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Recent BLC Grad Earns National Award

Bethany Lutheran College December 2023 graduate Ben Stelter is being recognized by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). The award is a “Best of Festival” selection for his Minnesota State Maverick Hockey hype video in the Sports Competition – Student (Promotional Video/Tease/PSA Category). Stelter directed and produced the project. He spent over sixty hours creating the…

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Board of Regents Updates November Program Adjustments

The Bethany Lutheran College Board of Regents met for their quarterly meeting on February 5 and 6, 2024. While the outcome of the meeting saw the Board remaining steadfast in their commitment to annually balanced budgets for the College, the Regents resolved to address and revise some of their November decisions as outlined in the…

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How Can I Help Students Attend Bethany?

Submitted Photo Andrew and Sarah Gerda with their two daughters.  By Lance Schwartz (’86) – Chief Communication Officer – Bethany Magazine, Winter 2024 A Bethany education is priceless. Nevertheless, the cost of a college education is measured in “real” dollars. Paying for a college education can be difficult for many students. Cost should not be a…

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Thirty Years of Theatre Physics

Photo by Benji Inniger The cast for Theatre Physics 2023 included current students and seven alumni. Alumni return to join current cast for beloved skits By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Winter 2024 For the past thirty years, Theatre Physics has been a highlight of Bethany Fall Festival Weekend. Unlike the rest of Bethany’s…

Group, adults, speaking, standing, art show, images, Rev. Terry Schultz, Lizzy Strackbein, Lydia Kratz, Maida Jaspersen, Abby Skorenkyi, BLC alumna Leah Kurth at the annual meeting of the WELS Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society in October 2023, Bethany Magazine

The Power of Images

Submitted Photo From left: Rev. Terry Schultz, Lizzy Strackbein, Lydia Kratz, Maida Jaspersen, Abby Skorenkyi, along with BLC alumna Leah Kurth (’14) at the annual meeting of the WELS Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society in October 2023. Group Creating Sunday School Curricula for Zambia By Lance Schwartz (’86) – Chief Communication Officer, Bethany Magazine, Spring 2024 In the…

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Celebrating a Choral Heritage

Photos by David Norris (’91) Returning and current choir directors from left: Dennis Marzolf (1984-2023), Randi Ellefson (1977-83), David Paulson (current), Jerome Wilske (1970-77), Jim Krikava (1983-84), and Ann Fredrickson (current). All-choir reunion brings over 200 participants By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Winter 2024 Of the many core extracurriculars at Bethany Lutheran College,…

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Literacy Center Helping Local Kids With Reading

At Bethany Lutheran College (BLC), service to the community is an important component of the educational experience. In that spirit, a collection of education students are making a difference by helping young learners in the Mankato area to improve their reading skills. In 2022, the Bethany Education Department was awarded a grant from the Mankato…

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President’s Message to Bethany Community

The Bethany Lutheran College administration and Board of Regents have announced adjustments to the College’s academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs. A letter from President Gene Pfeifer explaining the changes is available for review. Read the letter here. November 30, 2023

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Fall Festival 2023 Wrap Up

Many thanks to all who visited Bethany to enjoy our Fall Festival: A Homecoming Weekend, held September 15–17, 2023. Here is a roundup of photos and video from the weekend. Please see our Fall Festival page for more information. Fall Festival: A Homecoming Weekend A number of events are held over the Fall Festival weekend….

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Bethany Enrollment Continues Steady Growth

Bethany Lutheran College’s Fall 2023 enrollment continues the positive growth trend that began already in 2018. Two enrollment records are notable: Full time students now number 671 which bests the previous record of 651 in 2021. A record 905 students in total are being served by the institution in Fall 2023 which is an increase…

Bethany named All-Steinway School

Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce it has been named an All-Steinway School, joining an elite roster of colleges, universities, and conservatories that bear this designation. Peter Schmitt, CEO and fifth generation family owner of Schmitt Music, headquartered in the Twin Cities, will present Bethany with the prestigious distinction on Saturday, September 16 during…

Bethany in England Trip Summary

The Bethany in England Study Tour brought fourteen students and two professors, along with their spouses, for a two-week adventure in six different cities June 15–29, 2023. Below is a travel log with photos provided by Music Professor Benjamin Faugstad. DAY ONE – Upon arrival in England, the group visited St. Paul’s Cathedral, then traveled…

Boy playing the organ in the Trinity Chapel, Bethany Magazine

Finely Tuned Movements

Photo by Benji Inniger By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Spring/Summer 2023 When a student enrolls at Bethany, they expect to take interesting classes, be mentored by caring professors, and prepared for life beyond college—all in the light of a Christian framework. But sometimes, perhaps even more often than one might realize, they’ll take…

Group of graduate studies at Bethany Graduation ceremony, Bethany Magazine

Mastering Mental Health

Photos by David Norris (’91) From left: Rev. Dr. Michael Smith, Dr. Benjamin Kohls, Dr. Helena Stevens, Zacharias Laughlin, Bethany Pearce, Hope Loersch, Margaret Petersen, Michael Helwig, Sydney Chouinard, Mark Krause, Dr. Karina Clennon, Dr. Jason Lowrey By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Spring/Summer 2023 Alongside the usual festivities of this year’s Spring Commencement…

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But Not All is Lost

Photo Courtesy of Abby Skorenkyi Bethany education and studio art major Abby Skorenkyi. Family journey depicted through works of art By Lance Schwartz (’86) – Chief Communication Officer, Bethany Magazine Spring/Summer 2023 When Bethany junior Abby (Nelson) Skorenkyi learned of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, her perspective was intimately and personally tied…

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