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BLC Faculty and Staff Anniversaries 2021

Each year, in February, a special service is held in Trinity Chapel to recognize faculty and staff who are celebrating anniversaries of their employment at Bethany. The service is held in conjunction with the quarterly meeting of the Bethany Lutheran College Board of Regents. The ongoing pandemic caused the meeting of the Regents to be…

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Birkholz is the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

MANKATO, MN – Josh Birkholz, a 1994 Bethany graduate, is the 2021 Bethany Lutheran College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Birkholz is regarded as an international expert and leader in philanthropy and fundraising. He began his career in 1997 as a development associate for the University of Minnesota Foundation. In 2004, he joined Bentz Whaley Flessner…

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Bethany Launches Graduate Program

Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce the addition of the institution’s first-ever master of arts degree program. The new graduate-level course of study is in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC). While this new master’s program has been in development for over a year, Bethany received full approval for the program from its accrediting agency,…

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Balge to be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Bethany Lutheran College piano instructor Dr. Bethel Balge will be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on Thursday, December 31 at approximately 9:18 a.m. together with Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist Gabriel Campos Zamora and 2nd principal cellist Silver Ainomae. The trio’s performance was recorded in Bethany’s Trinity Chapel in September 2020 and includes a performance of Johannes Brahms Clarinet…

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Education Professor Dr. Polly Browne Called to Heavenly Home

Bethany Professor of Education Dr. Polly Browne was called to her home in Heaven on Monday, December 28 after a several-year battle with cancer. Browne became a child of God through her baptism at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (ELS) in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was also confirmed in her faith. Browne was instrumental in helping…

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Second Semester 2021 Opening Plans Released

Bethany Lutheran College President Dr. Gene Pfeifer announced plans for the College to reopen for on-campus, in-person learning and other activities on January 10, 2021. He, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Theodore Manthe, outlined the plans in letters to employees and students dated December 10, 2020. The College will continue operations in 2021…

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Bethany Vikings Esports Earns Number One Ranking

Courtesy of @cslesportsgg The Bethany Vikings Esports Team has earned its first-ever number one ranking. The recognition comes in the League of Legends team power rankings category. League of Legends is the world’s most popular video game and competitive esport. There are roughly 1000 colleges and universities competing in the League of Legends arena. The…

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Harold Theiste is the 2020 Bethany Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Pictured from left  is Harold’s family, Mary Farquhar (daughter), Arlene Theiste (wife), Karin Cooper (daughter), Beth Davis (daughter), and Laura Merriam (daughter) accepting the award at a private ceremony on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Harold ‘Hal’ Theiste (’55) was honored posthumously with the Bethany Distinguished Alumni Award on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Due to the…

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President Pfeifer Announces Changes to College Operations

Bethany Lutheran College will be making a number of changes to College operations in the coming days. President Gene Pfeifer recently announced these modifications in a letter to students and employees dated Thursday, November 19, 2020. These adjustments were brought about because of a recent Executive Order from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz; which carried with…

Speechless Film Festival Closing Its Run

Seven years ago a new venture called Speechless Film Festival was created by the Media Arts faculty and staff at Bethany Lutheran College. From early on, the event was a success while attracting numerous filmmakers from around the globe. And southern Minnesota embraced the event with enthusiasm. Numerous community sponsors, venues, and volunteers helped the…

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New Soccer Field A Regional Asset

While college sports at Bethany are taking a break this fall due to the pandemic, local high school soccer teams in the Mankato community are enjoying the opportunity to make use of Bethany’s new state-of-the-art field. Three Mankato high schools, East, Loyola, and West have played games on the new Bethany field. The Mankato East…

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Bethany’s Fall Enrollment Highest In History

Bethany Lutheran College’s enrollment for fall 2020 has set an all-time high. Combining recent, consecutive years of large first-year classes with a historically-high retention of upper-class students, Bethany’s full-time, traditional enrollment now stands at 633 students. Bethany Lutheran College President Gene Pfeifer said, “We’re pleased that Bethany’s overall enrollment remains on a growth pattern that…

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New center at Bethany focuses on authenticity of Christian faith

Bethany Lutheran College is moving forward with plans to establish a center that will help students to learn to talk openly and with confidence about their Christian faith. Bethany has announced the establishment of a Center for Apologetics and Worldview Studies. The center, unique among Christian colleges, sponsors opportunities for students to discover that Christianity…

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Despite uncertainty, Bethany officially opens Academic Year

Bethany Lutheran College marked the official start of the 2020-21 Academic Year on Monday, August 24 with the traditional Opening Service held in Trinity Chapel. Due to restrictions on the size of public gatherings and social distancing recommendations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the service was limited to a very small gathering. The service was…

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Preventative health measures a campus priority in pandemic times

As Bethany Lutheran College prepares to open the 2020-21 academic year on August 25, the entire campus is readying for an experience that will look and feel much different than normal. The COVID-19 virus will undoubtedly affect Bethany Lutheran College, whether it is the possibility of cases emerging on campus, or simply the changes in…

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