Get to know Halvar:
Meet the Mascot
While Halvar is often busy studying or eating lutefisk, he loves to say hello to friends of Bethany when possible. If you would like to request Halvar at an event, please send him a message at Halvar@blc.edu.
The History of Halvar
Founded in 1927, Bethany has long resided on the edge of the Mankato hilltop. Beginning as a ladies’ educational institution, Bethany later grew into a high school, then into a junior college, and now into the 4-year institution it is today; offering undergraduate and graduate programs.
As the college grew, a school mascot emerged. The Bethany Viking, with its imposing figure yet friendly charm, became a source of inspiration. He is an active spirit in deed and faith with a distinctly Lutheran taste for the world’s finest Lutefisk. While carried in the hearts of students for years, the Bethany Viking became flesh – or stuffing – at Homecoming of 2021. Alumni, students, and friends met him and blessed him with the name “Halvar,” defender of the Rock of our salvation.