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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,…

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…

Girl painting, Abby Skorenkyi, Bethany Magazine

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…

Group of BLC students hodling award for Media Arts Student Production, Bethany Magazine

Media Arts Making Waves

Photo Courtesy of Amanda Quist Students who attended the Upper Midwest Chapter of NATAS (from left): Jacob Norris, Colin Neville, Joey Pasbrig, Noah Rittierodt, Alec Lade, and Mizha Overn.    By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine – Spring/Summer 2023 Mankato, Minnesota, likely doesn’t come to mind when thinking about media hubs across the country….

Dennis Marzolf at choir performance, choral fest, Bethany Magazine

A Purposeful Direction

Photo by David Norris (’91) Dennis Marzolf has served at Bethany since 1984. By Lance Schwartz (’86) – Chief Communication Officer  For the hundreds of Bethany alumni and friends gathered in Trinity Chapel on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the moment was poignant. The Bethany Concert Choir had just joined en masse with over one hundred…

Two girls, Megan Maschoff and Emily Dietz, talking at a table, Bethany Magazine

Making Mentors

Photo by David Norris (’91) Viking mentors and students in different cities and states have been getting together. Megan Maschoff (’16) (left) and Emily Dietz (’23) met recently in Mankato. Past and present Vikings connect through advice By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Spring/Summer 2023 Bethany juniors and seniors certainly have a wealth of…

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David Paulson selected as Choral Director

Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) is delighted to announce the selection of David Paulson as Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director. He will lead the Choral Program through leadership and vision, direct the Concert Choir, teach a variety of music courses, advise new students and those within the music major, and assist in music leadership…

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Art in Service

Photo courtesy of Jason Jasperson By Lance Schwartz (’86) – Bethany Magazine, Winter 2023 The path that led Associate Professor of Art Jason Jaspersen to Bethany Lutheran College seems almost unbelievable—perhaps even scripted. Jaspersen was in the 8th grade, and like many teens found himself wondering about his future occupation. Art was on his mind, fueled…

Angie Phares and Emma Morris standing in the new Career Development Center

Linked Insiders

Career Development gets new space, leadership Photo by David Norris Angie Phares (left) and Emma Morris in the newly-renovated Career Development Center, located in Luther Hall. By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Winter 2023 One of the central questions on any soon-to-be graduate’s mind is, “What am I going to do after I graduate?”…

Students working in the engineering lab

Accelerating Education in The Mast

Maker-space open to more than just students in engineering Photo by David Norris Students Trace Edmondson (left) and Ethan Ernest and work on the new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine in the The Mast. By Emeline Gullixson (’21) – Bethany Magazine, Winter 2023 Engineering sciences is one of Bethany’s fastest growing programs, and with that…

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