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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….

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…

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Apologetics and Worldviews Conference 2023

Fifth Annual ELS Apologetics and Worldviews Conference A Culture of Deception? Equipping Christians with Truth and Love in Tumultuous Times Hosted at Bethany Lutheran College on June 21-22, 2023 Sponsored by the Center for Apologetics and Worldviews Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. Equipped with Words and Works of Love in an Angry and Frightened World…

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Teigen Selected for Service to Bethany Award

Reverend Doctor Professor Emeritus Erling Teigen is the 2023 Exceptional Service to Bethany Award recipient. Teigen is being recognized for his contributions to the Bethany Community. This Exceptional Service to Bethany Award was created to recognize faculty or staff members, administrators, volunteers, or a specific graduating class or group who has contributed substantially to the…

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Jones steps down from women’s basketball post, Purfeerst to take over

Longtime Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) professor and head women’s basketball coach Lyle Jones has announced that he is stepping down from both roles after the 2022-23 academic year due to health concerns. Jones has been at Bethany since 1990. He has taught in the Health and Human Performance Department, serving as a past head coach…

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Apologetics and Worldviews Student Conference 2023

Student Apologetics and Wordviews Conference Bringing Truth and Compassion to the Transgenderism Debate Hosted at Bethany Lutheran College on March 18, 2023 Sponsored by the Center for Apologetics and Worldviews Presentation Summaries Reality’s Edges and God’s Good Words That Lovingly Define Them / Rev. Jonathan Conner, Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, Iowa Reality has edges….

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Bruss is the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

MANKATO, MN – President Emeritus Dan R. Bruss, Ph.D., the ninth president of Bethany Lutheran College and 1973 alumnus, is the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Bruss attended Bethany Lutheran College, where he received an associate in arts degree. He earned his bachelor of arts in biology from Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and a…

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Students receive seven national awards from BEA Festival of Media Arts

We are incredibly proud to announce that Bethany students have received a total of SEVEN awards from the Broadcast Education Association in the annual BEA Festival of Media Arts! BEA is the premier international academic media organization for educators, students, and professionals. Hundreds of schools participate in its contests; this year the BEA Festival of Media Arts received over…

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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. Please see our Fall Festival page for current information. Fall Festival: A Homecoming Weekend A number of events are held over the Fall Festival weekend….

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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…

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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 Center on its hilltop campus in Mankato. The Bethany Activity Center is an 84,000 square foot multipurpose facility that will provide top-notch recreational spaces for student use and…

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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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Bethany Nursing Grad Tessa Chambers

The bachelor of science in nursing program at Bethany is producing exceptional graduates who are making immediate impacts at the health care facilities they are working for. Among those graduates is Tessa Chambers (’21). A native of Princeton, Minnesota, Chambers first learned about Bethany, and the nursing program, through her church in Princeton – Bethany…

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…

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