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Bethany’s fall enrollment sets record

Bethany Lutheran College’s Fall 2021 enrollment is at an all-time high mark. Exactly 800 students are taking classes from Bethany. The College released the figures after the 10th day of classes on Wednesday, September 8. This exciting news comes on the heels of last fall’s record enrollment of 778 students. Included among the 800 students…

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Bethany top ranked in latest U.S. News poll

Bethany Lutheran College is ranked number one in the State of Minnesota and is tied for 40th place nationally for graduates’ social mobility—the ability to climb the success ladder— in the 2022 U.S. News College Rankings – National Liberal Arts Category. The rankings were released on Monday, September 13, 2021. U.S. News ranks schools in…

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Return to campus update from President Pfeifer – August 9, 2021

As we approach the beginning of the new Academic Year, we are providing an update regarding campus operations for the Fall 2021 Semester at Bethany Lutheran College. Throughout the summer we have maintained our commitment to providing a “return to normal” face-to-face teaching format and campus experience in August. Even though the COVID pandemic continues…

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Vikings Esports reaches North American semifinal round

The Bethany Lutheran College Vikings Esports Team continued its dominating ways in the 2021 College League of Legends Championship Tournament quarterfinal round. The Viking gamers defeated The University of Toronto on May 27 in the elite eight round of the Collegiate League Championship Series (LCS). While Viking Esports Director Lucas Fricke was pleased with the team’s effort, he…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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