Bethany College will partner with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Salina Branch to host two events in Lindsborg celebrating Women’s History Month.
On Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m., Dr. Linda Lewis, Bethany professor emerita, will lead a book discussion on Tillie Olsen’s novel “Yonnondio” at The White Peacock, 124 South Main. The book, chosen to fit this year’s national theme of Women in Labor and Business, chronicles the trials of the blue-collar working-woman and is based, in part, on Olsen’s own experience working in the meatpacking industry in Omaha.
The discussion is free and open to all. While supplies last, copies of the novel are available at The White Peacock and at Ad Astra coffee house in Salina.
On Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m., The History and Political Science Department at Bethany College will present “Women’s History at Bethany College: A Conversation with Four Decades of Professional Women” at Lindquist Hall in the Wallerstedt Learning Center. The program is free and open to the public.
The program also complements the national theme of women in labor and business and will welcome to campus four Bethany alumna Ellen Neufeld, Beth Parker, Amelia Fabrizius, and Susan Concannon.
Neufeld ’76 received her law degree at Washburn University and worked for 28 years as an attorney for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. She retired in 2013 and has a private practice specializing in guardianship/conservatorships, probate, and court appointed guardian ad litem work.
Parker ’01 is currently the associate principal at Maize High School where she is responsible for the attendance and discipline of approximately 450 students. She earned a degree in social science teaching and endorsements in psychology and middle level social studies from Bethany and a master’s degree in building leadership from Baker University.
Fabrizius ’16 teaches American government and world geography at Hesston High School where she also serves as the assistant boys and girls tennis coach. While at Bethany, she played tennis, sang in Chapel Choir and served on campus ministry, Swede Government Association and Student Activities Board.
Concannon ’80 is currently serving in her third term in the Kansas Legislature. She represents the 107th District, which includes Mitchell, Ottawa and Cloud Counties and the eastern half of Lincoln County. Susan’s committee work includes Appropriations and Tax committees, as well as Vice Chairman of Health and Human Services. Representative Concannon was elected by her Republican colleagues to serve in leadership as the House Caucus Chair. She also participates on the steering committee for the Healthy Kansans Caucus. Prior to election to the legislature, Susan established Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation and served as its executive director.