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Hockey Productions Nominated for Two SVG Awards

We are incredibly proud to announce that two Bethany productions were selected as finalists for the 2022 SVG College Sports Media Awards in association with NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics). These are prestigious national awards—other finalists include productions from Ball State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Miami. It is a great honor to be…

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Spring Commencement Set For May 13

The 2022 Bethany Lutheran College spring semester commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Bethany’s Sports and Fitness Center. One hundred fifteen graduates will receive their bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Mr. Chad Janzen of Rock Valley, Iowa, is the commencement speaker. Janzen graduated…

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Westphal stepping down from Athletic Director position

Bethany Lutheran College announced Friday Director of Athletics Don Westphal will be stepping down from his current role, and will be joining the College’s Advancement Department as the Director of the Bethany Fund and Annual Giving on July 1, 2022. Westphal, a twenty-nine year staff member of the College, has led the Vikings for nine…

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Pat Meyer, President Emeritus Marvin Meyer’s wife, Passes Away at 82

Mrs. Patricia (Pat) Meyer (’59), wife of Bethany President Emeritus Marvin Meyer, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Pat warmly welcomed Bethany alumni and friends to the campus for many events and reunions during her husband’s forty-three years on campus and especially throughout the twenty years he served as College…

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Bethany Announces New Partnership With Scheels – Scheels Field Part of Activity Complex

Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Scheels, a privately held, employee-owned and operated sporting goods and entertainment department store headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota. Scheels operates thirty-one store locations in fourteen U.S. states. The Mankato Scheels opened in November of 1969, and since that time both the Mankato location…

Dr. Daniel Schaefer (’71) is the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Daniel M. Schaefer, PhD, a 1971 Bethany graduate, is the 2022 Bethany Lutheran College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Schaefer is regarded as an expert and leader in meat and animal sciences. Schaefer grew up on a livestock and poultry farm. The experience and work on the farm piqued his…

Exploring New Ways To Educate – Virtual Reality Conference Coming to Campus

The “XR Festival,” presented by Bethany Lutheran College’s (BLC) Christ in Media Institute, will be held on the BLC campus April 1–2, 2022. XR = extended reality, which includes Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). While the focus of the XR Festival is primarily focused on educational uses, the event is encouraged and open…

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Band and orchestra touring over spring break

The Bethany Lutheran College Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Professor Benjamin Faugstad, is excited to perform fourteen concerts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The Chamber Orchestra tour, March 6–8, will feature exciting selections from Bach, Grieg, Mozart, and Mahler. A recent work, Invicta, highlights violinist Madeline Halvorson, and a Bach Aria…

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Mayo Clinic Health System to Partner with Bethany for new Wellness Center

Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) and Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) in Mankato are announcing a partnership that will see MCHS providing support for the new Bethany Activity and Wellness Center. The 84,000 square foot facility is currently under construction at the corner of Marsh and Division Streets on the BLC campus in Mankato. The building…

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Opportunities Abound for Taylor Leadership Institute Students

Though Bethany students have plenty of opportunities to engage in leadership roles on campus, the Taylor Leadership Institute is making those opportunities all the more hands-on. The Taylor Leadership Institute exists to develop leadership skills for students, build community awareness, and prepare students for future leadership positions. Former CEO Glen Taylor, of Taylor Corporation, took…

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Sigurd Lee Passes at 95

Beloved Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) Professor Emeritus Sigurd (Sig) Lee has passed away at the age of 95 in Mankato. Sig was a 1949 Bethany alumnus, and returned to his alma mater where he taught English and was the pioneering theatre director for over three decades spanning the years 1960-1993. He directed countless drama productions…

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Bethany to break ground for Student Activity and Wellness Center

Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce the construction of a new on-campus Student Activity and Wellness Center. The 83,000 square foot facility will be utilized by the entire Bethany campus population providing much needed spaces for students, athletes, and educational and community events alike. The Activity Center will include a six-lane track, jumping spaces…

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Bethany’s fall enrollment sets record

Bethany Lutheran College’s Fall 2021 enrollment is at an all-time high mark. Exactly 800 students are taking classes from Bethany. The College released the figures after the 10th day of classes on Wednesday, September 8. This exciting news comes on the heels of last fall’s record enrollment of 778 students. Included among the 800 students…

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Bethany top ranked in latest U.S. News poll

Bethany Lutheran College is ranked number one in the State of Minnesota and is tied for 40th place nationally for graduates’ social mobility—the ability to climb the success ladder— in the 2022 U.S. News College Rankings – National Liberal Arts Category. The rankings were released on Monday, September 13, 2021. U.S. News ranks schools in…

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Return to campus update from President Pfeifer – August 9, 2021

As we approach the beginning of the new Academic Year, we are providing an update regarding campus operations for the Fall 2021 Semester at Bethany Lutheran College. Throughout the summer we have maintained our commitment to providing a “return to normal” face-to-face teaching format and campus experience in August. Even though the COVID pandemic continues…

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