Students working on a painting

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…

Apologetics student conference 2023

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….

Legal studies students carry out a mock trial in a courtroom.

Bethany graduates in nation’s top law programs

Bethany’s Legal Studies program graduates are doing some exciting things. Several recent graduates provided updates on their progress in law school and careers.   Madison Barber ’20 Madison is in her final year of law school at St. Thomas College of Law in Minneapolis. Last summer, she was a law clerk for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. She was…

President Emeritus Dan Bruss speaking at the 2017 spring commencement ceremony

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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Longtime Bethany Choir Director Dennis Marzolf to retire in 2023

A mainstay of Bethany’s Music Department, Professor Dennis Marzolf, has announced his intent to retire at the close of the 2022-23 academic year. Marzolf, who first arrived at Bethany in the fall of 1984, has taught and directed the Bethany Concert Choir for nearly 39 years. Bethany’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jason Lowrey…

Rachel Moeller, Mankato schools Literacy Coordinator

Dr. Carrie Pfeifer Offers Literacy Training for Mankato Teachers

Photo Gallery   Teachers from Mankato Area Public Schools attend a professional development class at Bethany.   Teachers from Mankato Area Public Schools attend a professional development class at Bethany.   Bethany Lutheran College Professor of Education Dr. Carrie Pfeifer   Rachel Moeller, Mankato schools Literacy Coordinator Previous Next Bethany Lutheran College Professor of Education…

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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….

Bethany Lutheran College ranked number 1 in Minnesota and number 10 in nation for social mobility according to U.S. News and World Report

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…

Glen Taylor speaking to a room of college students

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…

Norman Holte and Eleanor Wilson each sitting at their desks

Inaugural Exceptional Service to Bethany Award recipients announced

Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Exceptional Service to Bethany Award. President Emeritus Norman Holte and Ms. Eleanor Wilson are being recognized for their contributions to the Bethany Community. This Exceptional Service Award was created to recognize faculty or staff members, administrators, volunteers, or a specific class or group…

President Gene Pfeifer at Opening Service 2022

Opening Service marks the official start of the academic year

The Bethany Lutheran College 2022-23 Academic Year is officially underway. New and returning students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, and friends gathered in Trinity Chapel on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 10 a.m. for the Opening Service. As the faculty processed into the Chapel, the assembly joined together singing “Come Holy Ghost and Lord” after…

Athletic Department Administrative Changes Outlined

The Bethany Lutheran College Athletic Department will begin the 2022-23 academic year with a newly modified administrative structure. The changes come after longtime Athletic Director Don Westphal resigned in July to take on a new role directing the Bethany Fund within the College’s Advancement Department. Throughout the 2022-23 academic year, Bethany’s current Assistant Athletic Director…

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