic. Despite a language barrier, the team placed first and set a world record.