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Bethany Vikings Esports reaches North American quarterfinals

The Bethany Lutheran College Vikings Esports Team is among the top-eight programs in North America after reaching the 2021 College League of Legends Championship Tournament quarterfinal round. League of Legends, developed by Riot Games, is one of the world’s most popular video games. It features a team-based competitive game mode centered on strategy and outplaying…

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Bethany adding clay target team

Bethany Lutheran College announced today that it will add a competitive clay target team to its co-curricular programs. Clay target is a popular sport which involves shooting a firearm at cylindrical flying objects known as clay targets. Hitting the target requires skill, timing, and hand-eye coordination. Clay target competition is conducted at local clubs, national and international competitions,…

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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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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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New Information Regarding Fall 2020 Semester

July 9, 2020 Bethany Lutheran College President Gene Pfeifer released both a letter to Bethany Community and a video with new details about plans to open the campus on time in August. Bethany’s classes for the Fall 2020 Semester will be delivered using the HyFlex model. HyFlex learning involves the delivery of courses that “enable…

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Update from Bethany President Gene Pfeifer

There’s no doubt the coronavirus will impact our lives during the next academic year. What does that mean for Bethany? President Pfeifer explains in this video message from May 11, 2020. Visit All The Vikings to learn more and support Bethany.

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Protective mask initiative catches with local alumni

By Lance Schwartz • Director of Institutional Communication Many Bethany alumni are pitching in on the front lines to help their communities, states, and nation during the worldwide pandemic. And as time passes, certainly more stories about the many ways Bethany alumni are making a difference during the time of uncertainty will come to light. One…

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Alumni information requested

Hello Bethany Alumni. How are you doing right now? I realize this might be a tough question, but I’m asking because during this time of uncertainty, we’re learning of some amazing things that Bethany alumni are involved with, and ways they are helping their communities amidst the disruption. Additionally, we understand that even though the world…

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Ways to help Bethany

There is no doubt everyone is facing uncertainties and challenges as a result of the worldwide pandemic. At Bethany, our special, personalized brand of higher education is temporarily being delivered in an online format. But God is providing the College with the tools and effort needed to do this in the best manner possible. And…

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Photos and messages sent for students

After two weeks of online learning, the Bethany academic community is starting to adjust to the new normal. Several faculty members have shared photos of their new “office” spaces. A few even created some fun videos crafted especially for their students. We’ve woven all of the videos together for your viewing, and invite you to…

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Video message from Bethany Lutheran College

A video message from Bethany Lutheran College President Gene Pfeifer was shared with the Bethany community on March 19, 2020. He addressed the most recent update about the College’s online learning decision with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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