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Rachel Moeller, Mankato schools Literacy Coordinator

Dr. Carrie Pfeifer Offers Literacy Training for Mankato Teachers

Photo Gallery   Teachers from Mankato Area Public Schools attend a professional development class at Bethany.   Teachers from Mankato Area Public Schools attend a professional development class at Bethany.   Bethany Lutheran College Professor of Education Dr. Carrie Pfeifer   Rachel Moeller, Mankato schools Literacy Coordinator Previous Next Bethany Lutheran College Professor of Education…

Fall festival a homecoming weekend

Fall Festival 2022 Wrap Up

Many thanks to all who visited Bethany to enjoy our Fall Festival: A Homecoming Weekend, held September 23–25, 2022. Here is a roundup of photos and video from the weekend. Fall Festival: A Homecoming Weekend A number of events are held over the Fall Festival weekend. Highlights include alumni reunions, Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet,…

Bethany Lutheran College ranked number 1 in Minnesota and number 10 in nation for social mobility according to U.S. News and World Report

Bethany ranks number ten in the nation in latest U.S. News poll

Bethany Lutheran College is ranked number ten in the United States and number one in the State of Minnesota for graduates’ social mobility—the ability to climb the success ladder—in the 2023 U.S. News College Rankings – National Liberal Arts Colleges Category. The rankings were released on Monday, September 12, 2022. U.S. News ranks schools in…

Glen Taylor speaking to a room of college students

Taylor Foundation provides support for Bethany construction project

Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) has received a substantial gift from the Glen A. Taylor Foundation to be used for a capital campaign supporting the currently-under-construction Bethany Activity and Wellness Center on its hilltop campus in Mankato. The Bethany Activity and Wellness Center is an 84,000 square foot multipurpose facility that will provide top-notch recreational spaces…

Norman Holte and Eleanor Wilson each sitting at their desks

Inaugural Exceptional Service to Bethany Award recipients announced

Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Exceptional Service to Bethany Award. President Emeritus Norman Holte and Ms. Eleanor Wilson are being recognized for their contributions to the Bethany Community. This Exceptional Service Award was created to recognize faculty or staff members, administrators, volunteers, or a specific class or group…

President Gene Pfeifer at Opening Service 2022

Opening Service marks the official start of the academic year

The Bethany Lutheran College 2022-23 Academic Year is officially underway. New and returning students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, and friends gathered in Trinity Chapel on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 10 a.m. for the Opening Service. As the faculty processed into the Chapel, the assembly joined together singing “Come Holy Ghost and Lord” after…

Athletic Department Administrative Changes Outlined

The Bethany Lutheran College Athletic Department will begin the 2022-23 academic year with a newly modified administrative structure. The changes come after longtime Athletic Director Don Westphal resigned in July to take on a new role directing the Bethany Fund within the College’s Advancement Department. Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, Bethany’s current Assistant Athletic Director…

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Bethany to offer reading interventions clinic for local youth

Bethany students serve as tutors to local students in the intervention clinic. Bethany students serve as tutors to local students in the intervention clinic. Dr. Carrie Pfeifer has helped start a reading intervention clinic at Bethany. Previous Next Among the many important proficiencies a child must develop at an early age, perhaps the most critical…

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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…

Don Westphal

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…

Pat Meyer

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…

Scheels Field sign on building

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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