UPDATE: Events will take place in Lindquist Hall due to weather. Bethany College celebrates Earth Day on April 22 with workshops and Chapel service, and a work day all in the Community Garden at 725 N. Kansas Street in Lindsborg, Kan. All events are open to the public. The Community Garden was first planted on May 3, 2009, to tie the college and community together. Through the processes of fellowship and shared work, participants learn about growing local food and living sustainably. The garden is dedicated to Ken Branch, a Lindsborg resident and 1959 Bethany graduate who has taught anthropology at Bethany. In the past three years, the garden has produced vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers.
To bring Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard to life for his audiences, director Cody Whetstone made the decision to set the play in modern times. “The play was written and set in Russia in the early 1900’s,” said Whetstone. “To show how universal Chekhov’s ideas and words are, we’re setting it in modern times. I hope it will help Chekhov’s play resonate with today’s audiences.”
The Bank of Tescott has created an annual Bethany College scholarship with a preference for students from Lindsborg as well as from McPherson county. Mike Sample, chief financial officer; Debbie Jacobson,
On May 22, Bethany College honored 95 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from the college during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Swedes volleyball will think pink this month as they support breast cancer awareness. The team will host “Dig for the Cure” night on October 26 during their match against Southwestern College. The team will sport pink uniforms and honor individual survivors. “The team’s participation in this event is exciting. For me, it’s personal because my sister is a breast cancer survivor. We are grateful to help support research that’s finding a cure for breast cancer,” said Head Volleyball Coach Nathalea Stephenson.
Bethany College Counseling Services is proud to partner with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services-Addiction and Prevention Services to celebrate Recovery Month. On September 7, Lindsborg Mayor Judy Neuschafer proclaimed that the month of September 2010 will be “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” Throughout the month, members of the Bethany and Lindsborg communities are encouraged to be educated about recovery from substance use disorders.
Three new members have been inducted into the Bethany College chapter of Blue Key, an honorary service organization for men. The inductees include: Michael Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.; Jamie Wollenberg, Newton, Kan.; and Mark Margres, Sayreville, N.J. Bethany male students who meet GPA requirements and who have reached junior standing are eligible for Blue Key. Eligible students are nominated for membership. In addition to academic success, voters consider overall character when choosing Blue Key members.
Per Harling Per Harling, Bethany College’s 2010-2011 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies, will give his first public address on September 14. Harling will speak on “The Hymns of Lina Sandell” and lead a hymn sing at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. Sandell, a Swedish composer, wrote many popular songs including “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “Thy Holy Wings” and “Day by Day” as well as many more hymns that have been translated into English. Harling has authored a book about Sandell. This event is free and open to the public.
Bethany College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 15-17, 2010, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bethany has been accredited by the HLC since 1932. For nearly two years, Bethany College has engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the HLC’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will then recommend to the HLC a continuing status for Bethany; following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action.
Bethany College Alumni in the Lindsborg area are invited to attend a social gathering on July 17 at the Ol Stuga beginning at 6:00 p.m. As the final stop on the Rockar Stockar Road Trip, area alumni and friends of the college are invited to get an update on Bethany College and socialize with other Bethany alumni. A celebration of Coach Ted Kessinger’s induction into the National College Football Hall of Fame will also occur. Appetizers and memorabilia will be provided.